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We celebrate The Great Feast of Pentecost this Sunday at 8:00 & 10:00.

Memorial Day tradition: Hot Dog Church

One of the ways the Holy Spirit shows up here at the corner of Main & Maple is through our annual event following Sheffield's iconic small town Memorial Day Parade. The marching and memorial service culminate right across the street in Barnard Park. After, we invite you to head on over to our churchyard to enjoy a lunch with your friends. The Mount Everett Marching Band will be served, then we have free hot dogs for everyone!

We call it Hot Dog Church and it is brought to you through the generosity of the proprietors of The Elm on Railroad Street in GB and Thrivent. We need your help preparing for this community luncheon as we expect to serve hot grilled food to 300 people or more.

Please send us an email with your name and telephone number if you would be willing to volunteer starting at 10:00 on May 27. Or stop by our coffee hour at 11:00 on Sunday and add your name to the sign-up poster. Thanks so much!

Saturday, June 8th

Lich Gate Concerts

Rachel Handman

The virtuosity and improvisational ability of violinist RACHEL HANDMAN appears in many musical forms, including Classical, bluegrass, Irish, pop, and folk. Rachel is our featured artist this week. Broadway credits include Dr. Zhivago, Something Rotten!, Miss Saigon, Carousel, and West Side Story. A long-standing member of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, she is also Associate Concertmaster of the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra. She has toured Mexico with Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, and Germany with the shows My Fair Lady and On the Town. Rachel lived in La Paz, Bolivia, and played with the National Symphony of Bolivia, concertized with a string quartet, and eventually joined a Salsa band named Guapacha!

Returning to the U.S., Rachel began perusing different folk and fiddle styles. Her band, Uncommon Ground, has performed at the Doc Watson Festival, Carolina in the Fall, and Winter-Hawk Festival. Rachel has performed with Natalie Merchant, Norm Lewis, Jennifer Hudson, Roberta Flack, Bette Midler, and the legendary Ray Charles. She is a Resident Visiting Artist at Music at Port Milford Chamber Music Festival in Milford, Ontario.  

We are filled with Pride

At the Sheffield Town Park Pavilion June 22 2:00 - 7:00

SHEFFIELD PRIDE is back, bigger and better than ever! South County's own home-grown family-friendly festival for the LGBTQ+ community and allies is celebrating our 5th year, and we want YOU to join the fun. Come for the vendors, face painting, and photo booth... play lawn games and win prizes at our raffle... and enjoy Drag Storytime with Bella Santarella (3 PM), the Prideful Pet Parade (4 PM), our Variety Show (5 PM), and the Pride Dance Party (6-7 PM)! Free dinner courtesy of Padre Pollo and Christ Trinity Church, starting at 4:30 PM. Volunteers welcome (sign up HERE), and Variety Show performers wanted: email us at More details at Hope to see you there!

Volunteer on June 22
Become a vendor at Pride


The Beekeepers Theater kicks off LGBTQ+ Pride Month with the third edition of Pride Playreadings at 6 PM on Sat., June 1. These semi-staged readings of dynamic new plays are performed by top-notch actors from the Berkshires and beyond, illuminating the lives of the LGBTQ+ community. Presented outdoors in the back garden of the Bushnell Sage Library, 48 Main St, Sheffield, MA. (Please bring your own lawn chair or picnic blanket. We'll move indoors in case of rain.) Admission is free, thanks to a generous grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Closed captioned on your personal device.  For more information, or if you're interested in performing in this event, please email us at, or visit us at

Plastic Bag Store at MassMoca

Older Wiser Lutherans and Episcopalians

The 10 OWLES tickets that we purchased from MassMoca have been taken so anyone else who wants to go to The Plastic Bag Store experience would order directly from for 1pm on June 19 for $25. Please let Nancy, Liz or the church office know that you're joining us so that we can include you in the carpooling. All are welcome.

1,500,000 pounds of food

One of our most critical partners is Berkshire Bounty. We are involved with them through the Southern Berkshire Rural Health Network. Berkshire Bounty is a 501(c)(3) food rescue organization with the mission to collect, purchase and deliver nutritious food to emergency food distribution programs countywide. They build capacity, close gaps and improve the quality of food for the food insecure population. Their vision is for everyone to have access to sufficient nutritious food for themselves and their families. 

To Date, Berkshire Bounty has collected 1,500,000 pounds of nutritious food. The organization Increases the amount of fresh produce, dairy, meat and culturally appropriate food for food pantries and other food distribution organizations.

Christ Trinity is a proud supporter of Berkshire Bounty. Please consider volunteering for them.

Watch a short video

Coming up:

May 27th Memorial Day Hot Dog Church right after the parade

Sign-up today to help. We begin at 10:00am.

June 1st Christ Trinity team to volunteer at Cassilis Farm for Construct 10:30 - 2:00

June 1st Beekeepers Theatre Pride Playreadings at Bushnell Sage 6:00

June 8th Berkshire Pride Parade in Pittsfield

June 8th Lich Gate Concerts season continues under the pavilion

NEW this year: our September 14th concert will feature a

Chamber Orchestra, led by Artistic Director Jorge Àvila!

A new Lich Gate Concerts website is here (see link above)

June 19th OWLES field trip to MassMoca

June 22nd Pride Celebration at Sheffield Town Park Pavilion 2pm - 7pm

Yoga in the garden

Gentle/Moderate Yoga Saturday mornings at 10

Join us for warming, gentle/moderate YOGA OUTDOORS in the lovely garden of Christ Trinity Church, Sheffield at the corner of Route 7 and Maple Avenue, every Saturday 10AM. Donation-based. Accessible for all levels. Bring a blanket, dress in layers. In case of Inclement weather, practice held indoors in the parish hall.

Help bring affordable housing to South Berkshire


Cassilis Farm, the 20+acre New Marlborough property owned by Construct, will be open to the public as a Designer's Showhouse during every weekend in June, Friday-Sunday, 11am-5pm- and your help is essential to make the public experience a success!  

Link to the latest on the Construct Showhouse:

Want to sign up individually for volunteering, here's the address.

Cycling Hospitality began right here

One of our Corners of Kindness is the Cycling Hospitality Station just off Maple Avenue. Because our church members saw a need, they began providing this hospitality a few years ago with a parking area for cars, a shady place to rest or enjoy a snack and a bicycle repair station. Beginning May 22, we will have a portable toilet and a fresh water spigot to refill your water containers. Welcome to our Corner on Main and Maple.

We are so proud!

A fun, new cabaret show spotlighting Janelle Farias Sando’s powerhouse voice and stage talent. Janelle had her Berkshires beginnings at Christ Trinity's Broadway Cabaret, and we couldn't be prouder of her. The show is directed by our own Wendy Welch. The audience is seated onstage, in the ambience of a prohibition club, for a sensational performance of period jazz, traditional Broadway and new Broadway show tunes.

Night at the Speakeasy plays Thurs-Sat 7:30pm; Sat. & Sun. 3pm, in the McConnell Theater.

Serving AT Hikers June 17 - August 10

Learn more about how you can help

Tango in the Parish Hall

Tango grows in popularity!

Sundays 6:00 - 9:00. Bring your dancing shoes.

A drone captures a perfect May wedding day

These beautiful children were included in the ceremony as ring bearers and flower girl .

WORSHIP SUNDAYS 8:00 & 10:00

Christ Trinity Church 413-229-8811

180 Main Street

PO Box 127

Sheffield, MA 01257

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Find Pastor Erik's sermons at Rectory Ramblings

If you have a loved one who you would like us to remember in our Sunday prayers, please email us Monday morning before 10:00.

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