Holy Trinity is a committed, warm, and loving community of God loving people. Outreach is a major emphasis at Holy Trinity, and we support many local outreach ministries with our time, talents and resources.
Our worship style is informal, and bulletins are provided which include the entire service, including the readings and music. Our 8 a.m. service is a quiet service without music, and our 10 a.m. service is a family service featuring a variety of inspirational music. Nursery care, for younger than PreK, is provided during the 10 a.m. service. We offer a quiet healing service every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday School, for PreK through 12th, is offered during the 10 a.m. service. A Sunday School procession returns our children and youth to the service at offertory time so they may share communion with their families.
We have an active Sunday School and Youth Program, with the youth meeting in their own space each Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Also, Youth Sundays are held throughout the year. On these Sundays, the youth and children handle most aspects of the service, inlcuding the readings, singing, ushering, and greeting. One of our Youth may actually do the homily or a group of youth may present a skit.
We enjoy fellowship with other parishioners at Sunday morning breakfast each week. We offer a hot breakfast Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. (continental style in the summer) and a coffee hour after our 10 a.m. service. Visitors and children eat free. We also have other fellowship offerings through out the year, including potlucks, games nights, bowling, movie nights, dinner parties and much more.
We have a thriving Thrift Shop located on the property that helps serve the community. If you are looking for a fun place to shop that has friendly faces and great bargains…this is the place to be. All kinds of items are available at great discount prices. We urge you to visit and see for yourself. Or, volunteer in the shop! Ten percent of the net proceeds go to community outreach, including Meals of Hope, Homeless Emergency Project, FEAST food pantry, Vincent House, Kimberly Project and others.
We have a very dedicated staff and vestry and many congregants involved in our many ministries. We are working diligently to grow our church and share the Love of our Lord Jesus Christ and our love for Holy Trinity with others.
HOLY TRINITY HISTORY
Holy Trinity is a fairly new church as compared to many Episcopal churches. We began in 1983 when a handful of people gathered at Curlew Creek Elementary school under the auspices of St. Alfred’s Episcopal Church. Several families from St. Alfred’s seeded the congregation. The hope was to establish a church on McMullen Booth Road to serve the north Pinellas County community.
In 1984, the Diocese purchased property for Holy Trinity, which included a house that was renovated for worship and office use. Membership grew and several Vicars succeeded each other for the first few years. In 1989, Fr. Joseph Diaz arrived. There were 35 active members at the time. The charge of the Vicar was “to grow it, or close it.” By October 1989, we had outgrown the space in the house, and on Christmas Eve of that year, we began worship in a modular building installed on the property. The building was often filled to capacity as membership rose dramatically. In 1990, additional property adjacent and north of the current buildings was purchased. By 1991, we had outgrown the modular worship space and a new larger modular was installed on the property. It seated 250 and was often filled. At the time, the original house was utilized as a Parish Hall, Sunday School, and office space.
In 1993, Pinellas County took by eminent domain a portion of the roadway to the east of the property which took much of the parking area. For 16 months, the congregation was shuttled by bus from the hospital parking lot across the street. Holy Trinity continued to grow. In 1994, a Building Committee was formed to look at the possibility of building a permanent church building. By the following year, plans were finalized and funds were secured via a Capital Campaign to retire the debt in three to five years. Construction began, and the worship space was consecrated in 1997. The modular buildings were converted to a Parish Hall, Sunday School and Youth Group space.
In 1998, Holy Trinity became a Parish. Soon a Parish Hall/Education Center was in the plans. Construction on the Parish Hall began in 2001. The Hall was dedicated in 2002. The modular buildings were rented out to a private school from 1998 to 2004, and the house again served as Sunday School, Parish Hall and office space. The Thrift Shop, opened off site in 1995, was relocated to the modular buildings on property in 2004, and a Pre-School rented space in the Parish Hall. Both are still in place today.
Throughout our history and presently, Holy Trinity has been a Spirit-filled congregation committed to serving others and loving and supporting each other. We continue to grow in the knowledge and love of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit continues to guide and motivate us. We are very committed to Outreach in our community and in the world and are strong advocates of peace and justice. In the times of uncertainly, Holy Trinity has remained strong and committed to our Lord Jesus Christ and to Holy Trinity. It is the vision of our Vestry and members that we can grow this congregation, bringing many others to our Lord Jesus Christ. It is our strong belief that with the Lord leading and guiding us, that we will continue to be a beacon of light in this world and in the community, continuing to love and serve the Lord as He calls.
HOPES AND ASPIRATIONS
- Holy Trinity hopes to continue being a beacon in our community, bringing the Lost to Jesus Christ, Comforting and Equipping God’s People, and Serving the Needy.
- Continue to be a loving community to each other and to the world, that all that we do, all that we are, and all that we become may be to the glory of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
- We hope to grow the Body of Christ to serve Him, and share His love with others.
- We hope to continue to grow in the knowledge and love of our Lord Jesus Christ; that we grow to love the Lord with all our hearts, all our souls, and all our minds, and; that we may love our neighbors as ourselves.
- We hope to gain greater financial security in order to love and serve our Lord Jesus Christ.
- While currently a strength, we hope to continue to grow in our Outreach and Advocacy ministries, as well as our Pastoral Care for each other.
- That we continue and grow our Children’s and Youth ministries.
- That we continue to be a loving, spirit-filled community.
Clearwater is located in the western central part of the State, in Pinellas County, and has a population of approximately 107,000 people. We are centrally located to St. Petersburg and Tampa. We are close to area beaches with a variety of recreational opportunities close by. The area offers professional football, baseball, and hockey. Tourism is the number one industry of the area. Colleges and universities are nearby and, the Pinellas School District is the seventh largest in the state.
THE DIOCESE OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
We are a constituent member of the worldwide Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church in the United States. The Diocese of Southwest Florida’s 77 congregations total some 36,000 baptized persons who share in many exciting ministries and missions. On any given Sunday, about 17,000 people worship in Episcopal churches throughout the Diocese. The Diocese extends along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, with our northernmost congregation in Brooksville and our most southern in Marco Island. We include the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, and Fort Myers. Our easternmost congregations are in Plant City, Arcadia and LaBelle.
Holy Trinity is part of the Clearwater Deanery which consists of 14 churches located as far south as Indian Rocks Beach and as far north as Spring Hill.