Trinity praying for the four corners of the world. 2016
Trinity Baptist Church is celebrating its 150th year as a congregation!
DINNER on MAY 20
We will be holding our anniversary celebration at 6pm on May 20, 2017 at the beautiful Alhambra Ballroom, located at 2116 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd. (7th Avenue) at 126th Street, New York, NY 10027. There will be dinner and dancing, lots of reminiscing, and we will be giving God praise for the countless blessings on our congregation through the years. Space is limited, so please don’t wait to purchase your tickets. Please join us in your most festive attire!
PLEASE SEND VIDEOS!
Calling all past and present Trinites! Please take a minute or two to tell us in a video about how Trinity has touched your life! We will incorporate them into the celebration. For more details, please go to our 150th Anniversary Videos page.
COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE on MAY 21
We will also be holding one commemorative service on Sunday, May 21, 2017, at 10am, which will be followed by an outdoor International Coffee Hour which will be open to the neighborhood to join us in our celebration. We will celebrate our rich history, give thanks for our present blessings, and look forward to our future impact for God’s kingdom in New York City and around the world.
SACRED SITES OPEN HOUSE TOURS on MAY 20/21
Trinity Baptist Church (originally First Swedish Baptist Church) is a rare example of Art Deco church design, plus Swedish elements. The sanctuary contains handcrafted symbolic objects, frescoes, and stained glass windows influenced by early modern art. For the third consecutive year, we will be part of The New York Landmarks Conservancy Sacred Sites Open House tours in New York. Presentations on Trinity’s artwork, architecture, and history will occur Saturday at 11:30am and 1:30pm, and Sunday at 1:30pm. In addition, there will be a handout for self-guided tours. Whether you are new to Trinity, or you’ve been here for 30 years, you will learn something new about this unique building when you take the tour. All tours are free and open to the public.
Trinity was founded in 1867 as The First Swedish Baptist Church of New York. We dedicated our current building on January 24, 1931 and officially changed our name on January 25, 1942. This latter date also marked the transition from Swedish to English in the major services. Evidence of our Swedish roots are visible in the unconventional architecture of our building. The story of our church and our Baptist heritage is clearly seen in our beliefs. We emphasize Christ as Savior, the Bible as authoritative for faith and practice, believer’s baptism by immersion, a regenerate church membership, and democratic organization.
Today, Trinity Baptist Church is remarkably young and vibrant, but the congregation has a long history. Our enjoyment of Trinity’s ministry owes much to the legacies bestowed upon us by past visionaries and dreamers, whose hard work shaped the nature of our church. Read more about Trinity’s history here.