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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Join us for the last Beach Mass of the 2014 season! We'll 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.
This is Trinity's first year of participating in Battle Against Hunger: The George & Kinny Walk. Members of our team will be walking between 1 and 5 miles, depending on ability, on Sunday, September 7th along the scenic Delaware Canal Towpath at Washington Crossing State Park. 100% of the money that we raise through this walk will come back to Trinity Church to support hunger issues involving youth in our community. This includes youth in our chorister program, community movie and game night, and our soup kitchen, We encourage you to support us in this new event, made possible by our recent designation as a Jubillee Ministry in the Diocese of New Jersey. You may support the walkers with a donation by making your check out to "Battle Against Hunger" and putting "TrinityAP" in the memo line or by going online to: www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/TrinityAPWalker If you have any questions, or would like to walk with the team, please call Gail or Jill in the church office at 732-775-5084 or email Jill at Jill@TrinityNJ.com.
Many of you have expressed an interest in thanking Father David for his two years of loyal and dedicated service to Trinity as our Interim Rector. We thought a "Book of Letters" containing the thoughts of parishioners would be a wonderful memento for Father David to have. If you wish to have your letter included in this book, which will be presented to Father David at the celebration after his last service on September 7, please mail or email (email@example.com) it to the church office by Wednesday, August 27th so that we have enough time to prepare the book. Also, please remember to join us on Sunday, September 7 as we celebrate the completion of Father David's two-year ministry with us with a special coffee hour following the 10 am service. This will be an opportunity for us to express our thanks and appreciation to Father David for his leadership, his spiritual guidance, and his wonderful sense of grace and humor. We are immensely grateful and hope all will join as we share our best wishes as he leaves us to begin his next ministry as Interim Rector of Saint Andrews, Newport News, Virginia.
"Being a Christian should involve memory, history and story" writes Episcopalian author Diana Butler Bass in her book, A People's History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story. In our Adult Education class this fall, we will explore our communal memory, history and story as Christians. Beginning with Early Christianity and continuing to the Contemporary Church, for five weeks we will delve into an era of church history to discover the devotional and ethical aspects which marked each period. A lively discussion is sure to ensue as we uncover individual and corporate lessons from history that are applicable to our daily lives. The series, which will be held at 9:00 between the two Sunday morning services, will begin on September 14 and end on October 19. You may purchase a book ($13) through the office by calling or email Jill at 732-775-5084 or Jill@TrinityNJ.com
The Holy Spirit has guided us all along the way in this discernment process and we are very pleased and excited that the Spirit has led us to where we are today.
During the week of July 28, 2014, three rector candidates visited Trinity. The candidates were given a tour of the area and then celebrated a prayer service for members of the Discernment Committee in the chapel. After sharing our beautiful worship space and touring our facilities, we had dinner with each candidate at one of our member's home. The evening was informal and enabled us to get to know each candidate better.
On Tuesday, August 5th, members of the Discernment Committee and the Vestry participated in a conference call to discuss the Discernment Committee's recommendation. On Sunday, August 10, The Discernment Committee will be meeting with the Vestry, along with Cecilia Alvarez, Canon for Transition Ministry and Clergy Development from the Diocese to continue and complete the transition process from the Discernment Committee to Vestry. As always, any information related directly to a candidate is confidential until the process of discernment is completed.
The Committee thanks the parish for your prayers and support these past months as we carried on 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.
Come One, Come All! Summer Bible Study will be fun and inspiring. Each week we will look at a different Bible topic with a variety of leaders presenting. 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 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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