Weekly Email w/b 20th November 2023
I think most of us don’t quite know what to say in the light of the shocking deaths this week of four teenage boys from Shrewsbury as they travelled in North Wales.
There has been a remarkable outpouring of grief, and of love, since their death was announced on Tuesday afternoon. At Shrewsbury College where they were studying, Meole Brace school where they had been students recently, and at churches across town including Meole Brace people have been gathering to pause. To pray. To remember. And to be together.
We’ve set up three reflection areas in the Trinity Centre where people have been able to come. People came throughout Wednesday, as we expect they might well today (Thursday) as well. One of the areas was to write some words on a tear, and to place it into a bowl. It was a reminder of the beautiful passage in the Bible which speaks of God collecting our tears. Psalm 56:8 says “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected my tears in a bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.” It reminds us that God knows every tears we have shed and holds onto it as a reminder of our pain and struggles.
Thank you for your ongoing prayers, love and support for this beautiful community of ours. And especially for prayers for the families and friends of these four young men. And please do remember that – alongside many other offers of support – that the team and I are here as a listening ear and prayerful presence.
As always, grace and peace.
Phil Cansdale, Vicar
It’s Sunday 26th November. In our morning congregations we are finishing our autumn journey looking through the book of Nehemiah. I hope it’s been a life-giving few weeks as we’ve been looking at this remarkable Old Testament book. Charles Ruxton will be speaking at 9am, 11am and at CTK, and Alex Aldous is speaking at Holy Trinity Belle Vue.
It’s clearly got an ‘end of term’ feel, as in the evening we’re finishing our climb back down the “Mount Everest” which is the book of Romans. Kevin Roberts will be our speaker as we get to chapters 15-16. You can catch up with previous weeks of sermons by clicking on the link below.
We all have a picture in our heads as to what a healthy prayer life looks like. Maybe it’s not achievable all the time but, how about – for one week – making prayer a priority? As Advent begins and Christmas approaches, might you commit to set the joys of prayer within the rhythm of your day?
Alongside our Sunday services we’re offering opportunities to pray in different ways, times and places. Some in person, some online, and some more structured than others. You’ll find details on our website, which has a full diary of the week as well as some links to prayer resources like 24-7, the Prayer Course and Lectio 365.
Our theme is “Come Lord Jesus”, that most ancient of prayers, and over the week we’ll be unpacking this using the Lord’s prayer as a focus. In some of the darkness across our world and our nation we pray “Come Lord Jesus.” As Christmas approaches – in our church, across our community, for our families and ourselves – we wait for his coming.
Thanks so much to those who have picked up patterns and offered to be part of our army of knitters making our choir of angels, which in mid-December will be ‘winging their way’ to various public spaces in Meole Brace and Radbrook Green. People will be able to take one to decorate their own homes, and to think what it might mean for each and every one of us to ‘join the song’ the angels sang when Jesus was born.
We’re looking to gather all the angels at the Church Office by Tuesday 12th December at the latest. If you’re working on something at home, it would be really helpful to know roughly how many angels will be ready. Chat to Amal Moore, or let the Church Office know. Or come and join with others and have some fun making them together. Times are below.
The Meet Place. Thursday 7/12 from 1.15pm to 2.45pm
The Trinity Centre. Tuesday 12/12 from 10am to 12pm.
The Trinity Centre. Thursday 30/11 from 7.30pm to 9pm.
We’re hoping this could be a really fun thing to be doing together, as well as a small way of blessing our local communities as Advent begins and Christmas approaches.
We’re really excited that 40 people have signed up so far for this Friday evening. Join us for our usual evening of Christmas Creative fun! Price includes a glass of Prosecco and Mince Pies. Crafts will be an extra cost (between £1-£3) so please do bring some money along with you. Proceeds from this event will be going to support relief work in Morocco.
Sunday 3rd December is Advent Sunday. We’re hosting a few local stallholders who will be selling some Advent gifts after the 9am and 11am services at Meole Brace. We’re hoping to feature our usual selection of Windfall jams and chutneys, Illuminate Bookshop, Fairtrade products, Palestinian goods, hand-made cards etc. Come to church and take home a suitably inspiring gift! For those who don’t carry cash we’ll be able to take card payments as well.
Our annual Churchyard Leaf Clearing morning is on Saturday 2nd December from 10am. Could you come along, and bring suitable rakes / brooms etc. This really is one of those “many hands make light work” moments, and could be a great fun way of getting together with other people on a Saturday morning. Many thanks.
Each year an amazing team of people from Shrewsbury churches and beyond host a Christmas day lunch for people from across the town who might be spending Christmas on their own. Hosted by Soul Purpose, and taking place at the Trinity Centre, there are lots of different ways in which you might get involved. Wrapping gifts and getting things ready? The Christmas Eve morning Veg Peel? Transport on Christmas day? We’re also still looking for a few more who would be able to be ‘hosts’ on the day, welcoming our guests and making everyone feel at home. For more info speak to Fi Iddon.
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