Worship

Our regular worship centers on the Eucharist, and we use the services from the Book of Common Prayer. There are two services on Sunday morning – 8:00 a.m., which uses traditional language and has no singing; and 10:00 a.m., which uses contemporary language. Music is an integral part of the worship at the 10:00 service.

In addition, Holy Trinity holds joint worship services on Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. with Holy Nativity Lutheran Church in Wenonah. Holy Trinity hosts the services on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. There is a full Eucharist at each service.

The majority of the music sung at Holy Trinity comes from the Episcopal Hymnal 1982. We supplement that with our songbook, the blue binder in the pews, which draws from a variety of sources. Songs that are familiar to Roman Catholics, Protestants, and Pentecostals are found throughout.

You will notice that we stand, sit or kneel at different times during the service. In general we “Sit for instruction, kneel for private or penitential prayer, and stand for corporate prayer and praise.” These are guidelines, not requirements and you are welcome to follow whatever customs you are comfortable with.

Communion is open to all baptized Christians, regardless of denomination or age. We believe this is the Lord's table, not the Episcopal church's and all are welcome to it's feast. Children are also welcome and encouraged to receive communion. However, we believe in the right of a parent to make the decision as to when their child receives. If you would prefer them to receive a blessing, the proper form is to fold the arms across the chest.

Baptisim

Anyone seeking baptism for their child or themselves must speak with the Rector. Private baptisms are rarely done and are not encouraged. We believe baptism is the entrance into the Christian Community and therefore the community needs to be present. Holy Baptism is especially appropriate at the Easter Vigil, the Day of the Pentecost, the Sunday after All Saints and on the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord. Baptisms are also scheduled on other Sundays as well. 

Confirmation

In the course of their Christian development, those baptized at an early age are expected, when they are ready and have been duly prepared, to make a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism and to receive the laying on of hands by the bishop.

Here at Holy Trinity we offer Confirmation classes to those who have at least finished the sixth grade and apply to be admitted to Confirmation Class. It is a two year program which upon completion allows the student to be confirmed at the next visit from a Bishop or at another church doing confirmation as arranged with the Rector. Classes start each September.

First Communion

We believe that any person, regardless of age who has been baptized may receive communion. Here at Holy Trinity we believe it is the parent and godparents responsibility to decide when their child receives communion. We do recognize that some teaching is appreciated and so each September on a Saturday morning we offer a one time class on receiving Communion.

It is our hope that by participating in worship and attending church school children will develop an understanding and appreciation for this sacrament.

Funerals

The death of a member of the Church should be reported as soon as possible to, and arrangements for the funeral should be made in consultation with, the Minister of the Congregation. Baptized Christians are properly buried from the church. The service should be held at a time when the congregation has opportunity to be present.

Weddings

Christian marriage is a solemn and public covenant between a man and a woman in the presence of God. In the Episcopal Church it is required that one, at least, of the parties must be a baptized Christian; that the ceremony be attested by at least two witnesses; and that the marriage conform to the laws of the State and the canons of this Church.

Here at Holy Trinity weddings are scheduled through the Rector. You do not have to be a member to be married at Holy Trinity.  Minimum of 4 premarital sessions is required of all couples.  If one or both people are divorced permission from the Bishop of New Jersey is required.  Further questions should be directed to the Rector.