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Trinity Episcopal Church Provides a Faith-Based Lens Into the World

By Marina Jokic

Trinity Church is an Episcopal Church, a branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion of Churches with over seventy million members in approximately one hundred countries. The current Vicar Rev. David "Chip" Robinson stresses his church's role as a "bridge church," alluding to its welcoming both the Catholic and Protestant traditions. "It preserves the ancient Catholic faith and sacraments while being, at the same time, Protestant, focusing on the basic authority of Holy Scripture and the proclamation of the Word of God," Robinson underlines.

Trinity is a certified Safe Church, which means that the parish leaders, staff, and volunteers are all trained in best practices to ensure the safety and security of the congregation. In a few words, the church's mission lies in inspiring a love for God in every one of its parishioners, and to instill a sense of morality and selflessness. "At Trinity Church, we are a community of faith that respects each individual's spiritual journey," Robinson adds. In that way, each member is respected regardless of social status, wealth, age, and any other superficial characteristic. Once you walk into Trinity Episcopal Church, you are instantly welcomed and accepted into a supportive community.

Robinson hopes to inspire a mission-driven spirit in his parishioners so that they may employ the lessons they learn at church in their everyday lives. To touch the lives of others in a positive way is one of the most rewarding experiences that one could have. "We trust you to use worship, prayer, and the scriptures to form beliefs and act morally rather than try to tell you what you must believe or how you must behave," emphasizes the Vicar. For the sake of camaraderie and fostering strong relationships among members, differences of opinion are accepted as a natural and organic social phenomenon.

Offering help in the form of food, clothing, and any other items is just one way that the church connects with the outside world. Trinity's food pantry provides shelf-stable foods and personal hygiene products to families in need and is staffed by church volunteers every Saturday from ten in the morning until noon and by Hampton Community Coalition volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school year.

Last but not least, Trinity offers its facilities to various organizations including TASC (Transportation Assistance for Seacoast Citizens), an ecumenical effort that provides free rides to senior citizens and those with disabilities to medical and other vital appointments; Dress 4 School Success, a clothing ministry that provides clothing for school-aged children in need; and the Hampton Community Coalition¸ an umbrella agency that coordinates a number of services for seniors and the disadvantaged. More broadly, the church's global presence is promoted by the Episcopal Relief and Development effort, which works with local leaders and stakeholders to identify and alleviate various social problems.

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Marina Jokic holds a bachelor's degree from Connecticut College in Russian and East...

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