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The Ministry of Outreach serves to embody the promise of the Gospel and Trinity’s good will to the world around us. Outreach has been an important part of Trinity’s mission for several decades.
Some of the projects we currently support are:
A Campaign to End the Shame and Silence around Opioid Addiction
Trinity initiated this now nationally-recognized opioid awareness campaign in August 2017. The campaign began with the distribution of signs with #2069 printed on them – the number of opioid deaths in Massachusetts in 2016. Trinity has hosted a meet and greet for people of the community to talk about their personal experiences with the opioid crisis, a rally, and a prayer service of remembrance and hope.
Trinity participates in and supports this monthly program of breakfast and fellowship for low-income families based at All Saints Episcopal Church in Attleboro.
One Family happens the third Saturday of each month. Four Episcopal churches, Trinity-Wrentham, St. Mark’s-Foxboro, All Saints-Attleboro and St. John’s-Franklin take turns hosting a breakfast twice a year. Trinity Bridgewater also contributes supplies for the One Family Breakfast.
This collaborative mission has shown how Episcopal churches can work together to do what they may not have been able to do alone.
The emphasis is on family: only families with a child or children under 18 years of age are served breakfast at this outreach program. Not only is breakfast served, but items which are not covered by SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), such as paper towels, dishwashing detergent, toothbrushes/ toothpaste, toilet paper, laundry detergent and other items, are collected from each church and given to each family who attends the breakfast.
One Family Breakfast has become a thriving community where people who have more can help people who have less join together for a few hours of friendship and break bread together.
Trinity collects food regularly for the pantry, which is located behind the Original Congregational Church just down the street in Wrentham Center.
Trinity provides busy bags for children who accompany adults to court – these bags contain materials for drawing, games, and a small stuffed toy.
The Medway Family Shelter is a twelve-family congregate shelter for homeless women and children. Trinity set up a Giving Tree to provide Christmas presents for the children.
Other recent outreach activities and projects have included:
Trinity Church provides annual scholarships to graduating high school seniors.
Trinity parishioners supplied local low-income individuals and families with many commonly used items that are not included in the SNAP program, such as soap, paper towels, toilet paper, household supplies, shampoo, feminine hygiene products and other items.
St. Andrew’s Children’s Clinic provides free, specialized medical care to children living in Mexico who cannot get the care they need in their home country. The clinic is held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Nogales, Arizona.
The Inn Project assists with temporary housing and transportation for immigrant families. The families are in the United States as legal refugees or asylum immigrants.
Cultivate Care Farms is a mission to operate, maintain, and expand Care Farming for humans and animals to heal and grow therapeutically through mental health, wellness, and community outreach programming.