We believe all people have a ministry they are called to. Lay-persons, bishops, priests, and deacons are all considered ministers. Our duty as laity is clearly stated in the Book of Common Prayer: “The ministry of lay persons is to represent Christ and His Church; to bear witness to Him wherever we may be; and, according to the gifts given us, to carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world; and to take our place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church.”
A ministry is not choosing, something to do.” A ministry is a “call to be” and is derived from careful and deliberate prayer. The following are some of our current and developing ministries.
Service Ministry – Feeding Five Thousand
Our ongoing established food collection program to benefit the Ilse Marks/Stoughton Food Pantry. All are invited to bring in canned goods and other non perishable food items and place them in the large baskets in the narthex (lobby).
Our donations are brought to the Ilsa Marks (Stoughton) Food Pantry on Seaver Street on a bi-weekly basis and helps provide much needed food for those in need.
During the time of Thanksgiving, we collect “Dinner Bags” containing items for a Thanksgiving Day meal, with a gift card to a local supermarket for people to purchase a turkey.
The Pantry is currently seeking the following food items:
Canned Beef Stew, Tuna, Soups, Pasta and Sauces, Spam, Canned Vegetables.
To learn more about the food pantry, click the following link: Food Pantry Video
Evelyn House of Stoughton
Part of Father Bill’s/MainSpring House, a Quincy-based organization, which is fighting homelessness every day, Evelyn House, located on Prospect Street in Stoughton offers shelter and a place for families become independent. Many of these families are escaping violence in the home. People who have sought refuge at Evelyn house note, it’s like a real home.”
Evelyn House coordinator Marcia Wigfall reminds us the need is ongoing.“Each family is provided with items such as twin blankets and sheets sets, pillows, bath towels, and toiletries. They are allowed to keep the items once they are ready to leave the shelter for their own residence. So, they need to be replenished”
You can help Evelyn house by bringing in donations of twin size sheet sets or blankets, bath towels, toilet paper, kitchen towels and toiletries. Items will be brought on a monthly basis to Evelyn House.
Bostonwarm is a group of churches in Boston who open their facilities as the weather gets cold to offer a place for the homeless to escape the cold during the day. light refreshments and coffee are provided as well as space to leave personal items secure while seeking work, shelter or services. BostonWarm also offers the homeless items of clothing through donations by various churches and organizations.
You can help those seeking assistance through BostonWarm by donating socks, and warm hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves. Also collected are food items: Granola bars and other nonperishable snacks, juice boxes, canned food with pop-top lids. Bulk Items to help the centers: ground coffee, sugar packets, coffee cups, plates, napkins, wet wipes. Pillowcases and fleece blankets for the nap room. $5.00 CharlieCards to help guests get to appointments and job interviews and Personal hygiene kits (in ziploc bags, containing items like soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, washcloth, deodorant, comb, shampoo, tissues, hand sanitizers, feminine hygiene products.
Copley Assisted Living Worship
Join us the second Sunday of each month at 10:15am as we walk next door to Copley at Stoughton, Nursing Care Center to celebrate the Eucharist with our neighbors. This is a wonderful ministry, engaging people in need with worship and conversation. The residents of Copley look forward to our visits and conversations.
Our current Priest has traveled to the Dominican Republic for many years as part of a medical team which runs a week long clinic in a local Dominican Episcopal Parish. This clinic offers much needed help to a community without access to the most basic of medical care. As we expand on this work to help others, we are continually seeing people to help become part of the team; Doctors, Nurses and Translators who are fluent in Spanish. This is a tremendously rewarding ministry and you are welcome to ask us about it!
In addition to this yearly visit, our parish has embarked in an effort to deepen our relationship with the host parish, la Iglesia de San Pedro y San Pablo in the la Barquita barrio of Santo Domingo. Our hope is to assist their growing Episcopal School through scholarships for students and through donations for the parish.
Join us for “Trinity Thursdays” – a program of food, education and worship. We will be meeting the first and third Thursdays of each month, gathering at 6pm for a shared meal, 45 minutes of education generally around the gospels. Our program concludes with a lovely Candlelight Compline Service.
Our parish actively engages in the creation and celebration of social events at Trinity, some as fundraisers for the parish, some as fundraisers for outside charitable organizations and many simply for fun, conversation and community engagement. In all our events, we seek to create an atmosphere which encourages getting to know one another and developing relationships with one another. Of particular note are our annual Roast Beef dinner, Italian night and Corned Beef and Cabbage events for Saint Patricks Day.
Choral Evensong Program
Trinity has embarked on the development of a Choral Evensong program, celebrating key saints through the beauty of evening sung worship. Join us for this beautiful event as our church is bathed in candlelight as a large choir of professional singers lead us in worship.