Weekly Email w/b 15th January 2024
Are you a glass half empty or glass half full type of person? I am very much a glass half empty, Amal, however, is a glass half full. A friend of ours once told me that the glass was only reaching half it’s potential!
Our friend is very much a ‘Barnabas’ – an encourager. He sees things in people that they perhaps don’t see in themselves and then tries to help them draw out their God given gifts and talents.
I was just reading in the book of Acts this morning the very sad story of the split between Barnabas and Paul. If you remember, it was Barnabas, who when he heard that the gospel needed to be shared in Antioch, went to find Paul, and brought him along. As they journeyed together, they were accompanied by young John Mark (thought to be the author of the Gospel of Mark). Whatever happened, Mark at some point had had enough and went back home. When Paul and Barnabas were to set out on another mission trip Barnabas wanted to bring Mark along. Paul did not – and so they ended up going their separate ways. Barnabas and Mark one way, Paul and Silas another.
But there might just be a happy ending to this story. We read in 2 Timothy Paul giving instructions to Timothy saying “Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry. (2 Timothy 4:11 NIV). There has been a change in Mark, obviously and foremost, through the transforming work of the Holy Spirit, but also through learning from Barnabas, the encourager, who invested in Mark and saw his full potential.
My encouragement to us this week is this: Either find a Barnabas who can help us see the God given potential and gifts we may not see in ourselves, or be a Barnabas and encourage others – or even better, why not do both?
Keith Moore (Pioneer Community Minister)
We’re now underway with our spring morning series called “AMAZED”, as we look at episodes in the life of Jesus where those around him were amazed at sharing life with him. Nick Webb will be our speaker at the 9am and 11am services at Holy Trinity Meole Brace, whilst Kevin Roberts will be speaking at Christ the King. Phil Cansdale is speaking at Belle Vue.
Our evening service is at 6.30pm in the Trinity Centre. This week we are on the second week of our spring series on “ten passages that tell is all”, taking a look at the big sweep of the story of God. We’re going to go on a journey from Genesis to Revelation in ten evenings, with Fi Iddon speaking on Genesis 3.
We love the writing of Pete Greig, who – amongst other things – says “The best bit of advice I ever received about how to pray was this: keep it simple, keep it real, keep it up.”
There are lots of different ways in which we invite people into this journey of prayer. You’ll find on our website some of the weekly or monthly rhythm of gatherings, both in person and online. These include tonight’s “Prayer time for ministries with youth and children” at 8pm online, as well as a reminder of prayer for Radbrook, Meole Estate, schools, Cafe Connect etc.
Don’t know where to begin? You’ll also find on the website some resources to support you, including the 24-7 prayer course, Lectio 365, and finding a ‘soul friend’ to journey with.
We met again last night for the second week of JUST10, with over thirty of us thinking about how to speak and live the truth in a culture suffering from ‘truth decay.’ Next week is probably the last opportunity to join us as a newcomer as we continue to look at big themes like “how to prevent burnout” and “how to prosper with a clear conscience.”
“Why on earth” began last night, and continues on Wednesday evenings in Cafe Connect for the next three weeks. This seeks to be a safe space to listen, to learn, and explore life, the universe and everything. Taking place at Cafe Connect, it’s the sort of place where you can bring some of the big questions we all have. Over four weeks we’ll take a different look at issues including: “Hasn’t science disproved God?” “Why suffering?” “What about other religions”? “How do we live with hope?”
Our regular reminder about safeguarding here at Trinity, and how everyone has a role to play in ensuring that every child, young person and adult has the right to be safe in the life of the church. We are so grateful to Andrew Prichard who has been one of our parish safeguarding officers for the last few years. He stood down at the beginning of the year, and we’re pleased that James Boak will be joining Rachel Woods as our safeguarding officers. Alongside Phil Cansdale and Fi Iddon they have a particular role and responsibility in promoting safeguarding at every level of church life.
If you have any concerns about any safeguarding issues please contact the Parish Safeguarding Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the Church Office on 01743 362399.If you are a child or young person and have any concerns about your wellbeing and safety, you can also go to the NSPCC website at www.nspcc.org.uk, or phone Childline on 0800 1111.
Click the link below to go to December’s and January’s Trinity Life. Not quite as long as the Radio Times Christmas edition, but it does feature lots of what is going on over the next few weeks as January gets under way.
February 13, 2024
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