What's it like to come to Holy Trinity Theale?
We want all our visitors to feel very welcome.
Here are a few questions people ask when they are thinking about coming along to Holy Trinity Theale:
Q) What do Christians believe?
A) Great question... click here to find out.
Q) What do I wear?
A) Wear what you feel comfortable in; we are very informal. If your child wants to wear a favourite superhero costume, that’s fine!
Q) Are seats reserved?
A) Absolutely not! You can sit wherever you want.
Q) Do I need to be a good person or believe the Bible to come along?
A) No. We all have questions, doubts, and troubles. We come to church to learn more about the God of the Bible who changes lives. So please, come as you are.
Q) What is there for children?
A) The church is for children as much as it is for grownups! We have an area at the back of church for children who need to crawl around a bit and play. We have a creche and Sunday Clubs for primary school aged children. In time, we want to start a group for teenagers - but they should be able to enjoy the main service too. On the first Sunday of every month our service is an 'All-age' which means the service is geared towards chidlren and adults alike... it's a great service!
Q) What do you actually do in a church service?
A) We sing, have slots for the children, pray, read the Bible and hear it explained in the sermon. We have time before and after to chat with our friends and get to know one another. (We also have opportunities in the week to deepen our friendships).
Q) Can I just come along and observe?
A) Absolutely. Words for the service will be projected on a screen at the front, so you can participate as much or as little as you wish. We don't want to put words in your mouth, so if you don't feel comfortable saying certain things, or singing that's fine.
Q) Will I be asked for money?
A) No. Whilst donations to Holy Trinity Theale are welcome, regular giving in church is for committed Christians. There is no collection passed round, so you won't feel awkward!
Q) Who do I ask if I need help with anything, or if I want to talk to someone?
A) We have a stewarding team who are there to help show you what you need and answer any questions. If you need someone to pray with you or want to speak to the Rector, Martin, just make yourself known.
Q) What is Communion and will it be awkward?
A) On various weeks, Communion is served. Communion is where Christians remember, with bread and wine, what Jesus did when he died upon the cross for us. The bread and the wine are symbolic of Jesus' body and blood (they don't stop being bread and wine!). If you are not confident to call Jesus "Lord and Saviour" just yet don't worry - you can let the bread and the wine pass by you... no one will notice if you don't take them.