Weekly Email w/b 15th April 2024

Weekly Email w/b 15th April 2024

The older youth, who meet on Sunday evenings, have been using resources from the Alive Course (as I know others have been, or are about to be, too) to explore some of the resurrection encounters that Jesus had with others. This week we looked at the Road to Emmaus, when Jesus met his friends on the road and opened the scriptures to them before He revealed Himself to them in the breaking of bread.

One of the questions that we wrestled with was why Jesus didn’t identify Himself sooner but rather spent time explaining the Scriptures first. One of the suggestions for this was because Jesus wanted to show His friends that the truth about Him – the Living Word – is to be found in the written word even when He ascended. The invitation to follow Jesus isn’t founded on ‘the warm and fuzzies’ (as the video put it) but on the unchanging truth of the Bible.

As this week has gone on, I’ve been reflecting on this. An emotional response the presence and love of Jesus is so powerful and what we often yearn for. But one of the many things that the life of Jesus, and his appearance to his friends on the road to Emmaus, teaches us is that the Bible contains the unchanging truth about who Jesus is, and that we are invited to meet Him in the pages of Scripture each and every day.


Many blessings,

Fi Iddon (Associate Vicar)

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As we continue to celebrate the Easter story, Fi Iddon will be speaking at our 9am, CTK and 11am celebrations, whilst Alistair Magowan will be speaking at Holy Trinity Belle Vue. We are going to be spending the next few weeks looking at the Old Testament hero Joseph. At a time when we’re doing some ‘dreaming’ as a church as to our values and vision it feels good to be reflecting around how God moulded and shaped this young dreamer, and through the ups and downs of life he knew the presence of God.

At 6.30pm Alistair Hornal is our speaker at the evening gathering. And a reminder that the older Trinity Youth are meeting 630pm – 8pm in the Trinity Centre for a five week period using the youth “ALIVE” sessions. All are welcome.

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It’s been an encouraging start to our ticket sales 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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A morning for Trinity Women to get together. We’ll begin with a continental breakfast and time to be with friends old and new. We’ll then have some space to worship and pray, to get creative, and to enjoy being together. Our speaker is Liz Lewis, who will be reflecting around “Let your light shine” from Matthew 5:16.

We start at 9.30am, and will finish by 11.45am. Ticket contribution £7 includes craft activity to take home.

Let us know you’re coming to Brunch!

 

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In a few weeks’ time (Thursday 9th May) we celebrate the day when the risen Jesus withdrew his earthly presence. His followers felt alone, though they knew that Jesus had promised the Spirit so they prayed ‘Come, Holy Spirit’. Could we do the same, for ten days? Jesus said that God would give the Spirit to those who ask (Luke 11:13) – let’s ask!

For just those 10 days, could you find one (or a few) person(s) and work out a way to pray each day? How you meet and how you pray is up to you, but there will be resources to help:

  • A prayer room will be set aside in the Trinity Centre, bookable during daytime hours. Prayer ideas provided.
  • There will be a downloadable/printed daily prayer with suggestions for a short prayer time.
  • There will be facilitated (Zoom and in-person) prayer gatherings on some days, focussing on areas of work and need in our world.
  • Each evening on Zoom we will hold a short service of Compline.

The ten days ends on Sunday 19 May – Pentecost – when we will pray together the prayer we have been praying all along: Come, Holy Spirit.

Existing prayer resources – and more to follow

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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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This time of year we always begin talking about the Electoral Roll a bit more. This is a really important way of saying “I belong” to the life of the church, both locally and nationally. It seeks to be an indication of the strength of church life, recording the amazing family of God who make up churches across England seeking to be a Christian presence in every community.

Joining the electoral roll also opens up the way for greater involvement in the life of the church, at deanery, diocesan and national events. You become entitled to vote at the Annual Parish Church meeting, and become eligible to join the church committees and PCC.

If you joined the electoral roll in 2019 – or any time since – then you don’t need to complete a new one. But for everyone else you can find out more, and sign up online for yourself, by clicking below.

Find out more about the Electoral Roll

Join the Electoral Roll today


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ALIVE is a five part series inviting people to ask some of the big questions about the Easter story and the Christian faith.

We started this last Wednesday, but it’s not (quite) too late to join us from this week to take a look at some of the people who had a life-changing encounter with Jesus after the resurrection. Mary by Jesus’ tomb, the friends on the road to Emmaus, doubting Thomas… each encounter reveals how Jesus reaches out to people at their place of need. With video input and plenty of time for discussion, we’ll be looking at topics like love, hope, peace, freedom and purpose.

Find out more and sign up online

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Our latest version of Trinity Life is now out. Have you picked up a copy yet? Covering April and May, it’s got some of the really great events coming up in the life of the church, including the ALIVE course, latest news, Sunday sermon series, Pentecost prayer etc. Pick up a copy on Sunday, and take a sneak preview online by clicking below.

April and May 2024 Trinity Life

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