Weekly Email w/b 17th April 2023
This week I had the pleasure of joining warm spaces for their fish and chip lunch, and we talked about the resurrection account where Jesus has a meal of barbecued fish with his friends on the beach.
I love this story; it combines a lot of great themes such as food, fire, friends and the beach… but I especially appreciate the way in which it always has something new to teach me. This week I’ve been particularly struck by the way in which Jesus doesn’t just say to the struggling fishermen, ‘Throw your nets on the other side of the boat and there you’ll find some more fish,’ but rather he first engages his friends in conversation. It’s a reminder of the fact that Jesus loves to talk to us, He loves the sound of our voices, He wants to spend time with us. He is our friend.
This is as true for each one of us as it was for those first disciples. Last Sunday we began a new series at the evening services based on Pete Greig’s book, ‘How to hear God, a simple guide for normal people.‘ Talking to God, listening to God, going deeper with God, developing our relationship with God is at the heart of everything that we do. Do have a look online, or come and join us on Sunday evenings, to find out more.
Revd Fi Iddon, Associate Vicar
This Sunday sees our usual opportunities to celebrate together across the four congregations at Trinity as well as at Belle Vue. It’s week #2 of our series called “Come Holy Spirit” reflecting around some of the images which Jesus and the early church came to speak of when referring to life in the Spirit, and how we might live
that out today. Fi Iddon will be speaking at the 9am and 11am services, with Kevin Roberts speaking at CTK. Meanwhile Phil Cansdale will be speaking in the evening as we continue our new series called “How to hear God”. We’ll be thinking about how we might hear God as we open up scripture together.
After a couple of all-age weeks Trinity Kids and Trinity Youth also start back. Being the fourth Sunday of the month ANON (14+s) will be getting involved in various aspects of serving and ministering at the 11am congregation, whilst Pathfinders and the under 11s will be meeting as usual. As we start out on a new term if you’ve got any questions in particular about provision for youth then do please chat to Fi or Phil for more details.
Expresso is a new, monthly, twenty minute caffeine-shot around mission and discipleship. Each month we’re hosting a ZOOM conversation on big issues, with some short input, practical steps forward, and prompts to pray. It takes place on the third Thursday of each month, 7pm till 7.20pm, and available afterwards on catchup.
The first session is tomorrow, Thursday 20th April at 7pm. We’ll be looking at the big issue of “how to keep your faith and be on Facebook.” To sign up – and receive a ZOOM link – then please register below for the relevant event. You’ll then be sent an email straight back with the ZOOM details.
Register to attend ZOOM session
We’re inviting the whole community to come and watch the King’s Coronation on Saturday 6th May. Big screens, great company and in a historic setting. Tea and coffees served, and why not bring cake “fit for a king” to share with others on this royal occasion!
On the Sunday – 7th May – we’re inviting everyone to wear something suitably “red, white and blue”, and as part of a weekend of celebrations across the country we might just find some more coronation cake!
We’ll also be having a coronation theme to Trinity Table on Tuesday 2nd May, and Radbrook Community Tea.
We’re hosting another community event in May with REVS making a welcome return. For the classic car fan and petrol-head in your life – as well as those who love music, people, crafts, activities, hog roasts and whatever else – REVS takes place on 20th May here in the Trinity Centre and outdoor areas. These sorts of events can be a really great way to invite people with you. Who might you be inviting?
It’s that time of year when we begin to think about annual meetings, taking place this year on Sunday 21st May at 6.30pm in the Trinity Centre.
This gives an annual reminder to consider joining the Electoral Roll. If you’ve joined that here over the last few years then there’s nothing to do, but if you’re feeling at home here and want to say “count me in” to life here locally then we really would like you to consider joining. The easiest way to do that is online by clicking below, or pick up a leaflet from the back of church, complete it, and let us have it back
And finally… a reminder about our “Cost of Living” fund which we set up about six months ago.
Times are tough for many at the moment. At Trinity we know we can’t do everything or help everyone. But, flowing out of God’s generosity to us, we want to offer what we can. Are you in particular need? Or do you know someone who might benefit from practical help or limited financial support? Alongside other Shropshire organisations we want to be able to offer help and support where we can. We have a “Cost of Living” fund to support individuals, families and specific projects at church and across the local community.
Enquire about Cost of Living Fund – for yourself or others
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