Weekly Email w/b 27th November 2023
I’m sitting in the Church Office as I write this. And sitting next to me is an increasing number of angels, all ready to burst into song. There’s a mixture of knitting, crochet, and a bit of origami thrown in for good measure. When they start to sing it’s going to be quite a noise!
We’re looking forward to these angels ‘hitting the streets’ in ten days time. “12.12 at 12pm.” Watch this space, and take a look on social media to find out more about the four locations where they’ll be available to be picked up and taken home. In the darkness and struggles that many are living with at the moment, we hope that these angels will be a small sign of light and love for all around.
Over these next four weeks we all get to join in their song. Come and pray that with us this week of Advent prayer, or sing that with us at many of the different events that are coming up over the next four weeks. Whether “naughty or nice” this is an invitation to each and every one of us. This is the song the angels sang that first Christmas, proclaiming the birth of Jesus. “A Saviour has been born to you, he is Christ the Lord.” So come and join the song this Christmas. We can’t wait to sing it once more.
As always, grace and peace.
Phil Cansdale, Vicar
PS There’s some really great things coming up in our life together at Trinity. Click below to take a look at the new copy of Trinity Life.
It’s Advent Sunday, 3rd December. In our morning congregations we are ‘joining the song’ of the angels, hearing the life-changing news given by Gabriel to Mary in Luke’s gospel. Phil Cansdale will be speaking at 9am, 11am and at CTK, and Valerie Pitt is speaking at Holy Trinity Belle Vue.
Don’t forget it’s also our Advent gifts and stalls taking place after the 9am and 11am services at Meole Brace. We’re hoping to feature our usual selection of Windfall jams and chutneys, Illuminate Bookshop, Fairtrade products, Palestinian goods, hand-made cards etc. Come to church and take home a suitably inspiring gift! For those who don’t carry cash we’ll be able to take card payments as well.
In the evening service we are having our monthly communion service, and a chance to join in with the journey this next week of Advent Prayer. We’d love to see you.
We all have a picture in our heads as to what a healthy prayer life looks like. Maybe it’s not achievable all the time but, how about – for one week – making prayer a priority? As Advent begins and Christmas approaches, might you commit to set the joys of prayer within the rhythm of your day?
Alongside our Sunday services we’re offering opportunities to pray in different ways, times and places. Some in person, some online, and some more structured than others. You’ll find details on our website, which has a full diary of the week as well as some links to prayer resources like 24-7, the Prayer Course and Lectio 365.
Our theme is “Come Lord Jesus”, that most ancient of prayers, and over the week we’ll be unpacking this using the Lord’s prayer as a focus. In some of the darkness across our world and our nation we pray “Come Lord Jesus.” As Christmas approaches – in our church, across our community, for our families and ourselves – we wait for his coming.
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, including Carols by Candlelight, Crib and Christingles, Christmas eve and Christmas day celebrations. Also featured are events like Radbrook Community Tea, Carols by Carlight, and Carols on the Green.
By Advent Sunday we’ll also have updated our website with all these events – and more – for people to watch, share and find out more.
Talking Christmas, a reminder of our also-angelic choir and orchestra of people for Carols by Candlelight services on Sunday 17th December. If you’d like to join the orchestra or get involved in the choir we would love to hear from you. There are a few practices coming up, the first orchestra one being this Thursday evening, and first choir one being the Tuesday after. You’ll find practice times and sign up on the website. Chat to Judith Clarkson for the orchestra, and Valerie Pitt for the choir.
Thanks so much to those who have picked up patterns and offered to be part of our army of knitters making our choir of angels. We’ll need everyone’s contributions please by 9am on Monday 11th December at the latest, so that they can hit the streets on 12th December. If you’re working on something at home and haven’t yet told Amal Moore roughly how many angels to expect, could you let us know.
Our annual Churchyard Leaf Clearing morning is on Saturday 2nd December from 10am. Could you come along, and bring suitable rakes / brooms etc. This really is one of those “many hands make light work” moments, and could be a great fun way of getting together with other people on a Saturday morning. Many thanks.
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