Education & Formation
This class, lead by Todd Cross, meets in Trinity’s Youth Area. It’s located under Tuton Hall and can be accessed from the stairs to the right of the Tuton Hall kitchen or from the outside door into the same stairway. The classroom is on the left, past the game room.
We will continue to focus on the Old Testament, New Testament, and comparison of Christianity to other major world religions. This year, we will broaden the youth’s understanding of the relevance of Christianity in today’s complicated world, in fun, and dynamic ways.
We are very excited to
have the Rev. David Henson involved and bringing new ideas for this
year. David has a wealth of youth formation experience and brings
many great ideas to Trinity.
High School (grades 9th
The overall objective for Trinity’s high school class is to inspire theological thinking and facilitate the growth of our young people’s faith. We see the high school years as the time when our youth need to make a transition from simple knowledge of stories from the Bible to a more mature understanding of their Christian faith. The following are the themes we will focus on in this church year
- "The Creeds"
Epistle of James has been described as an instructional manual for
Christians new to the faith and for those experiencing trials.
Within the epistle’s five chapters, we will discover how to
understand and negotiate the stresses associated with following
November - The Struggle is Real:
Right now, your to-do list is probably pretty long and stressful.
There's the test to study for, a group project you need to work on,
a paper you need to finish -- to say nothing of squeezing in time
for sports, extracurricular activities, or just hanging out with
friends. And then there's finding the time to sleep, too. So why do
we bother with worship every Sunday when we have so many other
demands on our time? With all that's going on why do we bother with
faith when we have so many questions? And what do these things --
faith, worship, and a busy life -- have to do with each other in the
Using the book "The Season of the Nativity" to prepare us for Christmas, we will discuss how to develop practices of intentional reflection or meditation as well as try out a few methods of contemplation ourselves.
January - The Lord’s Prayer
Father who art in Heaven…" We say this prayer every week but where
does it come from? Who wrote it? What does it mean? This study of
the Lord’s Prayer explores the historical and theological aspects of
this foundational prayer for Christians.
February Improv Theology with David Henson
The Gospel of Luke invites us to examine Jesus' "Upside-down Kingdom." Focused on Jesus' ministry of parables, miracles and sermons, the Gospel of Luke shows a savior who is seeking to bring the Good News to all the people. Luke’s account of Jesus asks us to consider, "Who is welcome at the table?"
May - Made to worship
What is worship?
Other Opportunities for Youth
(Episcopal Youth Community)
EYC: Grades 9-12meets Sunday afternoons, unless otherwise notified. This is time for fellowship, fun, trips, movies, and monthly service projects. Look for the weekly schedule at Trinity’s website, the monthly "Tidings" publication or the Trinity Sunday Times.
Jr. EYC: Grades 6-8meets once a month. This is a time of fellowship and fun. Look for the weekly schedule at Trinity’s website, the monthly "Tidings" or the Sunday Times.
Trinity’s youth have several opportunities to participate in the Diocese of Western North Carolina. Our diocese is made up of 64 churches, of which Trinity is a part. There are leadership opportunities on the diocesan youth council and middle school conferences. Once a year we participate in Splash Day at Camp Rockmont. There are also Middle School and High School conferences, ski trip, youth appreciation day, and Camp Henry. The website is www.camphenry.net.
Opportunities at Camp Henry
Every summer, two mission trips are held, one for middle school and one for high school. The trips are spiritual, engaging and fun, and may be either local, national or international.