Huge thanks to Tina Mongor for putting together this event, with her usual gusto, which for the first time will take place at the Hotel School in Funchal.

Mrs Joy Menezes has kindly offered to act as auctioneer for the evening auction which will follow on from the sumptuous dinner. Promises already made include several on a Christmas theme as well as holidays and dinner parties.

Please note that this year the Auction of Promises catalogue, giving full details of all the promises, will be available for viewing prior to the event itself so that advanced bids may be placed by those not able to attend the event which is limited to 60 tickets. Telephone bids during the event evening will not be possible this time. The recording of advanced bids will be undertaken by the church administrator at the parish office. To register for this please contact us via the email address:  Advanced bids must be made before 2nd December. For tickets for the event please ring Tina on the number given on the poster below.  Happy Bidding! Thank you.

Auction of Promises poster

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An Evening of Adventurous Puddings !

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Launch of a New Fundraising Appeal

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Fundraising leaflet 2

On Sunday 19 October 2014 Canon John Blair launched an appeal to raise €60000 by Christmas 2014 to assist with current repair works that are either underway or planned for urgent action. The appeal has been launched as part of a new fundraising campaign that will fully start in 2015. After surveying all church properties, we will agree what essential works will be needed to preserve the Church and the Cemetery for future generations.

The target will be to complete all works by 2022, the church`s 200th anniversary. Canon John kick started the appeal by making the first donation of £1000 in sterling We are looking for 59 other people to join the Canon in donating  similar amounts to the church. All gifts over €500 will be recorded for posterity.

Payment can be made in sterling and euros, and all sterling gifts can be gift aided if you are a UK tax payer. Whatever you are able to donate will be grateful received and will assist us in ensuring that future generations can enjoy the church in the way we all have. Donations can be made via bank transfer( contact us for details) or by cheque made payable to Diocese of Europe if sterling, or Associaçao Holy Trinity Church if in euros.

To give you some idea of the extent of  some of the more pressing works needed, the whole internal roof space has white ant infestation(termites) and needs 3ooo euros spending asap for specialist fumigation to save the wooden structures – they may need replacing altogether which will be an enormous expense but one we have to plan for!

Please contact us by sending a message via this blogsite or via one of the following:

Chaplain:     Canon John Blair    The Parsonage, Rua da Quebra Costas no.2o, Funchal 9000 – 034, Madeira,  Portugal, Tel:  (00351) 291 222 334



Churchwarden: Bobbie Pote      Tel:  (00351)     291 745 258



Church Administrator: Cefyn Embling-Evans Tel:  (00351)  965 638 218


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During the summer we have been working on a completely new church website, working with RealPoint Website design. Details will be published shortly before we go live in a few weeks time. In the meantime, sadly, we have had to suspend our old website, and in the interim period we will rely on this blog site to keep you all up to date with postings of news items, social and religious events and other publicity etc. To this effect, see below images of our current Weekly Events Sheet.

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If you would like a copy of the weekly Sunday Service sheet with information of events sent to you each week, pleas email us on

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Holy Trinity Church has a newly licensed Chaplain: Canon John Blair

Last Thursday, 9th October 2014 at 6pm saw the LICENSING of the Reverend Canon John Wallace Blair as  the new Chaplain to Holy Trinity Church, Funchal

The Celebrant was the Area Dean of Portugal with Madeira

the Reverend Robert John Bates


Here is Canon Blair (bottom right) with Rev.d Robert (second left top row) and some of the guests of honour including Bishop Emeritus of Madeira Teodoro de Faria and  Sn. Paulo Cafofo, President of the Câmara of Funchal


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It was a truly splendid and happy occasion.


Hopefully we will have some more photos to add later…

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Easter Poster 2014

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Holy Trinity is Visited by the Mystery Worshipper

mystery worshipper

At the risk of sounded self-congratulatory, we would be delighted if our blog readers would take a moment to look at the results from a recent visit to us from The Mystery Worshipper on their website .

Once on their homepage, if you click on the heading Mystery Worshipper (top left) and scroll down the page a bit you will come to a full review with photos of a visit we received incognito a couple of weeks ago titled Warm welcome, cold feet at Holy Trinity, Funchal, Madeira

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We are very grateful to the mystery person, quoted as being Werburga of Chester, and also very pleased they enjoyed their visit so much. As for socks, we would just say that this is the coolest month of our year at about 18c, but their point is taken and we will scratch our heads to come up with a possible solution! As for the lack of a choir, we are currently trying to address that as well, and can we take this opportunity to say that we are looking for volunteers to come forward to help us create one. All enquiries to the church administrator via However, we are very lucky here in Madeira to be able to welcome so many holiday makers into our Sunday congregations and must say they invariably sing with enthusiasm and gusto ! Thank you all so much for your support.

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