Trinity Chapel Charlotte (ARP) is a parish church in the Presbyterian tradition gathering and growing strong disciples of Christ through Word, Sacraments, and Prayer. We are a mission of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.

What to Expect on Sundays

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.

Questions you may have…

Where do you meet?  Trinity Chapel gathers in the Weddington Chapel of Heritage Funeral Homes (3700 Forest Lawn Drive). Although it may feel strange, morbid, or just downright weird to go to church in a funeral home, the reality is we can think of no better place to hear the good news about our resurrected Savior who has conquered death forever!

What time is worship?  Our worship service begins at 10:00am. We also have Sunday school from 9:00-9:45am.

How long does the service last?  The service generally goes about an hour and fifteen minutes, from 10:00-11:15am.

What kind of music do you have?  We find in the Bible that a great emphasis is placed on the people of God singing together in worship. Our music is therefore designed to highlight that emphasis. You will hear a variety of instruments, but our music would mostly be considered “traditional”, and we sing from both the Trinity Hymnal and the Trinity Psalter (singable translations of all 150 psalms from the Bible). Our aim for our music is to emphasize both God’s holiness in heaven and His closeness to us through His Spirit.

What do you have for my kids?  Right now, Trinity Chapel is still in the birthing stage as a church. As such, we do not have anything in the way of organized children’s ministry. Like all things in life, ministries in the local church need to be grown! So we are always seeking adventurous parents with young children who would step out in faith and help us grow and develop more ministries for our kids.

We are also convinced that there is a great blessing for God’s people in having little ones of all ages in our worship services. Jesus once said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” We realize there are substantial challenges to this, as it can be hard for children to make it through an entire service. If you join us with little ones, please know that there are people around you ready to help! The church is here for you. If you need to take your children out of the service to nurse, cry, or for discipline there are rooms available in the facility that you are welcome to use for your needs. 

What should I wear?  Jesus said that John the Baptist was the greatest prophet ever born to women (Luke 7:28) and John’s outfit was camel skins and a rough leather belt. But, if you’re running low on camel skins, feel free to wear something else! For some folks that means “Sunday best”; for others it means business casual. Some need to come in their jeans and a t-shirt! We are instructed by the Bible to dress modestly, but apart from that, God is far more concerned with your heart and attitude. We want to reflect God’s desires, so more than anything come ready to enter the presence of the King of kings, regardless of the clothing on your back.

Why does the pastor 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 suit 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.

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.