Weekly Email w/b 3rd June 2024

Weekly Email w/b 3rd June 2024

It can’t have escaped the notice of any of us that the General Election is on the horizon. Whether we are particularly interested in politics or not, the reality is that as Christians we are called to pray for our leaders. Paul writes to Timothy:

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people, for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.’

Politics matters because people matter…and those who are elected, both locally and nationally, will have huge influence over the lives of ordinary people. You may be struggling to know how to pray, and there are some great resources on 24/7 prayer here. I also love these words that are prayed by the Speaker’s Chaplain every day when Parliament is sitting. I think they are good words for us to pray for our leaders, as well as for ourselves in our own areas of responsibility and influence.

Lord, the God of righteousness and truth, grant to our King and his 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. Amen!

Fi Iddon (Associate Vicar)

NB read on to find more about the election hustings being held at Holy Trinity Meole Brace on behalf of Churches Together in Shrewsbury on Monday 24th June at 7pm.

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This Sunday sees us round off a few weeks looking at the life of Joseph, the dreamer. Nick Webb will be speaking at the 9am service and then Holy Trinity Belle Vue, whilst Fi Iddon is our speaker at Christ the King. The 11am service is our monthly all-age gathering, with Cerys Hughes and the team hosting a service taking a look through Joseph’s life.

At the evening 630pm service Annali Hindle will be speaking on the third session of our look at the Sermon on the Mount, and Jesus’ amazing teaching in the gospel of Matthew.

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We were so pleased to hear from mission partners Jon and Elise Fletcher last weekend as they prepare to go back to Bangkok in early August.

The Fletcher family are hosting an evening on Friday 28th June in the Trinity Centre. This is an opportunity to share a Thai meal together, enjoy a Thai-related quiz, and to find out more about their work in Bangkok. Tickets are now available on the website, or from the Church Office. We’re limiting this event to sixty tickets, so please book in as soon as you can!

RSVP to Thai Night

 


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The Churches Together in Shrewsbury Election Hustings is taking place at Meole Brace Church on Monday 24th June, 7pm to 8.30pm. We have had agreements from each of the four candidates thus far declared (Cons, Lab, Lib Dem, Green) that they’ll be attending, and the evening will offer an opportunity to ask questions and hear from the candidates as to their priorities and views on some of the big issues of the day.

More details to come – and opportunities to submit questions – on our website. Please do ‘spread the word’ and put word out about this important event.

More details – and submit a question

Christians in Politics

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Our Summer 2024 edition of Trinity Life came out last week. You’ll find in there an update on our values and vision work, details of Sunday services, and some of the “what’s on” events over the summer including Holiday at Home, Fun in the Sun etc. There are also some resources to inspire discipleship and deepen prayer. Pick up a copy in Church, Trinity Centre, Cafe Connect etc. Or take a read online.

Read online – Trinity Life

 

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Thanks so much to everyone who was involved in Valerie Pitt’s retirement celebrations last weekend, and for your kind generosity towards her leaving gift. (though a reminder she’s not leaving Meole Brace!)

Meanwhile our new curate Ian Budd is moving in this week to Shrewsbury along with wife Kate and son James. If you would like to come to his ordination service at Lichfield Cathedral on Saturday 29th June at 6pm then please do let us know below so we can let the Cathedral know numbers. It would be great if some of us can be there to support him as he begins his ministry with us.

Come to Lichfield for Ian’s ordination

 

 

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