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Parish Life


Potlucks, picnics, parish dinners, and coffee hours each provide us time to enjoy and get to know each other better. Small discussion study groups and groups like the Parents with Young Children (called Zookeepers) provide a support system for people with similar interests.

Welcoming

  • The smiles of the Sunday Greeters help make Trinity a joyful and welcoming place for our church family, visitors and newcomers. Greeters play an important part by ensuring that all people who enter Trinity’s doors have a positive experience as they participate in the life of the church.
  • Ushers perform a ministry of hospitality for parishioners and newcomers. They welcome people, hand out the bulletins, gather the offering, carry the bread and wine to the altar and direct parishioners to the altar during communion.
  • Hospitality – Coffee hours, potlucks, picnics, parish dinners each provide time to enjoy and get to know each other better. These activities need many volunteers to help with one or two events throughout the year. You don’t need to bake. There are a variety of ways to help make our parish gatherings successful.
  • St. Elizabeth’s Guild – In order to provide a warm welcome to new babies, Guild members knit caps and booties and on occasion take these gifts along with a meal to the family of the new arrival. It is a delightful opportunity for us to meet the smallest and newest members of our parish family.

Healing Ministry

Healing of body, mind and soul was a vital part of the ministry of Jesus. At Trinity members involved in our Healing Ministry seek to follow His command to do likewise. Trinity has an active Healing ministry including: Prayers for healing in our Mary Magdalen alcove during services, a healing service Tuesday mornings, and pastoral visitors.

  • Licensed by the Bishop, Lay Eucharist Visitors take Communion to Trinity parishioners who are sick or homebound.
  • Pastoral Visitors – Our pastoral visitors provide regular contact for those of our congregation who are confined or semi-confined to living facilities in the area; those who fall ill to a malady that takes a lengthy time for healing; and perhaps others who for one reason or another would benefit from a caring visitor.
  • Hospital Ministry – Visiting parishioners who are hospitalized or other Episcopalians who are patients at area hospitals is the charge of the Hospital Ministry team. Led by our Rector, these are individuals who represent the care and concern of our congregation to those who are ill.
  • Healing Service – A Eucharist with healing emphasis is held each Tuesday at 6:30 a.m.
  • Sunday Morning Prayers – Laying-on-of-hands for healing is offered at each of our Sunday Eucharists in the Mary Magdalen alcove in the church’s sanctuary. Services are held at 7:45, 9:00, and 11:00 a.m.
  • Prayer Chain – Members of the Trinity Prayer Chain pray for the people and concerns of the Parish in their daily meditations. Each quarter members receive a list of parishioners, family, and friends who have requested our prayers. (Prayer Requests)
  • Prayer Shawls – “…to create a mantle of caring, a mantle of protection, a mantle of wholeness, a mantle of strength, a mantle of healing, a mantle of patience, and a mantle to empower someone who needs comfort and protection…” is part of the prayer suggested for the group of Trinity members who create Prayer Shawls. The shawls are knitted or crocheted and are given to members in the hospital, nursing homes or those in need of the warmth of the Trinity community. As volunteers are knitting, their prayers are centered on those who will receive the shawls.

Small Groups

Small groups at Trinity provide opportunities for fellowship, support, study, and fun. Groups engage in a variety of social, service, and spiritual activities. Some groups are ongoing and meet regularly, while other groups meet for a designated period of time or on an occasional basis. Small groups are a wonderful way to get to know fellow Trinitarians.

  • Brotherhood of St. Andrew – A men’s group that is dedicated to prayer, study, and service. Members meet twice monthly: the second Saturday of each month at 8:00 am for Morning Prayer, Eucharist, and breakfast, and the last Tuesday of the month at 6:15 pm for dinner and a program. Their service projects include weekly delivery of donated crisis center goods and two dinners a year that raise money for our companion diocese in Swaziland.
  • Daughters of the King – The Daughters of the King is an Order for lay women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church. After a period of preparation, members vow to live by a Rule of Prayer and a Rule of Service, dedicating themselves to the spread of Christ’s Kingdom and the strengthening of the parish. They gather twice a month for prayer, study, and fellowship.
  • Zookeepers – A group of parents with young children gather for activities and fellowship each month. Past activities have included potlucks, swimming, pumpkin picking, and Christmas tree cutting. This group enjoys getting to know and support each other as parents and their children make friends with other children at church.
  • The Usual Suspects -This eclectic group welcomes all who like to read and discuss mysteries—especially those dealing with theological issues. The Usual Suspects meet monthly in parishioners’ homes, except in August, with two mystery movie nights each year. Participants enjoy food, fellowship and lively discussions!
  • Peace & Justice @ Trinity – How do we embody God’s peace in today’s world? That is the central question we explore in Peace & Justice @ Trinity. Our goals are to educate ourselves on local, national, and international peace and justice issues and the Episcopal Church’s stance on those issues, and then share what we learn with the parish and the wider community. We also prayerfully consider how we are called to act upon what we learn.As the old song reminds us, “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.” To that end, we also explore the theology of peacemaking within Christianity and other faith traditions. We do all these things within a loving community that welcomes a wide variety of perspectives. To join their Google email list, send a message to: peaceandjusticeattrinity@googlegroups.com or visit them on Facebook.

We welcome you into the life of a community that prays and cares for each of its members.