Seeds ... May 22, 2024...

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 for the clean-up crew starting around 11:45 on May 27.

Trinity Sunday

Join us at 8:00 or 10:00 as we celebrate Trinity Sunday on May 19.

World Class Music

Lich Gate Concerts


Praised for her “golden, beautifully singing” playing (Opera News), cellist SARAH HEWITT-ROTH has talents that span a wide musical spectrum. As a chamber musician, Sarah has toured throughout Europe and the United States, performing with Philharmonia Virtuosi and The New York Chamber Soloists. She is currently a member of the New York Pops Orchestra and is a regular performer at Carnegie Hall as Assistant Principal Cellist of the New York City Chamber Orchestra. A frequent Broadway collaborator, Sarah has held cello chairs in thirteen shows on Broadway and is currently performing in the lush Lincoln Center production of ‘Camelot’. 

She has shared a stage with artists as diverse as Joshua Bell, Beyoncé and Joni Mitchell and has appeared on The Today Show, Late Show with David Letterman, and the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Sarah has performed in ‘Live From Lincoln Center’ broadcasts and, among her other recording work, appears on albums with Tony Bennett, K.D.Lang, Antony and the Johnsons, Audra McDonald and with jazz legend Ruby Braff. She has been the cellist on two Grammy Award winning albums, 'A Wonderful World' with Tony Bennett and on the original cast album of "Hairspray, the Musical". 

When not playing the cello, she enjoys drawing things. Her most recent illustrations are published in the cookbook ‘Musician’s Cook!’ 

Drag Storytime, a Variety Show & Pet Parade

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. More details at

Volunteer on June 22


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

MassMoca field trip

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.

Support Sheffield farms

One of the most celebrated foods grown in our area is asparagus from Hadley, Massachusetts. In fact, Hadley has been known as “The Asparagus Capitol of the World.” This asparagus is literally fit for a queen, having been served for many years at Queen Elizabeth’s II’s Annual Spring Feast.

We affectionately refer to asparagus as Hadley Grass. The term “grass” does embrace the reality that cultivated asparagus is a tamed wild vegetable. At the end of a long and cold winter, nothing is more exciting than to see the asparagus spears beginning to pop up out of the soil. This writer remembers traveling to Hadley with her father, as a child, to purchase the coveted Hadley asparagus plants to grow in our home garden along the Housatonic.

Once the season begins, you’ll find asparagus being prominently sold along well-traveled byways and tucked along side roads at small farms and homes. Here in Sheffield, we invite you to visit Bruce Howden's farm stand at 303 Rannapo Road. Howden Farm is famous for its sweet corn and its iconic Howden Pumpkin, but this year, Bruce is also offering Hadley Grass. The farm stand is self-serve, but if you are lucky you might get a chance to say "hi" to Bruce.

Howden Farm

The 2024 Sheffield Farmers' Market is open on Fridays from 3 to 6 pm, from May 24th through October 11th.

May & June

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 Play Readings 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!

June 15th Crystal and Himalayan Singing Bowl Bath 5:30

June 19th OWLES field trip to MassMoca

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

Crystal and Himalayan Singing Bowl Bath

Welcome summer with a Crystal and Himalayan Singing Bowl Bath, Saturday June 15 at 5:30 pm in our acoustically rich sanctuary. Our yoga teacher, Senta Reis will lead a short orientation and 45 minutes of soothing sounds for individual meditation, prayer, or rest. Non-denominational. Free-will donations gratefully received to support our summer outreach programs.

Gentle/Moderate Yoga Saturday mornings at 10

Join us for warming, gentle/moderate YOGA OUTDOORS in our lovely garden 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.

Cycling Hospitality opens this weekend

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.

Trail Magic June 17 - August 10

Appalachian Trail Magic 2024

gets ready to launch

St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Stockbridge will be joining Christ Trinity and Old Parish as sponsors of the program. We enthusiastically welcome them. The magic starts on Monday, June 17 and concludes on Saturday, August 10. Once again our churches will staff the program on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The sign-up sheet for our church crew is now ready and available as a Google Sheet. If you'd like to sign up and don't yet have access to the document, please send us an email. and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

We love serving the hikers on the Appalachian Trail! If you would like to get involved, but don't know how, come to one of our Coffee Hours right after church around 11:00 on Sundays.

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.

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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