Members of Holy Trinity help at Friday Friends - an ecumenical project in Haddington for substance abusers - and with the Bethany Care Van project for homeless people, taking soup and rolls to the homeless on the streets of Edinburgh. Individuals also help at the nearby Day Centre, and one member has started a very popular Film Club for senior citizens.
Holy Trinity has established a link with the Anglican Church of Rev Philip Quaque in the Diocese of Cape Coast, Ghana. Arrangements cannot be finalised until the new Rector is appointed.
The Care Van is a joint ministry between Edinburgh City Mission, Bethany Christian Trust and over 30 churches in the Lothians and the Borders. The Care Van has been operational in different forms since 1990 when it started off with a towed caravan. After a Ford Transit, it moved on to a Mercedes Sprinter. A new Van is to be commissioned in April 2009.
Each night (364 per year - not during the Hogmany street party) at about 8.45pm a team of 5 volunteers takes the van to Waverley Bridge in Edinburgh City Centre and later to other points to serve soup and rolls to those sleeping rough, or simply those in need of some hot food. For some, a friendly face may be the first step in the long road in overcoming their particular difficulties.
Holy Trinity is part of this ministry with 20 members of the congregation manning the Care Van eight times a year.
The Care Van also carries much needed warm clothing and blankets. If you have any surplus clean, warm clothing (hats, gloves, scarves, socks, T-shirts, fleeces) and blankets, please contact John Elcock on 01875 853558; you’ve no idea just how much these things are appreciated.