Trinity Congregational Chapel Brixton

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Updates: Zoom services continue on Sunday mornings at 9.15am. The church reopened for morning services in Febuary 2021.

Trinity has a morning service each Sunday at 10.30am.

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 now able to offer refreshments after the service.

Thought for the month:

John, Chapter 8; v. 2 - 11.

2 Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them.

3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them,

4 they said to him, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery.

5 Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?"

6 They said this to test him, so that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.

7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her."

8 And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground.

9 When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him.

10 Jesus straightened up and said to her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?"

11 She said, "No one, sir." And Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again."

Notice here that Jesus' stress is on understanding and forgiveness unlike the scribes and pharisees who are censorious and legalistic.

Hymn of the month:

Give to me, Lord, a thankful heart

and a discerning mind:

Give, as I play the Christian's part,

the stength to finish what I start

and act on what I find.

When, in the rush of days, my will

is habit - bound and slow

help me to keep in vision still

what love and power and peace can fill

a life that trusts in you.

By your divine and urgent claim

and by your human face

kindle our sinking hearts to flame

and as you teach the world your name

let it become your place.

Jesus, with all your Church I long

to see your kingdom come:

show me your way of righting wrong

and turning sorrow into song

until you bring me home.

Caryl Micklem (1925 - 2003)

Visiting Trinity Congregational Church

Trinity Congregational Church Website is at http://trinitychapelbrixton.org.uk/

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.

All are welcome to our services

please join us for:

Ministry

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."