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Church History

 

  • Early 1957 - Survey by the Massachusetts Council of Churches in the Topsfield – Boxford area of religious needs.
  • May 27, 1957 - Bill Coolidge chaired a temporary steering committee. Forty visitors, in pairs, visited homes to judge interest in an Episcopal church.
  • July 18, 1957 -  Inauguration of an Episcopal mission, with worship at the Topsfield Congregational Church. Archdeacon Donald Noseworthy as 'Minister in Charge' and 72 adults signed up.
  • September 8, 1957 -  First worship service, held at the Linebrook Road Church.
  • October 1957 - The Rev. Herman (Woodie) Silvius III named 'Minister in Charge' of Trinity Mission of Topsfield and Boxford.
  • February 1959 - Bill Coolidge gave Trinity 9 acres of land for a building site.
  • April 1959 - Jack Peirce of Peirce and Pierce Associated Architects of Cambridge presented their first plans.
  • May 5,1959 - Trinity Mission is accepted as a 'Mission in Union' with the diocese.
  • October 25, 1959 - Ground-breaking for the new church at 124 River Road.
  • March 28,1960 - Trinity Church is voted as 'self sustaining' and incorporated into the Diocese of Massachusetts.
  • October 23,1960 - First worship service in the new building (though it is not complete).
  • January 22,1961 - Dedication of the new building.
  • 1964 - The Trinity Preschool was established.
  • March 1966 - Statuary by Walker Hancock for the Gethsemane Garden, given by Bill Coolidge, was dedicated. Statues honor Jonathan Myrick Daniels' martyrdom the year before.
  • 1967 - The bell-tower was built.
  • 1970 - Dedication of the memorial organ.
  • June 1970 -  Burning the mortgage on the church building.
  • 1972 - Established the Memorial Garden and built the Rectory.
  • 1978 - The Rev. Cynthia Hubbard became the first paid Associate Rector.
  • 1979 - The new Book of Common Prayer.
  • 1982 - The Hymnal 1982 is published (the Blue Hymnal).
  • 1986 - The Rev. Norman and Margaret Montjane come to Trinity from South Africa.
  • January 1989 - The founding rector, the Rev. Woodie Silvius retired. The Rev. Betty Lameyer was called as Interim Rector.
  • 1990 - The Rev. Jeffrey Gill called as Rector.
  • 1992 - The Education for Ministry Program was started. The Rev. Joyce Scherer-Hoock was called as Assistant Rector.
  • 1997 - The supplement to the Hymnal 1982, Wonder, Love, and Praise, is published.
  • 2001 -  Addition built onto the Church for offices, classrooms, and meeting space.
  • September, 2002 - The Rev. Jeff Gill left to serve Christ Church/Andover.
  • October 2003 - The Rev. Nathan Farrell was called as Rector.
  • 2004 - The Rev. Joyce Scherer-Hoock left to serve a parish in Peabody.
  • 2005 - A bell choir was formed.
  • June 2005 - The Rev. Nathan Farrell left.
  • November 2005 - The Rev. Johanna Barrett was called as Priest in Charge. A concert was held to benefit Esperanza Academy, to be opened in Lawrence in September 2006.
  • 2006 - The Rev. Sabeth Fitzgibbons was called as curate. The first CROP Walk hosted by Trinity raised funds to fight hunger and poverty.
  • September 2007 - Trinity celebrated its 50th anniversary.
  • October, 2008 - The Rev. Jo Barrett was called as Rector.
  • 2009 - The Rev. Dick Stowe was called as Priest Associate. Teens went to Prince Edward Island, exploring Creation Spirituality. A Christmas Fair raised funds for the parish.
  • 2011 - The Comprehensive Campaign raised funds for Outreach, Programming, and Building Maintenance.
  • 2012 - The Rev. Dan Weir was called as Priest Associate.
  • 2013 - Topsfield's food pantry, The Top Cupboard, moved to Trinity.
  • 2015 - An outdoor altar was built in the grove in front of the church and blessed by the Rt. Rev. Alan Gates.
  • 2016 - Trinity hosted the community remembrance at the Four Chaplains Memorial Service. In April, the Rt. Rev. Gayle Harris rededicated the statuary in the Gethsemane Garden on its 50th anniversary.
  • 2017 - A Eucharistic Visitor program was re-established at Trinity to bring communion to Masconomet Health Care center and to parishioners who cannot come to church.
  • 2018 - A benefit concert to support Esperanza Academy in Lawrence, MA, was held in the Trinity Church sanctuary. The 2018 Christmas Concert held in the Trinity Church sanctuary benefited the Manna Community.
  • 2019 - Two additional benefit concerts to support Esperanza Academy were held in June and September in the Trinity Church sanctuary. The 2019 Christmas Concert held in the Trinity Church Sanctuary celebrated the season and served as a gathering for the larger community.
  • 2019 - The Rev. Johanna Barrett retires as Rector. Officiates at her last Trinity Church worship service November 17, 2019. On November 23, 2019, the parish gathered to celebrate her 14 years of leadership and honor the ending of her official pastoral relationship with the church.
  • 2020 - February - A benefit concert to support the Top Cupboard Food Pantry located at Trinity Church (but administered by a separate nonprofit group) was held in the Trinity Church sanctuary.
  • 2020 - January 26, 2020, the Rev. Rebecca Blair was called as Interim Rector for Trinity Church.

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