We invite you to set aside a few minutes, each Wednesday between noon and 2pm, to pray with the Trinity community.

At Trinity:
Pray for our Church Meeting on Wednesday evening as we seek to discern and follow God’s will for Trinity.

Our Borough:
Pray for Longthornton ward councillors David Chung, Brenda Fraser, Marsie Skeete.

URC Southern Synod & South London Synod Area:
Pray for our Synod Moderator Revd Nicola Furley-Smith, and Synod Clerk Revd Derrick Dzandu-Hedidor.

The wider United Reformed Church:
Pray for the URC’s North Western Synod, moderator Revd Andrew Mills and staff.

Campaigns & Events:
This is National Eye Health Week; give thanks for advances in diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions.

World Council of Churches ecumenical prayer cycle:
Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay.

The Church Meeting

Church meeting is the decision making body of a United Reformed Church, in which every member has an opportunity to make suggestions, ask questions and through discussion, responsible decision and care for one another, to strengthen each other’s faith and to foster the life, work and mission of the Church.

Church Meeting, normally chaired by the Minister, meets at least once a quarter.  Meetings are open to everyone, whether members of the church or not, but only church members may vote.  

Our next Church Meeting will be on Wednesday 20 September at 8pm in the Mansel Road Centre.

The main items we will be considering are:

  • Children & Youth Work Team leadership
  • Future of Evening Services
  • Faith Development/small groups
  • Organ project update

    Please make every effort to come to the meeting.

Sunday 17 September
09:30                Choir practice
11:00               Morning worship
18:30               Evening service with Holy Communion

Monday 18 September
20:00               Queens Road Housegroup

Tuesday 19 September

Wednesday 20 September
12:00-14:00     Trinity Angelus
20:00                Church Meeting

Thursday 21 September

Friday 22 September
10:00              Trinity Toddlers
19:30              Film Club
19:45              Choir practice
20:00              Friday Fellowship

Saturday 23 September

Sunday 24 September
09:30             Choir practice
11:00            Morning worship
                       Coffee & cake for Macmillan Cancer Support
15:00             Service of Induction of the Revd Roger Jones as Minister (at Tolworth URC)

Following morning worship next Sunday (24 September) we will be continuing our tradition to support The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.
All proceeds from coffee and cake sales that day will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support. Donations of cakes would be appreciated – please bring these to the kitchen before the service. Thank you.

On September 17th 1917, at the height of the First World War, Constance Todd was ordained to the congregational ministry at the then King’s Weigh House in London. She was ordained alongside her fiancé, Claud Coltman, and they were married the following day. Together, they took up the ministry of a mission in the East End of London, serving a very needy community.

She applied to study theology at Mansfield in 1913. It was an entirely male institution at the time, and there was no provision for a woman to study there, nor any expectation that a woman could be ordained and enter ministry, though the issue was under discussion in the Congregational Union. 

However, then as now, the call to ministry, in congregational churches, was entirely in the hands of the local church meeting, seeking, then as now, to discern the mind of Christ in the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, so the principal at the time, W.B. Selbie, accepted her for training, so that it would be open to a church to call her to its ministry. And four years later, on completion of her theological training, that is what happened.

Constance and Claud served a number of churches together, during a long ministry. The way was not always smooth, and Constance retained her radical edge, as a pacifist, supporter of women’s suffrage, and with a passionate care for the poorest and most disadvantaged of her church members.

A short film showing the period leading up to her ordination is available here: