Trinity Baptist Church began in 1953, emerging out of a daytime women’s prayer gathering. Since her inception, Trinity has maintained a progressive identity as a Baptist Church in Oconee County. Trinity has always been community-minded, having a role in the development of Habitat for Humanity, Our Daily Rest Homeless Shelter, and Oconee County’s first kindergarten program.
Today we are a vibrant family of faith in action.
We study the Bible together, grow together in Christ alongside one another, and live out our lives together in our community. The people of Trinity are also active in Oconee County through various civic organizations. Trinity is connected locally with churches of varying denominations through Seneca’s ecumenical Lenten services each year. We partner with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship to support field personnel around the world who are being the presence of Christ, and each year different groups and individuals within our family of faith participate in short-term missional opportunities, locally and internationally, to keep us connected in a special way to our calling to share God’s love.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the regular schedule at Trinity?
While things invariably change throughout the year, you can count on this being our usual schedule. For specific events and times, check out our online calendar here.
- Sunday School for all ages, 9:30 am
- Morning Worship, 10:30 am
- Youth and Children Activities, 6:00 pm
Wednesdays (excluding summertime)
- Fellowship Supper, 5:30 pm ($5 per meal, $14 max. for families)
- Youth and Children’s Activities, 6:00 pm
- Adult Studies and Prayer, 6:30 pm
- Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal, 7:15 pm
What is Sunday Morning worship like at Trinity?
Gathering regularly as a church family to worship is of utmost importance at Trinity. Our worship services have a traditional, familiar feel, with music from our piano and pipe organ, and anthems by our Sanctuary Choir. The service lasts about an hour and usually focuses on the seasons of the church year (Advent, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost).
There is a nursery for newborn and young children, but we encourage families to bring children ages 4 and up into worship. This begins to teach our younger generations the value of worship and reverence. About midway through the service, children up to 2nd grade are invited to go to Children’s Church where Bible stories connected to the day’s worship focus are taught. Parents can pick up their children there following worship. Ushers will be glad to direct you to our nursery and Children’s Church area, located in rooms 300-302.
What is Sunday School?
Each Sunday morning at 9:30 am we offer several different options for small-group Bible study for all ages. Even in our nursery our toddlers learn Bible lessons! Graded classes for students are available and adults are encouraged to experience multiple classes to find the right fit for you. For help with finding your place, visit our Sunday School page or contact our Minister of Christian Education, Tony Vincent.
What “kind” of Baptist is Trinity?
While we share most of our theology and Christian identity with churches of other denominations in our community, it is important to note what makes Trinity unique among churches in Oconee County. We are the only church in the county that is connected with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. CBF is an organization that began in 1991, but has its roots deep in the historical Southern Baptist Convention.
Being a CBF church means that Trinity is strongly supportive financially and prayerfully of Global Missions, of sending field personnel around the world to be the presence of Christ, particularly among some of the most neglected people in the world. It also means that Trinity believes that all people, regardless of gender, can serve God in any capacity. At Trinity you will see men and women ordained as deacons and ministers, as well as leading in all aspects of worship and Bible study. We believe this to be in accordance with Scripture and with the movement of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
We strive to be ecumenical in spirit, willing to work with any other church or organization that is also seeking to share God’s love in our community and beyond. For more information on our Baptist heritage and identity, contact our Pastor, Ryan Wilson.
What organizations does Trinity regularly partner with and support?
- Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
- Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of South Carolina – our state organization of CBF churches and individuals
- Our Daily Rest Homeless Shelter – A homeless shelter here in Seneca begun by an ecumenical collection of churches
- Golden Corner Food Pantry – A food assistance program for needy families in Oconee County
- Baptists Today – A news journal and Bible Study Literature
- Smyth and Helwys – A progressive Baptist publishing house of books and Bible Study Literature
- www.d365.org – an online, daily devotional by Passport Camps.
What opportunities for discipleship and growth exist for my children?
Children and youth are an integral part of our present, not just our future. Children and youth regularly take part in leadership of our worship services, individually and as graded choirs. In the springtime we have a long-standing tradition of producing children’s musicals, and our children work hard to make that a reality. On Wednesday nights children also focus on learning about what CBF field personnel are doing around the world and how they can be active on mission for Christ. For more information on current events for children here at Trinity, contact our Children’s Minister, Rebecca Sires.
Our youth ministry includes Bible study, an annual Youth-led Sunday worship, Youth Choir, and regular gatherings and activities. Annual ski trips and Passport youth camp are annual traditions. For more information on connecting with our youth ministry, click here or contact Preston Cooley, our youth minister.