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The Fountains Service

This service is offered to members of The Fountains Senior Living community in Bettendorf, IA, on the second (and fifth) Sunday of the month, at 1:30 pm. Organized by Trinity members of the Order of St. Luke (OSL), the service includes hymns, liturgy, lessons, prayers, a reflection/sermon, and Holy Communion. Following the service, members of OSL offer anointing and healing prayers to anyone wishing them.

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Pastoral Visitors

Church connections are maintained through these volunteers who regularly call and visit those who are homebound.

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Ushers and Greeters

Often the first to greet those who come to the cathedral, ushers hand out bulletins, take up the collections, and attend to people’s needs during worship.

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Adult Christian Formation

Adult education occurs Sundays at 11:15 am in the library or chapel, and at other times throughout the year. 

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Children’s Church

From September – May, children celebrate their own Liturgy of the Word beginning at 9:45 a.m. in the lower level of the parish hall and rejoin their families at the offertory. There are two programs: 

Preschool Children through age 5 gather in the Children’s Chapel and listen to a story each week using a modified Godly Play method. The children sit in a circle with a storyteller who quietly shares a story using props such as a desert box, wooden figures, felt pieces, and other materials. The storyteller then invites the children to wonder about the story and to expand on their responses though art, puzzles, books, or other playful “work”. 

Elementary Children ages 6 and older gather in the double classroom where they explore God’s promises in their lives through a curriculum designed for Episcopalians, Weaving God’s Promises. Class sessions are structured around the Holy EucharistGathering, Telling the Sacred Story (Liturgy of the Word), Prayer (Prayers of the People), Sharing (Holy Communion), and Sending Forth. Within this structure there are creative projects, engaging stories, play, and snacks accompanied by earnest discussion.

Junior and Senior High Students are invited to assist with the young children.

Following their lessons, all children come together to celebrate with music through the leadership of Ron May, Director of Music Ministries. They participate in services on special occasions—on All Saints Day in procession dressed as Saints, on Christmas Eve in a pageant, and on other occasions to sing.

A faithful team of teachers are committed to children’s Christian formation with the understanding that it is a lifelong process, happening in community and shaping all of us into the people God created us to be.

We welcome all children and encourage parishioners to invite families with children to join us—as well as grandparents to bring their grandchildren. This is a gift to share.

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Hildegards

All women are invited to deepen their spiritual lives through study and prayer.

Regular meetings are typically the third Saturday of the month at 9 a.m. in the Cathedral Library.

Quiet Day Saturdays will begin at 10 a.m. and meet in the Great Hall.

See the event calendar for more information.

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New Life Prayer Group

Scripture study and prayers for the parish and others happen every Thursday. 

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Saturday Bible Study

Every Saturday this group meets on Zoom for Morning Prayer at 8:30 am followed by Bible study from 9:00-10:30.

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Historic Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral is the historic cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa. As Episcopalians, we are part of Christ’s One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Trinity Cathedral is a Eucharist-centered parish. Our ministry begins at the altar, where we gather to celebrate, through Holy Communion, God’s love, grace and mercy in our lives. Our liturgy reflects traditional Anglican practices and theology, and our music program underscores the beauty, majesty and joy of this ancient liturgy.

Building of the cathedral was spearheaded by The Right Reverend Henry Washington Lee, first Episcopal Bishop of Iowa. The cornerstone was laid in 1867, and the building was completed in 1873, when the structure was consecrated as Grace Cathedral. It was renamed Trinity Cathedral in 1910, when Grace Cathedral and Trinity Parish united.

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral has been called one of the finest gems of English Gothic architecture in the entire country. It is constructed of native Iowa limestone, trimmed in Indiana limestone, adorned by wrought iron Gothic ornamentation and highlighted by 19th century stained glass windows.

The 131 ft. tall spire was added in 1998.

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Sunday and Weekday Services

Morning Prayer: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM in the Chapel. Enter at the Office Door.

Contemplative Prayer: Tuesday at 9:00 AM in the Chapel. Enter at the Office Door.

Morning Prayer via Zoom: Saturday at 8:30 AM.

 


Holy Eucharist:

  • Sundays – 10:00 AM in the Cathedral. Nursery care for small children (through age 3) is provided from 9:30 AM to Noon.
  • Tuesdays – 11:00 AM in the Chapel.

Masks are optional.


Building Access is available as follows: 

  • Entrance for Elevator Use is on the North side of the building via the small parking lot accessed from 12th Street. (Doors are locked at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday when the service begins.) During the week, access is available Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Please ring the buzzer to the left in the Vestibule.
  • Front Door on Main Street (west) side of building is open on Sundays and during other services.
  • Bell Tower Entrance at the southeast corner of the building is open on Sundays and during other services. There is also a ramp for handicapped access.
  • Office Door is at the northeast corner of the building.

 

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