Trinity Episcopal Church
|Date Posted||June 17, 2019|
Michigan (Jim Gettel)
|Health Benefits||Full Family|
|Communicants in Good Standing||200|
|Average Sunday Attendance||120|
|Child Population in Church School||5|
|Adult Population in Church School||5|
|Teacher Population in Church School||2|
Trinity Episcopal Church in Belleville, Michigan (www.trinitybell.org.) is a Christ Centered community of Growth in the Spirit, Outreach, and Diversity. The City of Belleville is located in Van Buren Township in Wayne County, Michigan and is located 15 miles southeast of Ann Arbor and 29 miles southwest of Detroit. Belleville covers 1.18 square miles, with .05 square miles being the beautiful Belleville Lake. The population in Belleville in 2010 was 3,991 and The ExecutiveInsite Report prepared for The Episcopal Church in February estimates a 2018 population of 29,349 within a three-mile radius of Trinity.
Our Sunday worship services are at 8 am and 10:30 am each Sunday with the 8 am service being the more traditional Rite I service attended by approximately 20-25 members. The 10:30 service follows the Rite II liturgy with joyous music from our organist, choir and musicians with attendance anywhere from 55-100 people on any given Sunday. On the second Sunday of each month there is also Healing Prayer available during the 10:30 service. The 10:30 service also sometimes features interactive services and creative worship such as a Dramatic Passion reading, Christmas Pageant, Jesse Tree celebration, and an annual pet blessing. Our Altar Guild adorns our altar each Sunday with fresh linens and beautiful floral arrangements.
Trinity is a loving community priding itself on its diversity and community involvement. Outreach is at the heart of who we are. Parish members travel to Detroit and work in the Spirit of Hope Soup Kitchen. We provide complete outfits at Christmas time to children in need through the Adopt a Child Size program. We minister to the shut-ins at Cedar Woods Assisted Living Center monthly and contribute to the Helping Hands Food pantry of Romulus. We meet monthly with girls from Guiding Harbor foster home for a meal while providing mentors and positive interaction with adults from the parish. We hold special monthly collections for various charities. Our youth group goes on a mission trip every three years to the Dominican Republic as part of the Diocesan Camp Compassion program.
Belleville is known for the Belleville Area Strawberry Festival held on Fathers’ Day weekend each year and Trinity plays a major part. We have become famous for our four-pound strawberry pies, receiving media attention in the Detroit Free Press. We use our beautiful grounds and facilities to host crafters and vendors selling their wares. We have a restaurant tent serving our homemade sloppy joes, strawberry smoothies, and strawberry desserts to name a few. We have a bakery tent that sells strawberry bread, jam, pies, tarts and cheesecakes to our friends in the community and people return year after year. The Strawberry Festival is our primary source of outreach funding for the year, as well as providing some funds for the budget and in-reach projects.
A fairly new outreach program which has been very fulfilling is our Friday Fill-Up program. Friday Fill-Up provides students from food insecure homes in the Van Buren Public Elementary Schools with food on weekends and breaks during the school year. This program has become a township wide outreach with volunteers from the Rotary, Kiwanis, Van Buren Township, Van Buren Schools, and other churches donating food goods and participating in the packing and delivery of the food to the schools on Fridays. This fills a much needed void in the lives of many students in our area.
The Friday Fill Up program is our focus ministry for our Baptized for Life participation. Baptized for Life is an Episcopal discipleship initiative with Virginia Theological Seminary, and Trinity is one of the 17 pilot churches from six dioceses chosen to represent the breadth of the Episcopal Church. We are looking for this program to not only support this ministry but to further spur our spiritual growth. We also have weekly Bible Study on Wednesday mornings. Adult forum meets between the two services on Sunday and usually revolves around relating scripture to books that are read as a group. We have Children’s worship programs on Sunday with programs for elementary aged children, middle school, and high school aged youth.
Guests are welcomed every Sunday and urged to fill out Newcomer Cards which are followed up with a contact from a parish representative. We hold an annual Stewardship campaign and Ministry Fair to encourage all members to become active in the church. We currently have 69 pledging members and 62 who have not made a formal pledge but contribute to our offering .
Trinity-Belleville’s staff presently includes our Deacon and four part-time paid employees: Director of Children and Youth Ministry, Director of Music, Office Manager and Sexton.
Our facilities consist of a beautiful handicap accessible Church with stained glass windows designed by a local artist specifically for Trinity, a parish hall with a licensed kitchen, several meeting rooms and a large common area for Sunday Coffee Hour. Trinity also has an available rectory.
Like many other churches today, we are faced with declining membership and an aging population. We have a large percentage of our members in the 60+ age group. We need to find new ways to attract and keep young families and to overcome the conflicts associated with extracurricular/sports activities seven days a week. We are challenged with renewing our focus on evangelism and welcoming new members. We need to get a broader participation and engagement of all members of the church beyond the usual volunteers. More leaders and organizers need to be fostered.
As part of our Baptized for Life participation, the congregation completed a survey with results by Renewal Works indicating that there is a strong desire for more spiritual development and furthering our spiritual journey. The survey indicated that the congregation felt this need was not being met sufficiently.
There is a great need for improved communication and community within the parish so that we may heal and move past disagreements by enabling all members to be comfortable voicing their opinions and concerns. It is not unique to Trinity, but we still have tension between those who want change and those who do not.
We are ready to move forward following Christ’s call here at Trinity Episcopal Church of Belleville. We are seeking a rector who will be part of the Trinity community, and help Trinity reach out further into our larger community. We are looking for a priest to provide both spiritual guidance and leadership stability for us as we move into the future together in Christ.
If our desires to grow together and better serve God and God’s people excite you as they do us, we invite you to explore our website and to submit an application if you feel called to do so.
To apply for this position, please send a resume, cover letter, OTM Portfolio, and two sample sermons (in any format) to:
Canon for Congregational Life
Episcopal Diocese of Michigan