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 personal hygiene items including toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, hair brushes, deodorant and many other items are collected for Romero House.
3) Volunteers are active with the Romero House Mobile Van every week 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 many different types of homemade soup, rolls and sweets 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.
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
Home visits & food delivery to shut-ins are a regular part of ministry.
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.
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!
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 and having their special day announced in the weekly service bulletin
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 with a pot luck lunch for family, friends and guests.
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.