Nurturing: Learning and Growing in the Christian Faith

Whether you are a new or growing Christian, we offer a variety of classes, small study groups and special training programs to help you on your journey of faith.


UM 101: New Member Class

When looking for a church home, asking the right questions can help you decide whether a particular church is the one where God wants you. That’s why, at Trinity, we do not take this decision lightly – nor should you. We encourage you to visit often to get to know us, pray about your visits and the Holy Spirit’s leading then, once you are ready to join, contact our pastor, Rev. Dale Golden.
Every quarter, Pastor Dale will lead a series of classes titled “UM 101” targeted to adult individuals and couples who have expressed an interest in joining Trinity. During class sessions, attendees are encouraged to ask all of the “hard questions” up front before making a decision a desire to become members of Trinity.
Even if you are not ready to join Trinity, but would like to take this short-term “refresher” course in the basics of the United Methodist denomination, you are invited and encouraged to attend. A light dinner will be provided for attendees, so reservations are needed. Contact Pastor Dale to learn more and to reserve your spot today! Email him at seniorpastor@trinitydeland.org or call him at 386-734-4425, extension 203.
To learn more about the class and its importance and relevance to persons seeking Jesus, our Savior, click here to read more details.

Alpha

The popular Alpha program is a gentle introduction to the Christian faith for non-believers or those who are still seeking something more in their lives. Trinity promotes and runs Alpha courses at various times during the year. The ten-week course is designed around a series of ten questions, such as Who is Jesus? Why did He die? How can I have faith? Why should I pray? And how do I pray? 

The purpose of the class is to explore issues of faith and help people think through their views and come to their own conclusions about what they believe. Each gathering starts off with a casual dinner. The facilitator will share the topic in the form of a question with the class, asking them to think about their responses while watching a video. After viewing, the facilitator will encourage an open discussion on the topic where all questions and points of view are welcomed. Here is the Alpha introductory video, featuring TV adventurer, Bear Grylls, who is a born-again Christian and avid spokesperson for Alpha.

Christians, who have introduced friends and family members to Alpha attended the course grow in their confidence in sharing their own faith and testimony with friends and family. Attendance is free and the public is invited to attend any Alpha session, held weekly.

If you are interested in knowing more about the Alpha course, visit alpha.org and call the Church Office at (386) 734-4425 to find out when the next course is scheduled.


Adult Sunday Classes


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At Trinity, we pledge to feed the spiritual soul of any young person who enters our doors, incorporating God’s Word as our highest priority. Sunday classes are held for toddlers through senior high students and includes a nursery for infants. “Sunday School” takes place from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. each Sunday morning (see bullets below.)

We introduce Jesus to children and youth in a fun, structured environment where children are encouraged to grow in Christ. Our classes are held in rooms that are clean and orderly, and we use age-appropriate Bible-based curricula filled with activities, lessons, singing, questions and answers and interactive discussions.


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“For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” Matthew 18:20
Coffee, Tea & The Word – Have you ever felt like a 15-minute sermon just doesn’t go deep enough into the Scripture? Pastor Dale is now offering two opportunities to have “coffee or tea” and Bible study with him every Monday. Attendees may choose from either a morning (10:00 a.m.) or evening (6:30 p.m.) session, depending on preference/availability. Email Pastor Dale at seniorpastor@trinitydeland.org to reserve your spot or call the Church Office for more information.

Wednesday Women meet 9 to 11 a.m. every Wednesday, offering opportunities for support and growth through lessons focusing on women’s issues with a Christian perspective. Contact Cindy Fox, study leader to learn more.

The Wednesday Men’s Group meets 9 to 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday mornings, exploring the meaning of books from both the Old and New Testaments.

For more information on each Bible study group and the leader’s name and number, contact the Church Office at (386) 734-4425 or email Cindy Fox, Adult Education Team Leader.


Women’s Ministry

Trinity’s United Methodist Women’s (UMW) circles are a way to meet other women, develop life-long friendships, and stay connected for that all-too-important love, care and support for one another. The UMW has three circles: Susanna (an evening circle that meets the second Monday evening of every month at 6:30 p.m. in private homes;) Sarah (a large daytime circle that meets the first Tuesday in the Wesley Room at 1:00 p.m.;) and Priscilla (a daytime circle that meets the first Monday, usually at the church, at 10:30 a.m.)

Storytelling Fun at UMW (2) The Women’s Ministry is dedicated to serving others outside the walls of the church in the mission field. They are particularly interested in advocating for social justice, with emphasis on protecting the lives and rights of women and children.

In 2015, Susanna Circle wrote a grant and raised matching funds to create the popular “Sneakers 4 Kids” campaign which raised enough money to purchase new back-to-school shoes for needy children at our partner school Citrus Grove Elementary. This ministry continues to day. Members of this circle also hosted a major public forum on “Human Trafficking” and continue to support H.O.P.E., (Helpers of People Enslaved) a ministry dedicated to raising awareness and advocating on behalf of the thousands of victims being trafficked every day across the U.S. Visit the H.O.P.E. website at http://ocumc.org/HOPE to learn more.

 


Young At Heart

Trinity has started a new ministry called Young At Heart (YAH) designed especially for men and women over the age of 55! The ministry offers a myriad of activities that are both educational and fun. Monthly luncheons will be held in the Fellowship Hall on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 11:30 a.m. It is a time to share with one another the joys and challenges of being a senior adult. After all, the job is over, the kids are gone and it’s time to get involved and meet new friends, right? Call the church office to learn more or contact, Anita Campbell YAH Coordinator using our contact form.

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