Weekly Email w/b 22nd April 2024

Weekly Email w/b 22nd April 2024

“Why pray when you can worry”….

A few years ago a friend reminded me that I had once said this somewhat jokingly. I had quite forgotten, but the remark had stayed with her, and emerged again when we met decades later.

Several, perhaps a couple of dozen, of our church members belong to a “Prayer Chain” who pray in response to requests we receive: the concerning medical diagnosis, the sudden bereavement, the struggling family member, etc. In confidence our prayers are offered to God because often there is little we can do, except to pray – and when God is invited into a situation, we know that things change – and how exciting it is when that happens!

Every week we also have the opportunity in our Sunday worship to bring our personal requests, however large or small, to be prayed over by fellow church members (known as “prayer ministers”). This is open to everyone. It may be we are worried about our job; or maybe we want to ask God to fill us again with God’s Spirit. We believe God hears our prayers and wants to do what is best for us. And there is strength in knowing that when fellow Christians pray, we can know that we are not alone.

Sometimes I think of prayer as being a secret weapon in our arsenal of ways to cope with life. Bringing up a young family, I know I could not have managed without it, and without praying friends too – and nor can I now.

God is good! “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” (Ephesians 6:18)

Many blessings,

Revd Valerie Pitt

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This Sunday (28th April) Charles Ruxton will be speaking at our 9am and 11am celebrations, whilst Shirley Stevens will be speaking at CTK and Phil Cansdale will be speaking at Belle Vue. We are in the second week of looking at the life of the Old Testament hero Joseph. At a time when we’re doing some ‘dreaming’ as a church as to our values and vision it feels good to be reflecting around how God moulded and shaped this young dreamer, and through the ups and downs of life he knew the presence of God.

During the 11am Trinity Kids will be having their monthly time outdoors, exploring faith in the great outdoors. Please come suitably prepared….

At 6.30pm Judith Drury is our speaker at the evening gathering. And a reminder that the older Trinity Youth are meeting 630pm – 8pm in the Trinity Centre for a five week period using the youth “ALIVE” sessions. All are welcome.

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Over fifty people are booked into this Saturday’s Trinity Women’s Brunch. We would love you to join us as we enjoy delicious food together, worship, and a short talk reflecting on the theme of “Let there be light”. Alongside worship and some reflective music on the harp, we will finish the morning with a lovely craft to take home. A great morning you don’t want to miss.

We start at 9.30am, and will finish by 11.45am. Ticket contribution £7 includes craft activity to take home.

Let us know you’re coming to Brunch!

 

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In the middle of May we are inviting people to join Christians from all over the world to be praying “COME HOLY SPIRIT.” We want to keep things as simple as we can, and so some of the ways we are resourcing each other to do this are:

  • You might like to find someone to pray with – someone in your family, or a friend old or new – and promise to pray each day
  • Maybe you’d love to kick start your own prayer life, and so we’ve got a ten day resource to get you going
  • Perhaps you’re looking for a quiet place and space to pray, and you could make use of the Garden Room upstairs in the Trinity Centre which is open each day 9am to 3pm
  • Maybe you’ve connected up with six o’clock live in the past, and will join that as part of its short-term return. Weekdays 6pm on Facebook, or catch up afterwards.
  • It could be that a quiet end to the day is what you’re looking for, and the 9pm “compline” on ZOOM which is a beautiful end to the day

Whichever equips for you best, we’d love you to join with Christians all over the world in that ten days of prayer. Look out for resources appearing on the website this week.

Existing prayer resources – and more to follow

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This year’s Annual Meeting takes place on Sunday 12th May at 630pm in the Trinity Centre. This year we’ll hear an update from the “Dream Team” doing some work around values and vision, as well as reports from some of the areas of ministry and mission here. We’ll get a chance to do some of the business which goes on as well which resources our wider life at Trinity.

You’ll find the relevant paperwork for our meeting in church on Sunday 5th May and Sunday 12th May, including our review of 2023, accounts and agendas. We’ll be uploading them to our APCM web page as soon as they are ready. We also expect to be livestreaming the APCM via our Facebook “Trinity Churches Shrewsbury” page for those who are not able to attend in person.

Online resources – more to follow

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It’s been an encouraging start to our ticket sales for the Resound Worship on Saturday 18th May. Have you got your ticket yet?

As a church we’ve really benefitted from Resound over these last few years, and particularly during lockdown they became a ‘staple diet’ of our Sunday worship and midweek six o’clock live. We’re so pleased that as a full band they’ll be coming for a live concert, and sharing some of their latest work with us and many others.

We’ll be encouraged both to listen to the songs and to join in together, embracing songs of struggle and sadness before God as well as looking out from beyond the struggle to a sure and certain hope.

More details – and book in

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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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This time of year we always begin talking about the Electoral Roll a bit more. This is a really important way of saying “I belong” to the life of the church, both locally and nationally. It seeks to be an indication of the strength of church life, recording the amazing family of God who make up churches across England seeking to be a Christian presence in every community.

Joining the electoral roll also opens up the way for greater involvement in the life of the church, at deanery, diocesan and national events. You become entitled to vote at the Annual Parish Church meeting, and become eligible to join the church committees and PCC.

If you joined the electoral roll in 2019 – or any time since – then you don’t need to complete a new one. But for everyone else you can find out more, and sign up online for yourself, by clicking below.

Find out more about the Electoral Roll

Join the Electoral Roll today

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Many of us will have seen the documentary featuring Matt and Beth Redman called “Let there be Light”. It talks about the pattern of harmful behaviours experienced under the leadership of Mike Pilavachi, a prominent figure in the UK Church and one-time leader of Soul Survivor. How might we all become a healthier Church in the future?

This is not an ‘easy watch’, but is an important contribution to the ongoing need for churches to be places where everyone can be safe, and how safeguarding is God’s agenda and everyone’s responsibility.

We take safeguarding very seriously in all of our work across the parish. If you have any concerns about any safeguarding issues please contact the Parish Safeguarding Team at safeguarding@trinitychurches.org or phone the Church Office on 01743 362399.If you are a child or young person and have any concerns about your wellbeing and safety, you can also go to the NSPCC website at www.nspcc.org.uk, or phone Childline on 0800 1111.

Watch “Let there be light” on youtube

Our parish safeguarding policy

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Our latest version of Trinity Life is now out. Have you picked up a copy yet? Covering April and May, it’s got some of the really great events coming up in the life of the church, including the ALIVE course, latest news, Sunday sermon series, Pentecost prayer etc. Pick up a copy on Sunday, and take a sneak preview online by clicking below.

April and May 2024 Trinity Life

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