Ministry

Living out our mission statement “to live and build holy community” provides many opportunities for every parishioner to be involved in ministry at Trinity Church.  

Ministry is a form of stewardship–giving ourselves to further God’s kingdom on earth.

Our vocation to be stewards is at the very heart of the biblical revelation that acknowledges God as the gracious giver of all things.  One task of the Church, then, is to strive to become what God made us to be–givers like Himself.

Being stewards requires us to find a means for giving ourselves to the needs of our church, our sisters and our brothers.

Stewardship Opportunities

Worship Worship is the central act of our life together and the Holy Eucharist is the heart of that life.  Baptism in Christ calls us to be faithful in the prayers, the apostles’ teaching and in the breaking of the bread at Sunday Holy Eucharist.  

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Those seeking a deeper involvement in the worship beyond Sunday attendance have many opportunities, including the ministries of verger, reader, crucifer, chalice bearer, acolyte, greeter, gift bearer, altar guild, lay Eucharistic minister, choir and musician accompanist, as well as participation in the parish Commission on Liturgy and Worship.

The Verger assists with the proper conduct of liturgy and worship.

The Reader reads the Word of God during Holy Eucharist and other worship services.

The Crucifer is the bearer of the processional cross during Holy Eucharist and other worship services.

The Chalice Bearer assists at the altar and bears the chalice during Holy Communion.

The Acolyte serves at the altar during Holy Eucharist.

The Greeter provides sincere hospitality, greets parishioners and welcomes visitors at Holy Eucharist and other parish events.

The Gift Bearer presents the people’s gifts of bread, wine and treasure at Holy Eucharist.

The Altar Guild provides care for the altar, altar area and sacristy area, arranges the memorial flower list for the year and tends to supplies for Holy Eucharist.

The Lay Eucharistic Minister is a provider of pastoral care and prayer with the home bound and hospitalized at the direction of the pastor.

The Choir and musical accompanist provide leadership for congregational singing from time to time.

The Commission on Liturgy and Worship assists with the ongoing assessment and enhancement of liturgy and worship, training of liturgical ministers and overseeing liturgical ministries.

There are also many opportunities for ministry in parish leadership, outreach and mission.  

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Vestry Members are elected leadership who work closely with the pastor to implement the parish vision and engage the parish in the mission of the church.

Parish Life Events Team oversees the discussion, creation and implementation of community building and social events for the parish.

Women of Trinity are parish women united for social and ministerial purposes.  This is our parish branch of the national Church’s Episcopal Church Women organization.

St. Joseph’s Society is a group of parish men and boys who take on service projects for the benefit of the parish and community.

Trinity Good Neighbor Mission Outreach Team oversees the ongoing assessment of outreach needs and works with the pastor to launch outreach ministries to help meet people’s needs within and outside the parish, including FLOODCare, MUSICare Project featuring Music Together and other ministries to young families, and world missions.

Trinity Good Neighbor Outreach Ministries are a variety of ways the parishioners offer themselves to the needs of their sisters and brothers in both quiet and public ways.  They include:

Prayer Network, a ministry of people praying with and for one another and the needs of people everywhere.

Provide-a-Ride, a ministry of transportation services to parishioners with this need.

Feed-a-Friend Food Pantry, a ministry of providing requested food items to help stock Trinity’s Food Pantry and assist with the collaborative effort between Trinity Church and other local food banks.

Feed-a-Friend Freezer and Trinity Comfort Cooks, a ministry of parishioners who provide home cooked meals for those in need of this neighborly service because of illness, bereavement and other reasons.

Trinity Neighborcare, a ministry of parishioners providing quiet kindnesses to parishioners and neighbors in need of neighborly assistance.

Trinity also participates in outreach ministries that benefit our region, our nation and beyond.  These include:

episcopalRELIEFnepa, a cooperative outreach of the regional Episcopal Churches providing feeding programs and other resources and serving  as a staging and training area for our Church’s response during a disaster.

Episcopal Relief &  Development, an international agency of the national Episcopal Church that seeks to heal a hurting world through focused efforts at community development and disaster relief.

MUSICare Project featuring Music Together, a ministry to young families that encourages togetherness and engagement through music.

Global Mission Outreach: Kajo-Keji, a world mission project in support of the established partnership between the Diocese of Bethlehem and the Diocese of Kajo-Keji, Sudan, Africa.Kajo Keji kids

Y.E.S. Project: Kajo-Keji, a Youth Episcopal Service Project in support of the diocesan partnership between the Diocese of Kajo-Keji in the Sudan and the Diocese of Bethlehem

Global Mission Outreach: Helping Hands to Haiti, a world mission opportunity to discover more about the poorest of our sisters and brothers of the Western hemisphere and lend a helping hand.

Trinity’s commitment to year-round Christian education for all ages provides numerous opportunities for ministry for those interested in faith enrichment.

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Commission on  Christian Education helps oversee the ongoing assessment and provision of Christian education opportunities for youths and adults.

Church School Teachers help implement young people’s faith curriculum as established by the pastor and the Commission on Christian Education.

Church School Aides provide assistance to church school teachers.

Faith Enrichment Forums are opportunities offered for adults at scheduled times at the parish level, around the region and as scheduled by the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem.

Faith + Fun for Kids are special events with faith themes scheduled throughout the year for youth and their families.

Providing volunteer services that support the parish grounds and operation provide additional ministry opportunities, including:

Office assistants, who assist with parish office tasks

Parish Communications Committee, which assists with the preparation of internal and external parish communications including the weekly bulletin, press releases and seasonal newsletters.

Adopt-A-Garden, a ministry of parish volunteers that adopt areas of Trinity grounds for the beautification of the property.

While the support of God’s mission and the temporal needs of the church are the responsibility of all parishioners through regular and generous financial giving through annual pledges and plate offerings, Trinity also provides a number of ways for parishioners to live out the biblical concept of stewardship by making treasure offerings beyond a weekly contribution.  These stewardship opportunities include:

Commission on Stewardship is a group of parishioners that assist with parish-wide communication and understanding of Trinity’s Stewardship Statement and each parishioner’s holy use of time, talent and treasures.

Planned Giving Benefactors are parishioners and friends of Trinity who understand the importance of creating permanent sources of income for the parish and who tend to the present and future needs of their parish family through a gift to Trinity’s endowment fund or by pledging to remember Trinity in their will with a planned gift.

Trinity Capital Fund Contributors provide a regular financial gift to fund the upkeep and preservation of the church building and grounds.

Dohrer Fund Contributor provides a financial gift to this fund to support a vestry-directed grant process benefiting youth intending to continue their education after high school or other parishioners with special needs.

Memorial Fund Contributor provides a financial gift in loving memory of deceased family members and friends.

Matching Parishioner Resources with Parish Needs--parishioners are invited to review regular listings of pressing parish needs and respond by acknowledging the ways that they can help through sharing blessings of time, talent and treasure.  For instance, parishioners with special gifts or resources have in the past provided food and  helped cook meals for parish events, repaired sidewalks and porch steps, painted doors and windows on the grounds, rewired or repaired fixtures, deep cleaned the kitchen, donated seasonal decorations for holidays and allowed the parish to benefit from their employee discounts on goods and services.

Our Book of Common Prayer tells us that “the ministry of lay persons is to represent Christ and his Church; to bear witness to him wherever they may be; and, according to the gifts given them, to carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world; and to take their place in the life, worship and governance of the church.”  We are called, then, to be stewards of all we have been given and to seek out and find a means for giving ourselves to the needs of all our sisters and brothers.

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A Stewardship Prayer:  “I lift up my head, O Lord; I am your steward and faithful servant.  Let my full sharing of all your gifts on an ongoing basis be a fair offering in your sight , O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.”