Weekly Email w/b 29th April 2024

Weekly Email w/b 29th April 2024

Thank you so much to everyone who came to the Women’s Brunch last Saturday. it was really good to welcome lots of people to the gathering, and to reflect together on Jesus’ words about “Let your light shine”.

In 2005 I led a group of university students on an outreach to a beautiful oasis in Egypt, called Siwa. One day we felt that God was asking us to go to a very old temple outside the city to give our praise and worship to Him and to lift Jesus’ name high in that area. We got a couple of taxis there and had a wonderful time praising and worshipping God and interceding for the whole city.

By the time we finished the Sun was setting. We waited a long time for any transport to take us back, but with no avail. So, we decided to walk the 2 hours back to the city. As we started out it was getting darker and darker, but very far off in the distance I could see a tiny light. I kept my eyes focused on it and told the rest of the team to do the same and to head towards the light.The darker it became the brighter that far away light. I didn’t let that light out of my sight until it had guided us safely to the city.

As I was reflecting on that time and how this tiny light guided us for the whole 2 hours to safety, I remember Jesus’ words “I am the light of the world” and also “let your light shine”. Jesus is the true Light and we reflect that Light to the world around us to give hope, comfort and bring glory to our Heavenly Father.

Amal Moore, Pioneer Community Minister

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Some staff news as we begin. Valerie Pitt will be retiring as Associate Minister next month. She joined the church in autumn 2009 (the same week as Phil) and alongside serving so faithfully at the 9am service she has also headed up various midweek roles including Trinity Table most recently. Her last Sunday in her current role is Sunday 2nd June, and at the 9am service that day in particular we’ll be finding ways to say ‘thankyou’. There will be a card to sign at the back of church, and envelopes for those who would like to make a donation towards her leaving gift.

We’re glad to say that – after three months to ‘catch her breath’ – Valerie will be asking the Bishop for “permission to officiate” and so will still be involved in a few different areas of life at Trinity in the future.

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This Sunday (5th May) Gareth Evans will be speaking at our 9am and 11am celebrations at Holy Trinity, and – as a leaving gift for one of our longstanding readers as he prepares to move – will also be speaking at CTK. We are in the third week of looking at the life of the Old Testament hero Joseph. At a time when we’re doing some ‘dreaming’ as a church as to our values and vision it feels good to be reflecting around how God moulded and shaped this young dreamer, and through the ups and downs of life he knew the presence of God.

At 6.30pm it’s Presence, our monthly occasion to share communion together. Rachel Cama will be leading us in something suitably prayerful as we reflect around Saul/Paul meeting the risen Christ on the road to Emmaus.

 

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From Thursday of next week we are inviting people to join Christians from all over the world to be praying “COME HOLY SPIRIT.” We want to keep things as simple as we can, and so some of the ways we are resourcing each other to do this are:

  • You might like to find someone to pray with – someone in your family, or a friend old or new – and promise to pray each day
  • Maybe you’d love to kick start your own prayer life, and so we’ve got a ten day resource to get you going
  • Perhaps you’re looking for a quiet place and space to pray, and you could make use of the Garden Room upstairs in the Trinity Centre which is open each day 9am to 3pm
  • Maybe you’ve connected up with six o’clock live in the past, and will join that as part of its short-term return. Weekdays 6pm on Facebook, or catch up afterwards.
  • It could be that a quiet end to the day is what you’re looking for, and the 9pm “compline” on ZOOM which is a beautiful end to the day

Whichever equips for you best, we’d love you to join with Christians all over the world in that ten days of prayer. Take a look at our website for diary and resources to get you going, and help you praying….

Diary and prayer resources online

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We’ve just published this year’s Annual Review, prepared in time for the APCM taking place on 12th May at 630pm. We hope it’s an encouraging read, and tries to give a brief(ish) outline of many different things which are going on in our shared life at Trinity. It takes as its theme “everyone, everywhere, everyday and in everything”, and how following Jesus isnt about our Sunday gatherings, important though these are. Following Jesus is about all our lives. Pick up a copy in church, or follow the link below to read online.

Read the Review of the Year Online

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This year’s Annual Meeting takes place on Sunday 12th May at 630pm in the Trinity Centre. This year we’ll hear an update from the “Dream Team” doing some work around values and vision, as well as reports from some of the areas of ministry and mission here. We’ll get a chance to do some of the business which goes on as well which resources our wider life at Trinity.

You’ll find the relevant paperwork for our meeting in church , including our review of 2023, accounts and agendas. We also expect to be livestreaming the APCM via our Facebook “Trinity Churches Shrewsbury” page for those who are not able to attend in person.

Agenda, Annual accounts, minutes etc

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We’ve double the celebrations on Sunday 19th May, with a 1030am joint service and Pentecost Sunday rolled into one. And so it’s a great opportunity to share in some lunch together as well as for the BIG big Sunday lunch.

We’ll be having a gathering open to everyone in the Trinity Centre and surrounding area after the 1030am service. We’ll be providing the “main”‘ hot food (hopefully a BBQ style), and are asking those attending to bring either a salad or a pudding which can be shared. We’ll also be providing simple soft drinks, though please do bring a bottle of something suitable with you to share as part of our celebrating!

Donations towards the costs of food will be invited on the day.

Let us know you’re coming for lunch!

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It’s been an encouraging start to our ticket sales for the Resound Worship on Saturday 18th May. Have you got your ticket yet?

As a church we’ve really benefitted from Resound over these last few years, and particularly during lockdown they became a ‘staple diet’ of our Sunday worship and midweek six o’clock live. We’re so pleased that as a full band they’ll be coming for a live concert, and sharing some of their latest work with us and many others.

We’ll be encouraged both to listen to the songs and to join in together, embracing songs of struggle and sadness before God as well as looking out from beyond the struggle to a sure and certain hope.

More details – and book in

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Come and explore some interactive and sensory ways of praying together with your children (0-5s). It will be a low-key and small group (pre-booking required), with some guided prayer and worship activities for babies, children and their grown-ups to engage with in different ways.

Book in to Prayer Sensory

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We are taking part in the next Parenting for Teens online course, beginning online for six weeks on the evening of Tuesday 4th June.

Parenting teens has its challenges. The once-small children we had are pulling away from us, growing in independence and making decisions with bigger consequences. It can be easy to think we are less influential in their lives, particularly when it comes to faith. But that is not true. Parents remain the significant spiritual influencer in a teen’s life, and they need us to help them navigate the world and faith together. This course would help all parents, carers, grandparents and others involved in teens’ everyday lives to understand the teenage faith journey more and find their place within it.

For more information chat to Fi Iddon

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