Welcome to Holy Trinity & St Barnabas Episcopal Church – an inclusive and welcoming church within the Anglican tradition.
Whether you are a life-long Episcopalian or Anglican seeking a new ‘home’ or someone just beginning to explore what a relationship with God might mean, we hope you will feel at ease with us.
10.30 am: Sung Communion Service
for children aged 3.5 – 13 during the School Terms
We have a coffee time after our Sunday Service.
4.00 pm: Choral Evensong last Sunday of the Month
(no Evensong in July, August and December).
Wednesday Communion Service
10.30 am: Said Communion in the Church Hall.
All are welcome to Worship with us, and if you are baptised a Christian (in any tradition) you are encouraged to take Communion with us as well.
We are part of the Scottish Episcopal Church which traces its history back to the beginnings of Christianity in Scotland and is a member of the world-wide Anglican Communion – a family of some 70 million Christians in more than 160 countries.
There has been an organised Episcopalian presence in Paisley since 1817 when the congregation of Holy Trinity was founded. After the partial repeal of the penal laws in 1792, Episcopalians in Paisley and the surrounding area began to think about having their own clergyman. At that time, to attend church, they had to travel to St Andrew’s by the Green in Glasgow, or St Mary’s, also in Glasgow, to worship at the only qualified chapels in the area. In 1817, the Reverend William Wade was sent to Paisley by the then Bishop of Edinburgh, Fife and Glasgow and by 1833 a church had been erected and named Trinity Chapel. The building was extended with the addition of a Chancel and pipe organ in the 1880s under the patronage of the Earl of Glasgow.
In 2003, the decision was taken to merge the congregation of Paisley’s St Barnabas Church (Castle Street) with that of Holy Trinity. St Barnabas’ building closed on Palm Sunday 2004. The new congregation of Saint Barnabas & Holy Trinity, meeting in the former building of Holy Trinity, was officially launched on Easter Day 2004 by the Right Rev. Idris Jones, Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway.
In 2009-10 our old church hall was demolished and our new Bishopcourt Halls were constructed.
Our current Rector is the Reverend Dr Tom Wilson, who became our rector in 2012.