Holy Trinity Church, Edson
A Faith Community
of Anglicans and Lutherans
About Our Church
In pursuit of its mission, Holy Trinity has identified a number of core values which define the character and nature of the congregation. These values, reduced to a single word, are: worship, prayer, music, study, youth, family, seniors and outreach at large to the community.
The Prayer and Worship Ministry will ensure that our liturgy reflects our Lutheran and Anglican traditions while addressing the spiritual needs of all members as we move forward in Christian Faith. In faith we turn to prayer to keep our focus on conversations with God, expressing our thanksgiving for His love and abundant mercy; remembering always the needs of those who are less fortunate than we; and never forgetting to lay our own most fervent needs, and wants at His feet.
The Music and Study Ministry will ensure that the congregation is offered the widest possible opportunities for musical expression, both liturgical and secular, and we will work with the worship ministry to enhance and broaden the use of music in worship. This ministry will promote and encourage the study of our Christian faith through Bible study groups, Cursillo weekends, Sunday school, and Youth groups, and will seek new and diverse ways and means to improve the study we undertake.
Youth ministry is to embrace young people from infants to those in their twenties. Its goals are to encourage young people to become engaged in the pursuit of the Christian Faith, to look outward into the greater community, and to continue that engagement with their own families. Sunday school, youth groups with Confirmation Classes and activities that encourage the building of community are fundamental to the achievement of this goal. All are called upon to support and assist in this most important ministry.
The family is the basic unit of our society and it is our responsibility to encourage the involvementof the whole family in the total ministry of the church. Family ministry should be instrumental in building our relationships with each other, sharing who we are and what we do, and strengthening our mutual commitments to the betterment of the entire community. Together we can achieve greatneww.
As part of our Outreach program the gospel tells us to go out into the community by participating in activities in the community and by supporting those activities as well as creating our own where there is a need.
We must not forget our seniors. It is they who have set the foundations upon which we strive to build the future. This ministry will look at all aspects of the lives or seniors, ensuring that all of their needs are met; visitations at home, in the Lodge and Nursing Home, special events that cater to their need, and an ongoing opportunity to fully participate in, and contribute to the life of the larger community.
Holy Trinity is a faith family of Christians celebrating the Risen Christ, worshipping together in the Anglican and Lutheran Traditions to the Glory of God and the well-being of each member and the greater community. In everything we do - in all our worship, learning, mission, and service - where it is possible and where it is practical, we will respecfully blend our Anglican and Lutheran traditions instead of maintaining each tradition as separate and distinct or alternating between them. In this way, we seek to find the common ground that unites us as we build on the strengths of one another.
We call ourselves 'A Faith Community of Anglicans and Lutherans,' but our doors are open to welcome all follow and want to learn more about God.
Holy Trinity Church is a joint venture ministry that was formed from two churches joining together out of necessity, and has evolved into a beautiful and thriving church family that operates as one.
Food and Fellowship
November Monthly Mission - Canadian Foodgrains Bank
The Canadian Foodgrains Bank works to provide a Christian response to hunger in the world. The Government of Canada has been an important partner of the Foodgrains Bank since it began. Today, the Foodgrains Bank is one of two primary channels for the Government of Canada’s funding for food assistance. Through the Government of Canada’s support, the Foodgrains Bank’s 15 member agencies, representing nearly 30 denominations, are able to leverage donations from individuals, churches and businesses up to a ratio of 4:1 for food assistance in the developing world—up to $25 million each year.
Violent conflict, climate change, political upheaval, natural disasters and economic disruptions cause humanitarian crises that lead to millions of people facing hunger every year. Accessing food becomes a major challenge when fleeing for safety, living through drought, or trying to recover from a powerful cyclone. Emergency food and nutrition assistance provide families with needed support to survive and recover from the hardships caused by circumstances like these.
The Canadian Foodgrains Bank is also involved in long-term development work focusing on supporting families’ efforts to provide food for themselves. This includes helping rebuild livelihoods after a crisis, promoting sustainable farming practices, and working with communities to strengthen their ability to respond to natural disasters and a changing climate. The organization also works with families to help improve their nutrition, paying extra attention to pregnant and nursing mothers and young children. This is done by supporting nutrition, hygiene and sanitation, and maternal health education programs.
For more information or to make a donation, check out the website: www.foodgrainsbank.ca
October Monthly Mission - Edson Shelterpods
The Edson Friendship Centre Housing Plus+ Program has collaborated with the Edson & District Recycling Society (EDRS) to develop this pilot project with the goal of providing sustainable, long term, safe, accessible and low-cost emergency shelters for individuals in our community experiencing homelessness. As our community does not currently offer a shelter or space to house this vulnerable population, many individuals find shelter from the outside elements at public locations such as sheds at local schools, the recycling depot and town property. The Shelterpod project will help support these individuals by providing 5 small emergency housing rooms for sleeping. These rooms will provide a safe, secure and warm location for them to sleep in without the threat of personal violence, theft of belongings, or freezing to death.
Edson Town Council provided the initial funding for the project and since then dozens of organizations, individuals and businesses have provided support. In developing this project, there has also been significant collaboration with Reflections, Alberta Health Services and the local RCMP. Alberta Municipal Affairs has assisted the group through some hurdles during construction since this was a first of a kind initiative. There are washroom facilities on site and volunteers / workers clean the pods each day.
The Shelterpods opened in July 2021, and have been used very regularly since then. For more information about them, or to make a donation contact Erica Snook-Pennings 587 817 6238 at the Edson Friendship Housing + Program .
September Monthly Mission - We Care (Canadian Lutheran World Relief)
Since the 1950’s, the We Care Program has provided material goods such as quilts, clothing, hygiene and school supplies collected by various congregations and shipped to where they are most needed in the world. In our changing world, it has become evident that this is no longer the most effective means of quickly providing aid in disaster situations. Because of shipping and travel restrictions associated with Covid19, the Board of Directors determined in September 2020 to transition away from the commodity shipment program with the intent that the transition would be completed by the end of 2021.
CLWR has many other programs assisting with food security, nutrition, emergency relief, and refuge resettlement throughout the world. For example, COVID-19 is creating a hunger pandemic for families in Burundi. Returning refugees there are struggling to re-establish themselves in their communities, being unable to access credit or markets, or reclaim land that they left behind. CLWR is working to help families navigate through the food insecurity crisis, so that they can focus on education and training, and put themselves in a strong position going forward. Since the We Care Program is being phased out, the Shared Ministry Council decided to redirect our monthly mission funds for September to support the work in Burundi.
To learn more about the work of Canadian Lutheran World Relief, check out the website at www.clwr.org. Donations can be made online or mailed to Canadian Lutheran World Relief, 600-177 Lombard, Winnipeg MB R3B 0W5.
August Monthly Mission - West Yellowhead Pregnancy Care Centre
Serving Edson, Hinton, and Whitecourt, this organization offers free support without judgement to those who are facing an unplanned pregnancy. Services include pregnancy testing, pregnancy options counselling, post abortion recovery and support, miscarriage recovery and support, adoption support, and healthy relationships presentations. An earn while you learn program focuses on life-skills readiness for becoming a parent. Participants learn things they need to know to be a good parent while earning points to redeem for brand new baby items.
There are a few ways to donate to the centre. Cheques can be mailed to WYPCC
PO BOX 30077, Edson, AB, T7E 1Y2. E-transfers can be sent to [email protected] Payment can be made by pressing the Donate button on the webpage which is www.wypcc.ca.
July Monthly Mission - Primate's World Relief & Development Fund (PWRDF)
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is the Anglican Church of Canada’s agency for sustainable development and relief, working with trusted partners on the ground. With the support of Anglicans across Canada, PWRDF partners with organizations working for preventative health measures to improve the quality of life through access and education for all, increase healthy pregnancies and births, reduce gender inequality, and relieve hunger and break the cycle of poverty in the world’s most vulnerable communities. Against a backdrop of climate change, PWRDF strives to address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. Reconciliation support through language recovery and more is done in various programs with indigenous peoples. Work is done in countries around the world where the need is the greatest in areas such as disaster relief, refugee support and education.
For more information on the work being done, or how you can help by volunteering or with financial support, check the webpage at https://pwrdf.org.
June Monthly Mission - On Eagles Wings
On Eagles Wings Ecumenical Ministries is is a Christ-centered and inter-denominational partnership of northern and southern Christians, working together to proclaim Jesus Christ and serve the Church throughout North America. Their Ministry provides Christian education programs, pastoral care, counseling, worship, and Bible Study opportunities to individuals and groups living in remote northern communities.
On Eagles Wings identifies, trains, encourages and mentors northern Christians for leadership and ministry within their own cultural and denominational traditions.
Because of the pandemic, Bible Camps were offered virtually for the first time in summer 2020. This will be the case again for summer 2021. Let there be LIGHT! LIGHT (Living In God’s House Together) is the theme for the 2021 Virtual Bible Camp. Each child will receive a kit that contains the Bible stories, crafts instructions and supplies, songs, prayers, colouring sheets, word search puzzles, and games suggestions. Volunteers create videos to accompany the kits and the aim this summer is to make the virtual camps more interactive than last summer.
To learn more, volunteer or make a donation, check https://www.oneagleswingsnorth.com/ or contact the head office at: 10072 164 Street, Edmonton, AB T5P 4Y3, 780 440 6594,Toll-Free: 1 866 441 6594
May Monthly Mission - Hope Mission
Serving Edmonton’s homeless and vulnerable since 1929, Hope Mission has grown into a not-for-profit Christian social care agency caring for impoverished men, women, and children in Alberta. Services are offered in Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Wetaskawin, Summer Camp in 3 locations including Brightwood Ranch near Entwistle, and the Herb Jamieson Centre, which is the primary shelter for men in Edmonton.
Every day over 1200 meals are provided by Hope Mission, free of charge. Hope Mission also distributes clothing to those in need, through the Hope Bargain Shoppe.
Doctors and mental health professionals are on site 5 days a week, all day. According to Alberta Health, homeless adults are admitted to hospital five times more than the general population. This initiative alleviates stress on the health care system while providing accessible, affordable care to the homeless.
Learn more about how you can get involved by volunteering, donating, or praying by checking the website at www.hopemission.com or by phoning 780.422.2018 in Edmonton.
April Monthly Mission - The Mustard Seed
The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field: it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.
– Matthew 13:31-32
For over 35 years, The Mustard Seed has been a safe, supportive haven for individuals experiencing poverty and homelessness. Located in 6 cities across Alberta and British Columbia, Mustard Seed offers services and supports to those in need with the goal of helping them make positive, lasting change in their lives. By coming alongside the community, offering a hand-up rather than simply a hand-out, Mustard Seed journeys with their patrons as they move towards a life of wellness and independence.
The Mustard Seed is a safe and supportive place where individuals experiencing barriers associated with poverty and homelessness can have their physical needs met in the short term. In the long term, the process to heal and grow mentally, emotionally, and spiritually for a better life down the road can begin.
Programs and services include:
• Basic needs - emergency shelter, meals, clothing, and hygiene items
• Health and Wellness
• Spiritual care
With the support of our donors, volunteers, and the community, The Mustard Seed continues to grow and meet the needs of those we serve.
For more information about how you can make a donation or volunteer with Mustard Seed, check out their website at www.theseed.ca or phone 780.426.5600.
March Monthly Mission - Pinegrove Middle School Breakfast Program
Each Tuesday and Thursday morning, students at Pinegrove Middle School in Edson are offered a breakfast that is free to all. Prior to covid19, volunteers regularly prepared hot breakfasts that could consist of pancakes, a breakfast wrap or sandwich or other items. Covid19 has affected what volunteers are allowed to be in the school, so at this time, breakfast consists is a continental style breakfast of fruit, muffins, or other pastries.
The breakfast program is a registered charity which has a budget of approximately $12,000 -$15,000 per year. Funds are received from various grants which are applied for from various large corporations such as Repsol or Shell. Donations from local business, organizations and individuals are also accepted to fund the program.
For more information about the program, or to make a donation, contact Pinegrove Middle School at 780-723-5929.
Shared Ministry Agreement
Holy Trinity operates as a joint venture between St. Catherine Anglican and Grace Lutheran. While Grace's constitution is still a governing document, as well as the Canons of the Anglican Church, the Shared Ministry agreement is the document that allows us to operate as one church on a day to day basis.