Category Archives: Outreach

Chapel on the Green

52 Sundays a year in every weather condition, Trinity’s Chapel on the Green is a unique venue. It is an outdoor congregation, of housed and unhoused, sharing God’s compassion through care, community, worship and breaking bread together.

Many Connecticut entities—churches, temples, schools, others—engage with Trinity in support of this ministry, thereby realizing an ecumenical experience in which many communities join hands beyond their borders.

Chapel on the Green is able to help so many people in need because of the involvement of numerous volunteers and donations from many financial supporters. Funds contributed help pay for food provided following the weekly service, plus emergency clothing, socks, gloves, hats, coats. Contributions also help defray fixed costs for expenses and staff.

Interested in helping, volunteering, donating or participating in any way? Please contact Trinity’s  Justice Ministry Coordinator.

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Days for Girls Sew-a-Thon

Sew-A-Thon, Kit Assembly, and Brunch Fundraiser

Learn about the work of Days for Girls (DFG) and Kenyan Health Care Initiative (KHCI)

When:   Saturday, April 12, 2017 –  9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Where:  Trinity Church on the Green, New Haven

Why:      Every girl in the world deserves education, safety, and dignity.

Help girls gain access to quality sustainable feminine hygiene products and education

Electricity is coming to Chumvi, Kenya. Help the CT DFG Chapter purchase electric sewing machines and supplies for our sister Chumvi DFG Sewing Center.

  • Help assemble sustainable menstrual kits.
  • Learn how to make Kit components – Shields, liners, and bags.
  • Bring Sewing machines, sergers, sewing tools irons and ironing boards.
  • Donate cotton & flannel fabric, wash cloths, panties girls size 10, 12, 14, 16 and gallon freezer Ziploc Bags

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For more information, email Mary Ann Stroup.


Trinity Days for Girls Team

Click here for details on our April 2, 2016 Sew-a-Thon. Sew-A-Thon, a Kit Assembly,  Brunch and presentation where you can Learn about the work of Days for Girls (DFG).

Here’s an out-of-the-ordinary opportunity. Come be a part of the Trinity Days for Girls Team. The team works on providing menstrual kits and health supplies and creating a sustainable micro-business for communities in central Highlands of Kenya, where young women often miss five schooldays a month because they lack necessary sanitary supplies and related items. The Trinity effort is conducted in collaboration with the Kenyan Health Care Initiatives.

The team organizes efforts to reach out and secure donations of materials and supplies, Days for Girls Teampursues options for generating funding, fashions materials into finished products and assemble kits for shipment. Sewers and sergers are always needed. The team meets periodically at Trinity to carry out the work. Once in a great while, a volunteer or two even travel to Kenya at their own expense to work with the recipient organization’s key people!

This friendly group will welcome you whenever you choose to be available. Do good work with your hands while enjoying the team’s camaraderie.

If you want to help, contact Margie Pikaart.

For more,  see the Facebook page Kenyan Health Care Initiatives, or the website Kenyan Health Care Initiatives. You might also find it interesting to read an article about Days for Girls published in The New Haven Register.


Stewardship Committee

The Stewardship Committee organizes the annual Pledge Drive, which asks parishioners to commit support of their time, talent, and finances for the work of Trinity.

Members of Trinity Stewardship Committee in 2015-2016: (foreground) Mary Ellen Savage and David Jenkins, co-chairs. (at the rear) Ellen Freiler, David Assis, Glen Segger, Don Knapp, and Charles Kaywood

Your donation will make a difference. For more information please contact us: Trinity Treasurer David Soper or the Stewardship team co-chairs: Mary Ellen Savage & David Jenkins.

Click here for more on stewardship, giving and contributions.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The people in the prayer shall ministry knit unique prayer shawl with love and care by members of our group.Their mission is to reach out parishioners who are in need of comfort while going through a difficult time such as an illness, surgery, a loss or bereavement. It is our hope that the recipients of these shawls and quilts will feel God’s love and comfort as well as our love and concern.  Once each year the knitted shawls are blessed, then distributed to those in need.

Trinity Home

Trinity Home – a 150-year-old endowment for eldercare


“The Trinity Home Board was created for the purpose of aiding the elderly, needy and others whom the Board considers entitled to its benefits…”

To carry out this statement of purpose originally defined to support Trinity Home for the elderly over 150 years ago, today’s Trinity Home Board manages an endowment whose interest it dispenses through the year.

Participate - Trinity Home George StreetThe Trinity Church Home Board grew out of the Trinity Church Home Association, incorporated by the Connecticut General Assembly in 1862; it was “created for the purpose of establishing and maintaining in the city of New Haven, refuge for the poor and friendless members of Trinity Parish, and such others as the board of managers may think entitled m its benefits.”  The first home was the building on the left in the image above. It was part of “The George Street Complex” built by the noted architect Henry Austin.  Above is a phonograph of the Trinity Home at 84 Norton Street, where in the days before social security elderly members of the parish could find a refuge in their old age.  It was the sale of this house in 1975 and other donations funded the Trinity  Home Board endowment.


The Home Board picks up the weekly Conference Call expenses that allows shut-ins to hear Sunday services, supports the salaries of parish workers who devote time to the elderly, and budgets discretionary funds to be used for parishioners with special needs. In addition, funds are used for various senior programs throughout the year

The Home Board also supports physical improvements to make the church more accommodating to seniors.  Projects funded recently by the Home Board include the handicap access elevator, an advanced PA system, extra handrails for the staircases, and headsets that allow hearing impaired parishioners to hear the services.

Program events for seniors include senior lunches twice a year, all-day outings to sites of interest, lectures on topics of interest to seniors, and a special Christmas tea held at Whitney Center.


The Trinity Home board also supports grants to local community organizations. The grant application form is found here: hb-grant-app. The deadline for 2017 is November 15. For more on the grant application process contact the current chairman of the home board, Glen Seger.

NOTE: All forms should be mailed to:

Trinity Parish Office
c/o Chair of Grants Committee
950 Chapel Street, 2nd Floor
New Haven, CT 06510-2515


Chapel on the Green Overview

“Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me…Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Mathew 25:34-41

COTG - Intro image for Welcome to Chapel on the Green videoEvery Sunday at 2:00 pm, 52 weeks a year, outdoors in almost every sort of weather — the service was only canceled once since 2008 during a blizzard — behind the church, or in front when the rain makes the Green too soggy, Trinity offers a short Eucharist service followed by a simple lunch. Led by Trinity or visiting Clergy, a congregation “of all comers” — between 50 to 150 people — show up weekly  to sing, offer prayers, celebrate a simple Eucharist and partake of a meal. Special services are offered in a foot washing clinic, handing out socks and clothing, a moving memorial to the homeless who have died the past year, and the popular Fourth of July grill/picnic. Click on the image to see a video explaining the purpose and history of Chapel on the Green.


We use grape juice to stand in solidarity with those who do not drink alcohol.  We believe this is God’s table and all are welcome to receive Communion.

The Push Cart Altar

COTG - Portable altar from Facebook page for COTGOne item is of particular importance — the portable, or push cart altar.   Constructed by former Warden Warner Marshal, who wrote, “The top is made from old oak pews from the main floor of the church, and the sides and front frame are made of old pine pew seats from the balconies,  where the blacks and less-fortunate once sat, so that they are combined into one altar for all (along with some scrap lumber from around here, as you say).  The shopping cart handle just seemed like a modern badge of the homeless.”

Every Sunday at 2:00 in all sorts of weather it is rolled out onto the Green, then back again, waiting in the wings of the church.

Help Wanted!

But every Sunday extra hands are most welcome to ensure a great experience of prayer and service. An hour of your time can do a world of good for others and for yourself.  Help is always needed. Anyone of any faith is welcome to help and very appreciated.  If you want to help, or your regional church or volunteer or organization wants to support this ever more necessary ministry, contact Samantha Butler.

COTG - New Haven Register article AR-311049949.jpg&maxh=400&maxw=667Click on the picture for a New Haven Register feature article on November 4, 2012, titled “New Haven church without walls serves homeless”, By Mary E. O’Leary


Trinity was founded as a parish in 1723.  Its first wooden church was built in 1752–53. The second Gothic stone church, built in 1814–1816—with its carefully maintained and inspiring Gothic revival exterior and interior—is a landmark structure on the New Haven Green at the corner of Temple and Chapel Streets.

Trinity offers compelling preaching, diverse worship styles, and absorbing programs for adults, teens, and younger children.

Trinity’s multiple opportunities for fellowship and outreach are typified by its Chapel on The Green, a weekly Sunday afternoon outdoor service of worship, food and fellowship, open year-round to all and conducted in collaboration with other New Haven area churches.

The church’s strong music program is centered in its choirs: the Choir of Men and Boys, founded 1885 and one of only two such choirs in Connecticut; the Choir of Men and Girls, founded in 2003; and the Trinity Parish Choir, a mixed adult choir that sings a variety of sacred choral pieces.


LIfe at Trinity

As we pray, sing, serve others and learn together, we discover more about who God is in our lives. We realize our lives are intertwined with one another and that God is calling us to do something for the world in which we live.

Currently, hundreds of people pass through Trinity’s doors during an average week. We are usually bustling with activities; whether it is one of our three choirs practicing, committees meeting, or a social event, there is always something going on at Trinity.

We invite you to be part of our life together. At Trinity, there are many opportunities for involving yourself, for serving others and for growing in your spiritual journey.

Trinity people take adult and youth mission trips all over the country and beyond its borders. Locally, Trinity people help many important organizations carry out their missions: preparing meals for Columbus House, building homes for Habitat for Humanity, and finding numerous other opportunities to serve God in the world.

Trinity offers many educational activities and programs for children and adults. Each winter and spring, we offer different spirituality programs. On most Sundays, we offer exciting Sunday School classes for children and engaging forum topics for adults. We have two active and vibrant groups for school-aged youth.

As the largest Episcopal church in New Haven, we are fortunate to have many active programs and opportunities to see God at work in the world.