Weekly Email w/b 26th April 2021
The pandemic has recently caused me to consider my own mortality more honestly than I ever have before.
That sounds pretty morbid, but actually I have found it a very encouraging and uplifitng exercise. Like Moses, I have been asking God to “teach me to number my days, that I may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psa 90:12 NIV). I have come to realise that each new day is a gift from God, fresh with new mercies each morning (Lamentations 3:22-23).
It has also made me ask, ‘Do I really want to watch one more hour of TV, or could I use my time better?’ I believe that meditating on these things has made me more grateful, each day having a catalogue of things to thank God for; whether it is the first cup of coffee in the morning, or bigger things, like the recovery of a loved one who has been through the rigours of the virus.
My prayer is that you too will see each new day as the gracious gift it is, filled with potential, full of opportunities and overflowing with the love of God. May you find much to thank and praise God for each day this week.
Grace and peace
Community Pioneer Minister
We’d love you to come and join us for our 9am or 11am Sunday celebrations this coming Sunday 2nd May. We’ll be meeting in person for these two services, as well as online and with phone church. We’re pleased that on the 1st and 3rd Sundays in May we’ll also be hosting work with children and young people, though please remember the Thursday deadline to let us know that they will be coming with you.
We’ll continue to run a “waiting list” for those who would like to worship with us, and will do all that we can to accommodate as many as we can.
Sunday 2nd May sees our monthly evening congregation meet at 6.30pm in the churchyard. This month sees us think about being fruitful, and we’re asking everyone who comes to bring a piece of fruit with them – to eat, not throw! We’re really looking forward to opportunities to be together, and in particular to be singing as part of our outdoor worship. Space is still limited, so do please let us know if you’d like to attend. Thankyou.
The APCM this year takes place on Sunday 16th May 2021. We’ll be meeting exclusively online, beginning at 6.30pm.
As usual we’ll be looking back over the year 2020, a year like no other! We’ll be having an update on current discussions about vision and values, and looking ahead to some of the opportunities opening up for us across Trinity. We’ll also have the usual elections for wardens and PCC members who serve in the leadership life of the parish.
Each year – as we approach the Annual Meeting – we invite people to “join us and join in” by joining the electoral roll. I’m aware that for many – including the Vicar – the electoral roll can feel something of a mystery, but in effect it is a way of saying “count me in” to the life of the church locally and further afield.
If you have joined the roll in 2019 or 2020 then there is no need to join again. But for those who are newer, or havent yet joined, we’d love to invite you to do so. You’ll find out more details on our website, or if you contact the Church Office we’ll put you in touch with Ann Peppiatt, the Electoral Roll officer.
CLOISTERS pop-up cafe is now over two weeks into its new home in the beautiful cloistered courtyard of the Trinity Centre. We remain open from 10am to 2pm, and invite you to join us for drinks, snacks and light lunches to eat in or take away. We’ve got a new menu, take-away and eat-in options, and can assure you that we’ve taken all the necessary precautions to make the outdoor venue COVID-safe and follow the latest guidance on social distancing.
We announced on Sunday about the forthcoming retirement of Judith Clarkson, our Children & Families minister. We’re looking for someone new to join our Ministry Leadership Team and help us continue to develop ministry amongst children and families as a central part of our parish life, and equip this generation for life-long discipleship and whole-life mission.
This comes at an exciting time for us as a parish, as for churches across the UK. There is much to celebrate and build up, as well as opportunities to pioneer new things as we enter a new season of COVID recovery. We’re looking for a team player who will help us nurture lifelong disciples of Christ, pioneer mission which is compelling and effective, and support our local primary schools.
Do you know someone interested, or might God be calling calling you to come and join us to shape the next chapters of our ministry, and to find new areas too as we continue our calling to “growing faith, proclaiming hope and living the love of Jesus.” Find out more by reading the profile below. We’d also love to talk to you informally about this exciting role.
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