Holy Trinity becomes Hull Minster - what does this mean?
In May 2017 Holy Trinity will be renamed with the title Hull Minster. Many will be asking what this means for us as they visit us and worship with us.
Firstly, the re-naming or re-designating as Hull Minster is an honorific title, which means that it does not change our legal status as a parish church, or the way we are governed (by clergy, PCC and church wardens) or financed (as a local church, mainly through giving of members and visitors). We are not a 'cathedral' in this sense, but a local parish church stepping into our calling as a church that serves not just our geographical parish, but the wider city and its churches.
Archbishop Sentamu decided to re-designate us as Hull Minster 2 years ago - in acknowledgment of our growth and ministry and in anticipation of what is to come.
Becoming a Minster is both about acknowledging what we already do in serving our city and the wider church and looking to expand this work in the future. Being a Minster is also about being a distinctly Christian presence in the city - everything we do comes from the fact that we are a worshipping community of Christians seeking to become more like Jesus. Our vocation or calling as a Minster Church includes:
WORSHIP - As a Minster, we will have a regular 'Minster Community', those who see the congregations as 'their church', and also many occasional worshippers, who join us for certain services. Our worship will be expressed in different styles to allow everyone to worship in a way that expresses their spirituality. Some regular worshipping members at Hull Minster may in the future commit to a 'rhythm of life' that includes regular prayer for the life of the minster and the city.
TRAINING and RESOURCING - As a Minster, we will continue and expand our work in resourcing other churches through gathered training events, quiet days, mission opportunities and sending out team to train and encourage others in city and region. We will also be resourcing people (particularly volunteers) in gaining skills for work and life through their involvement with us.
CIVIC - As Minster, we continue our civic role in the city, hosting civic events and services, being an encouragement to those involved in governing and caring for our city, and being a 'prophetic voice' of challenge and hope to the city. Our church building will be open throughout the week, to welcome visitors, always seeking to offer the love of God to all who come in.