Valerie Farewell
The Rev. Mary prays with Valerie Hall during the service last Sunday (July 11). Valerie retired this month after 18 years as Holy Trinity's parish administrator. To read Valerie's farewell message to the parish, click here.
Holy Trinity $22K 'Care for Creation' Grant to
Fund Multimedia Presentations with Ekklesia
Artist Stephen Proctor uses video projection technology to create "visual liturgy" -- one of the multimedia tools that will be used in the BODY and LAND presentations to raise awareness of environmental issues and eco-justice.
With $22,000 in funding from a grant by the national church, Holy Trinity and Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet will stage a series of nine multimedia presentations throughout the diocese over the next year, culminating in a week-long event at the newly renovated Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford next June. Entitled BODY and LAND, the presentations are modeled on Ekklesia’s Dance & Dialogue series, which combines a dance performance with panel discussions on such issues as racial justice, mental health and the environment.
'We have been given a huge vote of confidence by the national Episcopal Church.'
-- Rev. Mary Barnett
“Dance, like all art, provides a bridge to discuss divisive issues,” the grant proposal notes. The presentations will combine choreography, film, poetry and a re-imagined score of Vivaldi's “Four Seasons.” The score incorporates sounds — along with images — of seasonal climate change (glaciers melting, forest fires, hurricanes, etc.) These will highlight the impact of climate change on bodies, on communities, and on the planet. More...
Sunday Service July 18
Eighth Sunday After Pentecost
Holy Communion at 9:30 AM
We will worship indoors this Sunday, with the Rev. Mary Barnett presiding over Holy Communion and with preaching by Ekklesia's theologian-in-residence, Morley Van Yperen. Music by the praise band. The service will be simulcast on Facebook. Note: Communion will be at the altar rail, bread only, no wine. The healing team will also be available in back for intercessory prayers. Come meet our new parish administrator, Emily Saska, and her husband David.

Sunday Bulletin

Morley Van Yperen

Trained both as a dancer and a theologian, Morley Van Yperen is theologian-in-residence at Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet Company. More...
Upcoming Services
Sun July 18 -- Holy Communion inside with the Rev. Mary presiding and Morley van Yperen preaching. Music by the praise band.

Sun July 25 -- A jazz service indoors at 9:30 AM with the Rev. Mary officiating at Holy Communion and Eric Rennie preaching.

Sun Aug 1 -- Holy Communion inside at 9:30 AM with the Rev. Mary presiding and preaching. Music with organist Ernie Adams.
Sun Aug 8 -- Aldon Hynes will lead morning prayer at 9:30 AM, and Elaine Ramshaw will preach.

Sun Aug 15 -- Morning Prayer outside with James Dawson and Ashley Pierce, Aldon Hynes leading Dwelling in the Word. Music by the praise band.
A detailed summer schedule through August, along with contact information for officiants, preachers and lay readers, may be found here.
Note: All services at Holy Trinity will be simulcast on Facebook.
News Briefs
First Friday August 6
Save the date! Middletown Arts Fest will be happening on Friday, August 6, from 5:00-8:00 PM. Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet and Ekklesia School of Ballet will be putting on a free performance on the CHT stage. There will also be events at other businesses along Main Street. Come support local artists and businesses.
Spiritual director Elaine Ramshaw is available to work with parishioners interested in finding a deeper spiritual path in their everyday lives through a process she calls "wayfinding." Interested persons will meet with her on a monthly basis, with Holy Trinity picking up have the cost. For more on Elaine's background and the wayfinding process, click here.
Ballet Registration
Register now for fall dance classes at Ekklesia School of Ballet. We have classes for students ages three to adult. CHT families at 25% tuition discount! Come to our open houses on August 14, 21, and 28. Take free dance classes and register for the fall. More...
Noonday Prayer Wednesdays
Join us for noonday prayer Wednesdays in the chapel. The services will be short and only use acoustic instruments. It is intended to be a quiet moment of peace in the middle of the week, to help ground us in prayer and meditation. There will be a few songs before and after the service, and bringing in suggestions of songs of peace and love are encouraged. -- Peter Van Siclen
Diocesan News Briefs
Evangelism Weekend in VT
As we emerge from the global pandemic, how will we offer God’s grace and hope to our neighbors? How will we extend the Gospels’ invitation to “come and see?” Join us on Zoom or in person for a weekend of Episcopal evangelism as we bring together some of the Episcopal Church’s most innovative and inspiring leaders in evangelism, including ECCT's own Marcus Halley, Paul Carling, and Matt Lindemann. Come celebrate how we can extend God’s grace and hope through music. September 24-26, 2021 at St. Mary's in the Mountains, Wilmington, VT. More...
Online Project
Episcopal Peace Fellowship
will host a series of online one-hr presentations on the first Sunday of each month, starting in August, on different aspects of and approaches to peacebuilding, both with others and within ourselves. We will meet via Eventbrite/Zoom at 4:00 PM Eastern Time. Hear inspiring voices. Learn. Discover resources for going deeper. More...
Safe Church Training
Spring 2021
All ECCT Safe Church Training (SCT) includes an online course, followed by a 3-hour live session on Zoom. This training is grounded in our call to seek and serve Christ in all persons and respect the dignity of every human being. View dates and register online.
2022 UTO Grant Applications
UTO applications for 2022 are now available on the UTO website. The focus of this year’s grants is "Care of Creation: Turning love into action by caring for God’s creation to protect the most vulnerable—who will bear the largest burden of pollution and climate change—through justice, advocacy, environmental reparations, or the development of formation materials." All grant applications must be received by Pam Sola no later than January 10, 2022. Applications may be sent via email or by mail to Episcopal Church in Connecticut, c/o Pam Sola, 290 Pratt Street, Box 52, Meriden, CT 06450.
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Flower Memorials
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The Rev. Mary Barnett:

Emily Saska (Parish Administrator):

Steve Horst (Warden):

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Note: The Rev. Mary wants to hear from you! Please reach out to Mary at 203-915-0561 at any time with your concerns, or if you just need a listening ear.
Online Giving to Holy Trinity
Now you can contribute online to Holy Trinity through Tithe.ly, a safe and secure giving platform that allows you to donate once or on a recurring basis! Click on the link below to give through the church website. You can donate funds using a credit card or your bank account. For your pledge or other recurring gift, you can donate weekly, monthly, or semi-monthly, specifying a day of the week or date(s) during the month. You can also designate a onetime gift to specific church activities and organizations.
Ed. Note: Not taught at seminary: how to conduct Holy Eucharist one-handed while wearing a shoulder harness. The Rev. Mary brought it off without a hitch!