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How Trinity Is Making A Difference, by Jill Carswell

My husband Jon and I have been attending Trinity for about 10 years. We were living in The Woodlands at the time and church shopping. I was raised Catholic, and Jon was Disciples of Christ. We prayed and searched for a church home to grow with our little family. I can remember feeling welcome, and the warmth of the congregation. But I must say that the transformation of the children’s ministries over the years is one reason Trinity has made a difference in our lives. Molly, Liz Johnson and Liz Linger, Trinity Kids Corner, and the many gracious volunteers have created a solid program from toddlers to young adult ministries. I have volunteered my time in many facets over the years from VBS, Sunday School and Children’s Liturgy. It is so gratifying when I see children from past programs, and when I think of the countless children Trinity has touched with the stories of our Lord. I have witnessed firsthand how Trinity is making a difference in my own children’s lives in their desire to serve as Acolytes, Jr. Ushers, Children’s Chapel assistants, and the ever-fun TNT mission trips. We now live in Montgomery, so our distance from church limits their participation in some youth gatherings, but not without repeated requests from them. Even Tucker, who is only 6, feels contented enough with our volunteers to attend youth programs without the help of his sisters. It warms my heart that he is growing in his faith in a church where he feels comfortable.
Last November, we unexpectedly lost Jon’s mom. They live in Lufkin, but were down here visiting when she fell ill. Even though they are not members of our congregation, the outpouring of support and prayers was unbelievable. We had a member of the clergy check in everyday, cards sent from staff members and different ministries. Even though social media can get a bad rap sometimes, it was a gift during that time. The online Trinity family rallies together in times of need. Our family was stronger because of the outpouring of love from our Trinity family. Even weeks after her passing, people of Trinity were still checking in on us. Trinity made a difference in our lives during this difficult experience.
I read a quote once, “To make a difference in someone’s life you don’t have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful or perfect. You just have to CARE.”
Trinity excels in the acts of caring for their parishioners from the young to the old. It certainly has made a difference in my life.