News and Events at
Trinity Anglican Church
News and Events at
Trinity Anglican Church
Christmas is always a joyous and busy time. For us at Trinity is was not for the shopping, but all the activities that we had planned for the Holiday.
Our Christmas season was kicked off by a performance of Handel's Messiah. This exquisite performance was directed by our own Carlos Martinez and featured some of the best talent in the Boston area. A lot of work went into planning and pulling off the event. The musicians gathered with the soloists and choir for practice. Meanwhile we had a crack team in church organizing the many details required to put this together, from arranging policeman to help with traffic, to guiding parking and preparing the sanctuary. the performance itself was intimate and amazing and many people remarked that you could not have found a better performance in any of the best concert halls in the world. It was truly World Class!
We are blessed at Trinity to have such a warm, energetic and thriving family of God. As we look back at the last year we have accomplished so much! While some have gone on to be with the Lord we have also grown considerably over the last year. We have tremendous momentum going into the new year and look forward to all God has prepared for us to do.
Join us this holiday season for or “first-annual” sing-along performance of Handel’s masterwork, The Messiah! Trinity Anglican Church will present a Handel Messiah Sing-Along Saturday December 15th at 180 Rochester Hill Road, Rochester, NH at 7:30pm.
Trinity Anglican Church Music Director, Carlos Martinez will conduct an orchestral chamber ensemble along with a chorus and supporting vocal soloists.
Part one, the Christmas Section of Handel’s Messiah will be presented along with the “Hallelujah Chorus” to close the concert.
Attendees to the concert are invited to bring their own music to sing along with the choruses. (There will be choral scores to purchase at the door for $5)
If you would like to participate in the choral ensemble, Chorus rehearsals will take place beginning this Sunday, Nov 11th from 12:30pm to 2:00pm and will take place every Sunday through December 9th.
This first-annual, multi-faith community event is free, however, attendees can either make a free-will donation for the event and to support our ministries to veterans with Reboot Combat Recovery and our faith-based recovery efforts.
Light refreshments will be served afterwards in the reception hall.
You don’t need to be an accomplished choral singer – this sing-along concert is for everyone who loves singing and Handel’s immortal oratorio.
Information at trinity-anglicanchurch.org or by calling (603)332-4121
Trinity Anglican church will offer a special Veterans Day Service at their current location on Sunday. November 11th, 6:00pm.
Whereas most often services of this type are designed to be a general honorific for veterans, this service is different. It is designed with the veteran in mind first and foremost. This prayer service will include a litany of prayers for those who have gone through combat, deployment or service, as well as other ceremonies to help veterans heal from the spiritual and moral wounds of war.
“If contemporary America doesn’t develop ways to publicly confront the emotional consequences of war, those consequences will continue to burn a hole through the vets themselves.”
― Sebastian Junger, Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging.
Junger, in the same book considered the idea of services that might do just that. This service is intended to accomplish that end.
All veterans are invited, and Reboot Combat Recovery Alumni are also invited as well.
If you would like more information, please contact Rev. Matthew Mirabile at 603-332-4121 or email at email@example.com.
It has been thirty years since Trinity first formed as a parish and twenty five years since the property was left to us and we built our wonderful church. Now it is time to celebrate the achievement and work that so many have contributed to maintain this parish. It is also time to look forward to what God is going to do next.
What better why to remember the past and anticipate a bright future than with a Jubilee Celebration! On Saturday, November 3rd, from, 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm we will gather for food, a raffle, prizes, contra-dancing, dinner, and fellowship. There will be presentations of the history of the church, as well as salutations from Bp. Brian Marsh, comments from Fr. Don Wilson, and Fr. Mirabile will talk about the vision and goals of the parish moving forward. , All the festivities will take place in a giant heated tent in the rear parking lot, and in the church. Why not plan to attend? Register online here <---
As a Parish on Purpose everything we do is about growth. Not merely for the sake of adding people to pews, but to expand the Kingdom of God and make an impact in our community and beyond. Only God brings real growth and that is our prayer.
On Sunday September 16th we were happy to receive 14 new members to the parish, including spouses and children (not all pictured left). Most of these have been with us for several months and all have become engaged in the life of the parish. They have also gone through our new members classes.
Our new members include Julie Heard and her son Avery. She has been our organist since last April and Her husband Bredin is stationed with the Air Force at Pease. Most people already know Brenda Anair who actually joined the church over a year ago but was officially received at this service. She is currently the vice president of the St. Anne’s guild and doing a great job! Brenda was joined by her daughter Angela Mastrella and her daughters Irie and Acadia. Angela is teaching the toddlers in Sunday School and recently created a wonderful learning space for them. Dave and Katie Balian live in Rochester. Katie’s father was an Episcopal Priest and she is helping to produce the bulletin. Dave is a social worker and at
one time ran a homeless shelter for families. Fr. Robert Philp and His wife Beth served in this diocese before moving south. They returned last spring and Fr. Philp assists in the liturgy.
We are currently running another new members class and the next New Members Reception Service is planned for November 18th. We hope to see you there to welcome another group of new members God is gifting to the church. Let us keep them in prayer.
Trinity Anglican Church is located in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire and many of our parishioners have "camps" at one lake or another. Summer at Trinity is typically quiet, with fewer programs running as people go away on vacation and enjoy their camps. But that does not mean that nothing is happening. Quite the opposite.
One May 6th we had a Cinco De Mayo Party with Taco's and a pinata. later on in June we had Geskus Photography come and take photos for our new directory.
We were poised to have a welcome service for our new members, but several events had us moving that date back.
Through May and June we had plenty of meetings to make things happen. A group met as a task force to discuss remodeling the Reredos (the area at and around the altar) for part of our 25th jubilee. We have presented a design to the vestry for a vote. We will move towards an English gothic style and it will be beautiful! We also started a task force to explore what it would take to start a Christian School. We believe that instilling our children with a classical Christian education will equip them for the world they will grow up in.
At the end of June Fr. Matt took a vacation. He rode his motorcycle to Nova Scotia and Cape Bretton Island and enjoyed the camping and winding roads for a week. Fr. Matt is an avid motorcyclist and likes to get away on the bike for fun and refreshment.
Of course there are the more typical things that always happen, despite the time of year - baptisms and funerals. While we have had more funerals that we wish this year we were overjoyed to baptize the Mastrella girls.
Now we are preparing for St. Luke's camp, which Fr. Mirabile directs each year. This year it will be at Beavers Crossing in Greenwich NY. This camp will run from August 5th through the 11th. This is always a lot of fun and this year the camp is better than ever!
As we move into August we are also preparing to get into full swing again come September. We are meeting with the Sunday School mothers to plan for the next Sunday School program. We want to ensure that the classes are fun, engaging, and meaningful for the children without becoming burdensome to the parents. We want our mom's to get a break and not have to take care of kids again on Sundays. Fortunately we have enough help to rotate the schedule.
At this time of year we also gear up for Reboot Combat Recovery. This year we will begin on September 6th and run through Nov. 29th. We look forward to this as we always make new friends and get to watch God move in people's lives in exciting and liberating ways. It is truly and awesome privilege.
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Easter is always a wonderful holiday. The long lenten fasts are over and spring is in the air (unless it's on April 1st in New Hampshire, then...not so much). For those of us who follow a liturgical calendar, whose marking of time is ordered around the gospel, it ushers in a season of joy. "Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us! Allelujah, allelujah!"
Our sanctuary was made beautiful, in honor of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, by our many active volunteers. Beautiful flowers adorned the altar and sanctuary. The ceremonies of lighting the Pascal Candle, and renewing the Baptismal waters, together with the asperges (sprinkling) - reminding people of their baptism, all contributed to a sense of awe and majesty. We had two services, both double their regular attendance and the second service maxing out our seating.
The theme of the Sermon was the "harrowing of hell", which is a term used to describe Christ plundering the place of the dead, leading captives free, overcoming death by his own death and resurrection. Fr. Mirabile said that there is no place deeper or darker than that Christ has not gone deeper still. There is nothing that He cannot save us from!
Between services we were visited by the Easter bunny and all the kids received an Easter basket filled with goodies. After the second service everyone stayed to visit with one another and enjoy some delicious treats that were prepared beforehand. And what better way to begin the Easter season but with friends and food. A joyous time had by all.
This unique experience is offered with contemplative music playing quietly in the background in a low-light candlelit atmosphere. Visitors may arrive at any interval, stay as long as they like, and leave at any time. Prayers for healing and grace will be made at the end of the services.
•Stations of the Cross; 6:00 – 6:30 pm
•Litany 6:30 – 7:00 pm
•Vespers 7:00 – 7:30 pm
Happy New Year! When you think of entering a new year you most often think of New Years resolutions. Why not let God make those resolutions for you? Why not ask God what he would like to accomplish in your life this year? What do you want to make better in 2018? What do you wish would improve? Why not enter the new year asking God for these very things.
As we enter the new year at Trinity we are asking similar questions. We are seeking God for what He wants to do in us in 2018. There will be lot's going on. This winter we will be offering Re4m Seminars on prayer, the Bible, and healing the soul. You'll want to stay tuned!
Trinity Anglican Church is engaged in very practical ways in our community. Here are two examples of how we are making a difference.
Trinity Anglican Thrift Shop is located downstairs and around the back of our church. The Thrift Shop is run by Marilyn Tucker and Maryann Digilio. Together with our other volunteers the shop takes in, organizes and sorts a huge amount of clothing and other items on a weekly basis. They work to ensure that only the best items are displayed. Some items come from donations. Others come from consignment. The result is that we provide good clothing very inexpensively, and we give away what doesn't sell is given away to Hope on Haven Hill, a ministry to unwed mothers in recovery. We also donate clothing to veterans and the elderly in the area. Some of the clothing we gave away in 2017 went on a tractor trailer to help those in Texas and Louisiana who suffered loss from hurricane Harvey.
When we talk about feeding those in need we can talk about the easy part and the fun part. Of course, like most churches, we collect food for the food bank. It's important and easy to overlook, but the fact is that these goods go to local ministries to feed people who are struggling to stay fed. That's the easy part. The fun part is when we prepare and serve food as one of the teams at the Rochester Community Kitchen downtown. In the past Diane Bailey has done the planning and cooking. Recently Fr. Mirabile has taking over this role for the time being. Being of Italian background it seemed the best thing to prepare was spaghetti and meat sauce, which he made the last two times and it was a big hit - even with the volunteers! We served food just before Christmas and had a huge turn out of volunteers.
Fr. Mirabile makes a point to get to know the people who come to the community Kitchen. Two of his favorite people are the twins, Sasha and Tamika. These two girls have shown amazing resilience considering their ever-changing living conditions. They are not alone. Many of the people who come to the Community Kitchen have tenuous living conditions. Some live in tents, others live in hotel rooms and others couch surf. There is currently no shelter accommodations in Rochester. The nearest shelter is in Portsmouth, and it is not necessarily a first choice among the homeless population. Recently SOS Recovery helped open up a warming center at the Rochester Community Center. Fr. Mirabile visited there on January 2nd. They need volunteers to help monitor the those who come to get warm and sleep. Presently plans are underway to make the warming center a more permanent resource for the homeless community. One man Fr. Mirabile spoke said, "Ware not homeless. We are houseless. We are home wherever we lay our heads. Our prayer is that we might be able to help provide resources to continue to address the "houseless" problem in Rochester.