Help I'm new
It may be that you’re new to church completely or just new to Holy Trinity. Thank you for checking us out.
Here are some things you might want to know:
Where are we?
You can find us at 66 Lennard Road, Penge, SE20 7LX. Click here for a map.
What time do we meet?
Church has always meant to be more like family than a meeting or a building. So we have all sorts of things happening throughout the week, somewhere we specifically try to focus on God and others where we spend more time getting to know each other and somewhere we try to serve our community. So do have a look at the What’s on.
Time: Our main service is at 10.30am. There is a small traditional service with no singing at 8am (the things below apply to the 10.30am service).
What happens: There will be: singing (although you don't have to join in, the words will be up on tv screens), prayers (some of which the congregation join in with), a talk based on God's story from the bible and how it affects us today, a collection will be taken (but guests are not expected to give anything). Communion (sometimes called the Lord's Supper, Eucharist or Mass) is where Christians receive bread and wine (everyone who is baptised/Christened is welcome to come forward and receive and we would love anyone else to come and be prayed for if you’re not comfortable with that, you’re welcome to stay in your seats.
Music: We have a mixture of traditional hymns often led from the organ and more modern songs led by a small band. Our congregation has a wide range of musical ability—so if you can’t sing or don’t know the tune, you won’t be the only one…
Cost: Church is free, a collection/offering is taken for the mission of the church, but guests are not expected to contribute, Christians believe giving their money as well as their time and skills is part of their worship of God. Many members of church give electronically and will therefore simply pass the plate along. No one will think anything if you don't contribute.
Dress code: There is no dress code, God welcomes us as we are. Most people are casual (jeans, trainers and t-shirt) to smart causal (trousers, shirt and shoes or a dress)
Children: We aim to welcome all ages at Holy Trinity and babies, children and young people are no exception! Three times a month children stay in the service for the first 15 minutes, from pre-school age to year 10 and then they go out to their groups called ‘Sunday Time,’ led by DBS checked adults. They then return to the service to receive prayer at the end of communion. Once a month we have an ‘all age’ service which is shorter - everyone stays in together for a more creative and interactive service.
Babies: Babies are very welcome at Holy Trinity. It is helpful if buggies are left in the hall area as there is not much space in the worship area. We have a baby change station in one of the toilets. There is a crèche area with a DBS checked adult in attendance which is well sign posted and has many toys and books and a speaker system which makes it possible to hear the service !
Access: We have no steps for access into the church for persons with disabilities and a toilet that can take wheelchairs.
Sound loop: There is loop system in the main body of the church.
Parking: There is a small amount of parking on the church grounds, but a good amount along Cator Road.
Service length: Most last between 1 hour and 15 minutes and 1 hour and a half.
Refreshments: After the service we serve tea, coffee, squash and biscuits in the hall. This is all free and we encourage people to stay behind for a while to chat and get to know one another better. Guests are particularly welcome.
What's it all about?: Holy Trinity SE20 is part of the Church of England (Anglican Church). If you would like to know more about what we believe then we recommend Alpha (which we run once or twice a year) - you can find out more here. If you have questions, you are not the only one! There are various resources that we would recommend looking at which attempt to deal with all kinds of questions.