Trinity Cares

Trinity Cares is a parishioner-led ministry to facilitate parishioner-to-parishioner care and support. In this challenging time, we want to offer the following ways we can support each other even though we can’t be together in person.
 

Resources to Help with Practical Needs

As we stay in touch by phone, email, and video conferencing, we may hear of practical needs others may have during this time. Here is a quick list of resources that can be helpful.

For Seniors

New York Foundation for Senior Citizens (212.962.7817) offers a wide array of social services for seniors.

For Grocery and Supplies Delivery

Invisible Hands Deliver is a grassroots organization run by volunteers to help those who need to stay in to stay safe get what they need from local stores.

After Loss of Employment

The article has good advice and links to helpful sites: “What to do if you’re laid off during COVID-19”

For Food

The New York City Department of Education offers free meals to any New Yorker Monday–Friday at more than 400 meal hubs.

Other Needs

For additional help finding resources for practical needs, you can contact Trinity’s Brown Bag Outreach team by emailing resources@trinitywallstreet.org.
 

Sharing One Another’s Burdens

While we are not able to be together because of the necessity to stay at home and maintain social distancing, we can still support one another in voice and prayer.

We want to hold up those in our community facing some of the hardest challenges, such as:

  • Doctors, nurses, EMTs, and other healthcare workers
  • Essential workers such as grocery store employees, delivery workers (mail, Instacart, etc.), and public servants (police, firefighters, sanitation)
  • Those who are ill or have loved ones who are ill or have died due to COVID-19
  • Those who have lost jobs through layoffs, furloughs, and cancelled events or contracts or small business owners who have closed
  • Those who have vulnerable loved ones they cannot visit in nursing homes, in hospitals, or far away

If you or someone you love are dealing with any of these struggles, or would simply appreciate a parishioner check-in call, we want to offer our support. Simply email Sian Wetherill at srtwetherill@gmail.com to request a call from a parishioner.
 

Good News in Hard Times

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of our lives so quickly that many of us are still trying to find our footing. At the same time, the onslaught of news, even if informative, can be frightening and disorienting. If you only listened to these stories, you may be led to believe that only bad things are happening in our city and our world.

But we know this isn’t true. Even now, our church and its members are quietly going about their business—being of service, sending a card, making a call to someone alone, dropping off some food. Good news stories. They are happening every day and they are stories of hope, of faith, and of New York. If you have a good news story, or want to share your own experiences, share them with us by emailing Keith Klein at kklein23@gmail.com and we’ll make sure to spread the good news.
 

Taking Action as a Congregation

Trinity Cares Reflection and Action: Racial Justice

Meets the third Thursday of January, March, May, July, September, 6:30-7:30pm, Zoom

In response to racial violence and turmoil in summer 2020, Trinity Cares members gathered to share their stories, reflect together, and discuss ways to take action together for social justice. In August and September, the group decided to focus their efforts and form three specialized groups (see below). The large group continues to meet to share and reflect on the work being done and the lessons being learned in each group. Register here for these meetings. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meetings.

Heads & Hearts Together: Police-Community Dialogue

Meets the first Thursday of every month, 6:30-7:30pm, Zoom

This affinity group is focused on joining in the effort to reimagine policing policy in NYC into one which holds close our Trinity core values of social justice, compassion and inclusiveness.  We are interested in where we can be of most service in this process of reform which may include 

  • advocating for specific policy changes
  • participating in local community meetings organized by NYPD and local government officials
  • partnering with local organizations focused on reimaging policy policy, and 
  • fostering constructive dialogue and partnership between community members and the NYPD. 

Register in advance for this meetingAfter registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Racial Justice and Education

Meets the second Monday of every month, 6:30-7:30pm, Zoom

The Education group meets for reflection, sharing and to explore ways to make a positive impact on racial injustice in the area of child and adult education. We will review resources, plan projects and search for ways to support existing work. 

Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Transformative Truth Telling

Meets the second Thursday of every month, 6:30-7:30pm, Zoom

The Transformative Truth Telling affinity group seeks to learn the history of Trinity Church and to share it in a manner that is enlightening, inclusive and compassionate, leading participants to a transformative experience that connects us to the past, roots us in the present and steers us toward the future.

Register in advance for this meetingAfter registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Trinity Cares is sponsored by Trinity’s Department of Pastoral Care and Community.

For more information, contact Ellen Andrews at eandrews@trinitywallstreet.org.