Visitors to Trinity may have seen the cherry blossoms and tulips blooming in the churchyard. After a long winter I am glad to see these signs of spring.
A healthy community also exhibits signs of new life and growth, and I am happy to see these at Trinity.
On Sunday, Trinity’s Movement Choir performed The Doors for the second year. The Movement Choir gives community members a chance to express their artistic side and strengthen their relationships. There are many other small groups that meet at Trinity which bring the community closer together, including Bible studies, ministries for seniors and youth, and a jobseekers group.
While members of a healthy community love and support each other, they also give of themselves to those beyond the boundaries of the parish.
On Friday, students from two local high schools visited Trinity to select formal wear for their prom. For the third year in a row, the community donated dresses and suits for students who could not afford to buy or rent their own.
Also, in Charlotte’s Place, staff members are helping those in need to apply for food stamps and access other social services, as well as sharing ideas with communities like Knollwood Baptist in Winston Salem, North Carolina.
These are just a few signs of resurrection and life at Trinity, signs of a community creating, sharing, and reaching out.
I am currently in Jerusalem for a meeting with an association of international rectors and deans. In my interactions with fellow priests and other Anglicans, I am grateful to see that throughout the Anglican Communion there are many other communities loving and serving others as they follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
As an associate supporter of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Wall Street, New York, I appreciate their outreach to the City around them – without strings attached, affording a valuable contact with the world outside of TEC, to which Holy Trinity belongs.
Being what might be called one of the richer Episcopal establishments, H.T. Wall Street, has resources beyond the capacity of most Anglican communities around the world. The Choir, for instance is capable of presenting Music at a standard far in excess of that normally heard in lesser establishment, vying with the musical presentation at most Cathedrals in the Anglican world. To log into the H.T. web-site, means one can listen to classical and religious music that is not usually available elsewhere in a Church setting.
One can also view videos of various worship activities provided by H.T., New York.
In this particular article the current Rector, The Rev. Dr. James H. Cooper, (soon to retire) draws attention to the growing ministry outreach, both in the local Brooklyn area of New York and to other areas of the U.S. and overseas, where Holy Trinity has ecumenical links.
If you tap into any of the links provided here, you may be surprised at the extensive ministry that is given to outsiders by this eclectic community of Episcopalians in New York.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand