KIRK SESSION

The Kirk Session is responsible for the spiritual oversight of the congregation. The Minister is the “Moderator” (chairman) and we currently have 13 other Elders.

Please click on the Leadership tab on the home page to view the Elders profiles.

The Session meets each month to study God’s Word, pray, and seek God for the direction of the congregation. Time is spent discussing many aspects of church life, including;
 
Pastoral Visitation
 
– The Minister has overall responsibility for Pastoral Care in the congregation, but not sole responsibility. This is shared with the members of Session who take personal responsibility for a number of homes within a geographical area which is called a “District”. The Minister visits all homes, while the Elder visits their district. Visiting varies from lunch meetings to home and hospital visitation. Visiting helps to keep in touch with the families who are connected to the congregation.
 
We have a Pastoral Visitation team consisting of a number of people who are gifted and passionate about connecting with people who are house bound and don’t get out to church any more. These visits form part of a structured plan and would be more regular than the Minister’s or Elders visits.
 

Sacraments

– Communion & Baptism. The Session has the responsibility for sacramental discipline. This includes approving applicants for Baptism and new members to the Lord’s Table at Communion.

(Please see the “Worship Services” tab for information on sacraments)

New Members

Twice each year we offer a New Members course. This course is run over three evenings with a short informal interview at the end. The topics of the three nights are:
 
  1. Christ and His Church 
  2. The Sacraments 
  3. PCI (Presbyterian Church in Ireland) and Trinity.
 

The interview at the end is a more personal and informal chat to ask if this is the right time for Church membership. Anyone wanting to join our congregation is then received into membership at our May or November communion services. (Check out the Worship Service link for information on Communion)

For a chat about becoming a member of Trinity Please speak to our Minister.

 

WORSHIP SERVICES

 

Our service of worship begins at 10:00am at Trinity, Cloughey and is followed by a service at Trinity, Greyabbey at 11:30am. We also meet occasionally at Trinity, Greyabbey at 6:30pm in the evening for worship. Our web page, The Week Ahead and social media pages will have information on upcoming evening services.

Please click the “Don’t miss this Sunday” pane on the home page for a Worship Service overview.
 

Welcome – The first word on our mission statement is “Welcoming” and we take this seriously. We have a dedicated team of people who meet you at the door, show you to a seat and are available should you need assistance or direction during the service. The welcome extends beyond the team with many conversations taking place amongst the congregation before the start of the service. At the end of the service everyone is welcome to meet in Solid Ground ()Greyabbey or Solid Rock (Cloughey)  (link here to solid ground page) for a cuppa and biscuits before heading home.

 
Crèche is available before the service in the Minor Hall. Should you wish to keep your child with you in the church this is ok. However if for any reason you need to move to crèche during the service a member of the welcome team will show you to the Minor Hall. Our crèche is run mostly but not exclusively by mums. If you want to learn more about our Crèche ministry please contact Tutu Ogle on 07968 392995
 

Praise Ministry – Praise at Trinity is mostly but not exclusively contemporary in style. Music is provided by various musicians on a variety of instruments. Our Worship leader Scott Heanue leads the vocals with help from a number of other singers.

We also have a number of people from the Praise Team and the congregation who, on special occasions form a Choir. The Choir Ministry takes place at Christmas, Easter, Harvest, and other special services such as Father’s Day and our women’s service.

If you would like to be involved in the Praise Ministry at Trinity that please speak to our musical Director:
Graeme Bryce.
 
AV (Audio Visual) – At Trinity our musicians are all amplified through our sound system, the words of our praise items appear on a screen at the front of the church, the sermon is supplemented with images on power point, our service is relayed to other rooms in the halls, and the service is recorded and made available on our web site, social media and CD. All this takes suitably gifted people who have the passion, and knowledge to work the technical equipment that makes it all happen. If you would like to be part of this very important ministry then please contact: Philip Warnock on 07764 997980 or barney6uk@hotmail.com

Sacraments

– In the Presbyterian Church we celebrate the sacraments commanded by Jesus. These are Communion and Baptism.  In celebrating
 

Communion

We remember Christ’s Death on the Cross. The bread and wine used symbolises how Jesus’ body was broken and His blood was shed, taking the punishment our sin deserved. Communion is generally celebrated in May and November, at Trinity we also have communion on the first Sunday in January and September, and on Good Friday.

Communion takes place at a service of worship where all the people who have Jesus as their personal Saviour share in the bread and wine thanking God for Christ’s sacrifice for us. For the house bound members of the congregation who can’t come to the Communion service, the Minister and one or two Elders will take Communion to their home usually after the May or November celebration. It is at the May and November Communion services where new members are received into the fellowship of the congregation.

Baptism

In Baptism we remember the promise made by God to bless believers and their children. We live under the promise (Covenant) made to Abraham in Genesis. The promise Abraham received from God had the sign and seal of circumcision. Since Christ’s blood was shed on the cross once and for all there is no longer the requirement for the bloodshed in circumcision. We believe the new sign and seal to be Baptism, we therefore baptise the children of believing parents and adults on the profession of their faith.

Baptism is celebrated during a morning service where the church family are present to share in and be reminded of God’s promise to those who believe.

If you would like to make enquiries about our sacraments please contact our Minister.

 

DISCIPLESHIP

Connecting with the community around us and sharing the Good News about Jesus is very important to us. Connecting and relationship building is something we promote on a personal one to one basis and through a range of Church events. We also have a team of people who are passionate about Evangelism and see this as their ministry. The team open Solid Ground (link required) when other events are being run. One example is during our Holiday Bible Club week where Solid Ground is available for parents to have a cuppa when leaving off or picking up their kids. This allows us to build relationships with people who are not connected to the congregation. Then when we run specific evangelism events and courses we have removed the barrier of awkwardness that can sometimes exist.
Our organisations run various Evangelistic services and a range of events throughout the year. Our main program would be 

Christianity Explored

a seven week Bible study based on the Gospel of Mark, exploring some questions which cut right to the heart of Christianity. The course is held in Solid Ground and is very informal. Those attending need no prior Biblical knowledge and there is no expectation to read or pray. We deliver this course completely free of charge, you don’t even need to own a Bible as a copy of Mark’s Gospel is supplied with the course material.

Dates for services, events and Christianity Explored can be found on our web site and on social media.

If you would like further information about attending Christianity Explored or you would like to explore your giftedness to be part of our Evangelism team then please contact:

Leonard Brown on 07979 775338 or leonard1brown@yahoo.co.uk
 

Discipleship

Discipleship is a lifelong process for every Christian. Discipleship is the journey of every believer as they become more and more like their Saviour Jesus Christ. Our desire is to help believers grow towards maturity in their faith by developing their prayer life, knowledge of God, and relationship with Him. The Bible, God’s Word is the key resource in the Discipleship process. It is central to our teaching and our Discipleship ministry reflects this. We encourage all ages to link into our various teaching programs.

K4C

(Kids for Christ) is our ministry for primary school children. Half way through our morning service the kids leave for their MAD program. Leaders and helpers work on a rota basis serving for 4 weeks twice each year. There are leaders available at the entrance to our halls to receive the kids who attend MAD who can’t make it to church.

We work through the Old and New Testament aiming to give the children a wide knowledge of the characters and stories that make up our scriptures. In doing this the kids become aware of God’s character, His love for us, what He has done to save us, and the opportunity to have a personal relationship with Him.

If you would like more information about MAD or would like to help in some way then please contact:

Louise Stephenson on 07828 590354 or pamelalouisesthephenson@yahoo.co.uk

RE:GEN 

is our ministry for young people in year’s 8 to 12. VIBE meets in Solid Ground at 10am each Sunday before the morning service and on alternate Sunday evenings from 6:30-8:00pm in the Main Hall.

VIBE is a mixture of Bible teaching, study and discussion covering topics that are relevant to our young people. Teens today face an ever increasing number of pressures as they develop from children into young adults. Our aim is to help them develop Spiritually in these formative years, helping them apply Biblical principles drawing on the knowledge they have gained in the MAD ministry.

Philip Warnock is our Re:Gen leader and can be contacted on 07764 997980 or barney6uk@hotmail.com

Discipleship Groups

is our adult Bible study program for those 17 years and beyond. While Sunday morning is our main teaching slot at Trinity; we like to supplement this with an opportunity for people to meet in small groups to read, study, and pray together. We like the groups to have the opportunity to dig deeper into what has been preached on a Sunday morning and we make every effort to keep the Discipleship Group material in line with the current sermon series.
Please click the Discipleship Group pane on the home page for a list of groups and when they meet. If you would like more information or would like to be part of a Discipleship Group then please call our Minister.
 

Committee

 

The principle which we find throughout the New Testament is that God calls different people to different ministries. We are not all gifted in the same way, and we are not all called to serve God in the same way. Acts 6 contrasts the “ministry of the word” with the “ministry of tables”. Both are essential Christian ministries. Serving God by being a member of the Congregational Committee is an important area of service requiring particular gifts.

Our Committee is elected by the members of the congregation for a three year term. The Committee is responsible for managing four key areas of our congregation and are divided into the following sub-committees

Church Events Sub-Committee

– Are responsible for the organising and running of church events that generate an income not linked to the direct giving of the congregation. Upcoming events will appear on the Church website and social media.
 

Communications Sub-Committee

– Are responsible for the training and safe operation of the audio visual equipment, the maintenance of our website and social media pages, and the production of recordings. This sub-committee are also responsible for the production of the weekly announcements, the online Church calendar, the Church annual report and coordination of Church publicity in relation to Church Events.
 

Finance Sub-Committee

– Seek to be effective stewards of the Church finance by monitoring income and expenditure budgets, and analysing trends.
 

Property Sub-Committee

(PSC) – Seeks to be effective stewards of the Church property by co-ordinating ongoing maintenance and new development projects as well as managing the cleaning rota. The PSC also look after the Health & Safety and Fire Warden Training, providing advice and support to leaders of organisations and undertake relevant risk assessments.
Our Committee meetings are chaired by our Minister Neil Stewart, and our Church secretary Leonard Brown records the minutes and deals with correspondence. If you would like to get in touch with the Committee please contact
Leonard Brown on 07979 775338 or leonard1brown@yahoo.co.uk
 
 

Fellowship

 

There is a very strong family feel at Trinity. We enjoy a time of fellowship in Solid Ground after each service. We have a team of gifted people who ensure we get a cuppa after the service, they also organise a few events throughout the year. While these events are primarily focused on fellowship, we encourage our members to offer invitations for non members to join with us.

For example in the winter months we travel to Dundonald for

Ice Skating and 10 pin Bowling. In the Spring we have a Family Fun Day where families are divided into four teams for a series of “friendly” challenges. Then at the end of the summer we head to the Mourne Mountains

where there are three paths to follow. The first is longer and steeper, the second shorter and flatter, and the third is to a soft chair to wait for the adventurers to return for the BBQ.
John Cranston heads up our Fellowship team and can be contacted on 07771 890059.
 
 
 

Mission

 
Mission is the Church fulfilling Christ’s command to continue the work that He started. Jesus Christ gave His disciples this command in Matthew 28:19 “Go and make disciples of all nations”. Jesus drew people to Himself for salvation and eternal life. Our job is to point people to Jesus. In fulfilling His command, we want to follow His example. Jesus modelled a ministry of love and compassion, often acting in a practical way to help those in need.

 

There is a strong theme in the scriptures reminding us that our faith is to be revealed in a practical way. Jesus gives many commands and describes Mission in various verses of the Bible.

  • Matthew 22:39 “Love your neighbour as yourself”
  • Luke 24:47 Jesus tells His disciples that the Good News of the Gospel will be communicated to “All nations, beginning in Jerusalem”.
 

We combine these verses and begin our mission not in Jerusalem but in Greyabbey.

 

At Trinity, we seek to serve our local community in Greyabbey through a number of ways.
  • The discretionary fund that provides small payment to individuals and families who find themselves in need of financial assistance.
  • Members of the congregation acting out of love for the people in the community around us by painting & decorating, gardening, lifts to appointments, messages to the shops, etc.
  • The Church supports the Local Community Association.

 

We also seek to support those in need in the surrounding area:
  • The Church makes a yearly contribution to Presbyterian Church in Ireland’s United Appeal for MissionThis contributes to the wider ministry of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, which includes a wide range of church projects including evangelism, youth ministry, home and overseas mission, training of ministers and Sunday School teachers, communications and social witness.
  • We support the Peninsula First Responders. This is a team of local volunteers who attend 999 calls where chest pains have been reported to provide important First Aid until an ambulance arrives.
  • Each month we have collections for the Newtownards Food Bank.
  • At Christmas, we collect gifts for the Belfast City Mission of toys and other gifts, to be distributed amongst children in Belfast.

 

Looking beyond our island and inspired by Jesus’ commandment to the disciples to make disciples of all nations, Trinity seeks to support initiatives through financial support, prayer and service. This currently includes:

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland’s World Development Fund. Over the Advent and the Christmas season the church aim to raise £500,000, or more, for development projects overseas.

 

Tearfund

Is a leading relief and development charity, working in partnership with Christian agencies and churches worldwide to tackle the causes and effects of poverty. We support the work of Tearfund throughout the year with a variety of events and activities.

 

Stand By Me

Is an organisation which provides homes, schools and care centres in some of the poorest countries to the world’s most vulnerable children. The Church, in particular RE:GEN and K4C support the work of Stand By Me throughout the year with a range of events and activities.

 

Samaritan’s Purse

Organise Operation Christmas Child each year. Through this initiative, members of our congregation prepare gifts in a shoe box which are then distributed throughout the world to children in need.

 

In addition to this, each year we have a number of individuals who serve in 

short term mission teams in Ireland and all over the world. Many of our congregation arrange events throughout the year to raise much needed funds for mission projects throughout the world and details of these are included in our calendar.

 

It is our prayer that through our practical service or financial contributions that many people would come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour.

 

For more information or if you would like to discuss Mission at Trinity, please then please contact 

our MinisterColin Caughey on 07872 936852 or Sarah Caughey on 07702 138584  mrandmrscaughey@gmail.com.
 

Prayer

T@P (Trinity at Prayer) is the name of our Prayer Ministry. We meet on alternate Wednesday nights for corporate prayer in the Upper Room. On the alternate week our Discipleship Group Ministry shares a time of open prayer for their group, the congregation and our community. Our prayer convenor Norman Hamilton manages our prayer text line and produces our monthly T@P Update. (T@P Update is our daily points for prayer publication) We have a prayer team who are available after our worship services and when requested they pray for individuals in their homes.

Please click the T@P pane on the home page to read more about why we pray.

Our prayer convenor is Norman Hamilton on 07754 193347 or hamilton369@btinternet.com

Organisations

 

We have many church organisations that provide opportunities to meet with others who have similar interests. The organisations have a wide and varied appeal seeking to engage all ages and abilities in a safe and fun environment.

Catering – Trinity has a dedicated and gifted team of caterers. The Catering Team provide everything from a cup of tea and a biscuit to a sit down three course meal. They provide this service for organisations within the church and for outside organisations and are on call to provide funeral tea’s when required. To view the catering options please click here.

Badminton Club – Meets on Monday nights in the main hall from 8pm – 10pm. The badminton club is open to all abilities who are 16year+. For more details please contact David Conn on 07925 007871

Solid Ground – This is our cafe area where we meet after the Sunday morning service for a cuppa. Solid Ground is open to the public each Tuesday from 9am – 1pm where tea, coffee, scones and cakes are available while you relax and chat. Many people use this area for fundraising coffee mornings. And we have occasional music nights where we invite local artists to show their musical talents. For more information on Solid Ground please contact;

Sandra Trimble on 07854 590396

Michael Allen on 07765 911993 or sunsetmedia@hotmail.co.uk

BB – The 1st Greyabbey Company of the Boy’s Brigade meets in our halls on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Bowling Club – Our bowling club meets on a Thursday morning from 10:00am – 12:00pm Our bowlers meet for exercise and fun and the club is open to all abilities. Contact Donald MacArthur 02842 788540 or donald.macarthur@gmail.com

for more information

Parent & Toddler – Each Friday morning from 10:00am to 11:30am we provide a safe and friendly environment for parents, grandparents, and carers to bring babies and toddlers for a morning of chat and fun. Contact Ruth Stewart on 07843733788 or ruthcanningstewart@gmail.com

Fusion Drop In – Fusion is Greyabbey’s Community Youth Club. We at Trinity are part of an umbrella group that supports Fusion which includes the local Community Association and St Saviours COI. Fusion meets each Friday night in our halls from 7:30pm – 9:30pm. It is open to P7 and above. There are a variety of activities each night with occasional trips to various venues. The leader in charge of Fusion is Terry Lindsay and can be contacted on 07725 764263

Craft club

meets on the last Friday night of the month at 7:30 pm. The ladies enjoy teaching each other, learning new skills and have a great night of fun and fellowship in the process.
Please contact

Agnes McCartney on 07719877138 or thecraftyfox@btinternet.com for more information.

Women’s Fellowship is our Ladies Ministry. The ladies meet on the second Tuesday each month at 12pm for lunch and on the third Tuesday at 7:30pm. The ladies enjoy a number of guest speakers on their Tuesday evenings and have a number of other events throughout the year. For more information on our ladies ministry please contact Sandra Trimble on 07854 590396

Men’s Ministry – At Trinity we don’t have a set program for men’s ministry. We have a number of events throughout the year where we get men together around sporting events either to watch on the big screen or to participate in ourselves. We meet for breakfast and have an annual service on Father’s Day. Our approach to men’s ministry is relational with many men taking the initiative to invite non church members to our events when they have the opportunity to spend time in a Christian environment. Upcoming events will be on our web page and on social media. If you would like to discuss our men’s ministry then please speak to our Minister.

Drama – At Trinity we have a group of gifted amateur actors who, most years produce a play which runs in our halls over two weekends in the spring. They also take their production on the road to a number of other local churches. These nights are filled with laughter as is the rehearsal process. Of course the actors are only one part of the show. There are a dedicated group who work back stage, making costumes, building the set and making ready the props for the performance. Our director is Paddy McAvoy and can be contacted on 07751 518787 or paddymcavoy@live.com

Food Bank – Trinity is a satellite collection point for “The Trussell Trust” Foodbank based in Newtownards. We keep a shopping trolley in our hall foyer for folks to leave food which it then taken to the distribution centre in Newtownards. Alan & Lynne Cree liaise with the foodbank for us and can be contacted on 07815 605003 or l.cree1@btinternet.com

Library – We have a small but well stocked library at Trinity. The books vary from Christian fiction to autobiographies. We have all the usual sections that you would expect to find in a Church library such as church history, discipleship, mission, prayer & evangelism. There is also a family and children’s section. These books are free to read and return to the colour coded sections. There are also a number of theology and doctrinal books which are for reference only. The library is situated on the mezzanine above the hall entrance. Please speak to our Minister for more information

Our halls are used by non church organisations such as Slimming World, Sure Start and the Education Authority. For Hall bookings please click on the Calendar tab on the home page.