We are looking for entries from all the congregation.
This week’s theme is
Send your creations – art, music or literature – on our weekly theme to Sarah Elliot*. We’ll then post them on our website/social media accounts and there will be a display in the Mansel Road Centre later in the year.
*If you don’t have Sarah’s contact details please email email@example.com
Next week’s theme is GROW
Please join us for a few minutes each Wednesday, between noon and 2pm, to pray with the Trinity community.
Pray for the Elders’ Council as they work at planning for the future life and witness of Trinity in an uncertain and changing world.
Pray for the people of Leicester and all those affected by the renewed lockdown in addition to the spike of virus cases. Pray for those developing our test and trace system, which has such a large part to play in managing hotspots of infection.
Pray for Eritrea and Ethiopia (World Council of Churches Ecumenical prayer cycle)
Congratulations to Racheal and Viano who were married at Trinity today. The couple had planned their wedding before the COVID-19 pandemic hit us and they had to postpone the marriage ceremony when lockdown was imposed. Government guidelines finally allowed weddings to go ahead this weekend, but a great deal of planning and risk assessment had to be done by the church in preparation – with just a small number of guests, social distancing observed and other precautions taken.
We are delighted to say that the wedding was possible today and the sun shone on Racheal and Viano. We wish them every blessing for their future together and we look forward to seeing them again once we are able to return to Trinity for services.
YMCA Wimbledon in collaboration with Merton Council are making plans for a new project that that will offer food relief to local rough sleepers and those in need over the coming months.
The programme will run on a weekly basis on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11.00 to 14.00 from 13 July.
The idea is to create a team of staff/volunteers who will work from the YMCA in Wimbledon Broadway to provide food and other essentials to those local to Merton who are in need of support due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
All necessary risk assessments have been completed to guarantee that this project can run as safely as possible, and a team of cleaners will be onsite to ensure regular cleaning takes place. All involved will be provided with essential PPE.
We are still on the lookout for volunteers and donations. If you are interested drop an email to Alexio Oluwamuyiwa, Coordinator of the Merton Winter Night Shelter to register your interest and preferred day(s).
On Sunday 28 June, as part of Radio 4’s “Rethink Season”, John Bell of the Iona Community connected with many people on “Sunday Worship”. An extract of his reflection was featured on “PIck of the Week”, and is reproduced here. As the introduction said, “What he had to say will strike a chord with any listener in the world, of any faith or none”. If you’d like to listen to the whole service click here.
“We are told – though I am not sure that we have fully taken it in – that there is no immediate recovery from the pandemic. The virus will be around for a while, as will the consequences of economic meltdown. If we are going to recover, are we aiming to go back to the old ‘normal’? Because if we are not, we need to envisage a world which is in some ways radically different.
We will have to use our imagination, not to escape from reality, but to re-shape reality. Read More
As we hear afresh the invitation of Jesus, our theme is Rest and Revelation. The service is led by Revd Dominic Grant, and the Bible readings are Matthew 11.25-30 and Psalm 145.8-14.
With thanks to Andrew our director of music and to guest vocalist Macy Lane, to Guy our Bible reader, to Katrina who leads our prayers of concern, and to Sarah for our Junior Church resources.
Please aim, if possible, to start watching the video at 11am on Sunday so that, even in our separation, we can be sharing together in worship. However if that’s not possible or convenient for you, do make use of the video at whatever time suits! If you would like to follow the text of the service, you can read/download it by clicking here.
If you’d like to watch the video clip referred to in the service, click here.
You’ll find below links to a Bible story, notes/discussion/ songs, activities for the 11+ group, colouring, puzzles and activity sheets for younger children, and other resources.
The National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast is an annual recognition of the contribution that Christianity makes to the national life of the UK. This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Prayer Breakfast took place online and was live streamed on Tuesday 30 June. The event was chaired by Marsha de Cordova MP and the main speaker was the Bishop of Kensington, the Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin, who addressed the theme of ‘Hope and peace in a time of fear and suffering.’
British leaders including Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Opposition Leader Keir Starmer praised churches in the United Kingdom for all they have done for the country during the coronavirus pandemic.
You can watch the full 2020 livestream event below – it includes the address by the Bishop of Kensington, together with prayers, the Lord’s Prayer and ‘Amazing Grace’, given by Parliamentarians.
Scroll down to listen separately to the Address or Amazing Grace.
CARVINGS of Aslan the Lion, Mr Tumnus, and the White Witch are among characters from CS Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia chosen for the restoration of a medieval church.
The limestone figures will be situated in the northern side of the clerestory at the Grade I listed St Mary’s, Beverley, in East Yorkshire, as part of a £10-million refurbishment.
The church, founded 900 years ago this year, was described as “one of the most beautiful parish churches of England” by the architectural historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner.
The Vicar of St Mary’s, the Revd Becky Lumley, said: “We needed to replace the original carvings, which were so weathered we had no evidence of what was there. We wanted to create a scheme that connected to our contemporary culture and also had a focus of being missional, connecting with the Christian story.”
Art students at the East Riding College, Beverley, were asked to create their own designs inspired by the church’s numerous carvings of real and mythical animals, including a 14th-century carving of a rabbit said to be the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s White Rabbit. One of the students, Mel Watkins, made a drawing of Mr Tumnus the faun, which convinced the project team to commission 14 Narnia-themed carvings.
They were designed by the sculptor Kibby Schaefer, whose husband, Matthias Garn, is the church’s master mason. The carvings are due to be fixed to the clerestory this autumn.
Lewis, despite his popular apologetic writings, denied that Narnia novels were intended as a Christian allegory, but admitted that they reflected Christian themes and the incarnation of Christ.
You can read more here.