Reaching Out To Others

Service to the surrounding community and the wider world is important to us.  We take seriously the call in our Baptismal Vows to seek and serve Christ in all people, to strive for justice and peace on the earth, and to respect the dignity of every human being.  Our service takes place in many forms – individually, in groups from the church, and in connection with our community partners.

Here are just a few ways to get involved:


We are truly blessed here at The Church of the Holy Trinity. Our children have the excitement of starting school with all new school supplies ready to go. We also have the privilege to help other children in our city to have that same amazing start to their school year. 

Episcopal Community Services (ECS) – Fill the Bus Backpacks

Fill the Bus
Back-to-School Drive is earlier this year!
 Episcopal Community Services (ECS) is collecting backpack supplies early as a way to reward students at the end of their summer program, which is a few weeks before school starts. This will allow them to feel prepared for the school year. (In the past, students were receiving backpacks after school started.)
Again, we will join the efforts to get new backpacks and new school supplies in the hands of children in under-served neighborhoods in the ECS network. 900 children need assistance! Let’s help our children’s peers have the resources they need to be successful and lifelong learners.
Mark your calendar for Wednesday, July 17, 2019. New backpacks and new school supplies are due to the back of the church collection box at this time. 
Fill the Bus Backpacks Project
School Supplies for Elementary and Middle School Students:

Backpacks (unisex),  Pack of 24 crayons, Glue Sticks, Safety Scissors, #2 Pencils, Blue and Black Pens, Highlighters, Pencil Cases, Packs of Index Cards, Packs of Construction Paper, Composition Notebooks, Protractors, 3-ring binders, 2-pocket Folders, Spiral Notebooks, Ten digit Scientific Calculators, Box of Tissues, Packs of Filler Paper Wide-rule and College-rule.

SHOPPING LIST for Center for Grieving Children –

The Center for Grieving Children provides free grief support groups to children ages 5 – 18 and their caregivers at four locations in our city.They also go into schools and communities to run support grief groups that take place during the school day meeting weekly for up to eight weeks depending on the issues. Professionals help children grieve a death to heal and grow through their grief while strengthening families and community. Their work is critical in helping children grow and become successful life-long learners and positive members of their community. Their needs are vast and great and donating items are not limited to this Fall, but for now, we will get them all ready for a successful school year.

Grief Support Group Supplies for children ages 5 – 18:

Thin Ribbon in Various Colors, Sharpie Markers in Metallic and Unusual Colors, Gel Pens, Colored Pencils, Office File Folders (without pockets) in Primary Colors, Beads, Pipe Cleaners, Journal Books, 6×9 Notebooks, Card Stock in Various Colors, Poster Boards, Stickers of All Types for Collaging, Various Stencils, Paper Products (plates, cups, napkins), Hand Sanitizer, Cleaning Wipes, Model Clay or Play Dough, Scotch Tape, Small Stones, Flat Marbles/Lucite Stones, LED Votives, Kraft Cards (blank for making cards), Like New or New Board Games, Activity or Coloring Books, Fillable Ornaments (can be found on Amazon – key words “clear plastic fillable ornaments”).

Sunday LOVE Project:

Every Sunday  we have teamed up with the Sunday LOVE project to help cook, package and distribute meals and necessities to the underserved in LOVE Park each Sunday at 2 pm.  In the evening, they again prepare and serve a sit-down meal for 50+ people from around the city. Every Monday , the Sunday LOVE Project cooks and serves a relaxed brunch for up to 50 people.  

Click here to volunteer.

Monthly Cook Off:

Scheduled for the second Sunday of the month after the 11 am Service. Volunteers assemble and package about 100 meals for freezing. The meals are then used by Aid for Friends.  This program began as an outreach to those suffering and dying from AIDS.  Over the years, it has reached families with new babies, the elderly who are unable to get to church, and others who are in need of a few meals every month.  

Episcopal Community Services: During the year we collect and distribute back-to-school school supplies and backpacks for children; cleaning supplies for women and their families transitioning out of the shelter and into their own homes; provide Christmas gifts to children who would otherwise go without; collect funds to support ECS ministries and services throughout the year. 

Holiday Season: We work with the Seamans Church Institute by collecting and distributing “ditty bags” to the seamen at the Philadelphia port.  We arrive on tugboat and bring holiday cheer and necessities to those in port over the holiday.