Latest Trinity Update - 7th May 2020
From Jon and the Trinity Team
Over this weekend we have the opportunity to remember and give thanks for freedom!
Anna's grandad, Norman Lihou, stayed on the Island during the occupation and worked at the family farm on the Foulon. This week I have been reading a short booklet that Anna's dad, George, has put together of memories of his father's stories during the Occupation and also recollections of his brother's teenage years as an evacuee.
Within these memories there are many light-hearted moments but against a backdrop of family separation, strict regulations, confiscation of goods, deportation, slave labour, homelessness, starvation and death.
The Occupation and evacuation were an incredibly tough time for Guernsey families. And it is right and proper that we remember what others endured both here and further afield so that we can have freedom. As the Catholic mystic, Catherine of Siena wrote 'Nothing great is ever achieved without much enduring'. And what many of us have today is great freedom and blessing - so do remember and give thanks to God this weekend!
If you would like a copy of George's book please email him and he will send you a copy.
Do join us on YouTube this weekend for a special Liberation Day service!
I am delighted to say that a team from Trinity will deliver 70 Liberation Day Bags to 92 people who are, on the whole, self-isolating. The Liberation Day Bags contain a cream tea, a flag and bunting, a Liberation newspaper, The Trinity Times and Guernsey fudge!
We have now been the church scattered for nearly two months in this unusual season. During this time the Trinity team have sought to encourage the church community to worship, pray, engage with scripture and connect using a variety of ways such as YouTube, Facebook, The Trinity Times, home deliveries and email. We have had a lot of really positive feedback - thank you so much! We are aware that other churches might be doing things differently from us and we have tried to make decisions based on our own context and resources available.
As we move from the initial stages of this season to a more settled stage, which could last for 5 months before we gather as a whole church community again, how might we do things differently in order to help you to worship, pray, engage with scripture and connect?
What do you appreciate now that will help in this next stage? What other things might help you in this next stage? We would love to hear from you - please email Cynthia with any encouragements and thoughts!
We are planning: to run a few more courses using Zoom; hold a monthly quiz night; run 24 hours of prayer; and have a monthly Sunday afternoon Zoom service with an Agape Meal, simple liturgy and familiar hymns and songs.
Opportunities for prayer in this season
Night Prayer on Zoom - during May there is a short time of Night Prayer on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 9pm - it lasts about 15 minutes. Details on how to join are below:
Join this Zoom Meeting by clicking on this link - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89472689818
Or join through the Zoom app using meeting ID: 894 7268 9818
Click here for the Night Prayer Order of Service to print out and use when joining us on Zoom.
Trinity Prayer Diary - We have produced a prayer diary for 2020 with an order for Morning Prayer and a plan to pray for all of the people in our church community over a month. Please email Cynthia if you would like a copy sent to you by email or post.
Praying for Care Homes - each Wednesday at 9am in our homes or wherever we may be, a group of us pause to pray for 30 mins for those that live and work in care homes. Whilst we can’t see or hear one another, knowing that we are coming together where we are and lifting our prayers collectively with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ feels very special, we do invite you to join with us if you wish. For more details about what to pray for please contact Helen Sheppard by email.
Monday Prayer on Zoom - at 5.30pm every Monday Derek and Jane Brown will be leading an hour of prayer for the church community and the wider community. Please Contact Derek for more details on how to join in.
Opportunities to Connect
Trinity Coffee Morning on Tuesday 12th May at 11am - an opportunity to chat with friends, old and new, over Zoom and hosted by Cynthia.
Join this Zoom Meeting by clicking on this link - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86388551574
Or join through the Zoom app using meeting ID: 863 8855 1574
The Trinity Tavern Quiz - Jon and Anna will be hosting a zoom quiz on Friday 22nd May at 7.30pm. Enter as a household or as a virtual team (so all households connect with the Zoom meeting and also connect with one another using Whatsapp or Facetime to discuss answers).
Join this Zoom Meeting by clicking on this link - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81499931472
Or join through the Zoom app using meeting ID: 814 9993 1472
Daily Hope - The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has launched a free national phone line as a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed because of the coronavirus. Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 and is also free from Guernsey – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.
During this season a lot of what we do together as a church community is online. Details below:
Worship & Word Services - every weekend we upload a service on our YouTube channel - click here to watch and subscribe. We regularly upload TrinityKids videos including Bible stories and craft activities.
Thought for the Day and discipleship resources are regularly posted on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Please follow for regular updates.
Discipleship Resources for children, youth and adults can also be found on our Resources page.