The "working hands" of our church. Outreach Work Area, coordinates efforts to be in ministry in the community and within the church. Outreach provides ways for people of all ages at Trinity to be involved, hands-on, in ministry with homeless, prisoner's families, elderly, and poor and marginalized persons through local mission activity. It also provides information and stewardship emphasis on dedication of time and talents for service with and for our local church ministries.
A mobile disaster relief initiative providing meals for emergency workers and victims of both small and large disasters. Our trailer contains a full kitchen and hot meals are prepared on site. We work in conjunction with other Methodist relief organizations and are ready to deploy at very short notice.
On the second Friday of each month, Trinity hosts The Way of Hope, a local non-profit ministry partnering with local churches to offer nighttime shelter for homeless single women and single mothers and thier children.
Groups and individuals in the church are needed to help provide supper, breakfast and sack lunches, and to spend the night at the church. To help or get more information, please contact Sandy Bugg or Nancy Long.
About the Way of Hope
The Way of Hope is the coordinator of the churches that provide the shelter and the point of contact for the homeless seeking shelter.
The Way of Hope has acquired a property located just one mile outside Murfreesboro city limits that has 4 units of housing with a capacity to provide housing for 8 to 12 people.
Low income housing is a great need in Murfreesboro and we are hoping that these facilities will one day be able to provide women with a stepping stone into permanent housing.
Overview of the first six months of the program:
From the start of the program on November 27, 2011 to August 1, 2012, these cooperative effort has provided food and emergency shelter for over 151 women and children.
We've served over 12,000 individual meals and have provided over 4,000 nights of individual shelter!
Churches: The Way of Hope has partnered with 18 local churches from different demoninations. They help us provide emergency shelter, overnight supervision, meals, clothing, supplies, transportation, financial support and other forms of services to help meet the needs of the women and children in the program.
Ministries and Public Care Providers: The Way of Hope has partnered with 8 local ministries and public care providers. Through these programs, the women in the program can receive hot lunches, showers, laundry facilitites, computer and phone use, a mailbox and skill classes, among other things.
Local law enforcement: Local law enforcement agencies have utilized the services of The Way of Hope to refer women to the shelter program in emergency situations.
Contimuum of Care: The Way of Hope emergency shelter program is a member of and has been endorsed by the Continuum of Care with a coalition of care providers for the homeless of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County.
Room in the Inn
Trinity is responsible for the evening meal on the second Sunday of each month. Room In
the Inn is located in the old Rutherford County Sign building on West Main. Dinner time is 6:00
PM. Please plan your meal to feed approximately 15 people and try to spend some time with the
Team Responsibilities on the day of the meal
- Please leave open 5:30pm -6:30pm
- Cook meal for the people
- Serve meal to the people
- Eat meal and/or visit with the people
We currently have six teams which rotate responsibility. If you'd like to join one of the teams, please contact Jim Hart at: firstname.lastname@example.org. You'll be blessed!
We are very blessed to work with Northfield Elementary, the closest school to our church, on a variety of projects including improvements to their property, lunch buddies, mentoring, volunteer support for fundraisers, helping with school supplies and a variety of other projects. Our purpose is to show our love for our community by showing our love for the children of our community who attend Northfield.
Shepherd's Heart is a home school coop that meets at Trinity on Mondays throughout the school year. We welcome and support Shepherd's Heart as a way of partnering with and showing our love to our children and community.
Trinity Food Pantry
Trinity maintains a food pantry to help provide emergency assistance to our neighbors who need food for themselves and their families. You can bring your donations to the basket located in the hallway outside the church office. The following food items are always needed and appreciated.
Pasta and sauce
Periodically, we join together to gather items that are needed by community service agencies in the Murfreesboro Community or to meet needs caused by natural disasters.
Boy Scout Troop 448 has been proudly chartered/sponsored by Trinity's United Methodist Men since 1961.
To learn more about the Boy Scout Troop, see the website at bsatroop448.com.
Girl Scout Troop 1440 meets at Trinity each week. For more information on girl scouts, please call the church office at 615-896-0413.
Cooperative Furniture Ministry
Once each month, Trinity assists St. Marks UMC with their Furniture Ministry program. Members pick up donated furniture from the community and deliver it to economically disadvantaged families; families who have lost their homes to fire, flood, or tornado; disabled veterans; and victims of domestic violence. The following items are needed: beds, dressers, sofas, living room chairs, kitchen tables with chairs, small desks, bookcases, coffee tables and end tables. Members work on a rotating schedule on Saturday from 7:00 a.m. until approximately noon (i.e., up to 6 times per year).
If you have furniture you'd like to donate, please contact St. Marks UMC at (615) 707-3166. If you can donate a Saturday morning to help with the program, please contact Jeremy Trail at Trinity.