Welcome to Trinity! Consider this website an introduction to who we are, what we believe and ways to connect with our parish family. As you read through its pages, you'll find material about prayer, worship, fellowship and service, all of which are meant to help you explore developing a deeper spiritual life. We are a community of believers and seekers that works hard at being especially sensitive to the newcomer as well as caring for one another. If something here catches your eye, we hope you will take the next step and contact or visit us.
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Bishop Chip Stokes, in his inaugural convention address, challenged the delegates and guests to embrace a new vision for the Diocese of New Jersey, a vision that puts priority on mission. He challenged us to be willing to close or merge failing parishes and invest the money yielded from the sale of properties into strengthening our involvement in God's mission in New Jersey. You can hear the address in its entirety here.
As we move through this Christmas season we are reminded daily of the blessings we each receive as members of the Trinity family. We share in the benefits of God's Good Works practiced through our missions and ministries; the year long stewardship of our time, talents and treasure. Our official pledge campaign is wrapping up and establishing the 2014 budget is nearly complete. Have you made your financial commitment to Trinity for 2014? If not please consider doing so this month by submitting a commitment card or completing the online pledge information. You are Trinity! Our success is directly tied to each of us as parishioners/owners/stakeholders returning to God the gifts we receive. Thank you for your continuous support of Trinity. Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!
In 2013, Trinity became a designated Jubilee Ministry Center in the Episcopal Church. Jubilee Ministries are congregations or agencies with connections to the Episcopal Church, designated by diocesan bishops and affirmed by Executive Council, whose mission work affects the lives of those in need, addressing basic human needs and justice issues. We applied for a Program Impact grant soon after our designation and we were just notified that we received it! There were 114 applicants and only 10 programs were chosen. The grant is for $1,500 and will go to support our Chorister Program. Thanks to Kris Koller for writing that grant and to our Music Director Diane Caruso, for her amazing work with our choristers.
Trinity Church is excited to finally welcome marriage equality to New Jersey! Whether you're already part of a civil union simply looking to execute a marriage license, or a couple looking to celebrate your marriage sacramentally for the first time, Trinity is happy to meet you where you are and accommodate as small or as large a ceremony as you wish. As always, those looking to be married at Trinity should be either members or actively seeking membership, and pre-marital counseling will be required for new marriages. If you would like to read more about the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey's support of marriage equality in our state, the Diocese has published a press release here. Our parish family is grateful and blessed to be part of your journey together!
If you would like to learn about and take part in the many great programs and ministries we have to offer, good news - Trinity's brand new volunteer survey is online! Click right here, tell us about yourself and your interests (it's quick!), and we'll be in touch when we find something just right for you! Paper surveys are available after all Masses - we'll even give you candy for your checkmarks!
Do you like to cook? Would you be willing to put a portion aside and deliver it to one of our Trinity folks who is recently home from the hospital, or to a grieving family experiencing the recent loss of a loved one? If so, we would love to have you join us. There will be sign-up sheets, in the back of the church. You may also sign-up through email, by contacting Peggy at email@example.com, or by calling 732-616-2625. Thanks for lending a helping hand!
We have many wonderful ways for you to help out both here at Trinity and in the wider community. Please contact Kris Koller in the church office or at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how you can become more involved!
Our own Chorister Program has been offering free piano lessons with your support for the last four years. We are expanding this year to add guitar, drum and other instrumental lessons for our Choristers, which further adds to their musical education and contributes to our mission of transforming the lives of at-risk youth in Asbury Park through music. Our problem? We are looking for instruments for them to practice on! Do you have an old guitar that you aren't using anymore that you would be willing to donate? An old school flute or violin? Drums? Please let our Music Director Diane know if you have any source for donated instruments as we get started on a new and exciting phase! If you can't donate an instrument, please consider a donation to the scholarship fund so that we can continue to offer these lessons!
Remember that warm welcome you received when you first came to Trinity Church? Now is your chance to spread that welcome to others! We need people to act as greeters at all 3 of our weekend services. You can choose which service and how often you you are scheduled. You will greet newcomers, current members, friends and visitors alike and provide name tags to those who wish to wear them. All you need to do is show up a bit earlier for services and bring a friendly smile! If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Kris Koller in the church office at email@example.com or 732-775-5084. this is a wonderful way to get to know people and participate in the life of the church!
A Trinity volunteer driver can help! To arrange for a ride or for more details, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us at 732-682-9169. We will respond to your message as soon as possible. Thank you to Jim Kelly and all of our wonderful drivers for making this possible!
It can't get any easier to donate to our chorister's piano scholarship fund than through these two websites: 1. GoodSearch.com - We are a registered charity: Trinity Choristers Piano Scholarship Fund. You can use their search engine, GoodSearch, their shop, GoodShop.com, or their restaurant program, GoodDining.com, and we get a percentage each time you use them! There are no additional fees to use any of these programs. 2. Igive.com - another donation website, where any online shopping you do (you register, choose us, and then go through their site first to the shopping site you want) means the participating merchant gives us a percentage. Donate to our piano scholarship fund by doing what you usually do: search, eat and shop! It's that easy! We've already earned enough to cover 3 1/2 lessons for a piano student - will you help us get more? Look us up on GoodSearch.com and Igive.com!
Our youth group meets the first Sunday of each month. If you have questions or would like to join in the fun, please call youth group leader Erica Loren at 732-757-1880 or Matt Oliver at 908-745-8093.
If you would like to give the altar candles or flowers used during the weekend Masses in thanksgiving or in memory of a loved one, please contact the church office. It's a wonderful way to celebrate a special event or person in your life! Donation is $50 for flowers and $10 for candles.
The success of our Last Resort Food Pantry depends on your support! Click here to find out what is needed.
If you are not receiving the email newsletter, sign up by clicking here. It is becoming the main way we are keeping the parish informed of special announcements, reminders and upcoming events/programs.