Our City Context
“The rich and the poor meet together; the LORD is the Maker of them all” (Proverbs 22:2).
On the surface, New Haven is a city of contrasts, a checkerboard of distinct neighborhoods. University students inhabit the downtown along with people who sleep on the streets and others who beg for spare change. Historic mansions on top of Prospect Hill are just a few blocks away from boarded up houses in Newhallville. New Haven has both drug companies and drug addicts. Different groups of people inhabit the same city but live largely parallel lives.
Does the gospel of Jesus Christ make a difference in such a city? We believe it does. God has placed Trinity in downtown New Haven to bear witness to the transforming and reconciling power of Jesus Christ. The rich and the poor meet together on level ground when we stand at the foot of the cross.
Our urban ministries seek to proclaim the gospel to the poor in our city through word and deed, in the context of ongoing mutual relationships. Prior experience is not required. All that is necessary is a willingness to learn.
Opportunities To Serve
Visiting Columbus House (local homeless shelter)
Visiting a local homeless shelter on Wednesday evenings (5:45-6:45pm) to build relationships and share the gospel.
Give rides to church on Sundays for people who wouldn’t otherwise make it.
Over the years, several people who were once homeless have found a spiritual home at Trinity Baptist. Many have practical needs (eg. rides, companionship, moving help) as they transition from being homeless to living on their own.
Bridges of Hope Mentoring
Tutoring & mentoring kids (ages 6-14) from a local public housing development. Tuesdays or Thursdays, 5-7pm.
Winter Warming center
Assist a local ministry, the 180 Center, as they host an overnight warming center for the homeless during February & March. Provide a meal, donate socks and toiletries, or welcome guests.
Enrichment summer camp
Join with Christian Tabernacle Baptist Church in Newhallville during July & August in their neighborhood outreach summer camp. Serve as an Enrichment Teacher or Assistant for ages 3-12.
If you are interested in helping out, but aren’t quite sure where you fit; or if you have questions about how to relate to our homeless neighbors in this city, contact Pastor Greg