Category Archives: Worship

Children in Services

The Men and Girls Choir at Trinity New HavenThere 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.

The Men and Boys Choir at Trinity New Haven

Children join the professional choirs of Men and Boys and Men and Girls, who sing at both the 9:00 and 11:00 services.

For more information about joining these life changing choirs, see Trinity’s Choir Academy.


There are acolyte programs at both the 9:00 and 11:00 services for boys, girls, young adults, and adults. Education - Vetran's day photo 10 2012



In addition, at the 9:00 “family service,” Children are invited to sit in the first few pews so they can see better, then come up to the front steps while a a member of the clergy gives a children’s homily.  The children also gather around the Communion Table as the priest consecrates the bread and the wine. This has made a huge difference in the way children view Trinity. They are engaged in the service that is going on around them.


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. Lights, costumes, music and children all combine for a sweet, spiritual, and moving interpretation of the Nativity story.  Children narrate the story, and the congregation joins in singing beloved Christmas hymns.

Another popular service is the blessing Edcuation - Profile Blessing animalsof the animals. People bring their pets and farm animals to Trinity for a special service.  Usually held outdoors, in poor weather the entourage retreats indoors, ably handled by Trinity’s sextons.

Twice-annual Parish meetings provide an opportunity for Church School children to socialize while their parents meet and discuss church business. Lunch, entertainment and supervision are provided.

Slider - Children Easter egg hunt 2014

And of course the annual Easter Egg HuSlider - Squirrel Easter 2014nt brings out the best in dress as the children chase for eggs on the Green—along with squirrels, both on the Green and on Trinity’s northwest stained glass window.

Education - Close up of squirrel magnifiedOther special events for families to share are scheduled throughout the year. Watch for announcements in periodic editions of Still Small Voice and weekly eNews.

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.

Education - Adult Forum Luk explains Trinity's strategy photo5Trinity has over 16 living book authors among its members, and Lecturers are often drawn from the parishioners.  It also has access to  and the rich academic and professional community around New Haven, a city with 20 colleges in or nearby, as well as outside guest lecturers. It is no wonder that guest lecturers often express surprise at the audience size and the quality of our questions.

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, has made gathering youth into social groups more difficult.

Edcuation - Yale Divinity area youth groupKids in grades 6-12 are encouraged to join Trinity’s youth group. Trinity member and longtime recreation professional Pat Rossiter will lead, along with Julia Johnson and other adult chaperones, outings throughout the year. Trinity youth and friends are invited and encouraged to attend:
What we have planned so far…

  • Nov 6 – Game night- 7:00-9:30 at Trinity- Bring your own board/card game or use one of the classics we’ll have available.
  • Nov 15 – Amity Bowl-Bowling: Meet at Amity Bowl at 1:30 and pick up around 3:30; suggested contribution $9
  • Sunday, Dec 27 – Chapel on the Green: 1:00-3:30, truly celebrate Christmas by helping make and serve lunch and participate in Eucharist with this awesome outreach program.

More information and specifics will be made available closer to each trip. Watch for announcements. Also, we are looking for adult volunteers willing to give some time and talent to this new youth initiative. Want to work directly with youth? Willing to drive? Willing to bake? Have something else to offer? We want to hear from you! For more information about trips or to volunteer your time, please get in touch with Pat Rossiter.

Our Trinity youth leader is also a member of the Men and Girls Choir. You can contact him by email, Pat Rossiter, or by phone at (860) 304-9198.

Jesus, be with me. Hold me in your loving hands. Thank you for the skills I’ve learned. Comfort me when I am unsure of my new surroundings. Strengthen me with your power. and help me transform my city with your light that shines in all places. All this I ask through you, my guide and my redeemer.


Most candidates for Baptism are young children. Trinity’s entire congregation enjoys joining you in glorifying the birth of your child. Your newborn brings more of God’s light and God’s smile in our world and we can’t wait to celebrate the joy of new life with you.

To become a Christian we receive Holy Baptism. At the service of Baptism the candidate officially professes faith in Jesus Christ. The baptized child or adult becomes a member of the community of Christ, called the Church. And the newly baptized receives the explicit divine promise that she or he is now child of God the Father, sister or brother of Christ, and temple of God’s Holy Spirit.

Baptism for children is celebrated several times throughout the church year:
• Baptism of the Lord (second Sunday of January)
• Easter Vigil (Saturday night before Easter Sunday)
• Pentecost (Fifty days after Easter)
• The Second Sunday of August
• All Saints (The first Sunday of November)

Every baptism requires a baptism class, scheduled the day before the baptism, except on the day of Easter vigil.

Baptism is also called a ‘sacrament’. Very early in Christianity, followers of Jesus labeled certain Christian rituals as ‘sacrament’ to indicate that Christ himself defined these moments of prayer through words and gestures as special context in which He himself is the main celebrant, engaging himself towards us with his divine love and covenantal care.

For more information please contact our Rector, the Rev. Luk De Volder.


Trinity offers a once a year confirmation service, sometimes combined with other churches.  Its confirmation class, offered each fall, is part of its lifelong learning program. For information on the next service, contact the parish secretary.


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.

Directions to Trinity

Here’s how to find your way to Trinity.

Trinity is located on the Green, in the heart of downtown New Haven.

Driving Directions

From I-91 South (coming from Hartford), take Exit 3 (Trumbull Street). At the end of the ramp, go straight to the third traffic light (including the one at the end of the ramp). Turn left onto Temple Street. Continue straight on Temple Street through two traffic lights (corner of Temple & Elm Streets), at which point you will see the New Haven Green, with three churches on your right. Drive along Temple Street past the two brick-and-white churches; Trinity Church is the dark brown stone church, the last church on your right.

From I-95 North (coming from New York), at New Haven, follow the signs to I-91 North (Hartford) and get off at Exit 3 (Trumbull Street). At the end of the ramp, go straight to the third traffic light (including the one at the end of the ramp). Turn left onto Temple Street. Continue straight on Temple Street through two traffic lights (corner of Temple & Elm Streets), at which point you will see the New Haven Green, with three churches on your right. Drive along Temple Street past the two brick-and-white churches; Trinity Church is the dark brown stone church, the last church on your right.

Parking at Trinity

Parking is available on all blocks surrounding the church, on the following streets: Chapel, Church, College, Elm and Temple. On Sunday mornings two hours of free validated parking is available for everyone worshipping with us, at the Omni Hotel Garage (located on the next block of Temple Street, entrance on the left before the main entrance to the Omni New Haven Hotel). Ask an usher or a sexton for a chaser ticket you’ll need at the automated checkout machine to exit the Omni Hotel Garage. Parking on the apron is reserved for seniors and handicapped persons.

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.

Trinity is a member of the Episcopal Church of The United States and of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut. The Episcopal Church, originally from the Church of England, is also a member of the Anglican Communion—an international association of churches consisting of the Church of England and of national and regional Anglican churches. Worldwide membership is currently estimated at around 80 million members.

Like all Anglican churches, Episcopal churches share certain things in common.

Both Protestant and Catholic

The Episcopal Church stands squarely in the Reformed, or Protestant, tradition and yet we consider ourselves to be equally directly descended from the early Church as the Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox churches.

While we worship in ways similar to the Roman Catholic tradition, we do not recognize a single authority, such as the Pope. The Episcopal Church is often referred to as the “middle way, since it contains elements of both the Catholic Church and Protestant Churches.

Our present prayer book in the Episcopal Church was published in 1979. While other worship resources and prayers exist to enrich our worship, the Book of Common Prayer is the authority that shapes our worship.

Scripture, Tradition and Reason

A2e 3-Legged StoolEpiscopalians value Scripture, Tradition and Reason equally. We often use the metaphor of a three-legged stool, with the legs of the stool representing Scripture, Tradition and Reason.

The Anglican approach to reading and interpreting the Bible is unique compared to many other denominations. While we, like all Christians, acknowledge the Bible (or the Holy Scriptures) as the Word of God and completely sufficient to our reconciliation to God, we believe the Bible should be looked at in the context of our own time and place.

For two thousand years Christianity has amassed experiences of God and of following Jesus, and what these people have said to us through the centuries is critical to our understanding it in our own context. The traditions of the Church connect all generations together and give us a starting point for our own understanding.

Episcopalians believe that every Christian must build an understanding and relationship with God. To do that, God has given us intelligence and our own experience, which we refer to as “Reason.” Based on the text of the Bible itself, and what Christians have taught us about it through the ages, we then must sort out our own understanding of it as it relates to our own lives.

Who is in charge of the Church?

Both lay (non-ordained) and clergy share leadership in the Episcopal Church.  The Vestry is the governing body of a church and oversees the property and assets of a church, while the Rector is a priest who is charge of the worship and music of the church and manages the entire staff.

Every parish is connected to an even larger structure. The word “Episcopal” means “bishop” in Greek, and the Episcopal Church is governed in part by its bishops. The basic unit of ministry in the Episcopal Church is the “diocese,” or a region of a reasonable number of Episcopalians. Each diocese is presided over by a “diocesan bishop” who may have help from a variety of other kinds of bishops, depending on the circumstances.

The Diocesan Bishop chooses and ordains priests and deacons to serve the “parishes,” or congregations, of the diocese, which carryout the ministry of the diocese in their local communities. The priests lead the parish in worship, make decisions related to the sacramental life of the parish, and in general, supports the ministry of the worshiping Christians there.

The Episcopal Church is governed by a Constitution and a set of laws (known as “canons”) which it establishes for itself by Convention, but the diocesan bishop is the ecclesiastical (or “church”) authority in his or her particular diocese. The bishops of the Episcopal Church have no jurisdiction outside of their dioceses, so they meet together twice per year to pray and make decisions about the life of the Church. Every nine years, the Church elects a “Presiding Bishop” who represents the Episcopal Church in the Anglican Communion and “presides” over meetings of the bishops, known as the “House of Bishops.”

Every three years, delegations (or “deputations”) from all the dioceses, along with the House of Bishops, gather to worship and pass legislation for the Church. This General Convention is where broad decisions are made about policy and worship, as well as revitalizing the Christian community for ministry “back home.”