Now that Faith in Action has resumed a near normal service, a traditional Christmas lunch is planned for the service users with a gift for each.  Traditionally Trinity members have provided the gifts and last year we had a wonderful response to the request for backpacks.

This year we would like to return to the tradition of providing wrapped gifts labelled for a man or woman (over 90% of our service users are men).  Suggested items are new hats, gloves, scarves, warm socks, toiletries, chocolate and biscuits.

If you are able to provide a gift, please bring it to church on Sunday 12 December or contact Cathy Dundee who will arrange collection.

Read the December edition of Trinity News here.
It includes –
Our Advent & Christmas services
Looking together at the Gospel of Mark during Advent
Ministerial vacancy update
‘From the Archives’
Merton Winter Night Shelter
‘the Wise Men: who were they?’

Sunday 28 November is Advent Sunday, and the Service at 11:00 will be led by our Interim Moderator, the Revd Stephen Lewis.

Advent or ‘Coming’ is the period of four Sundays and weeks before Christmas . This is the coming of Jesus into the world.  We use the four Sundays and weeks of Advent to prepare and remember the real meaning of Christmas.

We will be lighting our first Advent candle, and receiving a new member into the Trinity fellowship.

The Bible readings will be Jeremiah 33: 14-16 and Luke 21: 25-36

All those attending are asked to wear face masks at all times, including singing hymns, unless they are medically exempt.  Please continue to keep a safe distance from other people.  Thank you for helping to protect others.

“The Gospel of Mark is stunning. From its declaration heralding an astounding new move of God, right through to its somewhat surprising ending, Mark leaves us in no doubt that this is the greatest story ever told, one that changed the world forever.”  Tracy Cotterell

Join us this Advent as we read this amazing story together.  Beginning on Tuesday 30 November we will be hosting a weekly gathering to read select passages in the Gospel of Mark, reflecting on what this account of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus means for our Monday to Saturday lives.

Meetings will be held via Zoom (no need to travel on cold winter nights!) each Tuesday starting at about 8pm, with a mix of Bible reading, discussion and prayer, and lasting no more than ninety minutes. There will be six sessions, continuing into January with a break over Christmas (no meeting on 28 December).

We will be using Mark: Living The Way Of Jesus In The World written by Tracy Cotterell and published by the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity. You can buy a copy at their website. Although you can still take part without the book, it contains a lot of extra material which I am sure you will find useful and interesting.

Everyone is welcome and there is no limit on numbers. Put the dates in your diary and look out for further details and the Zoom link to follow. If you have any questions please email me.

Sam Elliot

On Sunday morning during coffee we will have some special Advent and Christmas items for sale.  Be sure to come and see what’s on offer!

Advent calendars
Chocolate coins
Meaningful Chocolate Host of Angels**
Christmas cards
Christmas wrapping paper and more

**These delicious milk chocolate angels are Christmas decorations and miniature gifts all in one. Each gold foil wrapped little angel has a little gold string attached to hang them from your tree. In this set you receive 6 milk chocolate angels, a colour-in activity poster, and a Christmas story sticker set to keep little hands busy.  Perfect to pop on the Christmas tree.