Weekly email w/b 28th November
Did you take advantage of any Black Friday/Cyber Monday offers? It’s often a time when we can get hold of a few household items or Christmas presents at discounted prices which can be helpful. But it can also tap into our greed and selfishness. I am sure you will remember scenes on the news years ago of people fighting to get into department stalls, wrestling over toys and TVs. And then around 2011 ‘Giving Tuesday’ was born, almost as a counterbalance to the consumerism of the previous shopping days.
However, Jesus had got there first. The Apostle Paul quotes Jesus, saying “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35). For the last month or so, we have been talking about ‘Blessed to be a blessing’ and encouraging ourselves as a church to give of our time, finances, and gifts. We don’t do it because it is a day designated to giving, but because we have been blessed in so many ways and know what a blessing it is to serve others.
Today I read two headlines that made my heart sink. One said that two-thirds of adults worry they can’t afford Christmas dinner this year, and the other said that one family could only afford one school meal a week for their daughter. This is the reality of our times, so I want to remind you of the ‘Cost of living fund’ set up by the church. 25% of all new giving goes into it, and you can refer someone (or yourself) if you know that extra support is needed. Let’s be a people who live out Jesus’ words: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Keith Moore, Pioneer Community Minister
James Lawrence is our guest speaker at the 11am gathering at Meole Brace. James is “leadership principal” at Church Pastoral Aid Society (CPAS), an Anglican evangelical mission agency. As well as speaking he’ll be sharing something of the really important work CPAS are involved in across the UK with supporting leaders, developing work with children and youth, and seeing people of all ages come to Christ.
Meanwhile Phil Cansdale will be speaking at the 9am congregation, and our speaker at CTK is Shirley Stevens. In the evening service Fi Iddon will be leading our monthly “Presence” service as we share communion together. A reminder that there’s also the Curry by Candlelight event hosted by and for Trinity Men, taking place at the Third Place at 8pm. We’re full-up with our booked tickets, though reckon we might be able to squeeze a few more in from a reserve list. So give us your name and we’ll be in touch as soon as we’ve confirmed extra table space.
Our 2022 Advent and Christmas website is now up and running. You’ll find there details of all of our gatherings and events across our Trinity family. There’s our usual mix of toddler celebrations and Trinity Table, as well as carols by candlelight celebrations on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th December. This year sees the return of “carols by carlight” and “carols on the Green”, as well as two crib services, midnight, and four celebrations on Christmas day. And, of course, the joys of Soul Purpose Christmas taking place in the Trinity Centre. More details of all of these on the website.
Our theme this year – along with churches all over the UK – is “the great invitation.” This is our longing over these next weeks. Please will you be praying with us, and being active together, in extending to many others this amazing invitation to love, life, peace and joy.
We are thrilled that Jonathan Veira is going to be with us on Saturday 28th January at 7.30pm. He is an amazingly talented and versatile international singer and musician. His last visit here was January in 2020, and we are so excited that he’s coming back to Meole Brace for his latest tour.
From Billy Joel to Mozart to everything in between, it promises to be an evening of ballads, blues, rock and roll, jazz, and even a bit of opera thrown in. Jonathan is larger than life in so many different ways, has a real gift for talking about life and faith in the most engaging of ways.
Tickets are £10 from the Church Office or website. All profits from the concert will go towards our “Cost of Living” fund supporting individuals, households and dedicated projects at church and across the local community.
An evening with Jonathan Veira – 28th Jan 2023
We’re gearing up for our two “Carols by Candlelight” services, this year taking place on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th December at 7pm. After freezing conditions outdoors last year (thanks to COVID) we are looking forward to a warm welcome in more ways than one this year as hundreds of people respond to the “great invitation” of Christmas.
We’re looking for people to join in with our choir, and our orchestra. The choir of angels will be learning two lovely choir pieces, as well as joining in with everyone else with the main carols. And the orchestra is for people of all ages and all stages, and will be accompanying the congregation in the usual well known carols.
There are practices for both the choir and the orchestra coming up over the next few weeks. Find out more by clicking below, or chat to Judith Clarkson (orchestra) or Elly Hughes and Valerie Pitt (choir).
Come and take part in the greatest story ever told! Adults and children of all ages are invited to come dressed as either MARY, JOSEPH, ANIMALS, ANGELS, SHEPHERDS or STARWATCHERS. There’ll be something for everyone to join in with, lots of fun, plenty of singing and that special moment around the crib. We have a few spare costumes available for anyone that would like to borrow one so come early and get the best seats in the house!
We reported back last Sunday about progress on “Blessed to be a Blessing”, with Advent Sunday the first ‘deadline’ by which we were asking people to consider their response. Thank you so much to all those who have offered gifts of time, gifts and money. This is already beginning to have an impact with warm spaces starting up on the Meole Estate, and some trials in the Trinity Centre in December. If you have been thinking about “getting round to responding” then here’s your gentle reminder. You can do so on paper via the Church Office, or perhaps easier online at www.trinitychurches.org/blessed.
Wow. And thankyou. We raised £550 at last week’s BIG quiz night, supporting the work of Tearfund. Everyone seemed to have a really good time, and we look forward to similar events in 2023.
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