All people are welcome to join us in the sanctuary for worship and communion services and share warm, good-natured fellowship with our members in the gathering area before and after services. Trinity also enjoys an inspirational music ministry. We share a strong sense of family and a commitment towards oneness of focus - sharing responsibilities with great strength and faith. Compassion, generosity and self sacrifice are mutual traits that unite us in reaching out to those less fortunate in our community.
Our members come from various walks of life and vocations. They share their talents and skills within our church and our community.
Here are answers to many of the questions asked by first-time visitors to our Church. If we didn’t answer yours, please call our Church Office at (717) 334-7266.
Where is the TUCC? Our church is located at 60 East High Street in Gettysburg, PA. Please refer to Mapquest below for directions to our location. For worship, please enter our main entrance located on East High Street.
Where should I park? Our main parking lot is on Stratton Street across from the church. It has a large sign at the entrance with the name and picture of our church on it. We also have additional parking in a lot on East High Street which adjoins the church property. There are three spaces designated for handicapped persons on East High Street adjacent to the main entry of the church.
What time are the services? We have two regular Sunday services that begin at 8:15 am and 10:30 am. Sunday school starts at 9:15 am. Our worship schedule during the summer months (3rd Sunday in June until/including Labor Day Sunday) starts at 9:00 am. To access special service schedules for Easter and Christmas, please check our website or call our Church office.
How long do services last? Services last approximately 60 minutes. What about Sunday School? Under the leadership of our Christian Education Director, Ann Walsh, our Church School meets each Sunday, September through May. Sunday School for Nursery through 12th grade meet at 9:15 am and the Adult Class meets at 9:30 am
In addition to Sunday mornings, we have a study group that meets on Monday evenings from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm on a seasonal schedule. Their studies are usually based on books by contemporary writers. Everyone is welcome to participate. Please contact the church office for the schedule.
How about your Music Ministry?
I'm glad you asked. Trinity has a wonderful Senior Choir under the direction of John McKay. The Senior Choir sings three Sundays a month from September through 2nd Sunday in June at our 10:30 service. During the summer schedule various member and guest soloists provide us with special musical selections. Since 1995 Trinity has been using The New Century Hymnal, the official hymnal of our United Church of Christ. This hymnal provides us with exciting and liturgically based hymns.
What do you do for Fellowship?
Duting the months that we have two worship services, we have a Hospitality Table at the gathering area where cofee, tea, juices and light snacks are served. We have a yearly church picnic and fellowship dinners held at our beautiful Fellowship Hall to celebrate Palm Sunday, Fall and Christmas as well as a Ladies Night and Men's Night Out. We also have receptions for different occasions and celebrations. We love to eat good food and chat with each other and invite guests and visitors to our events..
Is the church handicapped-accessible?
An elevator or "lift" unit is located just inside the main entry. It is used to transport persons (in wheelchairs or those who are unable to use stairs) from the entry level to the sancuary and gathering area. Those with physical limitations who wish to attend functions in Fellowship Hall may enter it from an inclined walkway located on the west side of the building. Handicapped-accessible Restroom facilities are available on two floors - near the entrance and on level with Fellowship Hall.
WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE?
Trinity United Church of Christ is a historical church having laid its cornerstone on May 22, 1851. In 1863 this building served as a hospital for wounded soldiers of both armies during the “Battle of Gettysburg.” In 1918 it served as a “Y” hut for the soldiers of Camp Colt during World War I. To know more about our history, click HERE.
Historic Church Walking Tours - Trinity UCC is part of an eight- church tour in Gettysburg that runs every Wednesday during the summer months - an interdenominational effort held by people of faith to showcase the important role that the churches played before and after the Civil War. Our church is one of four surviving churches that were built prior to the Civil War. For more information, click here.
THE TRINITY BELL TOWER
Trinity United Church of Christ, a beautiful, Civil War era church is marked by the Historical Society within the historic district of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Various religious denominations have called this church home since the turn of the 19th century. The most notable feature of the church is its massive bell tower crowned on all four corners by four white, pointy caps. The tower has three distinct levels, the bottom two have gothic type windows in pairs on the two outer sides facing the streets. They are of stained glass. The second floor windows are larger than the third floor window. The second floor has windows all around while the bottom floor only has windows on the two sides facing the intersection. In the actual bell housing area are great big open views, rectangular oblong and curved at the top. The entire thing is of brick. The tower is at the front left corner, right at the intersection of E. High Street and South Stratton Street. A large marble date stone a foot off the ground along the sidewalk was implanted in 1990 to celebrate the 200 year anniversary celebration of the formation of the church. This stone reads 1790 – 1990 and is in the front along Stratton Street way to the right at the end of the structure. The congregation’s bicentennial celebration was observed in 1990. The rest of the church is of brick as well.It was remodeled in 1892 with the addition of a vestibule, tower, and stained glass windows. In that same year, its name was changed to Trinity Reformed Church.
Like all large buildings, Trinity served as a hospital during the battle. A red flag was hung from the cupola to let fighting forces know it should not be attacked. Wounded soldiers of both armies were treated here. In 1918 it served as a “Y” hut for the soldiers of Camp Colt during World War I. There is also an old metal plaque on the building which reads Civil War Building 1863.
"Raise a banner on a bare hilltop, shout to them; beckon to them to enter the gates of the nobles." Isaiah 13:2
The different Worship Banners that are displayed alternatively in our sanctuary are used to enhance our worship and help us focus on the theme of the worship service.
The banners were all skillfully and specifically designed by Bob McIlhenny of McIlhenny Banners, using the colors and design themes of Trinity's stained glass windows in conjunction with the symbols and meaning of each season throughout the church year.
We are grareful to the following donors who graciously funded the banners:
Ordinary time - To the glory of God by the Senior Choir
Communion - Donated by Trinity Circle
Pentecost - In memory of Larry Henderson, Memorial fund
Epiphany - In memory of Dorothea Jones, Memorial Fund
Advent - In memory of Virginia Kreitz by her family