What to expect: SUNDAY SERVICES @ St Andrew's


Warm Welcome

One of our welcome team will greet you and show you where to go.

Face Masks

Everyone will be asked to wear a face mask before, during and after the service. The band and speaker do not have to wear these when they are at the front.

Hand gel

There will be hand gel available for you on arrival and as you leave.

Social distance

All our chairs will be spaced out 2m apart.

Introductions

Some of our regulars may come over and introduce themselves and say hello. We ask that everyone keeps a safe distance apart as they chat.

Countdown to start

We will have a countdown timer on screen to let you know when we are about to start.

What is going to happen

Our host for the service will explain to everyone what is happening in the service.

Singing

Our band will play some songs and everyone is given the option to join in singing if they would like. The words will be displayed on the screen. A risk assessment on the building has been completed and it has been agreed that we can sing with our masks on.

TC family interviews

We sometimes have a 3-5 minute slot where we get to know one of our church regulars. The leader will ask them some questions to help us get to know them better.

Main talk

One of our leaders will give a 30 -40 minute talk helping us learn about God, and teaching us from the Bible. This talk can be linked to a book or character in the Bible, or it could be on a certain topic e.g. prayer or forgiveness.

Prayer

During and at the end of our service one of the leaders will pray from the front. These are quiet moments where the leader talks out loud to God. You can close your eyes if you are comfortable to, or you can sit and watch and listen.

Leaving church

We ask that everyone leave the church building immediately after the service has finished and not to mix with other households. There are 3 exits to leave the building from to avoid bottlenecks.

F.A.Q


What time does your church service start?

Our Sunday service begins at 3.45 pm on a Sunday afternoon. It usually lasts about 1 hr 15 minutes with a mixture of songs, prayers, interviews, and a 30-40 min talk. 

How do you adhere to Covid -19 government guidelines in your face to face services?

We want to honour each other and the intention of our government to keep people safe. Currently we maintain social distance of 2 metres and wear masks during face-to-face services. We ask people to use antibacterial gel upon entry and leaving the building, and to avoid mingling between households. 

Do I need to book to come along to an in-person service?

We are very grateful to be able to meet in the St Andrew's church building at the top of town, and the space is big enough for us not to need a booking system.

Previously when we have met in more confined spaces (such as village halls) we have used Eventbrite as an online booking system, with services posted as events. Currently this system is not necessary, but if you follow us on Eventbrite you will be notified of any future services as they are listed. 

Are your midweek life groups still running?

Yes, we are currently running our life groups on Tuesday and Thursday evenings via Zoom. We take some time to chat, share how the week has gone and catch up. We then have a short Bible study led by the life group leaders, followed by time for prayer.
Please visit Our Weekly 3 page for more info and use the contact form to get in touch if you are interested in linking up with a life group. 

I'm not a Christian, can I come to church?

Yes, absolutely!
At Trinity one of our big aims is to be a friendly and easy place for people to come to who are not used to going to church, or who are not believers. We explain what is going to happen at the beginning of each service and our services are very relaxed.
Typically we have free tea, coffee and snacks available throughout our service (although this is not currently allowed due to government restrictions).
There is no pressure to sing or pray. You can just listen and join in with what you feel comfortable doing.
We welcome those who have questions or even challenges about Christianity, and our leaders are always happy to talk more if you have questions.
We regularly run 321 courses and offer 1:1 Bible study for anyone who might just like to find out a little more about Jesus and God. 

Do you have a Sunday School or Creche running during the service?

Prior to Covid-19 restrictions we ran TC Tots for ages 1-4, and TC Kids for ages 4-11 during our service, with a short interval where everyone could chat, grab a cuppa, and settle their kids into their groups.
Please see TC Kids for more info.

At the moment we are not able to run our kids ministry programs face-to-face but, each week, we have a brand new TC Kids video lesson uploaded onto You Tube followed by a 15-30 min zoom session for them to chat and hang out together!
If you'd like to join in with TC Kids please do use our contact form and we can send you the links you need. 

What denomination of church are you?

Trinity started out as a new independent evangelical church plant in Chippenham and is not a member of a specific denomination. We have good relationships with other local churches and strive to work in unity to serve our local community and share the gospel in Chippenham.