Trinity Foot Ministry
A multi-faceted approach to loving our neighbor.
by Deacon Barbi Click
For almost 50 years, Trinity Food Ministry (TFM, Trinity Church, St. Louis) has been known for its emergency food pantry and Sunday Hot Lunch. The food ministry is a natural part of Trinity’s mission to radically proclaim the gospel of Christ to worship God, welcome the seeker, sustain the faithful and serve those in need.
Over the past five years, that food ministry has expanded to include meals at the pantry, Saturday Art Club, a Thanksgiving Day Gratitude Meal and the Maundy Thursday Foot Ministry.
On Maundy Thursday, 2019, TFM held its first Foot Ministry. With the help of two of our ministry partners, Central Reform Congregation and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Ladue, we held a clinic that offered foot baths, pedicures, wound care, new socks, and new shoes. While we wondered whether the community members would allow anyone to wash their feet or give a pedicure, only one of the 45 served declined the foot washing.
In our privilege, we talk about reaching our 10K steps goal or the fact that we did not. A person who does not have a vehicle or the money to ride public transportation must walk everywhere they go.
Walking five miles a day is an ordinary part of every day. A brand-new pair of decent shoes will be worn thin in 30 days for most people who have no choice but to walk everywhere they need to go.
This event was deemed a great success. It was organic, growing from a word of mouth, both for caregivers and for the recipients of the foot care.
On Maundy Thursday, April 9, TFM will do this again. We are preparing now.
The Foot Ministry is a special one that offers a very personal gift of presence. It is an intimate experience that helps us understand more profoundly what it means for Jesus to wash the feet of his disciples.
There are people all over this diocese who may need new shoes and new socks. Because TFM’s community members are primarily those who walk a great deal, we chose to focus on those members who are unhoused.
If you are interested in learning how your parish might do a program like this, please contact Deacon Barbi at: email@example.com.