Trinity Congregational Chapel Brixton


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Updates: Zoom services continue on Sunday mornings at 9.15am. We can no longer carry on with worship in the chapel as the covid 19 virus has become so rampant. We are determine to help the NHS by trying to help to keep people safe at this very difficult time. We will open up again on Sundays as soon as we possibly can.

Trinity is now open on a Friday morning between 10.30am and 11.30am for private prayers and reflection.

Due to the coronavirus, all social distancing practices are in place. Visitors are required to sign in on arrival. We are sorry we cannot offer refreshments at present but all are welcome for worship and prayers.

Thought for the month:

‘Then Peter came up and said to him, ‘Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you seven times but seventy tines seven.’ Matthew 18: 21-22.

Forgiveness is never easy but society and we as individuals are lost without it. When we hold on to grudges and bitterness we harm ourselves and all those who love us. Forgiveness is mature and enables positive personal, social and political development. Let’s all try a touch of forgiveness. Jesus forgave those who persecuted him from the cross.


NOTE: Our next photograph exhibition has the following themes: #Murk #Mist #Drizzle #TheNightCometh

*Here is a rather beautiful and inspiring poem written by one of our regulars. Chris read this out on Christmas morning.*


Christmas from a Distance

And did he pass through Bethlehem

and pause a moment by the fold

to see the shepherds, watching them,

and notice some were getting old

but might remember, years ago,

that sudden brightness in the sky

and wonder, Was it really so?

Or was it like a dream gone by

to fade, like faith and hope and love?

And yet, there was a manger there,

The straw below, the sky above:

a tiny baby’s glistening hair,

his screwed-up eyes and wrinkled face –

And what a moment to arrive

on such a night, in such a place!

But could that tiny scrap survive?

And would they see him at the gate

and come and lean against the wall

and try to recollect the date,

that night when Glory found them all?

Chris Idle

Temporary Conservation Studio and Reading Room at Trinity Chapel, Brixton.

Keeping the Library alive.

Facilities will be maintained at Trinity Congregational Church, Brixton for readers to access a limited number of manuscripts during the closure of Dr Williams’s Library. The time for requesting manuscripts has been extended until 13th March 2020. However all appointments at Trinity Chapel must be prearranged. An office presence will continue throughout the week,and the conservation studio will operate full time. Please write to Jane Giscombe with manuscript requests This email address will remain active throughout the closed period, unless otherwise stated on the website. The Dr Williams’s telephone no 0207 387 3727 remains the same. All other instructions for visitors may be found on the Dr Williams’s Library website

Visiting Trinity Congregational Church

Trinity Congregational Church Website is at

and you will find a google link to a map of the area. For those who lack access to a computer the address is:

Trinity Congregational Church,

St Matthew’s Road,

London SW2 5AF

The nearest tube is Brixton. The 59 bus from Euston via Waterloo goes to Rush Common bus stop in Brixton - a two minute walk from the church. Otherwise from central Londonthe 159 and 3 buses go to Brixton (Rush Common bus stop). From Liverpool Street and/or London Bridge take the 133 bus.

Trinity Congregational Chapel.

Whilst sorting through some books I found an unsigned letter which I believe was written by Christopher Stell, the deceased leading authority on chapel architecture. Titled ‘first impressions’ it reads as follows:

‘OUTSIDE perfect example of 1820 (of St John’s Downshire Hill Hampstead).

WITHIN ditto the columns

‘But the gallery front foxed me - the iron-work is slightly later - designed for ladies’ hooped skirts.

Hooped Skirts.

All Images from The Metropolitan Museum, New York.

Trinity Chapel railings

The original gallery front would have been plain flat white woodwork probably without panels. But if you paint the existing iron-work white, the appearance tends to suggest a swimming-bath. For that reason, I would suggest a pale green for the metal-work, but probably white for the woodwork (save for the green and gilt horizontal beams).

The piece de resistance is, of course, the pulpit (William IV?). [now missing]

It demands a communion table of the same period, a mahogany hall-table from an antique shop (being higher than a domestic dining table). Deacons’ chairs could be 19th cent dark chairs.’

THE ORGAN: I suspect from a private house, ought to loose its ghostly paint! 1820 organs had gold front pipes. A little later, the pipes would have been brown or green Or peony red, with black and gold stencilled patterns. What colour you decide on could be left until the walls and gallery have been new-done.

The pulpit deserves a cushion for the bible - boxed, red velvet, with very large red tassels at the corners.

Platform front - this is a problem. The late Victorian “Jacobean” is good of its kind, but it does not really fit in with 1820. Perhaps a dark stain or paint - the darkest green possible? - with only an “egg-shell” finish.

A square of red turkish carpet (with dark green and blue pattern) in front of the pulpit would be welcome! But, like anything else introduced, it should not be brand new. New stuff of any kind would shout.

For the same reason, cut flowers should not be used - they came in as a result of the Oxford Movement! But the occasional pot fern on a window ledge would be in keeping; and perhaps the occasional huge jar of evergreens standing on the floor at festivals.’

Pictures to follow. JG

Thought for this week:

Ravenstonedale manse - Westmorland home of Bernard Lord Manning. May 2019

Trinity Congregational Chapel is an independent church, founded in 1828, affiliated to The Congregational Federation.

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Our minister is Revd Dr Alan Argent. He is a Brixton boy, born and bred, who first came to this church aged 11 years and has not managed to leave yet. You see Trinity really is habit forming! Educated at the London School of Economics (Bsc Econ), King's College, London (M Th), and University College, London (Ph D), he trained for the ministry in Cambridge.

Service by candlelight.

Join us for our conservation evenings at Trinity.

Fellowship meals, coffee mornings, sales of work, book sales - all by arrangement.

Baptisms, Marriages and Funerals by arrangement with the minister.

This note was received after a recent baptism:

"I just wanted to say thank you so much for a wonderful christening on Sunday. My friends and family were all raving about your service and how enjoyable it was. Thank you so much for having us and huge thanks to you for being so accommodating throughout."