Weekly Email w/b 19th February 2024

Weekly Email w/b 19th February 2024

If you see me looking a bit frazzled this week, it may be because my youngest child is learning to drive and so the L Plates are on my car and I’m ready to shuffle over to the passenger seat while she practices. From experience with other children, I can tell you this is far from my most favourite parenting task. I like to be in control, and I have to dig really deep for the patience not to interfere and perhaps more importantly, not to yell. I’m very aware that I would make a terrible driving instructor!

I wonder if there’s been any good teachers in your life? Somebody gifted with skill and care and patience?

In the Gospels, Jesus is referred to as ‘teacher’ 60 times. His first words to his Disciples were “Followme and I will teach you how to bring in people instead of fish” (Matt 4:19), and we know over the following years he taught and trained those men, journeying with them, patiently correcting them until he ultimately ascended to Heaven, leaving them with the huge task to “Go and make disciplesof all nations” (Matt 28: 19).

That same great teacher wants to walk alongside us too, inviting us to enjoy life in all its fullness and helping us grow to be more like Him every day. Whether Jesus is walking gently alongside us today, or clinging onto the seat as we hurtle towards our next mistake, I pray that we may all know his patient, loving care and forgiveness this week.

Cerys Hughes, Children and Families Minister

 

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We’re well underway now with our spring morning series called “AMAZED”. Fi Iddon will be our speaker at the 9am and 11am at Meole Brace, with Keith Moore speaking at Christ the King and Phil Cansdale speaking at Holy Trinity Belle Vue. We’re onto the gospel story of Jesus washing feet in John 13. There’s something about washing feet which fascinates people, even making its way onto a recent Superbowl halftime advert. Come and explore it with us.

 

Once a month Trinity Kids are now heading outside to use the church grounds as part of their morning session. So – for parents – a reminder that this is not a week for wearing your “Sunday best”. Please ensure that children have suitable outdoor shoes and a coat.

Our evening service is at 6.30pm in the Trinity Centre. Alistair Hornalis our speaker as we look at “ten passages that tell it all” in the Bible, this week looking at the awe-inspiring words of Matthew 5 and the Beatitudes.

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We’re so thankful to the army of people who serve one another in love at our services, week in and week out. We’re having a particular emphasis on this at our 11am congregation, but there is an invitation to all of us to use our giftings to ‘join in with what God is doing.’


This isn’t simply about filling rotas…:

  • When you serve coffee, you aren’t plugging a gap on a list, but are part of fulfilling the biblical imperative to hospitality.
  • When we talk about working with children and young people, we aren’t asking you to fill a rota…but rather inviting you to be part of the incredible work of the kingdom among Trinity Kids and Youth, and to learn from all they have to teach us about following Jesus.

I wonder how God might be calling you to ‘serve one another in love’?

 

YOUR CALL? Start a conversation with us…

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On Easter Day we are hoping to be offering baptisms – and renewal of baptism vows in water – as part of our 11am Easter celebrations at Holy Trinity.

For those who have never been baptised, this might be an amazing opportunity to publicly declare your faith, grow in discipleship, and more fully be part of the church. For others you may have been baptised as a child but as an adult come to a more full and active faith, and it might be appropriate for you to renew your baptism vows in water. Then – advance notice – we have a service of confirmations on Sunday 21st July at the 11am gathering.

Being part of God’s amazing family means that people of all ages of life and stages of faith are welcome. Come and be part of that here. Whichever might be suitable for you – or perhaps your children / young people – we’d love the conversation!

Let us know you’re interested….

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Our next welcome event takes place on Sunday 17th March at 9am. We’ll start from 9am with some continental breakfast etc. We’ll then have some time together to get to know each other better, meet some of the team here at Trinity, and to hear something about the wider life of the church. We finish by about 1030am for those who would either like to head home or be slightly early for the 11am gathering.

Let us know please you’re coming, and we’ll start ordering some croissants! We look forward to you being with us.

Let us know you’re coming to the Welcome Event

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Want to join a group who get together every couple of months to share a meal and “do life” together?

Suitable for all ages and ‘stages’, and whether old-timer or newcomer, you’d be very welcome at the next “Big Sunday lunch”. For those already in a group then details should be winging their way to you over the next few days. And if you’d like to join a group – and make the most of opportunities of getting to know other people at Trinity – then let us know and we’ll find some space around a Sunday lunch table near you!

BIG Sunday lunch

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Riding Lights Theatre Company are coming to ChristChurch Bayston Hill on Saturday 2nd March at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 / £6. This is a wonderful opportunity to see a passion play performed by one of the leading Christian theatre companies in the UK. You’ll be meeting the characters and re-living the events of the gospels, inviting you to walk for yourselves the narrow road towards the cross and the challenge of a life beyond. For more details contact CCBH Church Office on 01743 872088, or apply online.

Buy Tickets online

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Our latest copy of Trinity Life is out now, covering February and March 2024. In it you’ll find our usual roundup of our Sunday life, as well as latest news, some midweek events, details of work with young people and children, and a reminder about the really great work of Cafe Connect and the Trinity Centre. There’s also a page of resources – podcast, book and online TV – if you want to take a step or three of faith. And you’ll find the big theme of Holy Week and Easter 2024.

Pick up a copy from church, the Cafe or the Trinity Centre. And take a sneak preview online by clicking below.

Our new copy of Feb / March Trinity Life

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