Letter to our Next Rector
Thank you for your interest in Trinity Church. We are eager to welcome the change and promise a new minister brings. On a recent Sunday morning, one of our parishioners reminded us from the pulpit: "If you are thinking about following the path of a man called Jesus, you are in the right place.” Our beautiful mosaic of a parish is blessed with many sources of wisdom, energy, and faith. We look forward to a new Rector called to be among us and with whom we are called to walk in the ways of the Lord.
In more than 150 years, Trinity has seen many changes. Across the street to the south is one of the world’s biggest insurance companies. A Dollar store, our immediate neighbor to the west, draws its patrons from the surrounding neighborhood where residents grapple with poverty and its persistent challenges. Our understanding of God’s generous grace continues to compel us to be involved with our immediate neighbors as part of our participation in God’s mission.
Parishioners drive past other Episcopal Churches to worship at Trinity. In Connecticut, distance matters. However, lots of people, many of whom began life outside the United States, travel miles to be part of us. As you are called to Trinity, so are we.
As secularism continues its long march, Trinity has maintained its membership from year to year. A diminishing endowment has required reductions in staff members. We felt strong enough to undertake a capital campaign that is 85% complete, and our parish committee members are confident that we will reach our goal.
Organizing our activities into quadrants led by parishioners under the auspices of the Vestry and our Rector has seen the spirit of service flourish under lay leadership. Trinity is home to a vibrant music program, including a choir school for local youth. We host 12 step programs throughout each week. There are education programs for our members wherever they are in their journey of faith. Our traditions include the flexibility of rituals that marks the modern Anglican communion, all inspired by the knowledge that two millennia ago God became man and walked among us to our eternal benefit.
While we provide numerous services to our neighbors, we know we are more than a social services agency. While we provide each other with care and concern, we know we are more than a social club. While we represent a diversity of cultures, what unites us is our common desire to love and serve God.
We look forward to embracing a Rector who provides spiritual leadership and inspiration through the blessings of faith along with its inevitable challenges. We are glad that you feel called to learn more about us. We hope that you know the same joy that fills our hearts.
The people Of Trinity Church, Hartford