11
Jan 2019
A "towering blend" of maths and poetry

Look up and down the people who belong at church and you’ll be amazed at some of the gifts and talents around. From master bakers to dress makers, top-class surgeons to computer wizzkids, rugby stars to cappuccino kings and queens, it’s lovely to see how people with such a variety of gifts can share their greatest passion – following Christ – together. One such person is Michael Carding, who has recently published a book of poetry. He will be launching his recently published collection, SHAPELY LINES, at Shrewsbury Library on Saturday 19th January from 11am to 2pm. This eclectic collection is sub-titled Poetry & Pattern. The poet is a mathematician and claims that his poetry has been “nurtured in the fertile bed of pattern”. There are nursery rhymes, riddles,......

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07
Jan 2019
Seven deadly sins - and how to overcome them?

We’re just kicking off a sermon series in the 630pm congregation on the “Seven deadly sins.” I wonder what feelings the word “sin” conjures up for you? Perhaps it was once the sort of thing that might strike fear into us, to be avoided at all costs. But, in the words of one writer, it has now been turned “from a Rottweiler into a poodle.” We may greet it with a smirk, or a heavy dose of irony. “It’s naughty… but nice” we tell ourselves. For others these “sins” are to be celebrated. Lust, envy and greed sell newspapers, flog cars and get people to buy the latest yoghurt from posh supermarkets. Pride is seen as an essential element in business, family life or a nation’s psyche, whilst sloth......

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03
Dec 2018
Follow the star?

If you’ve been into Holy Trinity Church around Christmas – and I do recommend it – you might have spotted a strange tradition. A baby’s crib is at the front of church, next to the Christmas tree. And for the days leading up to Christmas the nativity characters make their way towards the crib from the back of church, “jumping” from window-sill to window-sill as they follow the star to Bethlehem. Mary and Joseph get a head start, various donkeys get there, then the shepherds and sheep. Three kings, all beautifully decked out and gifts in hand, usually aim to arrive in time for the Boxing Day sales. But last year we hit a problem. One of our wise men went missing, and only two ever made it to......

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02
Dec 2018
Café Connect

Regular visitors or first-timers to Café Connect will have recognised something different recently. Alongside the newly refurbished tables and chairs, the writing on the wall gives a flavour of what’s at the heart of Café life. “We wanted to display about the Café’s priorities” says Megan Arnold, new chair of Café Connect management team. “The three words – faith, hope and love – seemed to sum that up best, with us seeing the café as a place where faith is lived, hope is given and love can be shared.” Charlotte Gompertz, curate at Trinity Churches, said “It’s not just the decorations but the everyday life of the café where faith, hope and love can be seen. ‘Mini Messy’, Christmas gifts to the community, a listening ear or a praying......

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28
Nov 2018
Christmas Connect 2 is now ready

Christmas Connect 2 has just arrived in the office, and is now ready and bundled up to ‘hit the streets’ over the next ten days. This issue has lots of details about what’s going on at Trinity Churches over the Christmas period, as well as a look at different areas of our ministry and mission. You’ll find articles on Alpha and Cafe Connect, as well as a look ahead to 2019 birthday celebrations and a look at the new housing developments springing up all over Shrewsbury. Talking of new housing, we’d love to deliver a copy of Connect 2 to every house in the parish… including new roads. Please would you help us? It makes such a difference when people can take their own road, or a nearby road,......

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22
Nov 2018
Carols by Candlelight is coming!!

Our incredible Carols by Candlelight services will be taking place again this year, Sunday 16th December – 4.30pm & 7pm at Holy Trinity Church. A great reminder of the real reason for Christmas, free mulled wine and mince pies to enjoy with family and friends afterwards as well as some spectacular music and singing. That’s where you come in. Thank you already to all those who have already signed up. We have a full orchestra but we do need some more choral singers. Are you an alto or a tenor? Why not consider taking part? We would love to see new and previous members join in to put on this event for our local community. Please get in touch via email with Elly Hughes to join the choir (elinorh@aol.com).......

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16
Nov 2018
Job opportunity at Cafe Connect

  Looking to work with people, be part of a great team, and make a difference in the local community? We’re advertising for a paid Saturday shift leader for four hours a week at Cafe Connect. For the job description please click here. For the application form in Microsoft Word please click here and for the PDF version please click here. To get more information about this wonderful ministry please email info@cafeconnect.org and one of the team will get back to you.    ...

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03
Nov 2018
Remembrance 100

This year Remembrance Sunday marks one hundred years to the day since the end of the first world War. As the guns fell silent – a century on – we are joining with churches and communities all over the UK and further afield in remembering the past, honouring those affected by war, and praying for peace in the future. We are aware of at least 65 people from Meole Brace who died in WW1, and countless others who were affected by the 1914-18 conflict. You’ll see a few roads nearby with signs up on them, remembering particular names of people who lived on that road. It’s poignant to think that these were young men from our local community who lost their lives. There’s a war memorial in Holy Trinity......

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02
Nov 2018
Mental Health First Aid

Mental health – it is a broad and complex topic. Our curate at Trinity Churches Charlotte Gompertz recently led a training session, ‘Mental Health First Aid’, a national course, at the Trinity Centre to better equip colleagues on the subject. With a background in psychiatric nursing Charlotte has first-hand knowledge and experience of supporting those struggling with mental health. With this issue affecting people from different backgrounds and different ages, directly or by supporting someone, it is becoming ever more important for people to know how to approach this taboo subject and to give them confidence to ask the difficult questions when necessary. To watch a short clip of the day please click here. Those who came to the training found it helpful and motivating. Revd Rachael Farnham curate at......

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12
Oct 2018
Did someone say apple?

Last Saturday we had our Apple Day. We had a great turn out with 350 people from the community who came along! Faces were painted, songs were sung by local choirs, hog roasts were eaten and apple juice made! The Windfall Project, who regularly meet in the Trinity Centre sold some of their pickles and jams made earlier in the week. Rachel Woods and her team did a fantastic job at organising the event. The volunteers helped make the day go smoothly with some braving the cold to serve the local community. Thank you to all those who were involved and took part. We couldn’t have done it without you! See you all the same time next year!  ...

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