08
Apr 2021
Weekly Email w/b 5th April 2021

What a joy it was to celebrate Easter together a few days ago across the local area. Sunday saw ten different services, and nearly three hundred people being able to meet “in person” as well as others joining us online and on the phone. Thank you so much to all those involved from morning to night, outdoors and indoors. We’ll keep today’s email brief, with the exciting news of “Cloisters Pop-up Cafe”, a reminder about this Sunday’s service, and a link to the prayer resource. We continue to plan ahead over these next few weeks, and thinking about what our next steps look like across the parish and for individual congregations. As always, with our thanks and prayers as together we are “growing faith, proclaiming hope and living the......

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22
Mar 2021
Weekly email w/b 22nd March 2021

Anniversaries resonate with us, and so a year of lockdown has inevitably provided an abundance of material reflecting on the last 365 days. I’ve particularly appreciated Laura Kuenssberg’s podcast, ‘Covid Confidential’, with people at the heart of government identifying and describing the defining moments of the crisis. It’s a fascinating listen. I wonder what your defining events of the last 52 weeks would be? Making sourdough? Mastering facetime or zoom? The first online church service? Loneliness? Cancelled plans? For many of us there are some achingly sad moments as we remember the loss of someone we love and the challenge and heartache of grief at this time. As Christians, we are preparing to remember the defining events of a week that took place 2,000 years ago. The death and......

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18
Mar 2021
Weekly email w/b 15th March 2021

I start with another cartoon by Charlie Mackesy, a London artist whose work has captured many a heart over these last few months. I saw this picture today, and it certainly spoke to me once more of the desire which most of us hold. To hug loved ones. To be with family. To see colleagues. To come alongside friends. “One day soon.” For us here at Trinity one of those ‘days’ is coming on 4th April, Easter Day. Read on further down for what Easter might look like here. You’ll also find details of our very own “census day” here, rivalling the government Census 2021 which also takes place this weekend. We feature a reminder also of the last few days of our Lent journey in the wilderness, and......

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12
Mar 2021
Weekly email w/b 8th March 2021

Let’s start with some good news. We’re working towards Holy Trinity Meole Brace being open for Easter Sunday, 4th April. What better day could there be to open our doors and celebrate new life together! We’ll let you know over the next fortnight about exactly what this is going to look like, with some gatherings taking place outdoors and others in the building itself. There will be the usual need to let us know you’re coming to help with planning, and we will of course be following COVID guidelines at each step of the way. Meanwhile we are now approaching all sorts of “twelve month anniversaries” these next days. A year since we last saw a particular friend or family member. A year since a night out at our......

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04
Mar 2021
Weekly Email w/b 1st March 2021

We finished the “wellbeing journey” last night. About sixty of us spent eight weeks looking at different areas of our wellbeing, and what it might mean to improve our physical, emotional, spiritual, relational, financial and vocational health. From the feedback thus far it has been immensely valuable and worthwhile, and we look forward to running it again. Last night we finished with the video clip of Eric Liddell, the runner from the film “Chariots of Fire.” You might remember it. Talking about how he wants to please God in his life, he says “God made me fast, and when I run I feel God’s pleasure.” What is it that when you do it you “feel God’s pleasure.” Writing a report? Giving a talk? Taming a garden? Building a patio?......

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