Weekly Email w/b 4th December 2023
It’s been a really difficult few weeks, hasn’t it? Our hearts are heavy with the national news of war and strife and it’s often hard to know how to pray. Locally, we have been shocked and saddened by the news of the deaths of Wilf, Jev, Hugo and Harvey, and we hold their families in prayer. Those continuing to minister to their families and friends also deeply appreciate your prayers at this time.
And each of us personally will all be carrying our own worries and sadnesses this Advent. As a staff team we are grieving the loss of Mike Hinton, who led much of our maintenance work here, and who died this week. To many of us his work is unseen and less visible than that of his wife and daughter, Helen and Shannon, in the office, but the death of such an encouraging, hard working, capable and fun loving man leaves a huge whole in the life of the team here. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
Last Sunday I read these words, ‘Advent begins in the dark’. (Fleming Rutledge) So if, like me, all you can do this Advent with the weight of the darkness is to whisper or cry out, ‘How long, O Lord?’ then it’s good to be reminded that this is one of the most holy things we can do. As we pray, ‘Come, Lord Jesus’ we do so knowing that He is the God who knows what it is like to live as one of us, the Light that shines in the darkness, and the Hope of the whole World.
Fi Iddon, Associate Vicar
PS There’s some really great things coming up in our life together at Trinity. Click below to take a look at the new copy of Trinity Life.
It’s 10th December, and we have the joys of our nativity celebration taking place at the 11am gathering at Meole Brace. If you’re coming please do come dressed and ready for whatever nativity character you’d like to be. T-towels / crowns / dressing gowns optional, but very much encouraged! Meanwhile Nick Webb will be speaking at 9am and at CTK, and Kevin Roberts is speaking at Holy Trinity Belle Vue.
In the evening service we having our last ‘regular’ evening service of the year, and alongside some festive edibles we’ll be enjoying a more contemporary style Christmas service.
Thank you to everyone who has joined in already as part of our Advent prayer journey. Morning prayer. 12pm saying the Lord’s prayer wherever you are. Six o’clock live. Two or three evening gatherings. And then ‘compline’ in the evening?
It’s not too late to join in for the last couple of days. You’ll find details on our website, which has a full diary of the week as well as some links to prayer resources like 24-7, the Prayer Course and Lectio 365.
Our Christmas services and events are now all online. Coming up this weekend is our Nativity and Contemporary carols. Then Carols by Candlelight takes place at 4.30pm and 7pm on Sunday 17th December, alongside a Radbrook carol celebration that same morning. There’s Carols on the green, Carols by carlight, and Carols in Cafe Connect on Christmas eve morning. With crib services and a midnight communion, and then Christmas morning celebrations across our life at Trinity there really is something for everyone. More details – and more exciting ways to join in the Christmas story – on our website.
We are so grateful to those who signed up to help at our carol services and Christmas eve/day events over the last few days. Thankyou. From parking to refreshments to welcome to AV, we really couldn’t do this without you. There are still some spaces, and for those at church on Sunday you’ll be hearing ways to get involved. We’d also welcome added supplies for the mince pies and mulled wine. So if you were able to drop off some mince pies – and red wine to be mulled – at the Church Office by Friday 15th December we’d really appreciate that.
Click the link below to go to December’s and January’s Trinity Life. Not quite as long as the Radio Times Christmas edition, but it does feature lots of what is going on over the next few weeks. You’ll find there details of all of our events and services, as well as some Christmas resources, latest things to know, and really exciting news of what’s coming up in the new year for people of all ages of life and stages of faith.
December and January Trinity Life
Thanks so much to those who have picked up patterns and offered to be part of our army of knitters making our choir of angels. The army are coming along really well. They will be “hitting the streets” on Tuesday 12th December at 12pm. Watch this space – and social media – for more details. And if you’re working on something at home and haven’t yet told Amal Moore roughly how many angels to expect, could you let us know.
We recognise that the New Year can be a really good opportunity to do life differently. There are three ways in which we might walk with you into 2024.
Firstly there’s a Messy Church event on Friday 5th January, with special guest magician / illusionist Mark Harrington who will be bringing his amazing array of skills to a Messy-style event for 0s-11s and their families.
Secondly there’s “Just Ten“, a chance to rediscover ancient wisdom for modern life. With a similar feel to Alpha and the Bible course, we’ll be unpacking the ten commandments, taking one each week and thinking how that speaks to our contemporary life.
Finally “Why on earth” is safe space to listen, to learn, and explore life, the universe and everything. Taking place at Cafe Connect, it’s the sort of place where you can bring some of the big questions we all have.
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