Where We Are
Holy Trinity has deep roots in downtown Greensboro. Through several moves since its founding, the parish has always chosen to be in the center of the city. The first building on our current site was completed in 1922. Since then, we’ve acquired all the other properties on our city block (except one) and used the land and buildings to reflect both our inward journey of faith and outward journey of service.
The main buildings – sanctuary, chapel, offices, and Parish House – are bustling night and day with parishioners at worship, dinner, and choir practice; taking a class; or attending events. Many community groups use the campus for meetings, including the UNC-Greensboro Emeritus Society, League of Women Voters, National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), and Fisher Park Neighborhood Association. During the work week, the Parish House is home to Holy Trinity Day School, founded as a preschool in 1954 and offering a half-day program for children ages 3 months through pre-kindergarten. The school is at capacity with 106 enrolled children.
Two buildings on our block are part of the Fisher Park Historic District, a recognized national historic district. One houses the Holy Trinity Music School offering lessons in piano, violin, and guitar. The other is home to Second Breath Center (formerly The Servant Leadership School) and Sacred Garden Bookstore, a store and gathering place for parishioners and the neighborhood. For many years, this building was Holy Trinity’s Share-A-Home, providing group living for the elderly.
All youth activities, including Sunday morning classes and Sunday night EYC gatherings, happen in the Youth House, which is newly renovated and was decorated by the youth and youth advisors.
We also have an outdoor stone labyrinth, columbarium and resurrection garden, and meditation garden.
A 2017 capital campaign provided funds to renovate our block. In the process, we removed several older buildings whose age and condition prevented them from being used effectively. Those buildings had a rich history as the site of a housing ministry that provided homes to people coming out of poverty or fleeing unrest in countries like Vietnam, Syria, and Afghanistan and disasters like Hurricane Katrina. One also had been the start-up location for The Mustard Seed Clinic, serving people without access to healthcare.
Two local non-profit organizations grew out of Holy Trinity’s outreach work. The Barnabas Network, which collects gently used furniture and gives it at no cost to people in need, grew out of our work with housing issues. Higher Ground, a resource center for people living with or affected by HIV, had its start in the 1990s with a group of clergy, including Holy Trinity’s, who wanted to establish a way for faith communities to get involved in the local HIV crisis.
Life in Greensboro
Greensboro is the third largest city in North Carolina, with nearly 300,000 people. The combined population of the statistical area of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point is 1.7 million. The area, originally home to native Americans, saw the first European settlers in 1750, when Quakers migrated from Pennsylvania. The city was created as the Guilford County seat in 1808 and named for Gen. Nathanael Greene, who led American forces in the 1781 Revolutionary War Battle of Guilford Courthouse.
Today, Greensboro is home to seven colleges and universities, the Wyndham Golf Championship, and a number of cultural sites including the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, where the sit-in movement began on Feb. 1, 1960.
We enjoy four distinct seasons, and it’s a short drive east to the coast or west to the mountains. A strong public education system and a variety of charter and independent schools – including Canterbury School, a PreK-8 Episcopal day school – offer educational options.
Our walkable downtown has a minor-league baseball park, a cultural arts center, theaters, galleries, parks, shopping, dining, and a 3,000-seat performing arts center set to open in March 2020. The Downtown Greenway, a four-mile paved walking loop around downtown, borders our campus. A robust arts culture, more than 90 miles of trails and greenways, relatively light traffic, moderate cost of living, and diverse neighborhoods contribute to the great quality of life in Greensboro.
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