Christian Education

Committee Chair: Laura Mitchell

The goal of the Christian Education Ministry is to provide every member of the congregation opportunities to be actively involved in scriptural study.  The responsibility of the ministry includes child and adult Sunday School, the Shuey Memorial Church Library, Vacation Bible School, adult Bible studies and retreats and other special events.

Bible Studies – Bible studies continue to an important and well-received ministry at HTLC.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, these studies were held through Zoom meetings.

Vacation Bible School – Tentative dates for 2022 VBS are TBD, as is the theme for next year.  VBS is coordinated by Laura Mitchell.

Holston Manor Christmas Project – Each year holiday baskets are provided through donations from congregation members for the residents of Holston Manor (~30 baskets) as well as elderly or shut-in members of HTLC as needed.  Members “adopt angels” for whom to purchase items to be included in the baskets.

Stephen Ministry – chaired by Loretta Nitschke, the mission of Stephen Ministry is to provide a system of training and organizing lay persons for one-on-one caring ministry in our congregation.  Holy Trinity has been a Stephen Ministry Congregation for nearly 40 years.  Stephen Ministry is an interdenominational ministry that equips lay persons to provide distinctively Christian one-on-one care to those in a congregation who are experiencing a variety of life circumstances.  Stephen Ministers make visits weekly for as long as there is a need for a listening ear (often 1-3 years).  Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry, so unless you are a Stephen Minister or someone receiving care, you won’t hear a lot about Stephen Ministry at HTLC.  Stephen Ministers commit to 2 years of service after completing 50 hours of training.  Topics covered in training include confidentiality, listening, distinctive Christian Caring, providing spiritual care, feelings, assertiveness, maintaining boundaries, crisis theory, grief, recognizing need for mental health professionals, depression, suicide and monthly supervision.

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