Trinity United Methodist Church
Bringing People Closer to Christ
Thank you for visiting the website of Trinity United Methodist Church in Newberry, South Carolina.
Trinity was established in 1835 and the first church building was not far from where the church now stands.
We are excited to be celebrating our 150th anniversary this year.
We are a nurturing and open church to all who enter into our Sanctuary.
We base our ministry on the Word of God and a caring spirit.
Jesus invites us to share our ministry to all that come into our church.
We would love to have you visit and worship with us.
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.
Worship at Trinity
Traditional Worship Service 11:00 a.m.
Trinity has returned to In-Person worship with certain restrictions. These restrictions are found on this page.
Trinity will continue to have live streaming of our service on our Facebook page, trinityumcncewberry, for those who are not comfortable returning to In-Person church.
A Facebook link is found below.
Meet Pastor Wilbanks
Originally from Houston, Texas, Pastor Charles Wilbanks was born and raised as a United Methodist. He is a retired faculty member of the University of South Carolina. Additionally, he has theological training from Duke Divinity School and is a licensed social worker and counselor. He came to Trinity in 2018.
He was commissioned as a Provisional Elder at the SC Conference in June of 2019.
He is also the pastor of New Chapel United Methodist Church.
He married Shin Lee in 1974 and they have two adult children and four grandchildren.
Some members of our Church Team
Working together to make Trinity Better
Pastor Charles Wilbanks
The following are the guidelines of Trinity UMC for in-person worship during the COVID-19 pandemic. These guidelines will remain in place until further notice.
1. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that individuals over the age of 65 are at a higher level of risk of contracting corona virus than people who are younger. If you are in that demographic, before you choose to come to worship, carefully consider the risks.
2. Also, for those of whatever age, who may feel uncomfortable coming back to in-person worship, please do not feel obligated to do so. Your reticence and anxiety is certainly understandable. We would urge you to participate in worship via Facebook or take advantage of alternative ways of joining us.
3. If you have compromised immune systems, or underlying medical conditions that put you at increased risk, we ask that you stay home and worship with us online until it is safe for you to return.
4. If you have symptoms (fever, coughing, headache, etc.) please remain at home and worship with us online.
5. Seating in the sanctuary will be limited to 60 persons. The fellowship hall can seat more if needed as the service can be seen via livestream from there.
6. Those attending in the sanctuary and in the fellowship hall will wear masks. Bring your own if you have one. If not, one will be provided.
7. There will be no acolyte processional or lighting.
8. There will be no children’s church downstairs during the service.
9. There will be instrumental music, but no congregational hymns will be sung outloud.
10. There will be no collection plates passed. Instead there will be baskets at the entrance of the church for the collection of tithes and offering.
11. Whether Communion will be celebrated the first Sunday of the month will be decided on a month by month basis.
12. Ushers will seat attendees. Proper social distancing will be observed. People may be asked to sit in pews in which they normally do not sit.
13. Doors will be opened and closed by ushers or left open.
14. There will be no Sunday School.
15. As you leave the church after service, please maintain six feet from the person in front of you and keep your mask on. Wait until you go outside to visit with others or attempt conversations with others. Even outside you are urged to maintain appropriate safe social distance.
16. The sanctuary and other public areas will be thoroughly sanitized after each worship service.
17. Pew Bibles and Hymnals will be removed from each pew.