Trinity Episcopal Church, conveniently located in beautiful Rutland, Vermont is a welcoming, inclusive Christ-centered family parish. Wherever you are on your faith journey, know that you will be welcomed by one and all. In fact, one of our strengths is being a warm and welcoming part of the Body of Christ, with visitors often remarking that they felt welcomed from the time they arrived here. In all that we do we strive to live into our personal mission statement which says that “We are a vibrant Episcopal family united in following Christ.”
A Letter from Our New Priest:
Dear Friends in Christ,
I am full of joy to be coming alongside the Trinity family. In many ways, I feel like I have been waiting for you. I am incredibly grateful for the good, hard work of your Vestry and see why you entrusted them to this ministry. I already feel welcome! As an initial introduction, here are a few paragraphs of what I have been up to in the world.
I earned a Bachelor’s in English (Writing) from Messiah College and then a Master’s in Divinity from Yale Divinity School. In my first ordained call, I served as the Parish Missioner at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. There, I led young adult ministries as well as a team to plant an off-site neighborhood venue to broaden the church’s evangelism initiative. I then became the Senior Associate Priest at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Medina, Washington where I took on a potpourri of roles. I led formation for all ages, collaborated in strategic planning, and designed creative intergenerational liturgies for a midweek service.
My most beloved role in ministry is to be a storyteller. I find great joy in showing people Jesus through teaching, preaching, leading pilgrimages, and dreaming big dreams. My ministry thrives in spaces that celebrate diversity and engagement, sincerity and reconciliation, creativity and tradition, and youthfulness and wonder. In my free time I enjoy taking long walks, parodying songs on my mandolin, participating in theatre (mostly offstage these days), and immersing in other cultures. I also have a fondness for kitschy coffee mugs.
My preferred pronouns are she, her, and hers and I pronounce my last name ji-NAWL-fee. Regarding how to call me: “Sarah” is how I was named and welcomed into Christ’s family forever through baptism, so all are welcome to call me Sarah. My preferred formality is Mother Sarah.
I look forward to meeting you online soon and yet more do I await that beautiful day when we can all worship together in person. For now, I hold you tightly in my prayers and with deep gratitude.
Rev. Sarah Ginolfi
Christian Formation Opportunities
During this time of pandemic with all our study groups and meetings being via Zoom, we offer several opportunities for Christian Education. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend.
Men's Bible Study: Friday Mornings at 7:00
Women of Trinity's Book Study Group monthly (see calendar for dates and times)
Our current book study is The Art of Possibility by Benjamin and Rosamund Zander
and is facilitated by Dana Peterson.
This discussion group is open to everyone, not just WOT members.
Liturgical Seasonal Meditations focusing on a theme for the period (see calendar for dates and times)
We also strongly encourage congregants and interested parties to participate in the study groups offered through the Diocese of Vermont. Visit www.diovermont.org to learn about these opportunities.
Trinity's Historic Past
In 1994 Trinity Episcopal Church celebrated the 200th anniversary of the first Episcopal service in Rutland, Vermont. In honor of this event a history of the parish was compiled and published. The history of Trinity was written by Audrey Murdock, who was then Parish Historian, with assistance from Rev. Christopher Powell and Deacon Mary Pratt.
The following excerpts are either taken or paraphrased from that booklet, "A History of Trinity Episcopal Church Rutland, VT".
Two of the images on this page are from a USGenWeb Archives Web Site, Penny Postcards From Vermont, and are used with kind permission of the postcards' owner Joy R. Fisher.
The Old State House
The Old State House which was built around 1775 and demolished in the early 1900s, was on West Street facing Court Square and situated close to the Rutland Armory. The State Legislature met here in October 1784 and 1786, and the first Episcopal service in Rutland was held here on March 4, 1794. and the first Episcopal service in Rutland was held here on March 4, 1794.
In 1832 Vermont became a diocese separate from the Eastern Diocese which had formerly included New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. On April 22 the first Vestry of Trinity Church was appointed. On this same day, a committee was formed to purchase a site for an Episcopal Church building in Rutland. The group soon purchased a parcel of land for $450 on the west side of North Main Street, a little north of West Street.
The Church, designed by Bishop John Henry Hopkins, was built entirely of wood with a square tower in the center containing the present bell (which was first rung March 11, 1855). It had a basement which was used for Sunday School and for weekday services.
In 1849 the railroad came to Rutland and the town began to expand. As a result there was soon a need for a new church building. Plans were put on hold due to the outbreak of the Civil War, but in 1863 the site was selected and purchased for our present church building. On August 16, 1865, the new Trinity Church was consecrated by Bishop Hopkins. Bishop Hopkins had been the rector of Trinity and was responsible for planning and designing the new church.
Our chapel was designed not long after the completion of the church and was completed in 1876. All the design, building and furnishing of the chapel was paid for entirely through the dedication of The Women of Trinity. On the 200th anniversary of our church, the chapel was blessed and christened "Hopkins Chapel" in memory of Trinity's second rector and the designer of our current church building, Bishop John Henry Hopkins.
The interior of the chapel underwent several décor changes over the years, including a rather dark period where the walls and ceiling were covered in wainscoting. During the mid-1990s capital campaign for major renovations, the chapel received a face-lift and a brighter, newer look complete with stenciling done by some talented ladies in the parish. The image to the left shows the chapel today.
The Memorial Garden
Located adjacent to our beautiful church you will find our peaceful Memorial Garden. Designed for quiet and contemplative meditation, it is a place to serenely and prayerfully remember those who have gone before us or simply a place of prayer. Those who have visited our Memorial Garden find it a perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of their lives.