Trinity Cathedral, a church in the world-wide Anglican Communion, is a vibrant faith-infused community with three related, but distinct roles:
First, we are the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of New Jersey. In this role, we provide hospitality and regular opportunities for worship, learning, and fellowship for all members of the Anglican Communion in the Diocese. More than 30 diocesan events are held in the Cathedral annually, and the Altar Guild Shop serves as a source of religious books, gifts and furnishings.
Second, we are a parish church serving members of a diverse worshipping community, seeking spiritual development, doing good works, and being faithful stewards of the inheritance God has given us.
Third, we are a resource to the wider community, promoting a range of outreach ministries to the city of Trenton and beyond.
Regular Worship Times
8:00 AM Rite I in All Saints' Chapel
10:30 AM Rite II Eucharist in the Cathedral
12:10 pm Healing Eucharist in the Chapel
The mission of Urban Promise is to equip children and young adults with the skills necessary for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth and Christian leadership. Since 1988, UrbanPromise has been hosting summer camps throughout the city of Camden, New Jersey. Thousands of children have participated in these dynamic summer camps located throughout the city of Camden. Over the years the model of Urban Promise has been taken to other cities such as Wilmington, Toronto, Vancouver, Miami, Copan Ruinas, Honduras and throughout the country of Malawi.
In July 2011 Trenton was added to the list and Trinity Cathedral became the newest UrbanPromise site! Through this partnership Urban Promise and Trinity Cathedral provide a dynamic FREE summer camp experience to the children of Trenton. The first After-School Program began October 3, 2011.
Trinity Cathedral Academy is located in the historic Berkeley section of West Trenton, New Jersey. The Academy opened in 1965 as an Episcopal Day School.
In 1988, Trinity Cathedral Academy joined with the Trenton Public School District and the NJ Sate Department of Education to become a community provider of high-quality, full-day, full year Abbott Pre-School Program. The Academy has evolved into a no-cost Abbott program for 3- and 4-year-old children with an extended day program providing before and after-school child care.
A staff of more than ten professional and support personnel provide daily instructions and other services.
Administrated through Trinity Cathedral, the Lay Eucharistic Service, held at the Hamilton Grove Care & Rehabilitation Center, in Hamilton Township, New Jersey, provides opportunity for corporate worship and pastoral care in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ to the facility’s geriatric, infirm, and convalescing patients. The service, drawn from the Book of Common Prayer and the Book of Occasional Services of the Episcopal Church of America, includes: prayer, scriptural readings, Holy Communion, and the laying on of hands; and accommodates over 2,000 people, annually. This important ministry in service to God is scheduled for every Sunday, from 10:00 am – 11:00 am, and is currently supported by volunteers from Trinity Cathedral and from Grace – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, in Mercerville, New Jersey. Participation from other interested parishes and individuals is always welcomed – feel free to contact the cathedral to see how you can become involved in furthering this effort, while discerning the call to serve.
Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County is a member of a coalition of organizations, both social service and religious, working together to assist senior citizens and those with disabilities remain in their homes and stay independent. It provides non-medical support services. While Interfaith Caregivers strengthens the outreach ministries of Trinity Cathedral and our neighborhood by keeping in touch with our home bound, it also can link individuals to appropriate community health care and social service providers.
Here at Trinity, caregivers generally provide transportation to medical appointments and shopping, reassuring phone calls and greeting cards, all of which are carried out in confidentiality and are free of charge. During the Peace, we each can greet each other with a smile and maybe a hug. You might also consider giving a ride to someone in need of one. Interfaith Caregivers does provide tertiary insurance.
If you are interested in participating in this ministry through Interfaith Caregivers, please talk to Dean John or give Interfaith Caregivers a call at (609) 393-9922. They are located at 3635 Quakerbridge Rd., Hamilton, NJ 08619. The mandatory short training is free and full of information that you yourself will find helpful. The friendships you develop are priceless.
Youth Group meetings are held monthly, and all youth grades 6-12 are welcome to join us. There will be many exciting activities taking place both locally and Diocesan-wide. Come, join us, and meet new people and make new acquaintances.
A bit of history on our Youth Group:
There was no organized Youth Group at the Cathedral, and after listening to the requests of the youth of the Cathedral a meeting was held in 2011, where seven young persons shared ideas. It was agreed that the youth group will meet monthly. Over the years we have seen a fluctuation in numbers ranging from eight to thee members but we have pressed on in faith. Our Youth Group participates in Diocesan activities such as the Youth Council Governing Board, the Bishop's Ball, the Youth Lock-in and the Martin Luther Kings, Jr. day of service. Local activities include lessons on scripture from our Clergy, clothing drives, sporting events and Christmas gift exchanges.
The Absalom Jones Inspirational Choir features men and women from all walks of life who have dedicated themselves to singing the praises of God. Choir rehearsal is held each Thursday from 7:30 to 9:00 pm during the fall, winter and spring, with time off in the summer.
Trinity’s other vocal ensembles include the Trinity Singers, Women’s Ensemble, Cathedral Chant Choir and Children's Choir.
Sunday School -
Sunday School is held each Sunday at 10:30 am in Synod Hall, except on Family Sundays (the 4th Sunday of each month) when children are encouraged to accompany their parents for the entire worship. Children will enjoy activities and instruction and will enter the service at the peace. If you have not yet registered your child, please speak with Dean John or Andrea John, or call Eileen Schueller at (215) 295-3996. Looking forward to welcoming your children!
Adult Christian Education -
Trinity’s Adult Education programs promote intellectual adventure and spiritual inquiry in the true Anglican spirit. Activities include book study groups and interfaith forums. Our traditional Lenten Series is a series of presentations based on various spiritual teachings. Topics have included: “Spiritual Heroes - featuring a conversation with Krista Tippett and Joan Chittister on Frontiers of Faith,” “Embracing a Life of Meaning - featuring A Conversation with Kathleen Norris,” and “God For Us!: Lessons from the Great Vigil of Easter”. Typically, we have five weekly sessions; each one begins with an (optional) Stations of the Cross in All Saints’ Chapel at 6:00 pm, followed by a soup supper at 6:30 pm and our Lenten program immediately following. Presentations have included audio and visual components, small and larger-group study, and have been led by both lay people and clergy.
Our parishioners organize and operate a transportation ministry (or, as it has affectionately come to be known, a "Van Ministry") that assists other parishioners in need of a ride to attend services here at the cathedral. Volunteers are needed to pick up one or more parishioners, using their own vehicles, to bring them to church and home afterward. A group of regular volunteers produces a periodic schedule including our riders' contact information and addresses, and every attempt is made to be flexible to accomodate drivers' schedules (i.e., if you can only pick someone up, someone else will handle the "take home".) Please contact the cathedral office if you would like to volunteer!
CROP Hunger Walk:
CROP, an acronym for "Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty," is the original charitable walking event in the United States which raises money to end hunger locally and abroad. For several years, Trinity Cathedral, in collaboration with the Trenton Ecumenical Area Ministries (TEAM), has been the organizing venue for this annual October event. Thanks to the generous donations from area supporters, “walkers” from the cathedral have raised well-over $1,000 each year for this important cause.
Trinity Cathedral Food Pantry:
The food pantry is another way the cathedral addresses the problem of hunger in our community, serving both the needs of our parishioners, as well as those of our brothers and sisters in surrounding neighborhoods. Through generous monetary contributions and donations of perishable and nonperishable food items from: cathedral members, partner congregations, local grocery stores, and the federal Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and the State Food Purchase Program (SFPP); and with hands-on assistance from local university students, two Saturdays each month the cathedral distributes healthy and nutritious food to residents of the greater Trenton area, totally more than 4000 bags, annually. In the spirit of Christian fellowship, food pantry guests are also invited to assist in preparing food for distribution, and to join us for our annual Thanksgiving brunch for our parish and community.
In order to continue to provide quality service to our guests, we depend on regular support in the following areas: monetary contributions, non-perishable food donation, transportation of donated items, sorting and repacking of food for distribution, and promotion of hunger awareness and advocacy for change. Please contact the cathedral for ways to become involved.
The Loaves and Fishes program:
You are cordially invited to join us for our weekly "Friday Luncheon" at Trinity Cathedral! Each Friday, from 12:00 am to 1:30 pm, parishioners and volunteers serve hot soup, various vegetable-based side dishes, baked goods, beverages and dessert. All are welcome to come and enjoy lunch (please enter through the red doors on Overbrook Avenue.) If you would like to volunteer to prepare soup, sides or dessert, or to help serve our guests, please call the Cathedral office to find out how you can participate.
The Healthier Heart Farmer's Market at Trinity:
The HealthierHeart Farmer’s Market at Trinity (The Market) is a seasonal program which makes healthy and fresh produce available to our urban neighbors through the participation of regional farmers who accept: cash, EBT cards, Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits, and Senior Farmers Market Vouchers. In partnership with local hospitals and community-based organizations, complimentary health screenings and educational materials are provided, and through cooperation with the Mercer County Office of Aging and Nutrition, The Market is also a convenient distribution site for Senior Farmers Market Vouchers – a program which allows eligible seniors to receive financial assistance for the purchase of Jersey Fresh fruits and vegetables. To further the cathedral’s mission of fellowship and hospitality, all visitors to The Market are served a free nutritious lunch made from local produce, with opportunities to attend regularly scheduled: “healthier eating” educational workshops, cooking classes, bible study, and organized prayer. Through this program, we remain persistent and faithful to the idea of “serving others” with pride and dignity.
Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) -
The cathedral has served as a satellite location for TASK since 2009, serving hot meals each Thursday evening. Meals are prepared at the TASK headquarters and transported to the cathedral, along with juice, milk, bread, cookies, and donated produce. A faithful band of volunteers from the cathedral, as well as others including individuals from Grace-St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Mercerville, Abiding Presence Lutheran Church in Ewing, and local students during summer months, set up, serve an average of 50 meals each week, and clean up afterwards. During the winter months, we have been regularly blessed with a large donation of socks, hats, and jackets which are also distributed at these events. This rewarding “hands on” ministry is suitable for all ages and skills! Please feel free to contact the cathedral to see how you can become part of the team.
Angel Tree -
Trinity Cathedral ministers to prisoners and their families through the Angel Tree® program of Prison Fellowship® by providing Christmas presents to children on behalf of an incarcerated parent. By receiving a gift and a loving message from a parent who is in prison, a child knows that he or she is still loved and remembered. We have served ninety children and forty-three prisoners over five years. The Christmas gifts were delivered to the homes of our Angel Tree families, and we were able to include warm socks and Gospel materials for the children and their caregivers. As in past years, we reached out to the prisoner-parents by sending Christmas cards.
School Supplies for Children of the Incarcerated -
The Cathedral’s Angel Tree Program also offers free backpacks and school supplies to our Angel Tree families. In doing so, we extended beyond Christmas our contribution to the physical and emotional needs of these at-risk children and their families. Participating families expressed gratitude for this added support.
Re-Entry Program: The Rescue Mission of Trenton -
Trinity Cathedral has had a presence in the “TEACH” program at the Rescue Mission of Trenton since 2008. TEACH offers educational classes to Rescue Mission residents who are transitioning to freedom after being recently released from the prison system. Classes include GED preparation, computer skills, and life skills training. In the computer skills area, up to five students at a time use modern computers in a recently renovated workspace, working on individually tailored exercises to match their skill level. Training includes the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point and Access), and is focused on improving employment prospects. But this is also a ministry of presence: Some of the participants have been incarcerated for a decade or more, and are very grateful for the volunteers’ time and commitment to help them reintegrate. Deacon Chris Cox is currently our liaison for this program, and there is nearly always a great need for more help. This is a very rewarding ministry, so please don’t hesitate to ask Deacon Chris for more information if you feel so called.
Community Collaboration -
The prison ministry program of the Cathedral joined with the NJ Campaign to End the New Jim Crow-Trenton Branch to present the very informative and compelling documentary Broken on All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration & New Visions for Criminal Justice in the U.S. The viewing, held in the Guild Room on June 23, 2013, was attended by approximately twenty-two (22) members of the community and the Cathedral. We anticipate more collaboration in the future on issues that impact prisoners, their families, those returning to society, and those at risk of getting caught up in the “cradle-to-prison pipeline.”
For more information about Jubilee Ministry at Trinity Cathedral, please contact:
Jubilee Ministries are committed to serving the economically disadvantaged through direct services and advocacy with them. Interested in becoming a Jubilee Ministry? Please click here to learn more: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/posts/domesticpoverty/how-become-jubilee-ministry