A Brief History of Holy Trinity Anglican Church


Welcome to Holy Trinity Church. We hope the time you spend with us today will be of blessing to you, and that you will return often to share in our worship of God, the Holy Trinity.

Our parish was founded in 1875, chiefly to serve the growing number of immigrant families who were coming to Chatham to work in the city’s manufacturing industry. Isaac Hellmuth, the second Bishop of Huron, under whose guidance the parish began, was himself a Lithuanian Jew and a convert to Christianity.

On the church lawn facing Selkirk Street is a Provincial Historical Plaque which gives a brief description of the achievements of Emily Murphy, the wife of one of our early Rectors, who was the first woman magistrate in the British Empire . In more recent times, as a teenager, Sylvia Fricker, better known as Sylvia Tyson of “Ian & Sylvia” sang in our Junior Choir.

Since 1875 Holy Trinity has continued to be the spiritual home for many families and individuals living both in Chatham and the surrounding townships. Our members include people from a number of ethnic and cultural backgrounds who reflect the rich diversity within our world-wide Anglican Communion.

The Church Interior

On entering the church the most notable feature is the rood screen surmounted by a large cross separating the nave or pew area from the chancel and sanctuary . This gives us a visual frame in which to see the altar, which is the focal point of the church building where the Holy Eucharist is offered.

On the walls there are a number of memorials to past members . O n the east wall are plaques in memory of the men and women of our parish who served in the armed forces during the World Wars .

The Windows

The Te Deum window over the altar depict s our Risen Lord, Jesus, as the great High Priest, while below are figures from the Old and New Testaments and those representing our Anglican heritage.

The circular or ‘Rose’ window in the east wall is the only original window remaining in the church. Beneath it are four lancet windows depicting the Gospel writers. The windows in the north and south walls, depict the life of Jesus from the Annunciation to the Crucifixion.

The Pipe Organ

The Pipe Organ is of three manuals plus pedals, consisting of 1700 pipes in 30 ranks. The most notable feature will be the brass ‘Trompette en Chamade’ located over the ambulatory door. The builder was the firm of Pole & Kingham.

The Parish Hall

In 1982 the original parish hall was replaced by a modern air conditioned hall in which both parish and community activities take place.