“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink” - Matthew 25:43
- Church by the Pond
- Loaves and Fishes
Church by the Pond
Trinity Church participates six times a year in Church by the Pond at Bushnell Park, in support of the Ecclesia Ministry and Church Street Eats programs coordinated by Christ Church Cathedral.
We gather for public prayer at the pond by the carousel. Volunteers and anyone attending the Eucharistic service are spiritually fed. During the Prayers of the People prayers for intercession and thanksgiving are raised to God from those attending the service. Following the Eucharist, bagged lunches are provided to those in need.
A dedicated group of parishioners and friends, assemble, pack and distribute lunches. We also distribute additional items such as socks, toiletries or gloves. Volunteers from children to seniors participate with some students fulfilling community service credits through this ministry. Friends and families are always welcomed.
If you feel called to join this ministry, you are welcome to join at any time. On the third Saturday of the even months, volunteers gather at 12:30 p.m. in the Trinity kitchen to prepare lunches, and then travel to Bushnell Park for the 2:00 p.m. Eucharist. Lunches are distributed afterwards, and the gathering concludes around 3:00 p.m. Check articles in the VOICE and Sunday Bulletin announcements for any scheduling changes. Contacts: Penny Pearson (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Percy Williamson (email@example.com)
Members of Trinity Church support the work of Foodshare in several important ways.
A number of parishioners regularly work together with other volunteers in the Bloomfield warehouse on Wednesdays, in both the 8:30 - 11:30 am and 12:30 to 3:30 pm shifts.
We work in the food salvage area sorting truckload donations from major grocery stores, wholesalers and club retailers, repacking what can be distributed to partner social service agencies, determining what can be given for feed to a pig farmer or sent for energy reclamation, and what must be discarded — often sorting 6000 to 8000 pounds of food a day.
Two parishioners ride as volunteers on the mobile Foodshare trucks, each of which takes more than three tons of fresh produce, bread and other groceries daily to distribute to folks in more than sixty neighborhoods in Hartford and Tolland counties.
Join this highly important work! Foodshare offers many ways to be engaged, get some exercise, meet new people and make a real difference in our neighbors’ lives. Please speak with Drew Smith for more information. Contact The Rt. Rev. Andrew Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Loaves and Fishes
This program, formerly housed at Trinity and now based at Immanuel Congregational Church at the corner of Woodland Street and Farmington Avenue, serves lunch on weekdays and offers other support services to those in need in the Asylum Hill neighborhood. Trinity Church is committed to providing the meal on the third Wednesday of each month.
The meal is prepared each month in Trinity's kitchen the Tuesday before the meal is served. Between 75 and 100 individuals are served each month. Contact Steve Zhitnik (S.Zhitnik@snet.net)