Trinity Congregational Chapel Brixton


02 February
Morning Service
10:30 - 11:30 communion: The Minister
Tea to follow
Evening Service
18:30 - 19:00 Reflections: The Minister

Trinity Congregational Chapel.

Whilst sorting through some books I found a unsigned letter that I believe was written by Christopher Stell, the deceased leading authourity 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.

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.’

Trinity Congregational Church celebrates it’s 191st birthday.

On Saturday 28th September members and friends celebrated Trinity’s birthday with a evening meal and after dinner speech. The guest speaker, Chris Idle, helped celebrate the occasion with a hymn which he had composed for the day. The hymn was most appropriate for Trinity’s birthday and will no doubt be sung often. Following the dinner cooked by Jeff Claxton the whole assembly joined together to sing Chris’s hymn entitled ‘This is the house of prayer’ to the tune Ascalon.

Called to the house of prayer.

1. Called to the house of prayer,

let all who gather here

make every pew with songs resound!

God give us eyes to see

each anniversary

looks back, ahead, and all around.

2. Within these chapel walls

the voice of mercy calls:

God, by your breath you raise dry bones!

May we, who count the days,

glow not with pride but praise,

your human pillars, living stones.

3. Grace beyond human thought,

not earned, achieved or bought,

gives faith to find your promise true.

Lord Christ who loved the lost,

and shared their pain, their cost,

you welcome all who come to you.

4. Where thousands buy and sell

we have this news to tell,

through teeming streets or one by one;

here cultures richly blend,

fresh stories never end;

your way be known, your will be done.

5. All-loving Trinity,

your blessings means that we

go out with joy, with joy come in;

not fearful nor ashamed,

glad when our Lord is named:

in Jesus Christ new worlds begin.

For Trinity Congregational Church Brixton anniversary,

September 2019

Words, Chris Idle


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.

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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."