During the weekend of November 12-14 Trinity Students hosted a Fall Retreat at Westview on the James in Goochland.
Thank you to all those who made this retreat possible through providing meals, leadership and the many ways you make youth at Trinity feel welcomed and a part of our church family.
Here’s what some of our youth had to say about their experience on Fall Retreat:
“Well this is my first retreat and it has been everything I needed to know about my life in 2 days. I feel I have certainly grown stronger to God and have obtained a stronger relationship with God and my peers. I hope to keep growing a stronger relationship with everyone in the church community and with God. This weekend has been everything I needed. Thank you for sending us here and I hope to come on more retreats in the future.”
“God has reminded me this weekend that I am not junk. I was created in the hands of a magnificent Creator with purpose and with love. The God of love doesn’t compare me to anyone else. He has a seat for me at his table with my name on it. My worth isn’t determined by my grades, beauty, talents, gifts that God I know loves me beyond measure. This weekend is just what my heart, soul and spirit needed.”
“This weekend has actually been incredibly moving and special because of what we’ve talked about. I have actually been struggling with some serious comparison problems about my body recently and the topics we covered were really heartwarming and relieving. The fact that I’m not alone and that God has a different standard of measurement is so moving for me and it has helped me switch my mindset some. I definitely look at myself through a self-loathing point of view sometimes and learning about humility and how I should replace those self-loving thoughts with thoughts that have humility really got me thinking about how I can change the way I see myself through God.”
God is working in the lives of our youth here at Trinity UMC. Praise God! Thank you for all the ways you support and encourage Trinity Students!
Thanks to everyone who signed up to volunteer in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with Reach Out RVA. Over thirty Trinity members gave of their time at Feed More, the Sherbourne Food Pantry, Doorways, the Community Food Collaborative, and Leaves Disappear.
At Feed More, ten volunteers packaged 1200 boxes of food items for malnourished seniors and 150 bags of food for furloughed federal employees. Ten more volunteers transported 103 bags of food to the Sherbourne Food Pantry. Once at the pantry these volunteers sorted and stocked the food items. A Trinity family plus friends worked at the Community Food Collaborative near Fairfield Middle School in Henrico County. General cleanup, pre-spring weeding of beds, and mulching took place at this garden.
Over at Doorways, a team of four removed, packed, and stored all of the Christmas items. Another team, a part of Leaves Disappear, assisted a young at heart family in clearing their yard of leaves. We appreciate the nonprofits who collaborated with us, and we thank all of the volunteers who gave of their time to make a difference.
Half of this year’s confirmation class went down to Oak Grove Bellemeade to help out Groundwork RVA and Charlie Thomas Bike Shop with the creation of the new bike course for the community. We helped clean the park in preparation for the path, and spread/ tamp down rock dust to lay the foundation for the path.
It was hot and sweaty work, but it was a great day of service with one of our long time partnership communities.
Don’t miss Confirmation Sunday, June 9, when we honor the hard work these students have put into their confirmation studies and we welcome them as members of Trinity.
We began this intense journey of confirmation back in January and culminated it this past Sunday with the celebration of Pentecost. This years confirmation class was made up of 18 wonderfully bright students. We studied everything from the Bible, church history, the Wesley brothers, to servant leadership modeled by Jesus. Through the leadership of our small group mentors (Suzanne Axtell, Brad Dike, Steve McPhail, and Catherine Taylor), we were able to dive deeper into the topics of our faith and develop a better understanding of what it means to be a follower of Christ. These amazing young people have taken the first steps into a life of walking with God and committing themselves to a journey of continual spiritual growth by walking with us here at Trinity!
Take a look at some of the photos from this weekend’s confirmation rehearsal and worship services.
The high school students from Trinity took a trip to Decatur, Alabama to serve with the students of the Church at Stone River. While we were there, we partnered with the Circle Ranch to help refurbish the gym so that the children that live there will have a place to have fun and grow with each other. The Circle Ranch is a nonprofit that helps support foster families by providing affordable housing with enough space for everyone to have their own room. They currently have three 8-10 bedroom houses for families and are working on more! We worked to refinish the game room and workout room, by framing in a wall, hanging drywall, painting and doing trim work. In the inside of the gym we hung some plywood on the walls behind the basketball goals to provide some more protection for the walls. Outside we did a variety of landscaping jobs, and replaced some siding, as well as painting the exterior walls. Finally, in the back bathrooms, we replaced all of the plumbing and installed new toilets, as well as demoing and refinishing the walls, ceilings, and floors. In the evenings we explored the idea of living in community as on big family. Check out our vlog series created by our students to see some of the ins and outs of our trip to Decatur!
There are six student produced videos–one from each day. Play them all through or use the controls to skip to another day.