Trinity Church strives to be a place that is open and welcoming to all people, especially to individuals who are in recovery. During our Sunday 10 am worship a grape juice chalice is available to those who prefer to abstain from alcohol for any reason. Occasionally we host a 12-step Eucharist and we have various recovery groups that meet on our campus. The Trinity Vestry adopted the following policy on August 23, 2016 to help guide alcohol use in our community life.
The goal of this policy is to provide guidelines for the use of alcohol at parish events and at functions held on parish property that are not sponsored by the parish. In providing these guidelines, the intention of the Vestry is to recognize that while the reasonable consumption of alcohol has its place in our common social life, it is important that the parish promote responsibility and safety at events in which alcohol might be served.
If alcohol is to be served at parish-sponsored events, the following guidelines must be observed:
1. Beer, wine and champagne are the only alcoholic beverages permitted.
2. Equally attractive, non-alcoholic beverage alternatives must be provided with equal quantities, prominence and accessibility.
3. When alcohol is served, it must be monitored and those showing signs of intoxication must not be served.
4. Steps must be taken to insure that minors do not have access to and are not served alcohol. If minors are present, alcohol must be served at a separate station that is monitored at all times to prevent underage drinking.
5. Alcohol is not permitted at events that are primarily focused on children and/or youth.
6. Food must be served when alcohol is present.
7. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages must be clearly labeled as such. Food prepared with alcohol does not need to be labeled provided the alcohol is completely evaporated by the cooking process; however, it is recommended that even in this case the use of alcohol in cooking be noted on a label.
8. The serving of alcoholic beverages at church events should not be publicized as an attraction of the event, e.g. “wine and cheese reception,” “cocktail party,” and “beer and wine tasting.” Ministries inside or outside of congregations will make certain that alcohol consumption is not the focus of the ministry and that drinking alcohol is not an exclusively normative activity.
9. Recognizing the effects of alcohol as a mood-altering drug, alcoholic beverages shall not be served when the business of the Church is being conducted.
10. Clergy shall consecrate an appropriate amount of wine when celebrating the Eucharist and perform ablutions in a way that does not foster or model misuse.
11. The clergy or vestry must give permission for alcohol to be present at any church function.
12. Money cannot be charged for alcoholic beverages.
If alcohol is to be served at an event held on parish property but not sponsored by the parish, such as a wedding reception or graduation party, the following guidelines must be observed:
1. Alcohol cannot be served at a non-parish sponsored event without permission of the clergy or vestry.
2. Beer, wine and champagne are the only alcoholic beverages permitted.
3. For beer, kegs are not permitted. Only bottled or canned beer may be served.
4. Equally attractive, non-alcoholic beverage alternatives must be provided with equal quantities, prominence and accessibility.
5. The sponsor of the event is responsible for insuring that alcohol is consumed only by those of legal age and in moderation.
6. Money cannot be charged for alcoholic beverages.
7. The sponsor of the event must be provided with a copy of this policy, and must sign a statement indicating that the copy was received and will be followed.
8. The parish reserves the right to have a representative visit the event to insure that this policy is observed, and may withdraw permission to serve alcohol if the policy is not being followed.