Weekly Email w/b 1st August 2022
Watching the historic Women’s Euros Final on Sunday night, there were two reasons to celebrate.
Firstly, there was the fact that this was the first win an England team had had in a European tournament since 1966! Secondly, this match was watched by a record breaking 17.9 million, firmly putting women’s football front and centre in people’s minds. Team Captain, Leah Williamson said, “The legacy of this tournament is a change in society“.
These are exciting times. As I thought about this, I realised that Jesus has always been a champion of women, whether it was having theological debates with the Samaritan woman at the well, or bucking the cultural norms by having Mary sit at his feet to listen to his teaching, or appearing to women first after his resurrection. We have not got this right by any means, but the Church should be at the forefront of ‘changing society’ – after all, Jesus is our model, and he was well ahead of the game, and not just in football!
Keith Moore, Pioneer Community Minister
Sarah Rozenthuler will be speaking at the 9am and 11am at Meole Brace, and Robert Parsons speaking at the 10.30am Radbrook gathering. We are continuing looking at Hebrews 11 and what it is to live “everyday faith” in our lives.
It’s the second of our summer Sundays for children and young people. Over these summer weeks Trinity Kids, along with Pathfinders are invited to come and join us as we go up the bell tower, make and write music together, and have some fun treasure hunts (not necessarily all on the same day!) This will be open to ages 4-14 providing an opportunity for Trinity Kids and Pathfinders to journey together. If there are any Anon members who would like to be involved in supporting the activities please let Cerys and Craig know and we will help you get involved.
Then don’t forget the “Fun in the Sun Sports Plus Picnic” (see below)
Our evening congregation meets 6.15pm for 6.30pm in the Bradbury Hall. We’ll also be having a “Fun in the Sun” summer social alongside a chance for a more informal evening service celebration.
A sneak preview of the first three “Fun in the Sun” events coming up:
‘Sport Sunday Plus Picnic‘ on 7th August after the 11am service. People of all ages and stages have had great fun over the summer joining in with Sport Sunday. Remember this is for children, young people and adults, everyone can join in! Remember to bring your picnic lunch!
‘Sunday Evening Summer Social’ on 7th August as part of our 630pm congregation. We’ll start from 6.15pm as usual, hopefully meeting in the courtyard and making the most of some good weather. We’ll spend some time over some light refreshments (non alcoholic) enjoying a summer’s evening, then we’ll have a shorter service together.
Pudding Party is a longstanding fixture of the summer, taking place at 7pm on Wednesday 10th August. We are needing to change the venue to Holy Trinity Church and the surrounding areas. We ask everyone attending to bring a pudding please, and we all get to share food and company together. All are welcome.
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!
We know we’ve had some ‘gremlins’ with the last four Sundays of our livestream congregation. We’re so sorry about that. We are working on it, and when budget allows we’d like to invest in some gear which will make this more straightforward…
We’ve decided – for Sunday 31st July and the four August Sundays – to pre-record a Sunday service which will go out “as live” on Sunday mornings. This will give our amazing tech team a chance to have a month off, as well as to sort out some of the issues. So for those joining us online please go to Facebook or our website as usual from 11am on Sunday mornings and you’ll find your way to our Sunday online gathering, this week hosted by Fi and Phil. The readings and theme of the talk are the same, and the service lasts just over half an hour. If you haven’t joined us online before on a Sunday and would like to do so – whether “live” or on catch-up – then you’re really welcome.
“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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It’s been a really busy week in the Trinity Centre. Monday to Wednesday saw “Holiday at Home” meet, and yesterday and today (Friday) sees the Commonwealth games holiday club for children locally. If you meet any weary-looking team members do say thankyou!
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