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Sunday Services
Each Sunday morning we have two services. The first service begins at 8:00 AM and has an average attendance of 60. This service primarily attracts the older group because it is early. There is no music or Young People's Christian Formation and Education at this service. It is Rite II with the Holy Eucharist and sermon.

The second service at 9:30 AM is also Rite II, with music, Holy Eucharist, sermon, and Young People's Christian Formation and Education. It has an average attendance of 150, with over 200 at special events. Sometimes we even set up extra chairs at this service. The second service is not limited to having families in attendance. A number of singles and couples - all ages - also attend, giving the service a nice mixture of people.

Special Services
We hold a number of special services throughout the year, including Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The 9:30 service on the last Sunday of each month is a Youth Service with youngsters reading the lessons, prayers, and serving as ushers. The Junior Choir joins the Senior Choir to provide the music.

We also meet with our Christian neighbors to celebrate special events. Traditionally, we join the North Scituate Baptist Church and St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church for a service of thanksgiving on Thanksgiving Eve, held at a different church each year. A combined Sunrise Service is held on Easter Morning at the Horseshoe Dam located just a stone's throw from our church parking lot. There stands a tall, rustic wooden cross overlooking the reservoir. Even though it's usually damp and chilly to the bone, there is something wonderfully warming and spiritually uplifting about a morning worship in this spot.

Parishioner Participation
Participation by parish members is very important to our worship. Ushers (lay greeters) greet parishioners, hand out programs, collect alms, and record the number in attendance. Lectors read the Lessons, Psalm, and Prayers of the People. Chalice Bearers assist in the Eucharistic Celebration. Acolytes are young people in grades 7 up who also take part in the service. We had our first girl acolyte in 1972. And there's no age discrimination here at Trinity - we have our very own senior citizen acolyte at the 8:00 service.

Senior Choir
One can't participate in our services without noticing, or hearing for that matter, the key role our Senior Choir plays in adding joy and spirit to our weekly worship. They've grown so over the years, that they now sit on both sides of the altar! The Choir practices on Wednesday nights and following the Sunday service. Together they enjoy not just making beautiful music, but the bond of friendship in serving our Lord.

Junior Choir
The Junior Choir, comprised of children in grades 3-7, sings for special services during Christmas and Easter and once a month on Youth Sunday. They practice on Mondays after school during Advent and Lent and one Monday a month during the rest of the year. Their angelic faces, sweet voices, and boundless spirit add much life to our Youth Sunday Services and other special services.

Parish Worship Committee
This group works along with the Rector to plan services, study the many ways our Prayer Book offers enrichment, and occasionally carefully experiment with ways to worship. An example of their work is an instructional service planned for a Sunday in May when the rituals of our morning worship were explained.

Lay Eucharistic Ministers
Our Lay Eucharistic Ministers are members of the parish who deliver the Eucharist to the sick and shut-ins of the parish. Lay Eucharistic Ministers are trained and licensed through the diocese particularly for this ministry. They provide a special service to those who otherwise would not be able to receive the Eucharist. Additionally, they provide that important one on one contact to those in need.

Altar Guild
Working quietly behind the scenes to keep the altar, vessels, vestments, etc. in top -shape are the Altar Guild, a group that puts many hours into their work to ensure that the church is always ready for scheduled services, weddings, funerals, and baptisms. They also make sure flowers are enjoyed long after being on the altar, delivering them after the service to shut-ins and to those who are ill.

 

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