THE SMALL CHURCH WITH A BIG HEART
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 housed in a very traditional building. Our sanctuary is a beautiful example of typical Swedish church architecture.
We usually worship at 10:30 every Sunday morning. Unless it's summer...then the worship time changes to 9:30...and you can often find us worshiping in our outdoor chapel behind the church. During the coronavirus stay home time we're offering a weekly message via youtube. See link on the welcome page.
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 is liturgical, and lasts about an hour and ten or fifteen minutes. Hymn singing is accompanied by our musician playing keyboard. We also have a voice choir and instrumentalists.
Children have a central place in worship. Although nursery care is available, children of all ages are encouraged to take part in the service. Pastor Randy invites children to reflect on the readings in a special children's sermon.
We have Communion every Sunday. All who have been baptized are welcome to the Lord's Table for Communion.
After worship, we catch up with each other over snacks and a cup of coffee or juice. From 9 to 10 during the school year, we have an education hour with Sunday School and a Forum for adults.
We have three small rest room facilites in our building. One is downstairs, just off the Pine Room. The other two are on the main level near the church office. All are private and unisex. The downstairs restroom is relatively handicapped accessible and includes a baby changing table.
Signs direct you from the street and parking lot to Trinity's 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. Everything you need for the service is provided in the worship bulletin. If we're worshipping outdoors and you prefer your lawn chair to our folding chairs, feel free to bring it.
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 PREPERATION
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.
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