Oak Bluffs, MA 02557
Trinity Church, founded in 1882, sits unassumingly right in the middle of the hub-bub that is Oak Bluffs. Near the indoor carousel surrounded by ice cream and souvenir shops, there is this small, unadorned building offering a calming refuge from the swarming activity. One end of the church faces a sweeping space of lawn and monument, looking at the sea. Oak Bluffs was at the center of the Camp Meeting religious events that became popular in the U.S. in the 1800s and flourished into the last century. These rival meetings were started by Presbyterians, picked up by Baptists and expanded by Methodists. It does not seem to have taken hold in the Episcopal church, which may explain the small size and reticent appearance of the church which is at the edge of the old camp compound. While the history of the rival camp meetings is worth researching, at Trinity Church, you will find the familiar liturgy of the faith and a warm welcome. Because the parish is small, seasonal and often features guest preachers, it is hard to predict what may happen on any given Sunday, but it will be satisfying.
There are so many coffee shops featuring bagels and donuts, restaurants offering full breakfasts and brunches, take a stroll down the main streets and you will probably find just the place. However, if you have some extra time and can sightsee after the service for about 45 minutes, you won’t be disappointed with Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Co. Unfortunately, they don’t open until 11:00 AM, but the oysters and lobster rolls are worth the wait.