Ministries

Worship Opportunities
Ministries that assist and support our weekly worship services.

  • Acolyte: Acolytes are young people in grades 7 and higher who also take part in the service. We had our first girl acolyte in 1972. And there's no age discrimination here at Trinity - we have our very own senior citizen acolyte at the 8:00am service.
     
  • Altar Guild: Working quietly behind the scenes to keep the altar, vessels, vestments, etc. in top shape is the Altar Guild, a group that puts many hours into their work to ensure that the church is always ready for scheduled services, weddings, funerals, and baptisms. They also make sure flowers are enjoyed long after being on the altar, delivering them after the service is over to shut-ins and to those who are ill.
     
  • Chalice Bearers: Chalice Bearers assist in the Eucharistic Celebration during the 8:00 and 9:30am services. Qualifications - must he a baptized Christian, regularly participate in weekly worship and parish activities, and pledge to the financial support of this parish's mission and ministry. Training by the Rector and attending a diocesan training the next time it is offered are required. If interested, please email or call Nancy Fraser or the Rector.
     
  • Music Ministries: Music at Trinity Church is held in highest esteem. It brings every celebration into a more joyous relationship with God and helps express adoration of and prayers to Our Lord. To this end, instruments and voices sound forth in our devotion and praise. We strive for excellence. Without a doubt, the choir plays a key role in adding joy and spirit to our weekly worship with guest musicians adding to holiday celebrations. The Choir practices Tuesday evenings and before the 9:30am Sunday service. Together they enjoy not just making beautiful music, but the bond of friendship in serving the Lord.
     
  • Lay Eucharistic Visitor: Our Lay Eucharistic Visitors are members of the parish who deliver the Eucharist to the sick and shut-ins of the parish. Lay Eucharistic Visitors are trained and licensed through the diocese for this ministry. They provide a special service to those who otherwise would not be able to receive the Eucharist. Additionally, they provide that important one-on-one contact and sense of belonging to those in need.
     
  • Parish Worship Committee: This group works along with the Rector to plan services, study the many ways our Prayer Book offers enrichment, and occasionally carefully experiment with ways to worship.
     
  • Ushers: Ushers (lay greeters) greet parishioners, hand out programs, collect alms, and record the number in attendance. Lectors read the Lessons, Psalm, and Prayers of the People.

Christian Education
Ministries to educate adults and children about faith and the Church.

  • Adult Formation: This group helps explore and develop ways for adults to learn more about their faith. Programs initiated by this group include Centering Prayer, Lenten Home Services, Book Study Group, video discussions, an adult version of J2A, and Parenting Classes. Other Adult Education opportunities at Trinity include:  two active Education for Ministry (EFM groups).
     
  • Nursery: The Nursery is a cozy room with toys, books, and art tables for busy little hands. Located in the Undercroft (downstairs), the nursery has been expanded to include an adjoining room with rocking chairs and a baby swing. A pocket door separates the two areas and can be closed to provide privacy for nursing mothers and quiet time for little ones. The nursery is staffed by a professional child care worker and a parish volunteer during the 9:30 am service on Sundays.  The nursery is recommended for children 4 and under. It is always open for your use.  If you are interested in volunteering in the nursery, please call the Church office.
     
  • Young People's Christian Formation & Education: Trinity offers many opportunities for the young people of our parish to learn about the teachings of Jesus.  For more information, please visit our Children's Ministries / Sunday School page.
     
  • Young People's Christian Formation & Education Staff: Presenting a rich curriculum to the parish youth, beginning at the preschool level. It is the goal of this ministry to have students grow and learn, eventually returning as assistants to re-invest their education as teachers.
     
  • Rite 13 & J2A: These dynamic groups meet weekly after the 9:30am service. Their activities are designed to reinforce and enhance the Journey To Adulthood curriculum. They organize and take part in activities that foster participation of the younger members of our congregation, including ice skating, trips to the movies, helping at the soup kitchen, working at the food bank, and the annual Halloween sleep-over ("lock-in!") at the Episcopal Conference Center. The Senior Youth Group also hosts the annual Pancake Supper and sponsors a booth at the annual Victorian Village Bazaar at Christmas time. For more information about these program, please go to our Journey To Adulthood page.

Pastoral Care
Ministries that provide pastoral support to our Parish.

  • New Member Ministry: This group plans ways to better welcome visitors and newcomers into our midst. They schedule training sessions for Ushers and Greeters, and are always brainstorming to come up with new ideas to make the Trinity community and amenities more accessible. If you have any bright ideas, let them know!
     
  • Prayer Group: Parishioners who join the Prayer Group commit themselves to a ministry of intercessory prayer whereby they pray privately and confidentially for 30 days for the individual whose name is given to them. Prayer requests are taken from the brown box near the altar every Sunday and divided among the intercessors.
     
  • Share, Care and Cards Ministry: Send birthday cards to shut-ins, get well cards to parishioners recovering from accidents or illness, and cards of condolence to those experiencing the loss of a loved one. Provide transportation to appointments for parishioners in need, as well as pick-up and delivery of prescriptions. Meals are arranged for those are sick or otherwise in need.

Community Outreach
Ministries that serve those in our Community that are in need.

  • Food Closet: Open every Thursday from 9:00am to 11:00am.

    Inclement Weather Advisory
    In the event that North Scituate Schools are closed due to inclement weather (snow, hurricanes, etc.), the Trinity Episcopal Church Food Closet will also be closed. The Food Closet will open on the next scheduled day.
     
  • The Thrift Shop: Part of Trinity's OUTREACH ministry, our great little thrift shop is run by the Trinity Episcopal Church Women's group (ECW), a very dedicated group of women who volunteer to sort, price, organize and sell gently used items. The shop is located on the outskirts of the Scituate Village in the Scituate Hardware Plaza (across from the Scituate Medical Building). The income from this is used to fund items not covered in the operating budget of the church.

Parish Life
Ministries that enhance the Parish Community.

  • Annual Bazaar: The Winter Wonderland Bazaar is second to none - and it's the best church fair around! It's an all-parish event with planning and workshops all year long. Those doing the projects say they love the company of fellow parishioners while learning the secrets behind the crafts. The Holiday Greens booth, Christmas booth, and Cafe are very popular. The Penny Social is run by the Men's Club, and the Country Store booth is manned by our energetic Youth Group.
     
  • Episcopal Church Women (ECW): This dynamic group of women is responsible for a number of popular activities: Secret Pals for Shut-Ins, Annual Banquet, Traveler's Aid Courtesy Bags, Thrift Shop, May Baskets, and Christmas gifts to shut-ins, to mention a few.
     
  • Fellowship Hour: Fellowship Hour, also known as Coffee Hour, is held at Aldrich Hall following the services each Sunday. It is a time when the parish community comes together to visit and enjoy the fellowship of other parishioners. Conversations range from church business to personal issues and serve to strengthen the bonds of community at Christ Church.
     
  • Men's Group: This equally dynamic group (perhaps not in numbers, but certainly in personality) is responsible for organizing and running the following events: The Annual Yard Sale, Superbowl Bake Sale, Art Festival Parking, Monthly Fellowship Breakfast.
     
  • Sisters Of Sophia (SOS): Scoured by life but still full of suds….and Spirit! An invitation to the women of Trinity who are on the second-half-of-life path of their spiritual journey. Join us as we celebrate being women of wisdom and Sisters Of Sophia! This is an opportunity to share  the joys, the challenges, the holy laughter, and the unique rewards of this phase of our spiritual journey, and to explore the many ways that the gift of years can deepen and enrich every part of our journey, and our relationship with God and others. S O S meets on the second Monday of each month from 9:00am to 11:00am in Aldrich Hall.
     
  • Turkey Supper: The Turkey Supper is held each Columbus Day weekend when Scituate Art Festival exhibitors and goers alike look forward to warm plates of delicious turkey with all the fixings and friendly smiles of those dishing out heaping helpings. Many parishioners work together to make this popular event a success - making phone calls, baking pies, peeling squash, mashing potatoes, washing dishes.
     
  • WINGS (Women In Need of Growing Spiritually): The Women in Need of Growing Spiritually (WINGS) group is open to all women of Trinity and our purpose is to promote and strengthen inner growth; learning about and reinforcing our spirituality. We typically meet once a month, and once or twice a year we also plan and experience a weekend guided spiritual retreat. Please consider joining us as we discuss, explore, and exercise spirituality in our own lives.
     
  • Youth Group (Rite 13 I, Rite 13 II, J2A): These dynamic groups meet twice a month, usually on Sunday evenings. Their activities are designed to reinforce and enhance the Journey To Adulthood curriculum. They organize and take part in activities that foster participation of the younger members of our congregation, including ice skating, trips to the movies, helping at the soup kitchen, working at the food bank, and the annual Halloween sleep-over ("lock-in!") at the Episcopal Conference Center. The Senior Youth Group also hosts the annual Pancake Supper and sponsors a booth at the annual Victorian Village Bazaar at Christmas time. Visit the Teens page for event and meeting info, plus a number of great links especially for teens and information about the Journey To Adulthood Program.

Church Support
Ministries that assist and support the everyday operations of the Church.

  • Buildings & Grounds Committee: This group oversees the maintenance of the church buildings and parking lots.
     
  • Counting: Also known as The Bald Eagles and the Gray Goose Brigade, these trusted servants give their time and counting talents to tally the collection.
     
  • Finance Committee: The finance committee is responsible for the development of the annual operating budget of the parish, which is submitted to the Vestry for approval.
     
  • Communication Systems: This group explores and institutes ways of communicating information to our congregation and throughout our community regarding special events - newspaper advertising for special events, signs, the newsletter, the web site, and much more.
     
  • Information Systems: This group maintains the church website, computer hardware and software, and internet access. They provide technical support to the office staff and offer computer related education.
     
  • Office Volunteers: Parishioners assist the Parish Administrator with church mailings and various projects throughout the year as needed.
     
  • Vestry: Made up of nine members, this group is responsible for conducting the business of the church. Three members are elected each year to serve a three-year term to allow for rotation. These officers of the church are responsible for the management, financial well being, and stewardship of the church. Each also chairs a committee. In addition, the Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Treasurer, Clerk, and Rector sit on the Vestry. We are grateful for and proud of their work. Vestry meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month.

 

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