Weekly Email w/b 22nd January 2024

Weekly Email w/b 22nd January 2024

If you’ve been in a church meeting of any kind this January (or indeed any January!) you’ll be familiar with the ‘brief look back at Christmas 2023’ questions. We find it really helpful to keep a record of what went well, alongside what we might do differently next year. As a team, we’ll look at these notes again in September to remind ourselves of things we’ve forgotten but need to remember.

The reality is that we do forget things. Over time, our memories fade and our recollections become hazy. Earlier this week, the mid-week youth life group were thinking about times they had been particularly aware of the presence of Jesus in the past, and how this informed their trust in Him in the future. This was a stark reminder to me that I do easily forget things, even times when I’ve known God’s faithfulness and mercy in powerful ways.

As I looked back, I was reminded afresh of the goodness of God, in big ways and small, as I’ve walked with Him. Some of you will be brilliant at journalling, which is a habit I’ve never managed to get into, but we all need the discipline of being encouraged to look back and to remember with thankfulness. This is a constant theme in the Scriptures. When we look back over the last weeks and months, where have we seen God at work in our lives? And how can we encourage others as we share this?

I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
I will consider all your works
and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”

Psalm 77: 11-12

Revd Fi Iddon, Associate Vicar

Our new copy of Feb / March Trinity Life

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We’re well underway now with our spring morning series called “AMAZED”. Fi Iddon will be our speaker at the 9am and 11am services at Holy Trinity Meole Brace, as well as at Christ the King. And Alex Aldous is speaking at Belle Vue.

Our evening service is at 6.30pm in the Trinity Centre. This week we are on the third week of our spring series on “ten passages that tell is all”, taking a look at the big sweep of the story of God. We’re going to go on a journey from Genesis to Revelation in ten evenings, with Phil Cansdale speaking on The Ten Commandments.

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Our latest copy of Trinity Life is out today, covering February and March 2024. In it you’ll find our usual roundup of our Sunday life, as well as latest news, some midweek events, details of work with young people and children, and a reminder about the really great work of Cafe Connect and the Trinity Centre. There’s also a page of resources – podcast, book and online TV – if you want to take a step or three of faith. And you’ll find the big theme of Holy Week and Easter 2024.

Pick up a copy from church, the Cafe or the Trinity Centre. And take a sneak preview online by clicking below.

Our new copy of Feb / March Trinity Life

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Our next Trinity Table takes place on Tuesday 6th February. We begin at 12.30pm with a really good two course meal, and chances to make friends old and new. We’ll even “sprinkle some inspiration” over the meal with a short talk between courses! The menu this month includes chicken casserole and pineapple sponge!

Interested? Sign ups required via our website or contact the church office.Future dates for this include 26th March (note date change from April) when we also enjoy a short service beforehand at 12pm.

Let us know you’re coming

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Our next welcome event takes place on Sunday 17th March at 9am. We’ll start from 9am with some continental breakfast etc. We’ll then have some time together to get to know each other better, meet some of the team here at Trinity, and to hear something about the wider life of the church. We finish by about 1030am for those who would either like to head home or be slightly early for the 11am gathering.

Let us know please you’re coming, and we’ll start ordering some croissants! We look forward to you being with us.

Let us know you’re coming to the Welcome Event

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We love the writing of Pete Greig, who – amongst other things – says “The best bit of advice I ever received about how to pray was this: keep it simple, keep it real, keep it up.”

There are lots of different ways in which we invite people into this journey of prayer. You’ll find on our website some of the weekly or monthly rhythm of gatherings, both in person and online. These include tonight’s “Prayer time for ministries with youth and children” at 8pm online, as well as a reminder of prayer for Radbrook, Meole Estate, schools, Cafe Connect etc.

Don’t know where to begin? You’ll also find on the website some resources to support you, including the 24-7 prayer course, Lectio 365, and finding a ‘soul friend’ to journey with.

Prayer at Trinity Churches – Website

 

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