Holy Trinity Queenborough
Coming Up in Queenborough
Chill, Chat + Companionship + Brass Cleaning - Saturday 9th December 10am - noon - Queenborough Church
Carol Service-Sunday 17th December - 6.30pm
Holy Communion - Christmas Eve - 11am
Christingle Service - Christmas eve - 4pm
Midnight Mass-Christmas Eve - 11pm
Family Communion - Christmas Day - 11am
Built around 1367 the church is unusual in that we know not only when work commenced on the building but also who undertook the work and how much it cost. The church has a tower of 6 bells and the view from the tower is greatly admired. The painted ceiling is believed to be painted by a Dutchman circa 1698 portraying the firmament of the sky but it was unfortunately damaged by a serious fire in the 1930’s. The church is visited by many tourists who sail to the town and every effort is made to keep the church open all year during daylight hours for visitors who wish to enjoy the peace, serenity and beauty of our historic treasures. The church boasts a wealth of history in that Hogarth spent part of a riotous journey in Queenborough and Lord Nelson took Holy Communion in the church whilst staying in the town. Today this church is not only home for the Christian family but a focus for notable occasions in the lives of the community. The church holds regular Sunday morning services and a number of annual events such as The Blessing Of the Waters Service at the waters edge on Crundall's Wharf in the town which is attended by local fishermen, sailors, the lifeboat and Pilot boats. An annual Flower Festival in July and regular monthly Chill and Chat coffee mornings in the church. Queenborough owns its own church hall which is situated behind the church in North Road opposite the Vicarage. It is fully equipped, is used for church functions and is also hired out.
Holy Trinity Queenborough needs your help. We have a small, faithful, hardworking congregation trying to preserve the heritage and spirituality of the local parish church for the use of the whole community whenever they may need it.
We are desperately trying to raise money to repair our church building, work is needed on the tower, the roof and inner masonry. We are applying for various grants to help with the costs. We are also in dire need of rebuilding the vestry building attached to the rear of the church. The vestry is in a desperate state of repair with the flooring unsafe in places and the whole outer shell well past it's sell by date. We would like to demolish and rebuild this annex to the church and add the much needed facilities of a kitchenette area and a toilet enabling more people to visit and use the services we offer.
You can help us by supporting our fundraising events or if you shop online by donating through easyfundraising.org.uk. Every time you shop, you'll raise a donation for us and it won't cost you a penny extra.
Go to www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/holytrinitychurchqueenborough and follow the simple steps to sign up. When you shop online, visit easyfundraising first, click through to the retailer and shop as normal. Everything costs exactly the same but with every purchase you make you'll raise a donation from the retailer to our church.
We also have a Just Text giving account so you can donate by text.
Just text HTQC97 £2 or more to 70070. Or contact the churchwardens if you can help us in any other way to preserve this beautiful historic church not just for us now but for the future generations to come.
Last September we were awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund of £15,900. This money was the first stage in a bid to carry out essential repairs to the church, it was awarded to us to carry out all the development work that is needed before actual physical work can be carried out on the building. At the end of August the completion report is sent to the Heritage Lottery Fund and by the end of September we have to complete the application forms for stage two which will hopefully provide us with the money to actually carry out the repairs.
Although there is little that can be seen by the community as evidence we would like everyone to know that behind the scenes the money has been spent on a vast amount of paperwork, plans and reports alongside faculty permission which need to be in place before the work can be started. We have had archaeological investigations, a bat survey, reports on workmanship and materials, a management and maintenance plan, an access audit and works specification. We have put out tenders for the work and made plans to promote the heritage of the church building in the future when the work is complete.
None of this work would be possible without the exceptional help given to us by our architect John Bailey and his team from Thomas Ford & Partners guiding us through each step and the volunteers from the church helping out where ever they can. Please pray that we may be successful in our second round bid from the Heritage Lottery Fund so that all the hard work all ready carried out does not go to waste and our beautiful church can once again be safe and resplendent for the enjoyment of all our visitors.
Congratulations to our Church Warden Ashley for being accepted on the Worship Leaders ALM training course in the new year.