What to Expect

No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.

We hope that you feel welcome and comfortable at Trinitarian Congregational Church.

 

Following is some basic information about what happens on a Sunday morning. Please feel free to talk to a greeter, Deacon, or the Minister if you have any questions.

Worship Time

Sundays at 10:00 a.m. The service lasts for about an hour.

Children are welcome for the first part of the service. They are called up front for “A Word for All Ages” with Pastor Bernie, then go to Sunday School for the rest of the service.

Location, Parking, and Handicap Accessibility

Trinitarian Congregational Church is located at the corner of East Main Street (Route 123) and Pine Street, next to Wheaton College. The address for GPS is 2 Pine Street.

There are two parking lots. The upper parking lot off Route 123 has several handicap parking spaces, and the sanctuary is accessible from there by going through the lobby. The entrance from the lower parking lot on Pine Street has a ramp and about 10 stairs, and leads directly into the narthex at the back of the sanctuary.

On-street parking is available, as well as parking at the Norton Public Library across the street.

What to Expect in worship

As you enter the church, you will receive a bulletin to guide you through the service. Children’s Bulletins, crayons, and Bible stories are also available for our youngest friends. Infants and toddlers are welcome to stay, though Nursery Care is available starting at 9:50.

The service will feature readings by the minister or members of the congregation, preaching, prayer, and music. We use the Pilgrim Hymnal, and responsive readings and some hymns will be printed in the bulletin. Bibles are available in the pews if you’d like to follow along during the Scripture readings.

Offering

We collect offering to support the church’s ministries. We welcome whatever gifts you feel are appropriate, and appreciate your gifts of time and talent as well as monetary donations.

Communion

We celebrate Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month. Sometimes it is served by Deacons, and sometimes the congregation approaches the front and takes Communion by intinction. Both methods are strong examples of Christian Faith.

In our Protestant Faith, everyone is welcome at the Communion table, regardless of your religious background, baptism, current status, or age.

The church offers a Communion class aimed at 4th graders so they can begin to understand this Holy Sacrament. Everyone is welcome to attend this class.

Church Clothes

You will find that some people are dressed formally and some are more casual. We encourage you to dress in the way that feels most appropriate to you.

Fellowship After Church

After the worship service, all are welcomed in the Parlor for fellowship and refreshments.