Fellowship is encouraged in all aspects of life at Trinity – sharing, learning, laughing together, there is something for everyone. A fellowship time is held every Sunday morning in the hallway outside the FAC between church services, giving everyone a chance to catch up with others and especially to see those who attend other services. Of course, there are bountiful refreshments. And, we hold fellowship meals throughout the year. Special events such as chili cook-offs, talent shows, musical events bring us all together. Fellowship is a part of our Sunday School classes and Bible studies, and we also have groups with common interests which combine good works with socializing.
Our Fellowship programs include Wednesday Night Live, United Methodist Men, United Methodist Women, Children’s & Youth Programs. Read more about each of these below.
FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS AT TRINITY
Wednesday Night Live is a tradition at Trinity, a church family gathering for all ages that provides fellowship and visitation among members from all three church services. From September to May, the congregation meets on Wednesday evenings at 5:30 p.m. for a fellowship meal in the FAC. These mouthwatering dinners are prepared by a staff of great cooks and feature real comfort food. Things like mac and cheese, baked spaghetti, chicken, roast beef, and meatloaf. There are kids’ meals. Hot dogs and chips. Pizza. And we’re all together after a long day at work or school. We can relax a bit before we proceed to Bible study or choir practice. While there is a small charge for the meal, we are committed that any hungry person can eat as our guest and every guest is made welcome. Meals are delivered to our members and others in the community who are not able to join us at church through our meals ministry. The Wednesday night meals program is made possible by the efforts of a team of volunteers led by Claude Thomas. Claude says, “To those folks who have been coming to eat with us: Thanks for your attendance and assistance with clean-up at the end. To those folks who haven’t been coming: come join us, I promise you will not be disappointed.” The meal is followed by a variety of activities including children’s programs, youth meetings, choir practice, and Bible studies.
Tileisha Towns, known to all as “Ty”, has lovingly prepared the Wednesday night meals since 2006, usually for 75 or more attendees, although she has served up to 200. Ty says, “Sometimes I can be having a bad day but as I am greeting and serving people and watching them enjoy the food and the fellowship it brightens my day. I can calm down and think of a better way to handle my problems and get through difficult times.” Ty says the favorite Wednesday Night Live foods are meat loaf, baked spaghetti, and macaroni and cheese. Her secret for macaroni and cheese? Milk, butter, sour cream and plenty of cheese!
All women of the church are invited and encouraged to join a circle. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet new people, make new friends, and enjoy fun and fellowship as we seek to serve others.
Trinity’s UMW is composed of two circles which meet at the church on the second Tuesday of each month September-June. The circles are Gwaltney-Jacquette circle which meets at 11am and Susannah Wesley circle which meets at 7pm. UMW’s ministry focus is missions to women, children and youth.
The purpose of the United Methodist Women (UMW) is to know God, to experience fellowship, and expand the concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.
Growing in Missions
Through our UMW’s ministry focus on women, children and youth, each circle conducts fund raising projects to contribute to missions and other areas of need. The annual Brunswick Stew sale in the fall, a major project, and one that is eagerly awaited by the whole community, helps us support several community organizations and projects. Circle members make prayer shawls, donate and assemble health kits and layettes for UMCOR, work in C.O.P.’s food pantry, hold a Birthday Party in January for nursing home residents, and many other projects.
UMW donates to many worthy causes, including Relay for Life, Christian Outreach Project, Western Tidewater Free Clinic, Operation Smile, Horses for Heroes, Wesley Community Service Center, Mattaponi Healing Eagle Clinic and AGAPE on the Eastern Shore.
Come joins us! If you need a ride to a Circle meeting, call the church office at 357-3659.
The Trinity United Methodist Men’s organization (TUMM) serves the church in many ways and the organization has evolved as our needs and membership have changed. Recently, TUMM has reorganized under the leadership of Rick Hope, Ted Bright and Mac Watson with emphasis on demonstrating how a vital men’s organization can make a major difference in the lives of those men, their families, and their church. The TUMM host a breakfast meeting on the third Saturday of every month in the Cave starting at 8 a.m. A devotional message and a guest speaker are featured along with planning how TUMM can assist in the life of Trinity. According to Rick Hope, “There are real needs out there and our goal is to help find those men that are willing and able to help fill those needs. We have hosted a North Carolina style barbeque for the past two years as a fundraising activity that will allow us to give financial support to a variety of worthwhile missions like Heart Havens, the Boy Scouts, Trinity Mission Support, The Garage, COP, and other groups that can use a helping hand.. All men of the church are invited to attend.”
For more information about the United Methodist Men, please contact Rick Hope at firstname.lastname@example.org
Laughter, learning, friends, caring for others, giving, creativity, worship, love are all key concepts woven throughout Trinity’s Children’s Ministries and put into action in our various activities.
On Wednesday evenings as a part of Wednesday Night Live, children from the first through the fifth grades participate in Kingdom Kids, an activity in which they learn more about the Bible and the United Methodist Church through creative, hands-on lessons. Fun lessons include using hula hoops to learn about the Trinity symbol and using Lincoln Logs to learn about church cornerstones. Children learn through play and we learn every time we meet.
Children In Action
This activity, better known as CIA, is held once a month during the school year after church and involves children in service projects. Some examples of the important missions in which the children participate have included packing Christmas Shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, making and delivering chili to local firefighters, creating thoughtful gifts for church homebound members, and visiting a local Heart Havens facility to interact with residents.
In age appropriate ways and settings, our children experience God’s unconditional love. We place great importance on investing in the nurture of our children and helping them grow in faith, both through Sunday School programs and in other learning activities.
Throughout the school year, special events are planned to entertain the children of the church and to which we invite members of the community in to the church. Children of all ages enjoy our Easter Egg hunts. In September, we bring in our backpacks for a special blessing. October brings Trick or Trunk. Also, in the Autumn, we hold a magic show. At Christmas we participate in Church Christmas festivities including joining in the Church Christmas Pageant and we hold a birthday party for Jesus. Smaller events are held each month, just for fun, including popsicle Sunday, fancy hat day, and bring a stuffed animal friend to church day.
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School week is one of the happiest of the year! Imagine close to 100 joyous children from all over the community coming together to learn about God and to enjoy great fellowship and fun. Children up to the 6th grade enjoy games, crafts, stories and learning together during this very important ministry. Almost 40 adult church volunteers teach, work with kids, and provide snacks, truly a church wide effort!
Trinity youth are an active and contributing part of our church. All youth in the 6th through the 12th grades are invited to join in the activities. The youth meet twice a week – on Wednesday nights for Bible study and other learning activities and on Sunday nights for both learning and fellowship.
Lasting bonds and lifelong lessons
The Youth have their own special meeting place, designed by and for youth. Located in the large windowless area beneath the sanctuary that housed the church fellowship hall before the FAC was constructed, the Cave is outfitted with comfortable furniture, TVs, electronics, computers with Internet service, games, and other modern fixtures. Calling themselves the Cave Dwellers, the Youth have a comfortable, casual and secure setting in which to learn their faith and to deal with issues facing this age group.
Service projects such as helping with community and church events, feeding the homeless, providing help to those in the community in need, and responding to special project needs are central to the Youth group’s mission.
The Youth group members are encouraged to participate in various age appropriate mission activities including the Jeremiah Project and the Navajo Mission Project, both of which involve youth responding to needs in other communities. And, our Youth participate in district Methodist Youth programs such as those held in Blackstone, Virginia and Lake Junaluska, North Carolina where they meet and interact with Youth from other churches and areas.
FUN and FELLOWSHIP are key components of the Youth Program. We take beach trips, ski trips, trips to Busch Gardens, participate in lock-ins, and other activities.
Lasting bonds and lifelong lessons come from these experiences. Fun and fellowship are key components of the Youth Program.
The M & M’s meet the third Tuesday of the month from September through May for food and fellowship. There is a lunch usually followed by a guest speaker or special program. Barbara Smith coordinates local day trips about once a month to interesting places or events in the area, and occasional overnight trips. At Thanksgiving, we prepare food baskets for needy families in the community and we support other good causes. Begun and led by Simns and Ginny Jacquette for years, the M & Ms, which stands for Mature Methodists, was originally thought to be of interest to senior citizens. However, we have such great fun that we welcome anyone who is hungry and wants good fellowship.