Visitors' FAQs

We hope you’ll visit! Here are some frequently asked questions to help you plan your visit to Trinity.

“When do you worship?”
        We worship every Saturday at 5:30pm and every Sunday at 8:00am, 9:00am and 11:00 am.
        We also offer a weekday evening worship service -- 7pm on Tuesdays. This 1/2 hour service is a great alternative if you work or play (especially in the summer) on weekends. Those in service industries and healthcare especially find this a good time to join us for service.
        We celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion weekly at all of these services.
        We also offer a variety of seasonal worship services, special events, and educational and social groups throughout the year. Check out our event calendar for the latest and most comprehensive information.
“How do I get to Trinity?”
        Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 2200 26th St. W. on the west side of Bradenton, Florida. For specific routing information, check out our custom map & directions.
“Where do I go when I get here?”    
        Our main entrance is located at 27th St. W and 22nd Ave. Parking is available in our main parking lot. On Sunday mornings there are so many of us, we use our grass lot as extra parking space. Handicap parking is available and our building and worship space are handicap-accessible. We also have the sate-of-the-art Hearing Loop installed in our sanctuary for those with hearing issues. Take a brochure to learn more about this feature to enhance your worship experience.
        Once you’re inside, feel free to check out our bulletin boards in the narthex (lobby) area, pick up a copy of the Lutheran magazine or Christ in Our Home daily devotional. Before worship, greeters will welcome you into the building, and answer any questions that you might have. Our nursery and restrooms are located in the hallway to the right of our worship space. Children are always welcome in all our worship services. The nursery is available to be used as a "cry room" if you need it.
“What’s worship like?”
        At our Traditional services (Sunday mornings - 8am & 11am) Pastor Bobbie or the Vicar will welcome the assembly and we'll listen to our opening prelude, played by our talented organist, Paul Clark. We'll then begin our order of worship with confession followered by an opening hymn. As worship continues, although the exact words and music may change from week to week, our liturgy observes the rich historical pattern of the early Christian church. We read from Scripture, hear a sermon, sing hymns and songs, pray for one another and those in need, celebrate Holy Communion — to which all are welcome! — and go forth to serve.
        Our Contemporary services (Saturday evening at 5:30pm, Sunday morning at 9:00 & Tuesday evening at 7:00) are more free flowing and less formal. The music is upbeat and we are accompanied by our band and singers. During worship we sing songs, hear a reading from scripture, listen to an engaging sermon, celebrate Holy Communion  - again to which all are welcome! - and go forth to serve. 
        At all our services we seek to worship God in a welcoming, inclusive environment. Come as you are, dressed however you wish, carrying whatever joys and burdens you may have — only with a heart and mind open for worship!
“Are there special ministries for youth and children?”
        Yes! On Sunday mornings in the fall, winter, and spring Sunday School is held for all ages. Trinity has a variety of opportunities for youth of all ages. Sondra, our High School Youth Director works hard to provide our older youth with opportunities to learn, have fun, and to serve. Pastor Bobbie and the Vicar work with the middle school aged youth in Confirmation Class (6th-8th grade). They study scripture, explore their faith AND have fun during confirmation class and retreats. 
        During the school year, all Middle School and High School youth groups meet regularly in addition to the Sunday School hour. Check out the calendar for times and events. In addition to our Sunday School Program at 10am each week, our children take part in other programs throughout the year, including Kids Night Out (held on the first Friday of the month), a Christmas program and Vacation Bible School.  
        Youth are important to us, we invite all young people to join in the fun!
“What’s your mission?”
        Our Mission is:  Being Neighbor    Sharing God’s Transforming Love!
        We carry out our mission through ministry partnerships with organizations currently serving those in need in Bradenton, and by offering learning and fellowship opportunities for all in our community to be part of.

“What is a Lutheran, anyway? What’s the ELCA?”
        A Lutheran is a member of the branch of the protestant church which observes the Lutheran Confessions and some of the writings of Martin Luther, especially his doctrine of justification by grace through faith. In a nutshell:

  • We are saved by the grace of God alone — not by anything we do;
  • We believe our salvation is through faith alone — a confident trust in God, who in Christ promises us forgiveness, life and salvation; and
  • We believe the Bible is the norm for faith and life — the true standard by which teachings and doctrines are to be judged.
        We are a parish church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, which is comprised of over 10,000 parishes and 4.6 million members in the United States. For more information on the ELCA and Lutheranism, visit this ELCA website.
“Can I celebrate a wedding, arrange a funeral, or host a meeting at Trinity Lutheran Church?”
        For more information on policies, and to begin making pastoral arrangements for weddings and funerals, contact Faye at 941-747-3081.

“What if I have more questions?”
        Please contact Faye or Sondra, our Administrative Assistant and Communications Director, who can provide answers and/or direct you to the appropriate staff person. Their office hours and contact information are found here.