At Trinity, we believe in educating the whole person. This type of education entails not just filling the mind, but the shaping of hearts and souls of students to love that which is good, true, and beautiful. And, all while recognizing that the best object of their love and affection is found in the person of Jesus Christ. In addition to this mindset already being a part of the everyday classroom and co-curricular experience, Trinity emphasizes the school’s Spiritual Life through the following avenues.
School verse for the 2019-20 school year is Proverbs 9:10 - The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
- Catechesis - All Students
- Chapel - All Students
- apologia symposium
- Spiritual Emphasis Day - Upper School Students
- Spiritual Emphasis Events - Grammar School
- Spiritual Emphasis Week
- Statement of Faith
Catechesis, the recitation of truth in question and answer form, allows students to study and learn theology through memorization in a communal platform. This regular daily practice helps take students through foundational parts of both biblical teachings and church history including the Apostles’ Creed, the Ten Commandments, and the Lord’s Prayer. Together, these help form a perfect balance of biblical theology, practical ethics, and spiritual experience in the hearts and minds of students pointing them back to Christ and His Word.
Trinity’s community regularly gathers for a time of worship through singing and the preaching and teaching of God’s Word in chapel. Typically, these are led by different members of Trinity’s faculty and staff as we seek to teach and model our school’s verse for the given year. We utilize liturgical elements of worship such as hymnody and creeds throughout chapels to teach the historic, Christian faith while also implementing modern-day practices as well.
The Scientific Apologia Symposiums are set aside to help our Upper School students understand the rational basis for their faith with specific emphasis given to the scientific challenges that are presented in modern culture. As we work through these on a bi-annual basis, our community will be cycling through topics related to Cosmic Origins, Life Origins, Cosmic Design, and Life Design to ensure Trinity students are grounded in knowing what they believe and why they believe it—that they might always be prepared to give a reason for the hope that is in them (1 Peter 3:15)!
Each year, specific days are set aside for Trinity’s Upper School students to take a break from their regular, classroom schedules to focus on our relationship with God. Students have the opportunity to have some fun competitions, enjoy food and fellowship with other students, and hear messages from God’s Word.
The 4th-6th grade ladies are treated to a “Friendship Tea” where they gather to enjoy yummy treats, ice-breaker activities, and hear from Mrs. Caddow about the importance of being a good friend, and what that looks like. They discuss issues like gossip, kindness, reaching out to someone sitting alone, and encouraging words.
The 4th-6th grade boys enjoy "Donuts and Discipleship", where they hear from Mr. Richardson about being men of God and how that translates to their friendships and time on the playground, and even with their families. They play games and enjoy donuts together.
This annual tradition is the way Trinity likes to start every school year, so that the culture of friendship and kindness has a foundation.
As we embark on each new school year, Trinity’s Rhetorical School students take a week to go to camp for our annual Spiritual Emphasis Week. Joined by Trinity’s faculty and staff, students have the opportunity to build relationships with other students, take part in House competition, and focus on their relationship with God through times of teaching, devotions, and worship.
The following statements are the foundation of Biblical beliefs on which Trinity Classical Academy is based. They are the key elements of Christianity that we will purposefully and clearly teach to our students in various ways through all grade levels.
- We believe the Bible to be the only inerrant, authoritative Word of God and the sufficient, final authority for the church (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Galatians 1:8-9, 2 Thessalonians 2:2, 2 Peter 1:19-21, I John 5:9, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, Psalm 18:30).
- We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They are the same in substance, equal in power and glory (2 Corinthians 13:14).
- We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory (1 Timothy 2:5).
- We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful men, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary (Ezekiel 36:26-27; Titus 3:5).
- We believe that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7).
- We believe that faith without works is dead (James 2:14, 17; Titus 3:8).
- We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life by convicting us of sin, comforting us, guiding us, giving us spiritual gifts and the desire to obey God; and he enables us to pray and to understand God’s Word (Ephesians 6:17-18).
- We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved to the resurrection of life and they that are lost to the resurrection of damnation (John 5:29).
- We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:3; 1 Corinthians 12:13).
- We believe that Jesus Christ is Head of the church, comprised of all true believers in Him. Christians are to associate themselves as members of local churches and to serve Jesus Christ faithfully in carrying out the Great Commission. Each church has the authority and right from Jesus Christ to govern itself and to administer order, to worship, and to carry out its various ministries (Ephesians 1:22; Colossians 1:18).
- We believe that man was created to glorify God in all that he does (1 Corinthians 10:31).
The substance of these statements is that which will be considered primary doctrine at Trinity Classical Academy. Secondary doctrines and issues that are not essential to biblical Christianity will not be presented as primary doctrine. Secondary doctrines (e.g. modes of baptism or charismatic gifts) may be discussed in various classes, but the school will not take dogmatic positions. When these types of doctrines arise, students will be referred back to their families and local churches for final authority.
Catechism Question this week
Q28: What happens after death to those not united to Christ by faith?
A: They will be cast out from the presence of God, into hell, to be justly punished, forever.
Enjoy a beautiful example of praise to our Lord in this brief video of our senior class. On their trip to Italy in 2019, they sang the doxology in the Pazzi cathedral.
Every Monday, the entire school gathers in the hallways to sing the doxology together so this is a familiar praise - but hearing it in a chapel in Italy is a whole new level of beautiful.