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:
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, Confirmations, Weddings, Funerals, and confidential conversations with our clergy). There are plenty of niches for you and yours, here at Trinity.
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. Contact Gabrie'l Atchison for more information about getting involved. <email@example.com>
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.
Adult Education Offerings provide an examination of spirituality from the lens of poetry, prayer, lectures, book discussions and other forms of theological reflection.
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.
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 www.jungcenterbuffalo.com.
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 the parish office at (716) 852-8314, extension 10 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Friends of Night People 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.
Justice for Migrant Families WNY is a newly emerging network that includes community leaders, volunteer organizers, undocumented workers and families, faith leaders and volunteers. We do work in three main areas : direct support, deportation defense, and organizing, on a local and statewide level. We use community organizing and leverage financial, legal and linguistic support to demand human and civil rights for the undocumented community. Justice for Migrant Families WNY currently has office space at Trinity Church. To leave a message for the organization call (716) 852-8314 x18.
If you would like to make a donation, write a check to Trinity Church with "Justice for Migrant Families" in the memo line.