During this time of COVID-19, our serving ministries have taken on different forms (some online, some socially distanced, some inactive). If you would like to be involved, we welcome your participation! Please contact our Office Manager, Allison Hatfield, for more information (

Among Trinity’s neighbors are bustling downtown businesses and many of Durham’s 600 people living in homelessness. Through ministry and partnership with other organizations, Trinity seeks to offer God’s love and hospitality to one another through service. We are currently hosting a White Flag shelter for our homeless neighbors in our fellowship hall which is funded by the city and run by Open Table Ministry.

Open Table Ministry

Open Table Ministry is a non-profit that Trinity UMC partners with. OTM offers hope for the hopeless and a home for the homeless in Durham. They seek to provide a faithful response to and enhanced understanding of homelessness in our community and to guide homeless people toward long-term health and wholeness by building relationships, meeting practical needs and connecting with existing community resources.

Trinity’s Minister of Outreach, Rev. Carolyn Schuldt, serves as Executive Director and Chaplain, and Trinity partners with Open Table as the location for their weekly lunch, provides office space, and together meets the needs of our neighbors at the door. Check out Open Table’s Facebook page to learn more!

Pancakes for the People

Trinity provides a free breakfast of pancakes, sausage, and other tasty items on the fifth Sundays to anyone who comes and would like to eat.  There is a often a free-store in which toiletries, warm clothes, school supplies, or other necessities are made available.

Congregations4Children (C4C)

Trinity has enthusiastically embraced Congregations4Children (C4C), a state-wide initiative of our two NC United Methodist Conferences.  C4C is focused on addressing childhood poverty through church/school partnerships.  Since the fall of 2016, Trinity has partnered with Eastway Elementary School, a high poverty school just a few blocks from Trinity. Click here to learn more.

Urban Ministries of Durham 

Located around the corner from Trinity, Urban Ministries of Durham meets the emergency needs of food, clothing, and shelter for Durham residents. The Urban Ministry center was built in 1983 from a partnership of Trinity and two other nearby churches. Trinity members serve dinner at Urban Ministries monthly and Trinity funds 10 meals a year.

Durham Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Durham grew from Durham’s faith community, commitment to service, and belief in true partnership.  In October 1985, Durham Congregations in Action (DCIA), an organization of 24 churches and faith communities, came together to officially found Habitat for Humanity of Durham. In 1989, Trinity United Methodist Church, a DCIA member, offered office space to the new organization, and their offices are still located here today, provided rent-free by the church.

Additional Partner Organizations