Guilds, Ministries, & Their Functions
The values of any institution, group, or even family can perhaps best be seen in how that group organizes themselves to get done the work they have to do. In the case of the family that is Trinity Episcopal Church, our core values are best expressed by our mission to “build a Spirit-empowered community that serves and celebrates Christ.” All our words, all our actions, and even our organization should reflect those values.
Composed of clergy, staff and parishioners, these organizations are vital to running the church. The various Guilds and Ministries are catalysts in providing the service and compassion that is Trinity Episcopal Church and are, by function:
Worship and Music
Acolytes – Anyone who performs ceremonial duties during church services. i.e. lighting candles.
Altar Guild – The primary purpose of the Altar Guild in the Episcopal Church is to give assistance to the priest in his or her ministry by preparing God’s Altar, the Sanctuary, and the Chapel for worship in all services. “Altar Guild” includes everyone who prepares the Altar, the linens, the flowers, and the priest’s vestments for the services.
Flower Guild – Members of the Flower Guild make the beautiful arrangements of flowers and greenery at our altars each week, signifying the joy of our Christian faith.
Lectors – Person(s) who read aloud certain of the scriptural passages used in the church service.
Linen Guild – The beautiful linens on our altars are cleaned and prepared for use during worship services.
Ushers – An officer of the church who introduces guests to the church and directs them to seats. They also help the congregation receive Communion in an orderly fashion, assist with funerals or memorial services, hand out Sunday Order of Service bulletins and other information, and guide the congregation at large services.
Vergers – One who assists in the ordering of the church service, usually preceding the clergy as they move about the church.
St. Francis Fund – Both within the Parish and throughout the community, The St. Francis Fund is the face of Trinity’s Outreach efforts. This committee of Trinity Parishioners evaluates grant requests received from both local and international agencies and organizations. Proposals are then assigned to a committee member to make contact and make recommendations to the larger group. The committee then reviews each proposal and prioritizes the requests for funding. Up to 25% of grants may go to international projects, with the remainder going to work right here in our community.
Boy Scouts – Trinity has sponsored Troop 6 for decades, an older charter than any other in the Valley. This year we opened our doors to Cub Scout Pack 6 as well, hosting boys in 1st through 5th grades as they begin to learn the values for which the Boy Scouts are famous.
Prayer Breakfast – Nearly every Sunday morning, a team gathers in the Parish Hall and kitchen to offer their time, and their selves to provide a moment of prayer and what might be the only meal available on Sundays for some of the Valley’s most vulnerable residents. Week after week, Trinity’s Prayer Breakfast welcomes anyone who comes to our doors, giving them a smile and encouraging conversation, offering prayer corporately and individually, and serving them the same breakfast we serve ourselves an hour later.
Valley Interfaith Promise (VIP) – Trinity’s doors were also opened for several families being helped through Valley Interfaith Promise (VIP), a rotation of churches that help homeless or near-homeless families as they transition to a more solid future. Parish volunteers provide companionship along with an evening meal or comfortable and safe overnight accommodations, and in the process receive as much in return.
Sunday School – Sunday School is available for children ages 3 through 5th grade. Children and teachers explore scripture using the Lectionary based curriculum, Feasting on the Word.
Children’s Chapel – Children ages 3 through 5th grade are invited to attend Children’s Chapel each week during the 10:30am worship service. Children explore Liturgy and Scripture in age-appropriate and fun ways. Children return to the service during the Peace and join their families for Communion.
Guild of the Christ Child – This guild is dedicated to making Baptism a memorable occasion for children and welcoming infants into our parish family.
Daughters of the King – DOK members pledge themselves to a life-long program of prayer, service and evangelism. Trinity’s DOK provides monthly communion services at local nursing homes and prayer support for the parish.
Welcome Team or “Greeters” – You have seen the dedicated Welcome Team standing outside the church entrance on Sundays regardless of the weather. Headed by Judy and George Wilkinson, this dedicated group of greeters shows guests that they are welcome and appreciated.
InReach – The ministry of the InReach committee at Trinity assists our clergy in nurturing and caring for parishioners. This team strives to answer God’s call to care and aid one another by reaching out in tangible ways to families in time of transition, such as death, illness, hospitalization, or the arrival of a newborn.
The types of care provided by InReach may include preparing and taking meals to those who are suffering from illness or recovering from surgery, arranging and delivering flowers from the Trinity altar to parishioners in the hospital or unable to attend services, assisting with funeral visitations or receptions, or the simple kindness of sitting in a home while the family participates in the funeral of their loved one.
Kitchen Brigade – This is a group of volunteer parishioners who serve the Wednesday night meals, prior to the Wednesday night programs. These meals are prepared under the direction of Michele Miller, our Director of Hospitality.
St. Lydia’s Guild – This guild meets monthly for dinner and fellowship and sponsors two annual events, The Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, and is a fundraiser for needs within and beyond the parish.
Healing Prayer – Prayer Intercessors are available after the 8:00 am and during the 10:30 am services to provide care and comfort to those in need. The volunteers that provide this service are trained to minister help to the needy.
There is also a Prayer Group that has met on Wednesday mornings for over 14 years to pray for the needs, cares and concerns of our parish family, our city and beyond. It meets in the parlor at 10:30 am for 45 minutes. Anyone interested in this ministry is welcome to join this group.
Highlighted by The St. Francis Fund, Trinity’s outreach programs enjoy peer respect from throughout the community. The St. Francis Fund has given over one million dollars in outreach support since its inception in 1993. Some of our other outreach programs include Habitat for Humanity, the weekly Sunday Prayer Breakfast, our VIP program, our Cub and Boy Scout troops, Trinity House, and the Trinity Clothes Closet down in our Student Ministry Center. Numerous outreach opportunities are available to our parishioners. Participate!
One of the more pastoral activities found at Trinity is the InReach program. Comfort and support is provided to parishioners with various needs, and the compassion evidenced by the members of these committees is exemplary. For information about how you can participate in these rewarding programs, please see our Parish Secretary.