Weekly Email w/b 25th December 2023

Weekly Email w/b 25th December 2023

“Happy Christmas”? Or “Happy New Year”? Or a combination of both? I never quite know how to address people in these strange few days between the 25th and 31st December, particularly when I’m in that lovely holiday mindset when I’ve no idea what day of the week it is.

First and foremost – from all of the team at Trinity – thank you so much to all those involved in events over the last few days. What a joy it was to see the Trinity Centre open its doors on Christmas Day, as well as very well attended crib and Christingle services. To open our doors – and our hearts – at Christmas is such an important gift to many in the community. Thank you for the many different ways in which people served and helped to do that.

Secondly – in what is a quieter week – you’ll find below something of the next few days as we celebrate New Year together, as well as opportunities to take steps of faith as January begins. The Messy Church Party and New Year walk both feature, as well as a snapshot of Wednesday evenings in January with “Just Ten” and “Why on Earth.” Whether you’re a resolution-making sort of person or not what better commitment could you make as 2024 begins.

Finally at this stage of the year I’m reminded of the words of the poem written by Howard Thurman:

When the song of the angels is stilled,
when the star in the sky is gone,
when the kings and princes are home,
when the shepherds are back with their flocks,
the work of Christmas begins:
to find the lost,
to heal the broken,
to feed the hungry,
to release the prisoner,
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace among the people,
to make music in the heart.

Yes, we’ve a few days until the “kings and princes are home“. But this comes with our gratitude, and ongoing prayer, as we go into the new year and continue the work of Christmas.

Phil Cansdale, Vicar

December and January Trinity Life

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On Sunday 31st December there will be one joint service for everyone across the parish, taking place at 10.30am at Holy Trinity Meole Brace. Friends from Holy Trinity Belle Vue will also be joining us. So – just to be clear – there won’t be our ‘usual’ range of morning services taking place at 9am / 11am at Meole Brace and 10.30am at CTK and Belle Vue. Fi Iddon and others will be hosting this.

On Sunday evening – New Years Eve – there will also be our usual service taking place at 6pm as we end the year and look ahead to 2024 together. This will be a more reflective service of Holy Communion led by Phil Cansdale, and a chance to engage with God at the turning point of the year.

Our regular Sunday service pattern resumes again on Sunday 7th January 2024.

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Our special Messy Church New Year Party takes place on Friday 5th January, 4.30pm – 6.15pm in the Trinity Centre.

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. If at all possible RSVP – as below – by Wednesday 3rd January. We can’t wait to see you!

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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


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

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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After a very busy few weeks the Church Office will be closed from Friday 22nd December, and reopens on Wednesday 3rd January 2024. The answerphone (01743 362399) will be checked daily by one of the ministry team, so if there are any urgent pastoral matters please leave a message and we will respond as soon as we can. For all other enquiries, including Trinity Centre bookings, we will respond as soon as we can in the new year. The best way to contact is via email on info@trinitychurches.org, or leave a phone message and we will answer accordingly. Thankyou.

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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. You’ll find there details of all of our events and services, as well as some Christmas resources, latest things to know, and really exciting news of what’s coming up in the new year for people of all ages of life and stages of faith.

December and January Trinity Life

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