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Jan 2022
Weekly Email w/b 17th January 2022

I don’t know whether you have had chance to see any of “Superman and Lois” on BBC IPlayer recently? It has been my choice viewing. This series sees Clark Kent (aka Superman – I can never understand how no one recognises Clark Kent as Superman – the glasses aren’t a great disguise…) married with twin children, which is perhaps where the similarities I share with him end… Together Lois and Superman fight off all kinds of alien attacks and Superman uses his supernatural power to overcome evil. So far, so good. Easy, when you wield that much power. Equally, life must be easy for the twin sons with a father so powerful right? But the reality is not always quite so simple…the Kent’s sons face ridicule, doubt, dilemmas, isolation,......

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17
Jan 2022
Supporting children’s education in Africa

Through the vision and legacy of one woman, Trinity Churches can support three innovative projects working with young people and teaching staff in Zambia and Uganda. ABout 15 years ago Pat Wedge – a member of Trinity Churches – left a legacy to “support the education of children in Africa”. Part of this legacy has been used to provide education bursaries for young people in Fiwiila, Zambia. These bursaries are now drawing to a close. In 2022 the remaining money from the legacy has been committed to some exciting new projects run by two charities – Vinjeru School Trust in Zambia and Red Earth Education in Uganda. Vinjeru School is a growing not for profit, Christian secondary school in Kapiri in Zambia. Part of the funding provided by Pat......

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13
Jan 2022
Weekly Email w/b 10th January 2022

This week we began looking at Elijah in our morning services. We started to think about how his journey, as a ‘giant of faith,’ encourages us in our walk with God. It got me musing about all the ‘giants of faith’ who’ve inspired me in my walk with God. Some of those are Biblical figures, like Elijah, and others are ordinary people who have shown me so much about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus over the years. Some are public figures known to many of us, and others are people who have quietly lived out their faith serving God in the workplace and their families. You may well have read Archbishop Justin Welby’s tribute to that other wonderful Archbishop and undoubted giant of faith, Desmond......

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07
Jan 2022
Weekly Email w/b 3rd January 2022

Today – Thursday 6th January – is meant to be the moment we take down our Christmas decorations, and everything goes back into the box for another year. Have you done yours down yet? At the Vicarage we did so on Monday, which might be a few days early but reflects a busy few days since then as life starts up anew. My favourite Christmas purchase was a £5 ‘pressure pad’ which fits under our doormat, so that every time someone walked in or out of the house it would play a rendition of “We Wish you a merry Christmas”. Even the dog set it off. But I can’t wait to annoy everyone with it next year. I always feel a mixture of emotions as I climb the attic......

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23
Dec 2021
Weekly Email w/b 20th December 2021

There’s certainly been no shortage of carols this year thus far. School nativities, Trinity Table, Residential homes, carols by carlight, carols on the Green, Radbrook carols… and a few other places. Most recently we met in the primary school playground for our two outdoor carol services on Sunday evening. What an amazing team effort, and huge thanks to everyone who did some nifty last minute organising as we headed outdoors. “O come all ye faithful?” Absolutely. That well-known carol continues with the words “joyful and triumphant”. If I’m honest, that’s not how quite a few of us are feeling at the moment as Christmas plans change, COVID concerns increase, and another year draws to an end with a slight sense of unknowing. So whether you’re feeling faithful, or joyful,......

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17
Dec 2021
Weekly Email w/b 13th December 2021

Amidst my usual Christmas playlists I’ve had occasional bursts of a certain Christmas song by WHAM. “Last Christmas I gave you my heart” go the words. But you know what happens the very next day. It’s a song about broken promises, about hurting people, about a lingering sense of disappointment. As Christmas approaches this year these are pretty powerful themes aren’t they? Let me encourage you – in the midst of all that is going on – to discover for ourselves more of the heart of Christmas. Of a God who remembers his promises, who reaches out to hurting people, and who can be trusted even in the tough places. To all those who have struggle, who long for light and love in their lives, here is good news.......

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