Ministries

Nursery

We are delighted to offer nursery care for infants and toddlers, staffed by adult volunteers each week.

Children (Age 3 to Grade 5)

Our program for children begins in our sanctuary where children are a part of our worship with adults for the first 10 minutes.   Our minister/children’s coordinator then has a brief conversation with the children, usually about a story from the Bible.  The children then go to their own program which is experiential and could include drama, cooking, crafts, games, science and anything else the leaders dream up!

Youth (Grade 6 and up)

We have had an active Youth group in recent years, but currently, there is no group meeting on a regular basis.

 

Music

The music in our worship is a partner in the work of communicating the message and theme of the Bible passage, and invites us all into a journey of where we can deepen our faith. We draw upon a diverse repertoire including contemporary music, classical hymns, upbeat world music, gospel and more.  Our belief is that the Spirit speaks to us through music  and prayer as well as the sermon so that we, in turn, can reach out to each other and to the world beyond us.

We welcome you to sing in our choir or in the congregation, to simply listen , and/or to offer your gifts in playing a musical instrument.  All ages and abilities are welcome to join in!  There is a place for everyone in this ministry.

Trinity Book Club

The Book Club is a group of ladies who love to read and who meet once a month. We choose one book each month that we all read, then we meet to discuss the book with one of the members leading the discussion. We also have a time at each meeting to talk about books or films that we have read/seen that we would recommend to others. It’s a great way to get introduced to authors and books you may not have known and to get recommendations for others that you can enjoy on your own.

UCW – United Church Women

The United Church Women, also known as the UCW, is a group of women who meet on the fourth Thursday every other month at 2pm. Their meetings consist of a short business section, some worship, and often a guest speaker or video. This follows with social time and shared food for the women to chat. Any United Church women are welcome, and as the COVID-19 situation improves the UCW is looking forward to getting back together in person starting in September!

The UCW’s mission is to love God; foster Christian commitment, faithfulness, and spirituality; and promote respect and love for all God’s creation.

Study Groups

Throughout the year, various study groups are offered to explore and deepen our faith.

GPS  (Grow, Participate and Serve)

Our GPS group is made up of individuals who are committed to growing in faith, seeking justice, responding to needs in the community, building relationships, encouraging wise stewardship of all resources, and acting out our call as Christians to love kindness, show mercy and walk humbly with God.  This takes many forms, including dinners, having prayer partners, fundraising events such as a chili cook-off or live auction, and activities such as movie or games nights.  Here are some latest examples:

  • On the second Friday of each month we hold a community dinner for anyone who wishes to come.  No fee is charged but a free-will offering can be made.  See the Facebook page Community Can Dine for the upcoming menu.
  • Each fall we collect winter clothing which is distributed by Woolwich Community Services.
  • During Lent, children and adults are paired as “Lenten Friends”.  There are many opportunities to worship, play (e.g. bowling), eat, and interact.
  • “Heavenly Eats” Food Trucks will return in May 2020.  Trinity takes its turn with other churches in the Elmira community to host 3-4 food trucks on Friday evenings throughout the summer.  Check out Facebook Heavenly Eats Food Trucks for more information.
  • P.I.E. Day acknowledges National Affirming Day in March.

Community Can Dine

All are welcome at Community Can Dine! CCD is a “pay-what-you-can” dinner held at 6pm on the second Friday evening of each month, no tickets or reservations needed.  It began in June 2013 and has been held monthly since, with the exception of pauses during the COVID-19 pandemic.  It was initiated by a small group from Trinity United in consultation with Woolwich Community Services, and is an opportunity for anyone in the community to get out, socialize, and enjoy a low cost or free meal if needed.  The dinner is supported and sustained wholly by donations, and made possible by dedicated community volunteers.  New volunteers are always welcome, as are dinner guests!

Funerals

We are always sad to learn that someone had died.  We would be honoured to hold your loved one’s funeral or memorial service at our church.  Knowing that decisions can be difficult during a time of loss, we have prepared a brochure in order to help you plan the service.  Please contact the office (see contact us page) to get your brochure.

Volunteering

There are great opportunities to contribute to your Church.

  • Sharing a cup of tea or coffee has become a ritual at Trinity. Sign up to help bring java joy and tasty tea and treats to everyone.
  • Greeters are the first face people see when they arrive on Sundays. Consider hosting on a regular basis.
  • Do you enjoy reading aloud?  Offer to read scripture.
  • Our tech booth – would you be willing to run our slides each week?  There are easy step-by-step instructions but we can offer face-to-face training too!
  • Community Dinners – why not help prepare one of our meals for Community Can Dine on the second Friday of each month?  Servers and cleaner-uppers are needed too PLUS you can enjoy a tasty meal and meet your neighbours.
  • Children and Youth – Your help would be appreciated in our Sunday programs and/or other events and activities.
Not sure where you fit?
 At Trinity we have lots of things happening – we want to help you find your way in. Please reach out and step into the spaces that inspire you the most. There is a place for you. If you have any questions – contact Susan in the Office.