20
Sep 2019
3 weeks in Ghana

Guest post from Hannah Best and Lucy Kirby on their recent mission trip. In August 2019, we spent 3 weeks in Ghana. We decided to go so that we could volunteer in an orphanage and experience a different culture. Whilst we were there, we had the opportunity to work with children and adults with special needs from the age of 8 months to 40 years, and to explore the country (including seeing elephants on a safari, going on a canopy walk and having surfing lessons). The most rewarding part was seeing the children with additional needs (who appeared to receive limited attention) grow in confidence and having fun in the sensory room which we paid to replace the lock for. Take a look at their summary video below. To......

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11
Sep 2019
Join in the "Earth Strike" in Shrewsbury

This month we’re looking at “Eco Church”, and how at the heart of the Christian faith is the belief that the gospel can be good news for God’s earth. So often the care of creation has been seen as a marginal preoccupation within the life of the Church. But by making small changes to our own lifestyles and campaigning for the government to make big changes we can be part of halting the progress of climate change. Alongside Sunday sermons and various practical resources we’re wanting to get involved publicly. Churches across the diocese of Lichfield are being urged to get involved in a climate action day on Friday 20 September, and as a local church we are going to be part of this. We’re inviting people to take......

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04
Sep 2019
New Eco-Church resource for September 2019

September 2019 sees us look at how the gospel can be good news for God’s earth. At the heart of scripture is the call to express our care for God’s world, and to be responsible for stewards of all that God has made. To help with this we are recommending a really excellent resource by Richard Clarkson. (Richard is – amongst other things – vicar of the AMICA benefice in North Shropshire,  environmental officer for Lichfield Diocese, and son to Judith Clarkson who is Childrens Minister here.) The booklet is a series of daily reflections and prayers for “Creationtide”, leading up to Harvest 2019. It looks in a variety of ways at what it might mean to live in the created world, to help us reflect on our place......

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02
Sep 2019
Faith, hope and love - small group resource

I came across a really simple website and app recently called “what3words.” It is basically a way of finding out exactly where you are in the world. Rather than using complicated map references, or long strings of longitude and latitude numbers, it can pinpoint where you are within a few metres with three easy to remember words. Sitting here in the Trinity Centre we are “Blues. Hunt. Decks.” My study at home is “Squad. Oven. Closes.” But make a cup of tea in the kitchen and it becomes “Money. Fixed. Spice.” Why not try it out! We’ve got three words which we hope are going to guide us as a church over these next years. Faith. Hope. Love. We’re praying and discerning and dreaming about where they might guide......

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29
Jul 2019
A new job for Charlotte Gompertz

We’re delighted to announce that Charlotte Gompertz is going to be the new vicar of Shelton and Oxon in Shrewsbury – the next door parish to Meole Brace. This was announced at services across the parish yesterday, as well as at Oxon Church. Charlotte will remain in the parish for the next three months or so, and probably move at the end of October and be licensed at some stage in November. Charlotte writes “You have encouraged me, loved me, and been such a blessing as you have allowed me to learn on the job. We as a family have found a home here in Shrewsbury, but curacy being as it is we knew our time here wouldn’t last forever. So it is with much excitement, trepidation and not......

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25
Jul 2019
A BIG Birthday in Meole Brace

Last month we had a BIG birthday! The weekend of June 15th-16th was our 150th anniversary where we celebrated the current church building of Holy Trinity, Meole Brace turning 150 years old (although there has been a church building there for a lot longer). How incredible to think that our church family have been meeting to worship and share life together decade after decade whilst being shaped to live out faith hope and love in their everyday lives and reaching out into their communities.   There was an afternoon tea organised by the 9am congregation on the Saturday (where lots of cake was eaten). And there were fun games that the Victorians would have played including the dangerous ‘snap dragon’ (no injuries were reported on the day) – look......

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19
Jul 2019
Living responsibly and joyfully with God's creation

Susan Tonge – part of the 9am congregation at Holy Trinity encourages us in this entry to ‘live responsibly and joyfully in.. God’s creation’.  We have a group helping us work towards an “Eco-church Bronze award”, looking at our worship and our teaching on creation, how we look after our buildings and our land, and how we encourage people to care for creation as an integral part of their personal lifestyles. We now have 100% recycled toilet rolls that we use in our Trinity Centre which we encourage guests to purchase for their homes, and we are also considering eco-friendly ideas in discussions around use of our newly acquired Glebe Field.    Have you ever looked at a flower through a hand lens or a magnifying glass? Have you......

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20
May 2019
"Ringing the changes" to celebrate 150 years

During June our church will be celebrating its 150th anniversary. Actually it is the building which is 150 years old. The church, meaning the body of worshipping Christians, is much older and this is the fourth church building to stand on the site. The bells are younger. Six were cast in 1969 and the two light treble bells two years later. Amazingly, some of the metal from a 17th century bell in the second church was used in one of the 1969 bells. It is engraved with the original inscription from Psalm 98 : Cantate Domino Canticum Novum or “Sing Unto the Lord a New Song!” On Saturday 15th June there will be an attempt to ring a full peal as part of the celebrations. We’ll start at 10am......

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03
May 2019
Becoming an Eco-church

Vicky Barnes – part of the 1045am congregation at Holy Trinity – is one of a group helping us express our care for God’s world and demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s earth. The group are going to help us work towards an “Eco-church Bronze award”, looking at our worship and our teaching on creation, how we look after our buildings and our land, how we engage with our local community and global campaigns, and how we encourage people to care for creation as an integral part of their personal lifestyles. Here Vicky writes about why this is an urgent task. “Your kingdom come on earth”  We pray those words every time we say the Lord’s Prayer – as Jesus taught us. Yet daily we are told......

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05
Apr 2019
Lent done a bit differently

Lent and the film ‘The Greatest Showman’ aren’t necessarily two phrases that you’d think go together!! But over the last few weeks almost fifty people have been meeting weekly on Wednesday evenings looking at themes drawn from the popular film using a book by Rachel Mann. PT Barnum played by Hugh Jackman and one of the main characters champions the outcasts of society inviting them to live their lives fully and to take pride in their identity regardless of how the culture around them reacts. There has been lots of discussion and chatter and of course snippets of the film shown! It has been great to see people meeting with God in the every day, on how to live their lives fully for Jesus. Small groups have come along......

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