Weekly Email w/b 3rd October 2022
I sat on a train to Nottingham last Friday, aware that three of my fellow passengers were having an animated conversation in Italian. They each held a wooden box, a little bigger than a shoebox. Half an hour into the journey, one of them could not contain his excitement and carefully opened his box. In turn, the others followed. Each unveiled a set of exquisite, handmade mythological figures, each beautifully coloured. My curiosity could be contained no longer: they were taking their creations to a Warhammer event. I just don’t understand Warhammer.
Later that afternoon, on grandparent duty, we watched a Pokémon film, with its own mix of human and mythological figures. Having not followed the story, I ask for an explanation. I still don’t understand Pokémon!
Crowds thronged the streets of London for the funeral of our late Queen just two weeks ago and we heard of her deep faith in Jesus Christ, who had given her such wisdom and comfort in her role as our monarch. Now, this is something I do understand. But how many people are as unaware of the meaning of the life and death of Jesus Christ as I am of Warhammer and Pokémon? Yet Jesus is for real – and for ever.
The Alpha course began this week. It is an opportunity to discover the real meaning of life. Our role is to pray and to invite – and it’s not too late to join in. You’ll find more details – as well as about many other things taking place – on our website, or pick up a copy of the September / October “Trinity Life.”
It’s not too late to sign up for Alpha (though nearly is!)
September / October copy of Trinity Life
This Sunday sees the second of our two Sundays as we celebrate all things harvest together. We are inviting people to bring harvest goods with them, with gifts this year going particularly towards the work of Foodbank Plus here in Shrewsbury. See on Facebook for the list of what they’re running low on, which includes soup, hot dogs, dried spaghetti, tinned lunches, tinned fruit, razers and washing powder.
At the 9am service and at CTK Alex Aldous will be speaking, and the 11amgathering will be an all-age celebration. In the evening service Phil Cansdale will be speaking as we continue to reflect around “Questions Jesus Asked.”
A reminder that this Sunday the 9am service will be pre-recorded and then played out online at the usual time of 11am. This is both to allow people to share with the 9am worship as well as helping our all-age services be as participative as possible.
What a great day we had last Saturday. Thank you to everyone who was involved in organising and facilitating the day, particularly Rachel Woods and the Windfall team. The Church looked beautiful as well as thanks to the amazing work of the Flower Team. There’s more to look forward to as we’ve got a “Revs Classic Car Show” pencilled into the diary for May 2023.
Meanwhile during Apple Day we gave everyone an opportunity to come and discuss the plans to make the Glebe field an open and accessible amenity for the whole community. If you missed it then you can still have a look at ideas and drawings on our website, and let us know what you think.
Find out more about the Glebe project
A breakfast for all who are new – or still feel new – to life at Trinity Churches. We’ll start with a continental breakfast from 9.30am, and opportunities to get to know other new people as well as some of those involved in leadership in the life of the church. There will then be an opportunity to hear from a few different people and different areas of the church’s life. We’ll finish by just after 10.30am, and lead into the 11am morning celebration for those who would like to stay.
Let us know you’ll be joining us
Twice a year we host a service of remembering. This is an occasion to hold before God loved ones who have died, whether recently or a long time ago. At the service we read out a list of names, light candles, and have a chance to hear something of faith, hope and love even in the place of death. All are welcome.
We often host a week of 24-7 prayer in the late autumn, and this year’s week will be from Sunday 20th to Sunday 27th November. If you’d like to be part of a team doing some planning – creative and practical – we would love to hear from you. Contact Charles Ruxton or Phil Cansdale for more info. Thanks.
For nearly 50 years, Prisons Week has encouraged Christians everywhere to pray for prisoners and their families, victims of crime and their communities and those working or volunteering in the criminal justice system. We’ll be joining in with this season of prayer as we can.
On Saturday 15th October there is an event taking place at the Trinity Centre hosted by Yellow Ribbon Charity. Beginning at 12.30pm, speakers include Rt Revd Michael Ipgrave (Bishop of Lichfield), Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury MP) and Ray and Vi Donovan. More information and tickets available via the link below.
A concert at Shrewsbury Abbey including John Rutter’s Requiem and works by Alain, Durufle and Dvorak. Tickets £10 in advance or £15 on the night, available from Shrewsbury Abbey or Eventbrite.
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