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!
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 1956 Main Road, Tiverton, RI 02878
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
Tuesday 12:00 noon, Healing Service and Holy Eucharist
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
Open Thursday and Saturday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
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.
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
Advent Series with Fr. John
Monday December 2nd, 9th & 16th 2013
Join Fr. John in the parish hall from 7 pm to 8:30 pm to study the Infancy Narratives of Jesus of Nazareth and the Incarnation of Jesus Christ and be prepared to share your own Christmas story.
Christmas Wreath Sale
Saturday December 7th, 2013
From 10 am to 2 pm there will be a Christmas wreath sale in the front of the church. Drive by and get a fresh wreath as a way to start your decorating for the Christmas season!
Thanksgiving Day Eucharist
Thursday November 28, 2013
What better way to start your Thanksgiving Day than to thank God for all His blessings. Come and worship with your spiritual family at 9am.
Thanksgiving Apple Pies
The Youth Group is making Apple pies for Thanksgiving as a fundraiser . The price is $10.00 per pie. You can order them by signing up on the sheet posted in the parish hall. The pick up & pay date is Sunday November 24, 2013 after the 10 am service.
Christmas Craft Fair
We will hold our annual Christmas Craft Fair in the upper parish hall from 9am to 4pm. There will be crafts, Christmas decorations, a Silent Auction, bake sale table & lunch menu. Please join us for the day’s festivities to start off your holiday season and start your Christmas shopping before the rush!
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.
Saturday October 19
A Women’s Retreat will be hosted by Dr. Allison Martin from 9am to 1pm. There is no cost and lunch will be provided. Dr. Martin is a lifelong educator & leader of the Women’s Theology on Tap group. Please call the church office at 624-4759 to register for this event.
Church School Registration & Blessing of Backpacks
September 8, 2013
At the 10 am service Fr. John will bless our students, teachers and the children’s backpacks. Immediately following the Holy Eucharist, registration for church school will take place in the parish hall. Please join us for this special event to kick off our Christian Education & back to school program.
Wednesday, September 18
Starting Wed September 18 Felicia Desmarais-Toupin will facilitate a group for those dealing with the death of a loved one. The group will meet 6:30 – 7:45 pm on Wednesdays Sept. 18, Sept. 25, Oct. 2, Oct. 9, Oct. 23 & Oct. 30. in the parish hall. No meeting Oct. 16. Felicia is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 20 years experience in treating individuals dealing with grief, loss, depression, anxiety and life transitions. The fee is $20.00 per session. If you have insurance and would like to find out if it will cover the cost of the group please call Felicia at 401-225-9033. Those interested should register no later then Sept 11, 2013 by calling Felicia at 401-225-9033.
Celebration of New Ministry
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Bishop Knisley the installation of Fr. John as our new rector at 5 pm. Here are some photos from our celebration of this very special event in the life of our church!
Organ Recital New Date
Sunday, September 15
Bernadette Nadeau, Music Director will host an organ recital at 4pm as a fundraiser to defray the cost for the cleaning of the organ and support for our music ministry. Please bring your friends and neighbors to this musical community- building event. A free will donation will be your price of admission.
First Communion Classes
Sunday, October 13th
Starting on Oct. 13th and running for 5 consecutive Sundays (10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10) there will be classes to prepare our young people for first communion. A rehearsal with parents will take place on Sunday, November 17th. If you wish to register your child please contact Cindy in the parish office as soon as possible at 401-624-4759 or email@example.com. First Communion will be Sunday November 24, at 10am.
New Men’s & Women’s Groups
In October the Men’s Group will meet in the Parish Hall at 7pm. Date to be announced. They meet every other month. All men of the Parish are invited and asked to bring a friend.
Tuesday, Sept 3rd is the next Women’s Group meeting at in the Parish Hall at 7pm. They will meet every other month & all women of the parish are invited & asked to bring a friend.
In the Theology on Tap groups a topic of conversation will be put forth and discussed in terms of faith & life experience. The purpose of the group is to socialize, get to know one another, pray together and deepen our faith. Refreshments will be available. There is no need to sign up. Just come whenever you can. Our meetings will end at 9pm.
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!
Community Service – Sunday, May 12
Feeding the sheep
Holy Trinity is looking for 4-5 volunteers to serve the evening meal at the New Bedford Salvation Army soup kitchen 4:30 to 6:00 pm on Sunday, November 10th, 2013. It’s not a hard job but very rewarding. The sign up sheet and directions are on the bulletin board at the back of the church. Contact the parish office with any questions.
The Trader reopened on Thursday, April 4 with all new seasonal clothing and merchandise. Come in and do some shopping for the summer!
Worship – third Saturday of every month
Worship with joyful music
Starting Saturday, March 16, and every third Sunday of the month, at the Saturday 5:00 pm service, Jude Ahamiojie will play the piano and sing his Christian Caribbean reggae-style music. Come worship God with joyful music and a joyful heart!
Pledges are supporting our mission
Holy Trinity has received 50 pledges to date totaling $68,598. Our goal is $80,000. If you have not yet pledged, please fill out one of the green pledge cards found on the ushers’ table at the back of the church and drop it in the collection plate or mail it to the parish office. Whatever you can give to help support Holy Trinity’s mission within our own walls as well as beyond those walls into the community. Thank you.
Rhode Island Episcopal Charities are another way that we support the Church’s mission out in the community by donating to organizations throughout the state. Holy Trinity’s goal this year is $2500. One hundred percent of your donation goes to the target organizations; all administrative costs are covered by other funding. Please consider giving whatever you can to help those who are in need. See Bill Boardman or Bill Swierk for more information or for donation cards.
Youth Group – spring 2013
What our youth is up to
Holy Trinity/Amicable’s youth group has put together a schedule of activities for February 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.
A seminarian in our midst
Lynn Sluiter has applied to the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with the intention of seeking ordination to the sacred order of priests in the Episcopal Church. She will begin her studies in June. We ask you to keep her in her prayers throughout this process.
What’s a verger?
The modern day verger is a unique lay ministry of the Anglican/Episcopal Church mainly exercised behind the scenes providing support for all those, ordained and lay, who participate in the worship service. The ministry of the verger dates back to the early 12th century in the great cathedrals of England, where they served as protectors of the ordained ministry in processions and carried a weapon, the virge. The verger continues the tradition today ceremonially carrying the virge, dressed in traditional vestments and leading the processions.
Alan Locke, having completed comprehensive study, was elevated to a fellow of the Vergers Guild of the Episcopal Church in Lakeland, Florida, this past October. He has been serving in the role as verger for the past eight years and has only recently begun to vest for worship services. Out of over 1200 guild members in North America, only 258 are “fellows of the guild.” Congratulations, Alan!
To see more photos of Alan’s joining of the fellowship, check out our Flickr link in the right hand column.
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!
Join our new Kids’ Choir
All children ages 6 to 11 are invited to sign up to sing in our new children’s choir under the direction of our new organist/music director, Bernadette Nadeau. A wonderful opportunity for the kids to make a joyful noise in praising God!
Never too young or too old to learn
Registration for Holy Trinity’s Christian Education programs is taking place after the 10 AM service or by calling the parish office at 624-4759. Programs are open to anyone interested, not only to members of the church, and although registration is encouraged, anyone who isn’t able to register is welcome to attend. Classes begin on Sunday, September 16.
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.
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