Weekly email w/b 13th September 2021
At about this time twenty years ago I was sitting in a pub with a group of friends. One of them, John, suddenly began to fidget in his seat and to look a little bit nervous before saying, “My church is running a course called Alpha. It explains what Christians believe and I was wondering if any of you wanted to come with me?” There was a brief moment’s silence and I could see how uncomfortable John. So, thinking that I was doing him a favour I piped up, “Sure, I’ll come John.” Little did I realise that it would be on Alpha that I would come to know Jesus as my Lord and Saviour, and that I was about to embark upon the most exciting, life-changing adventure with God!
I mention this because I am excited to announce that we are starting Alpha again next month, beginning Wednesday 6th October, and I want to encourage you to invite your friends, family, neighbours, and work colleagues. Perhaps the idea of asking them sends a cold shiver down your spine (as I’m sure it did John’s) but who knows, perhaps they will surprise you! They may even come along just to do you a favour, only to find that their lives are changed as they encounter a God who loves them more than they can ever imagine, just as I did.
So, be brave and courageous, and we will see you and your friends there!
Community Pioneer Minister
The next Alpha Course begins on Wednesday 6th October 2021, from 7.30pm to 9.15pm. We’re excited to be meeting “in person” in the Trinity Centre again. We’ll be starting each week with some food together (usually puddings, but a larger meal first and last weeks).
Given all that we have lived with over the last 18 months there has never been a more important time to be checking out some of the big issues of life. Would you come and join us? And bring people with you as well?
Alpha is an informal and relaxed course designed to help you explore the big issues we all think about and discover the basics of the Christian faith. Each evening includes a chance to get to know other people, a short talk, and discussion at the end where you can share your thoughts.
On Sunday 26th September we’re going to be thinking about the holy habit of EATING TOGETHER during our morning services.
We’ve never been so eager to put something into practice as this. So – after the 11am service – we’re inviting people to bring a picnic-style lunch with them and we’ll have lunch together. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join in.
If the weather is good then we’ll remain outdoors, so can we get you to bring a camping chair / picnic rug sort of thing. If wet then we’ll be spreading out across the Trinity Centre / courtyard / church area as we eat together.
Saturday 9th October, 12pm to 3pm, sees a welcome return of our annual Apple Day featuring Cloisters Cafe, great food, apple pressing, games, crafts etc. We’ll be meeting outdoors in the courtyard and on the Glebe Field.
Over that weekend there is also a scarecrow trail taking place across the local area. If you would like to host a scarecrow in your garden and you live in Meole please contact the Church Office.
Sunday 19th September sees our gatherings take place in the Community Centre at Radbrook Green at 9.30am, as well as usual services at Holy Trinity Meole Brace at 9am and 11am. We remain online on Sundays as well, this week with both the 9am and 11am gatherings being available via Facebook. (“Trinity Churches Shrewsbury”)
Six o’clock live started again on Monday 13th September at 6pm. If you’ve never found your way online at that stage of the day we’d love you to join us for the usual twenty minutes of some music, a Bible reading and short reflection, and a chance to pray. Over these next weeks we’re going to be some of the HOLY HABITS material, particularly reflecting on the gift of fellowship.
CLOISTERS CAFE remains open on Tuesdays and Thursdays till the end of September. We open our doors at 10am, and close at 1pm. For October – as the weather gets a bit cooler – it looks like we’re going to be meeting only on Tuesdays, and the cafe space will be heading indoors to the back of Holy Trinity Church. Whether you’ve been a regular or not yet found your way there yet, we’d love to see you.
And Cafe Connect is open 9am to 4pm Mondays to Fridays, plus Saturday mornings. What possible excuse is there not to be drinking great coffee, and coming to these two cafe spaces where you’ll not only find good drinks and great snacks available but also a listening ear and a prayerful presence.
We’re on the lookout again for new team members to get involved in these two projects. Contact the Church Office if you’d like to find out more.
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