Weekly Email w/b 11th July 2022
This Monday sees the arrival of the “Queens Baton” in Shrewsbury as part of the build up to the Commonwealth Games taking place in Birmingham. The baton will make its way across town, through the Quarry, and even take a stint on Sabrina down the river! Anyone going?
We’ve been thinking on six o’clock live this last week about how sharing the Christian faith is a bit like that. “One generation shall tell another the glorious deeds of the Lord” says Psalm 78. It’s like that baton relay. One, to the next, to the next, to the next.
Perhaps today we can be thankful for those people who have passed on faith to us. It might be nurturing parents, persevering youth group leaders, loving friends, generous small group leaders. It’s good to think, and thank. But – even more important – let’s be those who keep on sharing and passing on. I remember various generations of Team GB dropping the baton in years gone by, as at times we have done in the life of the Church in the UK. Let’s be praying – for our church and the body of Christ more widely – that we live and love in such a way that the story of faith is picked up and shared by generations coming after us. Read on below for a few of the different ways we’re seeking to do that here at Trinity.
With thanks, as always, for all the different ways in which we can be living – and sharing – the life of faith and the journey of life.
Grace and peace
Phil Cansdale, Vicar
This Sunday sees the welcome return of “Upside Down Church” at the 11am. Those who have been around for a while will remember the format. Instead of children / young people going to groups and adults staying in church, we turn that on its head. And so after a short opening worship together the adults get to choose from a few different choices and children remain in church. Our big theme for the morning will be thinking about holy communion, and we’ll be exploring this through words, art, reflection etc. Then – towards the end of the service – we’ll be finishing together in church as we remember Jesus in the bread and wine together.
Meanwhile at 9am at Meole Brace and 1030am Radbrook Valerie Pitt will be our speaker as we think about the power of listening. And our evening congregation meets as usual, 6.15pm for 6.30pm in the Bradbury Hall. Phil Cansdale will be speaking on “moulding culture”, and reminding us how so much of our mission isn’t necessarily about “doing strange things in weird places”, but rather about being alert to God’s kingdom and open to opportunities in the daily places of our Monday to Sunday lives.
Oh – and a reminder that this Sunday is the last regular Sports Sunday of the summer. Though look out for our “Commonwealth Games Extra” in August. (see below)
This year’s “Fun in the Sun” programme sees a number of different events taking place over August. We really want to make the most of greater opportunities for many this year to socialise and be together, so do please get involved in these. For most of these we’re not requiring people to RSVP, though an idea of numbers is really helpful, so if you’re able to let us know you’re interested in coming then do so on the website or via the Church Office in the usual way.
We’re really looking forward to Holiday at Home, taking place from 1st to 3rd August 2022. This is our regular gathering of people from across the local area, and gathered from various areas of our ministry here at Trinity. It’s hosted by Keith and Amal Moore and a really great team, and there’s still space to sign up and let us know you’re coming. More details from the Church Office, or let us know you are interested online.
It’s been a busy few weeks for Trinity Youth and Young Adults.
Towards the end of June the “exam finishers’ social” provided a good opportunity to celebrate the end of a busy period. A huge thank you to the young adults’ house group who hosted and facilitated this evening at Radbrook Community Centre! There were some classic party games; a (non-literal) ton of pizza; and a great chance for people to reconnect at the end of two challenging years!
This last weekend Trinity Youth came and turned the Trinity Centre into a youth residential centre. We had some musical worship some teaching and thoughts about our Identity in God; nerf guns; pottery painting; sumo football; delicious cooked food. A huge thank you to all of the preparation and planning from the Youth Ministry Team, and for the young people coming along and getting fully involved!
Trinity Youth will be hosting a Pizza social this Wednesday (20th) from 7-9pm. This is for anyone aged 11-18 so do sign up to let know you’re coming! More details – and to let us know you’re coming – chat to Craig or click below.
Finally huge thanks to all those who prayed, found out more and gave as part of this year’s Christian Aid week. More than ten thousand pounds was raised across the local area. Christian Aid is one of a number of mission agencies and people we support, part of getting involved in God’s mission across the UK and further afield.
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