Comunidad Presbiteriana La Trinidad (CPT)
In 2016, the Bay Area Disciples of the Baltimore Presbytery saw a community in their midst of Hispanic sisters and brothers who were growing in numbers, but not in economic opportunities. The Bay Area Disciples discerned that, in their calling to be a community of hope, and their belief that in Christ, God is making a new creation, a community of faith needed to be established that could bring this hope to Hispanic sisters and brothers in the community. Thus, CPT was established as a New Worshipping Community of the PCUSA and has received funding and support from New Worshipping Communities as well as churches of the Bay Area Disciples.
Comunidad Presbiteriana La Trinidad (CPT) seeks to be a community of faith, centered in the proclamation of the Gospel, where Hispanic families in Anne Arundel County, Maryland can encounter God in worship, receive comprehensive pastoral and social care, and have attention given to their spiritual and material lives that promotes their development and participation within their community. CPT seeks to work with community agencies in the continued development of social programs for better accessibility to the Hispanic population. The CPT community also works together to maintain a community garden during the growing season. This garden known as “la finca”, or the farm, becomes a central gathering place for work, worship, and fellowship.
Starting in September of 2019, CPT hired Rev. José H. López-Chapa as their new pastor. Pastor José is a native of Texas whose family is originally from northern México. His wife Melissa, is pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, MD, and together they have two children, Noah (7) and Clara (4). Pastor José and his family are excited for this incredible opportunity to serve CPT and they are excited to see God work through this wonderful group!
Presbyterian Youth Triennium is a gathering for high school age youth from the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church that occurs every three years.
STAIR (Start The Adventure In Reading-Annapolis)
Second grade is a critical turning point in a child’s educational development. Through second grade, children learn to read; after second grade, they read to learn. Research has shown that students who are not successful readers by the end of second grade are at greater risk of falling behind throughout their academic career.
STAIR-Annapolis works closely with educators and reading specialists in Anne Arundel County Public Schools to identify second graders currently reading below grade level. These students are matched with a dedicated volunteer tutor for twice-weekly, one-on-one sessions tailored to each individual student’s ability. STAIR is offered to families free of charge and tutoring sites are strategically located to help alleviate transportation issues and other potential barriers to participation.
ACT (Anne Arundel Connecting together)
ACT (Anne Arundel Connecting Together) is a faith and community based organization that takes action to commit to working together to make Anne Arundel a better place for everyone to live.
- Affordable housing
- Safe and effective schools
- Efficient and useful public transportation
- Freedom from addiction and mental health challenges
- Just and fair immigration policies
- Gun violence reduction and safety in our communities
We support leaders of the BAD churches by having speakers or events that equip our Deacons and Elders. This year we had a stewardship workshop presented by Pastor Mary Ka Kanahan of St. John United Church.
Immigration and Refugee Support
We support refugee ministries in the BAD churches as they confront the immigration crisis.