Trinity Parish Programs
Young people from Grade 3 up, as well as adults, are invited to serve God by helping the priest at the altar as acolytes. This is a special ministry that helps make our worship better. Instruction is provided in groups or individually as needed.
If you are interested in becoming an acolyte, please see Pam Hennessy or call the Parish Office.
The Altar Guild consists of a handful of individuals who want to serve the Lord in a quiet and unassuming way. We prepare the altar for services. We are not usually seen. It is a service where one can quietly contemplate and pray while being of service to God and our parish.
Our duties include preparing the altar for Holy Communion, preparing for Baptisms, keeping the brass clean, and cleaning the linens used in our various services. We work one at a time for a one week period, usually Saturday through Friday.
We are a small and dedicated guild. We would love to share information with anyone that might like to consider joining us in this special area of service to our Lord and to our parish. Please feel comfortable in speaking to Mary Torian or any member of the Altar Guild, or call the Parish Office for more information.
The Children's Choir performs several times a year during the 10am service and on holidays. All rehearsals will be held at 11:30am in the choir pews in Church.
To realize our greatest year ever, the children need a commitment from their parents to attend rehearsals.
The music leadership on Christmas Eve at 4pm will be provided entirely by the children!
If you (or your child/children) are interested, please see Jane Hanrahan or contact the Parish Office.
The Covenant Committee is an open group of people from both St Mary's and Trinity who meet from time to time to review ways to express and strengthen our covenant relationship. When we have been engaged in joint activities such as the FISH chapter, the clothing center or the orientation and settling of the Bosnian families, it has met regularly as a steering committee for these activities. This group takes on responsibility with the Pastor and Rector for organizing and conducting joint services or programs as may be appropriate from time to time.
For more information, please contact Allan Hopkinson.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers
Lay Eucharistic Ministers assist with the conduct of regular worship services by reading the appropriate scripture passages, leading the congregation in reading appropriate psalms, leading prayers and assisting with the chalice at Communion. On occasion, in the absence of a priest, Eucharistic Ministers will conduct Morning or Evening Prayer services. We also assist with services such as funerals as deemed appropriate by the Rector.
For more information, or to volunteer, please see Allan Hopkinson or call the Parish Office.
Trinity provides a nursery, staffed by volunteers, for infants and toddlers during the 10 AM service. The nursery is downstairs in the Parish Hall. If you would like to help, please see Sheri Keeler-Phillips.
It is our responsibility as a parish to maintain our buildings and grounds. As a community we repair, paint and maintain our church, parish hall and rectory. We are always looking for parishioners (or their friends and relatives!) who have expertise in electrical work, plumbing, carpentry, etc. who may be available to donate their time and talent, as necessary, for those specialized repair and maintenance issues.
We also appreciate those people (and you know who you are!) with general "fix-it" skills (a.k.a., "the magic touch") when the toilet is running, a light bulb has burnt out, or a door is sticking, for example. These types of items continually surface and are sometimes hard to keep up with. A few people to take care of these items regularly would make all the difference.
We plan several work days each year for general clean-up, maintenance and repair, inside and out, and encourage all parishioners to attend. Please watch for dates in the newsletter and bulletin.
For more information, or to volunteer your time and talent, please call the Parish Office or contact Paul Sweet (contact information available through the office).
The Senior Choir leads the congregation in the musical portion of our worship at the 10:00 AM service during all but the summer months. Young adults from high school age and up, and those who are young at heart, join together under the direction of our Liz Pekkala, our organist/choir director. The welcome mat is out for all who enjoy singing.
The choir also participates at some other services as needed due to holiday or occasion. Some individual members of the choir also participate in the Ecumenical Christmas Choir in Milford.
We meet in the Church on one evening a week, 7:30 to 9:00 PM, and Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM. (Choir rehearsal is usually Tuesday, but sometimes changes to accommodate the organist's schedule.) For more information, please see Liz Pekkala or Mary Frances Best.
Trinity Episcopal Church Women
The TECW Guild puts on many functions during the year. We have rummage sales in October and May, and we put on the annual Harvest Supper in September. We hold bake sales which include the annual Palm Sunday Food and Easter Sale. For many years, we have made a quilt to raffle off at the annual Christmas Fair.
We meet every Tuesday morning at 10:00 AM in the Parish Hall. We gather to plan activities, sew items for the parish fair, and to enjoy each others company.
The ushers greet everyone as they arrive for worship, and assist in the service by presenting the Gifts to the priest. For more information about becoming an usher, please see Andrew Yaroshefski at 8:00, Carol Cormier at 10:00, or call the Parish Office.
Are you a people person? How about a good host or hostess? Do you have a gift for greeting new folks? Perhaps you can help us welcome newcomers to Trinity. The Welcoming Committee actively seeks to greet newcomers and make them feel comfortable. We are in our beginning stages and need ideas and willing folks to follow through. We have been welcoming newcomers by making sure they can find their way around the building and service, and later sending notes to acknowledge their visit. When someone decides to join us, we make a name tag for him or her. Once a year we have a Newcomers' Dinner to more formally welcome those new to our parish family.
This is an important ministry, and it's also lots of fun! For more information, or to volunteer to help out, please contact Mary Torian.