By Sue Wambolt, Contributing Writer
Marlborough – On Monday, Feb. 27, Holy Trinity Anglican Church will open a chapel and office at 469 Lincoln St., expanding the church's ministry in the French Hill neighborhood. Father Michael McKinnon, the priest and pastor of Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 52 Church St., has announced the new chapel as an extension of the church's growing ministry to French Hill.
“We have felt called to minister and be a presence in the French Hill neighborhood for some time,” McKinnon said. “In the past year we have come to know the owners, workers and patrons of several stores and restaurants in the neighborhood, have offered English as a Second Language (ESL) twice a week, and have increased our involvement and support of Our Father's Table [a ministry shared by local churches to offer a meal to the hungry].”
McKinnon and Deacon Suzy Kenyon walk the streets of French Hill once a week to greet people in their yards, at their homes and on the streets.
“We distribute gift bags to our neighbors,” Kenyon said. “The gift bag itself as a reminder that Jesus is God's gift to them personally (Romans 6:23), a Bible as a reminder that Jesus is God's Word (John 1:1-14), a loaf of bread as a reminder that Jesus is the Bread of Life (John 6:35), a candle as a reminder that Jesus is the Light of the World (John 8:12), a coffee mug as a reminder that Jesus is the best way to start the day (Revelation 22:16), a prayer card as a reminder that Jesus is always available to you through prayer (Ephesians 6:18), and a few candies to remind us all that nothing is sweeter than the Word of Jesus (Psalm 119:103).
“It is no longer possible for us to walk these neighborhoods without greeting several persons we have come to know,” Kenyon added.
McKinnon described Holy Trinity Anglican Church as “The Bible Catholic Church.” He said that the preaching and teaching is grounded in the Bible as God's Word and said that they offer the faith and worship of the ancient Catholic Church as grounded in the Bible. McKinnon believes that there is a hunger for this type of church in the French Hill area of the city.
Initially, the new chapel will offer a daily Mass, weekly Bible study groups and ESL classes. Weekly Prayer Walks in the neighborhood will continue, allowing the opportunity to greet people in their homes, visit the local businesses, and distribute gift bags.
McKinnon said, “We know that many faithful priests and laity from the former St. Ann “s ministered to the people of French Hill for generations. We thank God we now have an opportunity to do the same.”
For more information on the Holy Trinity Anglican Church visit www.HolyTrinityMarlborough.org. A schedule of services and Bible study classes will be posted at the new chapel and on the website.