We are a downtown church that is growing in love and service through relationships with God and our community. We express this by serving the greater Lafayette community through a monthly missions focus and regular opportunities to serve the community. Check out the missions we support and our upcoming missions opportunities.
Mission of the Month: Jubilee Christmas
Jubilee Christmas at Trinity is coming soon and you are needed to help with this ministry! On Saturday, December 8 at 10:00 AM, parents from 21 families will come to our church to “shop” for new toys for their children and enjoy refreshments. The “store” is our own church basement, filled with toys donated by the congregation. Jubilee Christmas is different from other Christmas assistance programs because it allows the parents to be the heroes in their family.
Trinity will be assigned children and teenagers by Lafayette Urban Ministry. We know that many new toys will be needed. There will also be a decorated box in the church office for toy donations. Toys should be new, in original packaging and have a non-violent theme.
Volunteers are needed to help organize the “store,” host families during Jubilee (which means help them “shop” and wrap), provide transportation if needed, and bake cookies for the party. Want to volunteer? Just call the church office!
Mission Partnerships Help Family from Hondura
Recently, Trinity’s Mission Team has partnered with Lafayette Urban Ministry’s Immigration Clinic, Group Homes for Children, and other area churches to support an immigrant family. The family is from Honduras. One child in the family has a medical condition that health providers in Honduras were unable to treat. One member of the family owned a business and was extorted for money by local gangs. Other members of the family endured physical violence. LUM’s Immigration Clinic is helping this family navigate the complex immigration system. They have a court date of January, 2019. In the meantime, they are not permitted to work. So funds from Trinity’s Missions Team are being utilized to assist with the expense of the family’s rent. They also cannot obtain a driver’s license but the head of the family must check-in with the immigration office in Indianapolis on a monthly basis. If you are willing to assist with transportation, please contact the church office. Please keep this family in your prayers. It is a blessing for our congregation to partner with other ministries in the area to make such a remarkable difference in the life of this extended family of eight (adults and children) who have fled such harsh and life-threatening circumstances.
Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week
Sleep a Night on our Streets: Saturday, Nov. 17th, 2018 from 6pm to 6 am
Trinity United Methodist parking lot on the corner of 5th and North Streets
6:00-7:00 Check-in/Set-up, hot soup and hot chocolate
7:00-9:00 Program activities with speakers
This year Trinity will be one of the sponsors for this annual event. Join us to rally the community on behalf of those who face the burden of homelessness every night. Prior to the sleep-out, the focus will be on sharing information about local services and hearing personal stories. Hosted by the PATH Street Outreach Team and other local agencies/groups who work to eliminate homelessness, there will be food, fun and a challenge for those who want a taste of the outdoors on a cold November night. You are welcome to join those who sleep out; but sleeping out is not required.
A donation of backpacks, sleeping bags, winter coats/gear, etc. would be greatly appreciated. All donations will be distributed to homeless persons in our community. Even if sleeping out is not for you, please stop by anyway, early in the evening. Overnight participants are invited to bring a tent (no stakes) or construct makeshift shelters using cardboard (limited amount to be provided). Dress in layers and bring blankets, pillows, etc. Restrooms will be available.
Other ways to support homeless outreach and services:
Upcoming Missions Opportunities