Weekly Email w/b 12th February 2024

Weekly Email w/b 12th February 2024

I read last week about a piece of music by C20 musician John Cage. It is a piece of organ music that takes – get this – 639 years. Played on a specially built organ, there was something of a party atmosphere in the performance space last week as for the first time in two years the organ changed chord. And in case you missed it, the next scheduled note change is on 5th August 2026, with the whole performance finishing in 2640.

And you thought contemporary worship songs lasted a long time!

There’s something here about “life in the long term”, and what it is to wait patiently. I think Lent can offer that gift to each of us. In our 24-7 world to slow down a little. In our frantic busyness to live more simply. In our preoccupations and our prejudices, to see the way of Jesus. This sort of life – dancing to the rhythm of the Holy Spirit – is to be lived out more slowly, and for longer, than many of us ever know. So much of it comes back to that “long obedience in the same direction” which I think I’ve often spoken of.

So walk with us. And journey with us over these next few weeks of Lent. I wonder what ‘flavour’ you’re going to add to life by doing something daily? It might include keeping a gratitude diary, or reading part of the gospels each day, or praying for someone more consistently, or becoming more aware and involved with an aspect of global justice / social action. We’d love to hear from you what you are doing as – together – we walk this journey together.

Phil Cansdale, Vicar


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We’re well underway now with our spring morning series called “AMAZED”. Alistair Magowan will be our speaker at the 9am and 11am at Meole Brace, with Charles Ruxton speaking at Christ the King and Phil Cansdale speaking at Holy Trinity Belle Vue.

Our evening service is at 6.30pm in the Trinity Centre. Ian Williams is our speaker as we look at “ten passages that tell it all” in the Bible, this week looking at the awe-inspiring words of John chapter one.

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This year Ash Wednesday shares its calendar spot with Valentine’s Day, taking place Wednesday 14th February. Fitting perhaps? We’ll be hosting a service at Meole Brace on that Wednesday evening at 7pm.

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” These are always humbling words to hear, a reminder of our frailty in life as well as our beauty in Gods’ eyes. Our service will include a chance for the imposition of ashes and to share in communion together. We’ll be meeting in the Trinity Centre


Our next welcome event takes place on Sunday 17th March at 9am. We’ll start from 9am with some continental breakfast etc. We’ll then have some time together to get to know each other better, meet some of the team here at Trinity, and to hear something about the wider life of the church. We finish by about 1030am for those who would either like to head home or be slightly early for the 11am gathering.

Let us know please you’re coming, and we’ll start ordering some croissants! We look forward to you being with us.

Let us know you’re coming to the Welcome Event

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Want to join a group who get together every couple of months to share a meal and “do life” together?

Suitable for all ages and ‘stages’, and whether old-timer or newcomer, you’d be very welcome at the next “Big Sunday lunch”. For those already in a group then details should be winging their way to you over the next few days. And if you’d like to join a group – and make the most of opportunities of getting to know other people at Trinity – then let us know and we’ll find some space around a Sunday lunch table near you!

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Riding Lights Theatre Company are coming to ChristChurch Bayston Hill on Saturday 2nd March at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 / £6. This is a wonderful opportunity to see a passion play performed by one of the leading Christian theatre companies in the UK. You’ll be meeting the characters and re-living the events of the gospels, inviting you to walk for yourselves the narrow road towards the cross and the challenge of a life beyond. For more details contact CCBH Church Office on 01743 872088, or apply online.

Buy Tickets online


A box for Shrewsbury Food Bank donations has been reinstated in the ‘servery area’ at the back of church at Holy Trinity Meole Brace. Details of food and supplies wanted in particular can be found on the box.

Food banks are an essential service in communities across the country and in the last few years they have helped thousands of people in need. Through food bank PLUS, Shrewsbury Food Bank helps people beyond the short term fix and empower them to face a more positive future. For further details talk to Mike Haddaway.

Shrewsbury Food Bank

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Our latest copy of Trinity Life is out now, covering February and March 2024. In it you’ll find our usual roundup of our Sunday life, as well as latest news, some midweek events, details of work with young people and children, and a reminder about the really great work of Cafe Connect and the Trinity Centre. There’s also a page of resources – podcast, book and online TV – if you want to take a step or three of faith. And you’ll find the big theme of Holy Week and Easter 2024.

Pick up a copy from church, the Cafe or the Trinity Centre. And take a sneak preview online by clicking below.

Our new copy of Feb / March Trinity Life