Trinity Episcopal Church, conveniently located in beautiful Rutland, Vermont is a welcoming, inclusive Christ-centered family parish. Wherever you are on your faith journey, know that you will be welcomed by one and all. In fact, one of our strengths is being a warm and welcoming part of the Body of Christ, with visitors often remarking that they felt welcomed from the time they arrived here. In all that we do we strive to live into our personal mission statement which says that “We are a vibrant Episcopal family united in following Christ.”
Rev. Liam Muller
Trinity's Historic Past
In 1994 Trinity Episcopal Church celebrated the 200th anniversary of the first Episcopal service in Rutland, Vermont. In honor of this event a history of the parish was compiled and published. The history of Trinity was written by Audrey Murdock, who was then Parish Historian, with assistance from Rev. Christopher Powell and Deacon Mary Pratt. The following excerpts are either taken or paraphrased from that booklet, "A History of Trinity Episcopal Church Rutland, VT".
Two of the images on this page are from a USGenWeb Archives Web Site, Penny Postcards From Vermont, and are used with kind permission of the postcards' owner Joy R. Fisher.
The Old State House
The Old State House which was built around 1775 and demolished in the early 1900s, was on West Street facing Court Square and situated close to the Rutland Armory. The State Legislature met here in October 1784 and 1786, and the first Episcopal service in Rutland was held here on March 4, 1794. and the first Episcopal service in Rutland was held here on March 4, 1794.
In 1832 Vermont became a diocese separate from the Eastern Diocese which had formerly included New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. On April 22 the first Vestry of Trinity Church was appointed. On this same day, a committee was formed to purchase a site for an Episcopal Church building in Rutland. The group soon purchased a parcel of land for $450 on the west side of North Main Street, a little north of West Street.
The Church, designed by Bishop John Henry Hopkins, was built entirely of wood with a square tower in the center containing the present bell (which was first rung March 11, 1855). It had a basement which was used for Sunday School and for weekday services.
In 1849 the railroad came to Rutland and the town began to expand. As a result there was soon a need for a new church building. Plans were put on hold due to the outbreak of the Civil War, but in 1863 the site was selected and purchased for our present church building. On August 16, 1865, the new Trinity Church was consecrated by Bishop Hopkins. Bishop Hopkins had been the rector of Trinity and was responsible for planning and designing the new church.
Under the direction of the fifth Rector, the Rev. William J. Harris, (1870 - 1876) the chapel was designed and built. The Women of Trinity defrayed the entire cost of building the chapel, $2,500. In the chapel is the marble altar mensa and the chancel chairs from our first church. The chapel was completed in 1876 and has been continuously used for weekday services and by the Sunday School. The chapel was blessed on Sunday, April 24, 1994 by Bishops John Smith and Harvey Butterfield (former rectors at Trinity). It was named "Hopkins Chapel" in memory of the Right Reverend John Henry Hopkins.
The Memorial Garden
Located adjacent to our beautiful church you will find our peaceful Memorial Garden. Designed for quiet and contemplative meditation, it is a place to serenely and prayerfully remember those who have gone before us or simply a place of prayer. Those who have visited our Memorial Garden find it a perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of their lives.
Christian Formation Opportunities
There are three ways here at Trinity that you can deepen your faith and increase your understanding of scripture and of our faith. On Thursday mornings at 9:15 AM, in the library, all are welcomed to join in on a lively discussion of the Bible; on Friday mornings at 7 AM Men’s Bible Study takes place in the Brinkerhoff Room and during Advent and Lent we hold topical meditations to help us prepare for the coming Holy Day. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend.
Bible Study Thursday Mornings at 9:15
Mens Bible Study Friday Mornings at 7:00
Study at the Rectory Tuesday Evenings, Summer Only
Advent Meditations Tuesday Evenings, Advent Only
Lenton Meditation Tuesday Evenings, Lent Only
Nursery and Sunday School Available