Brookside & Trinity UMC 

WHAT TO EXPECT

Yep. We’re a mess. One of our core values says, “No one is perfect.  We are broken people discovering healing together. We embrace messy ministry.”  Most of the people you meet when you visit Brookside will be nice and friendly. But you need to know, before you come, that we’re a bunch of broken messes.

There are people attending, and even leading at Brookside, who have major hurts, habits, and hang-up’s.

In fact, perfect people are not allowed.  We’re a community of people who don’t have it all together, but are discovering what it means to find life in Jesus, to follow him fully, to break free from our past, and to walk in victory together. That’s who we are.

 

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We care about you, not what you’re wearing. We don’t care who you’re voting for in the next election or how many tattoos you have. We’re a church full of imperfect, broken people who are coming to know Jesus and serving others together, and regardless of your story, we believe you belong!

 

If you’ve never been and you’re considering coming, here’s what you should expect…

 

Nice people. We LOVE it when someone comes for the first time.   So much so we give gifts to visitors.  Psalm 34 says, “Taste the Lord and know that he is good.”  So we give our guests a Hershey’s chocolate bar to remind you of the goodness of God.

 

A casual atmosphere. We care about YOU, not what you’re wearing, so feel to come in jeans or whatever is comfortable. Our dress code is simple: wear something. Grab a hot cup of free coffee from our Coffee Corner and sit wherever you’d like! We will NOT single you out publicly or ask you to say anything, and we do NOT expect guests to contribute anything financially.  We will give you that chocolate bar however.

 

If you have any specific questions, email us at brooksideumc.org and we hope to meet you this Sunday!

WE BELIEVE THAT EACH PERSON IS ON A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY

and that each of us is at a different stage of that journey.  We want to help you find the next step in your journey.

WE BELIEVE THAT NOBODY IS PERFECT

Our church is a no judgment zone.  Jesus is the pioneer and perfector of our faith and we try to model His love and acceptance and live by His grace.

SO  EVERYONE IS WELCOME

That includes at our Communion Table (served once a month) which is Open to All

ANCIENT - MODERN WORSHIP STYLE

Fancy words used to describe a blend between the old and the new.  Our music style is blended.  We have a traditional choir but also a Praise Team that leads worship each week.  Our goal is to provide a blending of ancient and modern styles to lead us into the presence of God and the Holy Spirit.  Don’t be surprised to see some people raising their hands and others not.  Feel free to do what you are led to do. We create an atmosphere of freedom in our services.  Don’t be surprised to see a video clip or two during the worship service.  Most of all don’t be surprised to see the congregation laughing at a video-clip or one of Pastor Ron’s jokes.

WE LOVE KIDS AND YOUR KIDS WILL LOVE US!

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A fun, safe environment for kids. Kids love it at Brookside! If you bring your kids, we will invite them up for a Kids Time with our children’s leader Erica.  After a brief message she will invite them to go with her to our Kid’s Church time.  She will bring them back to you before the service ends.  Babies and toddlers are cared for by loving volunteers. There’s a preschool room and Kids’ Church for grades one through five. All of our kids ministry volunteers must pass background checks and have a heart for kids and families.

 

PREACHING STYLE

 

Practical teaching that connects the words of the Bible to everyday life.  Every athlete needs a Coach to help them get the best out of themselves.  Each week we try to be your "Spiritual Life Coach" and provide solid, practical advice from the Bible that helps people deal with everyday life and become the best version of ourselves that we can be.

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