It is healing to enter a peaceful space to remember and reflect. As the anxiety and disruption of pandemic continue, we offer a time of quiet and beauty. Members of Trinity Church warmly invite you into our Sanctuary on Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Wander in, between 4:00 – 5:30 PM. We welcome you to an ‘open house’ in our lovely, historic house of prayer.
This is not a formal service; just stop in. We invite you to these possibilities:
Contact Trinity Church (203-426-9070 or email@example.com) with questions.
All Saints Day
On Sunday, November 7th, 2021, we will celebrate All Saints Day. At Trinity Church, we will remember the Saints of Christian history – and of our own lives. We will acknowledge the witness, the presence of the communion of Saints. We will feel the love of a ‘Cloud of Witnesses’ who are always with us.
We have 2 invitations for you!!
The Collect from the Book of Common Prayer for All Saints Day names the ‘mystical body’ of the Church, the body of Christ:
“Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one
communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son
Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints
in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those
ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love
you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy
Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.”
All Saints Day is a mystical day, when the veil between this life and the next is more transparent: we glimpse eternity. Help us make this a personal and beautiful celebration.
The Great Pumpkin Challenge was founded by Mackenzie Page when she was in eighth grade at the Newtown Middle School in 2011; she was inspired to support her friend, Zoe McMorran, who was diagnosed with brain cancer. She challenged residents to carve a pumpkin and drop it off for display at her family’s Main Street home with a suggested $5 donation for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a summer camp serving children and families with cancer and other serious illnesses.
Hole in the Wall Gang Camp was founded in 1988 by Paul Newman, with one simple premise in mind, that every child no matter their illness could experience the transformational spirit and friendships that go hand in hand with camp. The camp provides “a different kind of healing” to more than 20,000 seriously ill children and family members annually – all completely free of charge. The camp is a community that celebrates fun, friendship and the spirit of childhood.
In 2016, when Mackenzie was heading off to college, the youth of Trinity Church took on the role of hosting the annual fundraiser and pumpkin display on the church’s grounds at 36 Main Street. This will be the 5th year Trinity Church will be hosting the Great Pumpkin Challenge and they invite everyone to participate in this wonderful and inspiring Halloween tradition. Your jack-o-lantern can be goody, frightening, funny – anything goes. Carved pumpkins and donations will be collected in front of Trinity Church at 36 Main Street (the stone church by the flagpole) on Sunday october 24 from 10:30-12:30 pm and Saturday October 30 from 11-4pm and Sunday, October 31 from 10:30-12:30pm.
You can also put your pumpkin on the scaffolding anytime on or after October 24 and mail your donation to Trinity church or donate via the link on the Trinity website: www.trinitynewtownct.org.
100% of the donations will go to the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.
Please join us in carving pumpkins on Sunday October 24 on front lawn of the church, following 9:30 am service.
If you would like to volunteer to help staff the pumpkin donation, please contact Julie Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org
This Sunday, September 19th, our Bishop Ian Douglas will be with us as we celebrate baptism and confirmation. Masks are mandatory, and we must space out in the pews – and at the communion rail! - at a 6-foot distance by household. The service will also be live-streaming for virtual participation, as always, on our website.
Bishop Douglas will also join us for an outdoor coffee hour where he will speak and answer questions. Bring a lawn chair – and we will also have some folding chairs available. We will not be able to offer our 11:15 Chapel in the Garden service – and we invite these friends to our outdoor coffee hour.
Friends, let’s begin to gather again for our outdoor service, Chapel in the Garden! With the promise of cooler weather ahead - and with increasing concern about the Delta variant - it feels important to resume our weekly practice of gathering near the Labyrinth and Gazebo at 11:15 AM for our simple, spoken Eucharist service.
Bring a lawn chair, and participate according to your comfort and safety. Trinity Church will continue to offer the 9:30 service in the Sanctuary. Newtown is seeing high levels of viral transmission, so masks are now mandatory, as well as spacing according to household. The 9:30 service continues to be live-streamed for virtual worship.
Chapel in the Garden is weather-dependent – if it promises heavy rain, we may need to cancel. Also, we always need assistance carrying a few items from the lowest level of the Church to the Garden, and vice-versa! Email Rev. Andrea at email@example.com with questions! You and your family are very much in our prayers for safety, especially with school starting.
A long-awaited opportunity for Confirmation!
Surprising and joyful news! Beloved Ones, we have just learned that our Diocesan Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas will join us at Trinity Episcopal Church in Newtown on Sunday, September 19th for our 9:30 AM service.
Just as we are catching up with long-deferred services and celebrations here at Trinity, our Bishops are now scheduling events delayed by pandemic. Bishop Ian will confirm young people and adults who prepared with Rev. Matt and Rev. Jenny in a class that feels like a long time ago now!
Please contact Rev. Andrea (firstname.lastname@example.org or 475-323-7767) to indicate that you will be available for a Service of Confirmation on September 19th. Also, she would be delighted to speak with adults who were not part of this class but would be interested in Reception or Confirmation in the Episcopal Church.
Our first Breakfast Sunday of the season will also be offered on Sunday, September 19th! This day will be a beautiful way to welcome our families back to Trinity and kick off the program year!!
Masks Encouraged at Indoor Worship Beginning Sunday, August 1st @ Trinity Episcopal Church
Beloved Ones, I look forward to reconnecting with you after my vacation - I have missed you!! I give thanks to the Rev. Jim Speer and to the Rev. Salin Low for their presence in my absence.
As I unpack my suitcase, we are all absorbing very new guidance and data from the CDC about the Delta variant of the COVID virus. New questions are raised about the possibility of vaccinated folks transmitting the virus, and we are also seeing 'breakthrough' illness among the vaccinated. Cases are rising in Connecticut, and so we must step up our efforts to prevent transmission.
Please wear a mask to indoor worship beginning this Sunday. We will continue to offer Communion in one form, and invite you to receive a blessing if you do not wish to partake of the bread. Your Wardens and I thank you for your continuing flexibility and good humor as we navigate together the twists and turns of this public health challenge.
Rev. Andrea Castner Wyatt
In August, Trinity Church will remember and celebrate the lives of two members of our parish family. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 7th at 11:00 AM for Dr. Peter Jameson, and on Saturday, August 21st at11:00 AM for Mrs. Karen Gardner.
We look forward to these funeral services, long-delayed by pandemic, and for the opportunity to gather and support our beloved friends Teddy Jameson and Bob Gardner – and members of their extended families – as they continue to mourn the loss of their dear spouses.
Funeral services in the Sanctuary will both be followed by committal services in the Memorial Garden and Receptions in the Lower Hall.
Rev. Andrea would love to begin conversation with parents about Christian formation in this coming year! To start, let’s gather at the Church on Tuesday, August 10th in our (air-conditioned!) Library, or Johnson Room, at 5:00 pm. That room is also a hybrid Zoom-space, so we can include you virtually.
We’ll have some light refreshments, get to know each other, and share our hopes and dreams for what we might build at Trinity for our families. Please RSVP to Kim Merrill in the Church Office; she can you send a secure link for virtual attendance. (Kim, add contact information here!) by August 3rd. We are filled with hope as we continue to emerge from pandemic!
What a joy it was – on Pentecost Sunday – to receive the gift of God’s re-awakening Spirit “together in one place!” What fun it was to take photos, documenting that moment we opened those historic red doors!
This Sunday, May 30th, we celebrate God’s Trinity – a reminder that we are all inter-connected and tangled up together as community – even as the ways we experience God are interwoven and inter-tangled!
We know that this time of re-gathering will go on for an extended period, as some are more ready than others to come into physical presence as community. It is absolutely fine return gradually; this is why we will continue to offer our live-streaming service, as well as an outdoor Chapel in the Garden at 11:15.
I continue to enjoy Gazebo Office Hours, as I have pretty much all year – maybe not so much in January! If an outdoor conversation is more appealing, please let me know!
Blessings on this holiday weekend,
The Rev. andrea castner wyatt
The Rev. Andrea Castner Wyatt is honored to accept the call of Trinity Episcopal Church to serve and lead as Rector. She looks forward with joy to walking with the people of Trinity Church, and to discovering with you what Jesus is up to in Newtown, CT. Contact Rev. Andrea at email@example.com or by calling 203-426-9070.