Trinity has been worshipping at 6800 Washington for almost 60 years. Our community of faith has changed and evolved over these years, as has our building. When Kingshighway Presbyterian and 1st United Presbyterian merged in 1953 to form Trinity, they renovated the lower level into a church school and added an elevator. These structures have remained largely unchanged to this day. More recently, capital campaigns led to the installation of our beautiful pipe organ and the transformation of the chapel to the flexible and comfortable meeting space that we now know.
Imagine our church today if these capital projects had not occurred. Our spiritual lives, and our chance to build relationships with each other, have been immeasurably enriched by the foresight of those who came before us. Our space gives us flexibility and a central location from which we can reach out to others. In addition to our Sunday morning activities, the church hosts more than 70 hours a week of meetings, music lessons and community projects for 14 organizations as well as a food pantry that served more than 1,700 people last year.
Now it is our turn to build for the future. Our church is in need of some major structural and functional repairs so that we can continue to be a welcoming, vibrant community for coming generations.
Accessible, Safe and Welcoming
In 2010 our congregation was faced with the challenge of replacing our outdated, broken elevator. The elevator had been in operation for almost 60 years and had fallen out of compliance with city safety codes. The “Restore and Renew” campaign was organized to raise the funds for the new elevator, along with several other improvements to our physical plant to insure that our building remains safe, accessible, and welcoming for the next 60 years.
Trinity is motivated by more than a broken elevator that is now in violation of U. City codes…
… Once we discerned that our future is here in this building and in this neighborhood, we committed ourselves to the vision that any building project will strengthen our ministry of hospitality and inclusiveness that is spelled out in our Statement of Welcome.
By honoring our values of accessibility, safety, and welcoming in this one project, we will be creating a vital church building for the 21st century and the diverse uses and ministries that are sure to be a part of our church life together…