In the heart of one of Britain's most beautiful seaside towns our Anglican congregation has been joyfully serving the local community since 1843 and faithfully offering worship to God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We are welcoming church, ecumenical, spiritual, catholic and evangelical.
Salcombe is by its nature a very close-knit community and it this is also reflected in the congregational life. This short video gives a flavour of our worshipping community in Salcombe and was made with help from the children of Salcombe Church of England Primary School.
Baptised into Christ Jesus
There can be all sorts of misnomers about baptism (sometimes called 'Christening') and who can and cannot be initiated into the Church. First, there is no cost to a baptism, unlike weddings and funerals which have an official Church of England fee. Secondly, anyone can be baptised, young or old. There is no age limit. Thirdly, you do not have to live in the area to be baptised in our church. What we ask is that you are willing to make those first steps in faith and affirm that God is working in your life.
Ours is a busy church with lots of activities that make up our congregational life and service to the wider community. Below are some of our regular groups which are always open to new members.
Salcombe Community Gospel Choir
Salcombe Church Choir
Icon Writing (Painting) Group
Ecumenical Bible Study Group
Barnabas New Monastic Fellowship
Thursday Church Cleaning Team
Friends of Holy Trinity
Salcombe Flower Club
In addition, there are plenty of ways to volunteer. We are after all the biggest volunteering society in the town.
Public readers for services
Sidesmen and Sideswomen (Welcomers)
Leaders of intercessions prayer
Pastoral team visitors *
Special ministers at the Eucharistic (chalice bearers)
Please do ask if you want any more information about joining or volunteering for any of these groups and activities.
*Diocesan and parish police hold that some of our activities where vulnerable adults or children are involved require interviewing, safeguarding training and police checks (DBS) before permission is granted.
What we can offer
Since 1843 our parish church has served the people of Salcombe with by joy reaching out to all members of the local town and our many visitors with the love of Jesus Christ. As part of the Diocese of Exeter and the Church of England we have regular Sunday worship usualy at 8am, 10am and 6.30pm. The church building was reodered to provide a space is stunningly contemporary while in keeping with the traditional feel of its Victorian heritage. We hope this interior reflects our ethos of bring out things new and and old (Matthew 13.52).
Congratulations on your engagement and thank you for considering us to play a part at the beginning of your marriage. Holy Trinity is a popular church for weddings and we receive many inquiries every year for such celebrations. We hope that the following information will help you in considering an application to be married here. We have also included accompanying downloads with relevant information and an application form.
Marriage is a wonderful vocation and as such the clergy team and keen to promote both the day and the importance of the vows. A wedding service is an act of worship and therefore needs considerable preparation and thought. To do this we meet with couples two to three times and also hold a rehearsal. In addition, we ask couples to come to one of our marriage preparation seminars - usually, an afternoon run by one the clergy and an experienced married couple who are part of this congregation.
To be able to marry in a Church of England parish couples must qualify by law under residency. Local couples living in either the parish of Salcombe or the parish of Malborough with South Huish (this includes Hope Cove and Galmpton) do this automatically and would qualify by having banns of marriage read in church on three Sundays. For couples who are not local, we are able to guide you through the process of applying to the Diocese of Exeter for a Common License or via the local civic registrar at Totnes. You can also qualify by association where one of you happen to have lived here or worshiped at this church regularly. For more information about the actual regulations, you can visit www.yourchurchwedding.org or speak to our administrator on 01548 842626 during office hours.
It is possible to get married in church Couples where one or both partners are divorced but this at the discretion of the priest who would be conducting the wedding. Please feel free to ask to see one of the clergy team to discuss this.
The current information sheet PDF has contact numbers and the standard Church of England fees list.
The Organist has provided a list of organ bridal processionals and recessionals that are possible.
We ask couples to please read and sign the policy document before meeting a priest.
OTHER IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION
Please book organists, bell ringers, florists, etc. yourself and ensure that is done early.
All four local churches have a policy of no weddings on a Sunday.
The Salcombe Community Gospel are fabulous but in great demand please ensure you book them soon if required.
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