We offer a number of ministries here at Trinity where you can both find support and be of service to the Church. Please browse through the tabs below for more details.
Catching Our Breath
(Support for Caregivers)
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral continues to offer one of the only support groups in our area for all caregivers, regardless of faith tradition, focused on spirituality and prayer. Often people can find disease-specific secular support groups, e.g., an Alzheimer’s or MS support group, but that leaves a spiritual hole and sometimes is not enough. Often people want a spiritual dimension in addition to secular support. Together, we learn to accept their caregiving is in itself is a calling, a mission, and in some ways, a blessing as they share God’s love with those for whom they care.
Circle of Friends
(Support for Those Living Alone)
Circle of friends is a ministry of care and support, mainly for those persons living alone. It is arranged so that each day, usually in the morning, each member calls one person and in return each person will receive a call. The purpose is to touch base with others on a daily basis. Conversations are usually brief and the idea is to convey care for one another on a daily basis. A schedule of who calls who each day is maintained.
Naomi and Ruth
(Support for the Grieving)
Naomi and Ruth is a grief support group that meets on the first Thursday of the month at 11:00 am. Facilitated by two individuals the group offers prayers, scriptural readings and other readings selected to be supportive to the group participants who may grieve due to the loss of a loved one, someone experiences a life changing event such as a job loss, divorce or difficult medical issue. The meeting time is set to precede the regular Thursday midweek Eucharist.
You are Not Alone
(Support for Sufferers of Severe or Chronic Illness)
This support group’s purpose is to give comfort and support to people suffering with serious medical issues or chronic illness. It is not our goal to fix one another, but simply to listen and pray for one another. The group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, at 4:00 PM, in Conference Room A, downstairs in the Parish Hall.
St. Martha’s Altar Guild
The Altar Guild continues to actively function with four teams of women and a few men. The Guild continues to welcome new people to assist us in setting up our Saturday/ Sunday worship Eucharistic services, and special services such as weddings and funerals. There is also two annual cleanings or housekeeping day events that take place prior to Christmas and Easter.
This ministry consists of numerous, dedicated individuals from the Parish, including Vestry members, past and present, who include prayer requests in their regular prayer practice. Currently, the Prayer Chain consists of approximately 52 participants. The prayer requests are usually received through the Church office or they can be sent directly to the Prayer Chain coordinator.
Typically, the requests are for healing and comfort for family and friends who are suffering physically, medically or emotionally. They can also be requests for safe travels for family and friends, for the souls that have passed on, or for any reason that may be needed. There is never a request that is too big or too small!
Daughters of the King
The Order of Daughters of the King St. Hildegard Chapter at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral was restored and re-dedicated after about ten years if inactivity, and was celebrated with new members taking their vows on Sunday, September 18, 2016.
The Order of the Daughters of the King is an order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church. Members undertake a Rule of Life, incorporating the Rule of Prayer and the Rule of service. A Daughter pledges herself to a life-long program of prayer, service and evangelism, dedicated to the spread of Christ’s Kingdom and the strengthening of the spiritual life for her parish.
The oblation bearers are part of the Offertory presentations during our Eucharist, bringing up the bread and the wine to the altar from the center aisle. The symbolism is that we present gifts that God has first given us. Our job is very simple. The frequency of participation depends on the number of folks who sign up. Schedules are posted in advance and are very flexible. It is a good way to get to know fellow members and feel more an active part of the congregation.
Boys and girls serve at our Sunday services by leading the processions and assisting the clergy at the altar. This participation
gives them a hands-on appreciation of our worship life. It is also a great way for young people to meet and connect with other parish youth. They are also encouraged to attend Church classes and other events.
Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers
Lectors are lay ministers who read the assigned Scripture at each Eucharist service, funerals, weddings and special occasions and feasts. They may read the Old Testament lesson, the New Testament lesson, or occasionally the Prayers of the People. When the Psalm is not sung, the Old Testament lector will lead the congregation in reciting/reading the Psalm.
Each lector is quite dedicated to this ministry. This requires much time on their part to learn the scripture and read it in such a way as to be understandable to each congregant. Bringing the Word of God to the people is an awesome and reverent ministry. A training session is held for lectors on as needed basis.
Eucharistic Ministers serve the consecrated wine during Communion. They participate in all of the church services, including each Saturday, Sunday and weekday Eucharist, weddings, funerals, and additional celebrations and Feast Days. Most are considered Acolytes and as such they may also light and extinguish candles, carry the Cross or torches, ring bells, be thurifer (censor), banner bearer, and/or assist with setting the table at Eucharist. Each will serve at least once, often twice, each month. Each is highly trained and absolutely dedicated.
They bring the Eucharist to shut-ins in their own homes or care facilities upon request. Training for this ministry is also required.
Got a great smile? That is all you need to be one of our ushers! Welcome newcomers, hand them the service bulletin, and invite them into the sanctuary.
Prayer Ministers, or PMs, serve at the 10:30 AM Sunday morning service. Their ministry is to pray with and for individuals who seek prayer during the communion portion of our service. Each knows the power of prayer and the need for the community of Christ to bear each other’s burdens in this way. They serve with reverence and compassion. They also rejoice with those whose requests have been fulfilled or who have come closer to God in their needs.
Welcomed First-time Guests
We have a special table at the river entrance with gifts for our first-time visitors. You could help welcome them!
Saturday mornings, a couple volunteers on a rotating schedule come to the church to straighten the hymnals, the Books of Common Prayer, make sure the pencils in the pews are sharp, and gently straighten things up. It’s a simple and quite ministry, but vital to the comfort of our worship.