Trinity Church in the Spring by John Ogden

The Episcopal Church in Swarthmore

About Trinity Episcopal Church -- Are you visiting our area? We would be happy to have you worship with us on Sunday morning. Come and See...

Holy Week with Trinity Church
Anno Domini 2015

Palm Sunday: The Sunday of the Passion - March 29
8:00 am, 9:15 am, 11:00 am
Holy Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Palms

Monday and Tuesday in Holy Week - March 30-31
7:00 pm - Stations of the Cross
7:30 pm - Solemn Holy Eucharist

Wednesday in Holy Week - April 1
9:30 am - Holy Eucharist
7:00 pm - Tenebrae: A Service of Shadows

Maundy Thursday - April 2
6:00 pm Agape Supper, Parish Hall
7:30 pm - Holy Eucharist and the Stripping of the Altar
(child care available)

Good Friday - April 3
7:00 am - Solemn Morning Prayer - Holy Communion: Reserved Sacrament
Noon - An Order of Service for Noonday
6:00 pm - Living Stations of the Cross, presented by the Trinity Church Youth Drama Ministry
7:30 pm - Proper Liturgy for Good Friday with Choir
(child care available)

Holy Saturday - April 4
9:00 am - Solemn Prayers for Holy Saturday

Easter Sunday - April 5
5:45 am - The Great Vigil of Easter
9:15 am - Festival Holy Eucharist with Baptism
Easter Egg Hunt following the 9:15 Eucharist
11:00 am - Festival Holy Eucharist with Choir and Instrumental Ensemble
(child care available during the 11:00 service)

Agapé Supper

Trinity Church invites all for an Agapé Supper — a "love feast"! The Agapé Supper is the precursor to our Holy Eucharist on the evening of Maundy Thursday, 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall.

Come out and bring these foods (and only these foods) to share: Meatless Soups, Olives, Cheeses, Wholesome Breads, Dried Fruits.

Living Stations of the Cross

Living Stations of the CrossGood Friday, April 3 at 6:00 p.m. the Trinity Youth Drama Ministry presents The Living Stations of The Cross — The story of Jesus' Passion displayed in live scenes with narration.

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Benefit Concert of Haitian Art Music

A recital of music by contemporary haitian composers will be performed as a benefit for the Dessaix Baptiste Music School in Jacmel, Haiti, on Sunday afternoon, April 12, at 5:00 PM. Our music director, Jim Smith, teaches in Jacmel every summer. A concert last year raised funds to ship two pianos to Haiti and to support the school. This year's concert will feature the cellist Janet Anthony, flutist Richard Belizaire, soprano Karine Margron and James Smith at the piano. Please join us for what should be a most enjoyable afternoon of new music by contemporary Haitian composers.

Escape from Jekyll's Lab

Looking for a fun and unique experience for your family, friends or co-workers? Join the hottest new trend in entertainment… "escape the room". Based on the popular online escape the room games these live action games started in Europe and have recently spread across the pond to NYC and Philadelphia. Swarthmore is now home to Delaware County's first escape the room game: "Escape from Jekyll's Lab". Part live action game, part theatre, part murder mystery, this will be the funnest hour you ever spent locked in a room.

April 15 - May 16
Wednesdays through Fridays (6 pm, 7:30 pm & 9 pm)
Saturdays and Sundays (12 pm, 1:30 pm, 3 pm, 4:30 pm, 6 pm, 7:30 pm & 9 pm)

Sign up with friends or join an existing team (6 - 12 players) and enter the home of Dr. Jekyll at 307 N. Chester Rd (former girls ABC House adjacent to Trinity Episcopal Church). You will be greeted by a facilitator and briefed on the rules of the game as well as the "back story". You will then enter the playing space (several rooms on the first floor of the house). The rooms are filled with clues, puzzles and locks. You have to work as a team to decipher the clues, work out the combinations and get out of the room.

This is a Swarthmore Town Center Event sponsored by The Bryn Mawr Trust Company. Visit our website at for more info and to order your tickets.

Pledge for 2015

Thank you for your 2015 pledges to Trinity Church. Trinity Church depends on the good stuardship of every one of it's members!

If you have not already made out your pledge form, you can still pledge directly using our online pledge form here: or through the church office.

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

Baptism at Trinity

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

Regular Schedule