Dear Trinity Family,
I tell you more: whenever two of you on earth agree about anything you pray for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three come together in my name, I am there with them.” Jesus from St. Matthew, 18
You have probably heard the news that churches can open now for Sunday worship.
I don’t know about you, but this time of physical distancing has heightened my awareness of how much we all mean to one another.
The early followers of the Jesus way of Love knew this too. They understood how deeply we need to be a part of a community that’s kind, respectful and fair. They also discovered that when they got together, like we do, that Jesus was with them. As Jesus put it back when he was alive, “where two or three come together in my name, I am there.”
We have been getting together and staying in touch in new ways. Thank goodness for the opportunities our phones and internet give us to check in with one another. Many have expressed appreciations for our church service being streamed. All these conversations and connections release within us something of the loving presence of Jesus.
At the same time, some of us don’t have the internet and have not been able to see the services or receive emails; others haven’t watched because being with the community means more to them than the service. We all miss the rhythms of our lives, especially Sunday worship. So being able to worship together again will be wonderful.
The Council will have to figure out when attending worship services will begin.
As you might expect, our worship will have some changes for awhile, to protect our bodies as we feed our spirits. 2 out of every 3 pews will be roped off. Greeters will wear masks. Hand sanitizer dispensers will be full and ready for use. Offerings will be dropped into plates instead of plates being handed around. There will be no bulletins and no shaking hands or fellowship time following the service. A picture will be taken each Sunday and kept as a record of who was present so that should someone test positive, the rest of us can be contacted to be tested as well. We will miss our choir for awhile.
But the promise we live by, is that whatever changes come our way, the way of Love will lead us through; for Christ is with us when we walk in love.
Please note: our building is currently closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Who are we?
We’re social animals,
and need each other to feel whole.
But in this lonely age,
many people are missing community.
Isolation can lead to
depression, anxiety, and worse.
Having a caring community helps everyone
to feel supported, connected, and loved.
Everybody needs a village.
Our core values are:
Kindness, Respect, and Fairness.
If those are your values,
you’re our kind of people!
Trinity welcomes all of good will,
no matter your:
Race / Culture
Religion / Philosophy
You’re a partner – not a project!
A living community...
More than just a church,
Trinity is a community centre
From our home in east London, Trinity:
- Supports neighbourhood projects
- Hosts open community events
- Advocates for people in need
- Serves as home for many partner organizations
Trinity is a community of communities!
Everybody needs a village. People used to grow up with 75 to 150 people who knew them by name. If someone was sick, people would ask about them and some would bring food by the house. Connections for jobs and other helpful information were a natural part of life. Children knew that they had a lot of people looking out for them which made them feel more secure. From birth to death, the generations enjoyed one another and cared for each other.
Most people don’t have a village anymore. More people live alone than with a partner. Children are lucky if they have 3 or 4 adults in their lives on a regular basis. For the first time in history, more Canadians live alone than with somebody.
Depression rates continue to go up. The latest figures indicate that 50% of Canadian children will be diagnosed with a mood disorder (depression/anxiety) by the time they are 25 yrs of age. Contrast that with the low rates of depression found in countries where most people still have a village and attend a church, synagogue or mosque.
Scientific studies indicate that, on average, being a part of an ongoing, positive spiritual community results in longer life, quicker recovery from operations and sickness and fewer expressions of mental illness.
Trinity United Church Community Centre is excited about creating an inclusive, caring village. We’ve been a community hub for over 100 years. We are a safe place to explore our spirituality without people judging us and telling us what to believe. Trinity offers the opportunity to worship and give thanks for our blessings as we remember the good news that love wins in the end. We draw strength and direction from the inspiration and example of Jesus as we experience together the Magic of Life and Love that we call God.
Many people come to Trinity for programs and social events. Because our core values are Kindness, Respect, and Fairness, people feel at home here whether they self identify as a Christian or not. Trinity is an “Affirming Congregation” that respects every person’s religion, philosophy, and sexual orientation and identity so long as it expresses itself in love. We prefer kind atheists over mean Christians.
If these are your values and you don’t have a village that you are a part of, we invite you to help make Trinity a vibrant, caring community. Your presence will bless us as we bless you as we inspire one another to be the best we can be. If you would like to talk things over with our minister Paul Browning, his number is 519-455-2710 and his email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our commitment to accessibility begins with our core values of kindness, respect and fairness, in other words, Love. Trinity is a place where all people of good will are welcomed as equal partners.
We redeveloped our worship service in 2005 so that the music and what it said there would be more accessible to all ages. We now have a band as well as the organ and choir. Worship is a comfortable blend of informality and meaningful rituals reflecting life passages. Our goal is to make sure that worship is as engaging and meaningful for children as it is for seniors.
Trinity rebranded to let the community know we want this to be a place where they feel welcome. Trinity United Church became Trinity United Church Community Center and our logo reflects the colours of Canada’s indigenous peoples, the Pride rainbow flag and the rainbow sign of peace. The heart in the middle sums up our desire to have love at the heart of everything we say and do.
The physical building required a lot of work and it had 6 levels that were not accessible.
An architect inspected the building and concluded that to rebuild a building with the same square footage, would cost six million dollars in 2005. From a stewardship and environmental perspective, we decided that spending 10% of that amount to make the building serviceable and accessible was the right thing to do.
With the generosity of our members and the support of wonderful partners like the Ontario Trillium Foundation, The United Church Council of Middlesex, the Federal Government Infrastructure and Accessibility programs, the building was given new life.
Five of our 6 levels are accessible, our use of energy is much more efficient, and our rooms and halls have been upgraded. Trinity even has solar electric generation on our roof.
- Provide safe, supportive, inter-generational community space for people of all sexual and gender identities. There is only one rule here, but it is important: to treat others the way you wish to be treated…with kindness, respect, and fairness.
- Partner with neighbourhood organizations and governments to strengthen relationships and services within the Argyle region of London.
- Provide training for unemployed people in custodial services and training & paid employment opportunities in banqueting.
- Provide a judgement free, safe, inspirational spiritual home for all people of good will and faith development for those on the Christian journey within the context of the United Church of Canada.
- What is said in a meeting stays in the room unless it is an administrative meeting with minutes.
- Medical conditions of people will not be disclosed for pastoral care and prayer purposes without an individual’s permission.
- Individual donor’s financial information will not be disclosed. Mailing lists will not be shared or sold to other organization
THE WEDDING OF MY DREAMS"..."
IT'S REALLY ABOUT FAIRNESS, KINDNESS AND LOVE""..."
I FELT WELCOME THE MOMENT I CAME IN THE DOOR"..."