June 5 is a big Sunday of blessings:

  • It’s the Lord’s Day – we will worship at 8 and 10 a.m.
  • It’s Youth Sunday: youth and children will assist with leading the worship at 10 a.m.
  • It’s the blessing of the blankets – blankest made by Hooks and Needles will be on display and we will bless them at 10 a.m.
  • The Parish Picnic follows the 10 a.m. service. The Men of Holy Trinity will grill burgers (beef and veggie), hotdogs and drinks. Each household is asked to share a side dish or desert. Please also bring lawn chairs to supplement the picnic tables in the grove. Rain or Shine! Please RSVP by using this link.

Invite a friend or neighbor and please tell them that all who are baptized in any church are welcome to participate fully in the Holy Communion.image1

Holy Trinity celebrates the Day of Pentecost on Sunday, May 15, with one grand festival service of Holy Baptism and the Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. You are warmly invited to attend – and to invite your friends and neighbors: all who are baptized in any church may fully participate in the Holy Communion. And it’s a great opportunity to bring children to worship.

 

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All are warmly invited to worship on Ascension Day. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (Spotswood) and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church will worship together at Holy Trinity in South River on Thursday, May 5, at 6:30 p.m.

Ascension Day is the fortieth day of Easter season and commemorates the ascension of Jesus Christ as proclaimed in the holy scriptures and the creeds of the church (“he ascended into heaven”). Worship will be outdoors (if the weather permits). All Christians and the spiritually curious are welcome at this ecumenical event. All who are baptized into the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ may full participate in the Holy Communion.

Also on May 5, Morning Prayer for Ascension Day will be read at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Holy Trinity. All are welcome!

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Ready for a culinary and spiritual adventure? Holy Trinity’s test kitchen is serving up “Dinner Church” which will blend Holy Eucharist, with Bible study and the family dinner table. Dinner Church is adapted from St. Lydia’s in Brooklyn and resembles the Jewish Shabbat and Passover tables. Dinner Church  features these elements:

  • A beautifully set table, with fresh cut flowers, a profusion of lighted candles, lace table cloths, cloth napkins, ceramic plates, glass cups, and meal utensils.
  • A home cooked meal passed family style.
  • The bread that we break and share will be from an artisanal loaf. The fruit of the vine that we will bless  and drink in our cups will be non-alcoholic (we will taste non-alcoholic wines and organic grape juices).
  • Holy Eucharist and Bible study are woven into the meal in a manner modeled on early Christian worship practices
  • A brief homily will seek to encourage table conversation and discussion based on holy scripture
  • We’ll sing easy-to-learn songs of faith
  • It’s appropriate for the the entire family

Dinner Church will be offered on Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  Next dates: April 28 and May 12. Please let Father Greg know that you plan to attend so that we may set a place for you at the table.

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All are warmly invited to meet on Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m., beginning March 31. The evenings begin with a fellowship meal and then move into small group discussions. The Easter edition of Becoming the Story We Tell includes a new set of reflection questions keyed to the upcoming Sunday Resurrection Gospel. These discussions are appropriate for youth and older children.

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Holy Trinity is trying something new – a Good Friday of Compassion.

As Jesus is the compassion of God, so we seek to come close to Jesus through our compassion for our neighbors.

On March 25, at Noon, the Good Friday of Compassion begins with a simple rite of communion from the reserved Sacrament and a commissioning for service to the community. Holy Trinity invites you to participate in a number of activities appropriate for people of all ages:

  • Making Easter cards for distribution to the older adults residing in older adult housing facilities in South River (there are two buildings and 160 units) – a great opportunity for children and people of all ages. Materials and supervision will be provided at church.
  • Distributing door hanger invitations to Easter Day to 100 homes in the neighborhood – young adults will take the lead.
  • Eucharistic visits and compassionate phone calls to people in homes and hospitals
  • Prayers and blessings at Calico Threads Thrift Store, 54 Ferry Street, at 4 p.m.

The Day of Compassion ends at 6 p.m. with the rite for Good Friday from the Book of Common Prayer, which includes the Passion Gospel, solemn collects, veneration of the cross, and sacred music by the choir.

Please contact the Rector for more information: TheRector@HolyTrinitySR.org

All are invited to participate in Holy Week 2016 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church:

March 20: Palm Sunday: One grand service at 10 a.m. Palm Procession from the Parish Hall to the Church for a celebration of the Holy Eucharist and dramatized reading of the Passion Gospel with the youth of the Parish. (There will be no 8 a.m. service on this day.)

March 23: Wednesday in Holy Week: 7 p.m. Ecumenical Service of Tenebrae in the Taizé Tradition, with ministers and choristers of Holy Trinity, at the First Reformed Church of South River, 40 Thomas St. Sponsored by the South River Council of Congregations.

March 24: Maundy Thursday Morning Prayer: 11:00 a.m. in the chapel.

March 24: Lenten Fish Fry: 5:30-6:30 p.m. The Men of Holy Trinity host a fellowship meal to strengthen us for the Three Days of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter (which begins with the Great Vigil on Saturday — see below). Purchase tickets in advance.

March 24: Maundy Thursday: 7:00 p.m. The Lord’s Supper, with foot washing, sacred music, and the stripping and washing of the altar.

The Watch over the reserved Sacrament begins at the end of worship and continues until 12 p.m. on Good Friday. Sign up sheet for the Watch in the back of the church.

March 25: Good Friday: 9 a.m. Morning Prayer at the Altar of repose. (The church will be open for prayer, beginning at 8 a.m.)

March 25: Good Friday: 12 p.m. Communion from the reserved Sacrament and commissioning for Good Friday of compassionate community service. This is an especially family-friendly service.

12-6 p.m. Day of Compassionate Service to the community. Click here for the details.

March 25: Good Friday: 6:00 p.m. Solemn Liturgy from the Book of Common Prayer, with Passion Gospel, veneration of the Cross, and sacred music.

March 26: The Great Vigil of Easter: 8 p.m. The first proclamation of the Resurrection Gospel, renewal of Baptismal Vows, and candlelight celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Incense will be used in this service.

March 27: Easter Sunday: 10 a.m. Festive celebration of the Holy Eucharist, with the flowering of the cross and Easter anthem by the children’s choir. Easter egg hunt after worship. (There will be no 8 a.m. service on this day.)