Weekly Email w/b 8th August 2022
What a glorious summer! I hope you have been able to slow down and enjoy this warm weather. We all need to recuperate from time to time.
Last Sunday at the evening service we watched a video by Pete Greig. (Perhaps you have read his excellent book on Prayer?) He was talking about the importance of presence.
When we think about prayer, we may think about people or situations that we want (or ought) to pray for – the person we know who is sick, world hunger etc. And we may even feel we’ve let them down by not remembering to pray for them today. But Pete Greig was saying that sometimes what is needed is just being in God’s presence – “just turning up”.
God knows what concerns us. God knows what is in need of healing or redemption. When we find ourselves gazing at a sunset, seeing the birds circling high overhead, hearing the happy chatter of children playing, or a myriad of other wonders, we may also sense that God is close and hears the beat of our heart.
There are many moments when we might encounter God in our week. Summertime is an excellent time to pause often and listen for the beat of God’s heart. These are precious moments. Enjoy!
Grace and peace
Valerie Pitt, Associate Minister
Alistair Magowan will be speaking at the 9am and Belle Vue gatherings, and Keith Moore speaking at the 10.30am Radbrook service. We are getting nearer to the end of our series looking at Hebrews 11 and what it is to live “everyday faith” in our lives.
At the 11am gathering at Meole Brace it’s an all ages celebration, hosted by Cerys Hughes and the team. A reminder for the other summer Sundays Trinity Kids and Pathfinders are invited to come and join us as we go up the bell tower, make and write music together, and have some fun treasure hunts (not necessarily all on the same day!) This will be open to ages 4-14 providing an opportunity for Trinity Kids and Pathfinders to journey together. If there are any Anon members who would like to be involved in supporting the activities please let Cerys and Craig know and we will help you get involved.
Our evening congregation meets 6.15pm for 6.30pm in the Bradbury Hall. Our speaker is Judith Drury.
Thanks so much to those who came to the three events thus far… Sports Sunday, Sunday evening summer social and the pudding party.
Coming up soon are:
‘Splash Park and Ice Cream‘ on Friday 19th August. Note change from original date because of flower show. Particularly suitable for toddler group families, Little Buds, creche and younger Trinity Kids etc. More details from Cerys Hughes.
Summer Evening Walk on Thursday 25th August. A summer walk, most likely beginning and ending at the White Horse, Pulverbatch, SY5 8DS at 6.30pm. The walk will be in the region of four miles around Pulverbatch / Cothercott Hill etc and features some fantastic views across Shropshire. In attending each walker is asked to ensure that they have suitable equipment, and appropriates levels of fitness for an “intermediate level walk” in the countryside. We will finish with a drink / light meal for those who want at the White Horse. If you are interested could you let us know by signing up and we can be in touch with you about further arrangements. Thankyou.
Want to join a group who get together every couple of months to share a meal and “do life” together? Back by popular demand, we’re hoping these groups can begin meeting again, and be ways of drawing in people from across our life at Trinity Churches. Suitable for all ages and ‘stages’, and whether old-timer or newcomer, you’d be very welcome. We’re looking for:
People who would like to be part of a group who meet regularly like this. We’ll put you with some like-minded people, as well as perhaps a few other people you might not yet know. The group ‘host’ will be in touch about what people can bring with them, and we take it from there.
People who are willing to host a group, not necessarily every time but on a ‘rota’ basis with other group members. You aren’t expected to cook everything for everyone, but to help gather people, rejoice in the contributions of others, and be suitably hospitable!
Sign up below. If you’ve got any questions speak to Fi Iddon or Alex Aldous.
As the autumn begins a morning for Trinity Women to get together.
We’ll begin with an American breakfast and time to be with friends old and new. We’ll then have some space to worship and pray, with guest speaker Louise Magowan. We’ll also have opportunities to be quiet, to get creative, and to enjoy being together. We start at 9am, and will finish by 12pm.
We know we’ve had some ‘gremlins’ with our livestreams in July, so for the August Sundays we are pre-recording a Sunday service which will will go out “as live” on Sunday mornings. This will give our amazing tech team a chance to have a month off, as well as to sort out some of the issues. So for those joining us online please go to Facebook or our website as usual from 11am on Sunday mornings and you’ll find your way to our Sunday online gathering, this week hosted by Phil. The readings and theme of the talk are the same, and the service lasts just over half an hour. If you haven’t joined us online before on a Sunday and would like to do so – whether “live” or on catch-up – then you’re really welcome.
Last week was a really busy week in the Trinity Centre with “Holiday at Home” and then the Commonwealth games holiday club for children locally. Thank you to two exceptional teams for all that you brought to these important community celebrations! More pictures of both events on our Facebook page.
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