Mission & Ministry
Holy Trinity is active in mission and ministry, both inside and outside the parish, thanks to all parishioners recognizing and sharing their many gifts and talents. For more information or to become involved with any event call 847-0850 or email parishofHammondRiver@bellaliant.com
Romero House Soup Kitchen Activities
Mission activities for Romero House fall into 3 categories:
1) On the 4th Friday of each month twenty Holy Trinity families make soup for 400 people and deliver it to the Romero House Soup Kitchen in the City Center of Saint John. New families who wish to help make soup are always welcome!
2) Once a year, under the direction of Ann McAdam, personal hygiene items including toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, hair brushes, deodorant and many other items are collected for Romero House.
3) Sandra Smith and Ted & Brenda Bowron volunteer for the Romero House Mobile Van bi-weekly during the winter months. They welcome helpers and travelling with them is a true learning experience in outreach mission.
Themed Community Lunches
An interesting mission idea developed from making soup for Romero House in the form of locally held Community Lunches at Holy Trinity Church! Held four times a year, each community lunch boasts three different types of homemade soup, rolls and sweets served while background music is played by Darlene Friars. A draw is held for a homemade Prayer Shawl donated by a parishioner; however, the highlight of the event is that each Community Lunch has a theme with displays. The displays are held in the multipurpose room and the church. In 2013 the themes were:
1) Holy Trinity’s 150th Anniversary (1863-2013) display of memorabilia, pictures, and a slide show.
2) KV Outreach Silent Witness display of 26 mannequins commemorating the lives of women lost to domestic violence. Information handouts and a slide show were also displayed.
3) Safe Harbour display highlighting the project to build a transitional home for homeless young adults at the site of the former St. James Anglican Church location on Broad Street. http://safeharboursj.ca/main-page.html
4) Community Crèche Festival held on St. Nicholas Day displaying over 25 different nativity scenes.
Home visits are a regular part of ministry. Lowell Henderson assists with home communion and Sandra Smith delivers homemade soup monthly to those who have difficulty getting out and about.
KV Food Bank
The last Sunday of each month is Food Bank Sunday when parishioners generously drop off food products at the church to be delivered to the KV Food Bank. Richard Darling delivers the donations to the food bank.
The Christmas Families project is a long held tradition at Holy Trinity where parishioners donate food items for families in need from the Community Christmas Exchange list. Food is not only provided for Christmas Day but for the whole month of January.
PWRDF (Primate’s World Relief Development Fund) http://pwrdf.org/
This ministry is embraced by each parishioner through regular envelope offerings as well as information displays and presentations by Anne Walling, the Diocesan PWRDF Coordinator.
Bishop McAllister School
Bishop McAllister College in Uganda is a private mixed college that was founded by the Anglican Diocese of West Ankole in 1983. It offers “O” and “A” level education and also recently started a primary section that is Bishop McAllister Anglican Seminary. It is an institution built essentially on solid Christian principles with a view to boosting the growth and expansion of God’s Kingdom through imparting spiritual values and knowledge. The Holy Trinity A.C.W. have supported and communicated with a number of students over the years and continue that mission. Parishioners also provide monetary support to The Rev. Canon Paul Jeffries as he continues his mission and work at the Bishop McAllister College.
Hospital visits are a regular part of ministry with parishioners as part of the Saint John Regional Hospital pastoral care team who make regular hospital visits as well as being on call for the team.
This parish loves music and truly enjoys singing! Over and above singing during regular services, musical events are planned with the St. Andrew’s Kirk United Church and the Nauwigewauk Christian Church. ‘Hymn Sings’ are also becoming part of regular yearly events with free will offerings for various charities.
Mothering Sunday is the equivalent of Mother’s Day in other countries. It has been celebrated in the UK on the fourth Sunday in Lent since at least the 16th century. For many years at Holy Trinity it has been a day for giving thanks for all the things our mothers and women do for us. Mothering Sunday is celebrated each year on the 4th Sunday in Lent as a tribute to the women we know and love.
Remembering our parishioners and their contributions is important. One small way each person is honoured is being sent birthday (and anniversary) cards, having their special day announced in the weekly service bulletin and holding monthly Birthday Sundays. A birthday cake is made for the last Sunday of each month and parishioners meet for cake and refreshments following the Sunday morning service.
Back to Church Sunday
Back to Church Sunday is an annual event worldwide, in Canada and at Holy Trinity when we invite our friends, neighbours, and community to join us at church. Started in 2004 in England by layperson Michael Harvey, it has quickly spread to 17 countries across the globe, and more than fifty Christian denominations. Holy Trinity celebrates Back to Church Sunday the last Sunday in September with a pot luck lunch for family, friends and guests.
Parish Picnics & Suppers
Each June a Parish and closing Sunday School picnic is held with lots of food, fun and games. As well Parish Suppers are usually times saved to invite other churches in the community to hear a special guest speaker present on different topics. Often a free will offering is taken for charity.
Community Yard Sale
Yearly yard sales are held that offer an opportunity for local people to display their wares and provide an opportunity for funds raised to be donated to various charities.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Our Vision is to form a prayerful ministry that reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace.
Our Mission is to bring people together to knit and crochet prayer shawls, to pray for those in our church family and community in need of prayer (whether in joyful or trying times) as will as to support each other.
Prayer shawl group members get together monthly. Anyone and everyone is invited to join the group whether they attend Holy Trinity or not. Please give us a call 847-0116 if you would like to find out more!
Prayer shawls are made for those who are ill and also to be given away at the Community Lunches. They are a delight for all who receive them.
Community Workshops and Music Events
Workshops have included PWRDF displays with Anne Walling; Intervarsity Christian Fellowship with David Boyle; Celebrating our Lives with Tracy Friars; and a Hymn Sing for the Safe Harbour Youth transitional home with Colin Macdonald. Events are planned monthly with input from a parish environmental scan, a parishioner Health Series Survey and event evaluation forms.