The service in Darien, launched on Oct. 1, 2017, is held at Darien Library at 10 a.m. and has the same features as the Greenwich services, including:
Live teaching that is engaging and relevant (using the same teaching theme and Scripture as the Greenwich services)
Live music (using the same or similar songs)
Communion and Prayer Ministry
Trinity Kids and Middle School program during the service
How was it decided to launch the new service in Darien?
As part of The Beacon Project that began in 2016, the Trinity Council and staff established criteria to determine if and when a new service would be ready to launch in a particular town. In the ensuing months, numerous Trinity congregants who live east of Greenwich, particularly in Darien and surrounding towns, independently expressed their desire and commitment to be part of starting a service in their local area. The Council and staff carefully researched options coming forward and spent significant time in prayerful discernment before making a decision.
What is Drew's role in this new service?
Drew Williams will continue to lead and envision the whole of Trinity Church (Greenwich and Darien locations). Drew speaks at both locations, preaching at least as often in Greenwich as he did prior to the launch of the Darien service (i.e. adding Darien to his preaching schedule, rather than splitting time evenly between the two or concentrating on the new location).
What is Ben's role?
Under the overall leadership of Drew Williams, Ben Valentine serves as the primary pastor in Darien. This includes: shepherding and caring for the members of the Darien congregation, consistent preaching and teaching in Darien, building Christian community in the town, and promoting and maintaining Trinity’s values at this new location.
In addition to Ben Valentine, Katie Evans (Connections Pastor) also serves in Darien on Sundays. The majority of our other pastoral staff are primarily based in Greenwich.
Are Ben, Katie, and their families "leaving" Greenwich?
No. Trinity remains one church — highly connected in numerous ways throughout the week. While they worship in a different town on Sunday morning, both Ben and Katie retain churchwide responsibilities and, as such, still spend a meaningful portion of their time in Greenwich during the week.
What else will take place in Darien?
Initially, our focus is on the Sunday worship service and building relationships in the wider community. As fas as midweek programs, we run the Alpha Course in Darien homes, while everything else will remain centralized in Greenwich.
What about children and youth?
Sunday morning programs for kids is available at the Darien service. Also on Sunday morning, there is a program for middle school students only (grades 6-8). Students are dismissed for Youth Group part-way through the worship service and meet together on the 2nd floor of the library. Youth staff lead students to Youth Group and take them back downstairs at the end of the service (approximately 11:10 a.m.). Youth Group program includes music, games, community-building, and a discussion-based lesson from the Bible taught by the Youth staff. Adult volunteers will also be present at Youth Group.
Huddles, midweek small groups for youth, will be available in Greenwich and Darien. All Stars, a midweek group for Kindergarten through 5th grade, will be held at Trinity's Ministry Center in Cos Cob, beginning on Jan. 17, 2018.
How will we continue to feel like one church?
While we may not all be in one venue on a Sunday, there will be many opportunities where people who attend different locations will spend time together, such as midweek groups, serving opportunities and retreats. Additionally, part of our plan is to periodically hold combined worship services where the entire Trinity family is gathered.
How can I get involved?
- Pray (for wisdom, guidance, discernment and protection)
- Have a conversation with Ben Valentine
Address: 1441 Post Road, Darien, CT
Darien Library is conveniently located less than a mile south of downtown Darien and just off exit 11 of I-95.
For information about our Sunday morning worship services in Greenwich, click here.