Lay Academy: A Series of Adult Education Classes

Lay Academy is a series of adult education classes offered in five separate terms from September to May. Study topics are of general interest as well as for spiritual growth. Classes are open to the general public in addition to the Trinity congregation.

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

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Lay Academy classes will begin on Wednesday, Jan 12th. Please note- not all classes are meeting on Wednesdays. If you sign up for BFO, your classes will begin on Thurs, Jan 13th.

There will be a variety of ways to participate in this session; some classes will meet in person and some on zoom. Please read each description carefully to see when/where your class will meet. If your class has a zoom option, make sure to sign up in order to receive the link.

Wednesday dinners will not be resuming at the beginning of this session. The COVID response team will be meeting in mid January to re-evaluate church policies and that will help determine when dinners may resume.

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 Scriptual 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)

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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)
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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 
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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

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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

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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

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Wednesdays at 9pm

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: Register through Sign-Up Genius 


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

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