Trinity United Methodist Church is located at the southeast corner of Mississippi Avenue and Evergreen Streets in Midtown Little Rock and celebrated its 57th anniversary June 2014.
The church was organized in 1958 by a small group of people who realized that the rapidly burgeoning area of, what was then, the western limits of Little Rock had many families with young children and older adults who had no place to worship in their neighborhood.
The first service, led by a pastor appointed at the June Methodist Annual Conference, was held on June 8, 1958 in the Pulaski Heights Theater on Kavanaugh Blvd. with about fifty people attending. A borrowed piano accompanied group singing and popcorn boxes served in place of overlooked collection plates for the first service. In slightly less than a year, the first permanent building had been erected and attendance grew quickly.
Since that time, buildings have been added to accommodate needs of the growing congregation and activities to serve the community, including a preschool, so that the value is many times the $17,500 original investment on which the church was launched.
Needs of children and young people have always been a central focus of the congregation. The preschool opened in 1967 and is a top outreach to families. Believer’s Village, a rotational, hands-on experiential Christian education program is offered for grade school children during the 10 a.m. Sunday School hour, and Worship Arts at 11 a.m. 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays. Youth ministry includes Christian retreat, exploratory discussions and mission trips for 6th – 12th graders.
Trinity’s music program offers the exceptional Chancel Choir, a hand bell choir and choirs for children and youth of all ages and continues to expand music options, including jazz and praise. Trinity Presents Performance Series offers outstanding entertainment and cultural programs each. River City Men’s Chorus is directed by the church’s Minister of Music but financed by city-wide contributions, performs several programs each year. Both of these outreach programs are free of charge and open to the public. Mr. Glaze, the music minister, is celebrating 30 years at Trinity August 2014.
Trinity exists to serve people in our primary mission field of Midtown Little Rock by changing lives, making disciples and transforming the world.