Our regular worship pattern is as follows:
8.00am: Said Eucharist (during the interregnum, only on the first Sunday of the month). This is a short, quiet service of Holy Communion with no hymns and no sermon. Average attendance is usually around 10 people and the service lasts about half an hour. Mostly we use the Scottish Liturgy, 1982 (Blue Book) for this service, though occasionally we use older rites.
11.00am: Sung Eucharist. This is our main service of the week – usually with around 90 people present. This service lasts about an hour-and-a-quarter and includes hymns, a sermon and other ‘sung’ bits led by our choir. Whilst this service takes place, the Young Church and Crèche meet in the Hall, but join us at the time of Communion and stay for a chat after Communion is finished. We use the Scottish Liturgy, 1982 (Blue Book) for this service. After the service refreshments are served down stairs in the hall.
On Thursday we have a Said Eucharist at 10.15am. Whilst this is a ‘said’ service, we usually have one hymn and, occasionally, a short homily.
On Saints Days and other important days in the Church Year, we hold Said or Sung Eucharist as advertised on our What’s on page.
On a more ad hoc basis we sometimes have the following types of service:
All-age worship involving members from across the age spectrum – usually about once a month. These services are eucharistic, but are much less formal – often involving interactive discussions and thought-provoking presentations or dramas.
Seasonal services of readings, music and prayers, and traditional Sung Evensong.
Alternative styles of worship or fellowship including music, poems, and images, and we often follow the meditative Taizé pattern of worship at a Sunday evening Eucharist.
Holy Trinity has an enthusiastic choir and organist who lead the musical elements of our worship at the 11.00am service on Sunday and at other services as appropriate.
Lay involvement in worship
Lay people are significantly involved in the leading or our worship. Lay people normally read lessons and lead intercessions as well as serve and assist with Communion in a variety of ways. Several members are licensed by the Bishop to administer communion from the reserved sacrament. Lay people are particularly involved in planning and leading our all-age services and our ‘alternative’ worship style services.
In the community
We are working to develop different styles of worship at different times involving a wide variety of people in the hope of being able to connect with and minister to a larger part of the surrounding community.