Weekly Email w/b 20th May 2024

Weekly Email w/b 20th May 2024

Have you noticed how often God asks questions in the Bible? It’s a lot! And Jesus often answered a question with a question.

But one of the strangest questions God asks is in Jeremiah 12:5 when He asked Jeremiah “If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses?” Can you picture the Grand National, all the jockeys on horseback and one man in a robe sprinting alongside them, beard flapping in the wind! It probably won’t surprise you to know that this was God’s answer to a question from Jeremiah, who was lamenting the fact that the wicked had it so easy, at the expense of faithful people like himself. What was God doing about evil in the world?

The answer, it seems, was that Jeremiah was part of the solution, and he needed to strengthen himself, be strong, not get worn down – his race was just beginning and it wasn’t the race be thought it would be. We’re not Jeremiah, but we might possibly be the answer to some of the pains, hurts, and injustices in the world. It might be costly, we might feel the weight of it, but let’s not get worn down – there are horses we need to compete with!

Keith Moore, Pioneer Community Minister


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After our joint celebration last weekend, this Sunday is Trinity Sunday with celebrations as normal. Valerie Pitt will be speaking at the 9am and at CTK, with Alex Aldous and Fi Iddon speaking at the 11am and Belle Vue respectively. We’re still taking a look through the story of Joseph, and this week come to the scene where our Old Testament hero is reunited with his family.

At the evening 630pm service Peter Madley will be speaking on the second session of our look at the Sermon on the Mount, and Jesus’ amazing teaching in the gospel of Matthew.


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It won’t have escaped your notice that the general election is taking place on 4th July.

At Trinity we’ve had the privilege of hosting an election hustings at the last four general elections on behalf of Churches Together in Shrewsbury, and are very much hoping to do the same again this year as the election approaches. “Watch this space”, and if you would like to be involved in planning and hosting this we are looking for people of all political persuasions and none to be involved. Chat to Phil Cansdale for more details.

In the meantime we’re called to pray for our leaders, and all those who would seek to serve in politics nationally or locally. There are some great resources around, and many more to come.

Christians in Politics

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We were so pleased to hear from mission partners Jon and Elise Fletcher last weekend as they prepare to go back to Bangkok in early August.

The Fletcher family are hosting an evening on Friday 28th June in the Trinity Centre. This is an opportunity to share a Thai meal together, enjoy a Thai-related quiz, and to find out more about their work in Bangkok. Tickets will be available via our website as soon as details are confirmed.

RSVP to Thai Night

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Thanks so much to everyone who attended our RESOUNDworship concert last week. We had a really great time, and the quality of the music, beautiful surroundings and deep sense of authentic worship was much appreciated by everyone.

We are very much hoping that we can continue to grow in our music and worship life, and build on some of the resources shared. You can find out more about their ongoing work on their website. And, whether you attended or not, you can find ways you might support their ongoing work.

FInd out more about RESOUNDworship

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Thank you so much to everyone who attended our APCM a couple of weeks ago. Just over 80 people came together to hear an update from the “Dream Team” around values and vision here at Trinity, as well as review the last 12 months and look ahead at our life and leadership from here. Thank you also for everyone who submitted questions on the night. The write-up of those will be available on the website over the next few days.

If you weren’t able to attend and would like to catch-up you can watch proceedings on our website by clicking below, and read the review of the year and accounts etc.

Watch the meeting back

Agenda, Annual accounts, minutes etc

Read the Review of the Year Online

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Valerie Pitt will be retiring as Associate Minister next month. Her last Sunday in her current role is Sunday 2nd June, and at the 9am service that day in particular we’ll be finding ways to say ‘thankyou’. There is a card to sign at the back of church, and envelopes for those who would like to make a donation towards her leaving gift.

Meanwhile we are really looking forward to welcoming our new curate, Ian Budd, along with Kate and James who are moving into Dargate Close over the next few weeks. If you would like to come to his ordination service at Lichfield Cathedral on Saturday 29th June at 6pm then please do let us know below so we can let the Cathedral know numbers. It would be great if some of us can be there to support him as he begins his ministry with us.

We would love to give a really warm welcome to them as a family as they move in so would be grateful for donations of lovely things to fill the kitchen cupboards. Could you drop any gifts into the Church Office by Friday 31st May so that they can be ready for the Budd family to move in. Thankyou.

Come to Lichfield for Ian’s ordination

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We’re really looking forward to our 2024 Confirmation Service, taking place on Sunday 21st July June at 11am. The service will be hosted by Rt Revd Sarah Bullock, the Bishop of Shrewsbury. If you’re interested in being confirmed – or in being baptised / renewing your baptism vows – can you let us know with the form below, and/or chat to the staff team as soon as possible. Thankyou.

Exploring being confirmed etc

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Thank you so much to those who have supported the plant sale at Belle Vue for the last few years. It takes place this year on Saturday 25th May from 10am, and you’re very much welcome to come along. If you have plants to contribute it would be best to take them directly to Belle Vue Church on the Saturday morning, or it might be possible to leave them in the churchyard on the Friday evening.

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Come and explore some interactive and sensory ways of praying together with your children (0-5s). It will be a low-key and small group (pre-booking required), with some guided prayer and worship activities for babies, children and their grown-ups to engage with in different ways.

Book in to Prayer Sensory

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We are taking part in the next Parenting for Teens online course, beginning online for six weeks on the evening of Tuesday 4th June.

Parenting teens has its challenges. The once-small children we had are pulling away from us, growing in independence and making decisions with bigger consequences. It can be easy to think we are less influential in their lives, particularly when it comes to faith. But that is not true. Parents remain the significant spiritual influencer in a teen’s life, and they need us to help them navigate the world and faith together. This course would help all parents, carers, grandparents and others involved in teens’ everyday lives to understand the teenage faith journey more and find their place within it.

For more information chat to Fi Iddon

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