Holy Trinity Weymouth with St Nicholas

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About Holy Trinity

Holy Trinity is a Church of England church in the Diocese of Salisbury. Since the 1830s we have sought to represent God’s presence in this part of his world.

Holy Trinity church is the civic church of Weymouth and is used for many of the town’s special occasions where Church and State are represented. But we hope that people of our parish and the wider community will see it as their church.  The liturgy in our church is traditional and catholic and the Eucharist forms the basis of our church life together. Everyone is welcomed to our services which emphasise the importance of accepting people as they are and endeavouring to see the presence of God in everyone. The Vicar would be very happy to talk to you about any requests for baptisms, weddings, blessing’s and prayers for all occasions. We exist to support everyone whatever their journey.

Holy Trinity has a weekly Sunday school which meets at 9.45am in Holy Trinity church crypt and during the Eucharist the young people join the rest of the church for worship and share with everyone their Sunday contribution to the liturgy. Everyone is welcome to bring their children along. Parents are particularly welcome to stay.

Every Sunday after the Parish Eucharist everyone is encouraged to join us for tea and coffee in the organ transept at Holy Trinity where there is an opportunity to talk to each other and meet our vicar Canon Andrew Gough.

We are a Fairtrade church and have a weekly stall of Tradecraft items after the 10.00 am Parish Eucharist.

It is with regret in recent months that we have had to keep Holy Trinity church closed because of anti-social behaviour and vandalism.  However, we do aim to be open at certain times.  Please see the church notice boards.

Our church hosts several social events, bible studies and weekday services which are open to anyone who feels that they would like to join us.

We try to help nurture people’s faith and support them on life’s journey at Holy Trinity Church. We also seek to witness to God’s love for all people and especially those in need. Many members of the church are involved in social and charitable work in Weymouth and beyond.

Canon Andrew is available for confession and /pastoral counselling by appointment.  He is also available to visit you along with the ministerial staff team. Please do contact us.

St Nicholas Church

St Nicholas Church (NOW CLOSED) has been on Buxton Road since 1894. The current building was dedicated by the Bishop of Salisbury on Palm Sunday, 1964. St Nicholas played a full part in the life of the parish, having had its own thriving worshipping community which gathered on Sunday and Wednesday mornings. Being a dual-purpose building, church and hall, it provided a venue for many of our social activities. The building and land are scheduled to be sold.

The closure service at St Nicholas Church took place on Sunday 4th March 2018 and was a joint Service of Thanksgiving with the Holy Trinity choir and congregation. The service was led by Canon Andrew assisted by the Reverend Ruth Milverton with the address given by The Very Reverend Alan Woods

The photo above shows from left to right the Revd Ruth, Canon Andrew and the Rt Rev Alan Woods officiating at the Thanksgiving and Closure Service

 

Our mission

The foundation of our life in the Church is worship and prayer, as we support each other on the journey of faith. In the power of God’s spirit we are sent out to make Christ known in the communities he has called us to serve.

Music at Holy Trinity

Holy Trinity Church is pleased to introduce a limited number of chorister bursaries for young people joining the church choir. Holy Trinity Church will contribute towards the cost of private singing lessons during school term in return for singing in the choir at our Sunday and festival services. Further details can obtained from our Director of Music, Derek Griffiin, who can be contacted via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The musical life of the church is very active, with the choir performing regularly during services. The photo above shows one of our visiting organists David Bruce-Payne. Read more about music at Holy Trinity

History

In 1834, Rev George Chamberlaine, Rector of Wyke Regis, offered to build a new church for the people of Weymouth at his sole expense. The site selected, the southern end of the Town Bridge, was well chosen and used to effect by the architect Philip Wyatt, who designed an imposing building in the late Gothic style. It was consecrated on 6 August 1836 by the Bishop of Winchester, and Thomas Payne became the first vicar.

Originally the church faced east as is the custom, but by the mid-1880s a growing congregation prompted an extensive enlargement which included reorientation of the interior and re-positioning of the high altar to its current site. A remarkable feature from the beginning, the large crypt – easily accommodated within the sloping site – has served many purposes. It was a place of burial until the 1862 Burial Act, an air-raid shelter during the Second World War, was converted for use as a parish hall in 1979, and continues to be a meeting place for community groups.

A detailed church guide and history of “The Church by the Bridge” by Geoff Pritchard, revised to celebrate the 170th anniversary in 2006 of the foundation of the church, is available, price £1.50.  Brief guide booklets in French, German, Italian and Spanish, as well as English, are available in the church for visitors.

Holy Trinity Primary School and Community Nursery

The school, the largest primary school in Dorset, and nursery provide a Christian environment in which every pupil is recognised as a unique individual to be nurtured in mind, body and spirit. It occupies superb new buildings which were dedicated in 2008 by the Bishop of Sherborne. It has a garden, which includes a memory garden for spiritual and quiet reflection and is used by the pupils as part of their RE lessons. You can view the school's website or contact the school on 01305 783 200 or at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

What’s on

  • Friday 1 June 2018, 12.01am–6.08pm | Holy Trinity

    YOUR Choir Needs YOU

    As we journey through Lent towards Easter, many of us take the time to both reflect on what has passed and look forward to new life and new beginnings in the future.  Members of Holy Trinity’s choir are no different and, prompted by several photographs dated from 2002, have been evaluating the choir’s role in worship and also its composition.  The most striking feature seems to be the current dearth of boy or girl choristers - each photograph conveys a complement of at least ten compared with the current, single, child member.

    This is obviously a concern for both now and in the future because the choir, as a living, evolving body needs new blood in order to ensure not only its growth but its very existence.  Musically, treble voices add an extra dimension to the sound of worship - without them some pieces of music cannot be performed.
    As a result of this, the choir is keen to try a range of approaches in order to encourage children and young people to come and join us - after all choirs are enjoying a huge surge in popularity at the moment, something not many people would have predicted only a few years ago (a testament to the power of television, perhaps)?

    The most obvious tactic is to strengthen relations with Holy Trinity Primary School and encourage pupils to take part in some joint musical ventures with choir and wider church to give them a flavour of what it involves and what we are like.

    We also have plans for a junior/training choir which would join with the main choir on specific occasions, e.g. weddings, and sing suitably selected music.  When proficient, junior members would be invited (with much pomp and ceremony) to join the main choir.  We also envisage a social side to the junior choir to ensure that members feel that their contribution and commitment is valued and to encourage friendship and ‘team-building.’ During one of his visits to Yorkshire, Derek (our Director of Music) visited St. Mary’s Church, Masham which obviously has a vibrant choir which records its activities daily in a dedicated book which is available for anyone to look through - something Holy Trinity could emulate.

    Our ideas and aims are all very well but will come to nothing if we cannot break down the barriers, dispel the fear and encourage people of all ages to give it a go.  We welcome new members of any age or voice range - can you sing? You don’t have to be a virtuoso - just be able to hold a tune (and preferably follow simple instructions - but if you can’t, don’t let that stop you - it’s never stopped anyone before)! Do you know anyone, young or old who might like to join us?  Can you think of any clubs or societies where we could advertise? (Would you like to join our press gang)?

    Our vision is to report this time next year that we have made some progress - help us to make that vision a reality.

  • Monday 28 May 2018, 2.30pm | Hope URC

    Women’s Fellowship Meeting - A Talk on Optical Illusions

    This afternoon’s talk is by Mr Geoff Kirby on “Optical Illusions”.

    Meetings are held on the fourth Monday each month at 2 30 pm. We are a friendly group who welcome new members so do come and join us for fellowship and interesting afternoons with time for a chat over a cup of tea.

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Thought for the Week 20th May 2018

The great feast of Pentecost is a celebration of the Spirit on us, Christ’s disciples of our time. Will this coming mark a new beginning in our lives? Everybody wants to change the world but few want to change themselves. Pentecost is an invitation and an opportunity to let God’s Spirit change us even a little to start.

Canon Andrew

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Vicar’s letter for May 2018

“Over the last few weeks we have been bombarded with literature from all political parties as well as candidates canvassing at our doors for local elections. When the apostles elected a successor to the traitor Judas they simply drew lots, no doubt believing that by doing so they were placing the decision in God’s hands. ”

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