Holy Trinity Church building is used for all sorts of things during the week, but it can still be a confusing place to come for the first time for one of our services. We hope the following notes will help you feel less anxious
If you are coming on a Sunday then if you turn up around 10.20 then there is the chance to talk to a few people and look around before the service starts. On the other hand if it all goes wrong on the morning and you are running late, no one will mind if you arrive even after the service has started. It happens to all of us at times.
Occasionally we join with other churches in the Partnership for a combined service and so may not be meeting at Shaw. Check the calendar for details.
What to wear:
Sometimes people think back a good few years and remember the whole concept of ‘Sunday Best’ and wonder what to wear to church. Please wear whatever you feel comfortable in. We are an informal church and accept people as they are. There is no need to dress up to try and be someone that you're not.
What to expect:
When you arrive you will be invited to go and sit down in the church. There are no reserved seats: feel free to sit wherever you will feel comfortable. We often use the screen at the front for most if not all of our songs and some other parts of the service, so its helpful if you sit where you will be able to see this. The service usually includes: hymns and songs; readings from the bible which you can follow if you wish (we usually announce the page number so that people are not embarrassed by not being able to find their way around such a complicated book); a talk; some prayers and a variety of other interesting items. These can include puppets, stories, the occasional quiz, poems, pictures and much more. The service usually lasts between an hour and an hour and a half – but if you have other commitments you may leave whenever you need to.
Sometimes people worry about what they should do if there is communion in the service. If you are used to taking communion in your own tradition then you are welcome to join in here. Because we have members from a variety of denominations we serve communion in a variety of different ways. As a result we try to give clear instructions as to what to do, but don’t feel embarrassed if you need to clarify it with someone near you. If in doubt then follow the rest! If communion is something you are not used to, or do not want to take for whatever reason you are still welcome to be part of this service and just to enjoy being quiet and watching what is happening or praying as others take bread and wine.
What if I cannot come on Sundays?
God is with us all week long and we want to learn to follow him every day, not just on Sundays. There are a variety of activities that you can join in with, whether or not you come on Sundays – see elsewhere on the website for these.
If you are just looking into Christianity then from time to time we have a group of people who consider our journey of life and think about what we believe and learn what Christians believe. If you’re interested then please contact us.
For people with disabilities:
We try to cater for all needs and have disabled access and toilet plus a loop system for those who wear hearing aids. Our projector has pretty large print on the screen, but if you cannot see please have a word with us, we are trying to remember to bring a couple of large print copies of the words for each service, but some prompting sometimes helps!