Lay Academy: Past Sessions

Lay Academy: A Series of Adult Education Classes

Fall 2022 Session

Special Session on Ballot Amendments

One night only

Wednesday, September 7 | 6:30 p.m.

With the upcoming election in November, being informed about some of the issues facing elected officials at the local, state, and national levels is critically important. Trish Neely, president of the Tallahassee League of Women Voters, will explain the amendments that will be on the ballot. 


Informed Voter Class

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Room 306

This class is intended to help us better understand the issues at stake.  The class will meet in person and on Zoom to hear from speakers on changes in voting laws in Florida; education issues at the state and local levels; research on gun violence and affordable housing (local issues that Trinity and other Tallahassee congregations have identified as crucial for our city); the Florida United Methodist Conference’s work on child advocacy and racial justice.

List of Speakers:

September 14

Supervisor of Elections, Mark Earley, will speak about the changes in Florida election laws.

September 21

Joy Frank, former General Counsel for the Florida Association of District School superintendents, will speak about education issues likely being considered by the Florida Legislature in the near future and how last session’s laws on education are being implemented through rules and policies.

September 28

Gun violence is an increasing problem in Tallahassee and other cities.  Learn about some of the programs that have been successful in addressing this issue from A. J. Mealor, a representative of the Capital Area Justice Ministry’s research group on gun violence.

October 5

The need for affordable housing in Tallahassee is a major concern and a complex issue. Bob Deyle will share some of the information gathered by the Capital Area Justice Ministry’s research group on affordable housing.

October 12

The Florida United Methodist Conference partners with Florida Impact to End Hunger to advocate for children experiencing hunger.  Hear from Kelli Greene, the Advocacy and Community Engagement Manager at Florida Impact to End Hunger about the issue and some of their proposed solutions. 

October 19

Issues of racial justice continue to impact many in our community, state, and nation. 

Rev. David Williamson, Co-chair, Public Policy and Witness of the Bishop’s Taskforce on Anti-racism will discuss some of these issues and some of the ways in which the church is tackling them

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Hats & Mats

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.


Hats: Nancy Lachance will lead participants in using a loom to make hats that will be distributed to homeless people, individuals going through chemotherapy, and others needing warm hats.

Mats: In the Mats class, Rose Glenn will guide participants in making mats from plastic bags for homeless people.  There are roles in this process for people who can crochet or want to learn how, as well as for cutting the bags and making “plarn.”

Parenting Village

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.


They say it takes a village…come join ours! This is a great time to get to know other parents at Trinity and have some discussion and support time.

Guitar Group

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Moor Hall

Bring your guitar and enjoy some casual playing time with other Trinity musicians in the Guitar class.

Men's Group

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.


Bill Fritchman leads a Men’s Group that combines Bible study and fellowship.

Becoming Fit Outdoors

Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

On Thursday evenings, be part of Becoming Fit Outdoors and join Jaqui Griffith as she leads hikes on various Tallahassee trails.

Disciple Fast Track

Mondays at 6:30 p.m.


Ruth Ann High leads this study focused on the Old Testament. Buy the book here. 

Disciple 4: Under the Tree of Life

Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.


Rev. Bob Gibbs will teach this class. Participants must have completed Disciple 1 previously. Buy book here

Lay Academy- Spring 2022 (April 27- May 25)

BFO- Walking group (Thurs @ 6:30)- Cascades Park 

BFO…Being Fit Outdoors! Come walk and fellowship with us each week at Cascades Park

Men’s Group (Wed @ 6:30)- in person 
Bible study led by Bill Fritchman

One Book, One Church: Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth
To see the schedule of sessions, please click here
To order book, click here:

Lay Academy and the Creation Care Ministry are pleased to co-sponsor One Book, One Church, a churchwide reading and discussion program of selections from Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth by Llewelyn Vaughan Lee.  Rev. Bob Gibbs will lead discussions on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 beginning on April 27 and continuing through May 27.  These will be offered as hybrid sessions, so participants can attend in person (Room 305) or by Zoom.  To register go to:  (I’ll have to send this link to you later.)

Sunday School classes and other small groups throughout the church are encouraged to read and discuss selections from this book.  Discussion guides will be provided.

Parenting Village (Wed @ 6:30)- in person 
It takes a village and we’d love for you to be a part of ours! Come spend some time with other parents as we navigate our way thru parenthood.

Lay Academy- Winter 3 2022 (Jan 12- Feb 16) 

Scriptural Foundations for Justice- hybrid (in person or on Zoom)- Wed. at 6:30 

See our schedule and list of speakers here.

***If you choose to join Scriptural Foundations for Justice via zoom, a link will be sent out each week to those who have signed up.

Come hear how the witness of Scripture lays the foundation for justice. The first 4 classes will be led by teachers from congregations in our community and the final 2 weeks will focus on community issues research in the Capital Area Justice Ministry.

Men’s group- in person at Trinity- Wed. at 6:30 

Come join us for a time of study and fellowship.

Parenting Village- zoom- Wed. at 9:00 

It truly takes a village and we’d love for you to be a part of ours! Put the kids to bed and come join us for some kid free time.

BFO Walking group- in person at Cascades Park- Thurs. at 6:15 

Come join us for fitness and fellowship! Can’t make it by 6:15…no worries, another group will begin walking at 6:30 so join when you can.

Lay Academy- Late Fall 2021 (11/10)

Preparing for Christmas with St. Francis (Wed @ 4:00- Zoom) 

This study, led by Rev Barbara Hynes, will explore through the lens of the life of St. Francis and personal sharing, the beginnings and variety of Advent traditions that through the ages have provided a pathway for people looking for signs of God’s love.

The Sights, Sounds, and Symbols of Advent (Wed @ 6:30- Zoom) 

See our list of speakers and sessions here

A variety of speakers will help us prepare for Advent with presentations on the music and art of Advent, the meaning of the Chrismons that decorate the Christmas tree in the sanctuary, and the tradition of lighting Advent wreaths

BFO- Becoming Fit Outdoors (Wed @ 6:15- Cascades Park) 

Our BFC program is going outside again! Come join Jaqui Griffith each week for fitness and fellowship.

Parenting Village (Wed @ 9:00- Zoom) 

Put the kids to bed and come join us for some kid free time! It has truly taken a village this past year and we’d love for you to be a part of ours!


Lay Academy Fall 2021 (9/8–10/20)

The Lay Academy Committee has been hard at work, and this session has much to offer! Please see below for more information on each class.

This fall session will begin on Wednesday, September 8, and run thru Wednesday, October 20.  (Please note that the Spiritual Gifts class will conclude on October 13). Due to the rise of COVID cases in Leon County, and out of an abundance of caution, our classes will either be meeting via Zoom or outdoors (please check the class description for location). Zoom links will only be sent out to those on the sign up, so make sure to reserve your spot.

Becoming Fit Outdoors  6:30 in-person at various locations,  10/20

Our BFC program is going outside this session! Come join Jaqui Griffith each week for fitness and fellowship. The first week will be at the Miccosukee Greenway (entrance off Miccosukee Rd).

Conversations on Race: Where Have We Been, Where Are We, and Where Are We Going in Tallahassee?

A variety of speakers from the Tallahassee community will lead us in examining our racial past and how we are confronting its legacy today and as we move into the future.

Watching the film “Invisible History: Middle Florida’s Hidden Roots” is recommended.  The film is available on the Passport platform for WFSU supporters.

Please see our list of sessions and their descriptions here. 

Parenting Village  9:00 on Zoom, 9/8–10/20

Put the kids to bed and come join us for some kid free time! It has truly taken a village this past year and we’d love for you to be a part of ours!

Spiritual Gifts  6:30 on Zoom, 9/8–9/13

Leaders: Steve and Diane Jacobs

We’ll start with definitions of spiritual gifts and the discernment process.  Participants will be invited to explore their spiritual gifts and God’s calling as we build relationships, sharing our experiences and revelations.  We will end with exploring how best to use our gifts individually and corporately to build up the body of Christ.


Virtual Mini-Lay Academy: 7 p.m., April 14 to April 28, 2021 

Global Missions Trip
This spring we are excited to bring you a special mini Lay Academy session! These classes will focus on global missions and will be a prerequisite for those wanting to participate in the virtual mission trip with the ZOE team May 4th, 5th, and 6th.

All classes will be held via Zoom and the link will be sent out only to those on the sign up.

Please see our list of sessions and their descriptions. 


Climate Change: Climate Care

January 13–February 10, 2021

Register through Sign-Up Genius

Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

Resources and News

Description: What does current science say about climate change and its effects? What are Florida’s environmental regulations? How can citizens conserve, protect and recycle most effectively? How does the Tallahassee Green Faith Alliance  promote and assist in the practice of sustainability? What are the spiritual relationships and responsibilities we share to care for the earth and each other? Experts on climate change and the care for our natural world will explore their responses to these questions and others relating to one of the most pressing issues confronting us as stewards of God’s earthly kingdom.

Please see our list of sessions and descriptions here. 

At Home With Mista C- Prepare the Way of the Lord – Music and Worship at Trinity

January 19, January 26, and February 2, 2021

Register through Sign-Up Genius

7 to 8 pm

Ever wonder how music is chosen for worship? Then this is the class for you! Chris will discuss the purpose of music in worship and how we select music for worship. Q & A time will be included

Parenting Village

January 13 – February 10, 2021

Wednesdays at 9 p.m.

Put the kids to bed and come join us as we continue to navigate parenting in a pandemic.

November 11  –  December 9, 2020 (no class Dec. 19): Register through Sign-Up Genius

Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

Wiatts’ Advent Study

Hard to believe that Advent season is right around the corner! To help you get into the spirit, we are offering a special short session of Lay Academy that will focus on preparing for Advent. We are excited to be offering a study that will be led by the Wiatts (and written by them too!).

Books for the Advent study:  If you sign up for the Wiatts’ Advent study, please email either Nick or Amy to order a book. You will have the option of ordering an electronic copy ($5) hard copy that you would pick up at TUMC ($10), or you can have a hard copy shipped to your house ($15).

Parenting Village

A focus will be on the holidays.

Contact Amy Leach ([email protected]) or Nick Quinton ([email protected]) if you have any questions.

September 9 – October 28, 2020


Things to Do At Home
At Home with Mista C (Tuesday 9/29 at 7:00 p.m.)
Our new Director of Music, Chris Titko, shares about his faith, his children, theater, movies and the arts in an interactive format. The class will conclude with your questions.

At Home with Marti Chumbler (Tuesday, 10/20 at 7:00 p.m.)
Come find your inner bread maker at this fun at home class! Marti will lead you on how to make a delicious loaf of bread. (Needed ingredients will be emailed to those who sign up.) our


7:00 BFC Fit Mix
This class will be taught by our BFC Exercise team. During this session, this class will focus on strength training, stretching, and nutrition. If you are new to the BFC program, please email Beth Curry at [email protected] for a participation waiver.

7:00 Our Children – Our Future  (Large Group Programs & Discussion)
Even before the COVID crisis hit, it’s been noted that there are two Tallahassees: one whose residents earn a living wage or are relatively affluent and another struggling with poverty and all of its effects. In Leon County, 43% of residents live at or below the poverty line, including over 3,000 children under the age of 5. Children living in poverty are at greater risk for academic, health, and safety issues. In this series we’ll hear from leaders of community organizations focused on addressing issues facing children and explore what a Children’s Services Council might do to improve the lives of children in our community. See list of sessions.

9:00 Parenting Village
Leader: Amy Leach
It takes a village…especially in the middle of a pandemic! Put the kids to bed and come join us for some well-deserved adult time.

April 22 – May 13, 2020

Special Topics Programs: Implications for Individuals, Church, and Society in Major Crises

Sept. 16-Oct. 21, 2015

Justice: Extending the Conversation