We approach your spiritual formation just as intentionally as we do your placement and academic study. We want to walk alongside you in your journey to become more like Jesus Christ, to help you bear witness to his kingdom in all you do, and this happens daily at Trinity within the context of community life.
As you join in Morning Prayer, gather weekly with your tutor and fellow pastoral group students, as you participate in prayer triplets and meet with your spiritual director, you will take steps to draw nearer to Christ with your tutors and fellow students—whether through discussions, informal chats, or as you keep silence together.
Times of worship
This serves as both a sacred act of worship and a formational time of learning: groups of students take it in turn to plan and run the services, so that everyone has a chance across the year to both lead and be led. We also have weekly Communion services, into which a more extended time of teaching is incorporated.
Our services often take the form of Common Worship, but we also make use of other traditions and styles of worship from the simple expressions of the Iona and Taize communities to the weighty liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer. We also have several Creative Weeks, where the innovation of the community is given free reign, and it’s both a privilege and a learning opportunity to be able to worship God in such diverse ways.
Quiet times and personal reflection
As a whole community we engage with a weekly spiritual formation programme, consisting of a 50-minute session on a key topic relating to Christian discipleship followed by an hour of silence, meant for personal contemplation and prayer.
These sessions help you learn more about spiritual disciplines and traditions in the church and to engage in different forms of prayer and the rule of life.
We also lead three quiet days a year, each involving different opportunities for personal and corporate reflection, prayer and spiritual growth. (Read more about a sample retreat day.)
Pastoral groups and prayer triplets
You will meet weekly for formation in a pastoral group of about 8-10 people, often the students with whom you serve in your context church, and a college tutor.
The groups meet for two hours every Wednesday, dividing their time between worship and prayer, theological reflections, serving the wider community in practical ways, and enjoying one another’s company.
Prayer triplets are a key part of our community life, helping provide personal support, encouragement, and accountability for each student. These relationships often continue to provide valuable support well beyond your time at Trinity.
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