Growing in Love of God and Neighbor

Consecration Sunday

Consecration Sunday is a celebration of our congregation’s strength, commitment, and hope for the future. It is part of an approach to financial stewardship that focuses on how we grow in relationship with God, rather than focusing on funding the budget of the church.  This approach asks each of us to prayerfully consider how much God is calling us to give, and to incorporate our decision to give to God into our worship life.

This year, we’ll celebrate Consecration Sunday on November 8. We are asking everyone in our congregation to commit to worshipping with us on that day. Whether we see one another or not, sharing in prayer and worship makes us stronger, and the presence of God can be felt even while our physical presence is separated.

In previous years, we’ve celebrated Consecration Sunday with a catered meal in the Parish Hall. This year, we’ll have a pandemic-style Drive Up Party on Sunday afternoon. Stop by the party to submit your estimate of giving card, say hi to a few parishioners, and get a small memento of the occasion. And instead of one celebration meal, we will have many – for each Consecration Sunday RSVP we receive, we’ll donate three meals to our hungry neighbors through the South Jersey Food Bank.

You don’t have to submit an estimate of giving card to be part of feeding the hungry – we’re donating those meals for every person who registers their commitment to participate in Consecration Sunday worship. There’s no entrance fee to God’s abundant table, just a commitment to be part of the community.

How it works:

During worship the next few weeks, and on this web page, we’ll offer resources for thinking about how God is calling us to give, and how to make our giving more than an obligation – a source of joy, growth, and love.
See the resources now.

Before November 1, please make your plans to participate in worship on November 8, and to join the Drive Up Party between 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Make your commitment to participate with this RSVP form.
If you know you will not be able to join us, please RSVP anyway.  We need to hear from everyone, so after November 1, we’ll be checking in with everyone who hasn’t completed a registration, because participation is so important to our growth as a congregation
We will donate three meals to the South Jersey Food Bank for everyone who completes an RSVP, including those who tell us you cannot participate on November 8.

Your registration is not a pledge card. Registration is a commitment to simply participate in our prayer and celebration, and shows the strength of our community when we cannot all gather physically. 

Around November 2, you’ll receive a packet in the mail with resources, and an Estimate of Giving card. Review the other material in the packet, but please don’t open or complete the Estimate of Giving card before November 8! It’s a part of our shared worship that day.

On November 8, participate in worship:

  • Online, live at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.  (On our website or YouTube or Facebook)
  • By telephone, live at 9:15 a.m. (Call 862-799-9987, no password needed)
  • In person at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.  (Link to register will be available between 11/3 and 11/6)
  • Online anytime, praying with a recording of the 8:00 or 10:30 a.m. services (available on our website)

During worship on November 8, we will have an opportunity to complete our Estimate of Giving cards – making a financial commitment to God’s work through Trinity in 2021 – as a prayerful act of worship, together.

You can attend worship and be part of the strength of our spiritual community without completing a giving card.

Return your completed Estimate of Giving card during in person worship, online, or during our Drive Up Party.

We’ll be festive in a uniquely 2020 way, and include a contactless drop off for completed Estimate of Giving cards. You’re encouraged to decorate your car. Music will be playing, pictures will be taken and each family that participates will receive a party favor – a Trinity car magnet.  You will have the chance to wave to your Trinity friends and we encourage you to make arrangements to meet up with someone you miss at Trinity for a walk, coffee, playtime at a park or another safe get-together after driving through our celebration.

If you completed your card online or during in person worship and still want to party, terrific! Drive up and be part of the festivities.

Our goal is to receive all giving cards and to complete our annual celebration of the generous strength of Trinity with the announcement of our 2021 pledge total on Sunday, November 15.

Resources for Reflection

Read or view Mother Emily’s sermon from October 18

Read or view Bishop Stokes’ 2020 Stewardship Sermon

Read or view Mother Emily’s sermon from October 25

A chart tool and explanatory video for thinking about step-by-step and proportional giving. (Completed chart is here)

Stories from fellow parishioners about giving:
October 18
October 25