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