Weekly Email w/b 26th February 2024

Weekly Email w/b 26th February 2024

It has been a hard and sad week for our church family at Christ The King. This week we have lost two beloved members, each who brought so much to the life of CTK in their own, unique and very different ways.

As I think of both of these wonderful people and the trials and tribulations they faced on a daily basis, I take immense comfort in the promises of God. I have been thinking a lot about Revelation 21:4-5 NIV, ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

These verses often get quoted in times of hardship, sadness, and loss. But they are not simple platitudes. Jesus says it Himself ‘These words are trustworthy and true‘. As I remember our friends, I remember them as they were. But I also look forward to seeing them made new.

And this extends beyond our lost loved ones, or ourselves when we follow them, but this extends to our broken world, to people suffering and oppressed, to nations torn apart through war, and to the whole of creation.

We can face the hard and sad times and still say ‘Thank you Jesus!’ because He is making all things new, and His words are ‘trustworthy and true‘.

Keith Moore, Pioneer Community Minister

 

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We’re well underway now with our spring morning series called “AMAZED”. Sarah Rozenthuler will be our speaker at the 9am and 11am at Meole Brace, with Peter Madley speaking at Christ the King and Fi Iddon speaking at Holy Trinity Belle Vue. We’re onto the gospel story of Jesus talking about the “father’s house” and being the “way, truth and the life” in John 14.

Our evening service is at 6.30pm in the Trinity Centre. Fi Iddon will be hosting our monthly communion service.


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Plans are now out for our Holy Week and Easter events here at Trinity. It features a celebration of the events of Holy Week, at the time and place they actually occured… only in Meole Brace and Radbrook Green. The idea is to give people a sense of how this week – the most important week – worked out day by day.

There are different ways of joining in this:

  • regular church services will be picking up these themes and developing them
  • gathered events meet at a set time and place, plus some of these on Facebook Live
  • reflect at home are short passages of the gospels to read as the story continues.

Find out more on our website, where you’ll find a map, full diary, and leaflet explaining much more.

Holy Week website

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We’re so thankful to the army of people who serve one another in love at our services, week in and week out. We’re having a particular emphasis on this at our 11am congregation, but there is an invitation to all of us to use our giftings to ‘join in with what God is doing.’

This isn’t simply about filling rotas…:

  • When you serve coffee, you aren’t plugging a gap on a list, but are part of fulfilling the biblical imperative to hospitality.
  • When we talk about working with children and young people, we aren’t asking you to fill a rota…but rather inviting you to be part of the incredible work of the kingdom among Trinity Kids and Youth, and to learn from all they have to teach us about following Jesus.

On our website you’ll now find a response form, and an idea of some of the current ways in which you might step out and serve.

“Your Call” website

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On Easter Day we are hoping to be offering baptisms – and renewal of baptism vows in water – as part of our 11am Easter celebrations at Holy Trinity.

For those who have never been baptised, this might be an amazing opportunity to publicly declare your faith, grow in discipleship, and more fully be part of the church. For others you may have been baptised as a child but as an adult come to a more full and active faith, and it might be appropriate for you to renew your baptism vows in water. Then – advance notice – we have a service of confirmations on Sunday 21st July at the 11am gathering.

Being part of God’s amazing family means that people of all ages of life and stages of faith are welcome. Come and be part of that here. Whichever might be suitable for you – or perhaps your children / young people – we’d love the conversation!

Let us know you’re interested….

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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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Riding Lights Theatre Company are coming to ChristChurch Bayston Hill on Saturday 2nd March at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 / £6. This is a wonderful opportunity to see a passion play performed by one of the leading Christian theatre companies in the UK. You’ll be meeting the characters and re-living the events of the gospels, inviting you to walk for yourselves the narrow road towards the cross and the challenge of a life beyond. For more details contact CCBH Church Office on 01743 872088, or apply online.

Buy Tickets online

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Our latest copy of Trinity Life is out now, 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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