Weekly Email w/b 14th June 2021
“Church talks about Jesus.” It’s hardly newsworthy stuff is it, the sort of thing that would ‘go viral’ on twitter or hit the front pages of the local newspaper.
And yet that’s what we’re going to be doing over these next few weeks at our Sunday gatherings. We’re going to spend some time looking through the I AM sayings in John’s gospel, encountering Jesus as the bread of life, the light of the world, the true vine etc. I hope along the way to have our focus refined and our faith strengthened. For a nation in need, for a Church finding her feet in a brave new world, for the sake of our lifelong and whole-life journey of faith, there is no greater gift than to see Jesus with fresh eyes.
I love how writer Simon Ponsenby puts it in his new book “Amazed by Jesus.” He writes “To truly encounter Jesus is to be knocked sideways, astonished, overwhelmed. Mild interest means you have not yet met him.” The book goes on to trace the disciples who were continually amazed by Jesus, and from the crib to the cross and beyond explores what following Jesus looks like for us. It’s a great book by the way, if you’ve got space on your bookshelves I can thoroughly recommend it.
So – as always – join us and join in. You’ll find below news about the return of CLOISTERS pop-up on Tuesdays and Thursdays, our Sunday gatherings, and ways of getting equipped to live out your faith in the world of work or at the coffee machine in Cafe Connect. And this comes – as always – with our gratitude and our prayers as together we are “growing faith, proclaiming hope and living the love of Jesus.”
Vicar of Trinity Churches and Area Dean of Shrewsbury
Cloisters Pop-up cafe opened its doors again today. We’re going to be open 8.45am till 12pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and will drinks, refreshments and biblical proportions of cake are on the menu. The debate about whether the real clotted cream goes on the top or bottom has now begun, and it’s even dog-friendly for those out on daily walks! This is an important part of our vision for the Trinity Centre to be an inspirational place here at the heart of Meole Brace to come and do life together with friends and family. Do please come and join us.
This Sunday – 20th June – we continue to meet at 9am and 11am for our Sunday celebrations. There will be youth and children provision at the 11am service, and as usual please let us know you’ll be coming by signing up online or via the Church Office. We are also meeting in Radbrook Green at 09.30am, with a particular welcome to friends from CTK to join us.
And don’t forget that this coming Thursday, 17th June, is our monthly midweek service at 10am.
Wednesday 23rd June sees the second of our “Making Decisions at Work” evenings, building on the success of the first session in May. Taking place between 7pm and 9pm, the evening will be hosted by Sarah Rozenthuler, who is a charactered psychologist and leadership consultant as well as involved in various ways in the life of the church here locally. She will be looking at action learning and ways of working together to learn and make good decisions.
We want to be a church who are equipping and supporting people including in the world of work, so if this would be a gift to you then we’d love to see you. Sign up via the website.
We’re currently looking for a new member of the team at Café Connect after Lissi Small stepped down as co-manager. This is a paid role, 16 hours a week over two days, and for the right person would be a really great way job. We want to be a place where faith is lived, hope is offered, and God’s love can be shared. So if you or someone you know might be interested doget them to look at our website or come and chat to us.
It has been such a privilege to be asked to be praying for a number of different people these last few months. Thank you particularly to the ‘prayer chain’ who have been such an important part of that. We want to continue to make the offer of praying for people across these local communities we serve, and we would love to pray for you, your family or friends.
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