Pastor's Welcome

We’re glad you’re visiting Trinity Church in the Central West End’s website, and we’d be even happier if you’d come visit us in person. At Trinity, you’ll find a community that worships God in a classic Christian style, makes a difference in the world through acts of service and justice, and grows into a deeper relationship with God and neighbor. No matter who you are, you’re invited to stop by anytime and experience for yourself the love of Christ practiced at Trinity Church.

Peace,
Jon


Jesus summed it up best when he said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
 
This is what we believe at Trinity, the rest is details.

Sunday Worship Times
    Quiet Service without music 8:00 AM
    Main Service with choir 10:30 AM
    Family Service 9:00 AM (2nd Sunday of the Month)
    Compline 7:00 PM (3rd Sunday of the Month)
 
Weekday Worship Times
    Monday: Morning Prayer 7:30 AM
    Tuesday: Holy Communion 7:30 AM
    Wednesday: Morning Prayer 7:30 AM; Holy Communion 12:10 PM
    Thursday: Holy Communion 6:30 AM
    Friday: Morning Prayer 7:30 AM

Sunday School
 
   
Grade 7-12  9:40 a.m.
   
Pre-K through 6th Grade 10:30 AM
    Adult Forum 9:40 AM (Childcare provided)

Children's Sunday School
  7th - 12th Grade     9:20 a.m.
  Pre-K-6th Grade  10:30 a.m

Children and youth from pre-K to 12th grade are invited to participate in a Sunday school program that teaches the classic biblical narrative and encourages learners to explore the faith in age appropriate ways. 
 
Click here to learn more about the Spark house Sunday School Curriculum. 

Use the Contact button below to enroll your children in Sunday school.
 

 Contact Form


Coffee and Conversation - 9:40 a.m.
On Sundays at 9:40 AM, the community gathers to discuss scripture, theology, and the ever-complex human condition. Discussion topics vary, and have included liberation theology, the parables of Jesus, and exploration of particular books of the bible. All are invited to grab a cup of coffee and join the conversation. 

At Coffee and Conversation, participants discuss matters of faith, politics, and contemporary issues in an informal and engaging atmosphere. You don’t have to have all the answers to join the conversation, just an open mind and an open heart.
 
Schedule
January 2016 – Process Theology: An Theology of Ecology. Facilitated by Jay Fish
February 2016 – Spiritual Practices for Everday Living. Facilitated by Rev. Stratton
March 2016 – The Seven Deadly Sins. Facilitated by Mike Pilato
April 2016 – Scripture. Story, Law, Fact, or Fiction? Facilitated by Rev. Stratton
May – December 2016 – TBA

All conversations begin at 9:40 AM and end at 10:20 AM in the South Parish Hall.

Eucharistic Potlucks and Study Series on “Hazardous Saints”
 
You are invited to share a meal, discuss the lives of several “Hazardous Saints” who took bold risks to follow Jesus, and share the Lord’s Supper (Eucharistic dinner style) on all Tuesdays in Lent (expect Holy Week) at 6:00 PM in the North Parish Hall. We’ll use the exciting new six-session DVD study series “Hazardous Saints” that invites small groups to explore the lives of six Christian “saints” who risked all for the sake of the gospel. Like Jesus, each of the featured leaders were change agents in their times: the Subversive Bridge- Builder, Barnabas; the Lovable Rebel, Francis of Assisi; the Tightrope Walker, Thomas Cranmer; the Persevering Prophet, Sojourner Truth; the Idealistic Realist, Dorothy Day; and the People’s Voice, Oscar Romero. Please bring either a soup, salad, or bread to share.
 
Date: All Tuesdays in Lent (Except Holy Week)
Time: 6:00 PM
Format: Potluck, video based group discussion, Eucharistic Dinner
Who: All people, all ages
Where: Trinity Episcopal Church, North Parish Hall
Food: Yes, bring some to share  

Newcomers and Inquirers Class
Newcomers and Inquirers are invited to learn more about the Episcopal Church and Trinity Parish during a six week class entitled Pilgrim. Pilgrim is a teaching and discipleship resource that helps inquirers and new Christians explore what it means to travel through life with Christ. A Christian course for the twenty-first century, Pilgrim offers an approach of participation, not persuasion. Following the practice of the ancient disciplines of biblical reflection and prayer with quotes from the Christian tradition throughout the ages, Pilgrim assumes little or no knowledge of the Christian faith.
Classes are on every Thursday in April and May of 2016 (except 2nd Thursdays) at 6 PM. To sign up, please contact Fr. Jon Stratton at jon@trinityepiscopal.net.

Animate Faith
Held twice a year, this seven-week course is designed especially for people who aren’t satisfied with easy answers about God, religion, and the Bible and enjoy conversations enriched by thoughtful and open-ended questions. Those wishing to join the church or participate in the sacrament of confirmation are encouraged to sign up for this course.

Contact Form

Theology on Tap
Join a group of folks in their 20s and 30s. Some of us are members of Episcopal churches around St. Louis, but not all of us. We gather on the first Tuesday of each month for good food and good conversation. Theology on Tap seeks to create a "low pressure" environment for Episcopalians and not-so-churchy friends to have conversations about faith, ethics, politics, and life today.


Contemplative Prayer

Introduction to Contemplative Prayer is available here.
Bibliography is available here.
Graphic of The Tree of Contemplative Practices is available here.
Centering Prayer by Thomas Keating is available here.
Facilitator: Mary Taylor 
Every Wednesday at 5:30 PM in the Chapel.


Map

Parking

We have two parking lots. The lot on the north side of the church is accessible via Euclid Ave. The lot behind the church is accessible via Washington Avenue and the alley just north of the church.

Child Care

Parents with small children, infant – 4 years, are invited to take advantage of our professional childcare services during the 10:30 AM service. Children are cared for in a safe, warm, and friendly environment by professionally staffed sitters. We also offer a “soft space” in our sanctuary with quiet toys and books for parents who choose to keep their kids with them during worship.

Accessibility

The church is wheelchair-accessible through both the North and South Parish Halls.

Service Leaflet

You can view a PDF of this Sunday's service leaflet by clicking HERE.

Weekly E-Times Newsletter

Our weekly parish newsletter is available HERE.


Fellowship and faith formation are important parts of our life at Trinity. Trinitarians grow in their faith through fellowship in small groups. Current groups are described below. 
 
Contemplative Prayer
Spirituality 

  • Bibliography is available here.
  • Graphic of The Tree of Contemplative Practices is available here.
  • Centering Prayer by Thomas Keating is available here.

Facilitator: Mary Taylor 

Every Wednesday at 5:30 PM in the Chapel

 
Theology on Tap 
Young Adult  

Join a group of folks in their 20s and 30s. Some of us are members of Episcopal churches around St. Louis, but not all of us. We gather on the first Tuesday of each month for good food and good conversation. Theology on Tap seeks to create a "low pressure" environment for Episcopalians and not-so-churchy friends to have conversations about faith, ethics, politics, and life today.

Facilitator: Jon Stratton  

1st Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM at Dressel's Pub (Euclid Ave)


 Podcast iTunes users may subscribe to the podcast of Trinity's sermons here.

 

The Rev. Jon Stratton, April 24, 2016
The Fifth Sunday of Easter
So, if you think this looks bad, you should see the car that hit me.



The Rev. Jon Stratton, April 17, 2016
The Fourth Sunday of Easter
I wonder when it was the last time that you thought about Heaven.

 

The Rev. Jon Stratton, April 10, 2016
The Third Sunday of Easter
The Scriptures of full of conversion stories.

 

The Rev. Harry Leip, April 3, 2016
The Second Sunday of Easter
Of all the people we read about in the New Testament, outside of Jesus, Thomas is by far my favorite.

 

The Rev. Jon Stratton, March 27, 2016
The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day
Has anyone here ever been to a worship service where people testified?

 

 

Clergy

The Rev. Jon Stratton, Rector
jon@trinityepiscopal.net
314-361-4655, Ext. 3

The Rev. Harry Leip, Deacon
harry@trinityepiscopal.net
314-361-4655, Ext. 4

Lay Staff

Bill Ader, Parish Administrator
ader@trinityepiscopal.net
314-361-4655, Ext. 5

Kathy van Bakergem, Church School Director
kathy@trinityepiscopal.net

Jeff Nall, Choirmaster and Organist
jeff@trinityepiscopal.net
314-361-4655, Ext. 8

Adrienne Fly, Food Ministry Coordinator
adrienne@trinityepiscopal.net
314-361-4655, Ext. 7

Barbi Click, Food Ministry Manager
barbi@trinityepiscopal.net
314-361-4655, Ext. 6

Trinity's Arts Committee organizes two or three exhibits each year that debut with wine and cheese receptions in the North Parish Hall.  We also create occasional installations in the sanctuary to add visual interest to a specific season of the church year.  All are invited to join us!

Trinity Art Brochures

Guide to Art and Design
2006 Stations of the Cross
We Believe:  A Creative Look at the Nicene Creed