Holy Trinity Church, Messingham

How to get Involved

There are many ways in which you can help out.

Train as a guide - When the church is open, you could show visitors around and answer questions.

Help with refreshments - When we have an event, some form of refreshment is usually provided. Bake a cake, serve it and help to clear up afterwards.

Help to plan an event - Share your interest and enthusiasm with others.

Welcome visitors to a service - Put them at ease and invite them to stay for a chat over a cuppa afterwards.

If you have a particular skill which could be useful, for example flower arranging, then use your talent to make the church look more welcoming.

Maintenance

As with any building, there is a regular requirement for cleaning and maintenance to ensure that a very old building and heritage asset is protected and preserved for generations to come.

Some aspects of maintenance have to be carried out by qualified professionals. These include anything electrical, and servicing of the organ, the lightning conductor and fire extinguishers. However, some of the work is taken care of by volunteers who routinely come and get involved.

This can include being on the cleaning rota for both the church and meeting room, helping with flower displays and keeping the churchyard tidy.

Sometimes you need to climb a ladder, as those of us that clean out the gutters can confirm, but generally you can keep your feet on the ground. It’s worth mentioning that, whilst working on the church buildings or in its grounds, volunteers are covered against accidents by the church’s insurance policy with Ecclesiastical Insurance.

Community Support Activities

Members of our congregation are involved in various community support and ecumenical activities. You are invited to join in any of these activities in any way you can.

A Christingle Service in aid of The Children’s Society takes place in church each December. This is always a popular event with a full church.

Quarterly collections are held for local and national charities – eg Parkinson’s UK, Alzheimer’s, Macmillan and RNLI

Food bank collection point – Donations are received in church and are collected by a representative from the local Baptist Church. After sorting into appropriate food parcels, they are then distributed to the needy using the ‘voucher referral system’ through agencies such as Children’s centres, the Citizens Advice Bureau and Health visitors. For further information you can visit the Scunthorpe Food Bank website.

This year, food items received at the Holy Trinity Harvest Festival were donated to the Scunthorpe Food Bank.

Various services and events are arranged by ‘Churches Together in Messingham’, our local ecumenical partnership.

‘Coffee Pot’ is held every third Wednesday of the month at Messingham Chapel Hall between 10.15am and 2.00pm. Morning coffee and lunch is provided by volunteers. This provides an opportunity to share delicious home cooked food and meet new friends. There is no charge, just an invitation to make a donation.  Profits are shared between the Methodist Chapel and Holy Trinity Church. Everyone is welcome, and transport can be arranged if required.

‘Play Days’ are usually held on two Wednesdays during the school summer holidays. These fun and action packed days provide an opportunity for children aged 5- 11 to enjoy a variety of crafts and games.

Christian Aid - Each year a coffee morning with various stalls and raffles is held to raise money for Christian Aid.

Remembrance Sunday - A very well supported Service of Remembrance takes place each year in either Holy Trinity Church or the Methodist Church. This is followed by a further short act of Remembrance at the Village War Memorial at 11.00am followed by light refreshments.

Village Carol Praise - An opportunity for everyone to meet in the Village Hall before Christmas to sing carols followed by seasonal light refreshments.

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