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Trinity Anglican Church Forms A Worshipping Community for Atlanta

By Courtney Clark

In Atlanta, the Trinity Anglican Church is a respite, an educational environment, and a place for community support. Trinity is unique from similar denomination-based churches in its variety: there are several groups available for all ages and walks of life.

Trinity's mission is simple: as the website says, to "be a people growing into Christ's likeness." All programs and events are conducted with this in mind. There are chosen leaders for specific events. For example, Brad Mauldin is the Community Pastor, Kris McDaniel the Lead Pastor, and Millie Wamstead a Kids Pastor. The staff numbers about eleven, giving each group the attention it deserves with a qualified leader.

Mauldin explains that in some ways, Trinity is like other churches in the area: the worship is contemporary, the teachings are from the Bible, and the congregation participates in communion. However, the Community Pastor says Trinity is different because, although there are familiar aspects to visitors, the members will be "compelled to explore and embrace new traditions or expressions of church."

One way the church expresses itself is by its community involvement. Trinity makes an effort to befriend those from all walks of life, including the homeless, elderly, and orphans. One program, Lazarus, is based in Atlanta and, as the website describes, helps the homeless by meeting "their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs" by "acknowledging the human dignify found in every person." On a weekly basis, the organization meets with men and women to converse, provides resume writing workshops and financial classes, and brings art therapy to shelters. Lazarus also hosts four downtown events annually: Health Day, a Super Bowl Party, Christmas Dinner, and Neighborhood Beautification Day.

Trinity also maintains programs within the church to help its members and guests feel at home. For example, the Moms Group was created to support and encourage mothers in the community. The group is online and in person. The online portion, the website decribes, is "dedicated to expressing the needs, challenges and joys of motherhood."

When the mothers in the group arrange meetings and playdates at parks, they are able to connect to others like them. The group also reaches out to new parents with its Meals for New Parents, which helps provide "delicious meals for those first days after a baby has been born." Trinity also has groups for kids and youth and has the Trinity School.

Trinity is dedicated to serving the Atlanta community and its members, whether someone is new or familiar. Visitors are encouraged to stop by the information table and attend a Newcomer Meeting to make connections and become part of Trinity's worshiping community.

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