Category Archives: Ministries

Youth Adventure Club at Trinity

flat,800x800,075,f.u2 Trinity began hosting regular meetings in April of the Youth Adventure Club (although our young members are invited to come up with a better title than what the adults have here). Focusing on the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D), the club will enjoy all that role-playing has to offer while reflecting on how we live out the Baptismal Covenant as followers of Jesus.

A recent newspaper article in the Times-Observer highlighted the increasing interest found at Warren-Beaty Middle School in a weekly afterschool D&D club in which some of our youth participate.  Around the same time, Father Matthew ran across an article on how an Episcopal youth group uses D&D as part of their youth group.

Important too is that Father Matthew has had a life-long relationship leading D&D adventures, stretching all the way back to sixth grade. He even continues a monthly web-based game that includes two of the players from that sixth grade group! But it was Jill Woody approaching him saying that she is finding our youth interested in hosting something since the middle school has a waiting list that made this all come together for us here.

Our plan is simple: invite our youth and their friends to come explore the fun of role-playing games, relying on a player’s covenant to remember our baptism while we play. Food, generous space, and exploring how to be Christian in this adventure called life will help nurture community. We’ll meet every other week or so (catch the latest updates on Facebook and the weekly E-News email for our next meeting dates).

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2016 Fall Program season begins!

Trinity and St. Francis kick off their fall programming this Sunday. Here are just some of what is coming:

Children’s Chapel, our during-worship Sunday School, returns Sunday, September 11th. Leaders Jen Dilks, Addy Landrio, Pam Taylor, and Nancy Scott, along with other parents and youth volunteers, will offer weekly lessons based on our Sunday morning readings. Remember that our children begin worship with us and then proudly tromp off to Children’s Chapel as we continue with our scripture lessons.

Confirmation and Reception class starts Sunday, September 18th, from 3PM to 4:30. For those looking to officially join the Episcopal Church and for those of any age looking to make an adult profession of faith, these classes will involve both experiencing key elements of our faith practices and studying the history and theology of our denomination life. Please contact Father Matthew to express your interest and to ask any questions.

Adult Studies: Two sessions are forming now for Fall Faith Studies. Monday Evening at 7PM and Friday afternoon at 4:30. Gary Landrio and Father Matthew are helping to coordinate topics and leaders.

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Faith 5 – A family faith program

Families with children of all age levels are invited to come discuss a method for introducing a rewarding daily family faith ritual into their homes. Called Faith5, the program entails five daily faith practices: Sharing Highs and Lows, reading a Bible verse, talking about it, praying together, and blessing one another. We’ll discuss them on March 2nd and send you home to practice for a week. Then on March 9th we’ll celebrate the experience and offer help in continuing and growing this practice. Childcare and Youth activities provided!

Our program starts at 7PM. Childcare and a snack are provided!

 

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Anti-Child Trafficking Ministry

The Episcopal Mission of Warren County began an Anti Child Trafficking (ACT) ministry in the fall of 2015, learning about the horrific lives of child victims of sex trafficking. Because this tragedy is so painful to consider, many of us actively ignored it for years. Through God’s Grace our hearts have been opened and we are now committed to help these children. We are praying for vulnerable and trafficked children, educating ourselves, knitting prayer scarves and seeking donations for groups who provide homeless shelters and/or street support for homeless and trafficked children. 

We seek God’s Holy Spirit to guide us in this ministry, praying that the ministry will expand into even more meaningful service. We dream of educating others so child trafficking will end. Dare we dream of partnering with others in the diocese and in Northwestern PA to help create a shelter or support services for homeless and trafficked children? These dreams require God’s Grace and many more committed people, churches, agencies and groups. 

Please pray for these children and for our ministry. Please knit prayer scarves and donate to our ACT ministry.

We are eager to speak to churches or any other interested groups about Anti Child Trafficking (ACT). Please call me at 814-688-4425. Let’s see where God’s Grace leads.

Diane Brant