Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. At Trinity Church, women meet on Wednesdays 5:30-8:00pm, Adult Children of Alcoholics meet on Thursdays 7:00-9:00pm, and the Forest Park group meets on Fridays 7:00-9:00pm.
Citizenship & English as a Second Language classes are offered to refugees and legal permanent residents by Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts. There are two classes – Level I and Level II which meet Monday through Friday in the Kindergarten Room at Trinity Church. Counseling Services are available.
The Park After-School Arts Program is hosted by Trinity Church. This ministry is open to young people in Middle School from 3:00 to 6:00PM on Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays during the school year. The primary goal of this project is to improve the overall academic, health and social abilities of these students by providing them with a positive and safe environment, where they can be engaged in interesting and constructive activities that channel their youthful energy into challenging pursuits. The program includes tutoring, homework help, and enrichment activities with a focus on the arts. The program is staffed with professionals and volunteers from our church.
Mentoring for students at Sumner Avenue Elementary School: a number of our church members meet 1:1 with students at the school. They spend about an hour each week together, reading and playing games. We also find other ways to partner with the school. Past events include a photographic art exhibit, featuring beautiful photographs the students had taken.
Open Pantry Emergency Food Pantry provides non-perishable groceries for people in need. Recipients may use this service up to six times a year; senior recipients may access the service 12 times a year. The Pantry supplies four days worth of groceries to people who have a place to cook. Staff members complete an intake process with each recipient, so that they can track existing needs and refer people to other essential services, such as food stamp applications. The Pantry is located at 2460 Main Street in Suite 108 in the Plaza Del Marcado in Springfield. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday from 9:00am-3:00pm.
Loaves & Fishes provides prepared meals to Greater Springfield people who are poor or homeless. Lunch and supper are served every day: Monday-Friday at Christ Church Cathedral at 35 Chestnut Street; Saturdays at South Congregational Church at 45 Maple Street; and Sundays at Shiloh Seventh Day Adventist Church at 797 State Street. The staff help to connect people to other essential services, such as case management, housing search assistance, and medical, mental health, and substance abuse counseling. Trinity Church members serve a noontime meal on the first Saturday of the month.
Holiday Meals provide a traditional Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter meal for anyone in need of a meal or wishing to spend the holiday with others. The Holiday Meals are served at noon at the High School of Commerce at 415 State Street. Volunteers also deliver meals to people who are homebound. To volunteer, call 413-737-5337.
The People’s Center provides clothes to people in need. The Center is open 10:00am-2:00pm at 287 State Street (lower level). For more information, call 413-739-0229.