A united congregation
Around the corner from the roundabout at Moor Bottom, and directly across the road from the Village Hall, is the impressive sight of Trinity Church.
Known as a Local Ecumenical Partnership, or LEP, Trinity church follows both Methodist and United Reform Church (URC) traditions. This goes back to when Trinity Church was formed from the merging of 3 former Honley churches. In 1969, Wesleyan Chapel on the High Street, Primitive Methodist Chapel, now the car park for Southgate Theatre (the theatre itself being the old Sunday School) and the Congregational Chapel joined to form Trinity Church.
Today, the church continues to honour its inclusive roots, welcoming people from all denominations.
Services for all
Trinity Church certainly plays its part in the community. The church holds a service every Sunday, which Minister Helen Roberts describes as relaxed and informal typically with hymns, prayers, Bible readings and shared thoughts. The LEP has a variety of voluntary and ordained preachers within the Huddersfield area, so each week it’s often a different preacher, which offers worshippers a variety of insights into the faith.
In non-Covid times, there are regular Bible groups, an open table monthly communion and a lunch each month for people who live alone.
Working together with St Mary’s, Trinity Church also plays an active role with local schools, hosting assemblies and other services around key religious festivals.
For everyone in the community
Trinity Church is more than just a church, it’s a valuable resource for the local community. A weekly toddler group runs during term-time, and there’s a friendship group that meets each week and hosts much-loved activities.
There are also several rooms for hire. This includes Arthurs’ Room named after 2 Arthurs who were church regulars, and the upstairs area complete with kitchen. If you’re interested in hiring any of the rooms, please email the Minister, Helen Roberts.
Meet the Minister
Speaking of the Minister, Reverend Helen Roberts can often be spotted walking her dog, Gabi, around the village and surrounding countryside.
Having first worked in the private sector, Helen’s decision to become a Minister has taken her around the world. She spent 6 months as an intern at a church in Australia, a term of her training in Zambia and enjoyed a summer exchange with a minister from North Carolina in the USA. She finally settled in Honley in 2015 and has taken the option of extending her initial term until 2023.
Her role goes beyond Honley, as Helen is also the Minister for Brockholes, Scholes and Shepley Churches. Helen says:
“My heart is rooted in the smaller communities where churches can take a role in their communities. I love the opportunities to be part of local primary schools and other community projects.”
Trinity Church continues to be one of the landmarks of Honley, and a welcoming place for all.