Adults - Classes and Groups
There’s no better way to get to know others at Trinity than by participating in an educational class, short-term small group experience or ongoing service group. Drop by and explore what’s going on. Newcomers are welcomed to every group!
Sunday Morning Educational Classes
THE TRINITY SEMINAR - Bill Jeffers
The Bible was written for adults. It was designed to be read aloud and to be discussed among religious people seeking to gain a greater understanding of how God’s word can have an impact upon the way we perceive the world and the way we conduct our daily lives. If that is true, why do we spend so little time actually reading the Bible?
In the Trinity Seminar, we take one small section of the Bible and read it aloud from start to finish. At frequent intervals, we discuss what we have just read, try to understand the context in which it was written, and examine the ways in which it speaks to us today.
I understand that this might appear to be boring to some, but the regular attendees of this class would likely say that the class has given them a fresh understanding of the scriptures.
This year, we have decided to read the Gospel according to John. While comparisons of this gospel with the other three gospels is useful, we point out how John portrays Jesus in a very different light. His gospel attempts to explain what Jesus meant, not exactly what he said. Since John was written later than the other gospels, he attempts to provide a theological understanding of the meaning of Jesus’ life and death on the cross.
When you spend some time with John’s gospel, you begin to realize why this book has been one of the most powerful books in the Bible in bringing people to Christ.
We welcome new members to the class. If you feel as though you need to find out what we have covered in the past few weeks, the lessons are posted on this website. Such preparation is not necessary.
The class meets in the Library at 9:30. Our next class will meet on January 5th in the New Year. Copies of class handouts are below:
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UNDERSTANDING OUR COMPLEX WORLD
Leader: Larry Aggens
For more than 20 years this ecumenical group has read and discussed significant books related to science, public policy, economics, psychology, and much more. Meeting on Saturday mornings every six weeks (9:00 to 11:00 am), the conversations are lively, challenging, and fun.
SUNDAYS AT SEVEN
Leaders: Jim and Loretta Stein
Sunday evenings at 7:00 in various homes We have discovered that first-run movies and classic films can inspire stimulating discussion. This group is always fun! Movies discussed have included Hurt Locker, Up in the Air, and The Bucket List. Please contact Jim or Loretta Stein for details. They can be reached through the church office (847-251-7333).
LENTEN PRAYER PARTNERS
Leader: Beth Swann
Here is an opportunity to enrich our prayer life, strengthen our connection with others, and stretch our faith: joining with a prayer partner during the six weeks before Easter. Partners agree upon the frequency with which they will talk with one another during Lent and the aspects of their lives about which they would like to pray. They may pray together, individually, or both.
DISCIPLE BIBLE STUDY
Leader: Tom Board
DISCIPLE Bible study is a small-group program that reads and discusses the Bible from Genesis to Revelation in 34 evening discussion meetings. If you’ve ever said, “I’d like to know the Bible in depth,” this is one of the very best ways to begin. The study group meets weekly for between 2 and 2 1/2 hours to view a video, discuss the weekly readings, and explore faith together. Each student receives a workbook with daily reading assignments, background information, and questions for reflection. Daily assignments take between 30 and 60 minutes. DISCIPLE Bible study is a discipline you will grow to love.
TRINITY BOOK GROUP
Leader: Claire Prince
Love to read? Enjoy getting together with a group of women of all ages for a casual evening of light refreshments and conversation about a book you have all read? Then consider joining the Trinity Book Group. The meetings are held in members' homes on the third Tuesday of each month, September through June. Everyone has input into the books chosen, and they are a mixture of fic- tion and nonfiction. Discussions are informal and are led by the hostess for the evening. Contact Claire Prince at email above or call 224/213-7304
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN'S CIRCLES
There are a number of women’s groups meeting throughout the school year, often in members’ homes, committed to study, fellowship, and missions. Information about meeting times and places can be found on the web page calendar.
Leader: Libby Traer
The group prays in response to requests from members of the congregation. Everyone at Trinity is welcome to join. The circle leader notifies group members of specific requests; members pray as they are able.
Leader: Pam James
Ruth Circle is an social group for women who enjoy Christian fellowship. We have a monthly dinner meeting on the third Monday of the month from September through May at 5:00 p.m. at area restaurants. New members are always welcome!
Contact: Jane McGee
If you’d like to make new friends, come join us in the Deborah Circle. From September through May our meetings are the third Thursday of the month at 12:30 noon in member’s homes. We share dessert, conversation and support for one another.
Leader: Pam James
We are a small group that meets to sew infant quilts and small stuffed animals for newborns and infants, and drawstring tote bags for mothers. We also knit hats and booties for the babies at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County. We meet the 2nd, 4th and 5th Tuesdays of the month from Labor Day until Memorial Day from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in Room 107. Bring a lunch and join us for the entire time, or be part of the circle for just the morning or afternoon – whatever works for you! We appreciate all donations of cotton or cotton/poly fabric suitable for infant quilts or yarn for the hats and booties.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Leader: Amy Reimer
The Trinity Prayer Shawl group knits and crochets shawls to be given to those going through times of struggle or joy. It is a way to let them physically feel God's loving arms wrapped around them. In our first 6 months we made and distributed 15 shawls. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. Everyone who knits or crochets, or would like to learn is more than welcome.
Georgia Harkness Circle
Georgia Harkness is a social group for women, primarily in mid-life. Our mission is to celebrate each other's blessings and to provide support and encouragement for our members as we experience life's challenges. We meet on the third Thursday of each month in member's homes. New members are most welcome. We especially encourage visitors for our cookie exchange in December and for our salad supper in June!
Clampitt Lecture Series
The Clampitt Committee is named for its donor, Kendall Clampitt, who made a generous donation to Trinity in the 1980's. The funding allows Trinity to provide our community with the gift of concerts, lectures and performances that encourage the interrelationship of mind, spirit and the creative arts. Programs have included jazz concerts, Baroque violin, Rising Stars of the Lyric Opera, poets, authors, and internationally acclaimed artists. The Committee's responsibility is to plan, coordinate and promote the Clampitt events. If you are interested in the arts, this committee could use your talents. Specifically, we need individuals to provide creative ideas, coordinate publicity, and assist with post-concert receptions.