Getting ready for Easter Celebrations
I hope this Easter brings us a sense of hope and eager expectation. The rule of six is now back in, we will be able to sing outside as of Easter Sunday, and many of us will have received our vaccine now. Signs of new life coming?
A year has passed since lockdown first began and it’s likely no one has been left unchanged by the unfolding events of the last year. Perhaps it is a comforting thought to know our unchanging God is with us as we experience this Holy Week and journey to the cross, and beyond, with Jesus.
As Easter approaches I wonder what your hopes are, or what your anxieties are? Let’s carry them with us this week, up Calvary hill, and beyond into new life, as we walk with Jesus.
Youth and Young Adult Minister
We’re putting finishing touches to our Easter Day celebrations, when we’ll be meeting outdoors and indoors, in different locations across the parish as well as online. The current list of services is as below, including the additional 8am outdoor celebration at Holy Trinity Meole Brace which will looks likely will be taking place given numbers signing up. The huge advantage of outdoor services is that we’ll be able to sing together, so very much hope that you’ll consider joining us for that one if you haven’t yet signed up for other celebrations. We will, though, be heading outdoors for the end of our 9am and 11am gatherings to give a blast of “Thine be the glory” from the church gardens!
We are obviously disappointed to be using the language of “full” for an Easter celebration, and still want to make it possible for as many people as possible to worship with us on Easter Day. So please be reminding friends and family of our online presence, as well as phone church.
Our new Easter booklet of prayers and reflections is now available. This one features a new section called “My Pandemic Experience”, with some questions and encouragement about thinking back over this last year by thanking / lamenting / learning / praying. There are further resources available online to help you do each of these. We hope it will be a gift to those across the local community and beyond, as well as the different congregations who make up Trinity Churches. You’ll find them available outside Meole Brace Church and Cafe Connect, from the front page of our website, and available at our Easter day celebrations.
We start from Monday 12th April, and will initially remain open in this outdoor setting until indoor hospitality opens up again from mid May. We’ll be here five days a week (Monday to Friday), initially 10am to 2pm though when schools go back look forward to some 9am openings for that ‘after drop off catch up” with a friend. Cloisters will be supported by staff and team from Cafe Connect, our longstanding cafe presence in nearby Radbrook Green.
Join us for drinks, snacks and light lunches to eat in or take away. We’ve got a new menu, take-away and eat-in options, and can assure you that we’ve taken all the necessary precautions to make the outdoor venue COVID-safe and follow the latest guidance on social distancing. “Watch this space”, as well as check the website for more details.
It is the last chance over the next few days to take part in our “Trinity Churches 2021 Census.” Thanks so much to those who have already completed it – much appreciated. Whilst there’s no government find if you don’t complete it we know how helpful it is as we enter what feels a new season of recovery. There’s also a question on how you’re doing spiritually, and ways in which we might support you in your life with God.
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