Weekly Email w/b 8th April 2024

Weekly Email w/b 8th April 2024


Have you ever had a job interview where they asked you the question ‘what are your weaknesses?’ There follows that awful moment where you try to think of something that sounds like a weakness but is actually positive. “I work too hard,” “I’m a bit of a perfectionist,” “I’ve been known to work bank holidays without pay!”


I wonder what they would think if we answered honestly? “I occasionally steal staplers from the stationery cupboard,” “I love gossip and spread unfounded rumours at the drop of a hat”, “I lie to cover mistakes I’ve made and to avoid getting into trouble”.

What if God asked us the same question, what would we say? The apostle Paul declared, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” (Romans 7:15). Paul didn’t end with those words of frustration, instead he wrote: “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:24-25).

Last Sunday we heard about Jesus reinstating Peter after Peter had denied Him three times. Peter must have felt he was beyond forgiveness. The truth, however, is that God is a God of second chances. He meets us in our weakness, accepts and loves us, and then works with us on overcoming those weaknesses, and ultimately delivers us, through Jesus Christ.

Many blessings,

Keith Moore (Pioneer Community Minister)

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As we continue to celebrate the Easter story, Adrian Black will be speaking at our 9am and 11am celebrations, Keith Moore speaking at CTK and Kevin Roberts at Belle Vue. We’re coming to the end of our “Amazed” series which we began in the new year, looking at things Jesus said and did which were “amazing” to those who first witnessed them. A reminder that we’ve based a number of these sessions on the excellent book by Simon Ponsenby called “Amazed by Jesus.” If you haven’t got it and would like a hugely encouraging read then we do recommend it.

At 6.30pm Annali Hindle is our speaker at the evening gathering. And a reminder that the older Trinity Youth are meeting 630pm – 8pm in the Trinity Centre for a five week period using the youth “ALIVE” sessions. All are welcome.

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We’re so excited that RESOUND WORSHIP will be coming to Meole Brace as part of their 2024 tour on Saturday 18th May.

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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ALIVE is a five part series inviting people to ask some of the big questions about the Easter story and the Christian faith.

Starting on Wednesday 17th April we’re going to be taking a look at some of the people who had a life-changing encounter with Jesus after the resurrection. Mary by Jesus’ tomb, the friends on the road to Emmaus, doubting Thomas… each encounter reveals how Jesus reaches out to people at their place of need. With video input and plenty of time for discussion, we’ll be looking at topics like love, hope, peace, freedom and purpose.

Meanwhile some of the older young people will be following the youth version of ALIVE beginning this coming Sunday, 7th April. 6.30pm in the Trinity Centre.

Find out more and sign up online

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A morning for Trinity Women to get together. We’ll begin with a continental breakfast and time to be with friends old and new. We’ll then have some space to worship and pray, to get creative, and to enjoy being together. Our speaker is Liz Lewis, who will be reflecting around “Let your light shine” from Matthew 5:16.

We start at 9.30am, and will finish by 11.45am. Ticket contribution £7 includes craft activity to take home.

Let us know you’re coming to Brunch!

 

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In a few weeks’ time (Thursday 9th May) we celebrate the day when the risen Jesus withdrew his earthly presence. His followers felt alone, though they knew that Jesus had promised the Spirit so they prayed ‘Come, Holy Spirit’. Could we do the same, for ten days? Jesus said that God would give the Spirit to those who ask (Luke 11:13) – let’s ask!

For just those 10 days, could you find one (or a few) person(s) and work out a way to pray each day? How you meet and how you pray is up to you, but there will be resources to help:

  • A prayer room will be set aside in the Trinity Centre, bookable during daytime hours. Prayer ideas provided.
  • There will be a downloadable/printed daily prayer with suggestions for a short prayer time.
  • There will be facilitated (Zoom and in-person) prayer gatherings on some days, focussing on areas of work and need in our world.
  • Each evening on Zoom we will hold a short service of Compline.

The ten days ends on Sunday 19 May – Pentecost – when we will pray together the prayer we have been praying all along: Come, Holy Spirit.

Existing prayer resources – and more to follow

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This time of year we always begin talking about the Electoral Roll a bit more. This is a really important way of saying “I belong” to the life of the church, both locally and nationally. It seeks to be an indication of the strength of church life, recording the amazing family of God who make up churches across England seeking to be a Christian presence in every community.

Joining the electoral roll also opens up the way for greater involvement in the life of the church, at deanery, diocesan and national events. You become entitled to vote at the Annual Parish Church meeting, and become eligible to join the church committees and PCC.

If you joined the electoral roll in 2019 – or any time since – then you don’t need to complete a new one. But for everyone else you can find out more, and sign up online for yourself, by clicking below.

Find out more about the Electoral Roll

Join the Electoral Roll today


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Our next walk takes place on Saturday 13th April. Join in with others for a 6 mile circular walk to Pulley, Bayston Hill, Sutton and back.

We meet at 10am at “The Meet Place”, the community space at the heart of the Meole Estate. Do please wear suitable walking boots/trainers, and take the weather into account in terms of waterproof and warm clothing. You may want to bring refreshments for a coffee-stop at halfway, and at the end we’re hoping to people will bring their own lunch and enjoy that back at the Meet Place.

For more details please contact the Church Office, or speak to Rebecca Barker and Susan Tonge.

Let us know you’re coming


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Our latest version of Trinity Life is now out. Have you picked up a copy yet? Covering April and May, it’s got some of the really great events coming up in the life of the church, including the ALIVE course, latest news, Sunday sermon series, Pentecost prayer etc. Pick up a copy on Sunday, and take a sneak preview online by clicking below.

April and May 2024 Trinity Life

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