Trinity Church in the Fall by John Ogden

The Episcopal Church in Swarthmore

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Pot luck Social is this Sunday

Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 at 5:30 in Parish Hall. Please bring:

The main course will be supplied — Lasagna and Chicken. Everyone is welcome! Bring friends — the more the merrier! Please email Gwen German with your name, food bringing, and number of people coming by Thursday evening.

We still need people to help clean up! Let me know if you are available to do so.

New Family Service Time this Fall

This Sunday, our 9:00 a.m. service of Holy Eucharist is moving to 9:15 a.m. Beginning on Sunday, September 14 our three service schedule of Holy Eucharist commences for the program year, but with one small but significant change in the time of our Family Service. By moving our start time from 9:00 to 9:15 a.m., families have a bit more time to roll out in the morning (and get the kids rolling), our Altar Guild and choir have a few more minutes to prepare, and the acolytes and clergy too. We promise to begin on time each week and to conclude in time for Sunday School to start at the 10:00 hour. So the revised Sunday schedule as of Sunday, September 14 is:

8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:15 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Especially Welcoming for Families with Children
10:00 a.m. - Sunday School and Adult Forum
11:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Choir

It'll be a good thing! So thanks for your attention to this change; thanks in advance for your timely presence; bear with each other as we live into this little shift in schedule. Let's see how it goes.

Thanks, Father Tom

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 other 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

Healing Prayer Services

On the first Sunday of each month, there is an opportunity for you to pray with someone for healing: for yourself or another. Please come to the altar immediately following Communion for prayer. Tuesday evening healing services will occur on the third Tuesday of the month, beginning with Tuesday September 16.

Trinity in September image by Rebecca Clemmer

Centering Prayer

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

Save the date for "Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshop in Seven Sessions." First session is a Workshop on Saturday, October 11, 2014, 9:30-3:30, at Trinity.

The book, Open Mind, Open Heart by Fr. Thomas Keating, is included in the $35 registration fee. The following 6 sessions are at Trinity on Mondays at 7:30PM.

Registration forms available in the Office or from Mary North and Susan Lawson.

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