The fact is, Trinity is a community of people who do “outreach” for a living, a vocation, a lifetime. Hands-on service opportunities through Trinity add a communal/team aspect to our service and advocacy on behalf of the love
of God. Furthermore, “seeking and serving God in all people; respecting the dignity of every human being; and striving for justice and peace…” is something we need to be doing every day with the way we live our lives.
The following outreach teams and community partnerships represent some of the ways people at Trinity are engaged in the community. To find out more or to join a team, contact Gabrie'l Atchison at (716) 852-8314, extension 19 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends of Night People Team
The Friends of Night People FoNP team works on feeding the homeless and low-income of Buffalo. This team meets once a month to serve food and clean up afterwards. FoNP is located at 394 Hudson at the corner of Wadsworth in Buffalo.
Habitat for Humanity
Helping build homes for low income families is what this team does once a month on a Saturday beginning at 9:00AM. Whether you’re a DIY pro, or you’ve never touched a hammer, there’s a place for you at Habitat for Humanity.
Shop for those who can’t
Trinity-ites bring in non-perishable food items such as pasta and sauce, macaroni and cheese, cereal, tuna… and then deliver them to a local food pantry.
Homespace & Compass House
Homespace www.homespacecorp.com and Compass House www.compasshouse.org are nonprofit organizations that were originally organized and created by members of Trinity. Homespace provides housing, life skills and parenting guidance to young mothers. Compass House provides a shelter and comprehensive support for homeless, runaway and street teens.
VOICE Buffalo is a nonprofit organization which relies on an interfaith, multiracial coalition of faith institutions and nonprofit organizations to address key issues of refugee and immigrant rights, criminal justice, disability and accessibility and community schools. The VOICE Buffalo Core Team of Trinity Church are an active group of individuals who are dedicated to anti-racism work in the city of Buffalo. www.voice-buffalo.org
Say Yes Buffalo/ School Partnership
Trinity Church has entered into a partnership through the organization Say Yes Buffalo with Hamlin Park #74 Claude and Ouida Clapp Academy (Pre-K through 8th). Volunteers from Trinity Church will have opportunities to connect with students, their families and other members of this predominately African American community. http://sayyesbuffalo.org/
Trinity Church will partner with Journey’s End a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping refugee families moving to the Buffalo area. Members of Trinity Church will participate in the Home Again Project collecting household items for a new family and then setting up a new apartment. Another team will participate in special ESL classes for women organized through a partnership between the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York and Journey’s End. www.jersbuffalo.org
Community Life, like Communion, is what connects us more deeply to one another and to the identity of Trinity Church in the larger world. It is a place to encounter God outside the realm of theology and lead us into a more universal consciousness. It is where we explore what it means to lean on one another to grow and learn and become the Body of Christ. The gift of community reveals itself in many ways:
C. G. Jung Center
The purpose of the Analytical Psychology Society of Western NY is to study and share the work of C.G. Jung and related contemporary thought. The C.G. Jung Center, which started in Trinity Church, moved back during the summer of 2017. The organization's book collection will be housed in Trinity's library and events and workshops will be held at the church. For more information, please visit the organization's website at http://apswny.ning.com.
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Whether it is singing in the Choir (we sing at the 10:30AM service, and rehearse earlier at 8:30 AM); helping out with the liturgy as a Liturgical Assistant (older children can become acolytes or join interested adults in becoming a reader, a greeter, or a chalice bearer); helping out or taking advantage of the Healing Ministry (that occurs at the 10:30AM service just after communion); or celebrating the milestones of life
with Pastoral Services (Baptisms, Confirma- tions, Weddings, Funerals, and confidential conversations with our clergy). There are plenty of niches for you and yours, here at Trinity.
Extending the Table:
Trinity offers a variety of ways to ”extend the table”. Recognizing that among all the things said about Jesus, gathering friends around a radically open table seemed to be his default activity. We try to copy him by creating opportunities to eat together and connect.
Coffee Hour, Refreshment & Conversations follow each of the four weekly services providing informal opportunities for everyone to connect and share information.
Second Sunday Lunch is offered on the second Sunday of every month. We offer a community meal after the 10:30AM worship. There is no agenda except to continue the meal begun at communion.
Adult Education Offerings provide a weekly examination of spirituality from the lens of poetry, prayer, lectures, book discussions and other forms of theological reflection.
The Trinity Salon is a program bringing together small groups who meet throughout the year for dinner and conversation.
Community Dinners are offered periodically as a time when groups with a common interest gather at the home of one host.
Drum and Dances of Universal Peace combines drumming, dancing, poetry and songto build community through performing arts.
One-On-Ones are a communication technique taught by VOICE Buffalo which allows diverse groups of people to engage on a truly intimate level.
Trinity Church also has many events and service projects providing members of the community with other opportunities to connect. Check out the current issue of the eNewsletter for the most up-to-date information about programs and events.
Prayer Shawl Ministry/Trinity Knitters:
Our knitters create works of love and healing through knitting or crocheting projects for the Trinity community and beyond. As they create their project they infuse their work with prayers for healing and renewal so that recipients may know that they are loved and cared for. They create hats for newborns and shawls for those who are in need of healing. They often bring a meal with their creation. The Trinity Knitters are currently making hats and mittens for a donation to Journey’s End – a nonprofit organization serving recently arrived refugee families.
Hospitality/ Trinity Bakers:
The Trinity Bakers provide baked goods for the Coffee Hour after the 10:30am service on Sunday. The Bakers also extended their hospitality when Trinity Church hosted Discover Sunday events for the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York and provided cookies for the Christmas Food Drive for the Buffalo City Mission.