The church was built in 1822 in the neo-classical style, and under its gracious and beautiful dome, the Anglican community resident on Madeira has congregated for worship and celebration ever since. Close to the city centre, enclosed by a high walled garden, it offers a peaceful place to visit. The church and garden are open to visitors usually between 9am and 5pm weekdays, and 8am and 2pm on weekends. The main Sunday Service is the Parish Communion at 11am. There is also Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) at 8am on Sundays and on Wednesdays at 10.30am (Common Worship). The church notice board gives details of daily, seasonal and other services.
We welcome requests for entries into our Book of Remembrance - for more information please contact the chaplain.
Today, our regular Coffee Mornings, Afternoon Teas, various social events and clubs such as the Art Group are thriving. Thus Holy Trinity Church continues to function as a cultural resource for the whole English speaking community in Madeira. Nearby, along Rua da Carreira, belonging to Holy Trinity Church, is the historical British Cemetery and Chapel where many former residents and visitors of differing nationalities are buried. A new project is currently underway to collate the church and cemetery archives enhancing the visitors` experience and providing historical information for families wishing to research and visit family graves. The cemetery is currently open weekdays between 10am and 4pm –just ring the bell at the small green gate for free admittance. A weekly guided tour is currently being planned, and interested parties should contact the church administrator (details below).
Holy Trinity is a vibrant part of life both for dozens of British residents on the island and for many thousands of people from all countries of the world. Throughout the year our weekly congregation averages 120, often rising to almost 200, of which some 90% are non-resident: being tourists from hotels, timeshare resorts and cruise ships. We like to think that this huge number of worshippers is a tribute to the faith which supports us all, the history, beauty and grandeur of our church and the friendship and fellowship we provide. Our visitors come from many different Christian traditions and all are welcome to share fully in our worship and take communion with us - our church is truly a house of prayer for all people - and/or take part in our many social activities. The church is a weekly venue for several music concerts and social events demonstrating that Holy Trinity is also a cultural resource for visitors and the ex pat community on Madeira. There is a Friends of Holy Trinity Church association for those living in the UK who wish to keep in touch, which produces its own colour magazine 6 times a year. Please visit our website for information regarding all events and services. Thank you.
church new website. www.holytrinitychurchmadeira.com
church blog site: http://holytrinitychurchmadeira.wordpress.com ( this is especially useful for checking for posters for forthcoming social events, and for giving feedback to the church itself)