Weekly Email w/b 28th June 2021
Last week I sat through the final minutes of a football match between Portugal and France, their their last group game. It seemed that some final groups games had almost “finished before they had started”, with Wales bizarrely going through despite losing 1-0, England going through without kicking a ball and so on. But not in the so called ‘group of death’! During the course of the evening Portugal found themselves flitting between every position in the group before finally holding out for a draw to take them through to the last 16. A topsy turvy, upside down, inside out kind of experience for Portugal and for the viewers, working desperately hard to work out the significance of every goal scored in the group throughout the evening.
I wonder whether this is reminiscent of our current life experience. Perhaps we feel like we aren’t sure whether we are coming or going. Promises of progression paused. Negated normality. Making plans feels like fumbling for fog. Our lives out of our control, but thankfully not God’s. Having booked a holiday in January to go abroad in July to visit family, I am feeling a little unhopeful, but perhaps just as Portugal scraped through perhaps I may too. I wonder what you are feeling? Can you bring those feelings to God? Can we trust God with our uncertainties?
“They think it’s all over”? Sadly not yet, and we cannot be certain about exactly what might happen in the coming months. However, in the meantime, we are excited to be making some plans for the next few weeks. Read on for more. You’ll find details of “The Big Conversation”, a Mediterranean Evening, our youth & childrens provision over the summer, and our services coming up this weekend. You’ll also find a reminder about some changes in the staff team, a reminder to eat cake, and a chance to shape some of our online provision for all-ages over these next months.
Whatever you have planned for this Summer, however topsy turvy and unexpected things might be, may God’s grace, favour and providence cover you in all things. With our thanks and prayers, as always, as together we are “growing faith, proclaiming hope, and living the love of Jesus.”
Youth & Young Adult Minister
Let’s be honest, the last year has been really tough on many of us. In our own lives, in our families, in our workplaces, in our church. At this stage of our COVID journey we’re finding that quite a few people are benefit from having conversation to try and process something of what’s been going on, and – in a safe space – talk about their pandemic experience. And looking forward what life as a follower of Jesus might look like from here.
Over July and August we’re wanting to have a “BIG conversation” about our pandemic experience. Would you like to meet one-to-one with someone for a guided conversation? Or use a resource in your small group or family? You’ll find more details on our website, and are able to let us know you’d like a “listening ear” to help you think around these four words.
This Sunday – 4th July – we continue to meet at 9am and 11am for our Sunday celebrations. Both of these celebrations will also be available online. We are also meeting at 11am outside the Meet Place on the Meole Estate, and at 6.30pm for our monthly evening celebration in the courtyard of the Trinity Centre. As always, we would love you to join us, and whether online or in person find ways in which we can encourage each other and build up the life of our church.
A new event coming up is a MEDITERRANEAN EVENING on Friday 9th July. Amal Moore, our Pioneer Community Minister set up her own MELO’S KITCHEN takeaway during lockdown, and so we’re really excited that she’s hosting an evening of a three course Mediterranean meal and live music in the Trinity Centre courtyard here. Tickets are £25 a person, with a discount for booking a table of six, and you’ll find more details on the website. If you’re looking for a great evening out with family and friends in this stunning location then we’d love you to join us.
We’re putting plans in place for our August mid-morning gatherings at Holy Trinity. As part of our 11am service we are hoping to be able to offer provision for ages 5-14. We hope to offer the provision during the school holidays on the 1st; 15th and 29th August. Creche members would be welcome to join in as well but must be accompanied by a parent.
Could you work us to run a session? We would like to encourage you to share a gift and passion that you might like to bless younger generations. Some ideas might include art; music; sport; whittling; drama; treasure hunt; team games (this is an inexhaustive list). If you have any ideas and would be keen to get involved please get in contact with Craig Silcock.
Firstly we are delighted to announce the appointment of Cerys Hughes as our new Minister for Children and Families. Cerys brings with her huge experience as Messy Church Advisor for the Diocese of Lichfield, and absolutely blew us away at interview with her passion for ministry to children and families. She also loves cake. Cerys will be beginning her role on 1st September, so do please be praying for her and her family as they make preparations for a new role for her. We will, in the meantime, be finding appropriate ways of saying “thank you” to Judith Clarkson as she steps back from the staff team, though are thrilled that she will still be very much around the church!
Secondly William Small, our Operations Manager, will be leaving his post at the end of August after six years here. He and his wife Lissi will be moving to Spain where they have increasing family responsibilities caring for Lissi’s father, and William also hopes to be completing his curacy and continuing in ordained ministry as part of the Diocese of Europe. We’ll be thanking William for his time serving at the heart of the Church Office, and we are soon to recruit a new Operations Manager. Interested? Or know someone who might be? As always, we would love to hear from you.
Finally we’re currently looking for a new Shift Manager at Cafe Connect. This is a paid role, 16 hours a week over two days, and for the right person would be a really great way job. We want to be a place where faith is lived, hope is offered, and God’s love can be shared. So if you or someone you know might be interested do get them to look at our website or come and chat to us.
It’s Wimbledon fortnight, which normally heralds rain showers and early England exits. But it also gives opportunities for some outdoor eating and cream teas! Cafe Connect remain open at the heart of Radbrook Green each day, and are hoping to do something suitably tennis-shaped on their specials board.
Meanwhile CLOISTERS pop-up Cafe is open 8.45am till 12pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Trinity Centre courtyard. It’s been fairly quiet first thing, though on the strike of the ten o’clock bells people seem to start arriving. This is an important part of our vision for the Trinity Centre to be an inspirational place here at the heart of Meole Brace to come and do life together with friends and family. Do please come and join us.
After fourteen months of Pyjama Church we would love to hear a little bit about what’s been helpful for you over this time. For those who’ve been part of this journey – whether one off or regularly – would you help us complete a short survey please. We’re particularly keen to hear the voice of people of all ages, so if you are filling in this survey for multiple members of your household then please help us by making responses from different age groups clear, or feel free to complete the survey several times.
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