Trinity Church in the Summer by John Ogden

The Episcopal Church in Swarthmore

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Trinity Church Library

Trinity Library

We have spent a great deal of the summer reorganizing Trinity's library, using the category system that was established years ago, instead of the Dewey Decimal System. Suggestions for a better location for a particular book would be welcomed. Some of the books were quite difficult to place.

On a shelf next to the door there is a loose leaf binder for checking out the books. The diagram of the categories of the books found on the cover of the binder might help you find the book you are looking for.

Please sign out any books that you take out of the library. When returning books, please put a check on the same line and leave the books on the shelf, next to the binder. Please do not reshelf the books.

Thank you for helping us keep the library in order.

Do make use of our wohderful collection of books!
Dorrie Rawley, Dorothy Jeanne Dangerfield and Nancy Adams

Service in the Park

On Sunday September 13 at 10:30 a.m., Trinity invites you to our annual out-doors service with songs followed by a picnic. Bring your beach chair, blanket, picnic lunch (and maybe some bug repellent) and Join us at Little Crum Creek Park in Swarthmore. (This service replaces the normal 10:00 a.m. service at Trinity Church. There will be no 10:00 service at the church on 9/13, however 8:00 service will be as usual. In the event of inclimate weather, the 10:30 service will be held at the church.)

Music for a Summer Evening

Summer in Swarthmore

Music for a Summer Evening was a smash success! Many thanks to the performers for a wonderful evening:
Patrick Desrosiers (violin), Tracy Sturgis (soprano), Matthew Maisano (baritone) and James Smith (piano)

Changes at Trinity

The Vestry continues to work with Jill Manthis from the Diocese and the Rev. Lou Temme, our transition consultant to find a suitable interrum priest. The Rev. Joyce Tompkins will be returning from sabbatical next week. If you have the need for pastoral care, or if you have a pastoral emergency, please call Trinity's main number, (610) 544-2297, and follow the instructions on the voice mail. Joe German will be arranging for pastoral visits and has a list of priests to contact in case of emergency.

If you have questions about where we are in the search process you can call vestry members Barbara Nagel at 610-543-0567 or Agnes Wozniak at 610-220-8021 or come up and talk with either of us when you see us in church.

Spring/Summer Chronicle

The Spring 2015 edition of The Chronicle newsletter is now availble for download: The Chronicle

Healing Services

A service of healing will be held on the third Tuesday of each month AT 7:30 p.m. The next service is January 20th. This event is open to all in the community as a way for you to come and receive prayers for health, situations, for a way to express your concern for events in the world, and for all those who hold a genuine concern for someone else or for events in the community, nation and the world. The church welcomes everyone.

Reading Group

The reading group meets on the first Wednesday in the month, from 10:30-Noon in the Cleaves Room at Trinity Swarthmore (go up ramp off College Ave side circle driveway, up stairs, left to end of hall, right into Cleaves Room)

Make suggestions to Walt Adams, Linda Sauer, or Mary North.

Heartstrings Group

Knitted baby caps image by Rebecca Clemmer

Heartstrings, a group dedicated to making items for charity (especially babies) will meet the second Saturday of each month at about 9:30am following the Women's Breakfast. Bring your knitting, crocheting, and handwork and join us as we create for charity! Contact Susan Lawson, with questions.


Kairos, a national and ecumenical prison ministry, is looking for men to volunteer to continue the 25 years of service in 32 states and 9 countries to persons incarcerated in area prisons. The goal of Kairos is to change hearts and transform lives; men volunteering with Kairos are formed and trained into ministry teams through which God's love, grace, and mercy are expressed in a real and profound way to those in prison.

Interested? Willing to help? For more information, see Trinity member Paul Oestreich or the area Kairos coordinator, Michael Wilcox. For more details, see the Kairos website at

Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer continues every Monday, 7:30-8:45ish in the Cleaves Room.

Ongoing Food Collection

Food CollectionWe are collecting food each week at every service to help supply St. Mary’s Food Cupboard in Chester. Please make this a part of your weekly offering: Bring non-perishable food items and place them in the baskets at the rear of the church.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Trinity Church Life Calendar

Do you lead a ministry for Trinity Church? Sunday School, IHN, Fellowship? To place parish life events for your ministry on the Trinity Church Life calendar, e-mail

Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN)

Trinity participates in the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) (known nationally as Family Promise). Anyone interested in serving homeless families and looking to see life in the world and faith in Christ come together are invited. Please contact the Parish Office for more information.

eMail Newsletter, the "Constant Chronicle"

Trinity Church regularly issues an email newsletter called the Constant Chronicle. If you have not received an email copy of the Constant Chronicle, that probably means we don't have a good email address for you on file! Please email Nancy Holstein with your name and address or call the church office at 610-544-2297.

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Partners in Ministry

Partners in Ministry works on the Swarthmore College campus to provide an ecumenical Protestant ministry to Swarthmore students. Founded by five local churches and the Friends Meeting, Partners has grown dramatically. Partners supports the Rev. Joyce U. Tompkins as a full-time ecumenical Protestant minister. For more information or to make a donation, please see Lin Urban.

Worship Services

Summer Schedule