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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A Prayer for the Calling for a New Rector
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (Book of Common Prayer, 818).
Save the date! Trinity Choristers will be joined here at Trinity by the Choristers of St. Paul's, Englewood on Sunday afternoon, October 19. This visiting choir is one that we have, in effect, mentored into existence over the last 2 years. Our getting together to help them grow has been wonderful for the leadership development of our Choristers. So be sure to put Sunday, October 19 at 4 PM on your calendar and come support all our kids!
Attention all women of Trinity!! We are enthusiastically hosting a covered dish Women's Night Out here at Trinity on Friday, October 24th at 7pm. It promises to be a relaxing, fun-filled evening for everyone. Never been out to a Women's Night? Give it a try! Mark your calendars now. Call Joanie McCoy for questions or rides (732-780-3111) See you there!
Are you new to the Trinity community? Get to know us better at our quarterly Newcomer Reception at the rectory (1222 Sunset Avenue here in Asbury Park) on Saturday, October 25 from 2-4 PM. Spend time with the Newcomer Committee, vestry, staff, and members of Trinity in a relaxed environment. Come as you are for light refreshments and conversation.
Join fellow parishioners on Trinity's quarterly volunteer day in the soup kitchen! Come work side by side serving our neighbors on Saturday, November 1 from 9:00 AM - 2 PM! Sign up in the narthex (church entrance) or by emailing Jill at Jill@TrinityNJ.com. We hope to see you there!
This All Saints' Day, you are encouraged to bring a picture of loved ones gone from sight but remembered in your heart. The pictures will be placed around our altar as a reminder of the "great cloud of witnesses" that surrounds us, joining in when we lift our voice to pray or sing God's praise.
Another Evensong Save The Date! You all have October 19 on your calendars now - just add November 2 as well, when our Adult Choir and Teen Choristers will join together to sing Evensong for the Feast of All Saints at 4 PM. You thought you had to fly to England to get a cathedral-style Evensong? Nope! Just come to Trinity on Sunday, November 2 at 4 PM, where we will remember all those whose faith example have set us on our own paths to God.
Join us for an evening filled with beautiful, uplifting and energetic music. TSC delivers all genres of spiritual music - from hymns to rock, with some classical, folk and spiritual as part of the mix, too. If you've never been to a TSC concert, talk to anybody who has and you'll be sure to hear a litany of compelling reasons for you to consider making this concert your first. It's an evening of choral music that is sure to bring joy to your heart, peace to your soul - and, oh yes, tapping to your feet when TSC starts to once again "rock the rafters" at Trinity. The chorus performs some songs a cappella, but they also bring their own orchestra to accompany them on other selections. And remember - it's free! Yes, the concert is free and will begin at 7:00 PM on November 8th. (A free-will offering will be conducted.) For more information or if you would like to help with the concert, please call Don Harkey at 732-557-4739 or contact Jill Osis in the church office at 732-775-5084. All are welcome.
Communication is key to Trinity's mission and to an overall healthy parish family life! Your vestry and staff want to make sure you know how and with whom to get in touch for pastoral needs, questions, suggestions, concerns, or anything else that you may need. We have designed a card which has contact information for staff, vestry, and Trinity teams. You may pick one up at church or click here to download and print. Keep it handy and reach out at any time! Not sure what different ministries teams at Trinity undertake? As we begin the church program year, we thought it would be useful to create parish-wide awareness of the wonderful ministries underway and the leaders who have generously stepped up to these teams. Our teams are critical to our parish mission of carrying God's unconditional love into the world. Over the next few weeks weeks, team leaders and members will make very brief presentations at weekend services to explain their team's missions, structures and hopes. We give great thanks to those who have stepped up to leadership in Trinity's ministries. If you feel called to join or support any of these teams, please reach out to the team leader identified on the card.
"Being a Christian should involve memory, history and story" writes Episcopalian author Diana Butler Bass in her book, A People's History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story. In our Adult Education class this fall, we will explore our communal memory, history and story as Christians. Beginning with Early Christianity and continuing to the Contemporary Church, for five weeks we will delve into an era of church history to discover the devotional and ethical aspects which marked each period. A lively discussion is sure to ensue as we uncover individual and corporate lessons from history that are applicable to our daily lives. The series, which will be held at 9:00 between the two Sunday morning services, will begin on September 14 and end on October 19. You may purchase a book ($13) through the office by calling or email Jill at 732-775-5084 or Jill@TrinityNJ.com
Sunday School classes for youth and children meets every Sunday in the undercroft area and the lower level beneath the gym/parish hall. Classes begin at 9:45 AM and end about 45 minutes later, so youth and children can enter worship at the peace. We will be offering 3 classes each week for younger children (grades 1-3), older children (grades 4-6) and junior high (grades 7-8). Please join us at 9:45AM on Sunday, September 14th as we begin a new year and equip our kids for living their faith in the world!
The Holy Spirit has guided us all along the way in this discernment process and we are very pleased and excited that the Spirit has led us to where we are today.
During the week of July 28, 2014, three rector candidates visited Trinity. The candidates were given a tour of the area and then celebrated a prayer service for members of the Discernment Committee in the chapel. After sharing our beautiful worship space and touring our facilities, we had dinner with each candidate at one of our member's home. The evening was informal and enabled us to get to know each candidate better.
On Tuesday, August 5th, members of the Discernment Committee and the Vestry participated in a conference call to discuss the Discernment Committee's recommendation. On Sunday, August 10, The Discernment Committee will be meeting with the Vestry, along with Cecilia Alvarez, Canon for Transition Ministry and Clergy Development from the Diocese to continue and complete the transition process from the Discernment Committee to Vestry. As always, any information related directly to a candidate is confidential until the process of discernment is completed.
The Committee thanks the parish for your prayers and support these past months as we carried on this very important work on behalf of our beloved parish.
At the end of each meeting, the Discernment Committee ends with the following prayer. We thought we would share it with you as we think it summarizes our hopes for our next Rector:
Dear Lord: Please give our next Rector 10 arms to reach out, embrace our whole family and draw us together; 100 ears to listen to all our dreams, wisdom to guide us, patience to put up with our foibles, strength to support us as we help others, and a gigantic heart to love us all. Amen.
The Discernment Committee is Barry Bowling, Jean DeVitto (Recorder), Donna Griffin, Joanie McCoy, Dell O'Hara, Bill Pearson, Bill Presutti (Chair), Carol Scollay, Jackie Sharpe, and Bruce Sherrill.
Everyone is welcome to join our Wednesday Night Bible Study as we examine the topic of "Silent Witnesses". There are many people in the Bible whose actions were very pivotal and they never said a word! See Wendy Jaghab or Joanie McCoy for the book "Silent Witnesses in the Gospels" for $5.00.
Calling all cooks! This new group is up and running - and we could use a helping hand. Would you be willing to put a portion aside, and deliver it to one of our Trinity folks who is home recuperating, or to a grieving family experiencing a recent loss? If so, we'd love to have you join us. There will be a sign-up sheet in the back of the church, or you may sign up by emailing email@example.com. For any questions, contact Peggy at 732-616-2625.
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.
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!
We have many wonderful ways for you to help out both here at Trinity and in the wider community. Please contact the church office 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 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!
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.
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