YOUR FIRST VISIT
We know that being a guest at church can be an intimidating experience. But not only are you so welcome here, but we’ll be here to help in any way we can when you arrive. Here are a few helpful pieces of information to make visiting as easy as possible:
When you arrive, you can park anywhere on the street. Don’t worry, it’s totally free! When you come in, you can either head into our sanctuary area on your right, or you can make your way into the café on your left, where you can grab a tea or a coffee. Toilets are easy to find: they are in between the sanctuary and the café on the other side of the building.
Oh and by the way, don’t feel like you have to rush out after the meeting finishes. We love to stay and chat, and sometimes we enjoy a potluck meal together too. But no pressure to join us for that either! Whatever you feel comfortable with. We’re pretty relaxed here!
So when you’re checking out a church, most people want to know who the leaders are and what it is they’re preaching. Those are great questions to be asking. Of course, you’re more than welcome to check out our back catalogue of previous sermons – perhaps you already have – but either way, maybe I can tell you a little bit about sermons here at Trinity Church.
Our mission as preachers is to do all that we can to help you connect with God’s Word: the Bible. We believe that the Bible is wholly relevant to even the most challenging aspects of life today, just as it always has been. We do everything we can to make the messages engaging, interesting, full of stories, illustrations, and practical applications for you today, but ultimately, we want to elevate the name of Jesus. My wholehearted prayer is that actually that you wouldn’t leave talking about how great the speaker was, or the quality of their message, but instead you’d be celebrating the wonder of the God who loves us more than we can possibly comprehend. We aren’t going to pretend to have all the answers, but we can promise that we’ll never shy from those difficult conversations as we try and figure out the answers to living well together.
So, feel free to check out our videos on the website, on YouTube, or on Facebook. And feel free to find as many of the weird little British words that I accidentally use as possible. But you can only make fun of me for it at church, when you come and visit, ok?
Another key question you might be asking: what’s happening for children? That’s a really crucial question, and I’m glad you asked it. The short answer is that our ministry is waiting for you! But before you stop this video, let me explain.
Right now, we’re a small church, and we only have one child in the church – and that happens to be my one-year-old! I’ve spent all of my adult life serving in children’s ministry, and I even spent a little bit leading a children’s ministry before moving to Red Deer. Most importantly, I’m a Dad. So trust me when I tell you, serving our kids well is one of our biggest priorities. It matters that kids have somewhere to learn about Jesus. We believe that the church isn’t reaching its fullest potential until we can hear the joyful shouts of little ones charging around the building.
Here’s the thing: our policies are in place. We’ve got a great kids area, with space to grow. All we need is you. Would you consider taking a leap of faith and building a thriving kids ministry with us? My prayer is that kids would not just endure church, but would thrive and flourish in it. Imagine getting to see that together. What a incredible God story that would be!
THE HOLY SPIRIT
At Trinity Church, we believe that the Holy Spirit is actively at work in the lives of Jesus followers today, speaking to us, teaching us, and guiding us. We love to allow space in our Sunday gatherings to allow people to share what they sense that God is saying through his Spirit.
In 1 Corinthians 14, the apostle Paul reminds us that the Lord wants us to “eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit” – and later on, he says that when we come together, each of us is to have a hymn, or word of instruction, or a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. As a church, we are striving for those things for two reasons:
1) We passionately believe in what is sometimes referred to as the priesthood of all believers: essentially, that God speaks to all believers in the same way. We want to hear from everyone, not just the “chosen few” at the front on the platform. What a shame it would be to not hear from the centuries of combined, Spirit-filled wisdom in our midst! Yes, honestly, that can be risky at times, but we think the risk is worth it to hear from the Lord.
2) We believe in the move of the Holy Spirit because we passionately believe in the truth of the Bible. Sometimes there’s a tendency to lean toward one or the other. But here’s the thing: It’s not just the Bible or just the Holy Spirit – it’s both. We believe that true moves of the Holy Spirit will never contradict His Word in the Scriptures, so we love to seek powerful moves of God within the parameters of the Bible. We want to hear what God is saying to us.
You might have some questions – we get it. Feel free to email us at email@example.com if you want to talk more. We’d love to connect with you.
We believe that God created the world, and created the first man and woman: Adam and Eve. At that time, they were perfect in the world, but they chose to go their own way, instead of God’s way, which the Bible calls sin. From this moment on, the world has been corrupted by the power of sin. And the rightful punishment for sin is death. That’s a problem.
The Bible teaches us that there isn’t a single person who has not sinned and fallen short of the goodness that God has called us to. You only have to look at the world, or my life, or your life to see that. That’s why Jesus – God’s Son – had to come to earth to live the perfect life that we couldn’t live, and die for us, taking the punishment that our sin deserved. Because of that, when we choose to place our trust and faith in Christ, we can be declared free from sin and enjoy an eternal relationship with God. Jesus says that he is the way, the truth, and the life, and that no one can come to the Father, except for placing our faith in him alone.
So if we want to have a life-changing, transformational, everlasting relationship with the God of the universe who loves us more than we can possibly comprehend, all we need to do is place our trust in him. You can do that right now. You might find that it helps to pray a simple prayer like this:
Lord, I know that I have sinned and in my own strength, I am not worthy of being in heaven with you. Thank you for sending your son to die for my sins so that I can experience true and everlasting freedom with you – because of Jesus’ death, resurrection and ascension, would you forgive me for all the times I’ve fallen short of the good standards you’ve called me to. I choose to commit my life to you.
There’s no magical formula to this prayer. It’s all about your heart, and God’s loving kindness and grace. If you are ready to make that decision to follow Jesus, we’d love to hear from you! Feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know – we can’t wait to celebrate this amazing step with you!
At Trinity Church, we believe that baptism is vital step as believers on a journey to following Jesus. We follow in the footsteps of Jesus by being baptized – that’s being fully immersed in water, in an symbolic outward expression of dying to sin and rising again to a life in Christ. This is representative of what has already happened on the inside.
So if you would call yourself a follower of Jesus and feel like you’re ready to take the next step in your faith, we’d love to join you in celebrating your baptism. It’s an incredible public declaration of your desire to follow Christ, and if you feel like the time is right to take that step, please don’t hesitate to contact us by sending an email to email@example.com or taking to me or one of the other elders at church.
JOIN US on Sundays!
5301 50 Ave
Red Deer, AB
PO Box 21092
RPO Bower Place
Red Deer, AB