Weekly email w/b 18th December 2023
If I’m not mistaken, there have been around 15 Nativity plays performed this year as part of our life at Trinity. How many have you attended to cheer on children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, or to smile encouragingly at fraught and frazzled teachers, picking straw out of their hair? I’m sorry to confess that I haven’t seen a single one, and I can honestly say that I feel I have missed out.
Were you in a Nativity when you were younger? And if so, what part did you play? Were you Mary or Joseph, angel, shepherd, king, or sheep? Once I was a pigeon! Yes, a pigeon!
I saw a wonderful video that is doing the rounds on Facebook. A young boy tells his mum to guess what part he is playing in the Nativity, and he proudly informs her that it is “a classic part.”
She guesses Joseph. No. Innkeeper? No. Shepherd? No. Wise man? No.
“And it’s a classic part?” she double checks. “Yep.”
She finally gives in, and the boy announces with a smile, “I’m door-holder number 3.”
I love this clip for many reasons, but it got me thinking. This Christmas some of us may feel under-appreciated, forgotten, alone. But, each one of us is loved by our Heavenly Father, who loved us so much He sent His one and only Son for us. We each have a part in the story. We may feel like ‘door-holder number 3’, but perhaps we should be like this young lad and be excited to be part of the story…after all, whatever role you play, it’s ‘a classic part’.
Keith Moore, Pioneer Community Minister
We’ve got a really exciting few days coming up in the life of the church.
We won’t be meeting for our morning services at Meole Brace or at Radbrook Green this Sunday, 24th December. But do pop into Cafe Connect between 10am and 12pm where we’ll have some festive cheer and carol singing, or join in the legendary Soul Purpose Veg Peel at 10am.
Crib Services are at Meole Brace at 3.30pm and 5pm. Come along for a forty minute service with our usual mixture of excitement, expectation and a little bit of peace!
Midnight Communion takes place at 11.30pm. Fi Iddon will be speaking as we celebrate the birth of Christ together.
At Meole Brace we’ll be meeting at 9am (Holy Communion) and 11am (all ages) for our Christmas Day celebrations. We’ll also be gathering at Radbrook Green at 10.30am in the Community Centre. The 9am service will be livestreamed, at which Phil Cansdale will be speaking.
NEW YEARS EVE
On Sunday 31st December there will be one joint service for everyone across the parish, taking place at 10.30am at Holy Trinity Meole Brace. Friends from Holy Trinity Belle Vue will also be joining us.
There will also be our usual service taking place at 6pm on New Years Eve as we end the year, and look ahead to 2024 together.
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Come and blow the post Christmas cobwebs away with a Church walk on Saturday 6th January. Led by Rebecca Barker and Susan Tonge, we’ll be starting at the co-op car park at 10am. Bring refreshments, coffee, Christmas cake and other left overs for a short stop along the route. At the end of the walk there is the option to have something to eat at either the Cafe or the Inn on the Green.
We recognise that the New Year can be a really good opportunity to do life differently. There are three ways in which we might walk with you into 2024.
Firstly there’s a Messy Church event on Friday 5th January, with special guest magician / illusionist Mark Harrington who will be bringing his amazing array of skills to a Messy-style event for 0s-11s and their families.
Secondly there’s “Just Ten“, a chance to rediscover ancient wisdom for modern life. With a similar feel to Alpha and the Bible course, we’ll be unpacking the ten commandments, taking one each week and thinking how that speaks to our contemporary life.
Finally “Why on earth” is 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.
After a very busy few weeks the Church Office will be closed from Friday 22nd December, and reopens on Wednesday 3rd January 2024. The answerphone (01743 362399) will be checked daily by one of the ministry team, so if there are any urgent pastoral matters please leave a message and we will respond as soon as we can. For all other enquiries, including Trinity Centre bookings, we will respond as soon as we can in the new year. The best way to contact is via email on email@example.com, or leave a phone message and we will answer accordingly. Thankyou.
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. You’ll find there details of all of our events and services, as well as some Christmas resources, latest things to know, and really exciting news of what’s coming up in the new year for people of all ages of life and stages of faith.
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