Welcome

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 Christmas morning, simple carols and Eucharist, 10:00.

 

Please pardon our dust – new site is on the way!

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Sunday Service, 9 am Rite II Choral Eucharist
Sunday School for elementary aged students, 10:30-11:15

Wednesday night formation programming for youths of all ages – and adults. Dinner for all at 6:00, youth formation 6:30-7:30, adult class 6:30-8

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Trinity Church has been around for a long time.  That is the first thing you will notice.  An old church leaves an indelible impression upon the worshipper.  There is a real sense of joining in prayer with generations past.  And it is quite the legacy that has been left for us to enjoy, for Trinity is a very beautiful place.

Still, the church is the people.  We are not a large church.  In fact, we are not unlike an extended family, really.  We are  a growing church. We are a mix of young and old, working and retired, teachers, farmers, businesspeople, and others.  Families do not always agree on every little thing, but we are committed to joyfully loving one another as Christ has first loved us.  We are also committed to sharing the love of Christ with new members and those just passing through.

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We trust you will find Trinity to be a place where the worship is reverent and restorative, the Bible is preached and taught, Jesus Christ is extolled and exalted, and the needs of people are handled with care and compassion.  We intend to keep our focus on Jesus, and good things are happening as the result.  Even better than being an old church is being an old church with a bright and exciting future.
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What to Expect

Episcopal worship takes a bit of practice, so if you are thrown off at first, or get lost in what we are doing, don’t give up!  We are a people of the book.  We use books to organize our worship and articulate our praise.  Use the bulletin to navigate your way through the Book of Common Prayer and the Hymnal.   There is quite a bit of sitting, standing, kneeling, and other Episcopal “gymnastics” during our worship.  There is, of course, deep meaning behind everything.  A good rule of thumb is, when in doubt about what to do, do what the person next to you is doing.  But remember also, there is no one ‘right’ way to worship – so don’t worry about getting it wrong!

Trinity is a ‘churchy’ church.  Ours is traditional (small-‘c’) catholic worship.  But being traditional does not, in our opinion, have to boring or stodgy. A living and dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ is anything but!  We hope and trust that the reverence of our worship and the quality of our praise reflects that.
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Where to Park

Because of our historic neighborhood building just off the downtown square, we have limited parking.  There is a small parking lot off the alley behind the church with several spots reserved for people with disability.  Otherwise, there is usually plenty of street parking on Sunday mornings on Oak or Sixth streets.  The front entryway is ramped for people who have difficulty using stairs.

Tours

Trinity has a long and noble history, and stands amongst the historic buildings of downtown Baraboo.  We welcome the opportunity to introduce you to our church and show you around.  Call or email the church office to schedule an appointment for a short tour.

Let us know who you are!

Fill out a visitor card or sign the guest registry in the front hallway, so that we can formally acknowledge your visit and welcome you to our parish.

How to Dress

Well, what are you wearing right now?  That will probably do.  Some people like to get dressed up for church, and that is fine too.

Holy Communion

Also known as the Eucharist, the Lord’s Supper, and the Mass, Holy Communion is the principal act of Christian worship on Sundays.  People are invited forward by row to kneel or stand at the Altar rail.   The bread is received on your outstretched palms.  The wine is served in a common chalice.  As the server offers you the cup, it is easiest to grasp the base to guide it to your mouth.  If you do not wish to receive the wine, cross your arms over your chest and the server will pass you by.  If you do not wish to receive Communion, you are still invited forward to receive a blessing from the priest.  Indicate this also by crossing your arms over your chest.  All baptized Christians, regardless of denomination, are welcome to receive Communion in the Episcopal Church.