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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be an Episcopalian to come here?

Everyone is welcome at Trinity – whether you are in your first steps toward seeking God, or if you are confirmed in your faith, are a long-time member of another denomination, a tentative believer with no denominational affiliation, a person of another faith or of no faith at all. This is a house of prayer for all people.

How can I get involved?

Almost everything we do here depends on the active participation of people like you to volunteer and there are lots of ways to get involved.  For example:

  • Teach Sunday School or the youth group for kids

  • Serve at the altar as an acolyte

  • Help with food for Sunday coffee hour and other social events

  • Welcome people to Trinity as an usher

  • Volunteer to plant, weed, and water in the gardens

  • Pray more frequently and intentionally at daily Mass

Who may receive communion here?

Everyone is welcome at the Lord’s Table.  Following ancient custom, communion is normally received by those who have been baptized into the Body of Christ (in any denomination).  Others who come forward to the Altar Rail may receive a blessing in Christ’s name.

How do I become a member?

Everyone who regularly worships with us becomes, in a real sense, a member of this community: someone whose prayers, gifts, and hopes are joined to the life of this parish church in a meaningful way.   Those who come to us from other denominations or religious traditions and would like to consider becoming members of the Episcopal Church and Trinity should speak to the clergy about preparation for Confirmation or Reception into the church.  This preparation usually consists of participation in a group that meets for several weeks during Lent.  For more information please see the Membership section of the site.

Can I make my confession here?  Should I?

The practice of telling one’s sins to a priest is meant to help in two ways: first, by helping to accept responsibility for the things we’ve done wrong or failed to do at all; and second, by reassuring the penitent person of God’s over-flowing mercy and the limitlessness of God’s forgiveness.  Confession, or reconciliation as it is often called, is meant to be a path to freedom and hope, not punishment and shame.

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