We know that as you prepare to visit a new church there are often a lot of questions – what time should I arrive, what is the music like, how should I dress, where do I take my children? We hope to answer all of these questions for you so that you will feel comfortable when you arrive.
At Trinity Chapel Charlotte you will find a friendly, welcoming group of people and a warm, inviting atmosphere. We would love for you to visit with us this Sunday.
A new Presbyterian Church meeting at a funeral home? Yep!
“He is not here; for He is risen.” (Matt 28:6a). The Resurrection of Jesus was first announced at the entrance to the tomb in which He had been buried. As a new church, seeking to announce that same good news of resurrection and eternal life, we can think of no better place to do so than a funeral home. The reality is that all of us will end up within these walls eventually: better to come now, than later!
Trinity Chapel Charlotte is a “parish Presbyterian church.” By using the word “parish,“ we mean much more than a geographical location. We want to convey a core value: that we exist to love our community in the love of Jesus Christ. Uniting and sharing resources with another church just makes sense. We meet at 10 AM in the beautiful chapel of Heritage Funeral Homes.
The Service of Worship
Our worship service begins at 10:00 and will start with a few moments of announcements pertinent to the life of the church. We place a high priority on congregational participation in worship, the preaching and teaching (and singing) of God’s Word. The worship service is a time for us to come together as a community to experience the presence of God in reverent yet joyful worship, to learn, be encouraged and to be challenged by God’s Word, and most importantly, to glorify God.
Music and the arts are central to our vision for ministry. The musical language of the Church is her hymnody (essentially, the Word or truths of the Bible set to music for congregational singing). We are neither purely traditional nor contemporary in our musical selections. But we are prayerfully intentional. We seek to use the finest compositions of the ages, ancient and modern, that are true to the Bible, glorify God, cultivate a spirit of reverence, and bless the people. We seek to use mostly acoustic instrumentation, natural voices (not recorded), and simple arrangements. You might hear a hymn from the third century or a hymn from our own century. Our choir is here to encourage our congregational singing, to offer anthems (special music during the offering), and to support our worship of God. They are not performers. Our Director of Music & the Arts would be most happy to speak to you about joining! Choral music is a beautiful way to cultivate the disciplines of the Christian life. And it’s fun.
Our bulletin is a guide to each part of the worship service, including words for any songs, affirmations of faith, and common prayers (i.e., composed prayers we pray together, e.g., “the prayers” in Acts 2:42) that we might speak to the Lord as a congregation. Throughout the service, we will seek to give brief sentences of instruction about the order of worship in order to help visitors feel at ease. The service generally lasts about an hour and fifteen minutes.
We celebrate Holy Communion (i.e., the Lord’s Supper, or, perhaps, you know it as the Eucharist) once a month, usually on the first Sunday of the month. In this service we seek to not only recalibrate our faith on the saving event of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, sacrificed for our sins on the cross, but also to know His presence, by faith, to unite us with all of the Church—in heaven and on earth—and to anticipate His visible return in the sky, with the great resurrection, the great judgement seat of God, the “acquittal” of those who have their sins forgiven by God through faith in the Lord Jesus, and a New Heaven and a New Earth. The Lord’s Supper is served to those who have been baptized and confessed Christ (I.e., “confirmed” or have made a “profession of faith.” All believers are welcome who can repent and recognize the “Body and Blood” of Christ in the Sacramento. Holy Communion is served by the ministers, with the assistance of elders (ordained lay leaders elected by the Congregation). The Sacrament is offered seated or coming forward; we use both ways every other month. We partake of the elements of the “Bread and Cup” together.
The dress attire of most of those attending Trinity Chapel Charlotte reflects the sense of reverence that we seek to bring to worship. For some, that might be “Sunday” clothes. For others, it might be “business casual.” Perhaps, a good question is, “What might you wear if you were to gather for a solemn assembly with a King?” For we most certainly are coming before the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The conscience of one will guide in a personal response of dress for worship and the conscience of another will guide them in a different fashion. The Word of God instructs us to dress “modestly and discreetly” (1 Tim 2:9). So, let every person be free to follow the Lord in his or her conscience.
Trinity Chapel Charlotte is family friendly and we have options for your children. Our desire is to assist parents in their work of training up children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. We do not believe that children’s ministry is “one size fits all” and we want to maximize the opportunities to feed and encourage the families that visit and worship at our church. As our families grow, so too will our children’s ministry.
Children are always welcome in the worship service and encouraged to worship with their families. We do have a nursery for children 3 and younger where you may also nurse your infant. We also reserve the last few rows in the back for families with young children. During the worship service, in the “Peace,” which is our greeting of each other, children four years old to 7 years old may leave with the children’s ministry director to a children’s worship service. There, every child will hear, “God loves you” before that service is over. If you wish to keep your children with you during worship, please do so!
Why do pastors wear special clothing for worship, like robes? The ministers are charged with one of the most awesome responsibilities on earth: to lead human beings in the public worship of the living God. For some churches, a business suite is preferred. Our ministers, following in the tradition of the Reformers, wear robes (just as a judge might wear a robe or another professional might wear the uniform of his or her vocation). The robes are not a sign of authority nor of holiness in and of themselves. They are a reminder to the ministers that they are handling holy things, doing the work of the King. The pastoral robe is also intended to take away fashion and showiness. Vestments, like robes and stoles, are simply one uniform of ministers of Word and Sacrament. Let those who lead in worship be humbled by the responsibility. Let them be under the “yoke” of that calling. “And no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was.” That is the idea.
Trinity Chapel Charlotte marks time by the Church calendar. The “Lord’s Day” is the one-in-seven weekly remembrance of the resurrection as well as the Christian Sabbath, distinguished from the other days of the week. We follow the seasons of the Church as these times have developed. The Church year follows the life and ministry of Jesus (Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent [the time of the Lord’s time in the desert all the way to His Passion], Easter, and Ascension. Pentecost recalls the anointing of the Holy Spirit on the Church and inaugurates the longest season, the season of the spread of the Gospel, that is, the time of fulfilling the mission of God in the world. This is our time.
You will notice that colors reflect the seasons and the observances. These are expressions of principles that we find established in the Bible.
We are committed to worship according to the Scriptures. There is a simplicity, reverence, and congregational participation expressed as we re-tell the Gospel story each and every week.
There is one more important thing: we believe that worship brings Gospel healing to the wounded soul. Our prayer is that God will richly bless you through the power and the presence of the resurrected Christ in our midst.
We have Home Fellowship Groups to encourage small group growth in grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. Learn more by calling our church or coming on Sunday.
We are a core group with a Dream. We believe that a solid, biblical foundation is integral to the life of any church and the believer. Since we are a new church plant our focus is currently on establishing a strong and vibrant worship service. Our plans include offering Sunday School in the early part of 2019 for adults and children.