Weekly Email w/b 27th February 2023
A few weeks ago, at Holy Trinity Belle Vue, Peter Madley prayed about the warmth of the sun bringing life to bulbs buried deep within the soil, and asked God that the warmth of the love of His Son might bring forth green shoots from that which has been planted deep within us. I’m grateful to Peter for this profound and prophetic prayer for the church, and for us as individuals.
However young or old we are, and however far along we are in our walk of faith, we will all have had things planted in us: Bible passages spoken over us, prayers prayed for and with us (often without our knowledge), encouragements given to us, examples set for us…and much more. Sometimes we may be unaware of their impact until we see the green shoots of growth and look for the roots. They may lie dormant for some time until the season is right, but nothing is ever wasted with God.
I wonder how we might become more aware of those thing planted deep within us that will bear green shoots for Jesus over time? How might God be using us to do this for others? Ultimately, it is God who brings growth (1 Corinthians 3) and, like the Spring flowers and the sun, we will grow best when we turn our face to Him.
Fi Iddon, Associate Vicar
This Sunday we’re meeting as usual across the four congregations at Trinity, as well as continuing to serve our neighbouring parish of Belle Vue. Alistair Magowan will be speaking at the 9am and at Belle Vue, whilst Fi Iddon will be speaking at CTK and the 11am. There’s the usual first Sunday of the month Messy Church at HTBV at 9am, and Phil Cansdale will be speaking in the evening as we continue a new series on “whole-life worship” in the book of Psalms.
This Lent we’re taking a fresh look at the struggles and mistakes that every day brings. We’ll be thinking about some of the frustrations and failings that every day brings, and rather than pretending that we can always avoid them, we’ll seek to learn from them and grow closer to God through them.
You’ll find details – and sign-ups where needed – of each of these on our website at www.trinitychurches.org/lent. To pick up on the first three weeks:
- Lent Lunch. Friday 10th March, 12.30pm in the Trinity Centre. We’ll have a generous serving of food, fellowship and faith. RSVP via website or Church Office. Donations invited on the day.
- Lent Quiet Evening. Wednesday 15th March, 7pm to 9.30pm in the Trinity Centre. Hosted by Charles Ruxton.
- Lent Experience for children and families takes place on Sunday 26th March.
An event for those who are new – or still feeling new – at Trinity.
It’s been great to be connecting up with various new people during these last few months. On Thursday 23rd March in Cafe Connect we’ll start at 7.30pm, and over coffee, cake and similar we’ll 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.
Let us know please you’re coming, and we’ll start ordering the cakes! We look forward to you being with us.
We’re really looking forward to an evening for Trinity Women, meeting on Friday 24th March 7pm in Alaturka Turkish restaurant on Wyle Cop. A chance to enjoy a really great meal together – mezze, mixed grill, desserts, Turkish tea – and to build a sense of fellowship, faith and fun. Tickets £15.50 available online via our website, or from the Church Office. Or speak to one of the team hopefully walking around with clipboards after the service.
You’ll probably have seen that the large horse chestnut tree in the Glebe field next door to Church was cut down recently. This followed the loss of a major limb last summer, and the sad reality that the whole tree was deemed unsafe by the Council tree officers.
We are now looking to put the logs and remaining wood to good use. We’ve already had a few enquiries, some people looking to use some of the wood for decorative / creative purposes, others looking to store it for firewood for future domestic heating use. We’re asking for expressions of interest so that we can manage the supply of wood for local use.
Find out more? Register your interest by clicking the button below. The field will then be open Saturday 18th March, 9am to 12pm for people to collect wood as appropriate. To help keep everyone safe chainsaws or axes will not be allowed to be used on site, but if your car is capable of driving on grass then you can come and collect wood that way. For your own safety, and that of others, please do not come onto the site – which is private property – outside of this time without clear prior agreement. We will be inviting financial donations on the day towards the ongoing work of the church in the community.
Could you be part of a really great team who help keep our churchyard a beautiful place throughout these next months, and part of our welcome and hospitality at the heart of the local community?
The churchyard grass-cutting season is approaching. We work in pairs, and every five weeks or so the role takes about two hours. It’s very flexible, people can swap and work round holidays easily, and there’s no specific day or time for mowing.
For more info please chat to Andy Digby on a Sunday, or contact the Church Office and they will pass your details onto him and the team.
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