Ottawa, ON K2C 2B8
We explore Christian theology and life with open minds and open hearts. We are seekers of Jesus' Way for our 21st century world. Ours is an emerging Christian church, choosing an inclusive, progressive, eco-sensitive path. Our spirit at Trinity is deeply Christian and also deeply ecumenical.
Trinity embraces people with or without church background and we respect the wide diversity of our personal faith experiences. We accompany one another on our spiritual journeys, participating in Sunday morning worship and choosing from many small groups to deepen faith and enrich lives.
Our Trinity Worship Team is made up of spiritual leaders from our congregation who work together with our minister to support the worship services of our congregation. They also lead worship services while our minister is away or on study leave, and arrange for engaging guest speakers. Previous speakers have included Jamaal Jackson Rogers, Roxanne Goodman, and Elizabeth May.
Another regular activity of the committee is supervising the sale of potted plants — poinsettias for Christmas, mums for Easter — that decorate the Sanctuary for the Christmas Eve and Easter Day services. Each plant is dedicated in honour of those important to the purchaser. The money raised by the sale goes to helping make beautiful floral arrangements which beautify the Sanctuary throughout the year.
We are all invited to celebrate Communion. The model for this sacramental meal is Jesus’ own Open Table. Throughout his lifetime, he refused the religious rules and social conventions that defined who might and might not eat together. He gathered and broke bread with all those who might be excluded from full community. So we too, refuse to set boundaries around this meal, which is meant to nourish us all – body, mind and soul – by remembering and re-enacting Jesus’ vision of God’s Kingdom come. Without regard for social status, gender, age, sexual orientation or religious affiliation, we all welcome one another to table fellowship, in Jesus’ name.
The choir supports the minister’s message through song. The intention is to enhance the Sunday morning worship experience, hopefully providing joy and inspiration to the congregation.
Trinity choir has approximately 20 members who volunteer their time because they love to sing. Guests are invited to join the choir at Christmas time to rehearse and present the Christmas cantata. An important role of the choir is to provide leadership to the congregation during the singing of hymns.
The Christian Development Committee supports the faith experience of the whole congregation by offering programs and activities that encourage people of all ages to pursue lifelong learning, inquiry, faith exploration and community connection. The committee also works alongside the Congregational Designated Minister to facilitate our Children and Youth programming.
Trinity’s Visiting Care Team consists of our Minister and a team of volunteers who are dedicated to providing care and support to our congregation during losses, depression, life changes and other difficult times.
Visiting Care Services include:
Regularly visiting and phoning those who are homebound or ill
Visiting patients at local hospitals
Assisting with funeral receptions at Trinity
Hosting a Springtime lunch for seniors
Assisting with our annual Time of Remembrance Service
Mailing cards to ill and/or bereaved families
Led by congregation members as an off-shoot of Visiting Care, “Trinity Pride” holds activities related to Trinity being an Affirming Community.
Some examples include:
A celebratory Pride Potluck (a Sunday School initiative) featuring rainbow coloured foods, along with poetry written by a Sunday School student, crafts, celebration and games focusing on discovering affirming facts.
Participating in Ottawa’s annual PRIDE march for which one of the students created a beautiful banner for the day.
Participating in the Bowl-a-thon in support of Camp Ten Oaks for LGBTQ+ kids.
Gathers to discuss scripture and life and share a great meal once a month. This is held on the second Thursday of the Monday at 8am at Summerhay's. Join Us!
Trinity’s Wednesday evening meditation group meets at 7:00 pm for an hour of practice and support to those developing a regular meditation practice. The group has it’s roots in both Christian contemplative prayer, and Buddhist practices of compassionate awareness and mindfulness. Everyone is welcome! If interested, contact Robert Taylor through firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Trinity, we express our passions for justice, our concern for the environment and our callings to spread compassion in many ways. We can each find support for expressing our personal giving spirit in one of many groups: Trinity Outreach Committee, Trinity Justice Committee, Trinity Green Team, Trinity Jubilee Foundation and the United Church Mission & Service Fund, as well as many spontaneous individual and Council initiatives.
Supports the Caldwell Food Bank with a monthly financial donation and regular food drives.
Awards annual Scholarships to deserving college and university students in the Carlington community.
Organizes and delivers personalized Caring and Sharing Gift Hampers to families at Christmastime.
Sponsors summer camp experiences for Ottawa kids who wouldn’t otherwise get out of the city.
Provides snacks to students during exam time through the Pause Table at Carleton University.
Partners with local helping organizations, continually delivering practical items from our homes to those who are homeless or less privileged.
The Trinity Justice Committee (TJC) has a mandate to look at social justice issues from a Christian perspective, raise awareness of the most pressing issues, and provide opportunities for the congregation to take action.
Each year we choose a focus theme and raise awareness through notices in the weekly bulletin, articles in quarterly newsletters, notice board displays, movie nights, TED talk evenings and TJC-led services. Our action can take the form of letter writing for Amnesty International, signing petitions, writing to government officials and participating in marches and rallies on Parliament Hill. We reach out to the larger community in Ottawa and beyond for some of our activities.
Past themes have included Truth and Reconciliation, food insecurity, access to clean water, privilege and racism, climate change, affordable housing and homelessness as well as a basic livable income, and long-term and home care.
This year, we have been exploring transgender issues, in collaboration with our Pride Group. We have:
Trinity has been a ‘green church’ for decades – taking action to make our church as energy efficient as possible and encouraging the congregation to reduce and recycle, be energy conscious, and environmentally active.
We are currently working toward our Dark Green level of the Greening Sacred Spaces initiative.
The Turtle Island Discussion Group meets throughout the year to compassionately learn about the lives and history of our indigenous brothers and sisters. The goal of this group is to foster better understanding of, and connection with, our indigenous peoples in order to continue to move towards reconciliation. The name of the group was inspired by the traditional story of Turtle Island. For some Indigenous peoples, Turtle Island refers to the continent of North America. See https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/turtle-island
An independent organization founded at Trinity in the biblical Jubilee year of 2001, TJF channels our excess wealth to those in critical need, through sponsored projects around the world, matched by government funding. Visit TJF’s website.
Trinity United consistently ranks highest in our Presbytery for per household donations to the Mission & Service Fund of the United Church of Canada.