200 Years on the Green – Schedule of Bicentennial Events

Trinity’s Celebration of 200 years on the Green

In 1816, Trinity and the other two churches on the New Haven Green were completing construction of their new structures. The fledgling United States had only recently ended a second war with Great Britain. Great changes were afoot — both in the country and more specifically in New Haven. Physically, the “Hillhouse plan” (by the husbands of Trinity’s Mrs. Hillhouse) was transforming the town center by leveling and filling the town square and extending Temple Street, effectively cutting the Green in two. The elm trees had been planted, a new fence installed and early settlers’ gravestones were being removed from the Green to the recently constructed Grove Street Cemetery.

It was also a most historic time in the relatively short life of this young nation. The end of theocracy was close at hand, separating Church and State and loosening the Puritan hold on local governance. In Connecticut, Episcopalians, Baptists, Methodists and others had joined with the Democratic-Republican Party to form the Toleration Party to challenge the status quo. By 1817 they controlled the State Assembly, leading the way for a new 1818 Constitution that effectively severed the religion/government tie — the last American state to do so.

It was truly a Triumph of Tolerance for religious freedom and power of ordinary people. It was these changes that enabled religious diversity in New Haven. The cornerstone of Trinity’s second church — built in “gothick” style — was laid on May 17, 1814 and was formally dedicated and consecrated on February 21, 1816.

Trinity Church on the Green has spent the past two-hundred years serving the New Haven community through many diverse programs, some you may recognize today: a renowned sacred music program, an active ministry to the city’s homeless, and countless collaborations with local businesses and other Episcopal churches. This “Gothick Second Church” is a place full of activity and life, and we would love for the New Haven community to help us celebrate the 200th Anniversary of this space through a year of fun, creativity, and community.

Below are some of the major events scheduled for Trinity’s Gothic Chuch Bicentennial

Triumph of Tolerance Concert

Triumph of Tolerance, A Musical Celebration Featuring Orchestra New England and Trinity Church Choirs Saturday, April 23, 8:00 p.m. at Trinity Church. Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at door Pre-Concert Dinner/Buffet for $60 at 6:00 p.m. at the Elm City Club’s Q Clubhouse, 221 Church Street. On Saturday, April 23 at 8pm we revisit 1816… More

200 Years On the Green

Interfaith Prayer Service to Open Trinity’s Bicentennial Celebration Sunday, January 17, 5pm With Mayor Toni Harp, Senator Richard Blumenthal, and Interfaith Leaders: Rev. Ian Oliver (Guest Speaker) (Senior Associate Chaplain for Protestant Life & Pastor, University Church in Yale) Imam Omer Bajwa (Coordinator of Muslim Life at Yale) Zen Abbot Paul Bloom (Senior Dharma Teacher… More

Lunch with Bishop Laura

Festive Luncheon at the New Haven Graduate Club The bicentennial commemoration of the consecration of our church will take place on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. The Eucharistic celebration will be presided by the Suffragan Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, The Rt. Rev. Laura Ahrens and will be followed by a short reception…. More

Bicentennial Forum

The History Ministry is presenting a series of Sunday forums as apart of its Bicentennial Celebration.  Please come and join these 40 minute forums held between the 9:00 and 11:00 services on Sundays in the undercroft. More

Interfaith Service

Opening Interfaith Service of the Bicentennial Celebration Sunday, January 17, 5:00 p.m. at Trinity Church Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green will open its bicentennial year with an interfaith prayer service celebrating New Haven’s religious freedom, tolerance, and diversity. For a description of this once every two hundred years event to be held Sunday January… More

Four Choir Concert Opening of the Bicentennial Celebration

Four Choir Choral Opening of the Bicentennial Celebration with Special Epiphany Lessons and Carols Choirs of Trinity Church, St.Thomas Church, and the Episcopal Church at Yale Sunday, January 24, 5:00 p.m. at Trinity Church Please join us for the choral opening of our building’s Bicentennial Celebration – a Service of Lessons and Carols for Epiphany… More

Commemoration Celebration of Trinity Church’s Consecration

Commemoration Celebration of Trinity Church’s Consecration Sunday, February 21, at Trinity Church, starting at 8:30 and continuing until the afternoon, Trinity will host a series of events.  They commemorate the Concentration of Trinity Church by Bishop Henry Hobart of New York on Wednesday, February 21, 1816. As part of the celebration, two “timelines” will be… More

Trinity Choir Alumni Day

Trinity Choir Alumni Day (to be confirmed) Sunday, May 29, at Trinity Church More

Carousel Gala Picnic

Carousel Gala Picnic Friday, June 3, 5:00 p.m. at Light House Carousel More

Open Table on the Green

Open Table on the Green: Connecting with our Neighbors Saturday, September 10, Trinity Neighborhood Street Dinner More

The Gothic Church Special Exhibit

The Gothic Church Special Exhibit: A Large Look into a Small Print October 16, 2016, Trinity Church More