"Live the change you want to see in the world."
-- Mahatma Gandhi
The Outreach Committee seeks to demonstrate care for all people throughout God's world, utilizing our principal parish resources: time, talent, and treasure. Everyone is encouraged to participate in its activities
The Outreach Committee meets monthly to plan parish-wide events for fellowship and to put our faith in action. Please contact anyone above to get involved. Many hands make light work!
In 2015, we had 2 new events... Haiti Day - a February evening of Haitian food and arts to raise funds for an Episcopal Vacation Bible School in Region Nord, Haiti. And Outreach Day - a September day of service to 5 different local agencies.
Aid For Friends - As part of a regional program, Aid For Friends (www.aidforfriends.org) provides frozen dinners and breakfast bags for the isolated homebound. Meals are needed throughout the year, especially in the summer months.
Getting Involved: Participate in regularly scheduled events at Trinity involving packaging of food prepared at home and/or at Trinity. Volunteers are also needed to transport frozen meals from Trinity to the storage location in Doylestown.
EPIC Community Peacemeal - Trinity Church Solebury, Trinity Buckingham Church, and St. Philips Episcopal Church in New Hope collaborate to host dinners and entertainment for people in our community impacted by HIV/AIDS on the first Sunday of the month at Trinity Buckingham Church. We provide not only a meal but also loving, non-judgmental fellowship.
Getting Involved: There are multiple ways to participate in this ministry:
Come early on Peacemeal Sunday and help to set up the hall for dinner.
Brighten the hall by providing festive table decorations.
Prepare a side-dish or dessert and bring it on Peacemeal Sundays.
Volunteer to provide, or recruit, entertainment.
Shop for food items requested by Peacemeal chef (full reimbursement provided).
Write grant proposals for funding.
Serve as publicity liaison.
Assist with clean up during and/or after Peacemeal dinner.
You can also support Peacemeal through United Way. Our United Way number is 028870. For an explanation of the United Way program or any other information regarding Peacemeal contact Debbie or Jerry Hische (267-544-0117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fisherman's Mark (www.fishermansmark.org/)- For over 30 years, Fisherman's Mark has supported low-income individuals /families and assisted people in crisis in the Lambertville area. For the last two years, Trinity has provided "Backpacks for the Homeless" which are distributed throughout the year to local homeless individuals. Filled with personal care products, the backpacks are an opener to discussing how FM can help them.
Getting Involved: Come to the next Outreach Day in September or contact the FM directly about the many needs they have for volunteers, including teaching English as a second language (ESL).
Lambertville Food Pantry - Sponsored by the Delaware Valley Interfaith Council (DVIC), the food pantry provides food, personal products, and cleaning supplies to about 1000 low-income families in the Lambertville-New Hope area. Trinity volunteers take a weekly basket of items to the pantry.
Getting Involved: Bring an item or two each Sunday and leave them in the large basket at the Sanctuary doorway. Items frequently needed are canned foods, black beans, cereal, diapers, shampoo, toothpaste, toilet paper.
Seaman's Church Institute of Philadelphia - This organization (www.missiontoseafarers.org) has a mission of hospitality, serving the needs of seafarers in the ports of the Delaware River. Serving these ports since 1843, the SCI provides assistance such as ship visits, land transport, international communications, social and recreational programs, toiletries, warm caps and clothing to over 55,000 seafarers each year.
Getting Involved: Offer to knit a watchcap for this project, even if you are a beginning knitter. Participate individually or in fellowship with Trinity's knitting groups. Donate men's clothing during an annual drive.
Mission Philadelphia - The Trinity Youth Group's yearly trip to Philadelphia in which they transform an abandoned lot into a garden or playground with the help of local residents and members of St. Thomas African Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. Check out the mission and photos from this years work!
Episcopal Community Services - ECS (www.ecsphilly.org) provides Housing, Youth Development, and Elder Services to people in need in Philadelphia. Each year, Trinity members donate items to support families staying at St. Barnabas Mission in West Philly, a temporary home to over 100 homeless women and their children each year. ECS also provides after school activities for elementary and middle school age children, internships and employment assistance to older youth, and home care for sick and low-income seniors.
Getting Involved: Volunteers play a vital role in the work at ECS. New opportunities for volunteers are continually being created. See more at: www.ecsphilly.org/get-involved
Tabasamu Dental Mission - Tabasamu is a dental outreach project founded by Dr. Trey Wilson in 2004. The current mission of Tabasamu is a) to provide dental care, support and education to under served communities in Haiti, and b) to provide a cross-cultural, international outreach opportunity for members and friends of Trinity. For further information see their website www.tabasamu.net or check facebook.com/teamtabasamu
Mwamba Church Ministries International Annual Mission Trip & Scholarship Program for Students
Trinity has been involved with Mwamba Church Ministries since 2004. Mwamba Church Ministries International's mission is "Transforming lives in the United States and Kitale, Kenya, by building mutual partnerships that enhance human capacity through education, shared resources, and cultural exchanges."
Contributions to Charities
Trinity parishioners generously support many different charities as individuals and through the church. The Outreach Committee is just one channel by which Trinity helps those in need. The Outreach Committee supported the following local, regional and international charities with monetary, in-kind or hands-on assistance in 2015:
Aid For Friends
A Woman's Place
Bucks County Opportunity Council
Bucks County Family Services
Delaware Valley Interfaith Council (DVIC) - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Episcopal Community Services - St. Barnabas Mission and Feltonville Neighborhood After-School Program
Episcopal Diocese of Philadelphia
Episcopal Diocese of Haiti - Region Nord
Episcopal Relief and Development
Free the Girls - www.freethegirls.org
Lambertville Food Pantry (DVIC)