Position Available

Trinity is offering a 5 unit, half-time position. Interested candidates should send a resume to The Reverend Vicki Zust at vzust@episcopalwny.org.
 
 
Vicki serves as Bishop's Assistant for Ministry Development for the Diocese of Western New York.
 

Background

Trinity is a small parish which opened in 1867 in the heart of the Village of Lancaster in the Historic District. Membership extends from a vibrant Sunday School,  with a nursery, to our senior members that are very active in the weekly Stitch N Chat and Healing Service.  

The building includes two halls, a full kitchen, a study, administrative offices, a nursery and several classrooms. The Church is handicap accessible with a enclosed lift and the main Parish Hall is at ground level.

The main hall serves as the home of the Trinity Pantry which serves the Lancaster Bowmansville, zip codes 14086 and 14026.

 

Gifts and Talents

Our prospective priest will enjoy and promote a kid-friendly parish, recognizing the importance of Christian education and inclusion in services, especially Family Sundays.
 
He or she will be there in our times of illness, grief, and crisis. Our congregation has many older people who will need the support of their priest in the coming times, to be the face of our faith in God.
 
We live in the real world. We need sermons that are relevant to our daily lives, to help us navigate the rocky road that makes up our journey. We enjoy sermons that are on point and remain so throughout.
 
Our services are also a consideration; we enjoy the rituals and language of Rite I at our early service, and the freshness of the modern Rite II at the 10am service.
 
We have many lay workers and would hope that this would be recognized as important to maintaining the outreach that LEMs provide so that our priest's time commitments are eased. Our lay readers also do the Prayers of the People at each service. It makes for a sense of greater involvement in the service for the people who do it.
 
One strength that we have is the cementing of relationships at our social functions: the Tuesday and Thursday morning gatherings, our Thanksgiving dinner, our Pancake Supper, and our Fall Bazaar, to name a few. We would look for our priest to be in attendance at these, particularly since things like the Breakfast with Santa bring in people from our community, and he is our community representative, the face of leadership in our faith.
 

Our Hopes for the Future

Trinity has experienced stagnant growth, which is troubling. We would like to grow in number so that we can keep our parish and continue the ministry of the Trinity Pantry and allow us to serve our community. 
 
We would like to have music every week at the 10am service, but are finding it difficult to afford something that brings life to our services. We would like guidance to better fundraising and stewardship campaigns.
 
We would like to promote our presence in the community as a place where any baptized Christian can come and feel welcomed.
 
We hope to strengthen the education and fellowship of the Sunday School and young adults so that they are the foundation for the future of this parish.