Weekly Email w/b 6th May 2024

Weekly Email w/b 6th May 2024

Wowsers, there’s a lot in today’s weekly email. I must admit to finding it a bit hard to know where to start and make connections with all the items, with everything from “Come Holy Spirit” prayer to annual meetings, staff changes to Big Sunday lunch, concerts to confirmations. Not to forget peals, plants, prayer, parenting, partnering and posing… or something like that at the bottom of the email. You’ll have to read on to work those ones out!

I think I’ve spoken before of an unwritten assumption here, and in many similar churches, of “look busy, Jesus is coming.” I think we’re sometimes in danger of that, which if nothing else why these ten days of prayer starting today are both a gift and a challenge. But behind each of these invitations – to pray, to belong, to grow, and to join with others – is what we’ve long said lies at the heart of church life here. “Growing faith, proclaiming hope, living the love of Jesus.” As I look through each of the items below I’m still excited about how – together – they help everyone who belongs to life here do something of that.

Do come along to our annual meeting, taking place Sunday 630pm. It’s online as well for those who can’t join in person. I’m particularly excited that the ‘dream team’ will be giving an update on some of the conversations from the last few weeks around values and vision, and together we can pray and talk about seasons of our life ahead.

With thanks, as always

Phil Cansdale, Vicar

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This Sunday (12th May) Nick Webb will be speaking at our 9am (livestreamed) and CTK celebrations as we continue the story of Joseph in the Old Testament. The all-age team will be hosting at Meole Brace at 11am, picking up on Ascension Sunday, and Charles Ruxton will be speaking at Belle Vue.

In the evening – starting from 6.15pm for 6.30pm – it is our Annual Meeting. We start with refreshments together (did somebody mention cake?), and then Phil Cansdale, Fi Iddon and various others will be speaking as we look back over the past year and look ahead from here. See below for more details, agendas etc.

 


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From today we are inviting people to join Christians from all over the world to be praying “COME HOLY SPIRIT.” We want to keep things as simple as we can, and so some of the ways we are resourcing each other to do this are:

  • You might like to find someone to pray with – someone in your family, or a friend old or new – and promise to pray each day
  • Maybe you’d love to kick start your own prayer life, and so we’ve got a ten day resource to get you going
  • Perhaps you’re looking for a quiet place and space to pray, and you could make use of the Garden Room upstairs in the Trinity Centre which is open each day 9am to 3pm
  • Maybe you’ve connected up with six o’clock live in the past, and will join that as part of its short-term return. Weekdays 6pm on Facebook, or catch up afterwards.
  • It could be that a quiet end to the day is what you’re looking for, and the 9pm “compline” on ZOOM which is a beautiful end to the day

Whichever equips for you best, we’d love you to join with Christians all over the world in that ten days of prayer. Take a look at our website for diary and resources to get you going, and help you praying….

Diary and prayer resources online

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This year’s Annual Meeting takes place on Sunday 12th May at 630pm in the Trinity Centre. This year we’ll hear an update from the “Dream Team” doing some work around values and vision, as well as reports from some of the areas of ministry and mission here. We’ll get a chance to do some of the business which goes on as well which resources our wider life at Trinity.

You’ll find the relevant paperwork for our meeting in church , including our review of 2023, accounts and agendas. Late news, but there is now one PCC space at Holy Trinity available, alongside two vacancies at CTK. We also expect to be livestreaming the APCM via our Facebook “Trinity Churches Shrewsbury” page for those who are not able to attend in person.

Helping get ready for this we’ve published this year’s Annual Review. We hope it’s an encouraging read, and tries to give a brief(ish) outline of many different things which are going on in our shared life at Trinity. It takes as its theme “everyone, everywhere, everyday and in everything”, and how following Jesus isn’t about our Sunday gatherings, important though these are. Following Jesus is about all our lives. Pick up a copy in church, or follow the link below to read online.

Agenda, Annual accounts, minutes etc

Read the Review of the Year Online

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We’ve double the celebrations on Sunday 19th May, with a 1030am joint service and Pentecost Sunday rolled into one. And so it’s a great opportunity to share in some lunch together as well as for the BIG big Sunday lunch.

We’ll be having a gathering open to everyone in the Trinity Centre and surrounding area after the 1030am service. We’ll be providing the “main”‘ hot food (hopefully a BBQ style), and are asking those attending to bring either a salad or a pudding which can be shared. We’ll also be providing simple soft drinks, though please do bring a bottle of something suitable with you to share as part of our celebrating!

Donations towards the costs of food will be invited on the day.

Let us know you’re coming for lunch!

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It’s been an encouraging start to our ticket sales for the Resound Worship on Saturday 18th May. Have you got your ticket yet?

As a church we’ve really benefitted from Resound over these last few years, and particularly during lockdown they became a ‘staple diet’ of our Sunday worship and midweek six o’clock live. We’re so pleased that as a full band they’ll be coming for a live concert, and sharing some of their latest work with us and many others.

We’ll be encouraged both to listen to the songs and to join in together, embracing songs of struggle and sadness before God as well as looking out from beyond the struggle to a sure and certain hope.

More details – and book in


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Valerie Pitt will be retiring as Associate Minister next month. Her last Sunday in her current role is Sunday 2nd June, and at the 9am service that day in particular we’ll be finding ways to say ‘thankyou’. There is a card to sign at the back of church, and envelopes for those who would like to make a donation towards her leaving gift. We’re glad to say that – after three months to ‘catch her breath’ – Valerie will be asking the Bishop for “permission to officiate” and so will still be involved in a few different areas of life at Trinity in the future.

Meanwhile we are really looking forward to welcoming our new curate, Ian Budd, along with Kate and James who are moving into Dargate Close over the next few weeks. 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.

We would love to give a really warm welcome to them as a family as they move in so would be grateful for donations of lovely things to fill the kitchen cupboards. Could you drop any gifts into the Church Office by Friday 31st May so that they can be ready for the Budd family to move in. Thankyou.

Come to Lichfield for Ian’s ordination

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We’re really looking forward to our 2024 Confirmation Service, taking place on Sunday 21st July June at 11am. The service will be hosted by Rt Revd Sarah Bullock, the Bishop of Shrewsbury. If you’re interested in being confirmed – or in being baptised / renewing your baptism vows – can you let us know with the form below, and/or chat to the staff team as soon as possible. Thankyou.

Exploring being confirmed etc

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Thank you so much to those who have supported the plant sale at Belle Vue for the last few years. It takes place this year on Saturday 25th May from 10am, and you’re very much welcome to come along. If you have plants to contribute it would be best to take them directly to Belle Vue Church on the Saturday morning, or it might be possible to leave them in the churchyard on the Friday evening.

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Come and explore some interactive and sensory ways of praying together with your children (0-5s). It will be a low-key and small group (pre-booking required), with some guided prayer and worship activities for babies, children and their grown-ups to engage with in different ways.

Book in to Prayer Sensory

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We are taking part in the next Parenting for Teens online course, beginning online for six weeks on the evening of Tuesday 4th June.

Parenting teens has its challenges. The once-small children we had are pulling away from us, growing in independence and making decisions with bigger consequences. It can be easy to think we are less influential in their lives, particularly when it comes to faith. But that is not true. Parents remain the significant spiritual influencer in a teen’s life, and they need us to help them navigate the world and faith together. This course would help all parents, carers, grandparents and others involved in teens’ everyday lives to understand the teenage faith journey more and find their place within it.

For more information chat to Fi Iddon

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We are so excited for our dedicated Bell Ringing team who this year celebrate ten years of regular ringing, not missing even one Sunday (Except for Covid) Here is a unique view of our 8 bells from the top of the church tower! Read more on the history of our Bells on our website. And do chat to the team if you or someone you know would like to ‘learn the ropes’.

A history of the bells on our website

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Did you know that we give at least 10% of our giving to God’s work locally and further afield. Your generosity goes such a long way. One of these partners and projects is Christian Aid, and this year we celebrate their work in a week 12th to 18th May. With your help, Christian Aid work in a number of areas across the world to help families escape the trap of poverty, build reliable foundations, and bring life to local communities. Pick up a giving leaflet in church, or find out more about their ministry by going to their website.

Christian Aid website

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