Trinity-Clifton News and Events

Uppity Women of the Bible

This fall’s Tuesday morning study series will be “Uppity Women of the Bible”, a study from Living the Questions.

Uppity Women of the Bible is a DVD-based series featuring Hebrew Bible professor Dr. Lisa Wolfe. Combining careful scholarship with humor and fresh insights, Dr. Wolfe presents information for a lively, thoughtful discussion of Ruth.

The study will begin on Tuesday, October 3rd at 12:00 pm and will continue for seven weeks.

A sample video from the study can be found at

If you are interested in participating please contact Greg Davis or phone the church office 902-892-4114.

The format of our gathering will be as follows: 1. View a short lecture by Dr. Wolfe.  2.  Discuss our thoughts and insights about the lecture and readings.

All are welcome!

Let’s get to know Ruth a little better!

Sunday School 2017

Sunday School for all children and youth begins Sunday, September 17th at Trinity. Registration forms will be available at the Sunday School table at the Richmond Street door, both before and after worship.

Children and youth of all ages are invited to gather in the sanctuary for worship at 10:30 a.m. Following a Time with the Children, all ages will depart for graded Sunday School classes. We have wonderful Godly Play Story-Tellers and Seasons of the Spirit teachers eager to guide our children and youth through an exciting year of learning and fun!  All are welcome here! See you soon!

Henry Clarke Scholarship Trust Bursaries

The Trustees of the Henry Clarke Scholarship Trust are pleased to announce that they will award two Bursaries this year in the amount of $2000 each. One each, to two eligible, most qualified, students entering post-secondary studies (College or University) in the 2017-2018 academic year. Please see more information on the bulletin board outside the church office.

Chancel Choir

Chancel Choir: Group singing is an activity well suited to the disparate skill levels of its participants, and confers both health and psychological benefits. You don’t have to have a great voice to sing in a group.  According to a recent study, even if the quality of singing produced is undistinguished, psychosocial and cognitive benefits still occur, demonstrating that there really is benefit in just taking part”.  Dr. Des Colohan, from an article printed in The Guardian, March 2017
Calling all those who love to sing! The Chancel Choir, under the direction of Don Fraser, rehearses each Wednesday evening from 6:30-8 pm. New singers are joyfully welcomed! If you have questions or wish to let Don know you’ll be coming, please call him at 902-569-1604. We have 50+ seats in the choir loft. Might one be waiting for you?  Please join us! We’d love to sing with you at Trinity!

The Social Justice Book Club Wed., Sept. 27

Looking for your next great read? The Social Justice Book Club will meet on Wed., Sept. 27 at 7 pm to discuss Heather O’Neil’s award winning novel “Lullabies for Little Criminals”. This moving coming-of-age novel of young life on the streets is sure to spark an interesting discussion. Hope you will join us!

Sunday School Registration

Sunday School Registration will occur on Sept. 10 and 17 and classes will start on Sept. 17. On Sept. 10, Ellen will share a Godly Play story in the Upper Hall. After service on Sept. 17, we will celebrate the start of a new Sunday School year with a BBQ on the church lawn. All are welcome.

Food Bank

Please remember to support the food bank with non-perishable food items. You can drop them off any Sunday or during the week at the office. Most needed items are school supplies, snacks for school lunches like cereal bars and fruit and pudding cups, pasta, Sidekicks, flakes of ham, chicken and turkey and canned tuna.

Gala Dinner - September 30 2017

Gala Dinner: Sat., Sept. 30. Tickets are now available for Trinity-Clifton’s ninth annual Gala Fundraising dinner and will be for sale at the Richmond Street doors after today’s service. A five-course dinner will be served, dinner entertainment provided and a silent auction and limited live auction will cap off the evening. Tickets cost $60 per person with a tax receipt to be provided. We encourage you to think creatively as to how you may contribute to the auction. Would you be willing to host a coffee party, a luncheon, a dinner for six in your home? Perhaps you have other interesting ideas for the auction team? If so, please contact Diana and Norman Carruthers at 902-566-3007.

Supporting the Mission and Service Fund of the United Church of Canada.

We give so others might know the fullness of life.
We give as we are able, we gift as we are called.
Thank you for your generosity.

Welcome to Rev. Catherine Crooks!


Returning to Her Roots at Trinity-Clifton United Church, Charlottetown

To participate in a shared ministry

Rev. Catherine (Cathie) Crooks is returning to her family roots March 15th, 2017, in PEI and Trinity-Clifton United Church in Charlottetown announced Barbara Prowse, Chair of Trinity-Clifton’s Church Council.  Rev. Cathie will share this ministry call with the current minister, Rev. Greg Davis.

“I’m excited to accept this call to a shared ministry at Charlottetown’s Trinity-Clifton Pastoral Charge,” Rev. Cathie says.  “I was born in O’Leary, PEI, and my maternal grandfather Rev. A. Frank MacLean was a minister at this same church from 1952 to1961. I am inspired and deeply moved by Trinity-Clifton’s ministry and commitments to community service and social justice and to being a welcoming and inclusive congregation.  I am honoured to join Greg and the whole pastoral charge in their ministry.”

Rev. Cathie will participate in the worship service on Sunday, March 19th, and will preach the sermon on Sunday, March 26th. Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. at this historic church, with a welcoming reception in the gym after the service on March 19th.The services at Trinity United Church are broadcast live on Eastlink each Sunday (HD channel 610; SD channel 10) and are also available on YouTube.

            Rev. Cathie holds Bachelor of Music and Masters of Divinity degrees, and followed those degrees with post-graduate studies at the Toronto School of Theology. Her previous callings include the Tatamagouche Pastoral Charge, Nova Scotia; Royal York United Church in Etobicoke, Ontario; Lyndale United Church of Christ in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Most recently, Rev. Cathie served as the Minister for Congregational Life at Plymouth Congregational Church as part of a multi-ministerial team. Rev. Cathie has a deep regard for all things Celtic and is delighted to be returning to the Island and to the music, arts, and spirituality of the province of her birth.

More on Trinity-Clifton Pastoral Charge

Trinity United Church is located on lower Prince Street, Charlottetown. The roots of Trinity date to 1778 when Benjamin Chappell, an early postmaster of Charlottetown and a personal friend of John Wesley, invited a number of friends into his home for worship. A replica of his tiny house is displayed at Trinity.

The present sanctuary structure, which seats up to 1000 people, was opened and dedicated for public worship in November of 1864 and is the oldest Charlottetown church building in continuous use as a place of worship. Following church union in 1925, this formerly Methodist congregation became part of the United Church of Canada. The congregation takes immense pride in its historic building, along with the adjacent Manse (both included in the registry of Historic Charlottetown Buildings) and the more modern Christian Education Centre. In particular, the church is well-known for its numerous stained glass windows and impressive Casavant Frères organ, and is a popular venue for concerts and other performances.

Clifton United Church is a small wooden church located in the Bunbury area of Stratford. Opened in 1848 as a Wesleyan Chapel, Clifton Church became part of Pownal United Church Pastoral Charge in 1925, then was added to Trinity United Church Pastoral Charge in 1962. It is one of the oldest church buildings being used by the United Church in PEI and was recognized as a heritage building by the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation.

Trinity-Clifton Pastoral Charge recently received the Organization Appreciation Award from the PEI Association of Newcomers to Canada for its consistent commitment to assisting newcomers to PEI. Trinity-Clifton serves the surrounding community in numerous ways such as the Prince Street School Breakfast Program.

As an Affirming Ministry of the United Church of Canada, Trinity-Clifton Pastoral Charge is one that specifically declares itself to be fully inclusive of all people, regardless of ability, age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, or sexual orientation. Affirming ministries promote awareness and understanding, and work to end discrimination, alienation, and ignorance. They are explicitly welcoming around issues of sexuality and gender and are fully supportive of people of all sexual orientations and gender identity.



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