Parking is available in the lot on the north side of the church, accessible from Euclid Avenue, and on the lot behind the church, accessible from both Washington Avenue and the alley to the north of the church.

Coffee and Conversation


Sundays at 9:30 AM: At Coffee and Conversation, participants discuss matters of faith, politics, and contemporary issues in an informal and engaging atmosphere. You don’t have to have all the answers to join the conversation, just an open mind and an open heart.

Throughout the season of Advent we'll discuss practices and traditions that you can do at home to bring the liturgical seasons of the Christian year alive in your home and family. 
 
When: Sundays in October at 9:30 AM 
Where: South Parish Hall 
Childcare available: Yes 
Ministry Focus: Theological Education  

Noonday Forums

Sundays (periodically) at 12:15 PM: Periodically, Trinity facilitates special conversations about the intersection of faith and life in the world. Past topics have included Ferguson, Ecology, and Social Justice in St. Louis. All are invited to grow, learn, and connect with the community.

Schedule

Sacred Decisions: Conversations about death and dying. In October, we will have a four part noon forums series which will focus on the many facets involved in making end of life decisions.  Each Sunday we will dive into a different topic - come to as many forums as interest you.  Your friends and family are warmly invited to these important discussions.

October 2:  Spirituality and ethics of death and dying
October 9:  Overview of hospice and hospice services
October 16: Planning and documenting your wishes (advanced directives, etc.)
October 30:  Planning your liturgy
Room locations TBD

 

Sunday School for Children



Children and youth 5-14 years old are invited to participate in a Sunday school program that teaches the classic biblical narrative and encourages learners to explore the faith in age appropriate ways.
 
Click here to learn more about the Spark house Sunday School Curriculum.



 

Confirmation

Youth Confirmation

Confirmation is a Christian Rite practiced in the Episcopal Church in which Christians express a mature commitment to Christ. Confirmation is the official way of joining the world-wide Anglican Church.

Confirmation class (Confirm not Conform) encourages youth to find the bedrock of their faith—the rock that will be a firm foundation throughout their lives. 
We believe that youth can’t get to that bedrock without testing their beliefs to see which ones are flimsy and which ones hold up. And youth cannot test their beliefs without first looking at what those beliefs are and where they came from. 

Our goal is for youth to have an active faith, one that they build for themselves using all the tools at their disposal; not a passive faith, thrust upon them with no say in the matter—a faith that is easily lost and rarely missed. Although youth may be part of this program because of a parent’s wish rather than their own desire, we do not want youth to merely attend, listen, and respond as they are expected to respond. To that end, Confirm not Conform doesn’t provide answers but instead offers lots of space for exploration and questions.
 
Each session of Confirm not Conform requires youth to speak up, debate, and discover. Initially, youth may be reluctant—all too often the church has taught them that their job is to be quiet. They may even grow frustrated when sessions fail to provide them with the immediate information and “correct” answers they’re used to writing down in school.

But we’re not interested in selling youth pre-fab houses of faith. We’re interested in teaching them how to build, how to test, how to bring all the gifts that God has given them to bear on the valiant work of living a life of faith. It may not look like the house we live in now, but with God’s grace, it will weather the storm.

Confirmation Classes for Youth are offered every fall, and youth are confirmed on the following Bishop’s Visitation.

To Register for Confirmation, email jon@trinitycwe.org.

 

Adult Confirmation

Confirmation is a Christian Rite practiced in the Episcopal Church in which Christians express a mature commitment to Christ. Confirmation is the official way of joining the world-wide Anglican Church.

Confirmation class (Confirm not Conform for Adults) includes 18 sessions covering everything from the Bible to the history of Anglicanism to personal values. We have grouped these sessions into five rough categories:

• Spirituality (two sessions)

• History (four sessions)

• Theology (four sessions)

• Scripture (three sessions)

• Anglicanism (five sessions)

Of course, there’s a lot of overlap among the sessions; these categories are not neat and precise. Confirmation asks participants to do homework assignments. We have found that the commitment to the program increases as we keep participants engaged from session to session.  One piece of homework is to do a spiritual practice of one kind or another. At the beginning of each session, participants are invited to share what worked and what didn’t, thus developing their repertoire of religious devotions. A second homework assignment varies from week to week, depending on the topic under discussion. These range from asking friends and colleagues what spirituality means to them, to reflecting on the sacraments, to evaluating how they spend their time, to creating a plan for their funeral service.  Confirmation for Adults also asks participants to memorize a passage of Scripture and to teach on it.

Confirmation Classes for adults are offered in the spring, and confirmands are confirmed either at the Diocesan Confirmation Service in the summer or upon the next Bishop’s visit.

To sign up for adult confirmation, contact jon@trinitycwe.org.

Contemplative Prayer

Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Chapel of the Incarnation, directly inside the front door, to the right
 
Our lives are full of activity, noise, and 24-hour accessibility. On Wednesdays we step out of that culture and into a sacred space to listen and remind ourselves of whose we are. We are a community of people seeking a time of silence, openness and attentiveness in order to hear God’s love for us. To know and experience that presence makes it possible to go into the world “to do the work you have given us to do”: working for justice, welcoming the stranger, loving our enemies, listening deeply, being kind. Richard Rohr reminds us, there is “…the inherent connection between action and contemplation, the dialogue between the outer journey and the inner journey. Contemplation is the connection to the Source of Love that allows grounded activists to stay engaged for the long haul without burning out. Moses shows us that this marriage of action and contemplation is essential and possible.”
 
Silence makes us pilgrims.
- Henri Nouwen
 
The silence is all there is. It is the alpha and the omega. It is God’s brooding over the face of the waters; it is the blended note of the ten thousand things, the whine of wings. You take a step in the right direction to pray to this silence, and even to address the prayer to “World.” Distinctions blur. Quit your tents. Pray without ceasing.
- Annie Dillard

  • Introduction to Contemporary Prayer is available here.
  • Bibliography is available here.
  • Graphic of The Tree of Contemplative Practices is available here.
  • Centering Prayer by Thomas Keating is available here.

Facilitator: Mary Taylor 

Theology Thursdays

If you want to dig deeper into Christian theology. If you have questions about faith, and aren’t looking for easy answers. If you enjoy lively discussions about the intersectionality of faith, politics, and culture. Then, Theology Thursdays is for you.

Trinity offers a Theology class each semester (Fall, Summer, and Winter) on topics ranging from Biblical Studies to The Church and Politics in Modern Culture. These classes are “seminary light” and include assigned readings, optional reflection papers, and ample opportunity for discussion.

Our next class begins September 15th and meets on the first and third Thursdays at 6 PM. The class is titled “Jesus and Empire” and explores the early Jesus Movement’s mission of forming countercultural communities in opposition to the Roman Empire.

This class requires registration. To register, contact jon@trinitycwe.org.


Theology On Tap

We gather on the first Tuesday of each month for good food and good conversation. Some of us are members of Episcopal churches around St. Louis, but not all of us. Theology on Tap seeks to create a "low pressure" environment for Episcopalians and not-so-churchy friends to have conversations about faith, ethics, politics, and life today.

Facilitator: Jon Stratton  

1st Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM at Dressel's Pub (Euclid Ave)