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HUNTINGTON, WV – 11/29/2016 (PRESS RELEASE JET) — Trinity Episcopal Church (www.wvtrinitychurch.org) is doing Christmas a little early this year. Trinity, a historical church in Huntington, WV has added a new Blessing Box (inset) to its list of ministries. The Blessing Box, attached to the outside of Trinity’s church, supplies much needed items to those in need. Hundreds of people pass Trinity, an urban church, each week. And now they can access these much-needed items each day.

The Blessing Box was developed by Missy Browning (Marshall University Education Coordinator) and her father, James Clagg Jr. These two angels wanted to give back. They wanted to work with Trinity and several other local churches to help those less fortunate. Therefore, the Blessing Box was developed. The Blessing Box is attached to Trinity’s building and open 24/7 for those in need. Think of it as a small outdoor convenience store, holding food, toiletries, and other items for daily needs. The sign inside the Blessing Box reminds the visitor to take what they need and to leave what they are able.

Trinity, located in downtown Huntington, WV is a traditional Episcopal Church begun in 1869. Trinity loves its history, its music and liturgy. And Trinity loves its Tiffany stained glass windows. But there’s so much more. Their members are stepping up to the plate and doing God’s work, helping those, not only in the pews, but also those outside their church. Those folks outside their doors. Those folks without food, shelter and clothes…God is smiling…

Trinity began several new initiatives a few years ago, adopting Metro-Theology (www.metrotheology.com). Metro-Theology allowed the parish to align its resources with the needs of its immediate urban location in downtown Huntington. Therefore, Trinity began to respond to the question, “how can we best serve, not only our church members, but also those folks around us?” New ministries blossomed.

Only through the solid leadership of its members has Trinity been able to develop such ministries. These ministries include a feeding ministry, serving over 14,000 hot meals each year. Trinity has also opened its doors to other ministries such as the Cridlin Food and Clothing Pantry, serving over 5,000 local families; Contact Inc. (a non-profit advocate for abused women); 2 Boy Scout troops; 2 dance studios; yoga classes; visual art classes; Head Start offices; college student ministries; and medical ministries that supply meds, eye wear and medical services at no charge. Trinity is now a 24/7 place of God.

Trinity is not a perfect church but it is excited about its ministries and how they tie into the Jesus Movement prescribed by the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Michael Curry.  Presiding Bishop Curry is calling for all Episcopalians to share the good news of Jesus Christ and in any way possible. Sing it. Shout it.  Whisper it. Tell it.  Love it. Speak it. Show it. But whatever you do, please share it. Share the good news of Jesus Christ.  Given this challenge, the Episcopal Church (www.epicopalchurch.org) is moving forward with Evangelism and therefore developing new initiatives around the country, led by the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellars, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism and Reconciliation.

The Rev. Canon Spellars recently orchestrated a national conference Evangelism Matters (www.evangelismmatters.org) in Dallas, Texas. The conference gathered hundreds of Episcopalians from around the globe to help motivate and educate folks about sharing the good news in their geographical areas. The Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement has begun. People are excited. People across the nation are now becoming more proactive. Utilizing traditions, yes. Developing new ideas, yes. All efforts now point to a renewed vigor in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ through worship, education, outreach.  And oh yes, even a new Blessing Box…

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