Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I park?
There are parking lots located to the West of both the Church Building and the Parish Hall. For the Church Building, enter the parking lot from Algoma, opposite the Christine Ann Center. For the Parish Hall, enter the parking lot from High Street, or through the alley on Division that runs between the two buildings. There is also street parking available.
I'm _. Am I welcome in your church?
We know that there are plenty of churches that turn people away. There are plenty of preachers that are sure they know who's going to hell, and there are plenty of congregations that make it clear who's in and who's out. We try not to be like that.
So if you're divorced, gay, unmarried and living with a partner, in recovery, dealing with addiction, struggling with your self-confidence, facing health issues, uncertain about this whole "God" thing, angry at the church, hurt, sad, poor, young, old, or anything, you're welcome here.
Lord knows we aren't perfect. If anything, we're a little shy at first, because we know it takes time to feel out a place and see if this community is for you. But ultimately we want to know Jesus, and we want you to know Jesus too. We believe that Jesus loves each of us as we are, and we believe Jesus wants each of us to become more than we are now. It's a pilgrim journey, and we'd love to have you walk with us.
Can I fully participate in your worship services and other church activities?
Absolutely. Anyone, non-Episcopal Christians and non-Christians can come and participate in everything the church offers. This applies to worship and non-worship activities. During worship you can participate in every part of the service including communion, although the way that you participate changes a little bit depending on whether you’re baptized or not. Everyone who is baptized in any Christian church in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit can come up and receive the bread and the wine. This is true whether you were baptized as a baby in a Roman Catholic Church or as a teenager in a nondenominal church. If you haven’t been baptized, you are still able to come up and receive a blessing from the priest. At the same time, there is no requirement to receive communion or a blessing and if you’re more comfortable simply coming and observing that’s fine too! If you’re not baptized but want to explore what baptism would mean and how to get baptized, Fr. Chris is ready and willing to talk to you any time about it.
Will you ask me for money?
We do take a collection as part of the Sunday services. As a guest or first-time visitor, you aren't expected to contribute. Not everyone does, and we promise nobody is taking notes!
This is a spiritual virtue: we give thanks for God's blessings to us, and we freely return a portion of the gifts we have received to aid the work of the the church. Members of the church typically make an annual pledge to support the parish financially (and in other ways). If you become a member, you'll be invited to make a pledge too. You'll not be required to, but those who do often say that they feel a greater depth in their spiritual lives for having made the commitment.
We always welcome donations and contributions, of course!
What accommodations can Trinity make for disabilities?
Mobility concerns: The Church Building is accessible to those in wheelchairs and motorized scooters. An elevator that services both main floors of the Church Building is located at the West Door of the church.
Hard of hearing: The Nave (the main worship space) is equipped with a Hearing Aid Loop. Set your hearing aid to T-Coil for services.
Gluten intolerances: We offer gluten-free rice wafers and a separate cup of wine for Communion. When you come to the Altar rail, either tell the Eucharistic minister that you require gluten-free, or hold out your hands palms down.
What is a Sunday morning worship service at Trinity like?
Worship as a community is the centerpiece of Christian life. It’s also probably the strangest thing we do for people with no experience with Chrsitianity. Sunday’s purpose is first and foremost to praise God for God’s own sake and for the good things God has done for us. It is also a time to learn more about God, read the Bible, and have communion. Through learning about God and by taking communion, we believe that God heals us, brings us closer together, and gives us energy to love and serve the world.
If you’ve ever been to a Roman Catholic or Lutheran service, that’s about what you can expect from a Sunday at Trinity. If you’ve been to Methodist or Presbyterian services it’ll still be pretty familiar. You’ll sit in a pew (a long church bench), read from a service book, hear a sermon ( a speech from the priest), and come forward to have a small bread wafer and some wine (communion). People will stand, sit, and kneel at different times. The priest and other people leading the service will be wearing special robes to identify them as having special roles. Worship will probably feel more formal than most other parts of our everyday lives, and, if you’ve never been to something like this it may feel a little wierd or even uncomfortable at first. This kind of worship is like an acquired taste, but like with most acquired tastes people who get past the initial discomfort find the experience really, really rewarding. And if you want to check out what one of our services is like, you can watch them pre-recorded or live streamed.
Do I have to wear special clothes?
Trinity does not have a dress code. Whatever you’re comfortable wearing for normal errands in public is fine for Church. People can and do come to Trinity in a range of different kinds of clothes, and it is not at all abnormal to see people wearing t-shirts and shorts to church. With that said, historically there has been a tradition of putting on one’s “Sunday best,” of wearing one’s finest clothes, for Sunday worship as a way of showing respect to God. While you really can come in whatever makes you comfortable, if you’re worried about being underdressed and are looking for a rule of thumb then we’d suggest wearing what you’d put on for a dinner at Olive Garden or a similar kind of restaurant.
What about nursery, or Sunday school?
We encourage children to come to our liturgies along with the adults. Our congregation understands and expects a certain amount of kid noise. It's the sign of a living congregation! At this point, Trinity doesn't have a Sunday school program, but we do offer childcare. Our childcare supervisor stays with children in our “prayground,” a designated area with books and toys where children can be children and still participate in worship.
If your little one is having a melt-down that is making it too difficult for you to stay in the service, head to the lower level of the church (ushers can direct you to the elevator or the stairs). Downstairs you will find:
How can I join the church?
We have a whole page for this!