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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Dear Friends and Parishioners, our parish profile may be opened as a PDF by clicking the link below. Click here to access the .pdf (file is approximately 2mb in size).
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).
Trinity needs your help in making a commitment to fully fund and support our parish's missions and ministries. And we also need to prepare for the arrival of our next rector -- not least prayerfully and spiritually, but also financially. Our next priest will certainly bring new ideas for ministries, missions and opportunities to spread God's Unconditional Love through our community and the world.
You may have heard Nancy McCarthy share her thoughts at a recent service about her life at and love of Trinity. Her life journey, accompanied by her Trinity family, is woven into the fabric of Trinity's life in Christ. We invite you to click here to read Nancy's beautiful reflection.
Discipleship and stewardship arise from love and care. Trinity more than ever needs your love and care -- as expressed through a commitment of time, talent and treasure. Please prayerfully consider the amount you can offer your spiritual home and stand with your fellow parishioners in making a pledge, a commitment, to support God's work through our beloved parish, our Trinity!
Come one, Come all!
This year's annual Lessons and Carols is Sunday, December 14 at 4 PM here at Trinity. It features lots of lovely Christmas carols to get you into the spirit - and these are ones you WON'T tire of because you've heard them so often on the radio! Both Trinity Choir (adults) and Trinity Choristers (children) will be singing, and Jim Balmer will accompany the choirs and play the prelude. The "lessons" are not school lessons, but the readings that tell the best story ever - that of God's unconditional love in the prophecies and coming of Christ in the manger. Not to be missed, since the carol service will be followed by the best Trinity Christmas party ever! Not only that - but The Rt. Rev. William "Chip" Stokes, Bishop of the Diocese of New Jersey will be here to preside - we are so honored!! Clear your calendars now!
Come for Lessons and Carols and stay for a party! Join Bishop Stokes and all of your Trinity Friends for our Annual Christmas Party in the church gym after a wonderful service filled with the joy of the holidays and the coming celebration of the birth of Christ! What a great way to begin the last week of Advent! It will be a party filled with laughter, fun and friends. Wine, drinks and coffee will be provided. More details will be coming in the next few weeks. Come celebrate with us!!
Dear Fellow Parishioners,
~ The Discernment Committee completed the first round of interviews for our new Rector via Skype. Our work continues to be guided by the Parish Profile.
~ We interviewed nine candidates and found Skyping to be an effective way to get to know the candidates for this first round. On October 30, 2014, after prayerful reflection and fruitful discussion, we called five of the nine candidates for a second interview. Four candidates have accepted our invitation to continue our discernment process. The committee is very pleased and excited as we move forward in the process.
~ Members of the Discernment Committee are now visiting each of the candidates in their own parish. During the visit, we will attend the main Sunday service, share a meal and continue the interviewing process in more depth with each of the candidates. It is our goal to finish the visits by Sunday, November 2014.
~ During our next phase, the Committee will discern which candidates will continue in the final phase of the interview process-a visit to Trinity. A timeline for these visits will be included in the next update. As always, any information related directly to a candidate is confidential.
~ The last phase of the Committee's work is to present the final candidates to the Vestry.
~ Thank you for your prayers, as we continue this very important work on behalf of our 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.
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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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