A Teaching Congregation

Ellen LaCroix, Children's Choir Director
Ellen LaCroix, Children’s Choir Director

by Ellen LaCroix

In recent weeks a number of individuals have asked me, “What are you going to do during the summer now that classes are over?” Truth be told, I have an awesome plan for the summer. I will be working at Trinity full-time! As a part of the Masters of Divinity program I am required to complete an internship within a local church, and Trinity has graciously agreed to let me work here this summer.

The goal of this internship is to help polish some of the skills I will need to serve the church. So, this summer I will be working on preaching, adult education, worship planning, and pastoral care. I will post a sermon weekly on the church website along with a feedback form to give you the opportunity to tell me where I need to improve. For the education component, I will teach a six week study called “Theology on Tap” starting July 17 for individuals 21 and older. We will gather at a local pub and enjoy good beer and good conversation around some classic stories in the Old Testament. To deepen my understanding of pastoral care, I will be accompanying Pastor Jim or Pastor Eileen on their home visits and working for the funeral home with families in need of a minister. Finally, I will be assisting with worship planning to intentionally think through and craft our worship services so they are a meaningful experience.

I would like to ask for your feedback in this process. I am just beginning my journey in ministry and I am looking to this congregation to help reveal where I need to grow. Thank you for allowing me the chance to really test myself and for making this community a safe space to learn. I look forward to embarking on this experience with my Trinity family.


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Trinity United Methodist Church is located in McLean, VA. Our weekly worship services are on Sundays at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and on Wednesdays at noon. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. for children and adults. Children up to 6th grade are also invited to Children's Education during the 10:30 service. Adult Bible Study also occurs on Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Please visit our website for more information.

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