1867. Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone of the Royal Albert Hall. Thomas Barnardo opened his first shelter for homeless children. The National Society for Women’s Suffrage was formed. An article was published detailing the discovery of antiseptic surgery. And Holy Trinity Church Wallington opened.
The building of the new church was initiated by Nathaniel Bridges, Lord of the Manor of Wallington, and was dedicated to the memory of his late father who had died in 1865. The church was designed to resemble the ancient 14th century Chapel of Wallington which was demolished in the 1790s. The build cost was £3,955, and the church served a parish of 690, compared to today’s 7,500 (read more on the history).
At the heart of the church’s ministry over 150 years, has been the desire to serve Jesus and make his good news known. As well as a history of Bible teaching and support of overseas mission, the church has been actively involved in serving the local community. This included helping found Holy Trinity Junior School, hosting rationing clubs during World War II, and running a Dementia support group and Boys Brigade today. The church has been part of a number of church-planting initiatives, including St Patrick’s Church and Springfield Church, and has undergone some major building projects. There are some wonderful memories of church life recorded in the church archives, from the pranks of the Edwardian choir boys to church services that defied Hitler’s bombs (some can be read here).
In celebration of all Christ’s work through Holy Trinity, we will be hosting various special events this year. A flower festival is to be held over the weekend of Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th June, showing the life and history of the church in flowers. To mark the anniversary month, a joint celebration church service will take place at 6pm on Sunday 1st October, featuring guest speaker, Mark Greene, Director of London Institute of Contemporary Christianity. A community celebration will be on Sunday 15th October at 10.30am. There will be food and fun and a special service. Our speaker will be Andrew Wingfield-Digby who was a vicar in Oxford, and has been chaplain at two Olympic Games and spiritual advisor to the England national cricket team.
Whether you’ve been to Holy Trinity many times in the past or have never stepped through the door, you are welcome to come to any and all of these events. We would love the opportunity to celebrate this important anniversary with you and the rest of our local community.