KINGSTON, NEW HAMPSHIRE, USA — After years of meeting in borrowed, rented facilities, Trinity Church now has a special place in which to worship and hold Bible Studies and fellowship hours. December 24, 2014 — Christmas Eve — was Trinity’s first service in the new building and Saturday, April 18, 2015 was the gala service of dedication. Borrowing the colonial New England term for a building used for both worship and other worthy activities, Trinity’s new place of worship is being called “The Meeting House.”
The Meeting House is located on a beautiful seven acre tract of land occupied by several Christian ministries, principally New Creation Healing Center. It is modeled on the first style of church building erected in New England — square, with a hip roof topped by a widow’s walk. Eventually a bell tower will be added. The building was designed with flexibility for a variety of worship services, concerts, liturgical drama and dance. During Holy Week The Meeting House was full for a moving service of Tenebrae. Other such special events are being planned.
Bishop Gregory Ortiz led the service of dedication assisted by various CEC clergy from the Diocese of the Northeast and by a pastor of a local church. Both the architect of the building (Jay Doherty) and the contractor (Mike Danis) viewed the design and construction of the building as part of their Christian ministry. They were present for the dedication, as were members of the Board of Directors and staff of New Creation Healing Center.
Canon Mark Pearson, the pastor of Trinity Church, noted how this building continues the long-range plan God gave to the Church and the Healing Center years ago. “The medical / counseling building has been open since 2008, ‘The Meeting House’ is now open and dedicated, and plans are already underway for the next building in the complex — a residential center in which people can stay for long-term whole-person healing, for instruction in various aspects of faith and ministry, and for personal and group retreat.”
As befitting the CEC’s commitment to convergence, the service blended ancient and contemporary prayers and music.