Trinity Episcopal Church
|Date Posted||February 28, 2018|
Michigan (Jim Gettel)
|Compensation||$37,000 and rectory|
|Communicants in Good Standing||60|
|Average Sunday Attendance||35|
Trinity Church was established in 1831 and is among the oldest congregations in the Diocese of Michigan. We worship in a beautiful stone building erected in 1868 which retains much of its original furnishings and character. Our main worship together is at ten o’clock on Sunday mornings and we enjoy traditional liturgy from The Book of Common Prayer (1979 edition).
Many of the people who worship here have called this place home for decades, while others have joined in more recent years. Each person who comes is welcomed as a friend and quickly incorporated into the life of the parish, invited to join in all activities.
Trinity Church has an active Episcopal Church Women group, a Men’s Club, local outreach ministries, Altar Guild, and a liturgical ministers who faithfully serve God in this parish. Trinity’s 2018 Annual Meeting report is available here: https://trinitymonroe.weebly.com/uploads/2/8/6/8/28681651/annual_meeting_booklet_2018.pdf
The vestry is using the following goals to shape the congregation’s ongoing mission and ministry:
1. Increase our focus on spiritual growth so that we can better discern who we are as God’s people in this community.
a. Regular Christian Formation: Bible Study, Book Study, Lent or Advent studies
b. Prayer group
c. Retreats both internal and external
2. Become more openly accepting and affirming of all God’s people.
a. Increase our handicap accessibility by making our restrooms, doorways, and entrances wide enough for use by wheelchair bound individuals working toward complete ADA compliance.
b. Explore covenants and other resources for enhancing the ways Trinity invites others to participate. Covenant 5, Integrity, Believe Out Loud (http://congregations.integrityusa.org/).
c. Explore opportunities for understanding issues of justice, in particular, racial justice and enhance this congregation’s ability to work toward (especially racial) justice.
3. Enrich and broaden our liturgical experience.
a. Add a healing service
b. Add Daily Office services
c. Continue to offer St Francis Day Blessing of the animals
d. Explore alternative liturgies and service music within the approved Episcopal Eucharistic worship materials
4. Identify needs in the community and find ways that we can help meet those needs.
a. Discern community needs and how we might assist. We need to talk with community leaders and service providers in the community to discern what the needs are expressed by our neighbors. Some suggestions for conversations are: leaders in the recovery community, local NAACP members, as well as State and local government officials. We need to ask who is meeting various needs now and where are the gaps?
b. Discern what gifts we have as a community that could be used to meet one more concrete needs as discerned above. Are there established ministries that this congregation might want to join by volunteering our help? What new ministries might we begin at Trinity to meet needs that are currently not being met?
c. Complete Asset Mapping. This has been done but will need updating on a regular basis.
5. Improve our communications so that Trinity’s name becomes more familiar in the community.
a. Updates to Webpage and Facebook, keep all material current and relevant using input from clergy, parish administrator, and lay people.
b. Parish Administrator currently does most of this work. Develop a team (2-3 people) from the congregation to work with the administrator to make the best use of these resources.
c. Highlight Trinity’s stance of being welcoming/affirming of all people based on the promises made in our Baptismal Vows.
Canon for Congregational Life
Episcopal Diocese of Michigan