Spiritual Fellowship Service

Tuesdays 12pm, Trinity church undercroft

Led by James Thomas, Outreach Minister

This Fall Trinity launched a new ministry called Spiritual Fellowship to address the growing need of ministry to people struggling with addiction. The multiple recovery services in town are often very helpful and are reaching more and more people effectively. But it was our bishop Ian Douglas who recently asked us: “Where is God calling in our neighborhood?”

In our neighborhood and city, we meet people who are suffering from the challenges of recovery, are hurting through utter loneliness and long so deeply for honest compassionate presence. Through them we hear the call of Jesus’ provocative words to recognize Him in all who hunger and thirst. And so the cries of those who suffer in isolation, marginalized by their illness touched our hearts to develop a ministry of presence and compassionate engagement.

Inspired by the missionaries of Charity, the religious movement launched by Mother Teresa, our Spiritual Fellowship Program is connecting with people in need, regardless their current status of recovery, valuing each person as a child of God, as someone who is seeking to be heard and recognized.

Our new ministry started humble and small this past September, but the strong leadership of James Thomas and the other team members: The Rev. Charles Lemert, Samantha Butler, Don Coviello, Mary Bradley, Sam Sigg, and our Rector, The Rev. Luk De Volder, have made this ministry grow beyond what we had anticipated.  Every week, Mary Bradley has been organizing a sandwich lunch for the participants and she has now coordinated a team of 6 people to assist her.

The amazing ministry of James Thomas is, above all, the way through which the Holy Spirit is present in this group with God’s healing and strengthening presence to support people in need, 20 to 30 people attending weekly.

To sustain this growing ministry we are now in need of more funding than we had anticipated. In this season of Thanksgiving, special needs of shelter, and holiday preparation, we hope that your donation will help us to make a difference and support our ministry to the expanding need. Simply send a check to our office, mentioning “Spiritual Fellowship”. Thank you so much!

Dear Lord, the Great Healer, I kneel before you. Since every perfect gift must come from you, I pray, give skill to my hands, clear vision to my mind, kindness and meekness to my heart. Give me singleness of purpose, strength to lift up a part of the burden of my suffering fellow humanity, and the realization of the privilege that is mine. Take from my heart all guile and worldliness, that with the simple faith of child, I may rely on you. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen. – Mother Teresa



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From time to time religiously informed art is exhibited at Trinity Church. This summer, the work of Tom Edwards is exhibited in the church. In 2014, Trinity hosted two art exhibits, the Clinard and Pikaart Art Exhibits. More

130 Years of Trinity Choirs (1885-2015)

May 31, 2015 On Trinity Sunday at Trinity Church we give special thanks to God for all gifts we may celebrate in our lives and in our community. One of those shining gifts at Trinity is undoubtedly our excellent music program. This year we celebrate the 130th anniversary of the choir tradition at our parish…. More

Sunday School Recognition

May 17, 2015 Our beloved Sunday School Director, Linda Sheehan, is retiring, as announced last January. Together with the Sunday School Recognition (during our 9am service) we will honor Linda this Sunday, for her twenty years of service (1995-2015) to our children’s Sunday school. She has touched the life and faith of so many children… More

Blessed Mother’s Day

May 9, 2015 Mother’s Day is very special for me this year. With the arrival of our daughter Audrey I am a daily witness on how beautifully my wonderful spouse is growing as a mother. Tiffany used to be more monofocused. Now she is a multitasking hero. Singing on key was not her talent, she… More

The Next Presiding Bishop

May 5, 2015 A few days ago, I joined members of the Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church in Connecticut on retreat where we prayed and shared our vision for all that we can be as God’s people in mission in Connecticut.  In this Easter season of renewal and rebirth, it was an exciting… More

Canticle for Earth Day

April 24, 2015 This past Wednesday, April 22nd we celebrated the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, the anniversary of the modern environmental movement.  Many events were held and are being held this weekend around the world and in our own communities to remind us of our responsibility as stewards of Creation and to bring attention… More

Practical Dimensions of the Resurrection

April 17, 2015 Talk about Christ’s resurrection tends to focus on the afterlife dimension, the presence of the living Lord, or the peace that God seeks to insert in our days. But there are also very practical dimensions related to the resurrection. As a victim of religious violence Jesus did address for example the issue… More

Camp Winni

Some Trinity parishioners attend the Northern New England School of Religious Education Winni Week. Affectionately known as “Camp Winni” or “Winni”, it is an “interfaith camp with Protestant roots, at Geneva Point Center on lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. More

Easter and the Spirit of Taizé

April 12, 2015 Gushing life forces make spring continually amazing. And the more we know about our universe the more amazing we realize life is. NASA recently stated that finding extraterrestrial life is part of their 20 year goal, that is in fact to identify traces of microbes on Mars. Meanwhile our blue planet, gorgeously… More

Happy Easter!

April 5, 2015 Happy Easter to all! What a blessing to celebrate Easter every year. While the repetition may risk to make the celebration feel monotonous, our daily context of changes and challenges, with all its ups and downs, messiness, faults, and failures, needs this annual memorial of radical hope that God’s love is seeking… More

Looking Toward the Empty Tomb

March 27, 2015 This Sunday we joyously begin our journey to Jerusalem, moving soberly to the cross and then expectantly to the empty tomb.  Over the next few days we will remember and celebrate God’s grace, God’s gift and God’s love for all of Creation especially humanity.  Yet, in the midst of all of this… More

Being Mortal

February 15, 2015 This past Tuesday night, Frontline’s program entitled Being Mortal was an interview with NY Times best-selling author and surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, on his book by the same name.  The program focused on patients in their final days with their families and physicians as they wrestled with the patients’ expectations and their… More


February 1, 2015 A few months back, I began my day with an amazing meditation on Eldering from the Center for Action and Contemplation by Richard Rohr.1  He reminded me that we live in a society with elderly people but unfortunately very few elders.  He emphasized that “it’s not because they (the elderly) are bad… More

Come With Me

January 16, 2015 In Hasidic Tales, there is a story called Come with me, that tells the story of a successful Jewish entrepreneur who was well connected to the Polish authorities. He is asked by his rabbi to speak on behalf of the Jewish people to a cruel government minister in Warsaw about upcoming legislation… More

What a Week in Paris

January 9, 2015 What a week in Paris. The city became a battleground between free speech and religious fanaticism, modernity and jihadists. The Charlie Hebdo massacre, the Kosher supermarket hostages and shootings, and the deadly chases around the city illustrated once more the intensity of the clash between those two worlds. This January 7 irreversibly… More

Happy New Year

January 2, 2015 Many blessings for the New Year, for you and your family, good health in body and mind. May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.   Last… More

Annual Christmas Concert – December 19

Tonight, Friday December 19, the Choir of Men and Boys will present their Annual Christmas Concert  at 7:30 p.m. here at Trinity. We are very grateful that our concert will have instrumental accompaniment made possible through the support of the Christa Soell Fund: Wendy Kerner, harp and Mark Rike, violin, and The Trinity Festival Brass…. More

Children’s Pageant, Baptism, Parish Meeting Speech

Our Christmas Pageant, with live animals, is coming up this Sunday [December 14]. Trinity’s Christmas Pageant is such a marvelous experience, truly a festival of Christmas spirit, children’s joy, and extremely charming pageantry. Even Christmas puritans are moved by its sincere cheer and delight. All children are welcome, of course, rehearsal starting tomorrow (Sat 12/13)… More

Church Renewal (2)

A colleague of mine shared this gripping testimony a couple of weeks ago on church renewal that I would like to share with you. He is a great Rector at St. Mark’s, New Canaan, an inspiring preacher and spiritual leader. On Canceling Your Life Agenda – by the Rev. Peter F. Walsh St. Mark’s, New Canaan A few weeks ago… More

A Thanksgiving Day Homily

Thanksgiving Day November 27, 2014 Mr. David Rivera — Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Good Morning, I am here today to talk about giving thanks. God is the creator of all life and the creator of all… More

Happy Thanksgiving

All the volunteers at our church are such a major gift to remember on Thanksgiving. It is truly amazing just how many people give every week and every month of their time, and in such meaningful ways. The Holiday Bazaar last week was such a great experience and one example of how dedicate Trinity’s volunteers… More

Planning for the End of Life

Many people feel uneasy talking about, much less making, arrangements concerning their own deaths and funerals. However, planning for these things is a gift to our families and friends. More

Trinity Renewal (1)

Over the next few weeks I am calling attention to renewal, renewal that is needed in our parish. Renewal will be a main focus for us over the next few years. Over the course of the next few weeks the Vestry and I will decide on the direction this renewal plan will take. And your… More

Welcome the Rev. Rowena J. Kemp

This Sunday [November 16] we will welcome the Rev. Rowena J. Kemp as our new Assistant Rector at our church. We are very excited that Rowena is joining our clergy team. During all services this Sunday we will take a moment of prayer to ask God’s blessing over Rowena’s ministry at Trinity. And Rowena will… More

Getting Ready for Christmas

Join us this Sunday [November 9] for a 15 min. Christmas prep meeting at 12:15pm. It is still a long way to Christmas, but Christmas is such an important time with lots of church services and events that require proper attention and preparation. Acolytes, ushers, parents, children, Christmas pageant volunteers, … come and join us. We… More

Let’s Vote!

Let’s Vote! Election Day is coming up, but the current political climate may not directly generate a “O, when the saints go marching in” pull to the voting booths. Frustration over institutional inefficiency and of a representation vacuum keeps growing. One political science authority who recently joined the concerns on the functioning of our democracy… More

Giving Hope – Trinity Stewardship 2014

Pledge, donate, or plan giving to Trinity today. Through your contribution we build our church and your financial support helps us to give hope in our New Haven community. Your pledge can start already at $1. Donations to our programs and ministries really make a difference. Or you may prefer a contribution directly to our… More

Money is spiritual

Contrary to popular opinion, money is actually very spiritual. The biblical view on money categorizes it indeed as opposite to God (One can not serve both God and money – Matthew 6:24), but this doesn’t mean that money isn’t spiritual. Money easily has an influence on our spirits. It all depends on how we allow… More

The Spirit of Giving

Giving money is seldom easy. And giving to church doesn’t necessarily feel different. With the money we contribute to church, however, we donate on another level.  We help to strengthen trust, love and service, those intangibles that God instills in us through our service to each other. Given money to such an adventure of faith… More

2014 Stewardship Campaign: Giving Hope

Your $1 Pledge! For this year’s stewardship campaign we would like all of us to pledge. Please consider contributing $1 to our vibrant church ministries and programs. Because every dollar counts. The truth is that we all comfortably spend small dollar amounts in many areas of our lives: Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, occasional gifts, iPod songs,… More

Clergy Search Process

During the summer months I have started an interview process for a new Assistant Rector. To help me in interviewing applicants I have set up an interview team, including the wardens, Jack Tebes and Lisa Omark, the president of the Home Board, Carol Davidson, and the two most recent former wardens, Warner Marshall and Barbara… More

Still Small Voice – Seasonal Newsletters

In addition to Weekly News, five times a year Trinity publishes and mails (both email and by U.S. mail) a seasonal Newsletter called “Still Small Voice”. More

Periodic Reports

From time to time, Trinity issues reports of general interest to parishioners and visitors alike. Such reports look back inform all about Trinity’s past activities and developments, and look forward to describe plans for the future. More

Press Releases

Below are press releases from Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green, New Haven, CT. More


Trinity is often mentioned in the Media.  Below is a list of some of articles on people, architecture, and events relating to Trinity on the Green. More

Life’s Double Standards

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 19) September 14, 2014 The Rev. Dr. Molly F. James — May God’s Word be spoken. May God’s Word be heard. May that point us to the Living Word who is Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The other day I went to pick up our daughter Katherine from preschool. It was a… More

Our Cross Seen Through the Spirit

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 17) August 31, 2014 The Rev. Eric Jeuland — Matthew 16:21-28 From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering … and be killed, and on the third day be raised. … Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to… More

Sunday School

We welcome all children from infancy through high school; everyone has a place here at Trinity. Children preschool age through grade six are engaged in our Godly Play Program. Teens in grade 7 to 8 are enrolled in our Upper Room discussion and formation group. More


Climatocalypse: The end is near? Or at least the world as we know it? Whatever doom scenario is being reported these days, what leaves no doubt at this moment, is that we face numerous challenges of sustainability. Our prospects regarding basic pillars of our survival are not positive: our resources (Club of Rome Report), our… More

Volunteers Needed

September 5, 2014 We are in need of new volunteers. As church community we are a volunteer organization and without the help of your generosity in time and talent, we could never accomplish all we do today. Your volunteering makes all the difference, every day of the week. Every year we also need new volunteers. Our… More

Poetry Sunday

In 2014, Trinity inaugurated the first annual Poetry Sunday, with banners displaying selected poetry and readings incorporated into the service. More

Trinity Days for Girls Team

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. More

Communication Committee

The Communication Committee’s  goal is good communication both within the parish and beyond the walls of our parish.   Contact Jeff Freeman. More

Investment Committee

The Investment Committee oversees the investment portfolio of Trinity’s endowment. Members are traditionally appointed by the Rector.   Contact David Soper. More

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. More

Trinity Greens

Trinity Greens was established in November 2008. Our intention is to help Trinity Church (both building and people) become more environmentally friendly by reducing our carbon footprint through reduction of waste and energy use. More

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… More

Trinity Home

The Trinity Home Board manages a 150-year-old endowment for eldercare. It was created “for the purpose of aiding the elderly, needy and others whom the Board considers entitled to its benefits” More

Garden ministry and front steps

The garden ministry at Trinity began as an attempt to brighten up the Green with something green. And in 2012 the ministry was extended by a Mother’s Day Weekend flower sale, held an the front apron of Trinity right on the Green. More

Properties Committee

The Properties Committee plans, oversees, and sometimes performs tasks associated with maintenance, repair, and renovation of our beautiful building. More

Habitat for Humanity

Trinity members have served on construction projects for Habitat for Humanity for a number of years. Learn how you can be involved. More


The acolytes are some of the quiet background soldiers in the worship of our church. We welcome both youth and adults into this vital ministry, at both the 9:00 and 11:00 services. More

Altar Guild

One of the basic ministries of any Episcopal Church is its Altar Guild. The Altar Guild prepares the church for whatever worship service that is on the schedule. More

A Surprising Legacy

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 16) August 24, 2014 The Rev. Dr. Molly F. James — May God’s Word be spoken. May God’s Word be heard. May that point us to the Living Word who is Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. My husband, Reade, and I welcomed our second child, Halsted, in April. As you might imagine… More

Peace Intervention

August 23, 2014 Launching a peace intervention sounds so utopian. Yet the events of last week made me dream of organizing a pool of a champaign-vodka-mint leave cocktail to calm the hardheads of the IS-jihadists. Or a marijuana smoke-filled chamber to appease the Russian warmongers. Or maybe a monastery retreat for the Ferguson, Mo officials,… More

Choir Calendar

The Choir Calendar lists choir practices and other information for reference by choir members, families, and staff. More

Music Program Events

Special services, concert listings and visiting choir performances for Spring 2019 are listed here. More

Superman Firefighters

August 15, 2014 Some days it feels like the world needs supermen fire fighters to address the issues we face. Internationally the conflict levels (Middle-East, Africa, Eastern Europe) have been high this summer. In our country tensions flared in Ferguson MO after Michael Brown was shot this week. Meanwhile climate change keeps turning our weather upside… More

Participate in Properties

August 8, 2013 Trinity Church is an architectural marvel and a historical landmark. Given its beauty and history numerous people visit our church all year long and especially during the summer months. The recent art exhibits of Susan Clinard and Mackenzie Pikaart brought even more people to our building and also helped them notice the… More

The Guns of August

August 1, 2014. I am so grateful for these beautiful and calm summer days this year, with low humidity and soothing temperatures. I pray we all have time to enjoy them. Especially after the winter we had I am soaking up every bit of this summer heaven. Hundred years ago, my great-grandfather in Brussels had… More

The Choir of Men and Boys

The Choir of Men and Boys of Trinity Church, New Haven, is the oldest extant Choir of Men and Boys in Connecticut, and one of the oldest in the United States. More

The Choir of Men and Girls

This choir, founded in 2003, welcomes by audition girls from grade four through high school. Alto, tenor, and bass professional singers are recruited from the area. More

Music Staff

Trinity’s music staff members are exceptionally able and experienced. A full-time music director, a full-time music program manager, plus two part-time organ scholars from Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music work with all of the choirs. More

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Choir Activity

The Chorister Academy is supported by funds from the parishioners of Trinity Church, and by fundraising events run by parents of choir boys and choir girls. More

Chorister Academy Committee

The Chorister Academy is overseen by the rector of Trinity Church and by the Chorister Academy Committee, comprising members of the parish with a particular interest in music. More


Because the choirs have been active for some time, there is a multitude of alumni and alumnae out in the world who have gone on to different careers, frequently in music. More

Learning and Rehearsing

Boys and girls meet separately on different weekday afternoons after school hours to work on music notation, sight reading, dynamics, etc. and to prepare music for upcoming services and concerts. More

Parents and Families

Family members are welcomed at the Chorister Academy. Parents have important roles to play. They are responsible for their child’s regular attendance and share in car-pooling and chaperoning during concert appearances away from the church. More

Choir Life

While the boys and girls of the choirs spend a great deal of their time in musical pursuits, they have fun too. Every summer each choir goes to camp at Incarnation Center in Ivoryton, Connecticut. More

Choir Alumni/ae

The musical education that the choristers receive is first class. Many go on to musical careers. Others simply enjoy the fact that they are eminently well prepared to join a choir wherever life takes them. And they never forget their time at Trinity. More


Auditions may be arranged with the choir director by contacting him by phone at 203-776-2616 or by email at music@trinitynewhaven.org. More

Trinity Book Group

Since the early 1980s the Trinity Book Group has met regularly to talk about a wide variety of books. We meet at each other’s homes about once every six weeks, and read and discuss some seven books each year. More

Chapel on the Green Overview

Every Sunday at 2:00 pm, 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 service followed by a simple lunch. More

Trinity Players

Three or four times a year, the Trinity Players presents a liturgically integrated chancel Drama or Opera in place of the normal sermon. The work is inspired either by a scriptural passage or adapted from a classic Christian work of drama or literature. More

House Churches

Trinity’s two Monday night house churches are lay person groups. Largely self-governed, they meet weekly without a leader, much in the way the first century house churches met. More

Children in Services

There is a very strong trend dating from the introduction of the Boys Choir in the nineteenth century to involve children in the services, supplementing Sunday Schools and special events. More

Bible Study

Bible study at Trinity is offered in many forms. There are clergy-led study groups and laity led groups. Some are targeted towards young adults, some meet in an early morning group, some are for the laity in general meeting after church, and there are also laity-led evening groups (house churches). More

Special Events for Children

Some of the most popular services involve special events for children. Each December the children of the Church School stage a tableau-style Christmas Pageant. There is also an annual blessing of the animals and a well attended Easter egg hunt. More

Adult Education

In addition to clergy led bible study and laity led house churches, Trinity often holds weekly adult education programs on various topics from 10.10 to 10.40 am (between the 9:00 and 11:00 am services) in the undercroft — known as the Sunday Forum. More

Youth Group

Youth groups are a vital part of Trinity.  Friendships made in Trinity youth groups in the 1960s last until today.  Our many outreach programs also appeal to young people committed to social action.  But modern life, with its many distractions, had made gathering youth into social groups more difficult. More


Most candidates for Baptism are young children. Trinity’s entire congregation enjoys joining you in glorifying the birth of your child. More


Trinity is an exceptionally beautiful and popular church at which to celebrate the covenant of marriage. More


Facing the end of life or losing a loved one is one of the most challenging moments in our lives. More


Founded in 1752, Trinity is the earliest Episcopal parish of New Haven. The 1815 church building—with its carefully maintained and inspiring gothic revival exterior and interior—is a landmark structure on the Green at the Corner of Temple and Chapel Streets. More

Episcopal Church Overview

Whether you are a beginning explorer or a “cradle Episcopalian,” this summary will help you better comprehend the nature of the Episcopal Church. More

Be Good Soil Out of Joy

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 10) July 13, 2014 The Rev. Eric Jeuland — In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. AMEN Be good soil, and do it out of joy, not out of guilt. In his parable and his interpretation of it, Jesus warns his disciples of certain conditions… More

Spiritual Fellowship

Through sharing and prayer, Trinity’s Spiritual Fellowship group offers sacred and emotional support to people struggling with homelessness, poverty, and / or addiction. More

Sacred Fabric Art

Often overlooked are artworks such as banners, needlework, and shawls, that support the church services and missions. More

Sacrificial Welcome and Father Anthony

Third Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 8) June 29, 2014 The Rev. Dr. Luk De Volder, Rector — To welcome is a verb that comes with more sacrifice than we often realize. Because in order to welcome others we must step out of our comfort zones, sacrifice things that are dear to us, and in doing… More

Love In a Period of Conflict

Second Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 7) June 22, 2014 The Rev. Dr. Luk De Volder, Rector — Love in a period of conflict is one of the most challenging exercises of our human adventure. Will Tea Party members ever love left wing Democrats? Will Hamas ever love Israel? Or more internally: will I ever love… More

The People of the Way

First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday June 15, 2014 The Rev. Dr. Luk De Volder, Rector — Our church needs renewal, so what can we do? Our job is to go, go therefore, as Christ says, with all that we are and all that we have, even with our doubts and shortcomings. But all our… More

Worship Schedule

Trinity offers four or five services each Sunday. Please click More to view Regular and Summer schedules.. More

Sunday and Weekday Services

At Trinity on the Green you may choose to celebrate your faith in Christ in many ways. More

Recent Sermons

Here you will find sermons given recently at Trinity, as well as a several-year archive of sermons offered by various preachers. More

Volunteer in Worship

Trinity offers a range of opportunities for volunteering in worship. Here are examples of the many options available to you. More

How Trinity Worships

Sunday is traditionally the day when Trinity gathers for worship. At the various services offered each Sunday, you’ll encounter many different styles of worship. More

Conference Call

Trinity offers a conference call to our homebound parishioners.  This is a service unique to trinity, and is very much appreciated. More

History Overview

Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green has been an important part of the history of New Haven, Connecticut, and America for over 300 years. More


The timeline presents Trinity from Colonial times to the present. More


ARTIFACTS, including digitized pamphlets, brochures, tickets, photographs, paintings, etchings, images, and memorabilia of the parish. More

Trinity’s Architecture

Look into the architecture of the amazing FIRST GOTHIC STYLE CHURCH IN NORTH AMERICA that launched a movement, as well as other historic buildings associated with Trinity church. View our helpful Walk-throughs, and learn about our organ, Tiffany Windows, and the seminal Lee Lawrie statues. More


BETTER THAN GOOGLE! Vetted ARTICLES about Trinity Church, its people, places, ideas, and history, and documents that illuminate the rich history of one of the most culturally significant Episcopal churches in America. More


Should misfortune strike—death, hospital, accident, other crisis situations—I’m available day or night to respond. Here’s how to reach me. More


Trinity currently has 12 vestry members. Each of us is a parish member who serves Trinity as a volunteer. More

Abel Buell in the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress, the world’s biggest library has mounted an ongoing exhibition on Trinity Member Abel Buell beginning in November 11, 2013, Mapping a New Nation: Abel Buell’s Map of the United States, 1784 More

Historic Stenciling Project

This unique Historic Stenciling Project has now been completed at Trinity Episcopal Church, New Haven, one of three churches on the New Haven Green, all of which are included in the National Historic Landmark District. More

Connecting with clergy

PLACEHOLDER COPY:  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 in the world in which we live. God’s call to action has always been a part… More

Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK)

The Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen’s programs serve a diverse community of New-Haven-area at-risk individuals, families and children who are “food insecure.” These programs for many are satisfying the basic day-after-day need for nourishing food. More

Columbus House

Since 1982, Columbus House, along with its core of loyal supporters, friends and volunteers has remained committed to fulfilling its mission: “To serve people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, by providing shelter and by fostering their personal growth and independence.” More

Abraham’s Tent

New Haven homeless shelters do not have the capacity to admit everyone seeking shelter. Every winter, even with shelters taking in more clients than normal capacity allows, men are still turned away. More

Community Grants

Through the generosity of prior generations and current parishioners, and based on Trinity’s Mission Statement, the Commission to the Trinity Grants Committee (TGC) is to respond to God’s grace through effective stewardship of financial support grants. More

Outdoors in any weather

52 Sundays a year in every weather condition, Trinity provides a unique venue—on the town green outside the church walls—to bring hope, solace, food, and fellowship to any and all who choose to join in. More

Simple service, nourishing food

Every Sunday at 2:00 pm, 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 service followed by a simple lunch. More

The Parish Choir

This friendly group sings in a service twice monthly. New adult members are welcomed without audition. More


The average homeless person walks 8.5 miles a day. Shelters typically make their clients leave between 9:00 and 5:00, and they have to walk New Haven’s streets to find what they need to survive. Distributing clothing and socks is as important as handing out a meal. More

Two Summer Schools in 2017

There will be two programs this summer. Sunday School. – Godly Play Program, for children in Preschool to grade 6, will take place in the Undercroft, and the Upper Room Program; for children in grades 7 and 8 it will take place in the Upper Room. Classes will run on Sundays from June 11 through… More

The Æolian Skinner Organ

The Æolian-Skinner organ was built in 1935. It was designed by G. Donald Harrison, Tonal Director of Æolian Skinner, and G. Huntington Byles, Organist/Choirmaster of Trinity Church. More

Foot washing

This is no ordinary ceremony of foot-washing that traditionally and symbolically takes place on Maundy Thursday before Easter in Christian houses of worship. More

Regional participation in Chapel on the Green

Trinity relies  on outside groups to sponsor and prepare the lunches. Sponsoring lunches means providing 150-200 bagged lunches and providing at least six volunteers.Those who made the lunches also participate in our service and distribute lunches – they often tell us it was one of the most meaningful religious services they even attended. More


Being in a church is about building relationships. Trinity’s many organizations help to make our church a truly vibrant community. More

Lifelong Learning – Fall 2014 and Spring 2015

Lifelong learning is at the heart of our church tradition, and including our brain in our faith journey is part of our Anglican Episcopal heritage. In fact, asking questions and wrestling with doubt connects closely with the Biblical tradition of experiencing God’s grace and integrating faith in our daily lives More

See and Hear Trinity!

Trinity has a strong media presence on social media, including over two dozen videos on YouTube, hundreds of photos on Facebook, and various videos and music recordings over the years on associated web sites.  For more original content  videos, photos, and documentaries, see: [DISPLAY_ACURAX_ICONS] Interview with Rector Luk de Volder Luk explains the reasons why… More

History Ministry

The Trinity New Haven Historical Society was formed on December 5, 2011. Comprised of members of Trinity Church and interested people in the wider community of New Haven, Connecticut, it celebrates the role the church has played in the history of the parish, the City of New Haven, the state of Connecticut, and America. More

Choir History

From the founding of Trinity in 1723, music has been an important part of its services of worship. By 1776, Trinity was taking the lead in establishing singing as a regular part of all Episcopal services throughout Connecticut. More

Listen and Watch

The choirs have made several recordings over the years and much of their music is now on YouTube. Christmas music, secular music, traditional church music, gospel music, all kinds. Watch the life of the choristers as they work and play. Listen, watch, and enjoy! More

Parish Documents and Portals

Parish documents are internal communications for Trinity groups. Portals are web pages used by various groups and committees at Trinity Church to exchange information. More

Docent Tours

History Ministry Docent Tours –  July 2016 Trinity historians will conduct tours of Trinity each Sunday in July at 11:30 am. Each tour will last about 45 minutes and will begin in the Narthex (entry vestibule). Children are welcome, but need to be accompanied by an adult. Each tour guide will have his/her own focus,… More

George Washington Plaque

Our Plaque is Back George Washington visited Trinity one week after his first inaugural on April 30, 1789, and worshiped at the First Church, at what is now our side or “Washington altar”.  In 1932, the Daughters of the American Revolution Commemorated this event with a brass plaque.  The plaque was stolen in 2011, but… More

National Episcopal Historians & Archivists

NEHA provides a forum for exchanging ideas, gives mutual support, and serves as an archival and historical network for any who preserve, explore and share the historical dimensions of the Episcopal Church. More


The first English-speaking parish in America, St. John’s Church in Hampton Virginia, is founded in 1610. More

Safe Church

Safe Church at Trinity on the Green Trinity on the Green is committed to Safe Church standards, policies, training,  and practices to ensure the safety of our children and vulnerable elders participating in Church programs and activities.  These standards are grounded in our call to seek and serve Christ in all persons and respect the… More