A Bit About Us
Trinity Episcopal Church, Niles is the oldest church in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan. The congregation just celebrated its 180-year anniversary in 2016.
Trinity Episcopal Church was founded in 1834, making it the oldest Episcopal Church and congregation in the Diocese of Western Michigan. It was consecrated on September 10, 1836 by the Rt. Rev. Samuel Allen McCoskry, Bishop of Michigan, who served 1836-1878.
Trinity Church is blessed with a rich history, beautiful stained-glass windows, (dating back to 1872), and a magnificent pipe organ. Niles, a community in southwestern Michigan's Berrien County is less than two hours from Chicago to the west and three hours from Detroit to the east. South Bend, Indiana and Notre Dame University are just a few miles south of Niles.
After the post-war years and until the 1970's, Trinity Episcopal Church flourished and served the spiritual needs of scores of corporate executives, professional people, farmers, retailers and merchants, and working-class families. As the prosperous manufacturing jobs left the Rust Belt for other locations, Trinity Episcopal Church felt the migration as its congregation shrank.
Niles boasts a thriving ecumenical community. Our Primary spiritual community outreach is the weekly Saturday lunches we provide to the homeless, the needy and those needing companionship and compassion. The weekly meals are provided on a rotating basis with the participation of five area congregations. Trinity's Parish House is the permanent home to the Lunchin program which on some Saturdays serves more than 140 people
Trinity Church also has a devout group who offer a healing service on Wednesday evenings.
The congregations of St. Johns United Church of Christ, St. Mary's Catholic Church, Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, and The First Presbyterian Church convene during the Lenten season in each other's churches on Wednesday evenings and share soup and sandwiches followed by a Lenten Service.
While the congregation is smaller today, our love and generosity know no bounds.