A brief history: Trinity UMC was founded in 1895 as a missional charge, 19 years after the city of DeLand was established. In 1898, the church moved into its first home on East Rich Avenue. The church name was changed in 1905 to Grace Methodist Church. During the early 1920’s the name reverted back to the original name. The building was sold in 1926 and the First Methodist Episcopal Church South moved into the building it occupies today. In 1968, the name was changed for the fifth time to Trinity United Methodist Church at the onset of the new United Methodist denomination.
For more in-depth information on our history or to take a tour of our Santuary, call the Church Office at (386) 734-4425 to schedule a guided tour with one of our History Committee members!
In 2009, Trinity UMC purchased ten acres of land on the west side of Plymouth Avenue and held a service of blessing on the new property in December of that year. In 2016, Trinity began a $1.3 million capital campaign for the new building and, in September 2017, the membership voted at a special church conference to approve the footprint and financial plan for new church building. By January 2018, Trinity had already accumulated over $840,000 toward the new building.
The reasoning behind our decision to move and build a new facility: There are many reasons why Trinity has determined that its facility no longer meets the needs of our church. We have a large building located just off the downtown area of DeLand (1926) and First UMC DeLand is located four blocks away from our present location. We have no room to expand, since the Volusia County School Board occupies all of the remaining parcels in our block. Although ours is considered a beautiful, somewhat historic building, old churches require more expensive and extensive upgrades than new structures in order to keep up with today’s modern features and technologies.
We have made the decision to be better stewards of our resouces and put our monies to better use, expanding programs, such as missions and outreach into the community and our world, Christian education of children, youth and young adults, Discipleship-making and witness programs. We have excellent and passionate lay leadership involvement at Trinity and are always looking for ways to better equip and train laity. We have a nice balance of age groups from infant to senior adult in the early contemporary worship service, but mainly senior adults in the later traditional service. Despite the fact that we are close to Stetson University, our single young adult age group is severely lacking. Trinity is predominately Caucasian but is experiencing more ethnic diversity in the congregation, as is the DeLand community.
The good news is that we have already raised over $840,000 of the $1.300,00 goal over a three-year period. With the sound advice of our building committee led by Alex Ford and our building architect, Dana Smith, under the leadership of our District Superintendent, Bob Bushong, we approved the building footprint and financial plan in September 2017. We are in the process now of hiring a licensed contractor to oversee the construction project and hope to break ground late summer-early fall of 2018. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
Trinity’s Missions & Outreach Team meets monthly to determine and coordinate the very best mission and outreach activities – for our church family and for the benefit of countless others outside the walls of our church. If you are interested in serving, contact Cindy Fox, team leader by using our Contact Us form.
Finally! It’s 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?
Trinity has started a new seniors 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, October through April, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Cost per person is $7. Open to the public. Advance reservations with payment can be handed in to the Church Office or placed in the offering plate on Sundays. Deadline for RSVPs is always the Friday before.
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.
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/.
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.
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 the public. 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.
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 Pastor Dale or Dan Vergara, Missions Coordinator by calling the church office at (386) 734-4425.
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.
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 february 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.