Ministry Groups

The ministry exercised at Holy Trinity Church, Thornhil, is supported by many volunteers serving in an individual capacity, or in several committees and groups. In May, 2013, we celebrated Lay Ministries of our church. It’s should be noted that there are about 50 areas of ministry in the parish. About two hundred individuals are involved in one or more of these ministry areas.

Advisory Board Flower Guild Parochial Tribunal
Altar Guild Footlights Club (Drama) Past Wardens’ Council
Archives Committee Garden Committee Prayer Chain
Bible Mondays Healing & Wellness Committee Prayer Shawl Ministry
Bulletin Volunteers Kitchen Coordinators Property Committee
Card Ministry Lay Anointers Quilters
Cemetery Committee Lay Pastoral Visitors Seniors’ Luncheon Committee
Choir & Organist Library Servers
Church School Lectors Sexton
Communications Committee Liturgy Committee Sidespersons
Counters Members of Synod Spirituality Group
Custodian Men’s Breakfast Treasurer
Endowment Fund Committee Natural Church Development Tuesday Study Group
Envelope Secretary Office Administrator Twenty Minute Bible Workout
Eucharistic Ministers Out of the Cold Wardens Team
Eva Rea Millennium Fund Committee Outreach Committee Wednesday Nights in Lent
Finance Committee Parish Nurse

The Advisory Board serves to:

  • To keep in the forefront of its deliberations the purpose for which Holy Trinity Church Thornhill exists.
  • To formulate plans and programs which will allow the Board to carry out its objectives.
  • To review its objectives from time to time to determine its achievements and whether they continue to be relevant and sufficient to allow the Board to fulfill the purpose of the Church.

Its objective is:

  • To provide leadership to the Congregation/Vestry with respect to the Parish objectives including the following:
  • To meet the continuing needs of the congregation for personal spiritual growth and development.
  • To create an awareness in the congregation of the needs of the individual in the community and ways to respond to those needs.
  • To meet the growth and change in the community.
  • To fulfill our obligations as Christians to the world at large.
  • To maintain, develop and improve the lands, buildings and furnishings of the Church and rectory.
  • To provide the human and financial resources to meet these obligations.
The Past Wardens’ Council

Past Wardens who are still members of the parish serve as a source of “history” and support, as needed, for current and future wardens.

The Anglican Church Women

is a focus for Christian community among all Anglican women. The women of the parish can join one of five groups (Alpha, Rebecca, Ruth, Naomi, and Sarah)  that meet regularly for fellowship and service. The women host coffee hours throughout the year, organize two Rummage Sales, and the Festival of Christmas.

The Altar and Flower Guild

The Altar Guild is a group of 37 dedicated women (5 teams) who prepare the Sanctuary for weekly services and for special services such as weddings, funerals and memorial services. The members care for the many vessels and linens used in the Holy Eucharist and purchase the hosts, wine and candles.  They also care for all the brass furnishings throughout the church.
The Flower Committee of the Altar Guild is a small group of talented women who make beautiful flower arrangements for the Main and Chapel Altars and the Memorial Table.  The committee also decorates the church for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The Garden Committee

The  Garden committee was organized started in 2003 and is currently made up of 6 members. The committee’s mission is to design and plant the gardens with summer annuals always trying to maximize the colours that annual plants yield.
This faith group of members maintain the gardens at the church main entrance, elevator and south parking lot entrances plus 6 urns and 2 wall brackets.

In the Fall, the committee converts the urns and wall bracket plantings into a Winterscape then transforming them with "brightness and anticipation" for the Easter season and Springtime.

For their efforts our church was honoured by the City of Vaughan.

The Archives Committee

preserves and protects photographs of church events using archival albums, and then make these accessible from time to time through periodic displays. Significant books and documents related to church life and to our historic building form part of the collection. A timely article entitled "From the Archives" is submitted to each issue of "Trinity News", a publication of Holy Trinity Church, Thornhill. Additionally, helpful information is shared with family historians and with others on church committees.