Holy Trinity members run a diverse range of groups and activities, with something to engage everyone. There are opportunities to:
Get together - meet socially, get to know new people and make new friends;
Work together - help our neighbours in the local community and beyond;
Serve together - opportunities to help behind the scenes at Holy Trinity.
Details of groups are listed below. If you need any further information simply email firstname.lastname@example.org - so join in today!
The craft group meets on Wednesday afternoons in the Trinity Centre from 2 to 4pm. Our members bring along their own projects to work on and share skills with one another.
New members are always welcome and experience is not essential. We are on holiday for June, July and August.
This informal club of retired people meets every Monday afternoon, 2-4pm, in the Trinity Centre, for games such as scrabble and dominos. September sees an outing for lunch and at Christmas we have a party tea & carols, before a short break for the festive season. We are on holiday for June, July and August.
Catering and socialising are at the heart of the life of Holy Trinity. We enjoy celebrations and it is important that we mark occasions. The committee aims to enhance the worship and fellowship of the church, giving the congregation and visitors the opportunity to meet in a sociable way. We do this by organising a variety of events, from breakfasts and occasional lunches to pancake parties & barbeques.
Women’s Fellowship is a social group of ladies of the congregation. On the 2nd Thursday of the month we meet for coffee, usually in a member’s home, and on the 4th Thursday we meet at the Trinity Centre for a short act of worship followed by a speaker and tea. The Fellowship helps members get to know each other and offer each other practical support. We are on holiday for June, July and August.
Holy Trinity members are part of the Melrose Churches Together team that helps staff the Galashiels Foodbank for 2 weeks every couple of months. The church porch is also a collection point for food donations for the foodbank.
Since March 2012 Holy Trinity has been registered as an EcoCongregation, committed to caring for creation, linking environmental issues with our Christian faith and responding with practical action in the church and wider community. We achieved a First Award from EcoCongregation Scotland in June 2015 and a Silver Award in January 2018.
A small team of volunteers from the congregation oversees EcoCongregation activities, reporting as necessary to Vestry. Ongoing projects include the development of a Wildlife Garden on the lower terrace to the north of the church.
Holy Trinity acts as coordinator for the 14 registered EcoCongregations in the Central Borders Network area, organising meetings and events when members can come together and exchange ideas. The Network also participates actively with Greener Borders, a consortium of local environmental groups which arranges monthly winter lectures, expanding links with the wider community.
Responsible for the cleaning of the linen & vessels used at communion, preparing for communion and clearing up afterwards. The Guild ensures the altar has the correct colour vestment according to the season and that the sacred vessels are prepared and set out at the high altar for the Eucharistic services.
Churchyard and Grounds Maintenance
The churchyard and grounds are privately owned and maintained by a dedicated team of volunteers. More help is always welcome.
The choir plays an important role, leading the congregation in the musical worship of the church on Sundays, various special services throughout the Church Year, and also at wedding and funeral services. See more about the choir & music at Holy Trinity.
Intercessory prayer is led by members of congregation at the 11am service on Sunday mornings. Prayers for the world and all people, for those who are sick, and for the Church are an important part of our worship.
The Guild’s members take turns to arrange flowers on Sundays, with additional volunteers to help for Easter, Harvest and Christmas. We welcome new members: if you love flowers and enjoy arranging them, that is all that is needed.
Pastoral Care covers all those who are in need, from the sick and their family and close friends who need support, to those who are mourning, in distress of any kind, or with spiritual needs.
Please email email@example.com to inform us of anyone who might benefit from pastoral care.
Members of the congregation read the lessons and epistles at Holy Trinity services. The frequency of reading at present is about once every two to three months, but clearly this depends on the number of available readers. New readers are always very welcome.
Teams of volunteers working on a rota carry out cleaning to make the church as welcoming as possible. The work involves vacuuming, dusting, sweeping floors and the porch, washing the mosaic floor and polishing the brass.
The Prayer Circle consists of a group of volunteers who wish to pray daily for people requesting prayer. If you are interested, plese contact the Rector on 01896 822626.
The servers assist the priest at communion services. Holy Trinity's Altar Servers belong to the Fraternity of St Boisil section of the Scottish Guild of Servers.
The sidespeople are the first point of contact for visitors and congregation on a Sunday morning. They have numerous tasks during a service inlcuding welcoming people, handing out hymn books and assisting with seating. They may even get to ring the church bell!