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.
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”
The New York City Department of Education offers free meals to any New Yorker Monday–Friday at more than 400 meal hubs.
For additional help finding resources for practical needs, you can contact Trinity’s Brown Bag Outreach team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make sure to spread the good news.
Taking Action as a Congregation
Trinity Cares Reflection and Action
Meeting dates and times to be announced soon.
In response to recent racial violence and turmoil, Trinity Cares met this summer 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 in three areas:
- Trinity Church Transformative Truth-Telling Affinity Group—this group will be focused on Trinity Wall Street's historic role in slavery and how we can claim this history in a way that is more transparent in order to maintain this truth in our collective consciousness.
- Racial Justice in Education Affinity Group—this group will be focused on ways to provide black and brown children, adolescents and adults with more equitable learning opportunities and resources. This group will also be focused on educating ourselves and providing education opportunities to white children and adolescent members of Trinity Church relating to Black history and Black culture.
- Racial Justice in Policing Policy Reform & Mental Health—this group will be focused on advocating for robust policing policy reforms aimed at increased oversight and restricting the use of force which disproportionately harms Black and brown individuals.
These groups will begin meeting in September. To join, please complete the form below.
Trinity Cares is sponsored by Trinity’s Department of Pastoral Care and Community.
Please note: This event will be hosted on Webex. If you do not have Webex installed on your computer, please download it at least two hours before the event. Instructions may be found here.
For more information, contact Amiriz Sanchez at email@example.com.