Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Mission and Outreach is not just part of what we do here at Trinity Church, it is the very heart of who we are. As followers of Christ we have been called to constantly wrestle with two questions; who is my neighbor, and what does God require of me? Through discernment and prayer we have concluded that our neighbor is anyone in need, and, God requires of our neighbor as we would, Christ, Himself. Therefore, we participate in, and/or have created a host of ministries that serve our neighbors both here and abroad. These include; Covenant to Care, Callahan House Dinners, Chapel on the Green, Free Community Breakfasts, The Blessing Pantry, The Neighborhood Garden, Laundry Love, Prayer Shawl Ministry, Sunshine Ministry and, your idea here; ____________________. Simply put, to join this community of faith, is to become a doer of faith. No one is too young or to old to participate in the body of Christ at work. Even our youngest members make cards for veterans or help make dinner for our local shelter. Here at Trinity, reaching out to others is a family affair.
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Covenant to Care
As part of our commitment to children in need, we have partnered with a local social worker from the Department of Children Services to assist her with her case load. Each year members of Trinity sponsor a "Back to School" back pack drive, diaper drive (on-going), as well as a Christmas toy, and mitten drive. We also collect items such as car seats, and children’s clothes on an as-needed basis.
The highlight of the year is our annual Easter Egg Hunt and Party for foster families and their children. The event includes crafts, games, an egg hunt, and of course, pictures with the Easter Bunny.
The Blessing Pantry
Did you ever wonder what people do when they cannot get to the local food bank because it is only open when they are at work? Or, what people do when they feel too ashamed to go to a food pantry and ask for help? We did. So, as part of Confirmation preparation, four of our teens joined forces with some of our more experienced builders and assembled an 8 by 10 foot shed in our church parking lot. This spring the shed will become the home of The Blessing Pantry, a 24-hour food and cleaning supply cupboard for our neighbors. The concept is simple, leave what you can, take what you need. At Trinity we are happy to share what we have.
In the spring of 2019 we teamed up with our friends at the United Way and planted a neighborhood garden on the field adjacent to our parking lot. The garden boasts ten raised beds of organic soil that are home to green leaf lettuce, tomatoes, broccoli, zucchini, peppers, strawberries, herbs and more. Everyone is welcome to harvest whenever they wish, and we take suggestions from our neighbors as to what they would like us to plant. Our huge garden party was the talk of the town last year, complete with a praise band, hotdogs and an ice cream truck.
This spring we hope to add some outdoor table and chairs for picnic lunches, visiting, or just quiet meditation in the sunshine.
The Seymour/Oxford Clergy Association, of which Trinity Church is a member, sponsored an on-going program last year called Laundry Love. Every other month or so, members of our different congregations join forces to hand out quarters at two of our local laundromats. The free quarters spark curiosity, gratitude, skepticism, and very often, some great conversations. Those who have participated in these simple giveaways have remarked that it’s harder to do a kind deed then one might think, because sometimes people are looking for "the catch." No catch, unless you count Jesus’s words; "love your neighbor as yourself," as a catch.
Free Frozen Meals was established during the pandemic and was a way for Trinity to keep serving their neighbors. Our building may be empty but there is still much work to do for those who are in need, especially during this time. So far we have cooked more than 300 meals to hand out to anyone who comes to the church on our Pick-Up days.
Callahan House is one of Seymour’s low-income housing units. We had the idea to host a lunch and Bingo party about a year and a half ago, and a new friendship was born! Now, about once a month a group of dedicated volunteers, (under the direction of Trinity Chef, Jon Festa) cook up a gourmet meal and serve it to our friends in their community room. Sometimes, we do crafts, or bring in musicians for an impromptu sing-a-long.
Whatever the theme, we always have a good time with our friends from Callahan
Free Community Breakfasts. In keeping with the philosophy of the laundry program, one of our parishioners had the
idea to offer a hearty free breakfast to the town twice a year. The event became an
instant classic, but then again, how can you go wrong when you combine eggs, love and bacon, with the words "free" and "Everybody is welcome!"
Chapel on the Green
Chapel on the Green is a ministry of Trinity Church on the Green in New Haven. Whenever we can we like to partner with other churches to bring Jesus’ message of good news to the poor, and if we can do that with homemade sandwiches, even better! Volunteers make several hundred lunches and serve them after the informal out door church service on Sundays at two p.m. Music is provided by local musicians, many of whom are homeless themselves.