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Welcome to Trinity United Reformed Church, Wigan

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© 2013 Trinity United Reformed Church - Milton Grove, Wigan, WN1 2PG  

Welcome to Trinity


Welcome -

to our website, which is formatted rather like a community notice board and we hope provides a window into our church fellowship.  If you make use of the links below, please remember to use the ‘Back Arrow’, on your browser, if you wish to return to this page.

Planning a Visit?   

Our Minister, Reverend Chris Parker and his wife Ruth (pictured)

If you are planning to visit Trinity United Reformed Church in Wigan for the first time you may naturally wonder what a Sunday service will be like.  Please check our website ‘Diary of Events’ page for times and details of services or other events. In the absence of our own Minister (Rev Chris Parker), (whose time is shared between Trinity and our friends at Tunley United Reformed Church,) we welcome student ministers, visiting preachers, members of our Elders team and the Choir or Youth Church to lead us in worship.

We do like to encourage students and families and for some of our services, children and adults are ‘All Together In Church’ (ATIC).  For others, we are all together in church for the first part of our worship and then, on most Sundays, any young people with us may go to their room for their own activities. Parents of toddlers are welcome to go with them if they wish.

Car Parking / Bus Services

There is a small car park to the side and rear of the church, where you may park. Although parking is free on the main road (Wigan Lane), on a Sunday, the spaces are usually taken by hospital staff.  There is also an infrequent bus service from the town centre to the stop outside the church grounds – please check our website ‘Find Us’ page for details.

Warm Welcome

On arrival at the front door, we hope that following a warm welcome you will quickly feel at ease.

As you enter the ‘Foyer’, the ‘Church Sanctuary’ is to your left and the toilets on your right.  All our Facilities are wheelchair/disabled friendly. If you have any special needs, please do not hesitate to mention them as we would like to make you as comfortable as we can.

Hymn books (‘Rejoice & Sing’) and/or chorus song sheets/order of services are usually handed out as we enter the sanctuary.  Although we are generally creatures of habit, you may sit where you wish.  We have no dress code, preferring to wear what we feel comfortable in, which of course varies from person to person, from fairly formal to casual.

Musical Accompaniment

We are very fortunate to have three good organists and a superb pipe organ, which has 1200 pipes, giving a magnificent tonal quality and vocal range.  Martin, our Music Director, plays organ voluntaries at the end of each service, which are enjoyed by many.  If you are interested, you may view more details about the organ on our website.  We also boast a good choir, which you may join if you wish (we are always looking for new members!) and a music team who play a variety of instruments and support the services from time to time.

To Sit or to Stand?

At the start of each Sunday service, the congregation, if they are able, stand, as a mark of respect, as the Holy Bible is carried in, followed by the person leading our worship and the choir.  Some of our older members remain seated throughout the hour-long services.  When to sit, or stand? - Just follow the lead of the majority.

At the end of the service we stand as the Bible and Minister leave.

Will I be able to hear or see?

We do use a screen and computer projector, for some services, to display song words or film clips and have a good sound amplification system as well as a hearing loop, which works anywhere in the sanctuary.  Some services are recorded and may be made available on our website as ‘Podcasts’.  We now have an extensive audio podcast library.  Please feel free to listen to them and although they are edited down they will give you some idea of the form of our worship.

What form does the service take?  

The form of worship varies between traditional and informal, depending on the theme of the event, the person or group leading the service and age range of participants.  Our Minister, Chris, likes to encourage informal participation from the congregation.  You do not have to do anything you do not wish to.

Is there a collection?

We do support several different charities throughout the year as well as to further the work here at Trinity.  A collection is taken during the service which you are under no obligation to contribute to. We are however very grateful for any contribution you may wish to make.  Also, at the beginning of each month, we have a ‘Retiring Collection’ plate for a specific charity, which again you may or may not wish to support, as we leave the sanctuary.  Monetary donations can be ‘gift aided’ to maximise any donation made by a UK tax payer; gift envelopes are also available on request.

Is there Communion?  

Communion is usually celebrated on the first Sunday of each month as part of the morning service.  You and/or any children are welcome to participate, the choice is yours, especially if you know and love the Lord.  We remain in our seats and the Sacraments of ‘bread’ and ‘wine’ are brought to us – we retain the bread and wine and eat or drink together.

Can we stay for refreshments?

You are invited to stay for tea, coffee or squash (for which there is no charge, although, you may give a small donation if you wish) and if we are lucky biscuits and cakes, as we mingle and chat in the foyer, after the service.  Once or twice a month we also have a display of Traidcraft goods for sale in the foyer.

At the beginning of each month free copies of our Church Magazine are available on the tables in the foyer; please help yourself. Please also check our website for any groups or clubs you may like to join or activities to take part in.

We look forward to meeting you and hope you enjoy your time with us. Remember ‘strangers are friends we have not yet met’.  We also hope to see you again soon.  Thank you