Holy Trinity is a welcoming, loving, serving community of Christians. We believe “come as you are, whoever you are” best describes us and our worship style. We are defined by our depth of spirituality, our support for one another as God’s children, and our commitment to outreach in the community with acts of kindness and support for the needy. We believe that no person should ever be denied full participation in the body of Christ because of how they identify, who they are, or who they love – everyone is welcome!
Here are a few testimonials from parishioners.
Our worship: Worship style is informal, and we hand out bulletins to help you follow along. We are not a mega-church – instead we are a close-knit fellowship who enjoy sharing a meals, prayers, and a warm heart to help you in your Christian journey. Our 8AM Sunday service is approximately 40 min and does not include music, but is followed by a home-cooked hot breakfast (continental in summer months)! Our 10AM Sunday service is more traditional with readings, music, and a choir, and nursery care for Pre-K and infants provided for free. We offer a quiet, simple healing service Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m that normally lasts 30 min.
Sunday School for PreK through 12th grade 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 can be with their families for the remainder of the service.
Sunday School and Youth meet in their own space each Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Throughout the year, youth sundays are held where children handle most aspects of the service, and sometimes skits and plays.
Holy Trinity Thrift Shop is just south of the church building. Open Mon – Sat 10AM – 4PM, The thrift shop proceeds help serve 10 nonprofits in the community.
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.
THE DIOCESE OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA We are a member of the Clearwater Deanery of 14 Episcopal churches serving under the direction of The Diocese of Southwest Florida, whose 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.