On Friday, October 20th, more than 150 people gathered at Holy Trinity to hear a concert in support of new church doors, which must be replaced due to fire damage. As a parishioner put it, more than a fundraiser, it was also a great “friendraiser”. Fabulous music, delicious food, inventive cocktails and community spirit made this event special.
So many people attended that extra tables and chairs were being set up well into the first act to accommodate everyone. Thank you to all who played, sang, bartended, ran the kitchen, donated and showed up to have a great time!
The gathering early in the night from the West balcony. Photo by Jim Houston.
Photos below by Kate Werneburg
The Rev. Sherman Hesselgrave and Christmas Story director Susan Watson look out over the growing crowd
Church warden Keith Nunn bartends
Caretaker Ryan Poole and the Rev. Sherman Hesselgrave co-ordinate putting out more chairs while a reporter from CTV a member of the ECHO Women’s Choir and Patty Sheng look on
Last Friday, our parish priest, Sherman Hesselgrave, was interviewed on the CBC radio show, Here and Now. He spoke about our #Burntdoor, our upcoming fundraising concert, and what keeping the doors of Holy Trinity open to all means to him. Give it a listen if you missed it! Buy a ticket to the Burnt Door Concert here.
In the early hours of August 23, Holy Trinity was set on fire by an arsonist. Due to the quick thinking of someone who was sleeping in the square and who called emergency services, the church suffered no worse damage than the burning of the west door. We are very grateful to him for taking action to save the church.
A temporary door has been installed, and the west entrance remains out of commission. The police have detained the person alleged to have set the fire.
UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who came to our official sale days! We still have some wonderful treasures on offer, so if you’re passing the church Mon 1:30 – 3 pm and Tues – Fri 11-3 pm, find a great read and continue to support refugees!
On June 22 and 23, join us under the leafy trees of Trinity Square to browse and purchase gently used books in support of the Refugee Committee. Find a quick read or an everlasting treasure!
By then end of 2015, The United Nations Refugee Agency reported 65.3 million people were displaced from their homes. This means every 60 seconds, 24 people were forced to flee due to conflict or persecution.
Saturday, November 5 from 5 to 9 PM Celebrate Sanctuary North’s fifteenth anniversary! There will be supper, a bar, music, entertainment and a slide show of Sanctuary North’s fifteen year history here in the church, 19 Trinity Square. This event is hosted by the Sanctuary North Board and related organizations.
Sanctuary North would not exist if it hadn’t been for a sixty thousand dollar grant that the congregation approved from a “windfall” we received just before the turn of the century. A lot of people from Holy Trinity and San Esteban communities have been involved from the outset though Sanctuary North has welcomed refugees from many different communities.
Please speak with Lee or Michael Creal or Ian Sowton to say you are coming so we can plan for realistic numbers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org It will be a great occasion. A Holy Trinity achievement worth celebrating!
Photo: Looking out from the porch of Sanctuary North over the York River. Sanctuary North is located north west of Bancroft, ON.
The Holy Trinity Refugee Committee will host it’s Annual Book Sale on Thursday, June 23 & Friday June 24 from 9 to 5 or so. This will be held outside on the south side of the building.
All funds raised directly support the work of The Holy Trinity Refugee Committee. The committee is currently going into its second year of sponsorship of a family of four from Columbia and began the sponsorship of a man from Eritrea who arrived this past February.
With the support of the Church of the Holy Trinity and other amazing volunteers and contributors, we are able to provide financial and emotional support for these refugees while they settle into a new country and community. Our twenty years of refugee sponsorship experience has been shared extensively this past year as many new groups welcomed refugees from Syria.
Always looking ahead, we are excited to continue with the tradition of a book sale fundraiser which over the years has contributed directly to the support of our newly arrived families.
Donations of books (no magazines or textbooks) can be dropped off at 19 Trinity Square Monday to Friday 11 AM to 3 PM. If you require pick up contact Margot at email@example.com or 416-598-4521 ext. 222