Annual Ascension Day Shut In Service

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Every year in May for many years the Church of the Holy Trinity has held an Annual Ascension Day Shut-In Service for the homebound and those in convalescent homes.  Please save the date for this year’s service, which will be held on Thursday, May 17th from 10:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. at Church of the Holy Trinity, 381 Main St., Middletown.  This special event includes Holy Communion, prayers, special music and a wonderful luncheon followed by strawberry shortcake!  As we have had in the past, the Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers Club will perform special music.

If you have a loved one who would enjoy coming to this service, please consider bringing them.  We do provide transportation from a few area convalescent homes, and would love to see more individuals attend as well.  Everyone always has a wonderful time, and it is a nice outing for those who are homebound.

If you would like to participate, please call Valerie in the church office at 860-347-2591 or email office.holytrinityct@gmail.com.

A Thank You from St. Vincent dePaul

April 18, 2018

Church of the Holy Trinity
381 Main St.
Middletown, CT  06457

Dear Friends,

The Warming Center has been closed for two weeks, despite the winter-like weather that has continued into this month. It is always difficult to close as many people come to rely on the Warming Center as their winter home. We’ve done our best to encourage our guests to find other options, including the shelter system, friends and family.

I want to thank you all at Church of the Holy Trinity for hosting this program for just over six weeks this season in December, February and March. Your hospitality is greatly appreciated by the guests and monitors. We use your chapel, the entryway, the bathrooms, the kitchenette, and we park a trailer outside for our guests’ belongings – that’s quite a lot of space and I’m sure that it presents some challenges on your end. This year we outgrew the trailer and ending up using the chapel to store the guests’ belongings during the day. Yet you continue, season after  season, to open your doors to the most at-risk and vulnerable people in our community.

We try to be good guests, but we do not always succeed. We realize that we often leave cigarette butts in the entryway outside, we fill the dumpster, and the floors aren’t always clean or vacuumed or left smelling nice. We put a lot of stress on the plumbing and heating systems. We also know it is difficult (and sad) to see so many guests huddling outside the doorway in the early evening waiting for us to open. Despite all that, you continue to welcome us, to partner with us, and to care for the poor and homeless.

This winter we served 215 unduplicated men (73%) and women (27%), averaging about 22 every night. There were 19 nights that we served more than 30, and one night that we served 40! About 25 of the guests stayed at the Warming Center for 6 weeks or more; 7 of them stayed almost the entire season. It amazes me that there are so many people who live “on the edge,” who don’t have a good and safe and permanent place to call home.

Thank you for being CHURCH – for actively living out your faith as caring people, for loving your neighbors as yourselves.

With gratitude and love,

Ron Krom
Executive Director
St. Vincent de Paul Middletown

Welcome to our new Minister of Music

image1Whether it is directing a steel pan ensemble at Camp O-AT-KA in Sebago, ME or leading students at Thurgood Marshall Academy on a parade through the streets of Southeast D.C., Peter Van Siclen strives to help others find joy through music. He studied music at Hamilton College and earned his Masters of Music in jazz composition at UMass Amherst. Since then he has taught grade 6-12 vocal & instrumental music in Springfield, MA, Washington DC, Hartford, CT and most recently through Wesleyan’s after-school program. He currently teaches flute, saxophone, trumpet, cello & guitar, and lives with his wife, Mary Beth, and daughter, Annie, in Middletown.