What to expect at a Trinity service
“Here as bread and wine are taken, Christ sustains us, as of old.”
(Singing the Faith, Hymn 26 v3)
The new normal
At the moment our creche and Junior Church, or choir and hymn singing are are all suspended due to Coronavirus. Our services are currently at 10am and 11am and have limited attendance restricted by 2m distancing - but visitors remain very welcome - or you are welcome to join us for worship online. Below is a description of the "old normal" - which we hope to get back to one day!
In the mornings
Our main service is held each Sunday morning at 10.30am and lasts for about an hour. There are normally about 130 to 180 of us in the congregation; we span all ages and are ethnically quite diverse.
The worship is usually in a traditional, non-conformist style - hymns, readings, prayers, a children's address and a sermon.
We have a traditional pipe organ and a choir who usually sing an anthem. Our principal hymn book is "Singing the Faith".
Holy Communion is usually celebrated on the first Sunday of each month. We alternate the style monthly between receiving the bread and wine whilst kneeling at the communion rail, being served by the minister assisted by a Deacon, and receiving them whilst sitting in our place in church, being served by Deacons or by our neighbour as the elements are passed from person to person along the pew. These traditions have been inherited from the Methodist and URC practices, and reflect the diversity of worship to be found in the Christian church and perhaps both underline the mystery of the Eucharist and challenge our understanding of this sacrament. All worshippers are invited to the Lord’s Supper, including children who may receive either a blessing or the communion itself. We use bread and a non-alcoholic wine, although gluten-free wafers are available on request.
Children and young people are catered for with a well-run Junior Church. There are several classes with activities suitable for ages from 3 to 18. Children start in church, and then go out to their own classes. If you are new to the church, your young child might like you to go with him or her for the first few weeks for reassurance – and that’s OK with us!
A crèche is available for babies from birth to 3 years.
We value the occasions when we have united services with our Anglican and Baptist partners (Churches Uniting in Central Sutton, CUCS) at least three times a year.
At the end of the service tea and coffee is served and there is a chance to chat with others in the congregation.
In the evenings
Evening services are always united with our Churches Uniting in Central Sutton partners, taking place in each Church (Trinity, St Nicholas and Sutton Baptist) on a monthly rotation.
They are held at 6.30pm and usually last about an hour.
The format is typically more informal, reflective and intimate than in the mornings, and the services are often held in one of the church rooms or halls rather than the main church.
The evening services do not include any separate provision for children.
The church is wheelchair-accessible and the door stewards will help you find one of several gaps in the pews designed to accommodate people in wheelchairs. An accessible toilet is available through the door to the front-left of the church.
The church is equipped with a hearing loop - hearing-aid users should use the "T" switch setting.
A Braille copy of both the service book and the hymn book is available.
If you have any special needs, see our accessibility page, and please ask!