Until I worked here, I really had no idea what all happened in the church building between Sunday mornings. Well, I can tell you: it’s really astonishing the number of people and projects that pass through each week! Regular visitors like the Dorcas Circle ladies, who work on sewing and other philanthropic projects; our Study Connection students from South Wayne Elementary; the guys who come in to count offerings; our Open Doors volunteers and so many more.
This week, I got to meet with a representative of the Southwest Area Partnership, the collection of neighborhoods in the quadrant of the city that includes Trinity English. For years, neighborhoods have met to discuss and address issues that are common to all. Many challenges and opportunities don’t fall along neighborhood association lines. Areas may experience break-ins or street tree disease or speeding traffic but the solutions will involve more than just the people in those particular blocks. Trinity is working to be more connected, and this is one more step we can take to be present with our neighbors.
I also met with a woman who is overseeing the United Way’s book drive for children. They’ve identified more than 40 sites, so far, where people can donate new or gently used books for children to use during several summer reading programs. They needed a space to bring all of those books under one roof to filter and sort them. We have several empty classrooms, one of which will fill the bill for what they need for a couple of weeks. Her gratitude reminded me that there are many things we can do, as Trinity, or as our individual selves, that seem easy but which can make a big difference to someone else.
I was passing through the gathering area Tuesday morning when a couple came in, asking about assistance hours. Laura let them know that they could come back at 1:30 (four hours from then) and someone would be available to meet with them. The couple, visibly uncomfortable asking for help, nodded and turned to leave, but Laura’s kind voice and manner offered them some coffee, “just made fresh,” which they eagerly accepted. They left with smiles and heads held maybe a tad higher, having been seen, greeted and treated with hospitality. Those little moments happen all the time around here.
The staff is always working, trying to connect with and support the congregants who are here each week, those who can’t make it in regularly, and the various community members we touch. There is never a shortage of work to be done, of answers to be found, of challenges to be addressed. Trinity may look like a sturdy old stone building on the outside, but on the inside, the rhythm and the energy is hopping! Even when you aren’t here, we’re working on your behalf, helping spread the good news and finding ways to share Jesus’ love with the neighborhood.