Serve in Tallahassee
Serve in Tallahassee
As a 200 year old church, our roots in the Tallahassee community go deep. We are planted in the center of Tallahassee, right in the midst of this dynamic capital city, and both the opportunities and the needs are great. Take a look at the following list of community programs and ministries that we are engaged with:
Capital Area Justice Ministry
The Capital Area Justice Ministry is a coalition of nearly 20 religious congregations across the Tallahassee, Florida, area who are building a community wide ministry that will unite faith communities across the Big Bend in answering the call to do justice.
Through a process of house meetings, determining two critical community issues, researching solutions, and finally bringing requests to local elected officials, CAJM uses the power of consensus to create real change in our community. Learn more here.
Every Monday and Thursday morning, a group of Trinity volunteers distributes bags of snacks and hygiene items to our neighbors experiencing homelessness.
This ministry seeks to show the love of Jesus to those around us. As a downtown church located near the central bus station, we have the opportunity to be a good neighbor to many people experiencing homelessness.
Mats for the Homeless
Ever wondered what to do with all those clean, dry, used plastic shopping bags? Trinity has joined with others around the country who are repurposing these bags to make something extremely useful (and in great demand) – a water-resistant, cushiony sleeping mat for people who are homeless.
The bags are cut into strips to make “yarn” and then crocheted into a sleeping bag-size (36″ x 72″) mat. When it’s cold outside, some people even wrap them around their shoulders to keep warm.
Most of the work on this project is done at home, but we meet monthly on the 2nd Thursday of each month (Sep-May) at 10:30 a.m. in the Conference Room to cut the bags into strips and make yarn. This plastic yarn is kept in a bin in the Welcome Center for those who want to crochet a mat, but don’t want to make the yarn. Plastic bags are also available for those who would like to cut strips or make yarn at home.
Come to any meeting and we will be glad to teach you how to make yarn or crochet a mat.
Disaster Relief Team
Our Disaster Relief team comes alongside families and individuals in the wake of hurricanes and other natural disasters to provide aid and help clean up yards and homes and remove debris.
We are always interested in recruiting more volunteers to this team, especially if you have any experience with operating power tools.
Creation Care Ministry
Trinity United Methodist Church Creation Care Ministry recognizes that all creation is the Lord’s. We work toward sustainability inside the walls of Trinity and outside in the Tallahassee community.
To be engaged in Creation Care is to be in relationship with God’s creation by seeking to care for and heal the earth. Trinity United Methodist Church is joining with other Florida and U. S. Methodist churches as part of the Creation Care ministry. Today we understand more deeply than ever before the consequences of our failure to serve as caretakers of God’s creation. Ecological crises and extreme poverty are a reflection of our inability to share the abundance God has entrusted to our care. We face many challenges. Among them are impact of environmental toxins; rising sea levels; growing intensity of weather patterns and changes, e.g., stronger hurricanes, unrelenting snowfall in unexpected places, ravaging wildfires, etc. Educating ourselves as to the cause of these events is important. Over the past few years, Trinity has offered Lay Academy classes that dealt with these issues.
Some of the activities of the Creation Care team are:
- Volunteering at I-Grow urban farm in Frenchtown
- Hosting outdoor events such as hiking and kayaking trips
- Learning more about creation from St. Francis Wildlife Sanctuary or Leon County Arborists
Each year, Trinity identifies the community agencies that will be recipients of the hundreds of new bears donated by our congregation on “Bear Sunday” each February. This is a powerful ministry that touches the lives of many children.
Elder Care Services is the leading provider of community-based senior care. Since their founding in 1970 they have been driven by compassionate and generous community members.
Trinity partners with Elder Care's Meals on Wheels program to deliver meals to seniors each year on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Florida United Methodist Children's Home
The Florida United Methodist Children’s Home has been serving abused, neglected, and troubled children for more than 100 years.
Their mission is empowering children and families to experience the transforming love of Christ through holistic care. Trinity supports FLUMCH through donations of practical supplies and special "fifth Sunday" offerings throughout the year.
Hats for Friends
Throughout the year, hats and scarves are knitted or crocheted and then donated to those in who lack warm clothing during the winter months and to chemo patients at local hospitals.
Winters in Tallahassee often mean cold weather. When Beth and Rev. Wayne Curry attended their first Community Christmas Dinner at Trinity, they noticed that many of the attendees did not have sufficient warm clothing. The Hats for the Homeless ministry was established in 2009 so that hand-made hats and scarves could be provided to those less likely to have protection from the cold. Later, the mission was renamed, Hats for Friends, to expand the ministry to include the broader community, including school children, families in need (including disaster recovery), and soft hats for chemo patients.
Throughout the year, hats and scarves are knitted or crocheted and then donated to those in who lack warm clothing during the winter months and to chemo patients at local hospitals. Each year in December, the hats and scarves are provided a blessing, prior to distribution. Until Covid, the focus of this giving was at the Community Christmas Dinner on December 25, followed by distribution through HEO, the Shelter, neighborhood missions, and school outreach in January and February. The Hats for Friends mission has continued, partnering with local ministries to distribute the hats and scarves during the winter months and, currently, Tallahassee Memorial Hospital continues to gratefully accept the chemo hats year-round.
These hats and scarves are made possible through the gifts of those who knit and crochet with needles or looms. These individuals use their God-given talents to enhance the appearance of the hats and scarves, often blending colors, adding decorative touches to the hats such as pom poms and brims, with color-coordinated scarves to match. They are truly works of art!! The items are provided with a tied-on tag with an outreach message saying, "You are loved!"
Volunteers are always needed and appreciated. Please consider helping in one or more of the ways below:
- Knit or crochet hats and scarves at home and drop off in bin in Trinity’s Welcome Center.
- Learn to crochet or knit. Hats members can support you in this effort.
- Donate yarn--Note: Darker colors are appropriate for the homeless, softer yarn is needed for the chemo patients, and bulky yarn is used with the knitting looms. In general, acrylic yarn is best.
- Help with tying the “You are Loved” labels inside completed items and sorting the hats/scarves for distribution.
Please contact Ann Jenkins with any questions regarding the Hats for Friends ministry.
Contact Dawn Adams
Dawn is the Congregational Administrator. If you would like to get involved with any of the ministries listed here, please reach out to her today.