Trinity/St Mary's Covenant
In the literal sense, the Covenant is an agreement for each parish to pray for the other at their principal weekly services, but it has been much more than that. Over the years, the Covenant has grown into a social and spiritual relationship as well as an experience in working, growing and learning together. The focus has been on areas where the two parishes can cooperate, with the understanding that opportunities for a greater togetherness will come in God’s time.
Many of the specific activities growing out of the Covenant have focused on community service. The Covenant Committee was responsible openng the Daily Bread Food Pantry and the Winter Haven Homeless Shelter. Although the Winter Haven Shelter has since been replaced by “scatter shelters”, members of both parishes continue to be active in the Food Pantry.
The Covenant has manifest itself in many ways. The two congregations work together every Thanksgiving Day to deliver dinners from Jean’s Catering to people who are alone. The parishes regularly join together for services such as Evensong, with music provided by the combined choirs of St Mary’s and Trinity. Priests from St. Mary’s take part in the Good Friday Service of the Seven Last Words of Christ. Each parish sponsors a table at the annual fair of the other. They have also joined together for a range of social activities, including a trip to Washington, D.C. and a series of trips to the Boston Pops.
One of the most notable achievements of the Covenant occurred in 1994, when the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts asked Trinity to participate in the resettlement of a Bosnian family in the Milford area. Trinity Parish contacted St Mary’s, and together they sponsored an extended family: two brothers, their wives, and four children. This effort required a great deal of coordination and cooperation between the parishes. Committee members were recruited from both parishes to deal with the families’ needs: housing, jobs, schooling and language. Today, through the hard work of everyone involved, especially the family members themselves, the families are self sufficient. The families own homes in Milford, and have welcomed other members of their family from Bosnia.
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, the committee 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 Evensong service and other joint functions.
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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 John Ellis.
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.
We participate in community service, fun activities, and share our faith and friendships.
Whether we are participating in a charity walk, snow tubing, or just hanging out — it’s always great to get together. We have a lot of fun and friends are always welcome!
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We look forward to having you join us!