As a church family, we are here to partner with you as you raise your youth to seek first God’s Kingdom. One of the most vital ways we do that is through Confirmation. Confirmation is an opportunity for youth to dig deep and learn what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ and part of the United Methodist Church. It is an amazing experience. Youth are often surprised by how much they discover about God and themselves. They also find that they enjoy Confirmation and have fun! At the end of the Confirmation classes youth are presented with the opportunity to decide to confirm their Christian faith.
Confirmation 2022 Update: In light of the surge of Covid cases in our community and the current state of emergency order in Henrico County, the start date of this year’s confirmation class has been delayed. We will begin the classes on February 13, hopefully giving ourselves enough time for the present situation to abate. The new schedule will run through May 15. The exciting news is that registration for confirmation is still open. You may now register for the student class up until Feb. 6. The new schedule is listed below. If you have any questions, while Jenna is on Maternity Leave, please feel free to contact Amy Lenow at email@example.com.
“Seek first the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously…” Matt 6:33 (NLT).
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!
Jenna Bush is excited to join our church family as the Director of Student Ministries this summer.
Jenna has been serving in youth ministry for 14 years and is a graduate of Eastern University with a degree in Youth Ministry and Biblical Studies.
She was born in New Jersey. She moved to Virginia in 2010, where she met her husband, Tony and married in 2013. Tony is an engineer at heart who does IT and is from Chester, VA. Jenna and Tony have two young children, ages (almost) 3 and 1.
When Jenna gets the chance, she enjoys cruising, singing, and dining (a good steak and Italian are some of her favorites). She enjoys spending time with her family, especially when they get the opportunity to travel.
Jenna looks forward to meeting you all and joining the Trinity UMC Staff.
Trinity is excited to announce that we have two Student Ministry Interns this summer! They can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Now, let’s find out a little about both our interns.
“My name is Russell Swartz and I’m honored to be serving as one of the student ministry interns this summer. I have been a member of Trinity United Methodist Church since birth, and its congregation has taught me the values of hard work, leadership, and selfless service. I graduated from Douglas Freeman High School in 2020 and just finished my freshman year at Virginia Tech. When I am not at church or school, you might find me playing soccer, hiking, or taking my pug on a walk. I look forward to working with the staff, congregation, and youth over the next few months, and please make sure you stop in and say hello when you get a chance.”
Lucy McLaughlin is excited to co-star with Russell Swartz in the up-and-coming role of student ministries interim intern. You may have seen her in previous Trinity United Methodist Church productions such as lead singer in the youth praise team, youth handbell ringer, acolyte, and Mary in the Children’s 2011 Christmas Pageant, just to name a few. When Lucy is not playing roles in Trinity UMC productions, you may find her starring as an Elementary Education student at Longwood University, a preschool teacher at CLC, or a professional karaoke singer anywhere someone will give her a mic. Lucy would like to thank her mother Suzanne for giving her the genetics to execute quality performance, her step-father Rick for her many driving lessons to and from rehearsals, her sister Emily for paving the road before her, and her sister Erica for sharing the spotlight. Now let’s enjoy the production of Summer 2021 together!
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.