In the official organizational structure of the United Church of Canada, the Trinity United Church Congregation is considered a Pastoral Charge of Lakeridge Presbytery of the Bay of Quinte Conference.
What do these terms (Congregation, Pastoral Charge, Presbytery, Conference) mean?
A congregation is a group of people (both church members and adherents) that chose to worship together in a location or preaching place, recognized as such by the United Church of Canada. Trinity United Church is a congregation.
A pastoral charge is one or more congregations under the spiritual leadership of a minister. Trinity United Church is a *one-point pastoral charge.
*One-point means that Trinity United Church does not share its minister with another congregation.
A presbytery is an administrative grouping of pastoral charges in a local area. Lay and ministerial delegates from the charges meet regularly to oversee the work of the charges. Trinity United Church’s minister and one elected church member attend presbytery meetings on behalf of the congregation.
Trinity United Church is one of 27 pastoral charges that make up Lakeridge Presbytery. Lakeridge Presbytery’s geographical boundaries are roughly Lake Ontario to the south, Pickering to the west, Scugog Island to the north and Newcastle to the east.
Map of Lakeridge Presbytery Churches (Google Map created by Trinity United Church)
Lakeridge Presbytery is one of 8 presbyteries in the Bay of Quinte Conference. The other 7 presbyteries are Four Rivers, Four Winds, Hill & Shores, Kawartha Highlands, Kente, Shining Waters & Upper Valley. Follow this link to view a map of the Presbyteries of the Bay of Quinte Conference.
A conference is an administrative grouping of presbyteries in a regional area. Lay and ministerial delegates from the presbyteries meet annually. Full-time staff in Conference offices work with presbyteries and local pastoral charges.
Trinity United Church is one of 191 pastoral charges in the Bay of Quinte Conference. Follow this link to visit the Bay of Quinte Conference web site.
The Conference’s geographical boundaries are eastern Ontario from Pickering to Brockville, north to Deep River and across to “The Narrows” at Orillia. There are 13 Conferences of the United Church of Canada.
Map of the 13 Conferences of the United Church of Canada (from the United Church of Canada web site)