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Appointment of a New Vicar

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Introducing Rev'd Tim 

To watch a video introduction to our new vicar, click here

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Revd TimI am so excited to have been appointed the next Vicar of Holy Trinity, Westcott, and look forward to joining you all in September. I thought I would briefly introduce myself and my family.

I am married to Jenny who was born and raised in Worthing on the South Coast. We are celebrating our tenth wedding anniversary this July. We have two boys: Archie (5) and Herbie (2), and are expecting a third son this September.

As a family we enjoy walking up hills (the boys may question my use of ‘enjoy’ here), exploring the countryside, visiting National Trust Properties, going rock pooling for crabs, generally causing chaos, and attempting to garden – especially when it involves a visit to a Garden Centre Café.

I grew up in a village overlooking the beautiful Severn Valley in Shropshire (an area that is well worth a visit if you have never made the trip). I am currently a Curate in South West London at St Michael’s, Southfields with St Stephen’s, East Putney and Ackroydon Community Church. Before training to be a Vicar up in the Cathedral City of Durham I was a Youth and Children’s Worker in Peckham, South East London. In all these places I have seen the role that churches can play as a focal point for community life, and I have a passion to see communities coming together.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, drinking a good pint of bitter, and trail running (although not often at the same time). I am an often-disappointed Kidderminster Harriers FC fan and I look forward to watching the recently promoted Dorking Wanderers FC as they play next season in the National League (Kidderminster went out in the playoffs in case you were wondering).

I became a Christian at a young age, and as the years have gone and I have wrestled with my faith I have become more and more convinced that the claims Christianity makes about Jesus Christ are intellectually plausible, utterly transforming for individuals and communities, and are truly Good News for all people. I have found that my faith in Jesus has given me deep joy and hope – even in the most challenging of circumstances. Whether you have a strong faith or are utterly opposed to the idea of religion, I am really looking forward to spending time with you exploring the big questions of life, as well as chatting about football/gardening/international politics (delete as appropriate), in the years to come.

I will be praying for you all over the coming months, and we would appreciate your prayers for us as we prepare to move and say our farewells here.

All the best,

Tim Armstrong
 
 
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Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
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Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning, or Wednesday morning.

Where and When - Sunday Morning

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We meet at Holy Trinity Church (find us) on Sunday mornings.  There are two Sunday Services to choose from:

The 8:30 am Book of Common Prayer Communion Service

This is a traditional service, with organ-led traditional hymns.  It is a beautiful and peaceful way to begin your Sunday morning.  The service lasts about 45 minutes.

The 10:15am Parish Service is either a service of Morning Worship, or Communion. 

This is a more informal service, with a mixture of traditional hymns and modern worship songs.  The service usually lasts about an hour.  This service is also livestreamed on Zoom.  You won't be able to use your camera or microphone, but will be able to see, hear and join in with the service, from the comfort of your own home.

Mask wearing is no longer mandatory in church, but there are designated seating areas for those who prefer to wear masks.

If you feel unwell, please do not come in person - join us on Zoom at our 10:15am Sunday services.

For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you get a parking space (if you're driving) and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you will be greeted by one of our Welcome Team who will answer any questions you might have about the service, and help you find a seat.

We serve tea, coffee and biscuits after both services. It is a great way to meet people, or simply take time to pause and reflect before heading home. All refreshments are free.
Accessibility: There is wheelchair access to the side of the church, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. 

Where and When - Midweek

On Wednesday mornings, at 10am, there is a small, friendly and informal Communion Service, held at St John's Chapel (find us).  There are a choice of sofas or chairs to sit on.  The service usually starts with a song (unaccompanied but joyful!) and lasts about 30 minutes.  Refreshments are usually served afterwards.  
Parking directly outside St John's is limited, so if you want a guaranteed parking space, it is a good idea to arrive 10-15 minutes early.  However if you are able, there is on-street parking available in Furlong Road or St John's Road.  A warm welcome awaits you!

Getting Connected

Small Groups
While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, some mornings and some evenings. Check out Small Groups and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a small group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Do get in touch with us if you'd like to know more about any of these services, or if you have any other questions about coming along to church.


We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.