Committed to Community

Within Our Walls

Our congregation cares for those within our walls through

    • Visits to our homebound members by our Congregational Care Team
    • monthly fellowship
    • opportunities for all to roll up their sleeves and help
  • worship which is aimed at building community and offers opportunities for participation

Parable of the Wedding Banquet

Parable of the Wedding Banquet

Ben Starr is a Star!!

Ben Starr Playing the Blues 

Ben Starr, director of music ministry at Trinity United Church of Christ in Manchester, plays piano during the church’s Blues Service on March 25.

[Carroll County Times – Photo by Deb Seal]

Colby Wagner

One of recent high school graduates, Colby Wagner helps to run our media during worship.

Grant Received

Malala Yousafzai QuoteTrinity UCC and Manchester Elementary School have received a joint grant from St. Paul’s Foundation to address literacy.

Beyond Our Walls

Trinity is committed to community beyond our walls in Manchester, in Carroll County, and internationally. We are involved in a variety of outreach efforts in the name of Christ.

Little Free Library

Trinity UCC Little Free LibraryManchester’s first Free Little Library which is dedicated to children’s books is located on our church property.

Cold Weather Shelter

Trinity UCC Members Volunteer at Cold Weather Shelter in Westminster, MDWe cook for the residents of and staff the cold weather shelter in Westminster, MD. We began this effort in two years ago by working at the shelter one night and have expanded to working two nights during the winter months.

Cold Weather Shelter – March 31, 6 pm

Manchester Elementary School – April 1, 5: 30 pm

Caring Committee

The caring committee responds to emergency requests from the community. We partner with Human Services Programs and NESAP to guide individuals to resources available.

Vacation Bible School Mission Projects

NepalEach year as part of our Bible School program, Trinity supports a mission projects in the wider community. In 2015, we undertook two missions, collecting school supplies to fill 21 back to school backpacks for Manchester Elementary students and offering support to the people of Nepal following devastating earthquakes. Monetary donations were divided between the UCC Disaster Ministries and Mission 14. We also made fleece blankets to be distributed in Nepal. One year, we collected shoes for a village in Honduras after one of our members participate in a mission trip to that village.

Food Bags for Backpacks and Prayer Shawls

Trinity UCC Prayer Shawl MinistryWe are into our second year of donating, packing and delivering 25 food bags monthly to Manchester Elementary School. The congregation donates more than what is needed each month! The school children are very appreciative of what they received and several students have sent us handmade thank you cards.

Monthly we also bless and donate prayer shawls made by our members and friends to Dove House as well as friends and family members of our church who could use a prayer and a tender touch.

Trinity’s Team Hope and Relay for Life

One of Trinity’s “Commitment to Community” is our Relay for Life team – Team Hope. Our team first started back in 2008 and we have been fundraising ever since, supporting the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer. We have a variety of fundraisers over the year. One of the favorites is the afghan made by Claire Vey as a Christmas raffle opportunity.

Black Friday Open House

Trinity UCC CrècheTrinity participates in Manchester’s Black Friday event each year. Immediately after the lighting of the town tree, residents cross the street to Trinity for the lighting of our outdoor crèche and for hot chocolate, cookies, and the treat of hearing our Director of Music Ministry play the keyboard and sing carols.

Community Blood Drives

American Red Cross LogoFor many years, our church has sponsored two community blood drives a year.