Trinity Episcopal Church
484 Lime Rock Road
Lakeville, CT 06039
The Rev. Heidi Truax, Rector
What to expect
Clergy, staff, vestry
"Walk the walk"
Music and Art
Sports & recreation
The Trinity Times
Who attends Trinity?
First of all, we're a regional parish.
Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York
(Source: December 2012 Parish Directory)
(In current church lingo, we'd
be called "intentional" parish. In other
words, people come to Trinity, often a considerable distance from where
they live, because they've thought about it, and they've chosen to come to Trinity.)
Although our building is in the Lime Rock neighborhood of Lakeville, CT,
our active parishioners live in three states and four Episcopal
dioceses. Our Priest, Senior Warden, Treasurer and Clerk all live in
Connecticut (none of them in Lime Rock, however). Our Junior Warden lives in Massachusetts. Our
previous Senior Warden and Treasurer live in New York State. A
significant number of parishioners (and our current Treasurer) live in
New York City and are here weekends and in the summer.
Trinity falls in the category of "small
congregations" but we are in the process of growing out of that category. Our average Sunday attendance ranges between
70 - 100,
divided among two Holy Eucharists and Sunday School.
The number who attend any particular Sunday depends upon factors like the time of year, scheduled special events, and the weather.
Most weeks we see at least one new face, frequently more than one.
Since the closing of
Christ Church in Canaan, we've been happy to
welcome a number of wonderful people who had attended that church (and
who are valued -- and fully participating -- members of the Trinity family).
a list of the
area communities that our parishioners call home
(or weekend home): Lime Rock, of course (the Chair of the Altar
Guild and the Music Director live here). Lakeville,
Rector lives in Sharon),
Amesville, West Cornwall, and
Canaan are the
surround us most closely, and we have parishioners from all of them. The
various other villages that make up Cornwall,
and the Taconic
and Twin Lakes neighborhoods in
northern Salisbury, Connecticut. Ashley Falls,
South Egremont, Sheffield and Great Barrington in Massachusetts. Millerton,
Ancram, Amenia, Amenia Union, and Dover Plains in New York
-- these communities form our next ring of neighbors. Some people come to Trinity from as far as
Norfolk, CT -- and, of course, New York City -- on a regular basis.
People are happy to drive some distance to come
to Trinity, it seems!
Of course, visitors come to Trinity from all over the world!
How do Trinity people make a
Here's a sampling of our current careers:
art dealer, framer, attorney, public relations,
publisher, full-time mom, retired, swimming instructor, secretary, real
dietician, college professor, schoolteacher, nurse, hospitality
industry, gardener, alternate energy entrepreneur, playwright, builder,
farmer, publishing, handyman, software entrepreneur, librarian, financial executive, tax assessor, chauffeur,
consultant, handyman, actor, private school executive, artist, not-for-profit organization
management, actress, painter, architect, student, clergy, financial
executive, musician, ski instructor, secretary, cinematographer, invalid care. Some are
between careers. Some are at home. Some are retired.
founders built Trinity Church to serve the entire community -- from their own
family members to the workers in their factories (did you know that Lime
Rock was once a
factory town?) -- and we've never
forgotten it. We welcome everyone at Trinity Lime Rock.
As times and our area have changed, our welcome
has expanded, too. We welcome our weekenders, our summer people, and
those who find themselves in the area just for a day or a weekend.
We welcome visitors to
the seasonal attractions our area offers, ranging from the racing season at
Lime Rock Park, hiking on the
Appalachian Trail, and
kayaking on the Housatonic, to the performance season at nearby Music
Mountain, Tanglewood, Berkshire Choral
Pillow, and Yale Norfolk,
to name just a few. And we extend a particularly warm welcome to our
friends who are temporarily residents at
Trinity Glen in Sharon.
people come to Trinity?
People choose a church for many reasons.
We know that people appreciate our hospitality and our willingness to
accept them regardless of where they are on their personal faith
journeys and in their lives outside of church. Also, people tell us that there is more happening at
Trinity Lime Rock than at most churches our size -- and, in fact, more than
happens at lots of churches
that are many times larger than we are. There's certainly plenty to do here besides
just "going to church" on Sunday mornings!
Why not take a look at our
upcoming special events? Check out
how we worship at
Trinity. You might also be
interested in our page about the major events of our
parish year, or our photo albums of parish
here for the weekend?
Perhaps you're across the street at
Lime Rock Park, visiting an area private school, unwinding at an area
inn or B&B, attending the
Salisbury Winter Sports Association's ski jumps,
antiquing, kayaking on the Housatonic, visiting friends or family, attending
our area's many cultural events, visiting the
Upper Housatonic Valley
National Heritage area's
many historic sites,
or just passing through -- perhaps on the
worship with us!
welcome at Trinity Lime Rock whether you live here or not!
bring your "church clothes?" No matter. Come as you
...and be sure to bring your kids.
Young people are especially welcome at Trinity. They're always
welcome at our
worship services, and we
something for them virtually every Sunday of the year, including
in the summer
during the school year.
different religious background?
Well, then, a very
special and extra warm welcome to you! (Many of us at Trinity Lime
Rock come from other faith backgrounds as well!)
poll of active Trinity parishioners revealed a number of "birth Episcopalians"
but many (most?) of us started our continuing faith journeys elsewhere. Some
of the faiths from which we came to Trinity include Roman Catholic,
Methodist, Baptist (several denominations), Jewish, Lutheran (both ELCA and Missouri Synod), Presbyterian, Anglican Pentecostal,
Cumberland Presbyterian, Unitarian, Congregational -- and from no religious
background at all.
...and, perhaps because of the
diversity of our own faith backgrounds, we're particularly
sensitive to the fact
that not everyone will choose to make a spiritual home at Trinity.
If this applies to you, we invite you to check our convenient
directory of Houses of Worship
of many denominations in our area.