When Jesus walked the earth, his most powerful invitation were these two words: "Follow me."
Again and again, Jesus invited people from all kinds of backgrounds to believe + follow him, from the non-religious to the over-religious and everyone in between. The events of Jesus' life would go on to change the course of human history forever: his birth, life, suffering, death, and resurrection.
Soon after Jesus' resurrection, people in his day, including his closest friends and family and many others, realized that he had fulfilled ancient prophecies and promises that God would send a Savior, a "Messiah," to take away the sins of the world and set his people free for everlasting life.
Not long before he died, Jesus instructed his followers to "go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded." In the face of intense persecution, his followers did exactly that, full of courage and confidence from the Holy Spirit after personally witnessing Jesus risen from the grave. Over two thousand years later, billions upon billions of people from countless different cultures and backgrounds have found life, joy, peace, hope, and salvation by placing their faith and their trust in Jesus of Nazareth, the man they called "Son of God."
The mission continues to this day, and the invitation from Jesus remains the same: "Follow me."
If you are ready to connect with the One who loves you most and best, to turn over the guilt of every mistake and every regret to the One who can forgive you, to experience peace and joy and life that can never be taken away from you, then it all begins by simply saying "yes," not to a religion, but to a relationship with the living God through Jesus Christ.
Our pastor, or one of our other staff members, can meet with you in person and talk with you about your questions and about making this most important decision in your life. Click here for contact information, or simply come to the welcome area, “Connection Point,” after a worship service and ask to speak with a member of the staff.
If you have never been baptized, we encourage you to take this step after making a decision to place your faith and trust in Jesus. Baptism is one of the most important spiritual milestones in your life. The sacrament of baptism illustrates the burial and resurrection of Jesus and the new life that we have in Christ. It is an outward and visible sign of an inward grace. Baptism does not make a person a Christian because it celebrates what God has given us, not what we will give to God. It is a once-in-a-life event that we spend the rest of our lives living into.
As a United Methodist congregation, we celebrate both infant baptism and adult “believer” baptism because we see a biblical witness and recognize a tradition throughout the history of the church for both. When we baptize infants and young children, it is an expression of God’s grace that is at work in the life of every human being, including young children, even before we're aware of it, constantly drawing us into a relationship with God.
For people who have recommitted their lives to Christ and have already been baptized, we celebrate a renewal of baptism instead of re-baptizing. This is because God's promise to us remains valid, even when we turn away from God.
Membership is not required in order to participate or serve in any of ministry; instead, membership is how we commit to partner with Trinity through our prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. All Christ-followers who call Trinity their spiritual home are invited to pray about joining this community. If you are new to the church, we encourage you to spend a while getting to know this fellowship to see if membership is the next right step for you. If you have never before been baptized, we encourage you to take this step after making a decision to place your faith and trust in Jesus. We will celebrate your baptism before or when you unite with Trinity.
How to Become a Member of Trinity United Methodist Church
. . . By Profession of Faith and the Sacrament of Baptism
If you have never joined a church, you are encouraged to speak with the pastor about making your profession of faith in Jesus Christ and receiving the Sacrament of Christian Baptism. You may receive Baptism by sprinkling, pouring, or immersion.
. . . By Transfer from Another United Methodist Church
If you are a member of another United Methodist Church, we will receive you by transfer of membership. The church office will write and secure a certificate of transfer for you. You will be asked to renew your faith in Christ and promise to serve Christ through this church by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service, and your witness.
. . . By Transfer from Another Denomination
If you are a member of another denomination, we will receive you by transfer of membership. We recognize the Sacrament of Baptism from any Christian Church. You will be asked to renew your faith in Christ and promise to serve Christ through this church by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service, and your witness.
You may come forward to speak with the pastor during the hymn after the sermon, after the worship service, or call to make an appointment.