Services resume at Trinity – Guidance and how to book

We warmly welcome you and are delighted to be able to hold Sunday services again, but please do remember the necessary restrictions in place for the safety of everyone in Church.

Please email the Joint Church Secretaries before 12 noon on Friday to reserve your place as numbers are limited to 30 each service.  When booking please state the names and number of people.

Below are some notes and guidance

  • We ask that you wear a face mask when entering the church.
  • Please use the hand sanitizer available at the door.
  • You will be welcomed on arrival and directed to a seat. There will be a one-way system in operation.
  • Please do not gather inside the vestibule chatting to those on duty or this could cause a bottle neck.
  • There will be no singing and the service will be kept as short as possible.
  • No collection will be taken but please do leave your offering in the collection plate as you leave.
  • Sorry, but there will not be any coffee after the service.

Please don’t let these restrictions stop you from coming to church, they are only in place because the safety of our congregations and volunteers is of the utmost importance.  We hope to see you soon.

The on-line services will continue for those unable to get to church.

Thank you all for your co-operation.

Next Sunday, 27 September, we will celebrate our Harvest Thanksgiving.  The service at 11:00 will be led by our Minister, with contributions from Revd Alex Mabbs. Alex is a URC minister working on the interface between faith and environmental issues such as climate change and conservation based at Brighthelm Church and Community Centre in Brighton.

As in recent years, our harvest giving will be directed towards the work of Wimbledon Foodbank.  If you are coming to the church service (pre-registration essential) please bring non-perishable items which can be used by the Foodbank.  Items urgently needed at present are chocolate, crisps, cereal bars and treats; 1kg bags of sugar; squash drink; tinned custard/rice pudding; tinned soup.  Items can be placed in the shopping trolley which will be placed on the church forecourt.

If you are unable to attend the church service but would like to make a financial contribution, please follow this link to Wimbledon Foodbank’s donate money website (Gift Aid forms available).

Please join us for a few minutes each Wednesday, between noon and 2pm, to pray with the Trinity community.

Local:
Pray for our local Council, for our elected representatives and for the employees, working for the good of our local community.

National:
Pray for those suffering serious poverty at this time, especially those needing to go to a food bank for the first time. Pray for the food banks throughout the country, for those working and volunteering at them and for those struggling to raise sufficient donations of money and goods to meet the need.

Global:
Pray for Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Peru (World Council of Churches Ecumenical prayer cycle)

Brasilia Photo by Daniel Costa on Unsplash

Continuing our observance of the  worldwide ecumenical Season of Creation, this service is led by Trinity elder Katrina Clifford on the theme Made by God – with life from Jesus. Katrina will preach the sermon she submitted for Preach magazine’s Sermon of the Year competition, which was published earlier this year in a collection of the top 10 entries!

The service will be live-streamed at 11:00am (and the video will remain online for ‘catch-up’ viewing later) over on our YouTube channel (click here).
The Bible readings are Psalm 105.1-6, 37-45 and John 1.1-5. If you would like to follow the text of the service, you can read/download it by clicking here.

Photo credit: Gerhard G. on pixabay.com

Sadly, the Faith in Action Homeless Drop-in is still not able to provide our normal level of service for homeless and vulnerably-housed people, due to government restrictions. However, we are providing a tailored, appointment-only service on Wednesdays and Fridays, between 11am and 2pm, for those service users who we are not able to assist over the phone, as well as supporting people who are still rough sleeping. Issues we help with include job searches and training support, accommodation advice and referral, and for EU citizens support with their applications for Settled Status.

We give service users who attend appointments a lunchbox to take away with sandwiches, fruit, water, biscuits etc., and some who are still rough sleeping have been using the showers.

We have seen a rise in the number of service users coming in early September jumping from an average of 12 per session to around 20.

If you would like to contribute something to the lunches, all donations would be very welcome.  Suggested items are cereal bars, individually wrapped biscuits, drinks, crisps or chocolate.  Cathy Dundee would be happy to collect any donations and can be contacted on TrinityURC.FIA@outlook.com.

Financial donations are also always welcome and can me made via the website at http://www.mertonfaithinaction.org/donate/