Here are answers to commonly asked questions about TRINITY - from what to expect on a Sunday morning to how to get better connected.
1. When and where is the worship service?
Sunday morning at 10am-11:30am at the Owasso Sixth Grade Center (8101 N 129th E Ave, Owasso, OK 74055).
2. Why don’t you meet in a church building?
We are a new church and God has not yet opened the door for us to build or purchase a buillding. We hope to do so in the future, but until then, we will rent space from friends and partners around town in the hopes of strengthening their organizations along the way.
3. What is the worship service like?
The best way to answer that is to come see it for yourself. We don't easily fit into the "contemporary" or the "traditional" scene. Our worship service is intended to connect Christians and non-Christians to God by engaging their imaginations to see the beauty of God's love for sinners.
If you grew up in the church, Trinity may feel different, but after a couple of services, people say they like the way the service is arranged around the person of Christ. If you're new to church, we want our service to invite you to be honest about the brokenness you've experienced and the healing you long for. We hardly have the market cornered on how to worship God, but we want to experience a sense of transcendence (God is grand, beautiful, and worthy of our utmost respect, for He is holy) and imminence (God is close, personal, intimate, and draws near to His people, for He is love).
4. What is your music style like?
Several highly talented musicians lead us with guitars, keys, a djembe, a violin, and occasionally a mandolin. Our songs have an Americana feel. We want our songs to be theologically rich, yet singable. We are big on the congregation singing like redeemed sinners.
5. Do you have a good children's ministry?
Yes, and we want to point children to Jesus with excellence. We have lots of kids for the size of our growing congregation and think your son or daughter will make friends here fast. Our children’s ministry is for all ages. It is coordinated by Anna Keltner, mom of three with a degree in Early Childhood Development, and Jenn Phelps, mom of two and dietitian. The children's ministry volunteer training is provided by Joann DesLauriers, a veteran school teacher who is now an early childhood education consultant and professor at OSU. All of our TrinityKids volunteers are vetted through a nation-wide program called Ministry Safe which includes a background check among other things. Nursery and children’s discipleship classes for all ages through fifth grade are available beginning at 9am.
6. Where do the children go?
You may check your children in at our TrinityKids registration table in the commons area of the Owasso Sixth Grade Center. New parents or guardians will see the TrinityKids registration sign and our greeters will be glad to show them the way. During the worship service, nursery care is available for infants through three years old. Children four and five years old will be invited back to the children’s area before the sermon, but you can keep them with you as long as you would like. We love seeing families sitting together in worship, singing together, repenting together, and growing in faith together. A TrinityKids hostesses who will show them the way to their classes where they will hear the gospel through an age appropriate lesson from God’s Word. They will return to the worship area at the end of the sermon.
7. Is there Sunday School?
Yes, adults meet at 9am in the library for eight-week courses taught by our elders or trained teachers. They are open for anyone to join at any time.
8. How will I know where to go?
Greeters will welcome you at the entrance of the Sixth Grade Center. If you have special needs, please let the greeters know; our services are handicapped accessible and a wheel chair is available if needed.
9. What do people wear?
Most people wear jeans or business casual clothing. In the summer, you'll see lots of shorts and flip-flops. Some who work the night shift at the hospital may come in scrubs. Come as you are. You don’t need to clean yourself up - let Jesus do that.
10. What if I need to step out of the service?
You are welcome to step out when you need to, but please do so quietly, being sensitive to others who may be worshipping around you. Moms, we don’t mind crying babies (signs of life and joy!) but if you would like to step out, we have a Moms' Room available in the TrinityKids area.
11. How can I get better connected?
Members and guests fill out a Trinity Connect Card and put it in the offering plates. You can also get connected by signing up for our online community called Church Community Builder (CCB). CCB is Trinity’s online church communication tool where we collaborate, share, ask for help, and received information about upcoming events in the life of the church. You can also download our app by searching "TrinityOwasso" on iTunes or Google Play. If you would like to get connected, go ahead and introduce yourself at email@example.com.
12. What if I’m single?
Yeah, Owasso does seem to be all families, doesn’t it? But you would be surprised how many singles find our community a breath of fresh air. Married folks have a lot to learn from singles and singles have a lot to learn from those married. We think you'll fit in just fine.
13. What does "Presbyterian" mean?
"Presbyterian" simply refers to the way the church is governed. In Greek, the word "presbeuteros" means elder or shepherd (Titus 1:5; 1 Peter 5:1; 1 Timothy 5:17; Acts 15; Acts 16:4; Acts 20:17; James 5:14). Our pastor is held accountable by other pastors in the region who make up a presbytery. Pastor Blake didn't grow up Presbyterian, so he's especially sensitive to those who come from other denominations or none at all. Don't let the funny name keep you from coming. On any given Sunday, we will have Baptists, Methodists, non-denominationals, Episcopalians, Roman Catholics, cynics, skeptics, and lots of people who have no clue what any of these terms mean.
14. How is Trinity governed?
We are lead by a group of elders (called a session or an elder board). Our current session is comprised of a teaching elder (Pastor Blake) and three ruling elders (men chosen by the Holy Spirit and elected by the congregation to shepherd and help pastor them) (1 Tim 3; Titus 1). These elders are part of a regional church court called a presbytery. Each year, all of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) ministers and Ruling Elders come together to make important decisions at the General Assembly of the PCA.
15. What is the PCA?
The PCA is a group of gospel-centered local churches who are faithful to the Scriptures, true to the Reformed faith, and obedient to the Great Commission. You can read about one person's journey here. In our context today, there are two major Presbyterian denominations in the United States: the mainline PC(USA) and the more conservative PCA. Simply put the PCA is committed to the great commission, the authority of Scripture, marriage between one man and one woman, sex within marriage only, and a complementarian view of church leadership (men serve as elders and deacons). We don't think we have it all figured out, but we strive to keep the good news of Christ central in every aspect of life. If you want to know the current conversations about engaging late modern culture, read this. If you want to read more about why the PCA began, you may enjoy reading its history here.
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