A UNITED METHODIST CONGREGATION
Frequently Asked Questions
Can a visitor participate fully in Trinity's Worship Service (including Communion)?
Trinity welcomes visitors from all walks of life to our Worship Service. Methodists recognize there is ONE Baptism, and all who recognize the divinity of Christ are welcome to share in the elements of Communion.
Question: What is "tithing", and does it obligate me in any way?
By definition, dating back to the old testament, tithing is a contribution of one tenth of one's salary, especially in the support of one's church or clergy. Back in those days, the church was the only "lifeline" for a community to count on. Churches today recognize the many other important organizations such as United Way, international aid organizations, and groups that fight disease, violence, illiteracy, substance abuse, substandard housing and unemployment. Nurturing your church through the gift of time and talent is important. It ensures that your contributions are well invested.
Is Marriage considered a Sacrament in the Methodist Church?
As Methodists, we recognize three sacraments which Christ himself participated in: Baptism, Ordination and the Last Supper. Trinity's neo-Gothic Sanctuary is sacred space where marriages are solemnized, available to all regardless of denomination.
What is Trinity's position regarding welcoming Gays and Lesbians into community?
The world needs loving, committed and supportive relationships. Our Scripture does not contain any additional "fine print", or special tests for membership. Christianity is for everyone. Mind you, the debate continues regarding the ordination of gays and lesbians to minister to the Church, but Methodism is not alone in this debate, and ultimately, Wisdom (Sophia) must win out.
Is cremation an acceptable alternative to in-ground internment (burial)?
Yes - At Trinity, the Grossman Memorial Garden serves as hallowed ground which seeks to memorialize the dead, and comfort the bereaved. While many Methodists still choose traditional burial, a growing number find comfort and solace as the ashes of the "Church Triumphant" nurture the flowers and shrubs of this sacred space.