Rev Sally Davenport, of the Holy Trinity Church, Fareham hopes to encourage new visitors into the church to discover its heritage
IT might be something that you pass every day on the way to work or to the shops – but how much do you really know about Holy Trinity Church in Fareham?
We’re at the heart of the town centre in West Street, and you may have been inside for a wedding, baptism or funeral.
But are you aware of its history and heritage?
Well, we’ve just launched a new discovery trail, which will help you and your children to understand more about the church.
We hope it will make your experience of visiting us even more exciting.
The Children’s Discovery Trail is designed to help children aged between 8 –12 to have fun as they explore and discover things of interest and beauty in and around the Holy Trinity church.
It was designed for us by the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies.
Did you know, for instance, that an ancient symbol for the Holy Trinity – that is, God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit – is three hares? Or that you can find three hares carved into the wooden screen behind the altar? Or could you find a royal coat of arms in our beautiful west window, which dates from the 17th century and depicts faith, hope and charity?
Well all these things are there to see in plain sight.
Our Discovery Trail was launched in July by children and their families, with guests including the Bishop of Portsmouth, the Deputy Mayor of Fareham and her consort, and Fareham MP Suella Fernandes.
They all enjoyed the trail and were surprised at how much they found out about our church.
We always have two people in the church each day from 11am to 3pm (11am to 1pm on Thursday and Saturday) and they are there specifically to welcome you and help them with any information you require, prayers or a confidential chat about whatever is bothering you.
If you pop in, you can also find out more about our High Time appeal, which aims to restore the church’s tower and clock and to revamp the interior for future generations.
Now that our trail is up and running, you can be confident that your children will enjoy this spiritual experience.
We’d be delighted to welcome you and answer any questions you have.
n The Holy Trinity Church, in West Street, Fareham holds its Sunday service from 8am every week.
For full details call 01329 232 688 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.