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FAQs

Who comes to Holy Trinity Claygate?

Holy Trinity has a very mixed congregation, coming together from a variety of backgrounds and traditions. It spans all the generations with specific ministries for children, youth and Seniors.

How many people attend?

On an average Sunday around 550 people attend, across our five services. During Christmas and Easter we welcome a lot of new visitors and additional family members, so numbers are generally higher.

What happens at your services?

While each of our services has its own unique style, most of our services tend to include the following:

  • we sing songs in a style appropriate to the service, led by either a worship team or an organist
  • we have a time of prayer
  • we hear the Bible read to us
  • the Bible passage is explained to us in a talk - generally around 20 minutes, but shorter for services where children are present for the whole time
  • some services include communion

Are there differences between your services?

Yes. Our five services are quite different in style, but they all follow the same teaching programme.

How long are the services?

  • 8am: about 50 minutes
  • 9:30am: about 1 hour 15 minutes (but our monthly All Age service is shorter - 45 minutes)
  • 11:15am: about 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 4 O'clock Church: about 45 minutes, followed by sandwiches, tea and cakes
  • 6:30pm: about 1 hour 15 minutes

What time should I arrive?

Whilst our hope is that you will be able to attend an entire service, we understand that this isn’t always possible, and you can join a service at any point. We do encourage people to arrive early where refreshments are served before a service (11:15am and 6:30pm), or to allow time to enjoy coffee, tea and the chance to catch up with friends where refreshments are served afterwards (9.30am and 4 O’clock Church).

Will I be asked to do anything during a service?

No, nothing to fear! Whilst we encourage the congregation to play an active role in our services, we want Holy Trinity to be as safe and as unthreatening a place as possible, so you will never be asked to do anything you do not want to do.

Who can take communion?

At Holy Trinity, anyone who has accepted Jesus as their Lord and Saviour is welcome to take communion, regardless of your denominational background. However if you would prefer not to receive communion, you are invited to come forward for a blessing, or simply remain in your seat.

Gluten free bread is available during communion for those who require it.

Do you collect money during services?

No. There is no formal collection during services. However, should you wish to make a donation a collection point is available in the foyer. Regular attendees at Holy Trinity are encouraged to consider making regular contributions, or one off gifts, towards the running costs of the church and our many outreach activities.

Can I bring my children?

Yes! Holy Trinity is a family church and children are a very important part of church life. We make specific provision for children at the 9:30am service, and for young people aged 11-14 at the 9:30am and 6:30pm services. Our weekly 4 O’clock Church is an all age service where the whole family joins together for worship.

What is the dress code?

There is no dress code. We want people to feel comfortable and at ease in our services. Please come as you are!

Can I park at the church?

There is a small car park at Holy Trinity, which includes three disabled spaces. During the Sunday morning services we reserve the church car park for permit holders (permits are available from the church office and are issued to those with reduced mobility who benefit from being able to park in closer proximity to the church), and for blue badge holders. On Sunday mornings we are able to use the Village Hall car park, however during the week we do not have use of those spaces. There is plenty of street parking very close to the church. We ask that when you park you do so with consideration to our neighbours - and consider walking if possible to ease congestion.

Do you have provision for the deaf, hard of hearing or partially sighted?

An induction loop system has been installed in the church - please use the ‘T’ setting on your hearing aid and sit in the centre of the church. The church hall is also fitted with an induction loop.

Large print versions of our orders of service, weekly newsletter and HTC News are all available.

Do you have access for wheelchair users and babies’ buggies?

Yes, the church, church hall and lower level of the Ministry Centre are fully accessible to wheelchair users and buggies.

An accessible toilet and baby changing facilities are available in the main building and also in the Ministry Centre.

How do I organise a wedding or a funeral?

Please see below for information about weddings and funerals.

Can I have my child baptised at Holy Trinity?

Please see the information about baptisms below.

Can I book a children’s party here?

Yes - our church hall is available for bookings for children’s parties and other functions, subject to availability.

What are the dimensions of the hall?

Dimensions of the hall are 8.5m x 17m.

How do I get involved?

If you would like to know more about getting involved in any aspect of Holy Trinity Claygate, please contact the Church Office.