Latest Trinity Update - 17th April
I hope that you are well and enjoying the better weather 😎
In this season of Easter we encounter a variety of people in the Gospels who met with the resurrected Jesus.
What we discover is that Jesus seems to be the same but different, which is why some people don't recognise him at first as he has a new resurrection body as a gift from God.
Personally, I am always encouraged and comforted by these post-resurrection appearances as they speak of Jesus coming alongside us in our fear, our doubt, our failure, our frailty, our rebellion and our shame. And when Jesus comes alongside us he brings gifts of faith, peace, forgiveness, honour and great respect, particularly for those on the margins.
In chapters 20 and 21 of the Gospel of John we read a lot about these post-resurrection appearances of Jesus as he appears to Mary Magdalene, Thomas and Peter amongst others.
One encounter that always speaks to my heart when I struggle with how life seems to be working out 'better' for another church leader, is when Peter asks Jesus about the beloved disciple, and Jesus replies 'what is that to you? As for you, follow me.' It's always a helpful wake-up call to my jealousy and feelings of resentment but also an encouragement that Jesus calls me to follow him!
Over this weekend why not find half an hour, sit down in a quiet place with a cup of coffee and read through John 20 and 21 and ask God, by His Spirit, to speak to your heart through these post-resurrection encounters?
Meanwhile, please find below updates on some things happening at Trinity at this time (there are various links in the text to click for more details):
Thanks so much!! As part of Trinity's response to this global pandemic, we invited you to donate money to buy soap to help sanitise Pastors, Evangelists and Parish-Workers and their families working with Tumaini in Kagera, Tanzania. We have raised over £630 which has enabled Tumaini to buy soap for 1083 workers and their families in 4 dioceses!
You can still give by clicking on this link and making a donation. Please reference 'Soap for Pastors and Parish-Workers' in the Message box.
- Faith and Life Courses - we are planning to start two courses to encourage us in our faith. These courses will hopefully start in the week beginning the 27th April and will be delivered using Zoom! Details as follows:
- The Bible Course with Bryan and Tricia Pill - an 8 week course exploring the world's bestseller. This course will be run in the daytime, please email Bryan and Tricia for more details.
- Parenting for Faith with David Girard and Emma Backhouse - through this 8 week course, you will discover that you are perfectly positioned to show your children the reality of a life with God and to empower them to have their own vibrant two-way relationship with him. Please email David or Emma for more details.
Guernsey Welfare Service - We continue to marvel at God’s provision as requests are then matched with kind offers. One example being a client who asked if she could be considered for any out of date cakes we might be offered for an upcoming children’s birthday, for us then to have a professional cake maker offer to make us a cake! As well as supporting our own clients we are working alongside many agencies and social workers supporting people and families aged from birth to 90. In this past week we have provided food for 65 households which will feed approximately 220 people for 4 days.
A freezer full of food! - if you, or someone you know is in need of a meal at this time please let Cynthia know and we can arrange for a meal to be delivered!
Evening Prayer - Eileen and I are looking to lead a short time of evening prayer using Zoom on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings at 9pm for the month of May. If you would be interested in joining us at any point (one time or every time!) please let Eileen know so that we can gauge interest?
A Safe Place for All - we want to make sure that our church is a safe place for everyone especially children, young people and vulnerable adults which is why safeguarding is everyone's responsibility and not just those who work with certain groups. So, we would encourage everyone to engage in some training online!
The Church of England's National Safeguarding Team have a Basic Safeguarding Awareness course which is available to everyone and can be accessed here. You may have already carried out Safeguarding training at your place of work but we would still encourage you to take part in this training as some guidance is specific to the Church of England. If you complete the online training you get a certificate too! Please let Cynthia know if you have got the certificate so we can keep a record of participation. The online course takes about 2 hours and includes videos and a quiz!