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Trinity Episcopal Church

Rockland, Massachusetts

Who We Are

Trinity Mission statement - To set Jesus Christ at the center of our lives; to live in the power of the Holy Spirit; to experience God's love; and to share that love with one another and the world.

Trinity is a dynamic Christ-centered family who enthusiastically enjoys working and serving together. We are a communion of Deaf and hearing people of all ages who believe the Holy Spirit is in each of us. We share our gifts and enjoy renewal each Sunday. We do God's work by comforting, supporting, and reaching out to our neighbors through diverse activities.

We welcome
We embrace
We listen
We sign
We accept
We love

Trinity Church was originally founded in 1908 as St. John's Mission by English weavers. It became Trinity Church on February 20, 1920. Trinity Church is part of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, which is composed of 192 congregations throughout Eastern Massachusetts, including Cape Cod and the islands.

Rockland is located approximately 20 miles southeast of Boston. A suburban community of 10.07 square miles, Rockland has a town meeting form of government. Formerly known for its shoe industry, Rockland is now a blue - collar community with a population of (19000).

Trinity Church draws its approximately 100 parishioners from Rockland and surrounding towns. Our worship services are Sunday at 8am and 10am. The 10am service features a choir, Sunday School, and is American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted for our vibrant and involved Deaf parishioners. Our members are involved in many parish activities including Sunday School, weekly Bible studies, Women's group, acolytes, lay leadership, outreach to Kenya, supporting the local food pantry, learning ASL, and opening our doors to the greater community through monthly suppers and our live nativity.

In the last three years, our parish community built a modern, handicapped-accessible addition including a new kitchen, parish hall, conference rooms, and bathrooms. This was entirely funded by our parishioners without incurring any debt.

Our most recent stewardship campaign increased giving by 35%.

Our Path

During our search process we came to appreciate who we are and what we envision for the future based on our current strengths. We value our small size and the strength of our lay leadership and we look for a spiritual leader to both nurture and energize our parish.

The Appreciative Inquiry Process identified these goals for our continuing ministry.

  •  Educate:
    • Establish a Church school curriculum, a youth group, Bible study, and ongoing ASL training.
  •  Improve:
    • Complete renovations to lower parish hall to make it a comfortable, safe, and workable space for Church school, a library, and community use.
    • Increase commitment to the maintenance of the physical plant and grounds.
  •  Grow:
    • Grow membership and pledging by 30% within three years in order to increase the effectiveness of our mission and ministry.
  •  Serve:
    • Increase participation in mission:
      • Locally - increase support of food pantry
      • Nationally - establish a domestic outreach project (e.g. Gulf region)
      • Globally - continuing outreach to our Kenya project
  •  Heal:
    • Develop a spiritually based healing ministry.
  •  Celebrate:
    • Maintain and increase social activities for the parish family (e.g. movie night, potlucks, picnics, outings).