Outreach is our response to Jesus when he tells us in Matthew 25:40, Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me. As Episcopalians, we promise to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourselves, to strive for justice and peace among all people, and to respect the dignity of every human being. Much of this promise is fulfilled through outreach.
Below are the ministries that Trinity sponsors or supports in our community.
Trinity is doing our part to help combat hunger among our youth and children by participating in the F.U.E.L. program in Montgomery County. Trinity is able to provide weekend food for 60 students (this is over a 50% increase from this time last year) at Byrns Darden Elementary School, one of many schools in Clarksville that participates in this food subsidization program. To help with the cost, we have a special collection every fourth Sunday of the month.
Empty Bowls is a grassroots effort to fight hunger. The basic premise is simple: Potters and other craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity. Trinity hosts and Empty Bowls each February.
Episcopal Relief & Development
Episcopal Relief and Development is the agency of the Episcopal Church dedicated to international relief and development. It was established in 1940 as the Presiding Bishop’s Fund for World Relief. The offering on Easter Sunday is designated for this fund. Contributions to this fund are encouraged throughout the year, especially after natural or man-made disasters. Visit episcopalrelief.org to learn more about this fund.
Loaves & Fishes
Loaves and Fishes serves between 150-200 meals daily to the hungry six days a week and distributes food to area agencies through volunteer efforts. Trinity volunteers with this group at least once a week.
Nashville CARES offers services annually to 60,000 Middle Tennesseans infected and affected by HIV/AIDS including: HIV prevention education to more than 40,000 youth and adults, almost 17,000 FREE confidential HIV tests, and essential support services to 2,850 men, women and children living with the disease. Nashville CARES has a local office here in Clarksville within Trinity. To learn more please visit the Nashville CARES website.
Insight Counseling Centers of TN
Trinity contributes financial support to this ministry. Located in the First Christian Church building at 516 Madison Street, Clarksville, this organization provides professional counseling services for individuals, couples and families. Visit insightcounselingcenters.org for more information.
Room in the Inn
Room in the Inn provides overnight shelter and meals for homeless individuals and families during the colder months of the year through the use of local church buildings and volunteers. Trinity works in cooperation with St Bethlehem United Methodist Church to provide for those in need on Friday nights November through March. Trinity typically provides the meals on these evenings. Together we are able to assist up to 16 people per night.
Provides help with food, utility bills, prescription medication costs, temporary emergency shelter, transportation, services to the homeless and seasonal needs to the needy in Clarksville. Trinity contributes financial support to this ministry of the United Methodist Church.