Thank you for considering Sunday worship with us. We hope you will feel at home as soon as you walk through our doors. Here are some answers to questions you may have about your first visit at Grace & Holy Trinity Church.
Where are you located?
We are located in downtown Richmond at 8 N. Laurel Street. The church sits next to the Altria Theater on Monroe Park within the Monroe Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University.
Where do I park?
We offer complimentary Sunday parking inside the VCU W. Main Street Parking Deck at 801 W. Main Street, just 500 feet from our front entrance. Simply save your church bulletin, or grab one of our parking permits, and scan their QR codes upon exiting the parking deck. Visitor spaces, including three handicap spots, are located in our private parking lot directly behind the church on N. Cherry Street. Please read the parking guidelines on the parking lot signage. Street parking and handicap parking are also available in front of the church and around Monroe Park.
Please refer to this map for directions from the VCU W. Main Street Parking Deck to Grace & Holy Trinity Church.
How do I dress?
We are not overly formal. Some of our parishioners wear a dress or a suit and tie, while others choose business casual attire.
Where do I go once I arrive?
From our front entrance on N. Laurel Street, you will turn left to walk through the narthex, or lobby, and go into our main sanctuary. We will have plenty of staff and volunteers ready to guide you. To the right of the narthex is our Parish Hall, where you will find activities, refreshments, and restrooms. If entering through our back door from the parking lot, you will proceed down the hallway, through the Parish Hall, and then turn right into the sanctuary.
Is there breakfast or a coffee hour?
Adult breakfast for Sunday mornings is on hiatus. Children’s breakfast is held at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays in our Staff Room. A coffee hour in the Parish Hall follows our 10:30 a.m. worship service.
Are children welcome?
Yes, we are very family-friendly, and we know it’s not always easy getting everyone out of the door. We do provide a wonderful nursery staff should you wish to drop off your infant during morning worship. Our nursery is located on the second floor of the Parish House. Children from Pre-K to 2nd grade may participate. Our Sunday School teacher will usher your children into the sanctuary after the morning offering, about mid-way through the service. We also provide activity bags when entering the church for children wishing to stay with their parents through the service. If young children get fussy, you are welcome to use our library to the right of the narthex. We also have changing tables in the family restroom located in the Choir Room.
Can I take communion?
We offer communion in most of our services. In the Episcopal Church, all baptized Christians are welcome and encouraged to come forward and receive the sacrament. If you do not wish to receive communion, you may come forward, cross your arms across your chest, and a receive a blessing. If you are not physically able to come up for communion, let an usher know, and the worship leaders will bring the Holy Sacrament to you. We supply our pew backs with blue “Gluten-free” communion cards. If you wish to receive a gluten-free sacrament, please bring this card with you to the altar, and replace the card when you are finished.
Do I need to bring anything to church?
Before you enter the sanctuary, an usher will hand out service bulletins with everything you need to follow along. Our pews all include a Book of Common Prayer, as well as hymnals. While scriptures are included in the bulletins, you are welcome to bring your personal Bible to follow along.
Are there any COVID restrictions?
Currently, masks are optional and no physical distancing is required. All church staff and choir members have been fully vaccinated. We are currently following the CDC Community Level system. We monitor and average community levels for the City of Richmond, Henrico County, and Chesterfield County to determine our protocols. Click here to learn how to protect yourself and others further.
How can I learn more?
Our clergy are always available and love to answer questions, discuss our faith, and tell you more about our church. You can also sign-up for our Weekly eNews, a weekly announcement sent to you via email every Friday at 7:00 a.m.
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So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.