NEW! Trinity Commons

Trinity Commons is the biggest leap of faith yet for the parish, in its decades of commitment to and ministry in the Tree Street neighborhood of Lewiston. It is a collaboration between Trinity Episcopal Church and our ministry partner Trinity Jubilee Center.

Facing decreasing resources and membership, the congregation began to wonder how it could assure the viability of its building and continue and expand its mission, whether or not the church survived as a worshipping congregation or not. At the same time, the Jubilee Center had outgrown its current space in the lower level of the church building and was regretfully facing the need to move to another location.

During the 2020 Covid quarantine, the church and the Jubilee Center began to discuss mutual needs, while the parish hosted a series of Zoom focus groups and individual conversations to determine what might be needed and possible. From that, a team began to meet and a vision emerged for a hospitable, multi-use, multi-cultural, physically and financially accessible public space that could nurture community life especially through a focus on the arts.

The resulting plan will create a “third space” in and for the neighborhood and city, and be a much needed contribution to the local social infrastructure. An addition to, and renovations of the entire structure will improve and nearly double the Jubilee Center’s space downstairs. The upper level, currently outdated, underutilized and inflexible, will be transformed into a venue that organizations, service providers, and local groups can access. Building upon the decades of deep roots in and commitment to the neighborhood of downtown Lewiston by both the church and the Jubilee Center, Trinity Commons will continue not only to meet basic human needs, but will also be able to nurture creative, aesthetic, and spiritual needs, while maintaining the history and beauty of the building and ensuring its long-term sustainability.

An architectural design has been created to bring the building up to code and expand it to meet needs of all partners. The Episcopal Diocese of Maine will deed the property over to Trinity Jubilee Center making it possible to access historic preservation tax credits and public or foundation funding. The parish will sill be able to worship there, and perhaps other small congregations.  Rental income from outside use will provide income for the ongoing maintenance and management of the facility, assuring the long-term viability of the building as a valued center for the community.

Imagine – concerts, theater performances, film showings, music lessons, rehearsals,  drum and singing circles, concerts, poetry readings, various church services, weddings, conferences, social events, warming center, artist residencies, multicultural gatherings… Energy and interest are building. A capital campaign is being planned to raise $1.7 million.  Construction will begin hopefully in the spring or summer of 2021. For more information please contact us and check out these links:

Trinity Commons Could Become Neighborhood Community Center, Sun Journal 9/22/21

Sixty Seconds Over Downtown Lewiston (drone view of Trinity) Sun Journal 12/2/21