Our goal is to make you feel at home. You'll find a group of genuine, friendly people who love God. Part of our authenticity lies in the fact that no one claims to have it all together. We are works in progress. That progress is measured by becoming more like Jesus.
Attending a new place can be intimidating. Those fears are legitimate. Will there be people like me? Will I stand out? Will I be asked to do something weird or silly? Rest assured. You will feel right at home at Holy Trinity. The parts of the service are clearly explained. You won't be singled out in a crowd. We respect the pace at which individual people connect.
Where do I park?
Parking is available in three areas, each accessed off of 240th St.:
- Many spaces are available in the front lot of our facility, including designated parking for those who are differently-abled.
- Additional parking is also available in our back lot, directly behind the church
- Overflow parking is also available in the cul-de-sac down the street (to our west)
- You are also welcome to drop family members off at the southwest entrance doors on the side of the building for even quicker access.
Where do I go when I get there?
There are two main entrances to the church. The first is the set of double-doors you see when you first pull into the lot. These doors are the closest to the handicapped parking spaces, the offices, & the nursery.
A second main entrance is either of the two adjacent visible doors on the southwest side of the building. These enter into our Fellowship space, and are closest to the sanctuary and restrooms.
You’re never far from where you need to be, regardless of which entrance you use!
An usher or greeter (look for the folks wearing a blue lanyard) will be there to hand you a bulletin and help you find seating if you would like, nursery care for your children, and can answer any question if you need assistance.
Once you are seated, please take a moment to log in to our “Fellowship Folder” such that we give thanks for your presence, and can follow up with you more easily as needed. All of the information on the card is kept confidential, and we promise not to "spam" you or drop by your house unannounced.
What time do I need to arrive?
Services begin at 8:15 & 10:45 a.m. during the program year and 8:15 and 9:45 during the summer months. On Wednesday night, we gather about 6:30 p.m. During Advent and Lent, Wednesday worship is also at 6:30 p.m. It’s a great idea to arrive a few minutes early, simply to allow time to center yourself for worship.
What if I'm late?
Ushers can help you if you arrive late for a service. You are welcome to be seated at any time in the service, and you can sit anywhere – seats are not assigned in any fashion.
What about children and worship?
Children are especially welcome among us in worship! In fact, we encourage the multi-generational environment that worship allows. So if your child makes a little noise, it won't bother us! If, however, you'd be more comfortable taking them out for a break, please feel free to use the gathering space or the nursery, which is staffed by multiple caregivers during Sunday worship.
What’s the dress code?
We don't want attire to be an obstacle for anyone, but seek to make everyone feel welcome, regardless of what they wear.. After all, we are thrilled that you're joining us and want you to be more focused on the service than what you're wearing. In the summertime, it's not uncommon to see people wearing sandals, shorts, and a shirt. Others prefer to still put on their "Sunday best," and that's fine too! Most individuals tend to dress in respectful casual attire.
We think you'll fit in no matter how you dress, though a shirt and shoes of some kind would be a good idea!
Can I take Communion, even if I am not a member of Holy Trinity?
Anyone is welcome to participate in the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. You don’t have to be Lutheran, a member of Holy Trinity, or even a member of any church, for that matter. There is also no age requirement.
At Holy Trinity, we share communion at each Sunday service every week, and on Wednesdays as well. While you are welcome to refrain from participating, those who wish to do so will be invited to come forward to receive the host (bread) from the presiding pastor, and then to dip it into the chalice of wine offered by an assistant. Gluten-free wafers are also available upon request.
Are all services the same?
Both Sunday services use the same liturgy, but they each have a unique character, due to the distinct nature of the gathered community. The Wednesday service tends to be a bit shorter and more informal. When Communion is served, it is available at all services.
What about barrier-free access? Air-conditioning?
The entire facility of Holy is barrier-free, such that there are no stairs to negotiate, and accessible restroom facilities are available for men, women, and children. Our seating arrangements are infinitely flexible, so once inside, wheelchairs or walkers can be easily accommodated, and chairs moved as needed, so that you may sit wherever you feel most comfortable. The entire facility is air-conditioned.
What will the worship service be like?
A Sunday morning worship service at Holy Trinity is a bit hard to describe or capture using the typical language of “traditional” or “contemporary.” While the order of worship will be familiar to those who hail from a liturgical background, we sometimes use the term “indigenous” to describe what is essentially a blend of many elements from a multitude of Christian traditions and expressions. In other words, in any given service, you will most likely encounter a hymn or two that will familiar to most anyone, but you’ll also be invited to join in singing pieces that are fresh expressions from the perspective of praise music, global music, or other composers. While you can choose not to sing, we hope that you’ll give it a try –it’s one way of offering ourselves up to God that helps us let down our defenses – regardless of experience or ability.
The entire service is outlined within the worship folders distributed each week, including the Scripture lessons, but the specifics are projected on the large monitors in the worship space. You are certainly welcome to bring your own Bible, if you would prefer. There are no hymnals to juggle, as we draw from a multitude of worship resources.
Guests are not singled out to stand and introduce themselves to the congregation, but the entire congregation does share the peace of Christ with one another prior to sharing Holy Communion.
A typical service includes:
- A gathering song, centering praise, & opening prayer
- A conversation with children
- The reading of a primary Scripture passage
- A sermon
- Prayers of the church, & intercessions for those in special need
- An opportunity to respond with an offering of gifts
- Holy Communion
- A final sending song & invitation to fellowship
Our sound system is designed such that all worshipers are almost always able to hear adequately.
Most services typically last just a shade over an hour.
What happens after worship?
Pastor Tim & Pastor Katie make an effort to greet worshipers in the gathering area, where you are welcome to partake of the complimentary coffee, tea, juice, fruit, and baked goods. It’s a great time to introduce yourself to others, and to ask any questions you’d like.
Questions about God?
At Holy Trinity it's always okay to wonder. In fact, There are no dumb questions or thoughts about God that are "off limits." We want to meet each person where they are, but also not hold anyone back either. With those two concerns in mind, our staff and volunteers are available to answer your questions or just lend an ear to your needs, through the anonymity of email or through a confidential conversation. Please let us know how we can help.
Whom should I contact if I have other questions?
- The church office is usually open Monday- Friday morns from 8:30-12:30am, and often later, depending on the day. One of our staff will be happy to answer your question or direct you to someone who can.
- On Sunday mornings or Wednesday eves, an usher or worship host will be happy to assist you if you have a question.
- Our website is also chock full of other pertinent information. Check it out in detail to discover more about Holy Trinity.
We pray your experience at Holy Trinity will be the highlight of your week. Let us know how we can help you further your walk with Christ!