Weekly Email w/b 1st January 2024

Weekly Email w/b 1st January 2024

I don’t know whether we’re fans or not of New Years Resolutions. Anyone made one? Broken one? I think the top three all include exercise, alcohol and learning foreign languages, so I wonder how you’re doing on any of these four days in?

Amidst all the short-term changes and quick fixes, I’m always reminded of the words of writer Eugene Petersen who talked about how following Jesus isn’t about quick fixes but walking the long road of daily discipleship. It is about saying “yes” to God’s kingdom each and every day, wherever we are and in all that we do. He wrote the essential thing… is that there should be long obedience in the same direction; this has always resulted in the long run in something which has made life worth living.

As we begin this new year, may we walk together, walk in God’s strength, and thus find our feet once more on the journey of faith, hope and love. Read on below for various different ways in which we can journey together, as well as news of some staff changes coming up this month.

Phil Cansdale, Vicar

December and January Trinity Life

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Our services resume their usual pattern this Sunday with us gathering at Meole Brace at 9am, 11am and 6.30pm and at Christ the King at 10.30am, as well as a 10.30am service at Holy Trinity Belle Vue. Phil Cansdale will be speaking at Meole Brace and CTK, and Fi Iddon will be speaking at Belle Vue. Trinity Kids and Trinity Youth also start back at the mid morning service.

Across our morning congregations we’re beginning a new series called “Amazed“, looking at the life of Jesus. We’re going to be reminded of how the disciples were continually amazed by Jesus. For three years they walked with him, talked with him, ate with him and even watched him sleep. And still, time and time again, they were astonished at the Son of Man. We’ll be following Jesus from crib (just about) to the cross and the resurrection, and the promise that he will come again.

Our evening service is at 6.30pm in the Trinity Centre, and is our monthly opportunity to worship, pray and share communion together.


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We’re really excited to be welcoming two people to the staff team this month:

Rachel Cama is beginning as Pre-school worker, working alongside Cerys Hughes to oversee our work with 0s-5s and families. She’ll be working at the two toddler groups on Monday afternoons and Thursday mornings as well as monthly Little Buds Toddler Church on Friday mornings.

Meanwhile Kelly Ashton-Pallatina is starting as our new Church Verger. Kelly is already an experienced Welcome Assistant in the Trinity Centre, and so this feels a really natural step for her to be picking up the role of verger and helping church – and our services there – continue to be a welcoming place to many people.

Most will have heard of the sad death of Mike Hinton, our Maintenance Manager, in December. Mike leaves a huge hole in our team, as well as at the heart of his family. A service of thanksgiving as we remember Mike’s life takes place at Holy Trinity Meole Brace on Wednesday 10th January at 11.45am.

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A final reminder about our special Messy Church New Year Party which takes place on Friday 5th January, 4.30pm – 6.15pm in the Trinity Centre. We’ve 110 people booked in already so will be meeting in church as well as the Trinity Centre. If you’re coming and haven’t let us know yet then please do register on the website as soon as possible!

We’ve invited special guest Mark Harrington, who will be adding to our messy celebrations with his own mix of amazing and entertaining magic. With illusions, balloons, escapology, puppetry, storytelling and much more, we are really excited about this event to start the Messy year.

This event is primarily for 0s-11s and their families. It would be really helpful to know how many people are coming so we can make sure there’s enough amazing Messy food at the end of our time together.

Messy Church New Year Party

Untitled design (30).jpgCome 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.

Let us know you’re coming

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Just Ten” is 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. Some of the big issues include “how to find true contentment”, “how to prevent burnout” and “how to prosper with a clear conscience.”

Just Ten – sign up

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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. Over four weeks we’ll take a different look at issues including: “Hasn’t science disproved God?” “Why suffering?” “What about other religions”? “How do we live with hope?”

More about Why On Earth

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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 as January gets under way.

December and January Trinity Life

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