Most of us enjoy a good celebration, and a birthday is always a good excuse for such a celebration.Â We recently held a 5th birthday party for the Community Outreach Project. It was in October 2013 that Sue Mountford first began with us as Outreach Worker, and in the November of that year the Meeting Place cafÃ© started, with four people attending the first session held in the church hall.Â Five years on, and about 100 people attended the celebration event on Monday 12th November.Â Read more...
Imagine you meet somebody for the first time.Â What do you say to them about yourself?Â Perhaps your name, who you are related to or (and) what you spend your days doing usually?Â What are the first things you want to know about them?Â .Â It is said that we form opinions about people within seconds of the first meeting.Â Â We are used to having all kinds of ideas and expectations in our society.Â And when we introduce ourselves to others, we choose how we want to be defined.Â Read more...
I write this just after a heady weekend here at Holy Trinity.Â The PCC plus several other members of the congregation attended an â€˜Awaydayâ€™ (held at home â€“ within our own church building) on Saturday 22nd September, which was led by Revd David Oâ€™Brien from ReSource, a national charity which exists to support â€˜little and localâ€™ parish churches.
It was on 4th August 1918 that King George V called a national day of prayer for peace.Â One hundred days later, peace came with the Armistice at 11th hour on 11th day of 11th month 1918.Â We will be marking 100 years since then on Remembrance Sunday this year.Â We will hold a special Remembrance Service with the other churches from Blacon, at the war memorial, at Blacon cemeteryÂ at 10.45am on Sunday 11th November. Â But I hope our commemoration will not only be about that one day.
We are used to hearing it said that together we are members of Christâ€™s body, the Church.Â But how many of us think that we really are important for the future of the Church?Â How many of us believe that what we do (or think, or say) has any bearing on what the Church will be like in years to come, or for future generations?Â Thinking of the future, what do you see the Church as being like?Â Or more specifically, what do you envisage Holy Trinity Blacon as being like?
The 10am service on 17th June 2018 was a historic one at Holy Trinity. It was our first Eucharist back in the church building after we had left 10 weeks earlier, in order to allow builders to do the alteration work.Â Over those weeks, Phil Piercy did the main construction work, and RJ Parry & Sons did the joinery work, and we now have a kitchenette in the south side of the church, the altar has been adjusted and moved towards the nave, with an extension to the old chancel step.
At time of writing, many of us are still fondly remembering the Royal Wedding held in Windsor on 19th May. Talk of the wedding dress, or the cake, or the celebrity guests in their finery was overshadowed by an overwhelming sense of joy at the love which overflowing on the day.Â
Moving furniture round in a room reveals things we might not have noticed before. We may discover something that fell behind a bookcase years ago and we had long since forgotten about.Â Or, we notice a picture on the wall in a different way, where before we had walked past barely noticing it, now we see it more, and start looking at it in a different way.
When we think about prayer, we want it to be straightforward. Â It is no use to us if it is complicated, or so remote that we cannot connect with it. Â We also want prayer to be something that we can each of us actually do, every day. Â It is no use placing demands on ourselves that are impractical, or out of our range. Â And we also yearn for our prayers to be answered â€“ after all, that is why we pray!
If anyone gives up something at Lent, my guess is 90% of the time it is some sort of foodstuff or beverage. This time of year is so often focussed on food.Â Â And maybe that is right, because food is such a problem for us in todayâ€™s society.Â People eat too much, or the wrong things.Â Other people donâ€™t eat enough, or the right things.