People move house and have done, of course, for centuries. As a result of such population movements, Holy Trinity Goodramgate was declared redundant and vested in to the care of Churches Conservation Trust for its maintenance and management. Only six services a year can be held in the church and the Friends organise three of them, one on the second Sunday in Advent and two on our patronal festival, Trinity Sunday.
The Candlelit Service of hymns and carols for Advent in December 2014 followed the traditional pattern so beloved by all those who attend the service each year as well by those who discovered the service for the first time. The choir from St Peter’s School, York, processed in from the porch during the Introit and took their places in the side chapel during the singing of the first carol.
For the first time in many years, and to the delight of many members of the congregation, an organ rather than a keyboard accompanied the singing. A truly memorable start to the festive Christmas season.
After the service, the congregation joined the Friends at Bedern Hall for mulled wine and mince pies.
On the 21st September 2016 there was a visit by the Lord Mayor to the peace bell to celebrate International Day of Peace. The visit comprising the Lord Mayor, Lady Mayoress, the Lord Mayor’s Consort and clergy from the City of York was led by Jane Nattrass, priest in charge of York city centre churches. The party took it in turns to strike the peace bell. The peace bell at Holy Trinity is one of three medieval bells that have been placed in the city, the others being at Merchant Adventurers Hall and St Paul’s bookshop, Fossgate. The picture shows the Lord Mayor striking the bell watched by Jane Nattrass and Graham White, volunteering officer for the Church Conservation Trust.
Between the 26th and 29th October 2016 Holy Trinity Church participated in the Illuminating York event, where light installations by the artist Helen Maurer were on display. The installation called re Connecting re Creation draws on the history, architecture and atmosphere of this unique church to create a compelling installation using light, glass and mirrors. Below are some of the sights that were to be enjoyed during the event.