Weekly Email w/b 26th September 2022
On Monday night I watched NASA’s DART mission. DART stands for “Double Asteroid Redirection Test”, and the aim was to fire a rocket at an asteroid to see if we could change its trajectory. There was much celebrating as the rocket hit its target 6.8 million miles away! Dr. Elena Adams, part of the Planetary Defence team, replying to a question said, “I think Earthlings should sleep better tonight. Definitely, I will.“
This got me thinking. I don’t know about you, but I can be a worrier, and sleep can elude me as I catastrophise, imagining all kinds of worse case scenarios. Asteroids have not been on my ‘keep me awake at night’ list, but there are plenty of things in the news that do cause me to worry.
For me, however, it won’t be NASA that gives me peace and helps me sleep. I think of the words of the Psalmist, ‘In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety‘ – Psalm 4:8. Whatever worries you may have, cast them upon the LORD, trust and rest in Him, and sleep well tonight.
Pioneer Community Minister
This Sunday sees the first of our usual two weeks as we celebrate all things harvest together. Over both Sundays we are inviting people to bring harvest goods with them, with gifts this year going particularly towards the work of Foodbank Plus here in Shrewsbury. See on Facebook for the list of what they’re running low on, which includes soup, hot dogs, dried spaghetti, tinned lunches, tinned fruit, razers and washing powder.
In the morning services Fi Iddon will be speaking at 9am and 11am at Holy Trinity, as well as at CTK. Peter Madley will be speaking at the evening “Presence” gathering, our monthly communion service at the evening congregation. And a reminder that at Holy Trinity Belle Vue at 9am is our monthly Messy Church. If you – or others you know – would like to come along to Messy from 9am there do please come along.
The Windfall Team are putting finishing touches to this year’s Apple Day, taking place this coming Saturday (1st October) from 12pm. There will be the usual mix of apple-related crafts, food and fun, as well as live music courtesy of the ever-amazing Rock Choir. Bring your own apples and cartons and enjoy the apple presses. Apple crafts for young and old, live music, and our legendary hog roast. The day is hosted by the Windfall Project. Entry is free though some charges apply for crafts and food.
During Apple Day we’re giving everyone an opportunity to come and discuss the plans to make the Glebe field an open and accessible amenity for the whole community. You’ll have an opportunity to see and discuss the draft proposals. Members of the team will also be on hand on Sunday between 10am and 11am, and again after the 11am service.
It’s also not too late to come and help decorate the church for our harvest celebrations. Meet on Saturday 1st at 10am. No experience required, just come along. It’s great fun, you get to work as a team, and everything you need will be provided… including plenty of coffee and cake. Further information from Judith Haddaway, or via the Church Office.
We seek to be a church where praying with each other – and for each other – is a really natural part of how we do life together. An evening hosted by Alistair and Louise Magowan for all those who would like to be part of this, whether for the first time or as a refresher in “prayer ministry” training.
Prayer Ministry training evening
We’ve got about twenty guests and team signed up for the Alpha Course, beginning Wednesday 5th October, 7pm to 9.15pm in the Trinity Centre. We start with a meal together, and a chance to get to know a small group of people around the table. There’s then a short talk – usually by video – with time along the way for plenty of discussion where you can share your thoughts. There’s no pressure and no awkward follow-up.
Would you consider coming along? Or bring a friend or family member with you? Or join the hospitality and prayer team. More details from Keith and Amal Moore.
A breakfast for all who are new – or still feel new – to life at Trinity Churches. We’ll start with a continental breakfast from 9.30am, and opportunities to get to know other new people as well as some of those involved in leadership in the life of the church. There will then be an opportunity to hear from a few different people and different areas of the church’s life. We’ll finish by just after 10.30am, and lead into the 11am morning celebration for those who would like to stay.
Let us know you’ll be joining us
As September comes to an end we wanted to let people know a few important changes to our life at Trinity.
- Pre-school. Our huge thanks to Carol Booles for many, many years of faithful service as pre-school worker. And to her husband Keith for his support alongside her. Over the autumn Cerys is going to continue to oversee our pre-school work, alongside the existing Trinity Tots teams on Mondays (Trinity Centre) and Thursdays (Radbrook).
- Trinity Youth. At this stage and season of family life Craig has asked to reduce his hours as Youth Minister. He will be working all day Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, and will be off duty Wednesdays through to Saturdays. Most aspects of existing youth ministry will continue in terms of Sunday morning Pathfinders and Anon, midweek youth, and our work in Meole Brace school and the Meole estate. I know we will all want to be supporting Craig in this new working pattern, being particularly aware that he won’t be able to respond to emails or phone calls on the days of the week when he is not on duty.
- Messy Church. We now host two Messy Church gatherings each month, meeting at the Trinity Centre (Thursday 6th October at 4.30pm) and at Belle Vue Church (2nd October at 9am) We’ve consistently found that Messy Church is one of the easiest way to explore faith for baptism families, “friends of friends”, or those returning to church but not sure where to begin.
We do want to identify the particular challenges of resourcing some of the areas of our work currently. There was a brilliant response to the Messy Church team a few months ago – thank you to all who have rolled up their sleeves and got involved in that! Given the changes in Craig’s role we are particularly aware of the need to build team in supporting our work with young people, with leadership alongside Craig for Monday evening life groups a particular need at the moment. Would you consider getting involved in this or other areas? Please speak to Craig, Cerys, Fi or Phil for more details.
Six o’clock live returned this last week. This is a daily gathering, Mondays to Fridays, for twenty minutes, featuring a reading, a brief reflection, a chance to pray and reflect, and a piece of music. For the next couple of months each week will feature “five things to pray”, as we take one short(ish) passage of scripture and reflect around those words over five days. If you haven’t joined us before – whether ‘live’ or catching up – then give it a go as part of a daily rhythm of doing life with Jesus.
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