We know it’s not always easy to visit a new church. We hope this information will make it easier for you to join us for our Sunday worship service.
Where is Trinity United Methodist Church?
We are located at 361 Sumner Avenue in Springfield, MA. You can park in our parking lot, right next to our church building, or on the street. Click here for directions.
What will I see, when I arrive?
Plan on arriving around 10:15 a.m. When you enter the main doors that face Sumner Avenue, you will be met by a greeter, who will welcome you to our worship service. Then an usher will give you a paper bulletin. You are welcome to sit anywhere you like.
What should I wear?
There is no dress code. Our adults wear anything from jackets and ties and dresses to jeans. Our youth wear casual and comfortable clothes.
When is the service?
Our services begin every Sunday at 10:30 AM.
What happens during the service?
Our bulletin spells out the order of the worship service. We begin the service with a musical prelude. Pastor John or another leader then stands to make announcements, during which everyone is asked to sign in the red notebooks that are passed down each row; please include your address, so that Pastor John can mail you a postcard welcoming you. The announcements are followed by prayer concerns, a call to worship, a hymn, a unison prayer, and the passing the peace of Christ (everyone stands & shakes hands with others around them, saying, “Peace be with you.”). Then Pastor John invites the children to come to the front of the church for the children’s moment. The choir sings an anthem, and then Pastor John says a prayer, ending with all of us saying the Lord’s Prayer together. We sing another hymn, hear a scripture reading and a sermon relating this reading to our daily lives. Then the ushers pass an offering plate to each row; if you are as excited as we are about what God is doing in our midst, feel free to place cash or a check in the offering plate. We sing a final hymn, and the choir and pastor recess to the back of the church. After Pastor John gives a final blessing, the organist plays music, and we leave. You can shake Pastor John’s hand at the main doors and exit that way, or head through the door on the right side of the sanctuary, near the front, to go to our fellowship hour.
Will there be things for my children to do?
Yes! As you enter the church sanctuary, you will see a table to your left, with children’s books, coloring projects, crayons, and stuffed animals. Your children are welcome to use any of these items during the service. Please have them return the items to the table after the service, so that they’ll be available again on the following Sunday.
We offer a Bible Story Time for children ages 4-6, during our worship service, downstairs next to the Nursery. The children learn stories of the Bible through reading, playing games, and making art projects.
Children ages 7-12 begin in the worship service with their parents and are welcome to come forward for the the children’s moment. Afterwards, they can return to their parents or go to Chapel Kids (held in the Chapel, which is through the door on the right, near the front of the church). Chapel Kids is creative, interactive, prayerful, and spiritually moving. If your child goes to the Chapel, you will need to meet them there after the sermon ends, to bring them back to your seat in the sanctuary.
Our Church School meets from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. We have classes for ages 4 through adult. You can find more information about how to register them for classes, and how to sign them in, by visiting our Education and Formation pages.
Can I bring my infant or toddler?
Of course! We love to have little ones with us during our worship services. And, if your child becomes restless, feel free to leave at any time and go downstairs to the nursery. The usher you met, when you came in the main doors, can show you where the nursery is. Our nursery is specially staffed to care for children up through the age of 3. If your child needs you, one of our nursery volunteers will come find you. Or you can choose to remain in the nursery, and listen to the service there through our audio system. Our nursery is open from 8:45am until noon, so that you and your older children can participate in our Church School classes, too.
Do I need to be a member to participate in Communion?
You are welcome to participate in communion, regardless of your religious affiliation or church membership. We serve communion on the first Sunday of every month. The ushers invite each row to walk to the front of the church, where you will be offered some pita bread to dip into grape juice. Gluten-free products are available near the altar at the front of the church. When you finish, you can return to your seat by the side aisles.
What happens after the service?
Each Sunday after the service, we offer a Fellowship Hour in Asbury Hall. As you walk toward the front of the sanctuary, you will see some double doors on the right. Follow everyone through those doors, up the stairs, and down the hall. Help yourself to something to drink and eat. And stop by the Connection Point booth there to introduce yourself; Pastor Sue and the others there can answer any questions you may have, and introduce you to others. If it’s your first time to our Fellowship Hour, we have a special gift for you!
Where are the restrooms?
As you enter the main doors from Sumner Avenue, there are stairs on either side that lead down to some restrooms. We have a handicap-accessible restroom through the door in the front of the sanctuary on the left side. If you go through the door on the right side of the sanctuary, you will pass a Ladies’ Restroom on the right; a little further down that hallway are some stairs that lead down to the Men’s Restroom.
What if I, or someone with me, has special needs?
We hope you will all come! Our congregation includes a number of people with physical challenges, developmental disabilities and/or memory issues, and they are very much a part of our church. We hope you will feel “at home” here, too. We have handicap parking spaces in our parking lot, closest to the front doors of our church building. The sidewalk that goes past the front doors leads to another door with a wheel-chair ramp. Our ushers can provide you with large-print bulletins and hymnals, and hearing devices. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask an usher on Sunday morning, or to call our church office (413-737-5311) on a weekday. We will be delighted to assist you in any way that we can.
We look forward to having you join us for worship on Sunday!