Holy Trinity Syracuse, NY
New Ministries @ Church of the Holy Trinity
The Rev. Caleb Evans
We’ve had a busy, but blessed, week at Church of the Holy Trinity, as we selected this week for the launching of two new ministries.
Since the spring, we’ve been planning our congregation’s first Vacation Bible School. This was a big step for us in many ways, especially because we didn’t have an organized children’s ministry before last year. VBS feels like a natural extension of the children’s ministry, and we are incredibly pleased with how God is blessing this new endeavor.
Although most of the children involved this year come from our congregation, not all of them do, and it’s a delight for us to see the children from our congregation participating in VBS. As we prepared for VBS, we also made some solid connections with our neighborhood. We went door to door with information about our VBS ministry and our congregation. We’re praying that these initial connections will bear much fruit.
In terms of content, our VBS theme for this year is: “POP!” (Power of Prayer). We’re teaching the children who Jesus is, what the gospel is, and what prayer is. We pray that, by God’s grace, we are laying the foundation for a new ministry that will have an impact on our children, and our community, for many years to come.
This week, we’re also launching a new prayer table ministry. The plan is a simple one: One day a week, we will set up a prayer table in front of the church, offering to pray for everyone who walks down our street. Our main intention is to demonstrate the love of Jesus to those in our neighborhood.
As we’ve been prayerfully planning for these new ministries, a couple of observations about what is happening have come to mind. First: We have realized the priority of building relationships in our neighborhood, with the prayer that God will work through us for the evangelization of our community. We have been in our new building for a little over two years, and, this year, outreach and evangelism have been especially in the front of our minds. The other observation is that both of these new ministries are being led by lay people.
As a rector, I’m aware that an essential part of my calling is to equip and empower the laity to do the ministry they’ve been called to do. I’ve been consistently impressed with the giftedness and commitment of our lay people. They have incredible hearts for ministry, and I am blessed, beyond description, to serve as their pastor and to serve alongside them in these new ministries.
Please pray for us, that we would be a faithful witness to our neighborhood, and that many would come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.