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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The Wardens and Vestry are delighted to announce the calling of our next Rector, the Reverend Michael Way, effective February 15, 2015. Michael will begin his ministry with us on Ash Wednesday, February 18. He has graced us with a wonderful letter of introduction, which is printed below.
Please join us in welcoming our new spiritual leader as we begin the next step in our journey along God's path.
Words cannot express my immense joy at being called to serve as Trinity Church's next rector. I think ahead to the time that we will spend together in mutual ministry and I am at once excited to be a part of such a dynamic parish, eager to get to know all of you, and profoundly moved for I am confident that the Holy Spirit has brought us into each other's lives.
Happily, because of the superb work of the search committee, I have a basic knowledge of the parish and town where I am so thrilled to have been called; but I realize that you know next to nothing about me! So, if you'll permit, I'll offer a very brief self-introduction:
Serving as a priest in the Episcopal Church constitutes my second career. Prior to my ordination, I pursued an exciting career directing special events in New York City. For over 20 years my work took me from managing projects at major cultural institutions, chiefly at the Metropolitan Opera and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to the sports world, where I developed hospitality programs for corporate sponsors at "Grand Slam" tournaments around the country: including the US Open, the PGA Championships, The Ryder Cup and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Although I enjoyed the high-energy nature of this career, I was constantly aware that something was missing in my life. This eventually led to a recognition that God was calling me to dedicate myself to service through the church. However, the transition from the secular life to one that is fully committed to God's work is not so easily negotiated. Thus, my transition proved to be many years in the making. Indeed, it was not until I returned to my native Ohio in order to care for my frail, elderly parents that I realized that I had been given the opportunity to close the chapter on my first career and begin the next in God's service.
Over the next seven years, I traveled the long journey from postulant, to seminarian, to rector. I now approach my role as priest armed with a passion for hospitality, a love for liturgy, a commitment to social justice, a desire to offer pastoral care and, above all, a conviction that I can best serve God by helping others to discover the respective gifts and talents they can bring to the service of God and their neighbor.
My spirits run high as I think of what lies ahead for all of us in our life together as witnesses of God's immeasurable love!
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 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.
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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