Outreach Ministries

Episcopal Community Services (ECS)

Through charitable donations, ECS provides services to the community. ECS operates separately from the Diocese of Pennsylvania but reaches out to parish communities to provide support for their programs. ECS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Over the years, Trinity has participated with ECS in two of their programs: Fill the Bus and the Christmas Gifts Program.

Fill the Bus was actually started by a Trinitarian, Helene Thorpe, to provide needy children with the tools needed to start the school year. Each year ECS assigns our parish an age group (elementary, middle or high school) along with a supply list to fill backpacks. We annually donate 50-100 filled backpacks and gift cards to ECS.

The Christmas Program gift drive provides ECS with Christmas gifts for children, families and seniors to make the holidays brighter for those who often struggle this time of year.

Upper Merion School District (UMSD)

Through a cooperative effort with the Valley Forge Ministerium, we join with other faith based institutions to help serve families in our community who have been identified by social workers at our local school district. We have provided holiday food packages and assisted with the local celebration of Viking Day.

Upper Merion Emergency Aid (UMEA)

Trinity Church, Gulph Mills has been partnering with UMEA for several years. We at Trinity participate in different ways, including the ongoing collection of food, special collections of holiday foods, gift cards for perishable foods, and the Back to School Shoe Drive.

For the past two years, we have also been assisted supporting UMEA by the children of Trinity Nursery and Kindergarten. They have collected food, books, toys, candy and mittens for children served by UMEA for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and yes, to celebrate the end of the school year.

St. James School

St. James School is a faith-based Philadelphia middle school in the Episcopal tradition located in North Philadelphia. Students are accepted based on three main criteria:

  1. Financial need.
  2. Living in proximity to the school.
  3. Family commitment.

To learn more about St. James or make a donation go to www.stjamesphila.org or you can contact the church to get involved.

Trinity has been involved with St. James School since Sept. of 2011. Parishioners go to the school once a month for the Academic Clinic and occasionally to help with campus projects (building & ground improvements).

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