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Latest Trinity Update - 9th April

09 April 2020 13:45
The writer of Ecclesiastes wrote that there is 'a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance'. Over these coming days the Church across the world holds these truths together.
 
On Good Friday we are invited to weep as Jesus was nailed to a cross and we remember that 'Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures' (1 Corinthians 15). We have put together a 20 minute video especially for Good Friday which will be on YouTube on Friday morning. Do find time on Friday to reflect on the cross of Christ maybe watching this video to help you?
 
On Holy Saturday we are invited to mourn as 'He was buried' (1 Corinthians 15). Holy Saturday is a dark day when God seems silent and not much happens except grief over loss.
 
But then everything changes on Resurrection Sunday as 'Christ is raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures' (1 Corinthians 15) and we are invited to laugh and maybe even dance! We have also put together a video for Easter Sunday as well!
 
It's a lot to take in over a short space of time and I would encourage you to find a few minutes over these 3 days to focus first on the cross, then the tomb and finally the resurrection. Resurrection is always God's last word! Maybe meditate on verses 3 and 4 from 1 Corinthians 15 which hold together the heart of the Gospel.
 
Many people are facing loss at this time - the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, the loss of business, the loss of money, the loss of family and community and the loss of well-laid plans. We are invited, by God to deal with the reality of these losses and to express grief over loss and then to wait, maybe in silence and darkness, for God to make things new.
 
Lord, grant me the courage to follow you on the path to the cross,
whatever that might mean for my life at this time.
And then, by your Spirit, lead me to resurrection life. Amen.
 
 
Below are some things that are taking place in the Trinity community:
 
  • Soap for Pastors and Parish-Workers in Tanzania - As part of Trinity's response to this global pandemic, we invite you to donate money to buy soap to help sanitise Pastors and Parish-Workers and their families working with Tumaini in Tanzania.

    50p will buy a two foot long bar of soap for the family of a Pastor or Parish Worker or £10 will buy a box containing twenty!

    You can give by clicking on this link and making a donation  - SOAP.  Please reference 'Soap for Pastors and Parish-Workers' in the Message box.  Alternatively you can send a cheque made payable to Tumaini Fund, to the following address:

    The Tumaini Fund (Soap Appeal)
    Les Ruettes Farm, St Andrews, 
    Guernsey  GY6 8U

     

  • As a church we continue to partner with Guernsey Welfare Service who are based at Trinity. In this past week GWS have given out  Easter Eggs to over 200 households and supported 45 households with food which should sustain them for 4 days if necessary. This amounts to approximately £2000 worth of food for about 160 people. Thanks so much to all those who have supported this initiative.

 

  • Thank You! Lots of people have signed up for Church Suite which is a web-based church management system. Please respond to your email invite to be a part of this helpful tool for church life!!

    If you are happy that all, or some of your contact details are visible to others please go to My Details - Privacy and tick the appropriate boxes. You also need to choose how Trinity communicates with you by going to My Details - Communications and ticking the appropriate box.

     

  • Keeping in Touch - we continue to use email, our website, Facebook, Instagram and Youtube to help us communicate with the church community. We are also updating our website under Latest News on a regular basis.                                     
    We are aware that not everyone has internet access so Helen Sheppard is producing a regular newsletter called Trinity Times which is then delivered by post - if you know of anyone who would benefit from this please let us know.

 

  • Good News Stories - if you have a good news story that you are happy to share with the church community either in print or video please let us know!

 

  • A freezer full of meals! Many people have kindly cooked meals for those who are unwell or unable to get out - thank you so much! If you, or someone you know needs a meal delivered to your door please contact Cynthia.

With my love and prayers for a joyful Easter!
Jon