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Love, Life and Hope at Easter

posted 11 Apr 2017, 01:47 by John Goldring   [ updated 11 Apr 2017, 01:47 ]


Easter


You'll have heard it said that things are not always as they seem. Love is more powerful than hate; life is more powerful than death; good is more powerful than evil; hope is more powerful than fear.

These statements are at the heart of the meaning of Easter when Christians celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus. The belief that Jesus is alive brings hope and a confidence in God that ultimately love will win*.

We invite you to join us at any of our services over Easter and on any Sunday throughout the year.

With Easter greetings from all at Holy Trinity Church.

Revd Pippa Goldring
Associate Minister

* For more about Jesus see rejesus.co.uk/story
You are welcome to join us at our Easter Services

Maundy Thursday, 13 April
7.30pm Holy Communion service

Good Friday, 14th April
10.30am All Age service
11:45am Walk of Witness (meet at Holy Trinity)
7.30pm Reflective service

Easter Day, 16th April
9.30am Holy Communion service
11.15am All Age celebration with Communion

Holy Trinity Mission Trip with Hands at Work in Africa

posted 18 Mar 2017, 10:18 by John Goldring   [ updated 6 Apr 2017, 12:01 ]


A Care Worker prepares the evening meal
A Care Worker prepares
the evening meal
Working with vulnerable children in Africa

Hands at Work in Africa
is a Christian charity working to care for orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa. On 3rd June Debbie Blakemore and the Revd. Ros Wilshire will be joining a team from seven West Midlands churches on a visit to the charity Hands at Work in Africa. The group will travel to White River, the South African base of Hands at Work in Africa., six hours drive from Johannesburg.

Shoka Community-Based Organisation, Swaziland
Based at the ‘Hub’ at White River, the team will make visits to several local Hands at Work communities. During these visits the team will learn about the Hands at Work model of Community-based care. They will also work alongside Care Workers, visiting children in their homes and to serving them at the community Care Points. Hearing stories, learning names, engaging, encouraging and praying with both Care Workers and families, will be a transformational experience.

After spending time in White River the team will travel south to Swaziland, visiting some of the charity’s newest and most remote Community-Based Organisations. The visit will end back in White River with time for final reflection before returning to Johannesburg for our flight home on 15th June.

How you can be involved

PRAYER

Please hold Debbie, Ros and the whole team in your prayers:
for uneventful preparations
for safe travel
that they might be a blessing to those they meet during the trip
that they might be transformed through their experiences

Please also hold Hands at Work in Africa in your prayers: for God’s blessing on their work, on the volunteers, children and families

SUPPORT

Over the coming months a number of fundraising activities are planned to help with costs of the trip. We have already had a coffee morning and a three-legged race and would be so grateful for your support with the following:

Holy Trinity Quiz Night
date tbc, in the Church Hall
All welcome, teams of 5, the more the merrier!
(£1 per head, if you haven’t got a complete team, don’t worry we will make some teams up on the night)

Swazi Houses
Collect a Swazi house ‘Piggy bank’ can be found at the back of church to collect any spare change!

The Hands at Work family outside the ‘Hub’, White River

Hands at Work Africa

Hands at Work in Africa works in over sixty communities across eight sub-Saharan countries with international partners in Australia, USA, Canada and UK. Their goal is to care for 100,000 orphaned and vulnerable children through their unique model of community care. Hand at Work strive to reach the most vulnerable children - those that would not have been reached otherwise. To do so they aim to mobilise and empower the local church, identifying and equipping volunteer Care Workers to support the these children and families in their community providing ‘Three Essential Services’: access to food, education and basic healthcare to the children it supports.

For more about Hand at Work in Africa see handsatwork.org.

A child at one of the Hands at Work Care Centres

A Place of Welcome every Saturday

posted 28 Jan 2017, 12:33 by John Goldring   [ updated 28 Jan 2017, 12:46 ]


Place of Welcome

Holy Trinity has joined 'Places of Welcome' - a network of small community organisations who offer an unconditional welcome to local people for at least a few hours each week, every week of the year. It's a place where all people feel safe to belong, connect and contribute. After prayer and discussion our Parochial Church Council decided we should apply to join the network, and we have now been officially accepted.

The Place of Welcome offers a friendly and accessible place where everyone can receive a welcome, the chance to chat if they wish and free refreshments.

Our new Place of Welcome builds on Open Church which has been running for many years. It will open at the same place and time as Open Church - in the church on Saturday mornings from 10.30am to 12.30pm. The main difference is that it will open every Saturday through
the year. This, and the new name, send out a positive message of welcome into our community.

Make a note of the launch date: Saturday 4th March, look out for the publicity and let your friends know. The Place of Welcome is open to all.

There are 15 other Places of Welcome around Wolverhampton meeting on different days and times. See the Places of Welcome website for full details and more about the network.

Outings Group: Trips and Events February to June 2017

posted 20 Jan 2017, 11:41 by John Goldring   [ updated 20 Jan 2017, 11:44 ]


Coach trip

The Holy Trinity Community Outings Group provides a wide range of sociable and interesting coach trips and events throughout the year.

The following events are planned for the first half of 2017: all are on Saturdays. You are recommended to book and pay in good time to avoid disappointment.

Sorry - no refunds can be made as coaches are paid for in advance.

Please contact the church office on 01902 722840 (weekday mornings) for enquiries and bookings.

11 February 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm (Church Hall)
Valentine’s Day Cream Tea - £5

4 March 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm (Church Hall)
40’s Night staring Maggi O’Hara - £5

22 April 8:45am start
Tewkesbury coach trip - £12

20 May 8:45am start
May Blossom Trail coach trip - £12

17 June 8:45am start
Southport coach trip - £12

Take the Holy Trinity Service Survey...

posted 20 Jan 2017, 11:16 by John Goldring   [ updated 20 Jan 2017, 11:21 ]


Question marks

Do you find it difficult attending services regularly on a Sunday morning? Do work, family or other commitments get in the way? If so, please take a few moments to fill in the new Holy Trinity Service Survey.

Access the survey here

Alternatively, paper copies are available at the back of church.

The results of this survey will really help us as we consider future service development here at Holy Trinity.

Thank you.

A Welcome for All at the Friendship Group: January - June 2017 Programme

posted 4 Jan 2017, 12:21 by John Goldring   [ updated 4 Jan 2017, 12:21 ]


Friendship Group

Everyone is welcome at the Holy Trinity Community Friendship Group.

We provide an opportunity for people to meet socially and make friends, plus a range of activities to help make the group an interesting, friendly and enjoyable place to come.

Meetings are held on Mondays once a month in the Church Hall, 10.45am – 1pm.

Coffee & Socialising from 10.45am
Activities start from 11am

Any enquiries please phone the church office on 01902 722840 (weekday mornings).

January - June 2017 Programme

9 January
Biography of a Famous Person.
Quiz of our Local Area.

6 February
Late, late Breakfast!
(Review and discussion of Morning Papers)
Games

6 March
Bowls and Skittles
Film

3 April
Easter Service.
Make an 'Easter Garden' for the church.

8 May

'Cabaret Show'.
(With songs from popular musicals & shows)

5 June

'My Favourite Day Out'!
(Discussion, poems and songs)








Light in the Darkness: Christmas services and message

posted 16 Dec 2016, 11:36 by John Goldring   [ updated 16 Dec 2016, 11:36 ]


Holy Trinity Christmas Card

A Christmas message from our vicar, Revd. Richard Merrick

2016 has been a momentous year! News of wars, terrorism, political and economic change dominate the news headlines leaving us with feelings of uncertainty, wariness, and fear for our future as individuals, as a community and as a nation.

How should we respond to all this? We can lament and wring our hands in despair - or we can trust in God's love for us. We can be good neighbours and welcome the stranger. We can turn to those with whom we disagree and recognise them as friends. The season of Christmas is one of hope in which we celebrate the rescue plan God has put into operation in the birth of Jesus. This is not a forlorn, 'pie in the sky' hope: God so loved the world and the people he created that he sent Jesus to rescue us from all fear and certainty. In the birth of Jesus we have received the 'Light of the World': the Bible tells us that this Light shines even in the darkest of times and the darkness cannot overcome it.

When we place our trust in Jesus Christ we receive a light that enables us to see through the darkness in our world and the darkness that can blight our own lives. The Light of Christ is trustworthy and reliable and I hope and pray that you will allow it to shine in your homes this Christmas and throughout the coming years.

I pray that you will enjoy a Happy Christmas and a peaceful 2017.

The is a shortened version of the message in the Christmas card delivered to homes in the parish and pictured here.
Christmas Services

You are invited to join us at any of these services in the church

Sunday 18 December, 4pm
Carols by Candlelight

Wednesday 21 December, 7.30pm
A Quiet Christmas
Especially for those who find this time of year difficult.

Christmas Eve, 4pm
Christingle
Especially for families with children.

Christmas Eve, 11.15pm
Midnight Communion

Christmas Day, 10.30am
All Age Family Communion

From Pampering to Poetry: the Friendship Group

posted 13 Nov 2016, 10:37 by John Goldring





Where can you find painting, “pampering”, prose and poetry reading? Where can you join in with speaking, singing, quizzing, eating, bowling, jewellery-making, clay-modelling, variety shows and all sorts of arts, crafts and entertainments? The answer, of course, is the Community Friendship Group at Holy Trinity.

The Friendship Group meets on the first Monday morning of every month. It has been one of the most successful and celebrated groups in the church for many years. One regular writes: 'It has made me, from scratch, into a practising water-colour artist, black-country stand-up comedian and, quite recently, Christmas card maker!'

The group has a well-deserved reputation for the warmth of its welcome and for its light-hearted socialisation. Newspapers and games are on hand for anyone who might not fancy a particular activity (there are usually two on offer) or want to drop out early.

There are often card and book stalls and there are always light refreshments. Birthdays are celebrated in song and cards given. Major Christian Festivals are celebrated with services.

The entrance fee of £1.50 funds everything, even a small Christmas gift for everyone and a further 25p provides you with as much tea or coffee as you can drink for the morning.

New members, whether from Holy Trinity or the wider community, are always welcome to give the group a try. Just come along to the next meeting on Monday 5 December at 10.45am in the church hall.


Our new Sunday Club has started!

posted 12 Sep 2016, 12:42 by John Goldring   [ updated 12 Sep 2016, 12:42 ]


Holy Trinity Heath Town

From this month we have changed our Sunday activities for children at Holy Trinity.

A new SUNDAY CLUB has been launched for children in Reception to Year 6 classes at school. It works like this: part way through the 11.15am service the children will go out and all meet together for singing, prayer, Bible stories, games, crafts and lots of fun! The material used in the club has changed so that the children will now be looking at the same theme as the adults in the church service.

Younger children (below school age) will remain in the church during the service and can play in the new crèche area so that parents can still feel part of the worship.

Please pray for this new approach to the Sunday children's work - for the three teams that will be working with the children, and that the children will enjoy their time on a Sunday and want to bring friends along.

Summer Fun starts 8 August

posted 1 Aug 2016, 04:58 by John Goldring   [ updated 1 Aug 2016, 05:02 ]


Summer Fun

If you are aged 8 to 13 years then come and join in the fun at the New Park Village Activities Network Summer Fun week here at Holy Trinity from Monday 8th to Friday 12th August 2016.

Activities are free and include football, cheerleading, singing/choir, African drumming, arts & crafts, Drama, indoor games, inflatables and much more!

The timetable each day is:
  • Registration 10:45 am
  • Morning Session 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Lunch 12:30 – 1:00 pm
  • Afternoon Session 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
NO pass outs allowed, All young people MUST bring a packed lunch

For further information please see leaflets (containing registration form) available at the back of Church or call the church office on 01902 722840 (weekday mornings).

No personal slip... no admission!

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