Trinity Outreach

The ministry of outreach to our local and global communities takes commitment from parishioners of all ages.  We dedicate our time, talent, and treasure to the service of God and to our neighbors in need, particularly those whom Jesus called “the least of these my brethren.”  All newcomers are urged to take part in these ministries.

Local

CODE BLUE SHELTER: During cold nights from December through March, a coalition offers shelter- sleeping accommodations and hot meals- to our homeless neighbors.  Trinity parishioners volunteer throughout the winter and the parish is the host site for one month.

Other Meal Programs: Trinity participates through food offerings and volunteer service in other local outreach meals including: (1) “Peacemeal” at Trinity Episcopal Church Solebury, on the third Sunday of each month.  Trinity Buckingham hosts (2) Peacemeal in July and August.; and (3) Centenary United Methodist Church’s Wednesday luncheon in Lambertville New Jersey.

Altar Flower Delivery:  As part of their weekly duties, the altar guild delivers  flowers to those who are homebound or in the hospital.

Special Seasonal: Secret Santa food-bags and the Giving Tree.

Doylestown Family Shelter:  A shelter for families who need housing to get re-established. Trinity has “adopted” an apartment.  There is a monthly collection in church of specific items for the shelter and the adjacent food pantry.

Bread Ministry:  Bread and pastries donated by Weis’s and Panera of Doylestown are picked up seven days a week.  This bread is delivered to various food pantries and soup kitchens nearby and in Lambertville and North Philadelphia.

ECW (Episcopal Church Women):  In addition to financial support for the general budget, the Episcopal Church Women also makes donations locally and regionally from the proceeds of its fund raising programs.

Regional

Discovery Service Projects:  This is a Bucks County Nondenominational Christian organization that organizes both international and national mission projects

Delivery of Bread Soup Kitchen:  at the Church of the Advocate (see Bread ministry) and other churches.

ABC Quilts:  Crib quilts are handmade by parishioners for at-risk babies in Philadelphia hospitals and foster homes.

St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen:  on Bainbridge Street, Philadelphia. We make soup monthly and take it down to this kitchen. This is done in conjunction with Family of God (our Lutheran neighbors) with whom we share in this ministry.

ECS (Episcopal Community Services): an inner-city based community outreach program founded by the Episcopal Diocese of Pa. in the 1800’s. Our youth group has participated in the rehabbing of home in the city through ECS.

Global

Church World Services:  We participate in a number of CWS’s programs  including the distribution of blankets which benefit the needy worldwide.

Mission Trips: Youth and adults of the parish periodically go on missions trips to help the needy and disaster victims nationally and internationally.  The youth conduct fundraisers in advance to finance travel and other expenses

Presiding Bishop‘s Fund for World Relief: a group which uses 100% of all donations for relief.
The ECW gives 10% of all funds they raise to the Presiding Bishop’s Fund.

Shoe Box Ministry:  Operation Christmas Child, Shoebox ministry, sponsored by Samaritan Purse.  These shoeboxes are filled with wrapped gifts and are shipped worldwide to children who have never received a Christmas gift or known Jesus.

Nyaka AIDS Orphan School, Uganda:  A holistic program working to provide education and support to AIDS orphans and their caregivers in southwest Uganda.  Donations are made periodically..

United Thank Offering:  In-gatherings for donations are held twice a year.

In-kind contributions, such as casseroles and other food and automobile mileage drive for Outreach programs, may be deductible charitable donations on your tax returns.  Check with your tax advisor.

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