Who We Are
We believe that every person is a beloved child of God. We are open, accepting, and forward thinking. Friendships forged at Holy Trinity are deep and multi-generational. We would like to have more diversity in the congregation, but we are proud of the progress we have made.
Time together in worship is a special part of our identity. Our gothic-style sanctuary, built in 1950, seats 375. All Saints Chapel, which was built in 1922, holds 80 people. We celebrate
a traditional Rite II Eucharist on Sundays, have a contemplative service Wednesday evenings, and offer special seasonal services throughout the year.
Our rich music ministry is led by an especially talented choirmaster and includes three age-group choirs for children and several choirs for adults accommodating a range of music skills. Every service is marked by inspiring music appropriate to the setting. Two of our Sunday services include a string quartet and the Wednesday evening service features Taizé music.
We have been blessed with extraordinary preaching that makes the Gospel relevant to our lives and current events, illuminates the Scripture within its cultural context, and invites reflection and change. As one parishioner said, sermons “give you an ‘ah ha’ moment; may move you to tears; and stay with you all week.”
Holy Trinity provides space and opportunities for everyone, young and old, to question, discern, and deepen their spiritual development. There are covenant groups, local and international pilgrimages, and thought-provoking Sunday morning classes for all ages including Godly Play for children; Feasting on the
Word for tweens and teens; and classes such as The Church in the New Millennium, Waking Up White, and History Behind The Headlines, for adults.
Our vibrant Episcopal Youth Community (EYC) averages 50 tweens and teens on Sunday evenings. Throughout the year there are service opportunities and retreats; pilgrimages; and a mission trip to Glory Ridge, a non-denominational camp in the mountains of North Carolina.
Holy Trinity’s campus is home to Second Breath Center, a servant leadership school founded by our former Rector more than 25 years ago; Sacred Garden Bookstore; and Holy Trinity Day School, a community preschool that opened in 1954. Our labyrinth and meditation gardens are open 24 hours a day.
There is more information in the current Christian Formation brochure here.
Through simple presence and concrete action, we support each other in times of pain and times of celebration. In addition to the personal ministry of our priests, we offer pastoral care through an intercessory prayer group; a ministry to welcome newly born or adopted children; lay persons trained through Community of Hope International; the delivery of rearranged altar flowers on Sundays; and a parish nurse provided in partnership with the local hospital system. Parishioners can join groups that knit prayer shawls, deliver meals, write condolence notes, host funeral receptions, and take the Eucharist to people who cannot attend church (just to name a few).
Individually, parishioners have a long history of community work, from serving on local non-profit boards and city council, to tutoring in the schools and serving meals at Urban Ministry. As a parish, we support projects to: feed and pray with people in a downtown park every Sunday, repair homes in one of North Carolina’s poorest counties, deliver Meals on Wheels, and collect food for a variety of ministries. We yearn to expand our outreach and provide hands-on opportunities for parishioners to grow in this outward journey of service. A more complete list of current outreach opportunities is in our Growing In Faith Through Service booklet here.
During the school year, we hold three services on Sundays (8, 9, and 11:15 a.m.) and during the summer, two services (8 and 10 a.m.), with an average total attendance of nearly 500 people. The Wednesday night Stillpoint contemplative service has an average attendance of 70. There are special services throughout the year, such as an Easter vigil and four Christmas services. There are currently 2,400 baptized members on our rolls – a number that has grown each of the last four years.
Capital Giving: In 2017, the vestry approved the “Capital Gifts Initiative, Generation to Generation” campaign to raise $6.5 million to update the current parish house including the addition of a sprinkler system for our day school and Sunday school spaces; create a new covered outdoor space that seats about 200 people; add a covered entrance to the sanctuary; add parking; and address certain maintenance needs. The campaign surpassed its goal and raised $6.7 million. All of the new construction has been successfully completed, but the maintenance on buildings dating from the 1920s, 1950s and 1960s remains an ongoing issue. Current proposed capital projects suggest that we may need in excess of an additional $500,000 to protect our physical structures, due to issues that subsequently have been discovered.
Annual Giving: Pledging is the parish’s major source of income; other sources include unplanned gifts, plate offering, and a distribution from the Holy Trinity Foundation. The Foundation has invested assets of $1.5 million, approximately half of which is unrestricted, and is governed by a separate board of directors comprised of parishioners and Vestry members.
The 2020 Annual Giving Campaign set a goal of $2 million and received pledges of $1.7 million from a total of 515 pledging units, which is down from the previous year, but in line with the preceeding years. Though it will be a challenge, the Vestry is committed to a balanced budget.
Overall, Holy Trinity has a stable financial history and has been blessed with designated funds that have been available to help cover specific expenses. Until the recent capital campaign – when we took out a bridge loan to cover construction costs as pledges are paid through 2021 – Holy Trinity had been debt free for nearly 30 years.
Staff: In addition to our Interim Rector, the staff currently includes one part-time and two full-time Associate Rectors, a full-time parish administrator, and a staff of 13 full-time and part-time people.