"I am impressed by our mission in the local community and in the world. So many of our members are involved in community service."
Locally, Trinity Presbyterian Church has a long-standing relationship with Dellabrook Presbyterian Church, a historically African-American congregation, and in 1994 became part of the Presbyterian Inter-Racial Dialogue (PIRD). Comprised of three historically white Presbyterian churches, and three historically African-American Presbyterian churches in Winston Salem, PIRD seeks to address racial issues that have affected our city for more than half a century. PIRD provides opportunities for the six congregations to worship, celebrate, eat and work together. Together with a Jewish temple and a Moslem mosque, the PIRD congregations built a Habitat for Humanity house in Winston Salem in 2006. This was their second such endeavor.
Trinity Presbyterian Church has long been involved in advocating for and meeting the unmet needs of folks in the greater community, especially those from families with lower incomes or those whose voices have not been heard due to lack of resources and connections. In Forsyth County, there are several focus areas of local research and advocacy groups where Trinity members are or have been involved:
Trinity members volunteer at the Second Harvest Food Bank of NW NC and at Food Bank member agencies, such as Crisis Control Ministry, Samaritan Ministries Soup Kitchen, and Sunnyside Ministry. Trinity also provides food for volunteer physicians, nurses, health care providers, and volunteers who work at the Community Care Center, the local free medical clinic. There are countless opportunities to reach out to help with the problem of food insecurity. For example, many congregations participate in the backpack program, filling bags of food for children on the free/reduced lunch program to eat on the weekends. Trinity has made a start in the growing community garden trend by establishing a garden on site.
Trinity members regularly volunteer in overnight shifts at the Samaritan Ministries shelter. Mittens, hats, gloves, and scarves have been collected for men who live at the Winston-Salem Rescue Mission.
Trinity members volunteer at Crisis Control Ministry, where one of our members serves as director. Pennies For Hunger are collected for Samaritan Ministries, and Souper Bowl offering proceeds are donated to various agencies. Trinity has strong participation in the annual CROP Hunger Walk that benefits Church World Service (75%) and Crisis Control/Sunnyside Ministry (12.5 % each).
Trinity’s budget includes a line item to support international mission work. Members have traveled in past years to Mexico, volunteering to build a free medical clinic. El Buen Pastor is a local Hispanic ministry where tutors are needed for an after-school program as well as for summer program. Trinity members have also volunteered in this capacity.
Trinity Presbyterian Church serves the community beyond our doors through financial support of and involvement with agencies in our city and beyond. The following is a list of the websites of those agencies:
Church World Service
Crisis Control Ministry
Samaritan Inn (homeless shelter)
The Shepherd's Center
Forsyth Jail & Prison Ministry
PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Educators Network)
Family Services (including the battered women's shelter)
CHANGE (Communities Helping All Neighbors Gain Empowerment)