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Trinity Episcopal Church
203 Algoma Boulevard
Oshkosh, WI 54901

The Rev. Steven E. Powers, Rector



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In 1990, Trinity Episcopal Church unveiled an amazing work created by a talented group of women (and a man) from our parish. Under the watchful guidance of a our longtime treasurer who has since passed away, this group created the beautiful needlepoint kneelers.

Each cushion was hand stitched on all four sides, with each top depicting different church symbols. The sense of community surrounding the project, as well as the interaction of our congregation with it, make it a work of art which we all value, appreciate and experience actively during our weekly worship.

Some of the artists have died, or left the parish. For those who have gone on, the cushions they created give us a lasting reminder of the love they had for Trinity. Every artist has a story either about their piece, or regarding the work of another. Each parishioner, a personal reflection. The stories are poignant and meaningful. One woman is reminded each week of a lady whose husband was a curate in the parish during the time of the project. Another lady's husband offered to help if he could be taught to needlepoint. As an engineer, he had already been brought to the project by scaling the symbols to the large size needed for the cushions. He and his wife both contributed finished kneelers. After he passed away, he left us with a lasting gift which reminds us of his good work.

The kneelers run the length of the altar rail, are also located through out the sanctuary and another set was created for our chapel. The entire project is acknowledged by brass plaques which identify each symbol, stitcher and donor. Although Trinity, founded in 1854, is rich in art and architectural detail, somehow the sense of sharing invoked by this project makes it our most striking work of all.

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