Church opening supports homeless

NADV 110922 Trinity Church cheque. Karen Tulley (hostal worker) and Rev. Mark Godrey with Lynda Dale(social activities co-ordinator for Trinity Church), Tracey D'alessandro- Rixon  of  Trinity Church with baby Olivia, Elaine Harrison(Friends of Harrogate Homeless Project) and Geoff Runcorn (Trinity church treasurer)(110922AM)
NADV 110922 Trinity Church cheque. Karen Tulley (hostal worker) and Rev. Mark Godrey with Lynda Dale(social activities co-ordinator for Trinity Church), Tracey D'alessandro- Rixon of Trinity Church with baby Olivia, Elaine Harrison(Friends of Harrogate Homeless Project) and Geoff Runcorn (Trinity church treasurer)(110922AM)
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SERVICES and events are in full swing at Trinity Church in Harrogate after the congregation returned to the refurbished building.

An open weekend hosted by the Rev Mark Godfrey and the team from the church saw the new coffee machine under so much demand that it blew a fuse.

But the doors were kept open, with home-made cakes and refreshments in good supply and enjoyed by visitors including the Mayor and Mayoress of Harrogate, Coun Les Ellington and his wife Chris, and Andrew Jones, MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough.

The church was fully open for people to explore, including the new upstairs studio which has replaced several rows of pews under the stained glass window.

Flower displays were put up throughout the church, including a new pedestal given to Trinity by West Park United Reform Church, which hosted the congregation while work was ongoing.

The weekend also included a concert by Harrogate Band on the Saturday evening, before two rededication services took place on the Sunday.

In the morning, the service was led by Mr Godfrey and the Rev Brian Hoare, a former president of the Methodist Conference. The Rev Liz Smith, chairman of the Leeds Methodist District, also took part in the service, when the newly-formed Trinity Band played.

In the evening, the choir and dance group gave a performance as part of the service. Organist and choirmaster David Wilberforce composed a new introit for both services.

Trinity Church made a donation to Harrogate Homeless Project from the proceeds of the weekend.