Weekly Email w/b 13th May 2024

Weekly Email w/b 13th May 2024

At the interview for my role here at Trinity Churches I was asked this question: “If youhad an unlimited budget to buy only one kind of thing for ministry, what would youbuy?”, and my answer was… “Food!”

As I drove home that afternoon, I began to worry that was a silly answer and the interviewers might be laughing that I was just thinking about my tummy and the promise of tea and cake after the interviews. It’s no secret that I am easily distracted by cake, but at that time, what I was actually thinking was about Jesus and how much of his ministry involved food!

The Gospels are full of examples: When nobody really wanted to know Zacchaeus, the dishonest Tax Collector, Jesus invited himself round for tea; When everybody forgot their lunch, Jesus took the offering of a small boy and fed over 5000 people with two fish and five loaves; One of the last things Jesus did before his death was eat supper with his friends, and one of the first things he did after his resurrection was cook breakfast for them. I’m pretty sure Jesus loved eating with people and the Gospels show us that those whom Jesus had the deepest relationship with were the friends that he shared food with.

When we eat together, barriers are broken down and fellowship and friendship grows. The meal table gives us the space for deeper conversations, and we get a glimpse of the Kingdom of Heaven where people of all ages are seated at The Lord’s Table, welcome, accepted and loved. And of course, we have lots of fun too!

There’s an invitation for us all to eat together as God’s amazing family, this Sunday. Read on for more information, and details of how to sign up. See you there?

Cerys Hughes, Children and Families Minister

 

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This Sunday is a Joint celebration taking place at 10.30am at Meole Brace. So – to be clear – there won’t be our usual 9am and 11am gatherings at Holy Trinity and 1030am at Christ the King, but we will all be coming together at 10.30am to celebrate Pentecost together. We’ll be hearing both from Phil Cansdale as well as Jon and Elise Fletcher as we think about how we can live lives in the power of the Spirit whether ‘home or away’, as well as sharing communion together and opportunities for everyone to be prayed with that we too would be full of the Holy Spirit. We really hope you’ll join us.

You’ll read below about the BIG big Sunday lunch, and opportunities for us to eat and meet together after the service. We really do need people to sign in though, with Friday 9am as the deadline. We would hate to turn people away on the day and obviously want to make space for visitors, but for those who receive this email we’d want to be clear about the 48 hours before deadline.

In the evening 630pm service Phil Cansdale will be speaking as we begin a new series looking at the Sermon on the Mount, and Jesus’ amazing teaching in the gospel of Matthew.


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Thank you so much to those who have already been part of praying “COME HOLY SPIRIT.” The prayer room in the Trinity Centre has been relatively well used, and continues to be an amazing resource for those who use it. Six o’clock Live and our 9pm compline have also become times to meet together, alongside those who are using the prayer resource or more simply “getting on with praying something” wherever they are in their daily lives. Take a look at our website for diary and resources to get you going, and help you praying….

Diary and prayer resources online

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Thank you so much to everyone who attended our APCM a couple of days ago. Just over 80 people came together to hear an update from the “Dream Team” around values and vision here at Trinity, as well as review the last 12 months and look ahead at our life and leadership from here. Thank you also for everyone who submitted questions on the night. The write-up of those will be available on the website over the next few days.

If you weren’t able to attend and would like to catch-up you can watch proceedings on our website by clicking below, and read the review of the year and accounts etc.

Watch the meeting back

Agenda, Annual accounts, minutes etc

Read the Review of the Year Online

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FINAL REMINDER for Big big Sunday lunch, with deadline of 9am on Friday to let us know you are coming. Sign up online, or phone the Church Office. Sorry, whilst there will be space for visitors on the day we do need existing church people to sign up by then.

We’ll be providing the “main”‘ hot food (hopefully a BBQ style), and are asking those attending to bring either a salad or a pudding which can be shared. We’ll also be providing simple soft drinks, though please do bring a bottle of something suitable with you to share as part of our celebrating! It costs in the region of £2 per person, and we’ll be asking for a contribution on the day if you would consider supporting this. Thankyou.

Let us know you’re coming for lunch!

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“Last orders” for the Resound Worship on Saturday 18th May. Have you got your ticket yet?

As a church we’ve really benefitted from Resound over these last few years, and particularly during lockdown they became a ‘staple diet’ of our Sunday worship and midweek six o’clock live. We’re so pleased that as a full band they’ll be coming for a live concert, and sharing some of their latest work with us and many others.

We’ll be encouraged both to listen to the songs and to join in together, embracing songs of struggle and sadness before God as well as looking out from beyond the struggle to a sure and certain hope.

More details – and book in

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Valerie Pitt will be retiring as Associate Minister next month. Her last Sunday in her current role is Sunday 2nd June, and at the 9am service that day in particular we’ll be finding ways to say ‘thankyou’. There is a card to sign at the back of church, and envelopes for those who would like to make a donation towards her leaving gift. We’re glad to say that – after three months to ‘catch her breath’ – Valerie will be asking the Bishop for “permission to officiate” and so will still be involved in a few different areas of life at Trinity in the future.

Meanwhile we are really looking forward to welcoming our new curate, Ian Budd, along with Kate and James who are moving into Dargate Close over the next few weeks. If you would like to come to his ordination service at Lichfield Cathedral on Saturday 29th June at 6pm then please do let us know below so we can let the Cathedral know numbers. It would be great if some of us can be there to support him as he begins his ministry with us.

We would love to give a really warm welcome to them as a family as they move in so would be grateful for donations of lovely things to fill the kitchen cupboards. Could you drop any gifts into the Church Office by Friday 31st May so that they can be ready for the Budd family to move in. Thankyou.

Come to Lichfield for Ian’s ordination

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We’re really looking forward to our 2024 Confirmation Service, taking place on Sunday 21st July June at 11am. The service will be hosted by Rt Revd Sarah Bullock, the Bishop of Shrewsbury. If you’re interested in being confirmed – or in being baptised / renewing your baptism vows – can you let us know with the form below, and/or chat to the staff team as soon as possible. Thankyou.

Exploring being confirmed etc

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Thank you so much to those who have supported the plant sale at Belle Vue for the last few years. It takes place this year on Saturday 25th May from 10am, and you’re very much welcome to come along. If you have plants to contribute it would be best to take them directly to Belle Vue Church on the Saturday morning, or it might be possible to leave them in the churchyard on the Friday evening.

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Come and explore some interactive and sensory ways of praying together with your children (0-5s). It will be a low-key and small group (pre-booking required), with some guided prayer and worship activities for babies, children and their grown-ups to engage with in different ways.

Book in to Prayer Sensory

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We are taking part in the next Parenting for Teens online course, beginning online for six weeks on the evening of Tuesday 4th June.

Parenting teens has its challenges. The once-small children we had are pulling away from us, growing in independence and making decisions with bigger consequences. It can be easy to think we are less influential in their lives, particularly when it comes to faith. But that is not true. Parents remain the significant spiritual influencer in a teen’s life, and they need us to help them navigate the world and faith together. This course would help all parents, carers, grandparents and others involved in teens’ everyday lives to understand the teenage faith journey more and find their place within it.

For more information chat to Fi Iddon

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Did you know that we give at least 10% of our giving to God’s work locally and further afield. Your generosity goes such a long way. One of these partners and projects is Christian Aid, and this year we celebrate their work in a week 12th to 18th May. With your help, Christian Aid work in a number of areas across the world to help families escape the trap of poverty, build reliable foundations, and bring life to local communities. Pick up a giving leaflet in church, or find out more about their ministry by going to their website.

Christian Aid website

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