Integrated Spirituality and The Anglican Catechism

We deeply desire that our heads and our hearts and our wills are all engaged in loving God and experiencing His love for us. We call this Integrated Spirituality.

We seek to know God faithfully and love Him personally. We know Him and His character as He is seen in Jesus; we know Him by and through the infilling of His Holy Spirit; and consequently, we know Him by and in the Scriptures. We love Him, our Father God, with a personal sense of His character and His love in our emotions and our decisions in life. 

Our platform for this undertaking in Integrated Spirituality is our Anglican Catechism. It supports knowing God faithfully in that it is Biblically sound, historically reliable, and locally relevant. By that we mean 3 things:

  1. The Catechism is little more than Scripture itself. (Biblical).

  2. It, or some like version of it, has been used by Believers for centuries to be ever-more-firmly grounded in God. (Historic).

  3. It has a particular Anglican flavor as we try to be a true-to-ourselves outpost of God's kingdom in Gleneagle and Colorado Springs. (Local)  

All this in order to know God faithfully and love Him personally.

CHURCH GATHERED and SCATTERED

During this time, we are designing our church life  - Gathered and Scattered - to live into our pursuit of Integrated Spirituality. We are starting at our more communal levels, i.e., Church Gathered on Sunday for Worship and Discipleship, and moving into our more individual levels, i.e. Life Groups and one-on-one sessions. All ages - lower elementary through adults - will be focusing on this broad topic for the entire 4 weeks. 

As a Church Gathered in Sunday worship, the preaching and music and liturgy will focus on our Catechism topic: God the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth. 

Our Sunday morning Teaching and Community Time (TCT) will, across all age groups, likewise focus on the topic with a special emphasis on what and how we teach, so as to lean into, as stated above, knowing God faithfully and love Him personally.

As a Church Scattered, we are asking, but not requiring, our Life Groups to take advantage of resources that we are sharing in order to continue drilling down on God the Father as we meet during these 4 weeks.

Jonathon Thigpen has found family devotionals around this very topic, God the Father, that are geared for our younger children. Please look for them in the Fellowship Hall, bring them home from Childrens TCT, ask him for copies, and happily receive them when he offers them to you. :-)

In addition, for one-on-one processing, we have certified Counselors and Spiritual Directors as well as Clergy available to spend time individually with anyone who desires to go even deeper in their relationship with God our Father.  

Based on our experience and how God leads, we anticipate that this will become a regular feature of our Life together over the year to come and into the future.  

We have posted a brochure describing this first series on God the Father. You can find it through this link: Integrated Spirituality Brochure.

Great Opportunities to Learn about HTAC

We have two great opportunities in the coming weeks to get to know more about Holy Trinity Anglican Church.

If you are a visitor, new attender, or anyone who wants a chance to visit with Pastor Matt and other leaders to learn about our Church, please plan to attend our Newcomers Lunch on Sunday, November 11 at 12:30 pm.

The Newcomers Lunch is relaxed and informal. Over lunch, the conversation is Q&A-driven, and we talk and answer questions to give you an opportunity to learn more about who we are and what we do here at Holy Trinity.

If you would like to attend our next Newcomers Lunch on November 11, please RSVP so that we can plan food accordingly! You can RSVP by signing up online or by emailing Mark in the Church office!

Also on Sunday, November 11, we will have our Membership Class, in which we review the theology and history of Holy Trinity and of Anglicanism in general. This is a comprehensive class on our collective and foundational beliefs, and it offers a look into what membership at HTAC is all about.

Whether you are seeking membership or not, this is an excellent class for learning more about HTAC and is highly recommended for anyone wanting a deeper understanding of our church. It is also a required experience for those wanting to become members of HTAC and qualify for voting in the annual meeting in January.

If you are interested in the membership class which runs from 2:00 to 5:00 pm, please RSVP by signing up online, or emailing Mark. If you want to attend but the scheduled date/time does not work for you, please discuss it with Pastor Matt.

Planning for Summer Rwanda Trip

We have an amazing ministry opportunity in the planning stages at Holy Trinity Anglican Church. We are planning a missions trip to Rwanda in the summer of 2019 — likely in the June or July time frame.

If you are interested, even remotely, in participating with others from the Church in this trip to visit our sister parish in Rwanda, we invite you to let us know. As our plans develop, we can share with you information about the trip and answer your questions.

If you wish to be included in future communications, please contact the Church office at 719.505.8021 or via email at mark@holytrinityanglicanchurch.org.

Halloween Harvest Festival

We will be hosting a big Halloween event at the Church with costumes and treats and great games and fun. There will even be a costume contest with prizes for the kids! We hope to see our families - adults and kids alike - involved in this great Fall event. If you are willing to volunteer to help with the planning of this event or for the event itself, please connect with Jonathon Thigpen at holytrinitychildmin@gmailcom or at 719.373.7599. We are really hoping to make this a neighborhood event that includes kids from the surrounding housing complexes, so Jonathon is looking for many hands to help with the festival.

Operation Christmas Child

We will be holding our annual Operation Christmas Child event on Saturday, November 10, to put together the Christmas shoeboxes to be distributed to children around the world by Samaritan's Purse ministry.

This year, we have decided to schedule the OCC shoebox event for a Saturday morning, so we aren’t pressed for time between services on Sunday. Also, a Saturday event will allow those who are committed to our TCT programs on Sunday to participate in the shoebox activities.

We need volunteers! We could use three or four people to help with the refreshments and the coordination of the shoebox contents on the 10th.

Please mark your calendar and plan on spending a couple of hours with your church family on November 10 helping to spread the love of Jesus to disadvantaged children around the world.

For more information, please go to samaritanspurse.org/occ or call/see Ashley Carlson or the HTAC Office at 719.505.8021.

New Life Group Meeting at the Church

We have launched a new Life Group that will be meeting at the church on Monday nights, beginning in October.  This new Life Group will be co-led by Fr. Matt Burnett and Ben Holsteen.

If you’ve been waiting to get started with a Life Group here at Holy Trinity, this new group is a perfect opportunity to plug in! Take advantage of the change to connect with a small community, get to know others in the Church, and make new friendships.  This group will be a launching pad for one or more neighborhood-based Life Groups that will start after the first of the New Year.

The coming meeting dates for this new Life Group through the end of the year are as follows:

·         November 5, 6:30-8:30 pm

·         November 19, 6:30-8:30 pm

·         December 3, 6:30-8:30 pm

For more information or to sign up for the group, please contact the Church office via email at mark@holytrinityanglicanchurch.org or via phone at 719.505.8021. It will help us a lot to know how many plan to attend.