Latest Trinity Update - 22nd May 2020
From Jon and the Trinity Team
On a walk to Castle Cornet this last week I saw some rowing boats and sailing boats out on the water.
I am neither a sailor or rower but my observation is that rowing is a lot about the rowers' strength and effort but that sailing works with a different dynamic.
And that different dynamic is the speed and direction of the wind.
Of course, a sailor will put in the hard work and discipline and commitment to sail well but ultimately the speed and direction of the boat is determined by the speed and direction of the wind and whether a sailor can wait and catch the wind effectively.
Sailing seems to be less about the sailor and more about the wind.
As we approach the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost it strikes me that we need to be less rower and more sailor if we are truly to know the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.
Knowing the power and presence of the Holy Spirit isn't about our effort but God's grace.
What we need to do, if anything, is to wait.
The disciples were told by Jesus to wait in Jerusalem for the gift of the Holy Spirit.
And when the Spirit came something new was birthed and everything changed.
As we approach Pentecost can I encourage you to stop, wait and then pray that most ancient of prayers Veni, Sancte Spiritus - Come Holy Spirit.
And let's wait and see what God will birth amongst us.
Be less rower and more sailor!
Below are some things taking place at Trinity at this time:
Agape Meal Zoom Service - on Sunday 31st May at 4pm there will be a Zoom service with hymns, prayers, scripture and an Agape meal. An Agape Meal is a fellowship meal recalling the meals Jesus shared with his disciples and expressing the koinonia or community enjoyed by the family of Christ. The Agape Meal derives from early church meals and symbolises the unity of fellowship in the love of Christ which we share.
Do join with us and you will need a candle, some bread and some wine which are the primary symbols of the Agape Meal. No bread and wine? Use juice and crackers. The important thing is that we share a meal of some sort and worship and pray together.
To join the Zoom Meeting click - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82310523225 or use meeting ID: 823 1052 3225
Guernsey Welfare Service - the Foodbank continues to operate from Trinity every weekday. GWS deliver food parcels to an average of 70 households each week which is 4 days food for approximately 240 people. We give away about £3500 worth of food each week and we are so grateful to the Island community for their generosity at this time.
Wednesday Lunch Delivery - instead of our normal Wednesday Roast at Trinity for seniors and community contacts, a great team from Trinity cooked and delivered chicken casseroles and bread and butter puddings for 70 people this past week!
TONIGHT!!! 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
You are Invited to Church Suite! - Church Suite is a cloud hosted, web-based church management system and a great resource for churches. Church Suite will help you keep on top of your personal details and involvement with Trinity from booking events to groups to giving and rotas. You should have received an invitation to sign up to Church Suite a while ago and we would be really grateful if you would take part in this new helpful system! If you didn't get an invite or want to know more please email Erika - firstname.lastname@example.org
Trinity and Phase Three & Four - Churches were given permission by the States to open for private prayer with strict hygiene and cleaning regulations in Phase Three. Some Island churches have opened for a limited time during the day for this purpose.
However, after some consideration we have decided not to open Trinity for private prayer at this time. There are a number of reasons for this including the Foodbank using a lot of space on the ground floor and also the number of community contacts who might want to drop in for coffee and a chat rather than private prayer which is a challenge to manage!!
If you would like to pray privately in a church in town then St John's, Town Church and St Stephen's are open.
There are indications that in Phase Four there might be congregational services allowed. However, we are aware that there may be a lot of restrictions for services to happen such as strict social distancing (we have estimated we might be able to get 40 people upstairs and downstairs with 2m gaps); no youth and children's work; no refreshments; no congregational singing (or greater social distancing if we do sing - so less than 30 people!); and communion with bread only. There may be recommendations for those over a certain age or with underlying health conditions not to attend.
Also, we normally see about 280 people on a Sunday over 3 services which would mean more services, which is fine, but would we need to turn people away if we reached our maximum number or ask people to reserve a place beforehand? So at this time we are unsure as to whether congregational services will resume in Phase Four and await news from Public Health.
Thy Kingdom Come Global Prayer Initiative 2020 at Trinity
Thy Kingdom Come is a global wave of prayer calling all Christians to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. It started on Thursday (Ascension Day) and finishes on Pentecost Sunday
Below are a few ways in which you can get involved with Thy Kingdom Come this coming week:
24 hours of prayer - we have set up a virtual prayer room between midday on Wednesday 27th May to midday on Thursday 28th May to pray for the Church, the world and to thank God for His goodness - sign up for a 1/2 hour slot or more here and resources will be sent to you the day before by email.
Ideas for families to get involved - click here for more details and Emma is also be highlighting on social media ways in which families can pray during Thy Kingdom Come including the interactive digital prayer map!
Night Prayer on Zoom - over next week 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.
Opportunities to Connect at this time
Sunday Coffee on Zoom - watch the YouTube service at 10.30am and then join us between 11am and 11.45am on Zoom for an opportunity to meet others in Breakout rooms. Join this Zoom Meeting by clicking on this link - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89983278726
Or join through the Zoom app using meeting ID: 899 8327 8726
During this season a lot of what we do together as a church community is online. Click here for more details.