The Mission of Trinity Methodist Church Napier is
to demonstrate God’s unconditional love through friendship, outreach and service in the community.
29 May 2020. Due to Council regulations, while the small exterior alterations are happening we are unable to worship at Trinity.
See Worship page for service sheets for current services held in home.
27 May 2020
Dear Trinity friends
Many of you will have welcomed the announcement on Monday that churches may now hold services with up to 100 people present. Others of you will be wondering if it’s too soon in the Level 2 cycle.
It’s great news that there have been no new cases of Covid-19 in Hawkes Bay, and all the known cases have recovered. However, that does not mean that the virus is not still lurking around. While some people see the absence of new cases as a sign that we can relax the hygiene practices now, in fact it’s only in remaining vigilant as a whole community that we can maintain the zero-case status.
Those of you who have been going out and about, whether to the library, the doctor, the supermarket, a café or restaurant, or who have mokopuna going to school, will by now be familiar with the extra things required of us. And those of you who live in retirement villages are likely to have restrictions for some time yet. It’s thanks to those well-established infection control measures that we have not seen the widespread incidence of the disease amongst our elders that has been evident in many countries.
It can feel tedious and time-consuming, and even oppressive to have our lives so controlled, and we all look forward to the day when restrictions are relaxed even further.
In the meantime, it is how it is, and there will be some changes to the way we do things in a church service for the time being. The worship committee and Parish Council will each meet next week to finalise a plan for how we will play our part in keeping our church and wider community safe and healthy. We will make sure that the plan is shared with you before the Sunday, so that you’re not taken by surprise.
Meanwhile, Queen’s Birthday Weekend is almost upon us. Some of you will be like me and have the opportunity to reunite with loved ones. I am looking forward to spending time with my son, daughter-in-law and their two young children, who I last saw in February. We’ve had video chats from time to time, but that’s not quite the same as physical presence.
This coming Sunday is Pentecost, and you will receive worship resources for use at home. You may like to liven it up with things that remind you of the breath and fire of the Spirit and are often associated with Pentecost – a red candle, balloons, for example.
You may also take up the opportunity to hold a house church, by inviting a few church friends to join with you for a time of worship and reflection. That’s a good way of “being church” and easing back in. Just remember the hand sanitiser and sitting a metre apart.
The Holy Spirit is not confined within the walls of a building, but blows free wherever it will, sometimes like a whisper and a gentle breeze, sometimes like a rushing wind and noise.
Whatever this weekend holds for you, may the breath of the spirit wash over and through you, inspiring, healing, empowering.
Grace and peace be with you.
Welcome to Trinity Methodist Church located by the beautiful Clive Square Gardens in central Napier, Hawke's Bay, Aotearoa-New Zealand. Built in 1876, Trinity is now the only city-centre church to pre-date the 1931 Napier earthquake.
It is a fine example of colonial wooden church architecture. The historic organ was built in 1910 by
J E Dodd (of Adelaide, Australia); its mechanical ‘tracker action’ has been retained. The church interior was remodelled in 1956, with minor alterations since.
We seek to demonstrate God’s unconditional love through friendship, outreach and service in the community. We are an inclusive faith community (irrespective of age, gender, sexual orientation or culture); where faith can be explored, our spirituality nurtured, and engagement in discipleship and social service within the Napier community.
We host performances, weddings and other special events.
We are part of the Methodist Church of New Zealand.
Our listing on the Methodist Church of New Zealand website