1712-2012: Celebrating 300 Years
Welcome to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church!
What does your week look like? No time for your family, no time for yourself, no time just to breathe? Maybe it’s time to take a break. Join us this Sunday morning for our worship service. Meet new people, enjoy a nice cup of coffee and become part of a spiritual community. Renew your spirit!
Holy Trinity is a church where everyone is welcome to come and to grow in faith, understanding, gratitude, service and peace. We are a friendly bunch and we will try our best to answer any questions you have about our church, our town or our community.
To find out what we do, go to the right hand column under “Of Interest” and click on the “Activities/Ministries” link. You’ll find a list of activities and the people to contact. Or look through the other pages of this website to find even more information.
We look forward to meeting you!
The mission of Holy Trinity Church, under Jesus Christ, is to further the spiritual growth of all; love, minister to, and affirm one another; and be a force for God in our community.
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 1956 Main Road, Tiverton, RI 02878
Saturday 5:00 pm, Holy Eucharist
First Saturday of every month, traditional hymns with David Swift on guitar. Third Saturday of every month, joyful Christian/Caribbean reggae music with Jude Ahamiojie on electric piano.
Sunday 8:00 am, Holy Eucharist without music
Sunday 10:00 am, Holy Eucharist with music and child care
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 9:00 am, Morning Prayer (This will change to Wednesdays through Saturdays beginning January 7)
Tuesday 12:00 noon, Healing Service and Holy Eucharist
(This will change to Wednesdays beginning January 7)
All Christians who hunger for God are welcome at our communion table.
Church School, Sundays
To register, call the parish office at 624-4759. Church school is open to all children, whether they are members of Holy Trinity or not. All are welcome!
September thru May
Giggles, Wiggles and God
9:45 to 10:30 am, infants to age 4; childcare with basic religious introduction
9:45 – 10:30 am, Level 1 for children ages 5 & 6, Level 2 for ages 7 & 8; interactive programs focusing on the Bible and the Church
Living the Good News
9:45 to 10:30 am, ages 9 through 11; Scripture-based program for Tweens
8:45 to 9:45 am, ages 11 through 14; a two-year program, the first part of Journey to Adulthood
Trinity Trader Thrift Shop
The Trader will be closed on Christmas Day, Saturday, December 27 and New Year’s Day, reopening on Saturday, January 3.
Are you planning a wedding?
If you’re in the planning stages of a wedding, Holy Trinity can provide the perfect place. Beautiful setting, large parish hall, efficient kitchen…what more could you need? See our brochure by clicking on the link in the right hand column on this page. And congratulations!
What’s going on
Annual Meeting – Sunday, January 25
Add your voice
This year’s annual parish meeting will take place in the parish hall on Sunday, January 25, immediately following the 10:00 am service. Child care will be provided. Please make every effort to attend this meeting. Your input, questions and suggestions are needed so the vestry can hear your priorities, concerns and needs. Come and add your voice to the conversation!
The Christmas Story told anew!
Thanks to all our youth and leaders who made this year’s Christmas Eve pageant a wonderful retelling of the nativity of our Lord Jesus!
Schedule Changes as of January 7
New Hours starting in January
The parish office will be closed Christmas through New Year’s Day and will reopen on Tuesday, January 6. Fr John will be available for pastoral emergencies and any pressing inquiries.
Beginning Wednesday, January 7, the Healing Service will be moved to every Wednesday at noon. Fr John’s office hours will also be changed to Wednesday through Saturday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. He will be off on Mondays and Tuesdays, and he will be available for pastoral calls and emergencies on any day at any time.
Performance – January 16. 2015
Gospel of Mark comes alive
Tom Bair will bring his performance of the Gospel of Mark to Holy Trinity Church in the parish hall on Friday, January 16, at 7:00 pm. Tom has performed this in New York City to rave reviews. The doors will open at 6:30. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for teens, children under 12 are free. Tom will be accompanied by Bishop Geralyn Wolf, and there will be a reception with the bishop and Tom immediately following the performance. Come see the gospel!
Church School recess
Due to the Christmas school recess, there will be no Church School on Sunday, December 28. Children’s Celebration Sunday will be held on the first Sunday of January, and classes will resume on Sunday, January 11.
A new black belt among us
We’re so proud that one of our acolytes, Jarod Potocki, has just been awarded his black belt after nine years of hard work. Congratulations, Jarod!
Community Service – Sunday, December 14
Holy Trinity Church will be sponsoring 4 families from Lucy’s Hearth in Middletown this Christmas season. If you would like to help, take a tag from the tree located in the church entry way; the tag will provide toy wishes and clothing sizes for each child. Please be sure to deliver all unwrapped gifts along with the original tags in the church entry way no later than Sunday, December 14, in order to have the gifts delivered by Monday. Thank you!
Community Service – Saturday, November 29
Church Beyond the Walls
Fr John will celebrate the Holy Eucharist in Burnside Park, downtown Providence on Saturday, November 29, at 2:00 pm. He is inviting our Rite 13 and J2A youth, parents and teachers to join him in this ministry to the homeless. He will be leaving the Holy Trinity parking lot at 1:00 pm.
Christian Education – December 2, 9, 16
Near death experiences
For our Advent education series, Fr John will hold a series of discussion classes on the topic of near death experiences and the place we call heaven. We will read the book Proof of Heaven by Dr Eben Alexander. Please sign up for the class in the parish hall so we know how many books to order; books will be offered at no cost to those who attend. Or call the parish office to sign up at 624-4759.
For the next few weeks, we will be celebrating the Sunday 10:00 service with Caribbean Christian music offered by our friend, Jude Ahamiojie, while our organist, Bill Wiant, recuperates. It’s not your usual hymns but it’s a joyful way to celebrate Jesus in our lives and in our worship. Consider this a time of trying something new, a little bit of the Holy Spirit working in us! In the meantime, Carolyn Howell will continue to rehearse the choir in preparation for Christmas. And please keep Bill in your prayers.
Community Service / Youth Group – Sunday, November 9
Holy Trinity Church serves the evening meal at the New Bedford Salvation Army Soup Kitchen four times a year. On November 9, our Rite 13 and J2A kids along with some of their parents volunteered to help in this important ministry. And they look like they’re having fun! Think about signing up for our next service date at the back of the church. And a huge “Thanks” to our kids and their parents!
Help for those with Alzheimer’s and Dementia
November is Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia Awareness Month. Fr John recently attended clergy to learn about the differences, similarities, signs and symptoms of these two illnesses. The diocese has been given a grant for clergy and lay people to learn more so that we can better serve an ever increasing population that’s afflicted. If you know of someone who has dementia or has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, contact Fr John at 624-4759 so he can put you in touch with the available resources.
Looking for help
If you have ever thought that you might like to serve at the altar, we have a ministry for you! Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Acolytes, Altar Guild and Ushers. We are actively recruiting members to join the schedule of service. Fr John and verger, Alan Locke, will provide training on Saturday for all of these ministries. Contact Fr John for more information or if you are interested, 624-4759.
Church School – 2014-2015
Church School classes
For information about our church school classes – Sunday School, First Communion and Confirmation – contact our Director of Religious Education, Nikki Johnston through the Church Office 624-4759. Giggles, Wiggles and God, infants to age 4, is childcare which includes some basic religious instruction; Godly Play I, ages 5 and 6, and Godly Play II, ages 7 and 8, is an interactive program focusing on the Bible and aspects of the Church; Living the Good News, ages 9 through 11, is a Scripture-based program; Rite 13 is a two-year program for ages 11 through 14.
Sundays at 9am
In the Victorian Parlor each Sunday morning at 9am Fr. John will lead an adult education class based on the timeless question “What is God calling me to do?” There will be a gospel reading of the day and reflections of the participants. No sign up is required. Come join us for this opportunity to learn & grow in the gospel.
Worship – Tuesdays at Noon
Every Tuesday afternoon at 12 PM, there is a healing service and celebration of the Holy Eucharist in the church. The service includes a laying on of hands with prayers for healing in body, mind and spirit as well as anointing and blessing. Prayer requests for the healing service may be submitted on a weekly basis. Simply fill out a prayer request form and place it in the basket at the usher’s table. Make a date with God in the middle of the week.
Worship – 1st Sunday of each month
Celebration Sunday with our kids
The first Sunday of every month, our children are invited to take part in the Sunday service helping out with a variety of jobs including lectors, ushers and helping Fr John at the altar. Sign up your kids at least a week before the service on the bulletin board in the parish hall. And bring all your kids to the service!
Holy Trinity helps to serve the evening meal at the New Bedford Salvation Army soup kitchen four times a year. It’s not a hard job but very rewarding. The sign up sheet with dates and directions are on the bulletin board at the back of the church. Contact the parish office with any questions.
Holy Trinity/Amicable’s youth group has put together a schedule of activities from September through May. They meet twice a month doing community service, fundraising and some stuff just for fun. You can check out the calendar by clicking on “Youth Group Schedule” in the right hand column of this page, under “Of Interest.” New kids are always welcome – as are adult chaperones! Come join us!
It’s time for your pledge cards
Please don’t forget to fill out your pledge cards and drop them in the collection plate or mail it to the parish office as soon as you can. This helps us to make budget plans for the year. Extra pledge cards are available on the ushers’ table at the back of the church.
Service – Ongoing
Feeding the hungry
Holy Trinity continues to give year-round support to the community food pantry located at the Old Stone Baptist Church in Tiverton. Perishable foods may be dropped off in the basket in the entry of the church. Items needed: canned soups and stews, tuna, peanut butter, pasta sauces, pancake mixes and syrup, canned or dried fruits, beans and lentils, pasta, rice, fruit juice. Please remember that items beyond the expiration date on the package cannot be accepted.
Being friendly can be fun
We need people to sign up to host our Sunday coffee hours after the Sunday service. It’s not hard, and if it’s your first time, we can pair you up with one of the coffee hour veterans to show you the ropes. You don’t even have to bake – that’s what grocery store bakeries are for! The sign up sheet is on the bulletin board in the parish hall. Sign up with a friend and it will be even easier! Hospitality is one of Holy Trinity’s important ministry. Be a part of it!
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