For a complete list of the Ministries at Trinity Episcopal Church with leadership contact information, see our Ministry Directory.
How can we love our neighbor? Samaritans seek to learn about our neighbors, from refugees to the homeless. Then we take action, whether through advocacy, volunteering or financial contributions. Trinity Samaritans sponsor educational programs, learning about many of the programs Trinity currently supports. New programs and information are also on our radar, as we make sense of the problems of our world and what we can do.
Interfaith Community Services Food Pantry
Interfaith Community Services (ICS) is on the front lines of response to needs in our community. Supporting the food pantry is something we can all do on a regular basis–just bring a nonperishable food item (or more) to church with you on Sunday. We’ll deliver them to Interfaith. Any staple is welcome–hit the sales and buy in bulk! Think of those who do not have cooking facilities–meals in a can and other prepared food is welcome. Interfaith also collects necessities such as diapers, formula, toothpaste, soap and other sanitary projects. Bring them all!
Trinity volunteers monthly as a congregation to serve breakfast at Interfaith Community Services. Other service opportunities through ICS include providing dinners for Haven House (year-round adult shelter), Holiday Adopt-a-Family, Make-it-a-Home donations, and various workdays. Mother Meg currently serves on the Board of Interfaith Community Services as Chairperson.
Each winter Trinity hosts the North County Rotational Shelter for two weeks. Guests take comfort in parish hospitality while they work on job skills and seek employment. There are many ways to serve: helping with set-up and take-down, providing dinner and breakfast, serving as host or hostess overnight or providing transportation.
Pastoral Care Volunteers
These volunteers meet monthly for support and training in their ministry. Pastoral Care Volunteers visit and befriend nursing home residents and others who are homebound. They also offer rides to church activities and doctors’ appointments and cook meals for families with new babies and those just out of the hospital. This is a group that knows how to care!
Trinity hosts a dinner for anyone in need, in partnership with Emmanuel Faith Community Church. Dinner is cooked and provided in individual to-go containers. Participants should be at Trinity around 5:30 pm. All are welcome.
Nursing Home Ministry
Trinity celebrates communion at Escondido Post-Acute Rehabilitation (on Mission) on the first Wednesday of the month. Parishioners are invited to participate as friendly visitors, and to help lead the worship service. Visitors are always welcome there!
Prayers and Squares
Quilts are made by participants in the ministry, while the whole congregation shares in praying over them. Quilts can be requested by parishioners for anyone who needs one–Trinity’s quilts have traveled many miles to their destinations!
Along with many congregations in the Diocese of San Diego, Trinity supports the Wounded Warrior project, offering hope and support to veterans returning from our nation’s conflicts with a variety of serious challenges. Monthly our Prayers and Squares ministry offers a quilt for this cause.
Kairos Prison Ministry
The Kairos ministry plans and leads semi-annual weekend ministry sessions in the Donovon prison. Through a simple “cookie ministry” approach, many inmates discover and accept Jesus Christ on each of the weekends. One can participate by helping to bake the cookies or serving on the prison team.
Trinity Toy Makers
Trinity Toy Makers are busy in the workshop primarily in the fall, making hundreds of wooden toys. These extraordinary creations are given to children through such organizations as Polinski Center for Foster Children, Interfaith Community Services and the Salvation Army. Handmade quality is rare in a world of plastic. We hope to offer extra beauty and fun to a child’s life.
Buildings & Grounds
Keeping parish facilities functioning may not seem like a service to the community, but Trinity provides needed meeting space for a wide variety of nonprofits and community groups. From 12-step programs to dance groups, community organizations find it hard to locate affordable meeting space. Public facilities, such as libraries or schools, are too much in demand to be used regularly, and liability issues make other properties unavailable. But keeping Trinity’s facilities available and functioning is a big job. Our volunteers keep Trinity accessible for all who need its peaceful grounds and convenient meeting spaces.