Weekly Email w/b 29th August 2022
We are thinking this Sunday about the new school term and those new starts that many children and young people will be facing in the next week. But there is someone who has an even bigger ‘new start’ awaiting. On Monday we will find out who our new Prime Minister is. She or he will have an unenviable to-do list. The war in Ukraine, the cost of living crisis, a struggling NHS…the list is endless.
Each day that the House of Commons sits, prayers are said. The Speaker’s Chaplain is usually responsible for this, and the form of the main prayer is as follows:
“Lord, the God of righteousness and truth, grant to our Queen and her government, to Members of Parliament and all in positions of responsibility, the guidance of your Spirit. May they never lead the nation wrongly through love of power, desire to please, or unworthy ideals but laying aside all private interests and prejudices keep in mind their responsibility to seek to improve the condition of all mankind; so may your kingdom come and your name be hallowed.
What an amazing prayer. I would love to encourage us as a church to be using this prayer, or similar words, as we pray ‘Your Kingdom Come’ in our nation in the weeks and months ahead.
Grace and Peace
This Sunday we begin our new series looking at The Promise of Blessing, and digging deep into those amazing words in Numbers 6. Fi Iddon will be speaking at the 9am, CTK and mid-morning gatherings,and Phil Cansdale is at Holy Trinity, Belle Vue at 10.30am.
At the 11am gathering at Meole Brace there will be the final week of summer activities for children and youth. Over these weeks Trinity Kids and Pathfinders are invited to come and join us as we go up the bell tower, make and write music together, and have some fun treasure hunts (not necessarily all on the same day!) This will be open to ages 4-14 providing an opportunity for Trinity Kids and Pathfinders to journey together. If there are any Anon members who would like to be involved in supporting the activities please let Cerys and Craig know and we will help you get involved.
Our evening congregation meets 6.15pm for 6.30pm in the Bradbury Hall. Our speaker is Phil Lewis, and we’ll be sharing Bread and Wine together..
Thanks so much to those who have come to have ‘fun in the sun’ thus far… It’s been so good to be together.
Our final chance to have fun in the (hopefully!) sun is:
Late Summer Social for 9am congregation takes place at 3pm on Sunday 4th September. Hosted at a home nearby to Meole Brace Church, this will be an afternoon opportunity for cake, tea, and great company. Listen up at the 9am congregation for more details, or contact the Church Office if you would like to know more.
Want to join a group who get together every couple of months to share a meal and “do life” together? Back by popular demand, we’re hoping these groups can begin meeting again, and be ways of drawing in people from across our life at Trinity Churches. Suitable for all ages and ‘stages’, and whether old-timer or newcomer, you’d be very welcome. We’re looking for:
People who would like to be part of a group who meet regularly like this. We’ll put you with some like-minded people, as well as perhaps a few other people you might not yet know. The group ‘host’ will be in touch about what people can bring with them, and we take it from there.
People who are willing to host a group, not necessarily every time but on a ‘rota’ basis with other group members. You aren’t expected to cook everything for everyone, but to help gather people, rejoice in the contributions of others, and be suitably hospitable!
Sign up below. If you’ve got any questions speak to Fi Iddon or Alex Aldous.
Sign up for Big Sunday Lunch
As the autumn begins a morning for Trinity Women to get together. We’ll begin with an American breakfast and time to be with friends old and new. We’ll then have some space to worship and pray, with guest speaker Louise Magowan. We’ll also have opportunities to be quiet, to get creative, and to enjoy being together. We start at 9am, and will finish by 12pm.
We know we’ve had some ‘gremlins’ with our livestreams in July, so for the August Sundays we are pre-recording a Sunday service which will will go out “as live” on Sunday mornings. This will give our amazing tech team a chance to have a month off, as well as to sort out some of the issues. So for those joining us online please go to Facebook or our website as usual from 11am on Sunday mornings and you’ll find your way to our Sunday online gathering, this week hosted by Fi. The readings and theme of the talk are the same, and the service lasts just over half an hour. If you haven’t joined us online before on a Sunday and would like to do so – whether “live” or on catch-up – then you’re really welcome. We are almost certain that we’ve dealt with the gremlins and will be back to livestreaming from next Sunday. Thank you to all those worshipping at home for your patience with us.
It still feels like the start of term is a little way off. But as we get ready for a new school term, we would love to find ways of praying for children and young people starting something newthis September. So we’re asking children to bring their ‘school bag’ – or something similar – to church on Sunday 4th September at the 11am service. There will be an encouragement to pray for them as they embark on a new year, whatever pre-school / primary / secondary / university etc might look like for them.
And this isn’t just for children and young people. We would love to invite everyone coming to the 11am to bring something that reflects their ‘Monday to Saturday’ life; whether that’s a bunch of keys, an ID badge…or anything else that is symbolic for you.
And finally don’t forget to put Apple Day in your diary if you haven’t done so already. Full details to follow but as usual there will be pork and apple sauce to eat, wonderful apple treats, games, the cafe, crafts… Do speak to Rachel Woods if you would like more details.
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