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Opportunities

There are many opportunities at Trinity.

Adult Studies

Each week, Trinity hosts adult study sessions on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.  Topics are determined by the study group.

Outreach

Trinity has a long-standing commitment to reaching out to the Wheaton community and beyond. That commitment takes many forms, including participation in the annual CROP Walk, a program designed to help alleviate world hunger, and financial contributions to the Peoples Resource Center, Episcopal Relief and Development, Episcopal Charities and Community Services among others. Trinity is also a leader in several ministries that focus on the local Wheaton community.

Social Activities

Trinity hosts several types of social activities each year.

Holy Spokes

Each Saturday during the summer months Trinity hosts a morning bike ride.  The ride lasts approximately two hours and is designed for riders of all abilities.  Most rides start from the church parking lot and follow one of the many bike trails that are easily accessible from Trinity.

Connect

Connect is are small groups of Trinity members that get together on a regular basis to enjoy activities, diining, and cultural events throughout the area. 

 

Pastoral Services

Numerous opportunities are available for Trinity’s members to give expression to their Christian duty to be of help to those in need. At Trinity, pastoral care is shared between the clergy and trained laity.

There are scheduled visits to parishioners who are temporarily or permanently confined to their homes. Members also reach out via phone calls and cards to those experiencing a trying time. The flower ministry delivers the altar flowers weekly to our members who have been ill, who have lost a loved one, or who are celebrating a special occasion. Birthdays, graduations, baptisms, or anniversaries are just some of the events that the ministry acknowledges.

We also facilitate a weekly communion service at a local nursing home. We have a very dedicated team of volunteers for this ministry, and this team is growing due to the willingness of so many parishioners to give generously of their time.

The Trinity Action Brigade (TAB) provides meals, transportation to doctor’s appointments and lends a helping hand to those who need it.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry was started several years ago. Although it is a small group, they have created over 300 shawls, lap blankets, scarves, and hats. Prayer Shawls are given for a variety of reasons. An illness, the birth of a new baby, or just a happy occasion provide motivation for the group to knit. The Peoples Resource Center and Hospice have also benefitted from their busy fingers.


Baptism

Since the time of Christ, Holy Baptism has been one of the central sacraments in the Episcopalian Christian tradition. It is a special time when adults and children are invited into the family of Christ. Baptism is a sacrament of initiation by which we are cleansed from our sin and brought into new life in Christ. Holy Baptism is especially appropriate at the following times: The Easter Vigil, Day of Pentecost, All Saints Day or the Sunday after All Saints day, Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (the 1st Sunday of Epiphany). It is recommended that Baptisms be reserved for these occasions or when a bishop is present.


To Arrange for a Hospital Visit or Have the Church Brought to You

If you or a member of your household are (or will) be hospitalized for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact us. The parish clergy and pastoral members are pleased to provide comfort, offer prayers for the sick and to bring the sacrament of Holy Eucharist to any baptized Christian who desires it.

To receive a hospital or other medical care oriented facility visit contact the church office.  Please do not assume that others will notify the clergy.


To Arrange for a Funeral

Notify one of the clergy or contact the parish office to inform of a death in your family. Our parish clergy can meet with the family of the deceased for reflection, prayer, and the planning of the funeral service.

The Funeral Service

When you are making arrangements for the funeral, remember that the Prayer Book assumes that the normal service is the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist. This is rooted in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the basis of Christian hope in eternal life.

Since the Episcopal funeral service is a service of worship, it is properly held in the church or the chapel, unless space is limited. It does not matter whether the deceased was a member of the Church or not, or whether the survivors are members. The Church and its services are available to all.

The Book of Common Prayer directs that "The coffin is to be closed before the service, and it remains closed thereafter. The coffin will be covered with a white pall. No other decoration will be used on or around the coffin."

The Episcopal Church has no objection to cremation. The cremation may take place after the service in Church, or beforehand, in which case the ashes may be present at the service and blessed during the Commendation, just as the uncremated remains are.

Popular music is generally inappropriate for the occasion or in accordance with the teachings of the Episcopal Church but may be used during the gathering time after the service.

Hymns are to be chosen from the Episcopal Hymnal, and Easter music is especially appropriate. In the Episcopal Church, hymns are considered to be a fundamental part of the worship, and therefore it is the priest and music director who specify the music. Any arrangements or special requests with regard to the service are made with them, and not with the funeral director.

The scheduling of funeral services should be done in close consultation with the clergy of Trinity - Wheaton.


Weddings

Who can get married at Trinity Wheaton?

Episcopalians

Trinity is a member of the Chicago Diocese for the Episcopal Church. The Episcopal Church requires that all Episcopalians use the Episcopal order of service for weddings, participate in pre-marital counseling and that at least one of the parties be a baptized Christian.

Sometimes, couples that are members of Episcopal churches in other parts of the country want to be married at Trinity. In such cases, the clergy of Trinity will happily cooperate with priests from other parishes to arrange for counseling and other logistical matters.

Please contact the parish office to discuss dates, times and parish guidelines.

Non-Episcopalians

If you are not a member of Trinity, or a member of another Episcopal Church, it is possible to rent Trinity Chapel for your wedding. Trinity allows you the flexibility to choose your own minister, priest or a judge to perform your ceremony. Visit our Rent Trinity Chapel site for more information.


Counseling

If you are having a problem or if an event has impacted you and you need somebody to talk to, contact any of our parish clergy through the parish office. The clergy do not engage in long-term pastoral counseling. They are, however, knowledgeable about the various agencies and professional counseling resources in the area.

About Us

Trinity Episcopal Church is a Christ-centered community on a special journey.  We are a inviting and nurturing parish family that seeks energetic and spiritual ways to put faith to work in the world.

We are a community firmly placed in the Christian tradition as expressed in the Episcopal Church.  At the same time, we are a community of seekers, coming from a variety of traditions and demoninations, trying to figure out what it means to follow Jesus in the world today.  We gather at Trinity because it is a place where we can ask our questions and explore the meaning of faith in our lives.  Trinity is a place where we can teach our children, through word and action.  Trinity is a place that provides ways to share with those in need.  We may look established to some, but we are a work in progress, and we hope you'll join us on the journey.

At Trinity, we believe that flexibility in our community is an asset, not a liability, and so as we tell you who we are, we must begin by saying that we are a collection of worshippers who differ on a lot of issues.  But we come together to grow, to worship in the Anglican tradition, to learn more about the God revealed in scripture, and to follow Jesus who calls us to serve those in need.  We listen attentively to scripture.  We share the bread and wine of communion each Sunday and often during the week.  But the best way to learn about us is to come and see, to join us for worship, to take part in one of our programs, to be part of this giving community.

Our History

In 1875, three influential families, the Drummonds, Shearsons and the Warracks, consulted with Bishop William E. McLaren regarding the establishment of an Episcopal Church mission in Wheaton. Six years later the small congregation was ready to build its own church and a lot at West and Wesley streets was purchased for $300. The Rev. Theodore N. Morrison, D. D. was the Vicar at this time. The cornerstone of the new church was laid by Bishop McLaren on December 18, 1881, and despite severe winter and spring weather, the church – now Trinity's historic chapel – was built. The total cost of the building and materials was $4,063.35. The chapel is the oldest church building in Wheaton in continuous use.

Other buildings were also added to the Trinity campus. The Guild House, which was a space for meetings, was added in 1893. There had been plans in the 1920’s to build a new, larger church and chapel on the property. This design followed typical Anglican design with a church and chapel connected by a covered walkway called a cloister. It would also include a parish hall which would include a small stage and provided space for sports and other activities. Another more unusual feature of this plan was to include a swimming pool and locker rooms beneath the church. Only the parish hall and bell tower was built and it was finished in the spring of 1925.

In the mid-1950’s, a new plan was suggested. This plan included a parish hall, a large church and a smaller chapel which would connect to the church with a covered walkway called a cloister. A study of the facilities and the chapel was conducted in 1956 and it was suggested that the chapel be torn down due to the need for expensive repairs. Only the larger church was completed in 1958. The members of the parish supported the repairs of the chapel, and additional repairs were made several times in the next 50 years.

Improvements and updates to the church property were made in 1996. The property also includes a columbarium – a sacred area designated for the installation of cinerary urns and a meditation labyrinth. The gardens were designed in large part by the late Rev. Deacon Robert Taylor with additional work by his son, Brad Taylor.

The chapel was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 which coincided with the centennial celebration of the founding of Trinity Church.