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
Fr John’s office hours:
Wednesday through Saturday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Easter Worship Services
Saturday 5:00 pm, Holy Eucharist without music
Sunday 8:00 am, Holy Eucharist without music
Sunday 10:00 am, Holy Eucharist with choir and procession with palms
Please arrive by 9:45 for Palm Sunday Procession
Wednesday of Holy Week, April 1 (and every Wednesday)
12:00 noon, Healing Service with Holy Eucharist
Maundy Thursday, April 2
7:30 pm, Ecumenical Service with foot washing at Holy Trinity
Good Friday, April 3
Noon to 2:00 pm, Good Friday Ecumenical Walk Beginning at Holy Trinity Church, combined church youth groups will lead the 14 Stations of the Cross through Tiverton. Light lunch to follow in Parish Hall. All ages are welcome.
Holy Saturday, April 4
7:30 pm, Great Easter Vigil (in place of usual 5:00 pm service)
Easter Sunday, Sunday, April 5
Sunrise (6:00 am), Ecumenical Prayer Service at Old Stone Baptist Church
8:00 am, Holy Eucharist without music
10:00 am, Choral Eucharist
Regular Worship Services
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
First Sunday of every month, joyful Christian/Caribbean reggae music with Jude Ahamiojie on electric piano.
Wednesday through Saturday 9:00 am, Morning Prayer
Wednesday 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
The Trader will be closed Saturday, March 28, through Saturday, April 4, to change over to spring merchandise. It will reopen Thursday, April 9.
Open Thursday and Saturday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
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
First Communion Class – Spring 2015
Our kids can learn more about Communion
For parents wishing to deepen their child’s understanding of faith in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, Fr John invites you to contact the church office. The formation of a class this spring will be based upon the number of students who enroll. We would need a minimum of 4 to 5 students. In the Episcopal Church, any child at any age may receive Holy Communion by virtue of the child’s baptism.
Palm Sunday – Sunday, March 29
The congregation is asked to assemble at Marjorie Larson’s home (2 houses south of the church) by 9:45 am. Marjorie has been very gracious in allowing us to use her driveway to gather, distribute the palms, set the order of procession, bless the palms and then begin the procession to the church. The children should pick up the costumes they intend to wear in the Palm Sunday Procession next Sunday, March 22nd and wear them to church on Palm Sunday. In case of inclement weather we will gather in the parish hall and process into the church from there. All are warmly welcome to attend.
Reception & Reaffirmation – Sunday, May 9
Be welcomed into the Church
For members of the church who come from other denominations or who have been away from the church for a prolonged period of time, there is a ritual in which you may be officially received into the Episcopal Church and reaffirmed in the faith by Bishop Knisely. This takes place during Eastertide Confirmations. This year it is scheduled on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 10am at St. Barnabas’ Church, Warwick. Please contact Fr. John no later than Friday, April 10th for further information concerning reception and reaffirmation.
Offerings for tulips to decorate the church on Easter Sunday are being received through Palm Sunday, March 29. These plants may be sponsored for $8 each and dedicated as Easter memorials and thanksgivings. Envelopes for orders are on the ushers’ table or you may call the parish office at 624-4759. Please make checks out to Holy Trinity Church with “Easter Tulips” in the memo line. Thank you!
Episcopal Charities – Sunday, March 1
Episcopal Charities makes a difference
On Sunday, March 1, we will have a guest speaker from Mobile Loaves & Fishes at the 8:00 am and 10:00 am services. This will begin the Episcopal Charities campaign at Holy Trinity. Fr John extends his thanks to Bill Boardman and Bill Swierk who will be serving as co-chairs once again this year. Please remember that one hundred percent of all donations goes to the individual organizations; nothing is eaten up by administrative costs. If you haven’t received a donation card and would like to take part, or if you would like more information, please contact the church office (624-4759).
Spiritual Discipline – Lent
Lent is a season for reflection and action. Fr John urges everyone to be a part of the Sunday services during this holy season, especially during Holy Week. Consider attending the Lenten series on forgiveness (see the next article below) because forgiveness is an integral part of being a Christian. Lent can be about self-denial but it is also about making our spiritual life more intentional. Come join us.
Christian Education – Lent
What is forgiveness?
Fr John will conduct a series of 5 classes on Wednesdays of Lent from 6:30 to 8:00 pm on embracing forgiveness. Barbara Cawthorne Crafton’s course on what forgiveness is and what forgiveness is not will be our resource. Each session will include a 10 to 15 minute video followed by small group discussions. There is a sign up sheet in the parish hall and in the back of the church. All are welcome!
Church Beyond the Walls
Holy Trinity Church is a sponsor for a ministry to the homeless, Church Beyond the Walls. To celebrate the life of this new ministry, we are collecting cans of tuna and jars of mayonnaise to provide sandwiches to those who are served. These items can be left in the basket in the entry to the church. CBW is an outdoor church that meets weekly for the celebration of the Eucharist and a shared meal for the homeless in Providence’s Burnside Park. To find out more, contact Fr John at 401-624-4759 or visit the website at churchbeyondthewalls.org or follow them on Facebook.com/cbwri.
Christian Education – Sunday, February 1
The Rite 13 Crossover Ceremony took place on Sunday, February 1, at the 10 am Celebration of the Holy Eucharist. This is a ritual marking the beginning of a child’s spiritual maturity. In this liturgy, the children sit with their parents in the pew. After the blessing, the celebrities cross over to their Rite 13 class sitting in the pews opposite their parents. This ritual marks the crossover from childhood to adulthood, and it begins the young adults’ four-year preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation. What a joyous Celebration!
The first Sunday of every month at the 10:00 am service and every third Saturday of the month at the 5:00 service, Caribbean Christian music is offered by our friend, Jude Ahamiojie. 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!
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 – Wednesdays at Noon
Every Wednesday 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!
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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