Weekly email w/b 18th July 2022
One morning this week when I was at Holy Trinity Preschool (an amazing ministry of Holy Trinity, Belle Vue), a child called me over because he had seen a butterfly laying eggs on a leaf. About six children watched in awe and wonder as the butterfly opened up, gently laid a row of tiny yellow eggs on the underside of a leaf, and then flew away. I’ve never seen this before and it was a truly wonderful experience, and a huge privilege to share it with the children there.
Alongside my sense of awe and wonder at God’s amazing creation it also provoked some deeper questions in me. I was only able to experience that moment because a child pointed it out to me. There is no way I would have spotted it otherwise. That child’s perspective was different – different in terms of both stature and motivation. How good are we are listening to the voices of different generations who help us to see different things about the world and about God?
Over the next few weeks with Fun in the Sun we’ve got wonderful invitations to join with others across the church family. In the first week of August we’ll be hosting both ‘Holiday at Home’ for some of our more senior parishioners, and a holiday club for children. As well as praying for these fabulous ministries, let’s commit to walking with others of different generations and seeing what they might teach us about the God of love and His incredible creation.
Grace and peace
Fi Iddon, Associate Vicar
It was good to have “Upside Down” church last Sunday. Who was able to be at that? This Sunday sees us return to our summer theme of “everyday faith”, with phil Cansdale speaking at 9am and 11am at Meole Brace as well as at the 10.30am Radbrook gathering. We’ll be thinking about what it means to pray for God’s blessing on our children, grandchildren and wider family. And it will be great to welcome one particular family to the 11am service as we dedicate their three children to God!
At the 11am service there is a definite “end of year” feel to proceedings, with Trinity Kids and Pathfinders/Anon having a ‘second breakfast’ together at 11am. Pathfinders and Anon will be having breakfast together, will be thinking about “what legacy do we want to leave” as a theme. There won’t be a sports Sunday after the 11am gathering, with lots of us in training for our “Commonwealth Games Extra” on 7th August. See below.
Our evening congregation meets as usual, 6.15pm for 6.30pm in the Bradbury Hall. Alex Aldous will be speaking on being a “mouthpiece for truth and justice”, and reminding us how so much of our mission isn’t necessarily about “doing strange things in weird places”, but rather about being alert to God’s kingdom and open to opportunities in the daily places of our Monday to Sunday lives.
This year’s “Fun in the Sun” programme sees a number of different events taking place over August. We really want to make the most of greater opportunities for many this year to socialise and be together, so do please get involved in these. For most of these we’re not requiring people to RSVP, though an idea of numbers is really helpful, so if you’re able to let us know you’re interested in coming then do so on the website or via the Church Office in the usual way.
NB Please note the change of date for “Splash Park and Ice Cream” because of the clash with Shrewsbury Flower Show!
“Church at Home” and church online have been an important feature of our COVID journey. Thank you to everyone who has been part of this, and the amazing team of people who have helped to make this happen.
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We’re really looking forward to Holiday at Home, taking place from 1st to 3rd August 2022. This is our regular gathering of people from across the local area, and gathered from various areas of our ministry here at Trinity. It’s hosted by Keith and Amal Moore and a really great team, and there’s still space to sign up and let us know you’re coming. More details from the Church Office, or let us know you are interested online.
It’s been a busy few weeks for Trinity Youth and Young Adults.
Towards the end of June the “exam finishers’ social” provided a good opportunity to celebrate the end of a busy period. A huge thank you to the young adults’ house group who hosted and facilitated this evening at Radbrook Community Centre! There were some classic party games; a (non-literal) ton of pizza; and a great chance for people to reconnect at the end of two challenging years!
A fortnight ago Trinity Youth came and turned the Trinity Centre into a youth residential centre. We had some musical worship some teaching and thoughts about our Identity in God; nerf guns; pottery painting; sumo football; delicious cooked food. A huge thank you to all of the preparation and planning from the Youth Ministry Team, and for the young people coming along and getting fully involved!
Last night saw a bigger gathering of Trinity Youth for an end-of-year pizza night at the Iddons house. It was good to catch up together over food, play some games, and start the summer with an evening together.
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