Weekly Email w/b 17th May 2021
Were you with us yesterday morning for our 11am gathering?
“Let’s finish the service outdoors and have communion alongside the children and young people” we said to ourselves, and a careful check of the forecast and the skies seemed to confirm that decision even five minutes before we headed out. And then…. well, the picture might describe it best. “Grace and love like might rivers, poured incessant from above” sung the music group sheltering under a tree. They seemed apt words!
This is, perhaps, something of where we find ourselves at this stage of our COVID journey across Trinity Churches. There’s a longing to meet together across the ages. We see a desire to try new things and experiment. And there’s an ability to laugh when things don’t quite go according to plan! Thank you to those who were with us ‘in person’ as well as those joining in online who had a slightly less wet experience of church that day.
You’ll find below a few new things that are bubbling up in the life of Trinity Churches, and some of the ways in which we’re wanting to journey forward together from here. As always, with our thanks and prayers as we continue to be “growing faith, proclaiming hope and living the love of Jesus.”
Vicar of Trinity Churches and Area Dean of Shrewsbury
Over May we continue to meet at 9am and 11am for our Sunday celebrations. We’ll be meeting in person for these two services, as well as online at 11am and with phone church. We continue to host youth and childrens work on the 1st and 3rd and 5th Sundays.
This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, and in addition to the two services at HT we will also be meeting outdoors in Radbrook. We start at 9.30am in the Community Centre grounds, and then after a half an hour service will be going in smaller groups to a few gardens nearby for coffee, cake and a chance to catch up. (By the way, 6th June we’re looking at a similar event on the Meole Estate.)
In the usual way please could you let us know you’re planning on coming to any of these gatherings via our website, or by phoning the Church Office on 01743 362399. Thankyou.
Thanks so much to those who came to our APCM last night. There were over 50 “screens” represented, with about 70 people attending. We’ll find ways of feeding back over the next few days, and continuing some of the conversations about what our life and ministry looks like across the parish and beyond. In particular if you haven’t yet read the annual report of 2020 we do recommend that to you. It’s a really encouraging read, and a helpful way to keep in touch with something of who / what / why / where Trinity Churches are.
THE HURRY COURSE
Starts Wednesday 19th May for six Wednesday evenings
Overwhelmed? Burdened? Wondering what fullness of life looks like in this new season of COVID? We’re going to spend six weeks thinking about what living an “unhurried life” might look like. We’ll be digging into some really great material called “Ruthless Elimination of Hurry”, and taking an honest look at how some ancient practices might give us some contemporary wisdom. Starting on Wednesday 19th May this is a six week journey, on the way looking at big themes of “silence and solitude”, “sabbath”, “simplicity” and “slowing.”
Looking for a new midweek small group, and to connect up regularly with others? Taking place on Tuesday evenings, for the first few weeks we’re going to be thinking about some of the building blocks of what it means to follow Jesus using some really great material called “Discipleship Explored.”
“MAKING DECISIONS AT WORK – with God and other people.”
Tuesday 25th May 7pm – 9pm in the Trinity Centre
This is a one-off invitation to a couple of evenings exploring the way we make decisions and the helps available. The evenings promise to be informative, respectful of participants, and life-giving as we seek to make good decisions at work and in our lives generally. You need to book to attend, so that we can plan to keep the event Covid-safe (numbers will be limited). You are most welcome to book for one or both events. We look forward to seeing you!
Belle Vue and Meole Brace Plant Sale
Saturday 22nd May 10am to 1pm
Join in with the plan sale at Holy Trinity Belle Vue this coming Saturday. They are raising money for their charity, Sierra Foundation for Life Skills, which works to relieve poverty in Sierra Leone. The stall will be outside HTBV on Belle Vue Road and parking should be available in Coleham Primary School around the corner on Greyfriars Road. If you have spare plants to donate, please drop them off at the stall in front of the church between 9 and 10 on the morning, or alternatively give them to Julian Durbin on Friday evening (25 Pendle Way SY3 9QH, 07507 602906). Then come to buy to stock your garden for the summer! There will also be other stalls and refreshments served in the church.
CAFE CONNECT OPENS
Monday to Friday, 10am to 2pm
We’re thrilled that Cafe Connect re-opened this morning. For the first fortnight we’re going to be welcoming friends old and new between 10am to 2pm Monday to Friday, after which we’ll move on to longer opening hours.
Meanwhile thank you so much to all those who came and supported CLOISTERS in the Trinity Centre courtyard. There were conversations at the APCM last night, as well as already underway, about CLOISTERS continuing in some shape or form each week. If you’ve got particular ideas, or would like to be part of a new initiative, do come and chat to us.
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