At Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, we try to offer education, spiritual, and social programs to meet the needs of everyone from families with children to Seniors. Wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here! Please browse the tabs below:
Bibles and Books
Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM
Bible and Books meet on Sunday mornings to discuss the assigned reading from a variety of interesting books and sometimes the group may watch DVD series.
On Sundays, at 9:00 AM, the word is energetic! While children are invited to all services, they fully take part in this liturgy which focuses on the needs unique to their developmental stages in connecting with God and experiencing our Episcopal worship. There is a simple Bible story or lesson in place of a sermon, lively songs, interactive prayers, and Holy Communion. Parents, grandparents, and families with children attend and enjoy this uplifting hour! Even folks without children, but who enjoy the lively worship, attend the 9:00 AM.
Children’s Christian Education & Adult Forum
Sundays, 9:45–10:15 AM
Sunday School with the kids takes place at the conclusion of a shortened 9:00 AM service. The kids go downstairs for art or music and a Godly Play Bible story. Parents and adults remain upstairs for an adult forum discussion.
Communion Milestone Program for Children (7 years of age and older) and Parents
Do you have a child/grandchild (7 years of age and older) who are ready to go through the Communion Milestone program? Once a child is baptized they are openly invited to “commune” with their church families at our weekly Eucharist. Upon attaining the age of seven (as rational thinking skills begin) the Church has promoted and practiced for several decades now the opportunity for children to learn more about Holy Communion and its significance in our spiritual development. The program is also designed for parents!
Please contact Fr. William or call our office at (775) 329-4279 to sign up.
Episcopal 101 / Confirmation Class
These classes are for anyone transferring to us from other faith traditions, adults seeking baptism, and those who are just searching for a home church. Members wishing to renew their understanding of our Christian faith and Episcopal practices are also welcome to attend. Classes are usually held in the spring and run no more than two hours. The class is taught by our Dean, Father William.
Please contact Fr. William or call our office at (775) 329-4279 to sign up.
Children & Families
Sundays at 9:00 AM — Children’s Eucharist with Parents & Adults. The word is energetic! While children are invited to all services, they fully take part in this liturgy which focuses on the needs unique to their developmental stages in connecting with God and experiencing our Episcopal worship. There is a simple Bible story or lesson in place of a sermon, lively songs, interactive prayers, and Holy Communion. Parents, grandparents, and families with children attend and enjoy this uplifting hour! Even folks without children, but who enjoy the lively worship, attend the 9:00 AM.
Links to online games, art, and puzzles that retell the week’s Gospel story are given to the children every week at the 9:00 AM service as part of a coloring handout so families can continue the fun and enhance their kids’ Christian Education at home.
Children’s Christian Education Sundays, 9:45–10:15 AM — Sunday School with the kids takes place at the conclusion of the 9:00 AM service. The kids go downstairs for art or music and a Godly Play Bible story. Parents and adults remain upstairs for an adult forum discussion.
On Christmas Eve, we have a special children’s service early in the afternoon so you can get your little ones tucked into bed on time.
Baptisms: We love baptisms at Trinity! Interested in Baptism for yourself, your child, or grandchild? Please contact one of the clergy if you would like to become the newest member of the Christian Church. There is simple but important instruction which is not burdensome in preparation.
Epiphany party in early January with procession of the Three Kings to the Creche (Nativity Scene) and then a potluck with King Cake!
Palm Sunday liturgy in the park across from the Church with our brothers and sisters from other downtown churches. The biggest thrill is Pancho the Donkey always attends, and the kids love him!
Easter Egg Hunt for the kids is usually held on the Saturday morning before Easter.
Flowering of the cross on Easter morning! As children and their families arrive, they are invited to put a cut flower into a cross frame symbolizing new life.
Oxbow Nature Study Area retreat: This kid-friendly retreat held in early June is held at the beautiful Oxbow Nature Study Area in downtown Reno off Dickerson Road. Kids can walk, explore, and receive crayons and special coloring pages of the wildlife indigenous to the park. Parents have a chance to deepen their spirituality through reflection, prayer, walking, and writing.
Vacation Church School: Depending on parental interest and volunteers, we have offered a Vacation Church School during the summer break.
Seniors teach kids the games they played as kids! Sometime during the summer, we take a morning for the seniors of the congregation to teach the simple games they used to love as kids such as jacks, marbles, and hopscotch.
The Blessing of the Backpacks — Before school begins in August, we invite the children to bring their backpacks to church for a special blessing!
St. Francis Day: In early October, we celebrate St. Francis Day by bringing our pets to church! This short service usually takes place the first or second Sunday in October in the afternoon. This is such a popular service that we are often joined by many people who don’t usually attend Trinity. If you are unable to bring your pet or if you have lost a beloved animal companion, you can bring a picture or a memento from them and the priest will say a blessing for them. Kids are also welcome to bring stuffed animals for a blessing!
The Blessing of the Pumpkins — The Sunday before Halloween, kids get to bring their pumpkins for a blessing.
The Christmas Pageant —Often the highlight of the kids’ year, Christmas Eve, all children are invited to participate in the annual Impromptu Christmas Pageant. Everyone gets a part, even little ones that parents have to carry get to be angels! Nothing gets you in the Christmas spirit like little ones in tinsel halos.
For further information about our Children & Family offerings, please contact Rev. Mikayla at 775-329-4279, Extension 13, or E-mail her at RevMikayla@TrinityReno.org
Serves Sunday mornings @ 10:30 AM
Our young acolyte teams consist of children from the age of nine through High School. This ministry was initiated in 2015 to serve at the Sunday morning 10:30 AM service as well as additional feast days like Christmas and Easter. These young people are well trained and serve at least once a month.
Each acolyte can serve in any of these capacities: carry the cross, be a Torch Bearer, light and extinguish the office lights (and Altar candles during Feast Seasons), and ring the Sanctus bells. They can also be trained to be thurifers and banner bearers.
We now have a total of 8 acolytes.
The joy, indeed fun, they experience in serving is a delight to me. They are dedicated and absolutely sincere in their ministry. Each acolyte is so careful and reverent while serving. One acolyte thrilled me by telling me after the first time she served: “that was sooooooo fun! I can’t wait to do it again!” I am enriched by having these young people in my life. I cherish each one. I feel grateful I am a part of their ministry to Christ and their life in the church. I am so honored to know them, be a part of their life in Christ, and serve them.
Episcopal Youth Community
Every Sunday from 1:00-2:30 PM
Our Youth Group, the Episcopal Youth Community, meets the first and third Sundays of the month for education, spiritual growth, and fun! All students in Grades 6–12 are welcome to join us! You don’t have to be Episcopalian to attend, so be sure to invite your friends!
In our meetings, we start out with prayer and a shared meal, a short worship experience, then we have a planned topical discussion, and activity.
In the past, we have discussed topics ranging from homelessness to racism, unloaded water for the homeless, created portraits of saints, colored a beautiful Advent Mural, and raised money to cover all our activities with our holiday evergreen sales. We’ve also had a lot of fun going to movies and had a party at a trampoline park!
A Lot of Good Men
ALOGM has “no agenda” monthly gatherings where the group share meals (breakfast and lunch usually) at various venues in Reno. The “First Saturday” breakfasts are obviously always on a Saturday and other monthly events are scheduled during different days of the week with weekend events drawing the higher attendance. We encourage all men of Trinity to come and know each other in a more causal environment.
Divinely Fine Women
The DFW is a wonderful social outlet for the women of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Every month emails are sent to approximately 70 women announcing the venue for our monthly luncheon. In addition to the luncheons being an opportunity to catch ups, we also send cards to those who are having a hard time of it. We meet in people’s homes and in restaurants. A joint potluck dinner of the two groups is held every year.
This is a program designed to bring members, new members and prospective members together strictly for fellowship with a meal; this is not about holding “church business” but a fun and simple way to get to know one another better. Groups of 6-8 persons are formed and each takes an opportunity to host the group at their home. The host person usually provides the main course or meat dish and a plan for side dishes. The remaining group members volunteer to bring food items and beverages.
An ongoing invitation is extended to Seniors to share their talents and experience by participating in the ministries of our Cathedral community and to connect with other members of the parish: Circle of Friends (telephone circle), Naomi & Ruth (life transitions), Baby Bundles, Sack Lunch Ministry, A Lot of Good Men, Divinely Fine Women, Prayer Shawls, Eucharistic Visitors, and You are Not Alone (illness support group). These ministries and other items of interest specifically to seniors are described below. Questions about how you, as a Senior can be involved? Please speak to one of the clergy at Church or call the Church office.
Ongoing programs of interest to Seniors
Bible & Books — (Sundays at 9:00 AM) Join us to discuss a current book we are reading. We meet in Conference Room A, on the ground floor of the Parish Hall. (Runs during the school year; off for the summer.)
Weekly Bible Study — (Fridays at 11:00 AM) Facilitated by Rev. Rick, each week we spend about forty-five minutes casually discussing the Gospel reading for the coming Sunday. There is no preparation or homework, just drop in. We meet in Conference Room A, on the ground floor of the Parish Hall. (Runs during the school year; off for the summer.)
Pipes on the River — (1st & 3rd Fridays of every month at Noon) This is our free organ concert series. It is well attended. Bring your lunch! (No concerts in August)
Donate Food to help the Hungry — (Saturdays & Sundays at Church) You can donate food in the red barrels near both entrances to the Sanctuary. All donations go to St. Paul’s Food Pantry, our sister church in Sparks.
Baby Bundles — (1st Thurs. of every month) Meets downstairs in the Church to put together layette items for newborns of parents in need.
Prayer Shawl Knitting Group — (Every Thursday at 2:00 PM in Conf. Rm. A of the Parish Hall) Gathers to knit prayer shawls and chat. If you’re new, they will teach you how.
Sack Lunch Ministry — Three times a week on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays, we serve sack lunches to the homeless from 9:30–10:30 AM. Just show up at 9:00 AM on any of these days; we can always use another pair of hands!
Monthly Social Groups for Men and Women — Watch our newsletter for the regular meeting times and locations for Divinely Fine Women and A Lot of Good Men. For more information. click on the “Social Groups” tab above.
You are Not Alone — (3rd Tues. of every month at 4:00 PM) This is a support group to give comfort and support to people suffering with serious medical issues or chronic illness. We meet in Conference Room A, on the ground floor of the Parish Hall.
Naomi & Ruth — (1st Thurs. of every month at 11:00 AM) For those who have lost a loved one or anyone making a life transition. They meet in Conference Room A of the Parish Hall.
Circle of Friends — If you live alone, it feels good to have someone checking on you. Every day, one person calls the next; everyone receives a single check-in call just to be sure they are doing OK. We also provide everyone with our emergency contact information. Reply to this E-mail, if you would like to be on the list.
Special Worship and Prayer opportunities:
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM — Centering Prayer
Thursdays at 12:10 PM — A quiet intimate healing service and Eucharist in the Bishop Lewis Chapel
Eucharistic Visitors — If you are homebound, please know you are still a part of our Cathedral family! Contact our office at 775-329-4279 if you would like to have a team of our Eucharistic Visitors give you a call and set up a time to bring you communion.
Becoming a Eucharistic Visitor — If you feel you might be called to this ministry, please contact our dean, The Rev. Dr. William Stomski. Together you can discern whether you are called to this ministry and talk about the training for it.
Washoe County Senior Events, Meals, and Support — There are some great services, events, meals, and support for seniors, especially those with limited incomes, offered every month through Washoe County. Click the following link for their location menus and a monthly newsletter of events ► https://www.washoecounty.us/seniorsrv/events_calendars_menus.php
Links for Caregivers and Families:
So often as we age, questions arise about caregiving, finances, and assisted living. Below are a couple of resources we hope you will find helpful.
Information and resources for Family Caregiving from AARP ► https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/
Resources and Reviews for Assisted Living in Nevada ► https://www.caring.com/senior-living/assisted-living/nevada