GENEVA — While Trinity Episcopal Church has been in the headlines over the past couple of years for its efforts to redevelop its historic South Main Street church into an inn, events center and restaurant, it has settled nicely into its digs at 78 Castle St.
The congregation celebrates its first anniversary in downtown today.
At Trinity Place, said Pastor Cam Miller, they are redefining what the church can be.
“Trinity Place is our home,” Miller said. “Once 520 S. Main St. is renovated, we will worship there on Sunday morning and special occasions, like Christmas and Easter, but we will also hold worship at Trinity Place, which is also where our offices and program space will continue to be.”
The church opened Trinity Place at 78 Castle St. in June 2018, in preparation for the South Main Street site’s redevelopment.
“While there have continued to be special prayer services held each month at the Main Street location, Sunday worship and all other programming has taken place on Castle Street for the past year,” Miller said. “(Trinity) is not only re-adapting the building for a new purpose, it is re-adapting what ‘church’ is for an ever-evolving culture. While the congregation continues in the spirit of an Episcopal Church, it is also building a community for personal growth, wellness, healing and the arts hospitable to people of any faith and with no faith.”
He said Trinity Place services hold on to many facets of the traditional Episcopal worship, but it “is adjusted here and there for more kinship with the 21st century.”
Miller said Trinity Place’s worship space hosts a number of weekly yoga classes, along with periodic Reiki healing workshops. The facility also features visual-art space, which currently features what Miller described as “magnificent” locally made quilts.
A diverse number of community groups use Trinity Place for meetings and events, including the International Dancers of Peace, League of Women Voters, ABCD Migrant Childcare network meeting, FLX Solidarity Community Forum, a Ukrainian egg-painting workshop, and a concert open to the community. In addition, he said the Trinity Academic Achievement Program has had a year of transition at Trinity Place for the Geneva school children who receive tutoring, with HWS students taking part.
Miller even hosted his book launch there.
In October, Trinity launched a collaboration with Yoga Finger Lakes that featured a Wednesday evening “moment of peace” through readings, music, and yoga meditation. The group is gathering once a month in the summer and is hosting sessions at Lakefront Park, said Miller.
In January, said Miller, Trinity started offering neighborhood breakfasts, called Breakfast@Trinity, in which the congregation offers pancakes, sausage and more for free to anyone who wants to join their neighbors on the fourth Saturday of the month.
“There is even a delivery service to people in area apartments whose disabilities make it difficult for them to attend,” Miller noted.
The church hopes to expand its offerings in the year ahead.
He said the “congregation hopes to find more groups with similar missions and goals that need a meeting place, artists that wish to display their work and/or have an opening, single events, forums, workshops, and programs.”
He said Trinity Place “wants to offer a safe, peaceful and healing space for the community.”