THE SMALL CHURCH WITH A BIG HEART
Our Mission: Serve God and God's creation with love, respect, and dignity.
Because a Church is not the building, but is its people! We welcome one another as Christ has welcomed us. Trinity is a Reconciling in Christ congregation. We welcome you just as you are. You have a place here!
Jesus is Lord and Savior
Forgiveness changes everything
All are welcome
Others come first
All gifts and talents are valued and accepted.
Trinity is a congregation rich in diversity, welcoming people of all ages, vocations, religious upbringing, ethnic background, marital status, sexual orientation, opinions, outlooks, and talents. Although some of us have worshiped here all their lives, many of us come from differing experiences and find ourselves drawn by a bond stemming from our mutual love of Jesus Christ.
FIND YOUR FAITH
Trinity Lutheran Church is an ELCA congregation, more or less traditional but relaxed, and a Reconciling in Christ congregation. No matter who your are, and no matter where you are in your walk of faith, you are invited to Trinity's communion table.
Worship time is 9:30 Sunday morning. You can often find us worshiping in our beautiful outdoor chapel behind the church. We livestream Sunday service via Facebook and post an edited video of our service to YouTube and our website. See link on the welcome page. Our service can also be found BCTV, the local TV Station.
We gather to experience God's grace. We hear that grace as the stories of the Bible are interpreted in light of current events and applied to daily living. We taste grace in the bread and wine of Holy Communion. We touch grace in the gestures of welcome from the people gathered together.
Our worship service lasts about an hour and Pastor Jon engages the congregation in question and answer style. Trinity's congregation sings, and explores all hymn styles from traditional to contemporary. Hymn singing is accompanied by our musician playing keyboard or guitar. We also have a voice choir and instrumentalists.
Children have a central place in worship. Child care is available for young children and children of all ages are encouraged to take part in the service. Pastor Jon and Phoebe, his sweet and funny puppet, engages children with a special children's sermon.
We have Communion every Sunday. All are welcome at Trinity's communion table.
After worship, we catch up with each other at coffee hour and share food (sometimes light sometimes elaborate) and a cup of coffee or juice. We have a beautiful and modern kitchen for meal preparation.
From 9 to 10 during the school year, we have an education hour with Sunday School and a Forum for adults.
We have three beautiful rest room facilities in our building. All are private and unisex. One restroom is relatively handicapped accessible and includes a baby changing table.
Handicap parking is available in the parking lot and easy access to a Handicap-access elevator. Ring the bell and someone will bring the elevator down to assist you!
By the way, there is no 'dress code' here, so come dressed any way that makes you feel comfortable. You don't need to bring anything with you.
MINISTRIES & CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
Here at Trinity, we believe that being a Christian is not about memorizing a bunch of information or learning how to follow the rules. It is about learning to be faithful and discerning in a complex world. Our Christian Formation program helps children, youth, and adults cultivate a way of life that values caring for those in need, taking responsibility for God’s world, curiosity, wonderment, and deepening our relationship with God.
Baptism is the beginning of our journey with God. We encourage and equip parents with a number of resources: instruction, congregational support, a children’s Bible and more. We recognize that parents need support as they nurture their children’s baptismal journey of faith. We provide social and learning opportunities for parents throughout the year.
Preschool - 5th Grade
We use the curriculum Whirl which follows the Bible readings appointed each Sunday. Children become familiar with Bible stories, people, and themes through age appropriate lessons, activities, and crafts. Sixth to Ninth graders continue their learning in Confirmation Classes.
FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION
When children prepare for First Communion they discover that there is a special place for them at God’s Table.
They become full participants and partners in the ministry we share. Readiness is determined by parents and the pastor, but for most kids First Communion happens at about second grade.
OUTREACH TO OTHERS
Under the umbrella agency known as Groundworks Collaborative, many programs such as the Groundworks Shelter, Groundworks Drop-In Center, Brattleboro’s Seasonal Overflow Shelter, Foodworks and services for those on SSI or SSDI are offered for those in need. Trinity helps to stock the center's shelves with weekly food donations.
VERMONT FOOD BANK
Brattleboro Distribution Center
22 Browne Court Unit #108
Brattleboro, Vermont 05301
WOMEN'S FREEDOM CENTER
24 hr hotline: 802-254-6954
Business Line: 802-257-7364
S. Windsor County:
24 hr hotline: 802-885-2050
Business Line: 802-885-2368
Interpreter Services available 24 hours a day at no cost to LEP survivors
P.O. Box 933
Brattleboro, VT 05302