TRINITY & GAINING GROUND
Only God knows how many times we have shared the story of the mustard seed or been nourished by agricultural metaphors in describing our faith practices. So here we go! Trinity’s audacious embrace of Journeys in Outreach and Youth is - wait for it - sowing greater impact.
With Food, Shelter and Education as our strategic focus in Outreach ministries, one $3,000 gift is quite literally seeding the work of Gaining Ground, the Concord farm whose purpose is to give all its nutritious bounty to hunger relief.
Trinity's ministry math looks something like this:
In English: seed money plus water plus tender loving care, multiplied by (youth groups’ strong backs + adult parishioners’ gloved hands) to the power of the Holy Spirit, will equal 100,000 individual servings for our brothers and sisters who are hungry in Concord, Boston, and Lowell.
Thanks go to all who 1) have invested in the JOY capital campaign, 2) have prayed for its success and 3) are rolling up their sleeves to volunteer in the field.
Gaining Ground offers intergenerational volunteer opportunities for fellow parishioners to work together in the growing season: food packing, food delivery, planting, mulching, harvesting, weeding, washing, and flower arranging.
Our ministry partnership with Gaining Ground provides: Rosie’s Place (Boston), House of Hope (Lowell), Lowell Transitional Living, Open Table in Maynard, Sudbury Food Pantry, Westford Council on Aging, Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry (Ayer), Bridge Boston Charter School (Roxbury), Bedford Community Table, East Boston Soup Kitchen, GreenRoots (Chelsea), and Watch City Market (Waltham). Gaining Ground also operates two direct distribution programs: Food for Families (Concord/Carlisle) and a free farmers’ market at two Head Start Centers in Lowell (Children’s Village at the Mill and Phoenix Avenue)
Living into our faith holds infinite possibility for ministry together. Once fully funded, Trinity’s JOY! $2 million in principal will ensure annual income for outreach ministries and youth formation.
Even when we ascribe dollar amounts to these activities, the spiritual and practical translations are building community, engaging youth, sharing the good news through the good works of our Christian community.
Our investment instruments and policies are structured to preserve and grow that principal even as we pour the income into our annual Outreach and Youth ministries.
Thus, JOY! funds will compound and underwrite Journeys in Outreach and Youth Formation year in and year out.
Gaining Ground is calling: among the many masked Trinity volunteers are: Tara Johnson (red/black cap, Lucy Rosborough yellow clipboard, Brian Rosborough with a carload of fresh produce for delivery, Jennifer Johnson (green tanktop)
As of June, 2020
17% of people in the Commonwealth are food insecure compared to 9% before the pandemic.
In Eastern Massachusetts, child food insecurity is projected to rise by 93%, with one in six children now at risk to experience hunger.
TWICE as many Black and Latinx households with children are struggling with hunger as compared to white households with children.
The price of groceries grew 2.6% in April 2020, the biggest increase from one-month to the next since 1974, which puts pressure on people who are already food insecure.