TRINITY UPDATES

Service Times

ashkum | 9am, ONLINE | 9AM watseka | 9 & 10:45AM, goodland | 10AM

Trinity Updates

Hello Friends!

Service Updates

I pray this letter finds you being transformed to be more like Jesus. We have some important updates that represent a move toward healing in our communities. With Covid cases reducing and states progressing in phases (may God be praised!), we are reintroducing refreshments at each campus, moving back to two services in Watseka (9 and 10:45), and celebrating communion together this Sunday! We’ll be taking special precautions, such as serving you coffee and donuts (vs. self-serve) and using pre-sealed communion elements (a new brand). What a blessing to celebrate Jesus’ sacrifice together again! By the way, there’s no need to sign up for church this Sunday. However, we expect our biggest space constraint to be the Watseka 9AM service. If your schedule allows, please feel free to visit the later service. Thank you!

Childcare Updates

We are prayerfully keeping an eye on state and federal guidelines. Our desire is to re-introduce children’s programming as soon as is safely possible. We are working and praying for reintroduction of our nursery ministry, with distancing, sometime in July. This may mean use of additional rooms and need for additional volunteers. Would you please pray for that? We hope to learn from this process, as an important step toward reintroducing all of our children’s programming. Meanwhile, the many kids who have come to the services have done an outstanding job! It’s been a joy to include them in the services. Thank you again, parents, for being flexible!

Ashkum Permanent Site

Some of you have asked about helping us to save and prepare for the Ashkum permanent site. Thank you! We currently have $80,000 saved and a family who has graciously offered to purchase the land. Wow! God is so faithful! As we assemble a building team and prepare to vote as a congregation in August, you may partner with us through the mail, mytrinity.tv, or the MyTrinityChurch app using “Invest in the Vision”, which will go directly for the Ashkum permanent site in this season. Thank you again for stepping up!

Let’s keep praying and working to see lives and communities transformed by the power of the Gospel. My love and prayers are with each of you!

In Christ’s Love,

Ryan

 

What to Expect

Hi Trinity Family!


Below are some things we've put into place to worship together at one of our campuses. Our hope is that this will bring a level of trust and confidence as we move forward together through this next season and beyond.

How many people will be there?

Your responses to the survey suggest that many of you will join us in the buildings while some will continue to prefer engaging through our online platform. We’re keeping in step with the state’s guidelines for both Illinois and Indiana as they mandate attendance maximums. Rest assured that we have an eye on this and have implemented a reservation system to keep our numbers in check at each campus and service. We will continue to implement recommended social distancing guidelines in our seating arrangements.

Are masks required?

You are welcomed to wear a mask at your discretion, however, our efforts to assure social distancing recommendations from the state also mean that masks are not required during services.

I’m concerned about touching things.

As are we. We’ll continue to discourage physical touch during service times as a way to decrease the potential spread of illness. Our efforts include greeters using a friendly wave and hello rather than reaching for a handshake and no offering bags passed.

Will you clean between services?

Yes we will. To protect you and mitigate illness we will spend time cleaning, wiping, and spraying surfaces such as door handles, counter tops, and chairs.

What about children?

We love our Trinity children and want to serve them safely and effectively. Since our little ones are not able to distance themselves, we warmly welcome your entire family into our worship gatherings. There will be no nursery or other children’s programming on Sunday mornings for now, but we can’t wait for the next phase when we welcome our Trinity kids back into their own experience! In the meantime, we’ll offer an activity bag for your child, but we welcome you to supply your children with snacks, quiet toys, and quiet devices as needed.

Are we allowed to sing when we gather?

Yes! The state has recommended that we are careful in limiting worship teams or choirs to numbers that enable appropriate distancing, but we are permitted to sing. You’ve seen this demonstrated in our online worship experiences and we’ll continue to do so. We will also be intentional to abbreviate the number of songs we sing together.

What else?

This list is not exhaustive but it’s representative of the many things Trinity leadership is considering and working through as we continue to be flexible during this season. In the coming weeks we’ll continue to provide more information as needed and also continue to welcome your questions, concerns, and insights.

Service times include: 9:00am in Ashkum; 9:00am, and 10:45am in Watseka; and 10:00am in Goodland.

We continue to be grateful for your grace, mercy, flexibility, and cooperation during this time. We are excited to come together again and trust that the Lord’s presence will be with us as we join in His name. Whether online or in person—we’ll see you Sunday. May God be praised!

Sincerely,

Your friends in leadership at Trinity Church and Goodland Community Church