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).
Sunday, July 20 will be your chance to be in the choir for the morning! We'll have a summer volunteer choir - all you have to do is come at 9:00 AM to the choir room, and we'll go over a VERY simple song that we can sing at the Offertory. All ages, men and women, children - everyone come! Let's see how big a group we can get! This can be a one-off chance to sing together, or you can try out what being in the choir feels like to see if you want to do it again. No matter what reason, come out and sing at 9 AM!
Newcomer Reception and Welcoming of New Members 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, July 26 from 2-4 PM. Spend time with the rector, staff, and members of Trinity in a relaxed environment. Come as you are for light refreshments and conversation. Also, at all 3 of our weekend services on Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27, if you are considering becoming a member of Trinity, we will receive new members. If you have come to see Trinity as your spiritual home, we invite you to come forward at the passing of the peace to be received formally into the community and for prayers of thanksgiving.
Join fellow parishioners on Trinity's quarterly volunteer day in the soup kitchen! Come work side by side serving our neighbors on Saturday, August 2 from 9:30 AM - 2 PM! Sign up in the narthex (church entrance) or by emailing Kris at email@example.com. We hope to see you there!
From now until October 15, make sure you've signed up with iGive.com and selected Trinity Choristers Piano Scholarship as your selected charity, so that when you shop online our Choristers will get a donation of $5 with every new member purchase made! It doesn't cost you a thing! This fund not only pays for the piano lessons some students get, but also now their guitar, drum, flute and violin lessons. We'll soon have our own orchestra here at Trinity, made up of students helped by your shopping donations! http://www.iGive.com/TrinityChoristersPSP
Have you stopped to read the displays?? There are wonderful, personal expressions of your thanksgivings, and examples of God's generosity in your lives. Wee received word that one individual had posted an additional 20 pink and yellow slips and the white space was disappearing rapidly. Can we stamp out white space on the displays? As we enter the third week of our midyear campaign we continue to receive new and increased pledges. Thank you to everyone who shares their gifts from God with Trinity. To date we have 13 participants with 9 increases, 2 new and 2 who pledged in 2013 and renewed for this year. Additional commitments total $13,310. When added to our seed money we have $20,785 in total with one week remaining. THANK YOU!!
We are pleased to report that on May 8th Trinity Church was formally listed on the New Jersey State Register of Historic Places. The listing honors the church's historic significance, which arises from (1) its Late Gothic Revival architecture, (2) its near-original fixtures, (3) its important stained glass artistry, (4) the legacy of its architect, Clarence Brazer (also a Trinity parishioner) who went on to become a well-regarded architect of his era, and (5) the role Trinity and its members have played in the history of Asbury Park, the state of New Jersey, and beyond. As stated in the application for listing on the State and National Registers of Historic Places, "Trinity Church conveys a high degree of historic integrity through location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling and association."
Listing on the New Jersey State Register automatically causes the US Department of the Interior and the National Park Service to assess Trinity for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. It is highly likely that National Register listing will occur before the end of 2014. Anyone interested in reading the entire application document, which is FULL of Trinity history, may click here.
This is a wondrous event in our parish's history. As the current stewards of Trinity Church, we are ALL truly blessed by the beauty and spiritual joy of our worship space, created by those who have gone before us. It is now in our hands to care for the treasure with which we have been entrusted, for the benefit of generations to come.
The Discernment Committee completed the first round of interviews for our new Rector via Skype. We interviewed nine candidates and found Skyping to be an effective way to get to know the candidates for this first round. On June 16, 2014, after prayerful reflection and fruitful discussion, we called five of the nine candidates for a second interview. Of the five candidates, four accepted our call to continue. The committee is very pleased and excited as we move forward in the process.
Members of the Discernment Committee are now visiting the candidates in their own parishes. We completed our first visit on Sunday, July 6, 2014 and will conclude visits on Sunday, July 20, 2014. During the visit, we attend the parish's main Sunday service, share lunch with the candidate and continue the interviewing process in more depth.
On July 22, 2014, the Committee will meet to discern which candidates will continue in the final phase of the interview process which involves a private visit to Trinity. It is our hope that we will conclude these final interviews by early to mid-August, depending on the availability of the candidates. As always, any information related directly to a candidate is confidential.
The last phase of the Committee's work will be to present the final candidates to the Vestry.
Thank you for your prayers, as we continue 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.
It's that time of year again! Our much beloved "Service on the Sand" 5 PM Eucharist/Mass will be starting up again on Saturday, May 24. We gather on the sand at the north end of Asbury's boardwalk in front of Asbury Tower. Bring your beach chair or towel. There are some benches on the boardwalk as well. If inclement weather, our Service on the Sand is moved to the church. A notice will be placed on the parish answering machine and website by 4 PM.
Come One, Come All! Summer Bible Study will be fun and inspiring. Each week, starting on July 9th, we will look at a different Bible topic with a variety of leaders presenting. This was a big success last year with a growing group. Each week is of itself so please come any Wednesday you are in town. Questions? Call Joanie McCoy at 908-216-5529.
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.
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!
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 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 Kris Koller in 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!
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.
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