Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
Welcome to our final stop on our social issues walk. We hope that what you’ve heard today has encouraged thoughtful conversation, inspired new resolutions, and sparked ideas for how you can support the community initiatives in Edmonton. Here, you’re standing outside the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, whose circular stained-glass windows and red bricked tower has been a spot of shelter for those in need.
Trinity Church has been a great supporter of the neighbourhood and The Neighbour Center. The church has allowed the Mustard Seed to use its space for running a 40 mat night shelter program, and also runs a food bank depot for the Strathcona area.
Prior to Covid, Trinity, along with the support of several other congregations, hosted Community Dinners on the first and third Tuesday of every month. Open to everyone, those that can afford to make a contribution do, to help defray the costs for others.
The community garden that is located right next to the church was developed with the goal of creating an environment that nourishes body, mind, spirit, and community – by growing vegetables, fruit, herbs, and flowers in a beautiful mix. It is not necessary to be a church member to be a member of the garden. Priority is given to people who live in the neighbourhood and who do not have other gardening opportunities.
The church also shares the building with Helping Hands Daycare to support local community organizations and several “Anonymous” groups meet in the building every week.
And with that, we come to the end of our walk together. Thank you for taking the time to experience our neighbourhood through the lens of those living in poverty and homelessness. It’s our hope that you come away from this walk having learned something new, with perhaps more questions than answers, and that you are inspired to look for both the beauty and the needs that are present in your own neighbourhood.
If you would like to learn more about the work of The Mustard Seed, please visit our website – www.theseed.ca.
If you are interested in learning more about how you can be a part of our volunteer team, please call our Community Support Centre – 780.426.5000, or click the Volunteer Link below. And if you would like to financially support the work of The Mustard Seed further than a donation for this walk, you can do that via the Donation Link below.
Thank you again, and remember, just as a tiny mustard seed grows into a flourishing tree, a small act of kindness can make a huge difference!