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What to Expect

 

Welcome!

We are gathering for worship twice each Sunday, live and in-person, and we welcome you to join us. We trust you will find us to be a warm, friendly and joyful group of people reflecting all ages and every stage of life. Like everyone else we have made a few adjustments to our weekly gatherings. Here are a few things we want you to know.

Covid Protocols

We are grateful that our civil authorities have placed no restrictions on our gatherings. This means that all covid-related protocols we follow have been put in place by our own leadership. They reflect our desire to promote the full and free worship of God and to show our love for our members, friends, guests and neighbors. Trinity’s leadership regularly evaluates and updates our covid-19 practices as appropriate and you can check back here to keep current.


We do require you to wear a mask at all times while in the building and to maintain physical distancing wherever possible. We know some people view these two acts as confessions of faith in a political party, position or platform. We don’t. Rather, we believe these two simple sacrifices are prudent ways to protect ourselves and our vulnerable while still enabling us to worship God together.


We do not require pre-registration for our services and we will not take your temperature when you arrive. If you are experiencing any covid-related symptoms we simply ask you to stay home, take care of yourself and come back when you are well. Prior to your arrival and soon after you leave we thoroughly sanitize our building. We also offer clear seating arrangements that allow us to be spaced. Our services are paperless and we do not pass an offering plate. We use a video projector to display all music and readings you need to know and they are easily visible from any part of our Auditorium. Our goal is to help everyone present feel welcome and safe.


Sunday Mornings

We have the happy problem of a strong and growing attendance at our Sunday morning services, but we are making room for you. Each week some of us are taking turns worshiping in our Social Hall via live-feed. This allows us to free up space in our Auditorium so that you can have the best seats in the house. We want to show you this hospitality so that you can have the full experience of live worship. We wish we could offer coffee and refreshments after our services like we used to. For now, as we limit physical contact we welcome you to migrate with the rest of us outdoors for mask-optional conversation by our main entrance. We will continue to live-stream this service for those still unable or unwilling to return.

Sunday Evenings

If you are just beginning to venture out in public you may want to make our Sunday evening service your introduction to Trinity since there’s a little more room to move around. This service is live but not live-streamed. The sermon (only) is recorded and it is posted on our website Sunday evening. We do this because during this service we take time to solicit specific prayer requests and items for praise. In encouraging shared prayer requests we want to protect the privacy of those who offer them and the identities of those for whom we pray. As with the morning service you are welcome to stay behind to make and meet new friends.

Location

Once you have found our location you will find ample parking behind the church building, handicapped parking along both sides of the building and a wheelchair ramp at the west entrance. Someone will greet you at our main entrance, the doors nearest the rear parking lot. You will want to make your way to the upper level where you will be greeted by our ushers who will be able to direct you to the right places at the right times.

Worship

Our worship services are held in the auditorium, the largest room on the upper floor. Feel free to sit wherever you like. You will find that our worship services are predominantly traditional. Here you will find our most recent orders of worship. Our services are led by one of our pastors, a pastoral intern or one of our ruling elders and we invite you to follow their leadership. They let us know when we should stand or sit and sing or pray. You will not be asked to stand to introduce yourself or to pray out loud. We sing hymns and a few select contemporary songs. Our singing is typically accompanied by organ, piano and occasionally other classical instruments. If you don’t know a song we’re singing you can simply follow along silently.


We celebrate the Lord’s Supper during the morning service on the first Sunday of each month. If you are trusting in Jesus Christ and have publicly confessed your faith in him at another church we welcome you to join with us in this holy meal. The bread we provide is gluten-free and we offer a choice of wine or grape juice. To minimize contact we invite participants to come to the front of the room to take individual servings before returning to their seats.

Offering

Each Sunday we receive an offering which is one way we express our gratitude to God for what he has done for us and given to us. We use these monies to maintain the ministries the Lord has given us to do. We do not expect or depend on you, as a guest, to give. In these touch-less days we have placed our offering plates at the back door of the Auditorium. You may give or not give on your way in or out. Trinity Church also provides an online giving option for those who find that helpful. 


Children

If you have small children and prefer to worship together as a family we encourage you to do so! We also recognize that small children might find it challenging to sit for a whole service. If you or they need a break or if you are concerned that they are disrupting the worship of those sitting near you may wish to take your child to Room 110/112 on the lower level. You will be able to watch the service live and your children will have the freedom to squirm. Our books and toys are in hibernation until safer days arrive; you may wish to supply your own.


Dress

If you are planning a visit you might be wondering if we have an unwritten dress code. Our members and friends arrive in anything from casual to business-casual and you will not be judged for what you wear.


Once again, welcome. If you still have questions about what to expect feel free to call the office and someone will be glad to speak with you directly.

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