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We gather seeking God, and go out serving God, loving one another as God loves us.

That, in a nutshell, is what we're all about at Trinity Episcopal Church. It's our mission statement, but we try to put it to use in every worship service, project, or outreach mission we take on.

Trinity is a parish in the Diocese of North Carolina. We are a warm, inclusive community which draws strength from the diversity of its individuals. Worshiping, learning, and serving together, we welcome all in the name of Christ. There is space for you as we journey together.

People | Worship | Christian Education | Parish History

 

 

People

 

The Reverend Brad Mullis

Brad has served as Trinity’s Rector since September 2003. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from Davidson College, an M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an M.Div. from Duke University. His M.Div work included a year of study at Virginia Theological Seminary.

You can find Brad lending a hand all across church functions. With his many talents, he leads us from the pulpit, from the choir stall, from the altar and most of all from his heart.

Brad was ordained in 1996. Prior to coming to Trinity he served at Church of the Nativity in Raleigh, NC. He is married to his wife, Ellyn, and together they have two children, Sally and Charlie.

 



Susie Medlin, Church Administrator
Originally from Gastonia, Suzie moved back to North Carolina after spending 23 years in northern Indiana. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her grandchildren. She also enjoys Facebook! After living in Northern Indiana for so long she has become a Notre Dame fan. She is an active member of her church, Charis Community Church. Susie has always worked for not for profit organizations including, the Council for the Aging, a Military School and was a director for a church day care.

 

Sam Holt, Organist and Choirmaster
Sam joined Trinity's staff in July 2006. Having played the organ since age 15, Sam took formal training in organ at Meredith College while he was a full time student at Noth Carolina State University. Sam 's knowledge and love of the music and liturgy of the Episcopal Church are obvious to all who worship with him. His enthusiasm is infectious. Sam and his wife, Debbie, have two daughters.

Sam brings musical energy to our services, teaching our choirs and congregation new music, reinforcing music we already know, and inspiring us to reach farther with our voices than we had thought possible. Sam believes that "music is central to our worship, central to sharing the word of God and the promises of our faith."

 

 

Sherry George, Preschool Director
Biography coming soon.

 

 

The Trinity Vestry

Our Vestry is a body of confirmed Episcopalians, members of Trinity Episcopal Church, who serve as volunteer chairs of or liaisons to the committees that actively carry out the work of this parish. All members of the Vestry, except the treasurers and the secretary, are elected to serve a three year term. Any confirmed adult member of the parish is eligible to run for vestry and to vote in the election, which is held at the Annual Meeting of the congregation in the fall of each year.

 

Vestry and Officers
including committee responsibilities and year in which their term ends in parenthesis.

 

Mr. Will Fanjoy, Senior Warden & Finance (2014)
Mrs. Anne Rhyne, Music & Worship (2014)
Mr. Clay Crouch, Communications (2014)
Mrs. Cathy Marshall, Pastoral Care (2014)
Mr. Layton Getsinger, Outreach (2015)
Mr. James Hogan, Communications & Website (2015)
Mr. Jim Lawton, Treasurer
Mrs. Carol H. Leach, Vestry Secretary

Mr. Bill Neely, Junior Warden (2013)
Mrs. Re Johnston, Parish Life (2013)
Mr. Andrew Rutter, Young Adults (2013)
Mr. Bob Foster, Adult Education (2013)
Mr. Scott Rankin, Youth (2013)
Mrs. Kim Dockery, Newcomers & Evangelism (2015)
Mrs. Evie Caldwell, Assistant Treasurer

 

 

 

 

Worship

Joyful and uplifting, worship at Trinity embraces the breadth of the Anglican tradition, as expressed in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. Our regular worship is centered in the celebration of Holy Eucharist, known by Christians of other denominations as Holy Communion, the Lord’s Supper, or Mass.

Sunday worship services are at 8 AM and 10:30 AM. Both services are celebrations of the Holy Eucharist. The 8 AM service is a simple, quiet service which includes a sermon and the more traditional language of the Prayer Book. The 10:30 AM service includes the parish choir, hymns, and more contemporary language. Nursery care is available for the 10:30 AM service year round. On Wednesdays we celebrate a simple service of Holy Eucharist at 12:15PM.

During certain liturgical seasons and on special Holy Days there are additional services offered. Offerings of Evening Prayer, Morning Prayer, Healing Services and Taize Services are celebrated at different times during the year.

Trinity Episcopal Church welcomes all Baptized Christians to receive Holy Communion. Baptised children of any age are welcome at the Communion rail to receive Communion or a blessing at the discretion of their parents. Congregational participation is a hallmark of worship in the Episcopal Church. The service bulletin, available from an usher at the entrance of the church, guides you through the service, utilizing the Book of Common Prayer and the hymnal, which are available in every pew.

Episcopal worship is not a spectator sport! The congregation is active in the Episcopal Church, sharing in the readings, the spoken prayers and the music. Standing, sitting and kneeling are all a part of our worship. Generally we stand to sing, for the Affirmation of Faith and for the reading of the Gospel Lesson. Some people stand at the Communion Rail and for prayer, though most people kneel for both. The members of our church are welcoming and friendly. If you have any questions the person sitting near you should be happy to give you help. Although there are many life long Episcopalians in our parish, there are also many who are relatively new to the Episcopal Church. We are all learning as we go on our journey of faith. No one should ever feel awkward about asking a question or needing a little help along the way.

 

 

Christian Education

Opportunities for young people, from infants to older teens, abound within Trinity Parish. From nursery through confirmation, from junior choir through acolyte, from Christmas Pageants through Youth Sunday, from Preschool or Vacation Bible School through youth group trips to diocesan events, from having snacks in Sunday School to cooking pancakes for the congregation on Shrove Tuesday, the youth of our parish fill many roles that are vital to the health of our church family. Christian Education, learning what it means to be a Christian in the Episcopal tradition, growing up in the house of God and having fun along the way; this is what our Christian Ed for children and youth is all about. Join us. You are welcome here.

Godly Play

Pre-schoolers (ages 3 and 4) use the “Godly Play” approach to Christian Education and spiritual formation. Developed and tested over twenty years by the Rev. Jerome Berryman, the Montessori-based Godly Play approach emphasizes storytelling and responding to God’s word through art, talk, and play. The curriculum is based on sacred stories and parables. In the fall Old Testament stories are the focus; in December , Advent and Christmas stories. The winter and spring emphasize stories about Jesus and Jesus’ parables.

The Episcopal Children’s Curriculum (ECC)

Kindergarteners through fifth-graders use the Episcopal Children’s Curriculum produced at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria. The ECC introduces children in age-appropriate ways to the Bible, the Book of Common Prayer, and the Hymnal. This lectionary-based curriculum offers 36 lessons per academic year divided in to four quarters. In each year of the curriculum, the first quarter always teaches the Old Testament and the second quarter looks at the teachings of Jesus. The third quarter focuses on Sacraments and Worship. The fourth quarter looks at the church through its music, its saints, and its history. Each class level has supplementary materials available such as take-home cards or books. It is hoped that these materials will help parents continue the process of Christian formation at home.

The Journey to Adulthood

Developed at St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church in Durham in the mid-1980’s, the Journey to Adulthood emphasizes life skills as well as theological and spiritual education. The curriculum operates with two basic premises: "Our manhood and womanhood are gifts from God; our adulthood is something we earn." Throughout the Journey, adults and youth work together to help youth appreciate themselves and one another as growing children of God, while working toward those healthy competencies which earn them adult status in the Christian community.

The first stage of the Journey, “Rite-13,” is for 6th and 7th graders. In addition to meeting each Sunday at 9:30 a.m., Rite-13 meets occasionally on Sunday afternoons or evenings for fellowship or service activities. Also, around the thirteenth birthday of each young person, he or she participates in the Rite-13 ceremony marking a symbolic passage into manhood or womanhood.

J2A is for 8th and 9th graders and will also meet each Sunday at 9:30 and occasionally on Sunday afternoons or evenings. The highlight of J2A is a pilgrimage during which, through service, reflection, and fellowship each young person will seek a deeper relationship with God. Confirmation instruction also occurs during J2A.

Christian Ed for older youth is being transformed into Young Adults in the Church, or YAC, for short. As the youth who have experienced J2A progress, the YAC program will grow. Our teens have numerous opportunities presently for their Christian Education. In addition to the programs we have described, teens are welcome in the Adult Forum, at the Sunday Morning Book Study, and assisting adults in teaching younger children’s classes.

Youth Confirmation

Young persons preparing for Confirmation receive instruction as part of the J2A portion of Journey to Adulthood. For most of them this will be around ninth grade. This time of learning focuses on what it means to be a Christian in the Episcopal tradition. We review the Bible, the creeds, and the history of our denomination, and talk about what it means to be a Christian in today's world. Only a Bishop can confirm, so Confirmation Instruction is scheduled to coincide with a Bishop's visit to Trinity.
Vacation Bible School

In an intergenerational Trinity treat which occurs every summer, children of the parish join many of our youth and adults for a week of fun and learning, Vacation Bible School. Whatever the theme, whatever the format, VBS is always a joyful endeavor.

More Resources for Children and Youth

The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina offers a wealth of activities for teens. Trinity youth participating in many of these diocesan activities have experienced fun, inspiration, companionship, and growth. Information about the diocesan youth programs can be found at http://www.episdionc.com/youth.

Another resource available to our youth is Camp Kanuga, located in the beautiful mountains outside of Hendersonville, NC. The website for Camp Kanuga is http://www.Kanuga.org/camps.

 

 

 

 

 

Parish History

Trinity Episcopal Church was organized as The Chapel of the Cross in 1858. The congregation built a church on Walnut Street in 1875 to serve its 25 members and took the name Trinity Church. The Walnut Street church stands today and is the Quaker Meeting House.
Holy Cross Church, Statesville’s African-American Episcopal congregation, was formed in 1887. The Holy Cross congregation held services on Washington Avenue in a building which is no longer standing.

After nearly 100 years the congregations of these churches merged. Ground was broken on the plot of land on North Center Street at Henkel Road on June 18, 1967, beginning construction of the church building that is home to our parish today. The Blessing of Trinity Episcopal Church was held September 28, 1968.

 

 

 

 

 

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801 Henkel Road, Statesville, North Carolina 28677
Tel: (704) 872-6314 | Fax: (704) 872-6315



 





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