Weekly email w/b 10th July 2023
Over this last term I’ve loved spending Tuesday early evenings with a group of young people here at Trinity. I’ve been taught how to make hot chocolate mountains, and the extreme skills of how to get a gazillion marshmallows into a cup and still be able to drink from it. But I’ve been taught so much more in the company of a group of people talking about prayer thanks to the 24-7 youth prayer course we’ve been following.
We recently looked at ENDURING in prayer, the “e” towards the end of the acrostic for P-R-A-Y-E-R. We were reminded of the parables of enduring in prayer, like knocking on a door and like ‘keeping on keeping on’ when we’ve got an urgent need. The course reminded us how persisting in prayer can teach us to rely on and trust in God, feeling his closeness, experiencing his love and becoming more resilient people.
Towards the end of the session we were encouraged to listen to a song which has become for me one of those “earworms” which you can’t quite get out of your head. It features Maverick City Gospel Choir, and is a song called “Keep Praying.” The words seem to say it all:
“Every prayer for today is a seed for tomorrow.
Keep praying, keep praying,
Hold on to the faith and the blessing will follow,
Keep praying, keep praying….”
Take a look at the video for yourself by clicking the link below. With thanks to all who ‘keep praying’, whether big or small, across our life at Trinity.
Phil Cansdale (Vicar)
In our morning congregations we are on the second week of our new summer series looking at some of the parables that Jesus told. Dave Latcham is speaking at the 9am, CTK and the 11am, whilst Fi Iddon and the team there will be hosting the Holy Trinity Belle Vue Pre-school celebration as their year draws to a close. The pre-school there has been a beacon of light in the lives of families for many, many years now. It’s such a joy to see a local church connect with children and families in this way.
Meanwhile in the evening Peter Madley will be speaking as we continue to look at the book of Acts, and ‘postcards from the early church.’
This year’s Fun in the Sun begins this weekend, with a CTK garden party at the Moores and also a 9am congregation tea party. Events coming up include a summer walk, pudding party, family picnic, and the trip to Barmouth which is also part of the 2023 “Holiday at Home”. You’ll find out more details of each of these – and sign up where appropriate – on our website.
Fun in the Sun Events
Our next “EXPRESSO” will be on Thursday 20th July with Keith Moore looking at “How to grow your faith while on holiday”. Find out more – and catch up on other previous episodes on “social media” and “praying when big stuff is going on”, and “how to be a Christian in the NHS and healthcare world” via our website.
This next week sees the first meeting of our newPCC year. Do be praying for us on Monday evening as we get together for the first time. Meanwhile here’s a picture – and a reminder to pray – for our three churchwardens Erica Staples, Anne Hasnip and Jenny Surl. We are so grateful for the huge wisdom, energy and love they are bringing to the role, and already how they’re working as a team along with clergy, staff and all the congregations here at Trinity. Do say ‘thanks’, and encourage them in their roles!
Meanwhile Rob Surl has also just been appointed Lay Chair of Shrewsbury and Wrekin Deanery, working alongside the Area Dean and Fi in her role as one of the Assistant Area Deans.
We’re just launching plans for a day-trip to Hereford on Tuesday 26th September. We’ll be visiting the stunning Hampton Court Gardens & Castle, and enjoying a guided tour of the 15th century castle and access to the gardens. We’ll then make our way to Hereford Cathedral where we’ll have tea together alongside joining in with their sung Evensong. Tickets are available for £34, either online by clicking below or by contacting the Church Office. Please book early as numbers may be limited.
Holiday at Home is our wonderful annual event, where you are invited to come for three relaxing days of fun and activities. Bingo, quizzes, thought for the day, a delicious lunch, as well as afternoon tea and live entertainment.The third day (Wednesday 2nd August) is a day trip to Barmouth, including fish and chips! You can come for all three days, or just choose to come to one or two days. What ever you decide – you definitely don’t want to miss it!
The July / August edition of Trinity Life is now out. Pick up a copy from church, Trinity Centre or Cafe Connect. Or take a sneak preview online. You’ll find details of “Fun in the Sun” and some of the other events taking place over the summer, as well as latest news, an update on the Trinity Centre, and ways to get involved.
To coincide with this Sunday’s focus on our mission partners across the world, there’s a new leaflet and updated website which talks about their work. Pick up a copy in church, or follow the link below to find out more.
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