Ministries

Jump to Category: Outreach · Christian Education · Fellowship · Hospitality · Liturgical · Service Ministries A-to-Z: Adult Study Group · Altar Servers · Altar Society · Bookstore · Cantors/Readers
Chapel of the Holy Spirit · Choir · Coffee Hour · Greeters · Grounds Maintenance · Homeless Shelter Ministry
Lending Library · Junior Orthodox Youth Association · Matthew 25 · Men’s Fellowship
Orthodox Christian Fellowship · Orthodox Youth Association · Orthodoxy 101 · Orthodoxy 2.0
Parish Council · Raising Orthodox Christian Kids · Rides to Church · Snyder County Outreach
Sunday School · TLC · TLC-2 · Vacation Bible School · Women’s Ministry · Young Adult Fellowship

To join or receive more information on any of these ministries, contact us using this form.

Outreach Ministries

Merely preserving apostolic teachings is not sufficient to be the Church; our foundation of Faith is solid only if it is put into action.We aspire to serve our Lord Jesus Christ by carrying out His commission to make disciples and minister to the least of His brethren. At Holy Trinity, we are committed to proclaiming the Gospel and bringing the light and love of Christ to our community. We believe that in order to live truly the Gospel we endeavor to proclaim, we must emulate Christ’s commands to evangelize and to take care of needy. We exist for those who are not yet members of the Church.

  • Matthew 25 reaches out and helps disadvantaged and underprivileged persons outside our parish according to the Gospel of Saint Matthew, which reminds us to minister to the hungry, naked, homeless, and imprisoned. Parish-wide drives occur during Lent, September, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Ministries at Holy Trinity will also plan individual events to support the efforts of Matthew 25Ministry News
  • The Homeless Shelter Ministry commits to provide a home-cooked meal to and socialize with the residents of Centre House, a local area homeless shelter run by Housing Transitions.Ministry News
    Second Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., 217 E. Nittany Ave. in State College.
  • Holy Trinity’s Snyder County Outreach provides liturgical, logistical, and spiritual guidance to the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, a growing Orthodox church community in Beavertown.Ministry News
    Sundays, 10 a.m.; first and third Saturdays, 6 p.m., 350 Old Orchard Road in Beavertown. Call (570) 541-8895 or visit the Chapel Web site for details.

Christian Education

Deepen your knowledge of Orthodoxy and spiritually grow through some of the many opportunities we provide for mutual support and edification. We believe in the import-ance of discipleship and offer several ways for you to learn more about Christ and His Church.

  • The Adult Study Group is a ministry led by Fr. John giving those who are already Orthodox an opportunity to grow spiritually with food for the soul. Each session is self-contained. Ministry News
    Second and fourth Tuesdays, 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall.
  • The Parish Bookstore offers books, icons, CDs, and more as a source of edification for the faithful of Holy Trinity and is a helpful resource for those in the community who wish to learn more about the Orthodox Faith. Ministry News Visit the Bookstore Homepage
    Open after the Divine Liturgy on Sundays, and by appointment.
  • The Lending Library is a cooperative exchange of pre-owned books that parishioners offer to be circulated among fellow members and friends of Holy Trinity. Books are loaned out for six weeks at a time and can be renewed up to three times. View the Current Catalog
  • Orthodoxy 101 is perfect for all inquirers of the Orthodox Faith: its history, doctrine, and worship.
    First Wednesdays, 7 p.m., in the Parish Hall.
  • Orthodoxy 2.0 is designed for catechumens who are preparing to be received into the Church at Pascha. Classes are based upon the catechetical lectures of St. Cyril of Jerusalem. Ministry News
    Classes begin each Lent and continue through Bright Friday.
  • Sunday School is a comprehensive four-tier education program for children ages 3 and up. Ministry News
    Sundays, 9 a.m. (September through May), in the Parish Hall.
  • Vacation Bible School is an enriching and fun weeklong summer program for all area children entering pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade. Learn More Register Online

Fellowship Ministries

In the Book of Acts (2:42), early Christians devoted themselves to the Apostles’ teaching and fellowship (koinonia, or “common life”). Among the groups that regularly meet for Christian fellowship at Holy Trinity are:

  • Men’s Fellowship is an opportunity for men, young and old, to gather monthly for breakfast and spiritual reflection. Ministry News 
    Third Saturdays, 9 a.m., in the Parish Hall.
  • The Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) strives to foster a strong, lifelong commitment to Christ among students through a supportive community that witnesses the Gospel to the campus. Ministry News
    Thursdays, 6 p.m., for Dinner and Discussion, at 122 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center on campus.
  • The Orthodox Youth Association (OYA, grades 9-12) and the Junior Orthodox Youth Association (JrOYA, grades 5-8) hold monthly activities and service projects for teens and preteens to build strong, Christ-centered relationships.Ministry News Full Year Permission Slip One-Time Activity Form
    Second Sundays, 6 p.m., in the Parish Hall (Jr. OYA); quarterly, times and locations vary (OYA),
  • Raising Orthodox Christian Kids (ROCK) “Thursdays in the Park” is a weekly play group for preschoolers and provides valuable companionship for parents and caregivers. Ministry News
    Thursdays (May through October), 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at area parks on a rotating basis (see calendar for locations).
  • The Young Adult Fellowship meets regularly for fellowship, prayer, and discussion.Ministry News
  • The Women’s Ministry holds age-specific events on a regular basis and semiannual inter-generational opportunities for all women in the parish to grow in fellowship with one another.

Hospitality Ministries

Witnessing the love of Christ to our parishioners and visitors alike, these ministries generously provide care and kindness:

  • Coffee Hour builds up our community by supplying refreshments after the Divine Liturgy on Sundays.Ministry News
  • Greeters work to create a welcoming atmosphere for those who come through the doors of our church.
  • Holy Trinity offers Rides to Church for students and others before every Sunday Divine Liturgy. Call/text 814-321-4473.
  • TLC (Tender Loving Care) offers care, visitation, and help to those in need. A companion ministry, TLC-2, serves meals and offers support to mothers with newborns.Ministry News

Liturgical Ministries

Several groups help lead the congregation in worship, including: Altar Servers (for boys ages 8 and up), Altar Society (decorates the church on Feast Days), Cantors/Readers (chants parts of services), and the Choir (for all members, including catechumens, ages seventh grade and up).

The Choir rehearses on select Sundays at 12:15 p.m., and at other times as warranted by the liturgical season, in the Nave. Readers meet regularly for fellowship and informal practices bimonthly on second Saturdays, 4 p.m., in the Nave. See the calendar for exact dates and times.

Service Ministries

Holy Trinity members can also put their Faith into action by supporting parish operations. Examples of possible service include:

  • The Parish Council assists the Rector in the administration of the parish. 
    Second Wednesdays, 7 p.m., in the Parish Hall.
  • Grounds Maintenance is a ministry of parishioners who beautify and maintain our temple grounds.