Religious Services

slaterservice8Regular Sunday services location and times:

We have two worship services on Sunday morning –one at 8:00am and the other at 10:15am.  These services are identical except for the addition of music at the 10:15am service. Both services are held in the main historic church that is directly in front of you as you enter the building from the parking lot.

Our 8:00 a.m. service does not have music and this service generally ends by 8:45 a.m.

Ms. Nina Stepniak, our organist and choir director, provides music on the 1930 Moller organ at the 10:15 a.m. service.  Our organ may be old but it was completely restored in 2010 providing a deep and resonant sound that can’t be matched by most modern organs…  Our choir leads the singing of hymns and service music and sings anthems most Sundays, with the exception of a brief summer break.  Everyone is welcome to join the choir, which practices at the church on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. except when on summer hiatus.  You can find a description of the Trinity music program under “About us.” The 10:15 a.m. service usually ends by 11:15-11:30 am

Please join us after either service for light refreshments in the Parish Hall located at the end of the hallway to your left when you leave the church.   This is a great way to meet and socialize with everyone.

The Form of the Service

Both of our services follow the Rite II Eucharist from the Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church of the U.S.A.  We print the service in its entirety in a bulletin specific to each service so that the service is easy to follow .  The bulletin includes both the Rite II Eucharist and the psalm and scriptures for the service.  Everything you need to follow our service is in the service bulletin.  For the 10:15 a.m. service we also use the 1982 Hymnal that is found in the pew and include the hymn numbers within the bulletin.  Often an usher will greet you when you arrive to provide you with a bulletin.  If for some reason an usher is not there, please take a bulletin from the table immediately in front you when you enter the church.

Holy Communion

At Trinity everyone is invited to share in Holy Communion.

When it is time for communion to be offered, the priest will partake first and will serve those who are assisting him/her before the congregation is served.  Then choir will precede midway down the aisle to partake so that they can return to the pews to lead the communion hymns.  An usher will then welcome you to partake.

There are several ways to partake in Holy Communion:

  • You may consume the wafer and drink from the cup.
  • You may dip the wafer in the wine before consuming the wafer
  • You may consume the wafer and cross your chest to bypass the wine; or
  • You may cross your arms to receive only a simple blessing from the clergy.

The acceptance of communion is not required; therefore, you are also welcome to attend the service but to remain in your seat during communion. Should you require Gluten free communion wafers, please let the clergy know so we can accommodate you.

Children

Children are always welcome at any of Trinity’s services.  At Trinity, we believe that children are as much members of the body of Christ as adults.  Children attend the 10:15 a.m. service more often than the 8:00 a.m. service.  They often ring bells to start the service, read the psalm and scriptures, present the sacraments and collect the offering.   We are comfortable with babies who sometimes cry and toddlers who sometimes wander during the service.

Accessibility

The entrance to the church, the classrooms and parish hall include easy access for persons who use a wheelchair or walker.  In addition, our pews are configured to accommodate wheelchairs and/or walkers. There are also wheelchairs and walkers available for use in the church.  Please ask an usher for help if you need assistance.