Core Values

We have six core values at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Core Values

Beautiful Worship

As a historic place of worship in Little Rock, there is much love and appreciation for our physical space and surroundings. The congregation and Vestry put special focus on the preservation and sometimes restoration of the historic spaces around us; we’ve made extensive repairs to the church’s roof, and set to work renovating our children’s classrooms. These recent efforts evidence the breadth of spiritual and emotional nourishment we receive through our collective life here, as well as the diverse ways in which we are continually committed to maintaining, improving, and growing our physical space to meet our needs.

Caring Community

Members of our parish possess a wealth of talent, experience, and enthusiasm, and opportunities exist for any level of commitment—from one-time projects to regular weekly, monthly, or yearly ministries. Lay leaders guide many activities, including Eucharistic visitors, Sunday School, an altar and flower guild, ushers, greeters, Cathedral tour guides, and an All Saints Guild, which serves as a funeral-response team. In addition, Trinity has vergers, youth acolytes, adult and youth choirs, and the Matthew 25 community outreach committee. The Needle Point Kneeler Guild has nearly completed their project to replace all kneelers with themed kneelers reflecting our life as a Cathedral.

Each year, Trinity offers a ministry fair to introduce the various Cathedral ministries to members and to newcomers, providing a path for anyone to become involved in life at Trinity. Every other year, Trinity hosts “Bliss,” an event where parishioners give what brings them bliss for silent or live auction. Each Sunday, the Inquirers’ Class assists those (Episcopalian or not) inquiring about membership at Trinity. A member of the clergy leads this 4-week course in a relaxed, conversational setting.

Spiritual Formation

The liturgy at Trinity is traditional, spiritual, and engaging. Our most widely attended services are Rite II Eucharists with an adult choir. On Sunday, a churchgoer can expect beautifully talented vocalists, a handbell recital, or an instrumental performance. On Sunday evenings, Evensong offers an organ prelude and individual contemplation. We cherish the opportunity to instill spirituality and music with our children. We hold a “Children’s Liturgy” during our “family service” and offer children’s formation through Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. We also have three children’s choirs.

While our congregation tends toward the traditional and liturgical, we do look for opportunities for fun contemporary worship. Our “Summer Sundays on Spring Street” is a Rite III Eucharist held one Sunday a month during the summer. Here we feature music such as songs from Jesus Christ Superstar, a blue grass band, or jazz music.

Artistic Expression

A focus on the arts is an important aspect of our communal life, including a strong choral and musical tradition inside and outside of worship. Our space is used for many concerts and lectures.

Music is the sacred art that inspires our spirituality, bringing us closer to God and together as a congregation. 

Today, Trinity’s organ enlivens our worship and elevates our musical program. Within the past few years we have restored and revoiced our organ, thanks to a special fund-drive that met and well-exceeded its goal.

Our Rite II services include hymns with a full adult choir. On any given Sunday, one can expect a beautiful duet performance by talented vocalists, a handbell recital, or a guest instrumental performance. On Sunday evenings, Trinity Evensong is held focusing on an organ prelude and individual contemplation.

We are very proud of our three children’s choirs, the Cherubs, Seraphims, and the Jane Wilson Girls’ Choir. This has become an absolute delight for our congregation to enjoy children’s recitals during services throughout the year. 

Christmas is a time when children can take an active role in glorifying God through our annual Christmas Pageant. This is a tradition for the Cathedral dating back 62 years and is still performed in its original format. The children look forward to their role in the pageant every year and it is their opportunity to tell the story of Jesus’ birth through acting, music and creativity. 

While our congregation tends toward the traditional and liturgical, we do look for opportunities for fun contemporary worship. Our “Summer Sundays on Spring Street” is a Rite III Eucharist held one Sunday a month during the summer. Here we feature music such as songs from Jesus Christ Superstar, a blue grass band, or jazz music.

As a historic place of worship in Little Rock, there is much love and appreciation for our physical space and surroundings. The congregation and Vestry put special focus on the preservation and sometimes restoration of the historic spaces around us; we’ve made extensive repairs to the church’s roof, and set to work renovating our children’s classrooms. These recent efforts evidence the breadth of spiritual and emotional nourishment we receive through our collective life here, as well as the diverse ways in which we are continually committed to maintaining, improving, and growing our physical space to meet our needs.

Community Engagement

At Trinity, we believe the ministers of the church are its people.

Trinity has a covenant agreement with Bethel A.M.E. aimed at building relationships between the two churches. Past activities have included a summer and winter community garden, hymn fests and potluck dinners.

Trinity provides space for Al-Anon meetings four times a week for family members and friends of those who are having problems with alcohol.

The Matthew 25 committee coordinates and supports activities at Trinity that help feed the hungry and support those in need of direct assistance. All members are invited to participate in the drives, dinners, and events.

Trinity has teams at both Stewpot and the Salvation Army to feed those in need. 

Saint Francis House is a ministry of the Episcopal churches of Little Rock and provides emergency assistance to our homeless and veteran communities. We support with loose plate offerings and food and clothing donations.

Manna bags, which are continually stuffed and distributed, are located throughout the church for any parishioner to give to someone in need.

In the fall and spring, Trinity helps support Little Rock Prep (a school across the street) by hosting a "Fill the Bus" Supply Drive.

There are several once-a-year events including a purse drive for children to give to their mothers at Dorcas House (victims of domestic violence), Our House (homeless and near-homeless families), St. Francis House and the Children's Hospital; a Thanksgiving dinner for Dorcas House; and several "Undie Sundays," where people can bring packs of new underwear to be delivered to those in need.

Cathedral as a Beacon of Faith

As the Bishop’s Seat in Arkansas, Trinity serves as the center of Diocesan life.  We are pleased to host the Diocesan Convention every second year, bringing together representatives of every congregation from around the state. 

Our church invites our local neighbors and congregations to join us for worship and fellowship.  More broadly, Trinity’s “Insights” program—an annual series of lectures—invites not only our city’s faithful and curious, but draws people from surrounding communities as well. Past speakers John Meacham, Eric Metaxas and Nadia Bolz-Weber drew capacity crowds to the church and served as terrific opportunities to engage the larger public. 

Members of our congregation possess a wealth of talent and enthusiasm, and opportunities exist for any level of commitment—from one-time projects to regular weekly, monthly, or yearly ministries. Lay leaders guide many activities, including Eucharistic ministers and visitors, an altar and flower guild, ushers, greeters, Cathedral tour guides, and an All Saints Guild, which serves as a funeral-response team.

In addition, Trinity has vergers, youth acolytes, a choir, and the Matthew 25 community outreach committee. The Needle Point Kneeler Guild has almost completed their project to replace all kneelers in the Cathedral and Pierce Chapel with themed kneelers reflecting our life as a Cathedral. Each year a ministry fair is conducted to introduce the various Cathedral guilds explaining their function and how newcomers can become involved in life in the Cathedral.

Sunday morning, the Inquirers' Classes are specifically designed to assist those (Episcopalians and non-Episcopalians) who are inquiring about membership at Trinity. A member of the clergy leads this 4-week course in a relaxed, conversational setting.