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Attending a Service at Trinity
Whether church attendance is a new venture for you, you’re a “cradle Episcopalian,” or somewhere in between, going to a new place can bring some questions. Here are some details that may help you know what to expect when you attend a service at Trinity.
We offer two services on Sunday morning that use similar formats of praise, prayer, fellowship and Holy Communion. The 7:30 service uses more formal or traditional language, while the 9:30 service is less formal, has more musical involvement, and a nursery is available.
Through the Red Doors
As you enter through the red doors facing Franklin Street, greeters and ushers will be on hand to welcome you and give you a bulletin with info on the service. If you like, please tell them you’re new and could use some guidance – they’ll be glad to help!
Making Sense of it All
There are four basic resources we use during the service. Though it may seem confusing at first, you’ll soon get the hang of which to grab when! (An added bonus is the increased manual dexterity you’ll achieve from balancing all those books! When you add in the exercise you get from standing up and sitting down, kneeling, etc, church can be a downright healthy activity!)
The 7:30 a.m. bulletin contains an outline of the service, information about upcoming events, and announcements. The 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service bulletin offers a full text bulletin to help with that manual dexterity mentioned above, one less book to maneuver.
Book of Common Prayer
The red-colored book located in the pew racks, the BCP (using the acronym makes you sound like an insider!), guides the verbal interaction between the priests and the congregation that makes up a great deal of the service. The larger print indicates what the congregation is supposed to say, and the smaller, italicized text provides instructions.
Unless you’ve memorized all 600+ hymns, you’ll need blue-colored book in the pew racks! Page numbers for all hymns are printed in the Bulletin. Hymn numbers that begin with “S” are in the front of the hymnal, and are used in the communion portion of the service.
Worship at Trinity involves congregational participation throughout the service: singing, responding, greeting one another (called “Sharing the Peace”), praying and celebrating Holy Communion (or the Eucharist).
Following the guidance of the Bulletin and/or the Book of Common Prayer will help you know what to do and when to do it. Throughout the service, we will sit, stand and kneel to embody the physical act of worship. Sometimes you have the option of standing or kneeling, and preferences vary among individual Trinity parishioners. If you’re not sure which to do, just follow the folks next to you!
Receiving Holy Communion
Ushers will indicate when it’s time for you to move to the altar rail at the front, where you can stand or kneel. The priest will then give you the communion wafer, followed by a chalice bearer with a cup of wine. You may eat the wafer when the priest gives it to you, or you may wait and dip it into the cup. If you are unable to make your way to the alter rail, tell the usher; s/he will have the priest bring the bread and wine to you at your seat.
What about kids?
Kids of all ages are welcome to attend the service, but infants and toddlers may be more comfortable in the nursery, located downstairs in the Parish House next door to the worship area. The ushers or greeters can accompany you to the nursery.
Also, a Children’s Chapel program is provided for children three years of age and older. Children’s Chapel, located near the nursery, includes age-appropriate songs, prayers and lessons. These children are escorted back to the worship area in time to share Holy Communion with their parents and the rest of the adult congregation.
Coffee Hour/Social Hour
Following the 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service, coffee, juice and snacks are served in the Parish Hall next door to the sanctuary. This is a great chance to get acquainted with people and to learn more about Trinity. And, what’s not to like about free coffee and snacks!
Immediately after Coffee Hour, usually around 11:00 or so, a number of small groups meet for study, discussion and getting better acquainted. These groups include options for children, youth and adults. So everyone can participate, a nursery is also provided during this time. There is also a discussion group that meets between the morning services, usually around 8:30. We also offer adult and youth groups Wednesday evenings during the school year.
What to Wear
Nowhere is Trinity’s diversity more evident than in what we wear! Some folks choose to wear suits, skirts or dresses; others opt for more casual attire, or perhaps even jeans and sneakers. Whichever is more comfortable for you, know that you are welcome to dress as you like.