To practice holistic discipleship for all ages,
engage in intentional patterns of belonging within our church body,
seek to reflect the diversity of God’s people in challenging and brave ways,
and join God in working for justice on the northwest side of Grand Rapids and beyond.
Trinity Reformed Church is a Reformed Church in America (RCA) congregation rooted in the middle of the West Grand neighborhood of Grand Rapids. West Grand is a vibrant medley of students from nearby colleges, long-time Westsiders, immigrants from across the globe, and exciting new local businesses joining beloved old ones. Trinity is committed to being a part of this dynamic neighborhood, which continues to grow in diversity.
The people of Trinity are formed by God's call to love our neighbor. Trinity is mindful that our neighbors are all around the world; so, Trinity partners with the Al Amana Centre in Oman and Re-member on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Trinity's remains especially committed to our immediate neighbors: through a free meal each Thursday evening called Community Kitchen, by housing the NW ACCESS food pantry, in hosting a Narcotics Anonymous group, in offering a weekly yoga class, and by supporting a Beer & Hymns gathering once a month.
Worship is the central hub of our week as persons from all types of backgrounds gather in our well-worn wooden chairs to celebrate God’s story of all of creation being made new. Trinity is an egalitarian, open and affirming congregation, and all God's people are welcome—to worship, to participate in the life of the church, to serve, to respond when called to leadership, and to belong. We warmly embrace the form and freedom of our liturgy and appreciate the breadth of scriptural witness provided by the lectionary. We celebrate communion weekly (with gluten-free bread and alcohol-free juice); all baptized children and adults are welcome at the table.
Trinity’s vision is to be a people whom God gathers, transforms, and sends to share Christ’s reconciling love with the world. We believe that God invites us to participate in this work as we learn how to be faithful, engaged, and active in the very story of our savior’s love. Modeling reconciled relationships within our body becomes vital to how we witness God’s purposes and promises to the wider world. Along with the biblically rich theological theme of reconciliation, Trinity has been wrestling with how to best disciple followers of Christ and prepare them for a life within the fuller realities of the world. In this we have been sensitive to age-specific development as well as the power and potential of more multi-generation approaches to growth. Thirdly, as with other urban-focused ministries, there is a very thin line between what we do through our neighborhood ministries and who we are as a worshiping congregation. Trying to figure out how to best reveal grace to neighbors while inviting all to further growth in Christ is both opportunity and struggle.
We began implementing the plan on September 21, 2014. We invite you to join us as we live into this call.