Community Partners

Old Trinity’s mission as a “Place of Restoration” extends beyond its campus into the community itself, particularly through its partnership with the people who live in the small towns and villages of the lower county. This partnership really took off in 2008, when volunteers from around the area came together to plant indigenous grasses along Old Trinity’s shoreline, made possible through a generous grant of the Living Shorelines Grant program of the Chesapeake Bay Trust. The grasses have since become well-established, preventing further erosion and creating a welcoming environment for marine life and waterfowl. Visitors to the church may view the living shoreline during the daylight hours.

In 2012, members of Old Trinity were instrumental in founding the SOUTH DORCHESTER GOOD NEIGHBORS, an organization of concerned residents that once met quarterly to address local issues, from cellphone coverage and internet accessibility in rural areas, to senior home care and emergency preparedness. Today the South Dorchester Good Neighbors has evolved into a community partnership outreach ministry through Old Trinity, that sponsors such things as a weekly “food for learning” program at the local K-8 school, holiday food boxes for families in need, a gift-card emergency assistance ministry, and the popular Angel Tree gift program for children at Christmas.

Old Trinity is also proud to partner with other organizations that make a real difference on the Eastern Shore — groups like Agape Ministries, Young Life, The Care & Share Fund, Inc., Vision Quest, Patriot Point, Habitat for Humanity Choptank, the Eastern Shore Hospital Center, various local seniors groups, and Baywater Animal Rescue. In 2017, Old Trinity participated in the Alliance for Chesapeake Bay’s “Trees for Sacred Spaces” program, bringing people together from the community to plant trees on its campus as well as to learn about environmental stewardship.