Trinity’s 2020 Ministry Vision
At Trinity our goal is to grow in faith, strengthen families, energize the church and reach out to the community.
In the coming months we are restructuring the way we worship, study, and
gather in order to more deeply grow in faith, strengthen families, energize the church, and connect with our community.
Here’s how we are going to do it:
Vital Worship will be the focus on Sunday mornings.
Spiritual Growth will be the focus on Sunday evenings.
And Community Life will be the focus on Wednesdays.
The reason why:
More Trinity children do not worship at all than those who do. Parents are asked to do competing things at the same time. We seem to be working at cross purposes, without coordination.
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers . . . Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number
those who were being saved.”
Acts 2:42,46–47, New Revised Standard Version
What will NOT change:
Same reverence for God.
Same Gospel message.
Same love and warmth that is Trinity.
Same commitment to missions and service.
Sunday morning worship times.
Adult Sunday School.
What WILL change:
The way we disciple Kids and Students.
Some elements of worship.
The way we gather for community.
Kids and Students Sunday School
Trinity Staff Explains the Changes
Sunday Morning: Vital Worship
Our Sunday morning worship times will stay the same but our services will change a bit. Three services each with much in common but each with its own personality.
Our Early Service at 8:15 will become a relaxed, liturgical service. It will still be traditional, but with changes and a variety of music. It will be a 45 minute service ending at 9:00. Kids will worship in the sanctuary with their families.
Our Modern Service at 9:30 will continue to be it’s joyful, energetic self with weekly communion, combining the ancient with the modern. Kids will worship at Kids Church in the chapel.
Our Traditional Service at 11:00 will remain liturgical with some tweaking and enhanced musical offerings. Kids will begin worship in the sanctuary and then will move to Kids Church in the chapel.
Students will worship at their preferred service and will then be encouraged to help serve at a service in a second hour in such ways as: acolytes, choir, band, ushers, greeters, or helping lead Kids Church.
Classes and Fellowship Opportunities for Kids, Students, and Adults from 5:30-7:00 PM
Learn more and sign up for studies and classes here: https://www.trinityumc.net/sunday-evenings/
Utilizing the “Grow Curriculum,” we will create a space for kids to learn Bible stories, play together, and further develop relationships in small groups.
Through small groups and confirmation students will find community and begin taking ownership of their spiritual life.
Adults will have the opportunity to grow and connect through classes offered by leaders within our community. We will also hold our membership classes and provide nursery care.
Wednesday Focus on Community Life (Coming in March of 2020)
We will offer weekly programming for Kids and Middle Schoolers: game nights, times for worship and reflection, mission projects, kids choir rehearsal, and more. This creates space for parents to connect as we intentionally form adult small groups on- or off-site.
A once a month, intergenerational worship gathering on Wednesday evenings with a focus on building community and small groups. We will share a meal, worship together through song, prayer, and devotion, before celebrating communion. Then, kids and students will break for their usual midweek fellowship time, while adults engage in discussion. Each service will aim to strengthen our small group ministries and encourage guests to get connected. This monthly gathering affords families the opportunity to worship together, while keeping discussions/activities age appropriate.
When: On Sunday, January 5, 2020 our new Sunday schedule begins.
Our Wednesday evening “The Table” gatherings will begin in March of 2020 during the season of Lent.
We want to teach our young people to worship; therefore, there will no longer be Sunday School for Kindergarten through 5th grade on Sunday mornings. Spiritual growth opportunities for kids will transition to Sunday evenings.
Kids Church is a place for kids to learn how to worship God through singing, praying, and exploring the Bible together — all while developing relationships with their peers and leaders. (K-5th)
Infant through Preschool nurseries will be unchanged.
We want to engage middle and high school students in worship, as a result there will no longer be Sunday School for 6-12th grade students on Sunday mornings. Students will worship at their preferred service, and if present for a second hour will experience what it means to be a leader by serving.
Sunday evenings will continue (with food) to be an engaging time of belonging and community for our students but with a more intentional focus on spiritual growth and their relationship with Jesus Christ in small groups.
Sunday evenings will see a steady stream of 4-6 week classes taught by pastors and church leaders.
Membership Pathway classes and gatherings will also meet at this time. Childcare will be provided each week.
Small Groups Ministry
A small group is an intentional, Christ-centered gathering where people share life together, grow in the likeness of Jesus, and invite others to join them on the journey. The Trinity staff will resource small groups with weekly readings, church-wide discussion questions, and group guides for meaningful conversations. This ministry will launch in March. Small groups may meet at any time, but on Wednesday evenings childcare, kids and student programs will be provided.
Over the next few weeks you will hear more about these changes in various forms.
We have produced several videos answering some of the questions we anticipate you having and plan to use these here on our website and through our social media accounts. We will continue to update our
website with changes and post updates in our weekly “The Connection” email.
We held a Town Hall style meeting on Sunday, December 8.
We thank Sheila Norfleet for notes at that meeting for us all. These minutes aside from a few name corrections are unedited. If you have a question related to clarity or detail, please let us know.