Welcome. Really. You are welcome here and we're glad to see you.
We know meeting someone for the first time can be intimidating, and going to a new church for the first time can be nerve-wracking. We want to help make your first experience at Trinity Church Tariffville a great one! That's what this page is for.
The first thing you're going to want to know is what time services start. On Sundays, we have three services:
8:00am - Quiet, Traditional Service
9:45am - Family Service, with music and other joyful noises
5:00pm - Chapel Service with music
We also have a Wednesday 7:00am service. All services include Holy Communion. At Trinity, baptized and believing guests may take Holy Communion, in the form of bread and wine. Or just take the bread, if you want. Or come up at Communion for a blessing instead, whether you've ever been baptized or not.. All are welcome. Gluten-free bread is available at all services.
What can I expect?
Services at Trinity are about 60 - 75 minutes. You'll see everything from jeans and shorts to jackets and ties at Trinity, but definitely more on the casual side. Come as you are, and feel comfortable in whatever you are wearing. Enter in either the door on the right side of the front of the church facing Church Street, or in the door off of the parking lot. An usher will welcome you when you arrive for a service, and will give you a bulletin, with all the service instructions printed on it. You can follow along with what's happening in church in this bulletin, and it will tell you when we usually sit, stand, or kneel.. During some services, words to music and prayers are projected on a screen up front. On others, we'll use the bulletin or songbook to read the words. It's ok to participate, it's ok to sit and just take it in.
What about music?
Trinity has long been known as a "singing church." We have two music groups - the traditional St. Gregory Choir and the Contemporary Worship Team. The first service of the month is always traditional, with music led by the choir, sung psalms, anthem, and traditional hymns with organ. The third Sunday of the month, music is led by our contemporary worship team, made up of singers and musicians (piano, guitar, percussion, flute, etc.). The other Sundays are "blended" - with both music groups sharing in leading the music. Feel free to sing along or just listen. Learn more about music at Trinity by clicking here.
What about my kids?
We believe that kids should have a blast at church every single week, and feel cared for, important, safe, and also learn something about how much God loves them. This is a priority for us. The other thing that is a priority is your child's safety. That's why we require teachers to have background checks, be trained in keeping kids and other vulnerable people safe, and we carefully choose our Sunday School curriculum. We have Sunday School or a children's program every week at the 9:45am Sunday service. Children start the service sitting with you, and move on to Sunday School at the end of the Children's Sermon. Children rejoin their families just before Communion, so families can come to the Lord's table together. Our children and family activities include youth group, Sunday school, and other events. You can learn more by clicking here.
Can someone pray for me?
We all need prayer. And, at Trinity, we believe in the power of prayer. During each service, a member of our healing prayer team is stationed in the back of the church, in the entryway room, to pray with and for anyone who approaches, asking for prayer.
This is how it works. During Communion time, just go to the back of the church - in the entryway. You can go there after you go up to the altar for Communion, or before. A prayer team member will be waiting there to pray for you. She or he will ask you if there is something specific you need prayer for. You can tell them some specifics, or just say "God knows." God does know. And the prayer team member will pray for you. They might ask if they can rest a hand on your shoulder while they pray for you. Let them know if you prefer they don't.
On the first Sunday of the month, after worshippers take Communion, everyone can go to the front rail, where the prayer team is ready to pray for each person that wants prayer. We also have a prayer team that prays every day for concerns.
I'm getting married, or want my child (or me) to be baptized. Can I have a wedding or baptism at Trinity?
Baptism and marriage are joyous blessings, and many families have celebrated those sacraments at Trinity over the last almost 150 years. There is some preparation work to be done before being married or baptized in a church, and we're happy to talk to you about that. Call the church office or fill in the form below and let us know what you're thinking.
Let us know you're coming.
Ready to check out Trinity in person? Come anytime, or fill out the form below and let us know you're coming and we'll give you the VIP treatment. We can't wait to meet you.