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)

6 March
Bowls and Skittles

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
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!

Rising to the Rocky Challenge

posted 24 Jul 2016, 12:44 by John Goldring   [ updated 24 Jul 2016, 12:45 ]

Fort Rocky

Earlier this month we took 12 young people, aged 10 – 14, from our Zone youth club, away to Whitemoor Lakes, near Alweras for a Youth for Christ ‘Fort Rocky’ weekend.

The weekend was excellently organised, jam packed with games, challenges, quizzes, workshops,
Fort Rocky
road shows, outdoor activities and much more, and it was great to see the young people so enthusiastically take part.

Some of our group faced and conquered their own fears over the weekend - one lad persevered on the rope climbing challenge until on his third attempt, he succeeded and reached the top. Another fought back his fear of heights and had a go on the high Zip wire. Others attempted new activities for the first time.

The Christian message and the theme of authenticity was put over in a relevant way using the testimonies of the YFC leaders and illustrations that kept the youngster’s interest, and encouraged them to think further about what it means to be a Christian.

The facilities were first class and the food excellent – and coffee was on tap 24:7 for the leaders which was much appreciated after the boys were still awake at 4.30am on Saturday morning!!

Please pray for the youngsters who came with us – that seeds will have been sown in their lives and that memories of Fort Rocky will stay with them for many years.

To quote one of the young people, “I love Fort Rocky – I don’t want it to end! I want it to go on forever".

Of course none of this would have happened without our fantastic youth team who also rose to the Fort Rocky challenge! So a big thank you to all of you.

Prayer and Praying short course

posted 10 Jul 2016, 09:25 by John Goldring

Starting on Wednesday 13 July we have a short course on prayer and praying led by members of the Lichfield Diocesan Spirituality Team.

There are three sessions all at 7.30pm in the chancel. They are:

13 July - Ways of praying - with a particular look at 'listening prayer with the Bible'
20 July - Difficulties in prayer - with a particular look at silence and meditation
27 July - Praying as you can (not as you can't!) - with a particular look at praying for others.

The sessions are for beginners as well as those who have been praying for a long time.

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