The heart of our life as a church is gathering together on Sundays, and everyone is welcome to join us. Trinity South Christchurch meets at two times, in two locations. There’s no dress code, and while it’s a good idea to arrive 5 minutes early, it’s also totally fine to turn up after we start.
When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by someone at the door, and will be welcomed in to sit wherever you want to. The service is led by someone from the front, who guides us through singing (you can join in if you want to) and praying (sometimes there are words on the screen to say together, if you feel comfortable). There’s a programme for primary aged children – the kids start the service with everyone else, and then head out to their classes with their teachers.
At the centre of our time together is hearing the Bible read, and then its message explored and explained in the sermon. We also regularly share Holy Communion – a meal given to us by Jesus – by which our relationship with God and each other is expressed and strengthened. All who have faith in Jesus are welcomed at this meal, and it’s also totally ok to choose not to take part in it. After our services we hang out and share tea and coffee and something to eat.
A few things don’t happen in our services. You won’t be put on the spot or made to do or say anything you feel uncomfortable with. You won’t be asked for money, or for your personal information. We also hope that you really enjoy yourself, meet some nice people, and come to know a God who loves and cares for you in incredible ways.
Morning service – 9:30am
Our 9:30am morning service is held in the Leisure Centre at Archer Village – a retirement community at 166 Colombo Street, Sydenham. This service is attended by people across a range of ages, and has a great children’s programme. It is slightly more traditional in style, with piano music, and we share Holy Communion two out of every three weeks. There’s some parking in Archer Village itself, and plenty of parking on Colombo Street and Percival Street. For those with mobility issues you can be dropped off directly at the door (drive in from the Colombo Street entrance).
Afternoon service – 4pm
The 4pm service can be found at Hillview Christian School, 144 Wilson’s Road in St Martins. This slightly larger service is more relaxed, with praise led by a band, and Holy Communion shared once every three weeks. Multiple children’s programmes occur during the service, and you’ll receive a warm welcome, and a great afternoon tea. Parking is in the school grounds, and there is mobility parking directly outside the building.