Select Ministries of Trinity
Community Food Bank Drives
Trinity is constantly engaged in collection of goods for the Community Food Bank (Food Depot). The focus of these efforts adapts to specific needs as they are identified by the food bank. Collection boxes are located near the entrance to the sanctuary.
Trinity initiated its “Fill the F-150” drive for the Christian Community Food Bank several years ago to resounding success. Typical events result in the truck being filled multiple times.
The Archdiocese of Lui (in the newly independent South Sudan) is the companion diocese of the Diocese of Missouri. In early 2012 we welcomed Bishop Dokolo and his wife Lillian who discussed the needs of Anglicans in Lui. The Diocese of Lui is in East Mundri County, Western Equatoria State, South Sudan. The Diocese was created in 1999, having originated as a Church Missionary Society station in 1920. It is a mainly rural area of approx 5000 sq miles. Trinity continues to explore ways in which it can further the development needs of this community. For more information about Lui Dioceses, click here.
Food 4 Kids
Food 4 Kids is a vital program that brings lunches and recreational opportunities to children during the summer. Churches throughout Kirksville supply volunteers to prepare and distribute food at local parks throughout the community, as well as lead games with the children. The objective of the program is to make sure that children in need have access to a free and healthy lunch. Trinity members typically staff 3 to 4 parks a summer.
Outside of Kansas City, St. Louis, St. Joseph, on Missouri’s western and eastern borders, Trinity constitutes the only gay-affirming church north of I-70 in Missouri. Even in neighboring Iowa and Illinois, one would need to travel nearly two hours to find a similarly-welcoming congregation. We take our role as an Oasis Congregation seriously, being an oasis in both the literal and metaphorical sense. Members of the GLBTQ community will find a welcoming environment in Trinity, where members of the gay and lesbian community play active roles in all aspects of church life. Trinity members have organized vigils to commemorate the lives of gays and lesbians lost to bullying and abuse, and have taken public stances in opposition to bullying and discrimination.
Nets for Life
NetsforLife® is a partner ministry of Episcopal Relief and Development and empowers communities to eliminate malaria by providing life-saving prevention training and long-lasting insecticide-treated nets. Trinity collects money for NetsforLife® at various times during the year. During the week of World Malaria Day, we engaged in a fundraising campaign that also included learning interesting facts about malaria and its eradication, provided special materials for the Sunday School children, and gave everyone the opportunity to sit under a mosquito net similar to those donated through the program.
Opportunities for Personal Involvement
There are numerous opportunities at Trinity to pursue our own passions for social justice and mission, or join those of others. There are also plenty of opportunities to contribute to the day-to-day activities of preparing for worship, maintaining church facilities, and serving others.
United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of the Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through United Thank Offering, men, women, and children nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God. These prayers of thanksgiving start when we recognize and name our many daily blessings. Those who participate in UTO discover that thankfulness leads to generosity. United Thank Offering is entrusted to promote thank offerings, to receive the offerings, and to distribute the UTO monies to support mission and ministry throughout the Episcopal Church and in invited Provinces of the Anglican Communion in the developing world.