Welcome to Trinity
Sharing Christ’s Love at the Present Time
May 18, 2021
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I thank God for all we have done together and for all the ways we have supported one another this past year. God’s good work in this parish never stopped even when our doors were closed. As I said in my sermon on Sunday, we have prayed, fed, taught, cheered, sung, organized, written, worshipped, confirmed, and baptized our way through this pandemic year. Thanks be to God and to you!
As many of you know, the CDC has issued new guidelines for vaccinated persons to allow them to resume activities without wearing masks or being physically distant from one another. Right after these new guidelines were announced, our bishop, Glenda Curry, sent word to the Diocese of Alabama that it was time to take the next steps in our gradual return to pre-pandemic parish life. She has set a deadline of June 1st for all parishes in the diocese to implement the following changes:
- Social distancing and masks for fully vaccinated people are no longer required for fully for all activities, inside or outside, including singing, officiating, reading, preaching, leading Sunday School, etc.
- With the CDC, the bishop still recommends that people who are not vaccinated wear masks when gathering indoors, singing indoors, or for outdoor crowded events.
The vestry and I have discussed these new guidelines and the bishop’s mandate. Following her guidance, we are dropping the requirement that people sign up before attending services and will not require vaccinated persons to wear masks at parish events. In her communication with church staff who work with children, Bishop Glenda has also made it clear that children do not need to wear masks at indoor or outdoor activities, unless that is the desire of their parents or guardians. Anyone may, of course, choose to wear a mask at church events. We will continue to provide masks for every person who needs one and will have multiple sanitizing stations in each of the buildings on our campus. For your own safety, we do request that unvaccinated people wear a mask when gathering indoors here at Trinity. We will not be checking vaccination cards, but we do encourage everyone to get vaccinated when you have the opportunity. We will still make our services available online for people who are unable to join us in person.
While this gradual return to normalcy is a welcome one, I am conscious that each person will have their own response to this change. So, whether we’re masked or unmasked, let us continue to support and care for one another with compassion and understanding. In the words of St. Paul, “May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Jesus Christ, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom 15:5-6).
In Christ’s love,
Please join us for a series of Sunday morning walk-abouts with Gil Self
as we “come home” and reconnect with our Trinity family. Gil will guide us with wonderful history filled lessons about the different areas of Trinity’s campus.
You will have the opportunity to see what all work has been done and learn about the vision to remodel other areas.
Mark your calendars with the schedule below and make sure to join us!
410 North Pine Street,
Florence, Alabama 35630
P.O. Box M,
Florence, Alabama 35631
Sunday Worship Service Times
8:00 AM – Holy Eucharist
10:30 AM – Holy Eucharist
*Fourth Sunday Monthly*
5:00 PM – Holy Eucharist
Services are live streamed and posted to our YouTube Channel
Tuesday & Thursday
7:15 AM – Morning Prayer (Located in the Chapel)
Follow Us on Social Media
Welcome to Trinity Episcopal Church!
We are part of the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement. We have been a worshipping community in Florence, Alabama since 1824, and our beautiful church has been at the corner of Pine and Tuscaloosa Streets since 1894. As part of the Episcopal Church, we are part of the Anglican Communion in the United States, descended from and partners with the Church of England and the Scottish-Episcopal Church.
What do we believe?
We believe in the loving, liberating, and life-giving God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe in following the teachings of Jesus Christ, whose life, death, and resurrection saved the world.
We have a legacy of inclusion, aspiring to tell and exemplify God’s love for every human being; men and women serve as bishops, priests, and deacons in our church. Laypeople and clergy cooperate as leaders at all levels of our church. Leadership is a gift from God and can be expressed by all people in our church, regardless of sexual identity or orientation.