Missions & Outreach: Reaching all of God’s People through Service

The purpose of Trinity’s Mission & Outreach Ministry is to spread the love of Christ by connecting our congregation with opportunities to serve our community, both locally and globally.

Breakfast at Trinity

Community Breakfast

On the fourth Friday of each month, Trinity offers a homemade breakfast open to everyone in the community. Generous servings of eggs, sausage, grits, fruit, and biscuits are shared with dozens of individuals and families in an atmosphere of fellowship and devotion. Prayer requests are shared by participants and passed on to Trinity’s Prayer Team. Volunteers are always welcome and on-the-job training is provided! Contact the church office for more information.

Neighborhood Center

Trinity has established a formal partnership with The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia. The center provides wrap-around services to the homeless, which we support with our prayers, our volunteer service and finances. For more information on the center and all that they provide, follow this link: http://neighborhoodcenterwv.org/home/. 

School-Church Partnerships

Trinity has partnered with Citrus Grove Elementary to ensure the basic needs of children attending that school are being met. Such needs may include serving as mentors, teacher aides, media center, Parent Resource Center, cafeteria and central office volunteers. Our School-Church Partnership Coordinator works with members to first determine their needs and expectations, then works to match the individual volunteer with the right school placement.

In addition to providing volunteer support, Trinity members also collect and contribute in-kind donations year-round, such as new sneakers and socks, book bags and school supplies for children, as well as classroom supplies. To learn more about this important ministry and how to volunteer, complete a contact form and our School-Church Partnership Coordinator will contact you.

Fall Festival

Every fall, the UMW circles, along with other women in the church, host an annual Fall Festival to raise funds for mission and outreach projects. The festival takes place on the first Saturday in October from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. Volunteers are always needed in the month of September to accept in-kind donations from members and friends. Donated items such as crafts, baked goods, toys, small appliances, antiques and collectibles, plants and jewelry will be sold. To learn more about this popular event, contact the church office at (386) 734-4425 to inquire about making a donation or volunteering.

International Missions

Plans are underway for a 2019 trip to Cuba to visit the two churches that Trinity has been supporting for several years. A “family” trip also is being planned for Puerto Rico. For more information, contact Dan Vergara, Missions Coordinator by calling the church office at (386) 734-4425.

Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) 

For many years, Trinity members have quietly supported the efforts of FL-JFON, a United Methodist ministry headquartered in Miami that works to provide free legal aid services to immigrants who are seeking legal resident status. Plans are to create paths to citizenship for men, women and children living right here in Volusia County by hosting legal aid clinics at the church. If you are interested in learning more about JFON and the different ways the church is involved in this ministry, or would like to volunteer, contact Anita Campbell or Lana Saxon through the church office at (386) 734-4425.

Dinner Church 

The Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church (governing body of our church) has encouraged both laity and clergy to explore and initiate new (fresh) ways (expressions) to worship our Lord that will engage and attract different target populations. We are looking at innovative ways to “do church” outside the walls of our Sanctuary.

One of those fresh, new ways is a concept called “Dinner Church.” We will be forming a team in early 2019 to plan and organize this new worship service. We also will conduct a Lenten Study on the Dinner Church concept beginning in late April 2019. If you are interested in joining with us to learn more about this fresh expression of doing church, contact Denise “Dee” Miller, Outreach Coordinator, using our Contact Form.

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The H.O.P.E. Team, based out of Orange City United Methodist, is a faith-based coalition of non-denominational volunteers who are committed to reducing the incidence of slavery and ending human trafficking in Central Florida. Trinity’ women’s ministry is greatly involved in this effort.

The organization helps to prevent more victims by providing awareness education in our churches and communities. Human Trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise of this century growing from $9 billion to a $150 billion dollar global industry in a little over a decade. There is no typical trafficker. Traffickers can be parents or other close family members, boyfriends, girlfriends, neighbors, employers, or strangers. Traffickers can be a part of organized crime, corporations, gangs, or can work alone.

H.O.P.E. works to support survivors by hosting fundraising events to raise awareness and funds to assist established organizations which provide housing, therapy, medical care, and job preparation. For more information about the H.O.P.E. team or to become a member, please contact Lana Saxon, team member, or the church office at 386-734-4425. And, for more information about human trafficking please check out the links below.

Interfaith Kitchen

Once a month, members of Trinity provide a dinner meal for the homeless and destitute of our community. Volunteers are needed (individually or in ministry teams) to prepare and serve these meals through the Interfaith Kitchen, located at 1st UMC.

Recurring dates have been set through 2019 and put on the church calendar. Time to report is 4:30 p.m. Event reminders will be posted in the weekly worship bulletin and monthly newsletter.

Melissa Fuller coordinates this outreach ministry and she needs enough man/woman power to fill at least five 2-hour volunteer slots every month. You do not have to be a member of Trinity to serve! If you love to cook, enjoy meeting and serving others, and would like to help email her using our Contact Form or find her at church on Sundays.

To sponsor a meal in 2020, use the signup form located on the bulletin board next to the kitchen.

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