May 28, 2020
In-Person Worship Optional after June 15th
The Florida Conference Re-Launch Task Force along with Bishop Carter and the Cabinet met this week and decided to allow churches to consider resuming in-person worship after June 15th on a limited basis according to the following guidelines. Before proceeding, we ask that you be sure to have read carefully and completely our FLUMC guidelines, the CDC guidelines, the article “Why reopening church is different”, the FAQ document, and the Governor’s Plan for Florida’s Recovery.
Please continue to offer on-line worship. It is important that vital worship opportunities are readily available for people in your church who are not ready to return to your campus. Recent surveys suggest that more than 70% of your regular church attendees may choose to stay home at this time. Many of our vital churches have decided to wait and resume in-person worship until July or August and we fully support these plans.
Our strong recommendation is that churches consider lower risk in-person worship opportunities like outside worship (with appropriate social distancing, wearing masks and a consideration for heat exposure) and drive-in worship (with participants staying in their vehicles – see guidelines here.)
Here are seven key things to keep in mind:
Here are three areas of higher risk that require conversation and coordination:
As a final reminder, outside groups who use church facilities should follow the same guidelines we have published. All outside groups must provide a certificate of insurance, which includes the local church as an Additional Insured, and sign an agreement that states their willingness to abide by these guidelines. Outside choral groups are strictly prohibited at this time.
The above and linked guidelines are the minimum requirements for Florida United Methodist Churches. Churches may add to these guidelines but may not subtract from these guidelines.
The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church
450 Martin L King Jr Ave, Lakeland, FL 33815
May 19, 2020
From Rev. Alex Shanks, assistant to Bishop Carter:
“Everywhere we turn, people are talking about reopening. Should churches simply follow the same guidelines regarding reopening as other institutions? I believe there are practical principles and theological reasons why reopening our church campuses requires a different kind of thinking.
The church shouldn’t be looking to sidestep the guidelines. The church shouldn’t be simply reacting to what others are doing. The church should beleading the way by modeling a method of safety for others to follow.”
Please see these guidelines that will help us be thoughtful and consistent in modeling a method of safety:
May 7, 2020
Please see Guidance on Re-launch
March 24, 2020
Here is a recording of Trinity’s worship service from Sunday. We love you and miss seeing you in worship. We are anxiously awaiting the day we can gather again in person! We hope our worship services and daily devotions will continue to give you strength and hope during these days of separation as well.
To hear Sunday’s sermon CLICK HERE
To view the entire worship service CLICK HERE
To listen to one of our pastor’s Weekday Devotions CLICK HERE
If you are experiencing any technical difficulties accessing these messages from our website, please let our Director of Communications, Spencer Schrowang ([email protected]) know and he can call you to problem solve any technical issues you might have.
We Love Being Your Pastors! Please feel free to call us or email us if you need prayer or simply just to talk! We can also set up a video chat through Zoom or FaceTime when convenient for you!
Wayne ([email protected] |
Nick ([email protected] |
Neal ([email protected] |
March 18, 2020
We are worshiping together ONLY online and over the radio this Sunday at the 11 a.m. service ONLY.
In response to recommendations from the CDC to slow the spread of COVID-19, as well as requests from our elected officials, we will NOT be having face-to-face worship this Sunday (3/22) and next Sunday (3/29). Instead, we will gather remotely with two options to tune-in for our 11 a.m. worship service.
First, you are welcome to join worship on your radio dial at 100.7 FM. We have been live on this station for many years now and are glad to continue the tradition.
Second, we have a new way to join worship, live-streaming! Join in on our YouTube Channel at ‘Trinity UMC-Tlh’ for your Sunday morning live-stream. Also, be sure to head over to YouTube before Sunday to check out our other content and subscribe to our channel. You’ll see some familiar faces that we know will brighten your day.
With our change in format we will only have the remote online service at 11 a.m. There will be no 8:30 a.m. or 9:45 a.m. services.
Your pastors, staff, ministry leadership, and worship team look forward to worshiping together the next two Sundays over the air waves and online.
We are grateful for you and pray for your wellbeing and safe keeping in the days ahead.
March 17, 2020
Our Emergency Response Leadership Team, comprised of your key leaders and staff, met remotely yesterday through Zoom to make important decisions for the week ahead.
We will be sending out information mid-week regarding our new online worship service and how you can virtually attend through our website! Our radio broadcast will continue at 11am every Sunday on 100.7FM as well!
We will regularly send out updates and resources regarding how to attend one of our small groups or Lenten Studies. As we shared in worship last Sunday, God’s word is true when it reminds us in Psalm 42 to “Put our hope in God!” We’ll connect with you on the internet soon!
We Love Being Your Pastors!
Wayne, Nick, and Neal
March 15, 2020
Due to COVID-19, we are adjusting our schedule and our approach to the way we worship and gather in the coming weeks.
- We have canceled the Wednesday night meal this week and small group gatherings starting Wednesday.
- The 8:30 and 9:45 worship services are cancelled at this time.
We are working on a solution for small groups to meet remotely, and we will meet remotely for all activities on Sunday with a video conferencing option and possible live streaming for 11:00 a.m. worship. You can always listen in to our radio broadcast on 100.7 at 11:00am each Sunday. Our emergency planning leadership team will meet later today to discuss further plans, and we will let you know of any other changes once they are determined.