Holy ​Trinity Church, Edso​n

A Faith Community 

of Anglicans and Lutherans

About Our Church


Our Vision

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.

Our Mission

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.

Our Community

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.  


Stronger Together.

Ministries

Food and Fellowship

  • Kate's Kitchen has become very well known in Edson for providing a hot lunch for any and all that come by on the Third Thursday of the month.  It is Holy Trinity's priority to ensure the safety of the community and as a result of direction from Alberta Health and a mandate from the Diocese, this ministry has been suspended indefinitely.
  • This suspension of Kate's Kitchen has evolved into a beautiful new opportunity to partner up with the Edson United Church to offer the United Trinity Kitchen.  This newly formed alliance has received a provincial grant funding to offer seniors in the town of Edson with a light meal delivered to them every Thursday, until the end of November. If you or someone you know would like to enjoy a meal delivered to you, please call 780-712-9022 and arrangements will be made to add you to the list.  Please note that recipients must be in the town of Edson, and no dietary accommodations can be made.

Barrel Garden

  • Inspired by the beauty of God's gift of creation to us all, Holy Trinity has developed a Barrel Garden to allow the opportunity for people to grow vegetables that can be shared. This ministry offers an opportunity to get your hands dirty and share a laugh with friends while tending to the garden.  In the past, the bountiful harvests have been turned into meals that support the Food and Fellowship ministry. 

Bible Study

  • Typically, Holy Trinity's Bible Study Group meets once per week to focus on, discuss, and discover meanings behind scriptures. In  response to Covid-19, it has been mandated by the Diocese that this activity is suspended.

Confirmation

  •  A confirmation class is to get underway in the fall of 2020.  Confirmation classes can be a faith journey that allow one to explore their relationship with God, learn from the scriptures, dive into church history, and learn about what it means to be Lutheran and what it means to be Anglican. Connect with the church to find out more details.
Sunday School and Youth Ministries 

  • These things are highly valued by Holy Trinity.  Currently, these activities are on hold.  Please connect with us to discuss what is happening.

Thrift Shop

  • The Edson Thrift Shop, 5112-3 Avenue, Edson, (780) 723-4545 is operated by volunteers from several participating churches and offers good used clothing and linens to the community at highly discounted prices. Volunteers  take their turn to work at the store both on sorting and selling days.  Hours are currently limited during this time of Covid-19 and the store is open Wednesdays 12:00-6:00 and Thursdays 12:00-6:00. In case of emergency situations, such as fire or flood, items can be provided to those in need by request.

Prayer Shawl

  • A group of dedicated ladies knit and crochet prayer shawls which are provided to individuals in need of the extra comfort that these can provide, such as in times of illness, death of a loved one, or other tragedy.

Food Bank

  • The Edson Food Bank, 4511-5 Avenue, Edson, (780) 723-3185 provides emergency food to families and individuals in need.  It operates year round on Tuesdays from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and is also open the second and last Thursday evenings of each month from 6:45 pm to 8:00 pm.Thechurch supports the local food bank by regularly collecting food items for distribution, but during this time of Covid-19, monetary gifts are being collected.  Volunteers from the church also spend time at the food bank during their sorting and distribution times.



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

• Housing

• Health and Wellness

• Housing

• Employment

• 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.

February Monthly Mission - The Canadian Council of Churches

The Canadian Council of Churches responds to Christ's call for unity and peace, seeks Christ's truth with an affection for diversity, and acts in love through prayer, dialogue and witness to the gospel.

The Canadian Council of Churches is a broadest and inclusive ecumenical body in Canada, now representing 26 denominations of Anglican; Evangelical; Free Church; Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox; Protestant; and Catholic traditions. Together the membership includes more than 85% of the Christians in Canada. The Canadian Council of Churches was founded in 1944.

Holy Trinity’s particular interest in supporting this organization is in regards to their work with refugee resettlement and support.

Excerpts from President, Canon Alyson Barnett-Cowan”s November 2015 letter on behalf of Church leaders to the Prime Minister succinctly outlines the mandate for this.

““Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” — Heb. 13:2

For decades, Christian communities in Canada have responded with deep compassion and sponsored thousands of refugees from all corners of the world. Refugee resettlement has been our work over many generations. Today, a refugee crisis of immense and unprecedented dimension is unfolding.”

“As Christians, we are called to put our faith and hope into action and to meet the needs of the oppressed and vulnerable by reflecting our own experience of God’s love for us. God’s Word directs us into paths of hospitality and invites us to welcome the stranger. In God’s Word we find the source of our strength and a model for every action we undertake in God’s name.”

“We want to encourage new and continued resettlement efforts. Such efforts require commitments that extend over many months and even years. Where communities have the resources to sponsor refugees on their own, we offer our encouragement and thanks.

Where communities have fewer resources, we ask them to invite their neighbours into partnership and to work together. To you, as well, we offer our encouragement and thanks.

While we are welcoming and caring for refugees, we must continue to be mindful of the reasons for their flight and the complexity of the conflicts from which they are seeking refuge. Military intervention alone will not bring peace. We commit to work with others and invite our communities to contribute to a robust public witness. We continue to call on Canada to strengthen its diplomatic efforts to end the terrible conflict, to increase humanitarian assistance in the region, to help stop the flow of weapons, and to work to re-establish respect for human rights and the rule of law. ¹

………...we invite our communities to participate in every aspect of refugee resettlement in reflection of their gifts and resources.

We invite our communities to welcome those who seek to make their home with us even as we would welcome Jesus, Mary and Joseph (Matthew 25: 31-46).”

To learn more about the Canadian Council of Churches or to make a donation, check out their website: https://www.councilofchurches.ca. Or contact them at:

The Canadian Council of Churches

47 Queen’s Park Crescent East

Toronto, ON

M5S 2C3, Canada Tel: 416-972-9494 Toll Free: 1-866-822-7645

January Monthly Mission - The Edson Food Bank

Although we have asked for and received special collections for the Food Bank from the congregation throughout 2020, a budgeted amount has been allocated for January. In these difficult times, the Food Bank is unfortunately even more necessary than it usually.


The Edson Food bank is a non-profit organization run by volunteers to provide food donated by local individuals and businesses to individuals and families with short term needs. Located at 4511- 5 Avenue in Edson, the Edson Food bank operates year-round on Tuesdays from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and is also open the second and last Thursday evenings of each month from 6:45 pm to 8:00 pm. During this time of covid19, the Food Bank is following all the AHS recommended protocols. Although walk ins are accepted, the Food Bank is asking those requiring food hampers to call or text 780.725.3185 to make an appointment for a time to come in to the Food Bank.


For more information, contact the Food Bank directly by phoning 780.725.3185, or Email: [email protected]

December Monthly Mission 

 The Anglican Foundation of Canada​ 

IThe mission of the Anglican Foundation of Canada is to foster Anglican presence by providing abundant resources for innovative ministry and diverse infrastructure projects and theological formation throughout the Canadian church.

The AFC was established in 1957 to encourage and support ministry within the Anglican Church of Canada.

Leading the way in resourceful ministry for 60 years, AFC has benefited dioceses, hundreds of parishes, and thousands of Canadian Anglicans with the provision of financial support for ministry from coast to coast to coast.

AFC invites individuals, parishes, and church organizations to make an annual contribution so that it can respond generously to applicants who are engaged in ministry to serve the Canadian Church. The Foundation’s ability to support ministry is also funded by bequests, memorials and special gifts, donor-designated trusts, life insurance, and investment income.

The work of the Foundation is made possible through the devotion, generosity, and collective goodwill of hundreds of donors. The support of dedicated Anglicans of all ages makes it possible to sustain the Foundation in the ministry of generosity to the Canadian Church.

For more information about AFC, check out their website: www.anglicanfoundation.org

November Monthly Mission - Canadian Foodgrains Bank


After a number of years of bad weather, the Yellowhead Growing Project (part of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank) switched from growing a crop to having an evening banquet as their primary fundraiser.  The covid19 pandemic has scuttled plans for this year's banquet as we are unable to follow AHS guidelines to protect those who would wish to attend.  The executive is considering appealing to a number of our regular supporters to provide a monetary donation so that our group can send something to the Foodgrains Bank.  Thus, the support of Holy Trinity for the Foodgrains Bank as their monthly mission for November is even more important and the Yellowhead Growing Project is deeply appreciative for that support.


On another note, the Canadian federal government has announced this October that it will provide $400 million to developing countries to cope with the effects of the pandemic.  Food systems have been disrupted, income opportunities have been limited and movement within developing countries has been restricted.  As a result, food shortages and rising food costs are common and much of this money will be used to deal with these two problems.


To learn more about the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, check out their website at: https://foodgrainsbank.ca/

October Monthly Mission - Edson Food Bank


In lieu of collecting items for the Primary Care Networks Community Connections event which is not being held this year, the Shared Ministry Council decided that our October focus would be the Edson Food Bank.


The Edson Food bank is a non-profit organization run by volunteers to provide food donated by local individuals and businesses to individuals and families with short term needs. Located at 4511- 5 Avenue in Edson, the Edson Food bank operates year-round on Tuesdays from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and is also open the second and last Thursday evenings of each month from 6:45 pm to 8:00 pm. During this time of covid19, the Food Bank is following all the AHS recommended protocols. Although walk ins are accepted, the Food Bank is asking those requiring food hampers to call or text 780.725.3185 to make an appointment for a time to come in to the Food Bank.


Monetary donations are being requested at this time. They can be left in the collection plate or forwarded to the church marked Food Bank. 

September Monthly Mission - Canadian Lutheran World Relief

Our September Monthly Mission is We Care. In past we have collected hygiene items and school supplies, packed them into We Care kits, and shipped them to Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CWLR) headquarters in Winnipeg to be distributed where they are needed in the world. 


With the restrictions mandated by Alberta Health Services, we will not be collecting items at this time. Instead, the Shared Ministry Council has made the decision to reallocate resources towards CWLR Covid-19 relief in Africa. Throughout September, a monetary collection towards this project will be made. 


Inspired by God’s love for the world, CLWR challenges and responds to the injustice which causes human suffering and poverty. Since 1946, CLWR has been committed to working alongside partner agencies to build resilience through a continual shared learning approach. This international relief and development agency of the Lutheran communities provides opportunities for Canadians to respond to national and international needs.


In some areas around the world the coronavirus is threatening not just sickness, but a food crisis not seen in many decades.  The impacts of movement restrictions, closed businesses, lost livelihoods, and disrupted supply chains are being felt by families already facing difficult situations and could create a large-scale hunger catastrophe in the year ahead.  As communities fight the pandemic, they’re also facing the reality of severe disruptions to their food supply, on top of ongoing droughts and other pre-existing challenges.


Thanks to CLWR’s partnership with Canadian Foodgrains Bank, we can help our global neighbours with urgent food relief that will be matched by as much as 4:1. A donation of just $35, which would provide one family with emergency food for two weeks, could now provide the same support to four additional families because of government matching funds.


Learn more about CLWR


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.

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