Latest Trinity Update - 24th July 2020
Anna and I recently became grandparents to Wilbur, Sam and Sophia's first baby. We are so smitten by him and were privileged to see them all in Southsea last week. It was a real joy to hold him in our arms and I was reminded of Psalm 131 that says:
Lord, I have given up my pride and turned away from my arrogance.
I am not concerned with great matters or with subjects too difficult for me.
Instead, I am content and at peace.
As a child lies quietly in its mother's arms, so my heart is quiet within me.
Israel, trust in the Lord now and forever!
In the midst of a rapidly changing and at times, confusing and noisy world, I am challenged to let go. To let go of my own plans and agenda for myself and others, my 'expert' opinions and my desire for control and then to be still in the presence of my Father in heaven, to surrender the outcome and know His peace.
Can I encourage you this week to pray this Psalm, to let go of all that weighs heavy upon you and to rest in the Father's arms and trust Him for the present and the future?
Please find below some things taking place for the Trinity community over the coming weeks:
Trinity Worship in a Field - we are delighted to announce that our first larger church gathering will be at Mary's Field near Rocquaine on Sunday 2nd August! We were hoping to have a beach service but unfortunately we couldn't get the permissions so we will meet in a lovely field instead - directions will be available soon. Coffee (please bring a cup if you can) and pastries will be served from 10.30am and there will be an informal worship service starting at 11am. Parking will be available. Please bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Why not bring a picnic lunch and stay around after the service to meet with others?
The Trinity Church Community coming back to worship in the building sadly won't happen as soon as we had hoped because of dust, mess, insurance and scaffolding - we are really sorry about the inconvenience. However on the 9th, 16th and 23rd August we are planning for the following:
- 9am in Trinity Centre - a quieter, reflective service with some hymns and liturgy - refreshments available after the service
- 10.30am at St Martin's Community Centre with groups for children and youth - refreshments before and after and parking is available
- 6pm (note new time) in Trinity Centre - refreshments before and after
Trinity Annual General Meeting - we had planned to hold an AGM back in April but were unable to for obvious reasons! So the plan is to hold the AGM on Monday 10th August at 7.30pm. There is some necessary business to carry out plus a few updates. All are welcome to join us! A Trinity annual report and agenda will be available shortly. Any AOB items need to be given to Cynthia by the 6th August.
It with great sadness that we let you know that Mandy Mitterdorfer died on Thursday 16th July. Mandy was a loved member of our church community and her funeral service will be on Thursday 30th July at 1pm at Cobo Community Centre. Jon will be taking part and all are welcome.
Men's pub nights - as many of you will be aware, over the last few years, men from Trinity have had the opportunity to get together on the last Tuesday of each month for a pint and a chat. Up until lockdown, we were meeting at The Cornerstone, but that has recently closed down. So last month a few guys tried The Plough Inn on Vauvert, and considered it very pleasant, and less noisy than The Cock and Bull, if you wish to chat.
So moving forward, it was decided that The Plough would become our regular venue from now on. The gatherings are for any or all men (over 18) connected with Trinity, starting from 8pm, and you can come or go as you please. We'll be there Tuesday 28 July, then Tuesday 25 August, and so on. Some folk come every month, while others, as and when they are free. Everyone is welcome, so if you haven't been along before, do pop in when you can. As they say, it's good to talk, and men are not always known for being good at that! If you need any more information, then do get in touch with Julian Pentland e: firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile/text/WhatsApp: 07781 433071.
We are pleased to report that the Seniors Activity Programme resumed again with a wonderful lunch at Les Cotils. During July and August all the normal activities will be running with the exception of Bible Study, Coffee and Craft and Community Roast. We expect that all the activities will resume as normal from September. We are also very excited to announce Holiday at Home is taking place on Wednesday 19th August and is going 'on tour' with a meal at Driftwood followed by a bus ride on the 1950's Vintage Bus, Twinkle stopping off at the Peninsula for a Cream Tea. To book a place or for further information please do not hesitate to email email@example.com or telephone the Church office on 724319.
With love and prayers
Jon and the Trinity Team