Welcome To Trinity Church
Are you looking to be apart of our Trinity Family?
The following is some basic information about the beliefs, traditions, and aspirations of Trinity’s faith community that we hope will provide you with a better understanding of who we are.
First and foremost, we believe that Trinity is not our church. It is Christ’s church, and Christ is the One who welcomes ALL people to come, as we are, period. Christ welcomes all people to come to worship and learn and care for each other, and care for others and the world we live in, in communities of faith.
In this particular community, we recognize that neither Jesus nor his apostles ever spoke about “membership”. Jesus taught that faith and discipleship is simply the intentional pursuit of a spiritual relationship with God, in the company of others who are on that journey. In keeping with Jesus’ teaching, Trinity believes that all persons are free to receive ALL the benefits of belonging to a faith community; such as worship, Communion, Baptism, faith education, fellowship events, helping others, pastoral care and more.
The only question for anyone’s consideration is, “Is this the faith community with which I want to pursue my spiritual journey?” The scope of that question is the realm of discipleship – which for this church is what belonging is all about. Belonging to a community is a sign of a commitment in one’s heart that says, “This is my faith community. I am committed to her ministry and her fellowship. This is where I want to deepen my devotion and express my gifts in service.” In this congregation, all persons are encouraged to pursue their spiritual journey in four ways: attending worship, participating in at least one program per year to help one’s growth in understanding and practice of faith, participating in at least one opportunity for serving others per year, and giving financially in proportion to one’s income.
What does it mean to be in a Presbyterian Community?
It’s actually simple. Being Presbyterian means that we are democratic in government, and that all persons can participate in its leadership and ministries because we believe that all persons are recipients of God’s gifts. “Elders” from the congregation are elected by the congregation to lead (for 3 year terms) every year. (The Greek word presbyteros means Elder. That’s why it is called Presbyterian)
The Presbyterian motto is, “The Church reformed and always reforming.” We believe that there is always more to learn about God, the scriptures, and faith. We also believe that God’s Spirit is always inviting the community of faith to change and grow in the living of that faith.
What does it mean to pursue a life of Discipleship?
Jesus said that his followers are called to love God with all their minds, hearts, and strength - and their neighbors as themselves. This was his summary of “all the law and the prophets”.
To love God with the mind is to pursue understanding of what we believe and why. Christians need to be well informed, thinking people - continuously seeking to reconcile the principles of our faith with the issues and realities of the world we live in.
To love God with the heart is about the realization that God seeks to be in relationship with humankind. Throughout the biblical stories, God keeps inviting humankind to choose life - with God. When we choose to receive the gift of God’s loving grace, a new life begins.
To love God with our strength is about all the ways we use our time and talents in Christian service. It is about being involved with the needs of hurting people. It is about every way we demonstrate God’s love, both within and outside the church.
Our community of faith is on a journey, seeking to learn and practice what it means to follow Jesus and make a difference in the world according to His teachings.
If you would like to find out more about Trinity and see if this is where YOU can grow your faith and spiritual journey please join us for our next newcomers reception. This reception is for anyone who would like to find out more about our church family, programs and ways you can pursue a life of Discipleship. Coffee and homemade baked goods will be served! We look forward to welcoming you.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending the next reception
For further reading, take a look at Presbyterian 101: A General Guide to Facts about the Presbyterian Church (USA)