Following Jesus’ example, Trinity Church welcomes all of God’s children. Young children are enticed with the warm, vibrant colors on the walls and in the play areas. The youth and teens feel comfortable and safe in the connected spaces while the programs remind them that they belong here. We celebrate being an Open and Affirming / Welcoming and Affirming Congregation and being a safe place for everyone whether marginalized or not. Everyone is served equally in our accessible and environmentally friendly building which honors God’s creation.
Trinity fills its people with the love of God through varied, exciting, and meaningful Worship and Music. Music moves us in moments of beauty and thrills us in moments of joy and exuberance. Each week we praise God with a variety of musical styles using the sound of singing, clapping, organ, piano, guitars and other instruments. Our services not only honor our traditions but push us to think beyond our customs with experiences designed for all ages and backgrounds. We encourage and facilitate open and honest conversations in worship as well as in small groups, challenging each other to grow in our faith and in our commitment to Jesus.
Trinity Church has become Northborough’s newest community center meeting the material, emotional, and spiritual needs for the town. We’re a place to come for a hot meal, to purchase affordable clothing, to listen to local music, or to just have a cup of coffee and good conversation, supported by an active and vibrant congregation. We connect to the community to determine needs and how we can help - not only financially, but with our actions and direct involvement. Trinity also looks beyond Northborough to Massachusetts, our country and the world to provide comfort and assistance and spread God’s word.
RACIAL JUSTICE STATEMENT
1 Corinthians 13:1-3: If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
For 400 years, racism has been a destructive force on the soul of America. Much of our nation’s prosperity has come at the expense of Black and Brown populations. Social, government, and criminal justice systems have perpetuated racist policies. Racial inequities have hurt Black and Brown communities, not only by limiting access to basic needs such as health care, education, housing, and employment, but also by limiting access to freedom and the pursuit of happiness.
Over the past few weeks, we have witnessed unmitigated injustice, discrimination and racism. We watched in disgust and horror as the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and Ahmaud Arbery were ended in a violent and brutal way, shaking us into a realization of just how dangerous it is to be Black in this country. Let us turn our horror and anger into resolve and action. We must dismantle racial oppression and eliminate race-related violence. We cannot allow ourselves to slide back into repression and denial.
We stand against racial profiling, police brutality, and racially discriminatory criminal justice practices
We call on corporate leaders and leaders of local, state, and federal government to acknowledge the pain in Black and Brown communities, to listen to the needs of people of color, and to make sustainable social changes to combat racism and discrimination.
We oppose symbols and language of white nationalism.
We recognize that a disproportionate number of people of color are affected by Covid-19, and call for a just health care system.
We recognize that during this pandemic, unemployment in the Black population is disproportionately high, and we will advocate for fair and equitable education and work opportunities for people of color.
We will work to collectively deepen our understanding of racism, the different forms it takes, and how it affects us.
We will work to eliminate racial and ethnic prejudice in the realm where we have the most influence – within ourselves and within our church. We will educate ourselves and challenge each other to learn about the roots of white supremacy in our faith and our religious organization, and to work intentionally and actively to dismantle racism in all its forms.
“Love is the ultimate force that makes for the saving choice of life and good against the damning choice of death and evil. Therefore the first hope in our inventory must be the hope that love is going to have the last word.” Arnold Joseph Toynbee
Trinity Church of Northborough, Board of Deacons
June 25, 2020
Open & Affirming
Welcoming & Affirming
We, the congregation of Trinity Church of Northborough, Massachusetts, declare ourselves an
Open and Affirming / Welcoming and Affirming congregation.
We will reach out with love to any and all people who enter our doors seeking
God with faith in Jesus Christ as Savior.
We recognize all human beings as worthy and loved by God.
We affirm and support all relationships based on love and mutual respect, and grounded in Christian faith.
We declare to the wider community that we are an open and loving community of faith for all people,
of every age, race, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, cultural background,
socio-economic status, mental or physical ability, marital status, or any other distinctions of society.
We invite all in our midst to fellowship and service in Christ’s name.
We are a people of God and will be led by our faith in Jesus’ teaching of love. We shall be a beacon of light and a place of faithful joy in this community and the world, sharing with and caring for all people.
trinity's core values
WORSHIP: We spend time with God and with each other, growing in our faith, and in our relationships with all of God’s children. “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come into God’s presence with singing.” (Psalm 100:1-2)
OUTREACH: We support others through building mutual relationships, providing material needs, and empowering each other. “You are the light of the world.” (Matthew 5:13)
COMMUNITY: We appreciate the connections we make and the trust that grows as we share our spiritual journeys. “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” (Matthew 18:20)
OPEN AND AFFIRMING: We welcome all people, celebrate our differences, and come together in love. “Let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.” (1 John 3:18)
history of our church
Our Main Street location attests to Trinity Church’s long-term presence in the Northborough community. Just yards from the site of both the original 1868 town hall and 1894 library, the church building remains a landmark for passers-by while hosting an array of worship and fellowship opportunities for life in the 21st century.
Today’s Trinity is the result of a merger in 1948 of Northborough’s First Baptist Church and Evangelical Congregational Church, which had been established here in 1827 and 1832, respectively. Our church building is the former Congregational meeting house, and the former Baptist house of worship became the home of the Northborough Historical Society.
Trinity Church is affiliated with both the American Baptist Churches,
and the United Church of Christ.
Rev. Valeria Schmidt
Valeria has been our Senior Minister since February, 2015. She enjoys experimenting with different forms of worship including Contemporary Christian music, spending time with children and youth, and reaching out to the wider community.
She is passionate about working towards peace and justice, and protecting our environment. To her, being a church means building stronger relationships with God, with fellow church members, and with all of God’s children.
Valeria loves Trinity Church because it is an open, diverse, caring community of people seeking God and trying to make a difference in Northborough and beyond.
You may contact her at 508-393-8156.
Follow her on Twitter @TrinityNorthbor.
Emily has an extensive business management and office management background. Emily's varied life, work and family experiences have provided her with a skill set that allows her to serve the Trinity Church community in a multitude of ways.
Emily is a mother of three and enjoys volunteering in the community. She is a “Jane of all trades” and really enjoys spending time ‘tinkering’ to repair things around her home or helping friends with their household projects. Baking has been one of Emily's passions since childhood and she is always looking for new and creative ways to decorate cakes!
You may contact her at 508-393-8156
Director of Christian Education for Children and Youth
Sherry is a wife and mother to 3 children. She has spent her career working with children and families of all ages. She loves both the rewards and challenges of working with kids at all age levels. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, gardening, traveling and working with scout troops in town.
She believes life is meant to be an adventure and is very much looking forward to working with all the families at Trinity!
She can be reached at 508-254-2217.
Minister of Music
Mike grew up in Georgia, where his family still resides. While learning to play piano at an early age, he attained degrees in bassoon performance from Indiana University and New England Conservatory in Boston. While attending university, Mike also learned to play the organ, a long-time favorite instrument.
Mike spends much of his days working with bicycles. He is an avid amateur cyclist and enjoys spending time in the outdoors.
Steve's a resident of Westborough and spends his days between Trinity and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. He's been with Good Shepherd for five plus years and is very excited to be joining the good people of Trinity Church.
His life took him to the world of sales for the first twenty five years, but he has found his true joy in serving others as a humble Sexton.
He has a beautiful granddaughter named Olyvia, (spelled with a Y just like that), and she melts him every time he sees her.
He is very excited to meet all the good people of Trinity and looks forward to serving you to the best of his ability.