Discipleship Groups at Trinity

In October 2017, Father Ben introduced the idea of Discipleship Groups to Trinity Adult Learners.

Patterned after the Discipleship Group model created by the Restoration Project (www.therestorationproject.net), Trinity Discipleship Groups started forming in January 2018 and are grounded in intentional practices of liturgy, prayer, and fellowship. Since then, multiple small groups have evolved and continue to meet.

The frequency and structure of each group is defined by the individuals within each group. Examples include groups that meet in homes for a shared meal; hybrid Discipleship Group and Book Group; and a group discerning if it will divide into two new groups to accommodate a better small group experience.

The learning so far: Discipleship Groups are life-giving intentional groups that generate a loving community of parishioners caring for the spiritual and personal growth of each member.

Interested in being part of a Discipleship Group? Contact Father Ben: [email protected]

Be Nourished: Wednesdays at Trinity

Join us in any way that fits your schedule. Drop in for community supper, or stay for the whole evening. Need child-care? Want to lead a group? Let us know: [email protected]

Wednesdays at Trinity starting September 12

5:30 PM – Short Eucharist
6:15 PM – Community Supper ($7/ Individual $15/Family)
7:00-8:00 PM – Adult Learning

Current Adult Learning Offerings include

Discipleship with Father Ben
Over the course of the Fall, participants will read short works on what is means to follow Christ and live as faithful disciples. Our conversations will be guided by writings from contemporary authors such as Rowan Williams, Barbara Brown Taylor, Richard Rohr, and Sarah Coakley. Through readings and discussion we will discern where we are called at this stage of our lives.

Race & Reconciliation Study Group: The Cross and the Lynching Tree, by James H. Cone
Led by leaders of the Race & Reconciliation Team at Trinity, we’ll read and discuss James H. Cone’s book chapter by chapter, and explore contemporary meditations (song, visual art, poetry, etc.) responding to the”lethal oppression experienced by African Americans that has been formative for both the faith and civic posture of the black community for a very long time.” (Quote from a book review in The Christian Century by Stephen G. Ray Jr.) Call the office to inquire about buying the book.

Back to the Basics Classes with Mother Julia | begins in October
A series of 6-week classes to introduce and re-introduce you to our faith life as christians, and how community life in church feeds our inner call for more spirituality in a demanding world . Topics include: how to read the bible, Anglicanism and the Episcopal Church, life at Trinity, and more.


Friday Healing Eucharist begins September 21

Friday Healing Eucharist | 12:15 – 12:45PM | beginning September 21

With the new program year, Trinity will offer a weekly Healing Eucharist beginning Friday, September 21. This contemplative service will offer readings from scripture, short meditation, silence, and prayers for those parishioners on our prayer list and anyone on your heart. Anointing with oil will be offered as well. This healing service will take place in the Church Chancel. All are welcome to participate.

Welcome Faith Hennings, Trinity’s new Finance Assistant

Faith Hennings joined the staff in early August and is responsible for carrying out the financial policies and procedures of Trinity Episcopal Church. This includes matters related to accounts receivable, accounts payable, cash receipts and disbursements, payroll, fund accounting, investments reporting, bank and investments reconciliations, credit card expenses and expense accounts monitoring and reconciliations. As well she oversees reporting of shared facilities expenses of Trinity Episcopal Church and St. Richard’s Episcopal School.

Prior to joining Trinity, Faith worked in similar positions at Rescare in Indianapolis and Mt. Sinai Hospital in Chicago. Originally from Chicago, Faith is a proud mother of five amazing children and is an avid reader.

“Since I have started working here it has been an amazing experience, working with such a welcoming group of people who have embraced me like family.” – Faith Hennings

Trinity has a Seminarian Intern for outreach

Jennifer Fisher will join Trinity as the Seminarian for Outreach in early September. She’ll be spending 15 hours a week working with clergy, staff, and lay leaders on service projects and outreach initiatives.

Jennifer is the former Associate Pastor of Forefront Church in Brooklyn New York. She co-founded that community in 2011/2012 first as a volunteer, then a part-time staff member, and was ordained as Associate Pastor in 2014.

In 2017 Jen, her husband, and 8-month old son, made the difficult decision to relocate to Indianapolis, Indiana, where she is now earning her Master of Divinity at Christian Theological Seminary with certificates in Yoga & Spirituality and Marriage and Family Studies. She received a full scholarship and stipend to pursue her education thanks to the Lily Endowment and The Discipleship Project. While in school full-time, she continues to serve as a Co-Director of Launch, a progressive church-planting organization and as the Events Coordinator for the With Collective, where she’s planning the fall national conference this November featuring Nadia Bolz-Weber, Brian McLaren and more.

She has an extensive professional background in producing, event management, and non-profit leadership in NYC and around the country. An artist at heart, she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Performance from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a certificate in Shakespeare studies from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Jennifer is a native of Shorewood, IL and was baptized and confirmed in the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

“I met Mother Julia in January when she presented at Christian Theological Seminary. She talked about Trinity Haven and the thriving outreach ministry at Trinity, and we connected over our recent moves from New York City. My family and I are excited to get to know the Trinity community, to learn from an established church doing incredible work in their neighborhood, and to contribute to your mission through our gifts for service and hospitality. I really feel so grateful that God led me to Mother Julia and the good people I’ve already met at Trinity. I look forward to meeting and serving alongside all of you in the year ahead!”

Faith in Indiana Youth and Young Adult Conversation

Faith in Indiana Youth and Young Adult Conversation

September 9 from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Holy Family  Fishers

All youth and young adults are invited to join an advocacy event led by Juard Barnes from Faith in Indiana.

At the event, young people will be equipped and empowered to share their voices and faith during the fall midterm election season. The program includes time to discuss current issues with peers, explore how these issues relate to people of faith, and create a plan for action and advocacy in your home, school and community. A livestream will be available for those who are unable to attend in person. Dinner will be provided. Contact Victoria Hoppes or Fatima Yakubu-Madus with questions.

RSVP online. 

Faithful Voting

Faithful Voting Efforts Get Underway
Faith in Indiana phonebank; new voter toolkit from Episcopal Church

Faith in Indiana is launching a non-partisan effort to mobilize more than 100,000 voters in the midterm elections in November with phone banks from August until October. Last week, Episcopal News Service featured the work of the diocese in a story about Episcopalians mobilizing voting efforts that included an interview with Deacon Fatima Yakuba-Madus.

Christ Church Cathedral and St. Christopher’s, Carmel, are both hosting phone banks; to volunteer, please email the coordinator for the site of your choice and indicate the date you can help.

Christ Church Cathedral
Dates: August 27, September 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
Time: 6-8 p.m. Eastern
To volunteer, please email Jude Magers.

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Carmel:
Dates: September 24, October 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
Time: 6-8 p.m. Eastern
To volunteer, please email Stephanie Grabow.

The Episcopal Public Policy Network has released a “Vote Faithfully Toolkit” which includes actions and prayers in advance of the November elections.

Download the toolkit and learn more on the Episcopal Public Policy Network website.