Newtown Interfaith Council
The Newtown Interfaith Council is made up of local religious leaders representing the Al-Hedaya Islamic Center, Congregation Adath Israel, the Bahai Community, the Newtown Congregational Church, Christian Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, Christ the King Lutheran Church, the Lutheran Home of Southbury, Newtown United Methodist Church, and St. Rose Roman Catholic Church. Youth from these faith communities get together regularly for activities. The council hosts a community- wide Thanksgiving service and an annual Service of Remembrance for the Sandy Hook School shooting. Trinity is steadfast in its support of our Muslim and Jewish neighbors and stands with them when they feel under attack. Trinity also hosts events to better understand the challenges of immigrants in Connecticut.
Trinity is honored to have worked for many years with our companion parish in El Salvador, San José de la Montaña, to foster mutual bonds of friendship and support. As we work to share the love of Christ and fulfill God's mission beyond our own community and across national boundaries, we have found rich opportunities to grow individually and as a faith community. Members of Trinity have taken multiple trips to visit our friends in El Salvador, and we have welcomed them here in Newtown. We are excited to continue building this rich ministry and welcome all interested to participate.
In a world filled with constant stimulation and “noise”, we hardly find time to “Be still and know that I am God” as the Psalmist says (Psalm 46:10). One way to be still and find some silence in which God can reach you is the practice of Centering Prayer. The true gift of the prayer practice is seen over time as you find yourself developing in the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Our Centering Prayer group meets on the second Saturday of each month from 10:30am – 11:30am in the sanctuary. We also go on an annual silent retreat. For more information contact Cindy Anderau.
Once a month we get together after service for a robust breakfast in the Glover Community Room. Volunteers enjoy the fellowship of preparing a meal for others while making eggs, buttermilk biscuits and Southern country sausage biscuits. Then we enjoy being a Body of Christ as we break bread together and care for one another. People learn about exciting news or events in our member’s lives while also finding opportunities to offer a strong Christian shoulder of support.
A long standing tradition at Trinity, the Lunch Bunch meets the last Thursday of the month for fellowship and lunch at a local restaurant. We remember that part of our call to live out God’s mission is to simply gather together in gratitude to enjoy the companionship of others. All are welcome at these joyful occasions. The restaurant is announced during our church service. If you need transportation, please call the parish office. We would very much like to make it possible for you to join us!
Women of Trinity
Women of Trinity organizes social and learning opportunities for women of all ages to come together to celebrate what it means to be women of faith intent on following Christ and discerning God’s mission in our contemporary missional age. Recent opportunities have included a weekend women’s retreat at Camp Washington to discuss what scripture has to say about the feminine side of God, and how to set appropriate boundaries to live out our faith more fully. Women of Trinity is actively seeking ways to provide these opportunities for our youth and younger women busy raising children.