Weekly email w/b 30th May 2022
What an exciting week in the life of our country! Everywhere is covered in red, white and blue, bunting has gone up, street parties are planned and I’ve heard of at least one person who has successfully managed to make the Jubilee Trifle (though she did tell me that she ended up working on different aspects of the recipe over three days!) Here at Trinity Churches we are really excited to be celebrating together in so many ways across the parish.
I don’t know if you’ve heard the Nick and Becky Drake song, written particularly for Primary Schools to sing together, called ‘Our Queen’. It includes the lines:
‘Over the years, through the lows and the highs,
She has been faithful and humble and wise.
Led by her faith, she has prayed for us all,
We are so thankful for all she has done.’
Each of us have a calling from God in our everyday lives. The Queen’s calling may look very different to ours, but these are amazing words about her particular vocation that can inspire each one of us in our Monday to Saturday lives. May we, too, be faithful, humble and wise, led by our faith in Jesus and deeply prayerful.
Fi Iddon, Associate Vicar
A final reminder about plans for this next few days. There’s lots coming up at Trinity as we celebrate the Jubilee together. Cloisters, Cafe Connect, Radbrook and the Meole Estate all have their own local celebrations. For more details check out the website or local publicity.
Meanwhile we’ve double the celebrations on Sunday 5th June, with that day being both Pentecost Sunday and the final day of the Jubilee Celebrations. We’ll be having a gathering open to everyone in the Trinity Centre and surrounding area after the 11am service. (Oops – it’s not an all-age service, and so we’ll begin in church together and then our usual groups) About 120 people are already booked in, so we are asking people to let us know by Friday at the latest if they are coming. You can RSVP as below or by contacting the Church Office in the usual way.
It’s a double celebration of Pentecost and the final day of the extended Jubilee holiday. We’re going to be working Keith Moore hard with him speaking on the joy of Pentecost at our 9am, 10.30am and 11am services at Trinity, as well as having opportunities in our prayers and worship to remember the amazing witness o fthe Queen. Our 6.30pm evening service meets in the Trinity Centre, and this week Fi will be hosting a gathering which will include our monthly communion together.
Meanwhile on Sunday the bells will be ringing in the evening from 19.52 to 20.22 to celebrate all-things Jubilee, which for the mathematicians amongst us is half an hour and not 70 minutes! They will also be ringing a quarter peal on Thursday evening, on Friday morning 10.30am to 11.30am, and as usual between the morning services on Sunday. The team have been practising a specially composed sequence of 70 changes called “Meole Platinum Jubilee” which ringers have been practising in recent weeks.
At all of our Jubilee events we are offering you and your friends a booklet to take home. It tells the story of the Queen’s faith and service. As you read it our prayer is that you also might know how the Christian faith can bring hope and peace in your life as well. We’d welcome a donation to cover the costs of this booklet. You can give a cash donation in the usual way. Or donate by text. To give £3 text CHURCHES to 70331, or to give £5 text CHURCHES to 70970.
And if you want a slightly longer read about the role of the Queen’s faith in her life then click below…
We are looking for a shift leader to oversee the work of Cafe Connect on three days each week (Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturday mornings), working alongside the Café Manager (who works Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays) and a great team of volunteers. The role is for 22 hours per week (8.30am to 4.30pm Tuesdays, 8.30am to 5.30pm Fridays, 9.30am to 2.30pm Saturdays) During holiday periods it may be possible – and desirable – for these days to be varied by arrangement with other team members. Application deadline 6th June.
Still looking to make plans for the summer? A number of us are heading to “New Wine B” Christian festival, taking place in Peterborough from 29th July to 3rd August. Want to join us? Chat to Fi Iddon or Phil Cansdale for more details. Camping, caravan, off-site options are all available.
As a Church we’ve had a special request from New Wine for available team members. Youth or children work? Medical team? Stewarding? There are various possibilities open to you, and in return for doing this you get a free ticket. You’d have an amazing time, get to work as part of a great team, and make an amazing difference in the lives of thousands of people.
Thank you again to those who attended the recent plant sale at Holy Trinity Belle Vue. Sierra Foundation for Life Skills (SFFLS) raised just over a thousand pounds, with £300 going towards the work of Operation Agri. Meanwhile look out for further events coming up over the next few months, including this year’s annual Apple Day!
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