A Brief History of Trinity United Church
2000's Transition and Transformation
A major “Future Initiatives Project” begins its implementation phase. New partnerships in the community are created, especially with the Greater Edmonton Alliance. Re visioning the structure of the congregation as well as Worship on Sunday morning and the use and design of the building are explored. Other Trinity initiatives centre on youth mission work-projects, and electronic communications. A pastoral care team prepares for an expanded visiting ministry. Trinity, through its varied ministries of worship, stewardship, pastoral care, education, service, and justice, continues as disciples of Christ, to be a faithful, welcoming people of God, moving with God’s Spirit in this new millennium.
A time of growth and renewal of faith through “Basic Beliefs” classes and increased participation of all ages in worship and stewardship. A vibrant ministry of music inspires the congregation through choir, handbells, organ and the newly-acquired Voices United. The importance of children and youth is recognized in our Rainbow Room nursery, Church School and Crossroads high school group. Youth ministry expands into FYSH (Grade 4-6) and JOLT (Grade 7-12). Along with several adult studies, there are support groups for men and women, and a large UCW unit. A new School Nutritional Snack Program, a calling/caring Network, and Parish Nursing were initiated; and the future explored.
1980’s brought Changes in our community and congregation, as many younger families moved to the suburbs. Outreach programs of Trinity included the “Food Bank” and the “Church in Society Committee” which helped create awareness and initiate response through many seminars and workshops. “The Kerygma Bible Study”, Sunday School, Explorers, CGIT, Scouting movement and strong United Church Women’s organization added further depth to the church activities. It was during this time that we welcomed the Christian Reform Church to share the use of our building. They shared with us for 20 years before building their own facility.
Church growth continued. Music was an integral part of the community of faith with excellent leadership and participation. The Bethel Bible Study engaged many members in an in-depth Bible study. “The portable” was paid for. The Kairos youth group at its peak had 78 young people involved in an active program of study, socializing and service.
12 families met to plan for a United Church in the Jasper Place area of Edmonton. Edmonton Presbytery supplied retired clergy as ministers to help us get started. There were 135 people who became charter members of the newly constituted Trinity United Church. Sunday School was held in public schools. Presbytery supplied a building which became known as “the portable” during which time a manse and furnishings were purchased. Our first minister was called. Construction was begun on a new church building which was dedicated February 23, 1964.