Weekly Email w/b 17th June 2024

Weekly Email w/b 17th June 2024

As I sit at my study desk I am often interrupted by the sound of snoring. It could be mine, halfway through a particularly exciting round of emails with a long distribution list. But it’s more likely to be one if not two animals fast asleep in the room, the dog monopolising the sofa and the cat stealing any patch of warmth she can find.

It’s a strange one isn’t it. These domesticated pets who by and large spend all day inside the house. They are most comfortable to stay put, take it easy, and rest up. I don’t blame them, it’s probably an age thing! Life is most predictable that way, and there’s a certain ‘ease’ to it all.

I was speaking on Sunday about how we at times are like that in the church. “Play it safe” we tell ourselves.” “Lets leave the great outdoors and the bold adventure to those who are younger, braver, keener.” “Let’s just settle for what we know.” And I spoke to of what it might mean for the value of pioneering to really hit home. Of how we are called to ‘proclaim the gospel afresh in every generation.’ Of how God might be calling us to reach out and to go out for the sake of so many people and places which do not yet know of the love and the mercy of God. “Go“, says Jesus, “and as you go, in the action of going, in whatever you’re doing and wherever you’ve gone… make disciples of all nations.

I finished by quoting words spoken by Pope Francis just before he was chosen as the new Pope. He spoke of the image from Revelation of Jesus knocking on the door, rightly referring to him wanting to enter in to our lives and our church. But he said how at times today it is as if he is knocking from within the church where we have domesticated him, and asking to be let out in our lives into the world around. It’s a deep image and a challenging one.

Lord, this week nay we know you coming out wherever we go. In us. Through us. With us.

Phil Cansdale (Vicar)

 

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This Sunday sees us on the second week of introducing our new “more like Jesus” values. Neville Willerton will be speaking at the 9am service, CTK and then the 11am services, and PeterMadley will be speaking at Holy Trinity Belle Vue. We’ll be looking at the second of our values, “generous”, as we reflect how Jesus calls us to give our all to the one who gave his all.

At the evening 630pm service Phil Cansdale will be speaking on the next instalment of our look at the Sermon on the Mount. Touching on ‘turning the other cheek’ and other similar themes, we continue to look through Jesus’ amazing teaching in the gospel of Matthew.

 

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The Churches Together in Shrewsbury Election Hustings is taking place at Meole Brace Church on Monday 24th June, 7pm to 8.30pm. We have had agreements from all seven candidates standing that they will be attending, and the evening will offer an opportunity to ask questions and hear from the candidates as to their priorities and views on some of the big issues of the day.

Submit questions and more details on our website. Please do ‘spread the word’ and put word out about this important event.

More details – and submit a question

Christians in Politics

Illuminate Bookshop Top Resources on Politics etc

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We were so pleased to hear from mission partners Jon and Elise Fletcher last weekend as they prepare to go back to Bangkok in early August.

The Fletcher family are hosting an evening on Friday 28th June in the Trinity Centre. This is an opportunity to share a Thai meal together, enjoy a Thai-related quiz, and to find out more about their work in Bangkok. There are eight tickets left, so please book in as soon as you can!

RSVP to Thai Night


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“Last orders please” for anyone who would like to come to Lichfield Cathedral on Saturday 29th June at 6pm. Do please let us know below so we can let the Cathedral know numbers. It would be great if some of us can be there to support him as he begins his ministry with us. Meanwhile on Sunday 30th we’ll be welcoming Ian and praying for him at most of our Sunday services.

Come to Lichfield for Ian’s ordination

 

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Holiday at Home is our wonderful annual event, where you are invited to come for three relaxing days of fun and activities.

Bingo, quizzes, thought for the day, a delicious lunch, as well as afternoon tea and live entertainment. The third day (Wednesday 7th August) is a day trip to Barmouth, including fish and chips! People are coming for all three days, or just choose to come to one or two days. What ever you decide – you definitely don’t want to miss it!

More about Holiday at Home

More about Barmouth Trip

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Did you know that there are 50+ children from Meole Brace Primary going on a church-hosted residential this weekend? They’re going to be at the Pioneer Centre in Cleobury Mortimer, and alongside action-packed activities and outdoor pursuits will be becoming detectives trying to solve the mystery of the empty tomb.
We are so grateful to Judith Clarkson who has been overseeing this, and the whole team from both school and church. This is part of the Ventures Project hosted by CPAS which gives generations from schools an opportunity for exploring faith and having a lot of fun! Do please be praying for everyone involved.

More about CPAS school Ventures

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Would you like to make a difference in the lives of children, families and schools in Shropshire? Might you have some time and experience to help a new venture led by Lichfield and Hereford Dioceses with a vision for high quality, inclusive Christian education?

Meole Brace CE Primary is one of a number of schools consulting about joining a new Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) called “Shropshire Church of England Academies Trust”. This is a really exciting venture for supporting church schools across our county. Directors are currently being sought who might bring experience of finance, legal, HR, property etc. You’ll be part of working to improve young people’s life chances, and getting involved at the beginning of an exciting journey. Chat to Phil Cansdale for more details, and read more below.

Find out more about the role of Director

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Our Summer 2024 edition of Trinity Life came out recently. You’ll find in there an update on our values and vision work, details of Sunday services, and some of the “what’s on” events over the summer including Holiday at Home, Fun in the Sun etc. There are also some resources to inspire discipleship and deepen prayer. Pick up a copy in Church, Trinity Centre, Cafe Connect etc. Or take a read online.

Read online – Trinity Life

 

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