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Trinity UMC

Historic Trinity United Methodist Church in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

When and Where We Worship, Learn about the Trinity Experience, Our Mission, Our 200 Year History, and Our Pastor, Granardo Felix.

Discover Links to View Our Live and Recorded Sermons, Read About Upcoming Events and Activities, See What We're Reading at Trinity, and Donate to Trinity.

Come to a Sunday 11:00 AM service, watch us on Facebook, or get in touch by sending email to [email protected]

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Trinity Basics

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Worship Services

When and Where do we Worship?

What Time do We Meet?

11:00 AM Every Sunday
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Where is Trinity United Methodist Church?

715 Ash St
Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034

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When do Services End?

12:15 - 12:30

Trinity Basics: Worshiping

The Trinity Experience

"Lord, guide our steps, fill our hearts with love, and let Your presence be felt in every word spoken and every note sung. May our time together at Trinity Methodist Church be a reflection of Your grace and a testament to the power of community. Amen."

Picture this: voices lifted, music fills the air, vibrating with joy and spirit. People caught up in the rhythm of praise. The preacher, powerful and passionate, delivers a sermon that stirs the soul. Amidst the fervor, there's a sense of community, of belonging, of shared faith. It's not just a service; it's an experience, a celebration of heritage, resilience, and the presence of the divine.In the heart of a traditionally black United Methodist Church, the atmosphere crackles with energy and devotion. As congregants gather, there's a palpable sense of anticipation, a collective eagerness to connect with the divine and with each other. The music, rich with history and tradition, weaves a tapestry of sound that uplifts and inspires, reverberates through the sanctuary.Amidst the pews, there's a vibrant tapestry of humanity. The preacher, anointed with passion and purpose, delivers a sermon that speaks to the trials and triumphs of the community, weaving scripture with personal testimony.Throughout the service, there's a spirit of inclusivity and acceptance, a recognition that everyone is welcome at the table of grace. There's a sense of communion—not just with the divine, but with each other. Hands clasp in prayer, voices rise in song, and hearts beat as one, bound together by a shared faith and a shared journey.

Trinity Basics: Our Mission

The Trinity Mission

The mission of Trinity is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.  We proclaim the good news of God’s grace and by exemplifying Jesus’ command to love God and neighbor, thus seeking the fulfillment of God’s reign in the world.

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Trinity Basics: Church History

Trinity's 200 Year History

When Fernandina was recognized as a township in 1807, it was not yet the historic city of Fernandina Beach. Life was hard, and slavery was prevalent in the South. The Methodist presence in Florida began with the 1821-1822 conference, assigning Elijah Sinclair to the Georgia-Florida area. This marked the start of Methodism in Northeast Florida, with circuit riders preaching in homes near Trinity’s current location.Trinity has been an integrated church since 1822. During the Civil War in March 1862, Rev. Mr. DeForest officiated at the church. After the war, a white clapboard church was built in 1868/1869 on the current parking lot site. Trinity served the African-American community, with members becoming key figures in Nassau County as postmasters, teachers, pharmacists, and more.On June 5, 1869, Joseph and Celia Emerson sold the land for Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church for $100. The deed stipulated it be used for worship. The current brick sanctuary, built in 1891, saw many members volunteer their labor.A Boston newspaper in 1891 noted the church’s vibrant congregation and spirited singing. The Rev. January Felder, who witnessed the original deed, led the church then. By 1892, the present red brick building was completed, funded by freedmen and women. Unique features included curved pews and stained glass windows from Philadelphia.From 1900 to the mid-1960s, the church grew, adding a parlor and bathrooms before 1950. Attendance peaked with up to three services featuring live music. However, by the 1970s, attendance declined. A major restoration project, completed in 2000, revived the church with support from the State of Florida, Memorial Methodist Church, and community leaders.Despite roof damage from hurricanes in 2017, Pastor Granardo Felix’s arrival in 2018 spurred membership growth and a successful building campaign. The church raised funds for roof and interior restoration, completed with an insurance award and member contributions.Throughout its history, Trinity has been blessed by God and remains committed to making disciples. Today, our diverse congregation shares a common goal of deepening our relationship with Christ and spreading His love.

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Trinity Basics: Our pastor

Reverend Granardo Felix, Pastor

Pastor Granardo Felix

Pastor Granardo Felix is a dedicated and compassionate leader serving at Trinity United Methodist Church. With a deep commitment to spiritual growth and community service, Pastor Felix has been instrumental in fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment at the church.He is a licensed local pastor and has over 20 years of experience in ministry. Pastor Felix is known for his inspiring sermons, community outreach programs, and his ability to connect with individuals from all walks of life.He was honorably discharged from the Army. He has been married for over 18 years to Dr. Mishonda Felix. Together they have 5 children.Under his leadership, Trinity United Methodist Church has seen significant growth in both membership and community engagement.Pastor Felix is also actively involved in various charitable activities and initiatives aimed at helping the less fortunate. He is an active board member of Habitat for Humanity, which provides affordable housing for those that qualify. His vision is to create a supportive and loving church community that reflects the teachings of Jesus Christ.In his free time, Pastor Felix enjoys music and sports which further enrich his connection with the community he serves.

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Trinity Today

Pastor Granardo Felix

Discover Links to View Our
Live and Recorded Sermons

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Sermon: "Awake Not Woke"; Galatians 1:6-9*.
With Pastor Granardo Felix

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Sermon: "Trust God"; Corinthians 12:10*.
With Pastor Granardo Felix

Sermon: "Surprised by Jack";
With Guest Speaker/Preacher Bob Hereford, C.S. Lewis reviewer.

Dear Online Congregation,We are working hard to improve the audio and video quality of our Sunday services. This will take some time. Please be patient with us during this process. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Pastor Granardo Felix

Events and Announcements

July 2024

*(Send new or revised Events, Announcements, and On-going Events for next month to [email protected])

July 15 - Hope House 4pm-6pm; volunteers needed
July 16 - Beading Party: Craft for a Cause! On Tuesday, July 16th, from 10:30 to 12:00, Trinity will hold a beading party in the church parlor. Learn how to make beaded bracelets for our outreach effort. Volunteers are needed to assist during craft time. Hope to see you Tuesday morning.
July 17 - Strength Through Recovery; 6PM - 8PM in the Trinity Sanctuary.
July 23 - Trinity Men Fellowship Gathering; 6PM - 7:30PM at the downtown Fernandina Beach library.
July 28 - Coffee Fellowship Hour immediately following the Sunday service. All are welcome.

On-going Events and Announcements

Every Sunday: Morning Worship @ 11:00 AM in the Sanctuary.
Every Last Sunday of the month: Birthday coffee hour after Worship Services in the Sanctuary.
Every Third Monday: Hope House; Interfaith Dinner Network @ 410 South 9th St; 4 pm.
Every Tuesday: Prayer Shawl Ministry; 10:30 'til Noon in the Sanctuary.
Every 4th Tuesday: Trinity Men at the downtown Fernandina Beach Library; 6 - 7:30 PM
Every Third Wednesday: Strength Through Recovery in the Sanctuary; 6 pm 'til 8 pm
Every Thursday: Bible Study @ 10:30 in the parlor.
Every Second Saturday: Mobile food give away at the Martin Luther King Recreation Center @ 1200 Elm Street; 8 am 'til 10 am.

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What We Are Reading at Trinity

The NSRV Bible
The NSRV Bible, or New Revised Standard Version, is a modern English translation of the Christian Bible. It aims for accuracy and clarity, drawing from the best available ancient manuscripts.

NSRV Bible

Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version Paperback; available at Amazon for $5.99. Click here to order.

We're reading Dynamic Prayer and Open Road, and they're both available at the Trinity sanctuary, or at Amazon.

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Dynamic Prayer, a 28 day experiment is also available on-line at Amazon. Click here to order.

OPEN ROAD: The Adventure of a Breakthrough Prayer Initiative (The Greatest Expedition) is also available on-line at Amazon. Click here to order.

We're reading "Tarry Awhile" by Selina Stone.

The book is rooted in the traditions of Pentecost and the British Black Church, highlighting the spiritual and cultural significance of these institutions.
"Tarry Awhile" invites readers to consider the significance of taking a moment to pause and reflect in the midst of life's fast pace, drawing on the rich heritage and faith practices of the British Pentecostal Black Church community.

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Tarry Awhile: Wisdom from Black Spirituality for People of Faith: The Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book 2024 is also available on-line at Amazon. Click here to order.

We're reading Surprised by Jack: An Introduction to the Life and Works of C. S. Lewis; Paperback

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Surprised by Jack follows the journey of C. S. Lewis from atheism to belief. The book recounts the people, books, and events that helped in molding both parts of his life. It also explains how, in spite of a number of obstacles, he became one of the greatest writers and scholars of his day, as well as the greatest defender of the Christian faith in the twentieth century.

Surprised by Jack will also include an outline and review four of Lewis's greatest apologetic works, Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Abolition of Man, and The Weight of Glory.

Surprised by Jack is available on-line at Amazon for $10.01: Click here to order.

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