Support group launched – Friends of Holy Trinity Church
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Friends of Holy Trinity, a new group to support Sliema’s iconic Victorian Gothic church in Rudolph Street, Sliema, was launched to-day by its congregation.
One of the two Anglican chaplains in Malta, the Rev’d Jeffrey Williams who is founding chair of the Friends and lives in the adjoining Bishop’s House with his wife Mary explained that “according to the Friends’ constitution its main objective is to advance the Christian religion of the local and wider community whilst ensuring the preservation and improvement of the fabric, fittings and furniture of Holy Trinity Church, Church Hall and Bishop’s House.”
“As an ecumenical Christian and chairman of Malta’s Ecumenical Council, I very much hope that the numbers of non-Anglican Sliema residents and other Maltese already using our lending library and attending our events, such as garden fetes or the annual Christmas carol service will continue to increase, and that many will one day want to join the Friends.”
Fr. Jeff (as everyone calls him), who served 30 years in the South Wales Police Service and trained for the priesthood whilst still serving as a Police Officer was ordained as a priest after retirement emphasised the Holy Trinity congregation’s intention to maintain the Anglican presence and faith in Sliema for countless years to come.
“However, we also plan to develop a worldwide outreach. Since coming to Holy Trinity in 2008 I have been amazed at the numbers of visitors who had worshipped at our church in the past. Some of these live now in the UK, some are still in Malta but for a variety of reasons no longer attend. So over the years, Holy Trinity has acquired a large group of regular visitors who see us as their spiritual home in Malta. We are very keen to invite these people as well as the many past members of the congregation who have moved away, to join the Friends and keep their spiritual ties with Holy Trinity active.”
“Holy Trinity is a friendly church and as well as the regular Sunday Service there (and the early Communion Service two or three Sundays a month) there are the two Morning Prayer and Holy Communion Services every Tuesday and Friday. We are family-oriented (with a weekly children’s Sunday school) and together with its adjoining spacious Church Hall Holy Trinity provides a place for social events and activities, whether organised by the parish or other groups. The Friends intend to develop a series of events each year.”
Enquiries about Friends membership and/or hiring of the church and/or its Hall for cultural or social events should be addressed to: The Secretary of the Friends of Holy Trinity, Bishop’s House, 75, Rudolphe Street, Sliema. SLM 1273 Malta GC firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 21330575
Holy Trinity was built in 1865 to serve the needs of the growing Anglican community in Sliema. The site for the church and the adjoining Bishop’s House were a ‘reversionary bequest’ to the parish by the daughter of a Bishop of Gibraltar on condition that they could not be either sold, structurally altered or converted to another use. In the event of a termination of church activities in these premises, the properties will revert to the descendants of original bequeather.
Holy Trinity is one of the two Anglican churches in Malta, (the other is St. Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral in Valletta). There is also a Gozo congregation worshipping at the Sacred Heart Seminary, Victoria Chapel.
The Anglican Chaplaincy in Malta and Gozo is part of the Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe and one of the 44 Dioceses of the Church of England. The Diocese comprises over 100 chaplaincies from Iceland to Siberia and Finland to the Canaries. The Church of England is one of the 38 self-governing provinces of the worldwide Anglican Communion, whose 80 million members are spread over congregations in 164 countries. The head of the Church of England and of the Anglican Communion is the Most. Rev’d Dr. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury.