Trinity United Methodist Church (Lafayette, Indiana)
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Trinity United Methodist Church has been a part of the Lafayette, Indiana area since 1824, before the city was founded. The first meetings were held in the old log courthouse; the church was formally organized in 1827 with 10 members.
In 1830, the first church building was built on Sixth Street for $1,500. In 1836, the church moved to the northwest corner of Fifth and Ferry streets. They worshiped there until 1845 when they moved into a building along Fifth Street.
Lot #140 at Sixth and North streets was purchased in 1868 for $7,000. The Chapel (now the portion of the current building that contains the Parlor) was completed in 1869; the Sanctuary was completed in 1873 and was formally dedicated on March 23, 1873. The cost for the building was $90,000. In 1869, the church was officially given the name Trinity, as other Methodist churches were being established in the community.
Trinity's stained glass windows were designed by Edna Browning Ruby, a world famous artist from Lafayette. She also made stained glass windows for area churches, including Stidham United Methodist Church and Elston Presbyterian Church.
One of the biggest changes to the church building was the installation of the basement in the 1930s. In 1933, the Homebuilders Sunday school class volunteered to enlarge the basement. By hand-digging the entire area of the current basement and carrying out the dirt in buckets, they created the space that now houses the Fellowship Hall, the Friendship Room and the kitchen. Numerous upgrades, remodeling and building projects have happened at the church since then.
Trinity United Methodist Church is a popular wedding venue in the Lafayette area, hosting a wedding nearly every weekend.
The church's mission statement is as follows: "The people of Trinity United Methodist Church are called to share God's love as we minister with and to all persons in the Greater Lafayette community where the church is located and beyond, providing worship, nurture, fellowship, and service. Our welcome knows no boundaries (of age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, economic condition, physical or mental ability). We believe that everyone is of sacred worth and not one man or woman is greater than another. We cooperate in ministry with other local churches and groups of God’s people as we participate in the worldwide mission of Christ."
Interim Report Tippecanoe County Interim Report, Indiana Historic Sites and Structures Inventory; Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana; May 1990