You might be wondering what you might experience when you come to our church on a Sunday morning. We have parking in the lot next to the church, in the lot across Crawford and Cherry St, and all along the curbs. Feel free to wear what you feel comfortable in. You will see people in jeans and other people in suits. You will be greeted by warm and friendly faces. You will probably recognize some people you know from around town. As you look around and experience our Sunday morning worship, you will notice both traditional and contemporary influences in our worship style and environments. Grab a cup of coffee, say hi to someone you know, and if you have any questions, you can ask any of the greeters, ushers, or people sitting around. Below you can find more information about how we do things and special services we have.
Pastor Kurt and Pastor Julie are passionate about sharing God's Word with the people of Van Wert! They spend much time in study and prayer before beginning to write their sermons. This time of preparation helps ensure that the message they are communicating is truly from God and not from them. Their goal is to help people engage with God through His powerful Word, in order that they might enjoy the fullness and freedom of life with Him! You can listen to previous sermons from both Pastor Kurt and Pastor Julie on our media page.
Music is a huge influence in the culture of our church. On any given Sunday you will have a variety of musical expressions that contribute to our worship experience. Our praise team plays a variety of music ranging from sacred hymns to the most current songs you can hear on the radio. Our youth praise band has a little more of a Rock sound when they lead worship periodically through the year. On the more traditional end of things, Trinity has a great choir and handbell choir. On top of all of this, we often have special music arrangements from singers and instrumentalists in the church. If you appreciate music and want a place to use your talents, there are many groups and opportunities for you to get plugged in.
Our Sunday morning programming for your children is a fun and interactive experience. Children's church is offered during the 10:15 AM service. You can find more information about our nursery and children's church here. All of our children's volunteers are highly qualified to work with your children and are annually trained on our child protection policy, which we enforce faithfully. It is our desire that your children have as great an experience as we can give them and that we can partner with parents in the discipleship of their children.
This is one of the most exciting weeks of the year. Every May, we reserve one Sunday morning service to go over the top with fun. There are so many things that God does in our lives all the time, that is why we make it a priority to come together for no reason other than celebration. At this service we will recognize people who have made milestone accomplishments in their lives. We celebrate high school and college graduates, confirmation students, we have baptisms, new members, and more. You can always count on cookies and punch afterward as well. This is the week we make a big deal for the things that are worth making a big deal about.
Youth Sunday takes place each time there is a fifth Sunday in a month -- four or five times per year. On these Sundays, the youth lead most or all aspects of the service -- music, technology, prayers, Scripture reading, even preaching! Trinity is a church that 1) loves and values its youth and 2) encourages them to lead in the life of the church! Many churches believe their youth are their future. At Trinity, we believe our youth are an invaluable part of our present! We believe they have gifts and leadership abilities that we simply cannot do without! Join us on the next fifth Sunday as the youth step up to lead worship! You won't be disappointed!
A couple times a year we have a special Sunday morning service we call the Family Experience. These Sundays are designed to be an interactive worship experience for the entire family to share together. These worship experiences provide biblical truth and an applicable message in a fun and create service. Everything is kicked off with upbeat music, followed by skits, congregation interaction, a dramatized presentation of the Bible story or virtue, and a brief message to bring everything together.
The reason we go through so much work to put all of this together is because we want to foster a shared experience with God and His Word with families. If we can put on a worship service like this, we can give families something to talk about that week. This is a way of giving parents an opportunity lead spiritual discussions with their kids.
This is not just the kind of service that parents with young children will want to attend. This is a can't miss service for everybody. We have had people from every walk of life express how much they appreciate these services. Next time we announce a Family Experience, make sure to be here!