Weekly Email w/b 7th June 2021
Some of the staff team have spent the day sitting in the garden together. There were six of us enjoying time with each other, building team together, and doing some training alongside a few other churches from across the UK as part of “Lead Academy.” If nothing else it has been such a joy to be ‘in person’ rather than on ZOOM. But an even greater joy has been to think about some really important aspects of our life together.
“Discipleship” has been the big theme for this part of the training, reflecting around how we can help encourage a culture of whole-life discipleship across Trinity Churches. What might it look like to live the way of Jesus everyday, in our Monday to Saturday lives as well as Sundays? To becoming more like Jesus in everything, and not just the obviously “religious” bits? To walk with Jesus wherever we go and not just when in the four buildings of a church? And a journey with Jesus which is for everyone, whatever age of life or stage of faith we might find ourselves?
We were hugely encouraged in our conversations today, and how many different people across Trinity have helped to model something of this call to whole-life discipleship. Thankyou. There is, as always, so much more to learn and ways to grow. We’re looking forward to doing some further work on this as a team when we meet again tomorrow, and look forward to conversations more widely over these next months.
This comes – as always – with our gratitude and our prayers as together we are “growing faith, proclaiming hope and living the love of Jesus.”
Vicar of Trinity Churches and Area Dean of Shrewsbury
This Sunday – 13th June – we continue to meet at 9am and 11am for our Sunday celebrations. In particular we’re very much hoping to head outdoors at the end of the 11am service for refreshments, so for those attending at 11am we’d ask you to “bring your own” teas and coffees with you and then stay around to share in smaller socially-distanced groups of up to twenty people around the churchyard and gardens. There will be a smaller quantity of refreshments for anyone who forgets or is unable to bring their own drinks.
Meanwhile there are also two additional gatherings over the next ten days. 9.30am on Sunday 21st June is our next gathering (weather-depending we’ll be outdoors) at Radbrook Community Centre, with friends from CTK particularly welcome to join us. And 10am on Thursday 17th June sees our next midweek service at 10am at Holy Trinity. There’s excitement too about possibilities opening up once again in local Residential and Nursing homes.
In the usual way please could you let us know you’re planning on coming to any of these gatherings via our website, or by phoning the Church Office on 01743 362399. Thankyou.
It’s been great to be able to offer hospitality and welcome to people over these last few weeks. Two exciting new opportunities are opening up, with full details available from Sunday…
Firstly we are excited that CLOISTERS pop-up Cafe is re-opening in the Trinity Centre as of next week. Initially we’ll be open two mornings a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and very much look forward to opening our doors again in a beautiful setting, inspirational meet-ups and great value. “Watch this space” for more details, and if you’d like to be part of a team of volunteers getting involved then do let us know.
Secondly Cafe Connect is now open for its full opening hours of 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday, as well as Saturday mornings. Following Lissi stepping down as manager we’re currently looking to recruit someone to help run the Cafe for two days a week (Tuesdays and Fridays) in a paid capacity. This is an amazing opportunity for someone to be involved in our ministry and mission in the local community, and showing love and grace to customers and fellow team members. Interested? Or know someone who might be? The advert will be online this weekend.
At our 9am and 11am gatherings this weekend at Holy Trinity we’ll be hearing from one of our mission partners, the Fletchers. Jon, Elise, Elliot, Samuel and Bow moved to Bangkok in 2014, and have followed God’s call to be living and ministering in Klong Toey slum. They will be speaking on some of their current experiences there, and on “Jesus and poverty” in the light of the Beatitudes in Matthew 5. As a family they are currently in the UK, but will be joining us in our services on pre-recorded video.
Did you know that we donate at least ten percent of our giving each year to people and projects serving God across the UK and the world. They include Church Army, M&H in North Africa, the Hicks in Walsall, and a number of national groups and networks. We want to continue to be aagenerous church and supporting God’s work further afield.
It has been such a privilege to be asked to be praying for a number of different people these last few months. Thank you particularly to the ‘prayer chain’ who have been such an important part of that. We want to continue to make the offer of praying for people across these local communities we serve, and we would love to pray for you, your family or friends.
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