Missions and Community Service at Trinity
Trinity supports a number of local, national and international ministries and is involved with several local community service projects. Click here to see the 2019 Mission Book (list of monthly missions).
Claymont Outreach Ministry
In 2018 Trinity established a relationship with Claymont Elementary School and strengthened an existing bond with the Claymont Community Center by providing funds to both through a grant from the New Castle Presbytery. At Claymont Elementary School this funded a Mindfulness Program for both students and teachers equipping them with the necessary skills to assist in dealing with the trauma in many of the lives of the students and families in the Claymont area. We also partnered with the school with school supplies donations and school clothing donations. Trinity is continuing this relationship moving forward providing funding for the Mindfulness Program to continue and continuing collection drives for the students.
Doctors Without Borders
This organization was founded in 1971 by a small group of French doctors who believed that all people have the right to medical care regardless of race, religion, creed or political affiliation, and that the needs of these people supersede respect for national borders. Each year, more than 2,500 volunteer doctors, nurses, other medical professionals, logistics experts, water/sanitation engineers, and administrators join 15,000 locally hired staff to provide medical aid in more than 80 countries.
Adult Work Crews and Disaster Teams
Trinity’s adult work crews have given many hours to local organizations such as Meeting Ground, Friendship House, and The Friendship House Clothing Bank to do electrical work, repair and paint walls, clean rooms, repair screens, build storage areas, install lighting, and sort clothing.
Trinity’s adult disaster relief teams have partnered with Mennonite Disaster Assistance and traveled to Tennessee, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Mississippi, West Virginia, Louisiana, and Florida to help rebuild those areas stricken by natural disasters. Participating in a work crew not only repairs or renews physical structures, it also builds fellowship between Trinity and other communities. In November 2019 the team will be traveling to Pollocksville, North Carolina to perform much needed repairs needed from damage sustained during Hurricane Florence in November 2018.
One Great Hour of Sharing
Presbyterians have responded generously to this opportunity to help brothers and sisters around the world gain a firmer foothold on their paths to a brighter future. One quarter of our gifts will go to the One Great Hour of Sharing to enable Presbyterian World Service, the Presbyterian Committee for the Self-Development of People, and the Presbyterian Hunger Program to work as partners with people in need throughout the United States and the world, helping them to meet both their immediate and long-term needs.
The 2020 Easter Offering will be divided equally between One Great Hour of Sharing, Appalachia Service Project, Friendship House, and UrbanPromise.
Appalachia Service Project
Each year, over 16,000 volunteers serve with ASP, providing critical repairs for about 500 families and constructing new homes for over 60 families. For the 35th consecutive year Trinity youth and adults leaders participated in this week-long mission trip in 2019. As one of Trinity’s youth expressed it, they have taken houses and made them into homes.
In July 2019, 41 young people and adult leaders traveled to Hazard, Knott County, Kentucky, where they divided into six teams to accomplish tasks such as installing and repairing roofs, flooring, walls, ceilings, underpinning, porches, and siding, all while getting to know the families they served. The group looks forward to serving families in Appalachia July 4-11, 2020.
Friendship House, Inc. is a non-profit Christian corporation committed to making a difference in the lives of individuals and families who are at risk of experiencing homelessness or displacement in New Castle County, Delaware through the traditional spiritual ministries of hospitality, education, empowerment, and community. Friendship House uses a six-stage Empowerment Strategy Program to provide homeless people with a strategic pathway from survival to self-sufficiency. All of its core programs (listed below) attempt to fill the gaps in New Castle County’s homeless service network. They also strive to build communal bridges of compassion and communication between their corps of over 1,500 volunteers.
Friendship House Clothing Bank
Friendship House Clothing Bank is a ministry of Friendship House, Inc. that includes over 80 churches and community organizations. The purpose of The Clothing Bank is to employ women entering the work force for the first time in their lives after lengthy unemployment. They receive a paycheck while relearning skills necessary to find and maintain employment. Every two weeks, they participate in job search and receive pay for their effort. Clothing is available to any agency, church or institution that will distribute the clothing free-of-charge. Volunteers are welcome in the warehouse to sort donations. The Clothing Bank is located at 1603 Jessup Street, Wilmington.
Habitat for Humanity, New Castle County, Delaware
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, Christian (ecumenical) housing ministry that works in partnership with people in need to improve the conditions in which they live. Habitat depends on hundreds of volunteers who like to swing hammers, raise roofs, and paint walls. The mission of Habitat is to build affordable housing at no-profit through a combination of volunteer labor, “sweat equity,” and no-interest mortgages.
Mostly dependent on volunteers, Habitat works with a volunteer committee structure, managed by a local volunteer Board. All donated funds go directly toward activities that support the building program. Currently, $0.93 of every dollar goes to the construction costs associated with building a Habitat home.
eduKenya is a holistic education project ministering to children of Jangwani Slum. The Jangwani Slum is part of the larger Mathare Slum, home to more than 500,000 people living on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. eduKenya provides the children with a classroom and teachers, helps meet their nutritional needs, and also provides medical checkups and medications. A major goal of eduKenya is to make the project completely self-sustaining within three years, while developing leaders within the Believers Centre Church and Jangwani Community.
Abby Rill is the new US Director of Development for eduKenya. She began this position in May 2018. She is a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. She is originally from York, Pennsylvania.
Emmanuel Dining Room, Wilmington, Delaware
Each month, a team of volunteers from Trinity helps prepare and serve a hot lunch to more than 150 people at Emmanuel Dining Room in Wilmington. The Emmanuel Dining Room is supported by volunteers from more than 90 churches, synagogues, and civic groups that prepare and serve meals on a rotating basis. Please contact the Church Office to learn how you can volunteer!
The Open Door, The Rev. Dave Carver
The Rev. Dave Carver, who grew up in and was ordained at Trinity and is the son-in-law of Mary McCoy, led the creation of The Open Door in 198. Dave is pastor at the Crafton Heights Presbyterian Church, near The Open Door. This community center, located in Pittsburgh’s West End, unites the neighborhood church, merchants, adults and young people. From its inception, The Open Door strives to be more than merely a place for recreation – their aim is to present positive alternatives to what our present culture has to offer to the neighborhood and its young people. The Open Door ministry exists to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ to neighborhood young people through intentional relationships with caring adults in an environment of safety and fun.
The Rev. Dr. John McCall
The Rev. Dr. John McCall is a missionary of the Presbyterian Church (USA). John's ministry is multifaceted, but it centers on strengthening and growing the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan (PCT). "The goal is to help nurture visionary, joyful, and faithful pastors who are going to have a lifetime of ministry," John says. The groups will focus on prayer, Bible study, and mutual encouragement. In a country that's only three percent Christian, outreach can be challenging and the possibility for burnout among pastors is high. John is a close friend of Trinity's pastor, Brad. John and Brad graduated together from Princeton Seminary.
Rise Against Hunger
Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief agency that has been fulfilling its commitment to end hunger for more than 15 years. Rise Against Hunger provides over 70% of its pre-packaged meals to support transformational development programs; 10% is reserved to respond to crisis situations. Trinity hosted its first high-energy, multi-generational meal packaging event in 2013 and we have packaged well over 125,000 meals over the years for Rise Against Hunger. This year's event is scheduled for Sunday, October 18 at 11:00 am.
Bob and Kristi Rice, South Sudan
Bob and Kristi, are mission co-workers serving the people of South Sudan since May 2017. They are serving at the invitation of the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church. Previously they ministered to those in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Rachel and Michael Weller, Ethiopia
Rachel and Michael are mission co-workers in the Gambella region of Ethiopia. Rachel supports the work of health clinics and facilitates Community Health Evangelism projects and trainings. Michael serves as a teacher in this region training future church leaders at the McClure Bible School and the Manpiny Theological College in Gambella, schools of the East Gambella Bethel Synod and the West Gambella Bethel Synod, respectively.
The UrbanPromise Vision is to be a community in Christ of servant leadership and transformation, seeking a full life for all involved: urban youth, families, volunteers, and staff in the neighborhoods of Wilmington. The UrbanPromise Mission is to equip children and young adults through Christ with the skills necessary for academic achievement, life management, personal growth, and servant leadership. UrbanPromise accomplishes its vision and mission through programs such as: After School Programs, Summer Camps, StreetLeader Job Training Programs, Sports Ministry Programs, UrbanTrekkers, UrbanPromise Academy, RiseUP Volunteer Partnerships, PowerUP Work Groups, International Intern Programs, and UPSEL / UrbanPromise International.
Peace and Global Witness Offering
One of the four special offerings of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the purpose of the Peacemaking Offering is to support peacemaking efforts by the Presbyterian Church and to participate in God's peace giving throughout the world. The offering is divided as follows:
50% enables the program to provide peacemaking assistance and resources to congregations and other bodies of the Presbyterian Church.
25% is given to our New Castle Presbytery and Synod of the Mid-Atlantic for their peacemaking efforts.
25% is retained by Trinity Presbyterian Church for our own peacemaking ministry.
Christmas Joy Offering
Joyful giving from thankful hearts has long been a Presbyterian tradition during Advent as we celebrate the unity of God's family. We are thankful for the gifts of those who have served the church faithfully for many years, and also for the gift of our racial ethnic schools and colleges. In thanksgiving and in hope, we give to the Christmas Joy Offering, joyfully working for the good of the whole family. Undesignated gifts are divided between the Board of Pensions (50%) and the eight racial ethnic schools and colleges related to the Presbyterian Church (USA). The Board of Pensions assists retired church workers whose pensions are inadequate and those unable to afford nursing home care.