We are delighted to welcome the Moderator of General Assembly, the Revd Clare Downing, to lead our worship today.

The Service will be live on Zoom.  You can join from wherever you are, online or by telephone – instructions have been sent out to those who have subscribed to our mailing list.

The Bible readings will be Psalm 4 and Luke 24:36-49.  You can read/download the Order of Service here.

After the service there will be an opportunity to meet the Moderator and to share fellowship – bring your own coffee!

We look forward to seeing you.

We look forward to welcoming the Moderator of General Assembly, the Revd Clare Downing, to lead our worship on Sunday.

The Service will be live on Zoom.  You can join from wherever you are, online or by telephone – instructions will be sent out to those who have subscribed to our mailing list.

The Bible readings will be  Psalm 4 and Luke 24:36-49.

After the service there will be an opportunity to meet the Moderator and to share fellowship – bring your own coffee!

We look forward to seeing you.

Our thanks to Robin Goodchild for these wonderful photos.  To enlarge any, click on individual photos.

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

Local:
Pray for our church teams, which continue to manage Trinity’s affairs, including the Vacancy Team and also the Elders’ Council, meeting this evening.

National:
Pray for all those who have been shielding for all these months and now are told it is no longer necessary. Pray for all those who find it difficult or intimidating trying to go into social situations after a long time of isolation.

Global:
Pray for Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania
(This week’s countries nominated in the World Council of Churches Ecumenical prayer cycle)

Our worship at 11:00 was conducted live on Zoom by the Revd Roger Jones (URC Minister serving the Tolworth, Ewell and Epsom Churches).

The Bible readings are Acts 4: 32-36 and John 20: 24-31.  You can read/download the Order of Service here.

This Sunday’s theme is Thomas and testing truth. One suggested starter activity involves thinking about smart speakers at home like Siri or Alexa.  Ask: ‘do you think this is a real person or a computer?  How do you know – what is the proof?  It’ll be interesting to hear what they say!

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Doubting, Painted by John Granville Gregory,
Oil on canvas, Painted in 2010, © John Granville Gregory
Reflection on the Painting

With thanks & acknowledgement to www.christian.art

Saint Thomas has unfairly been tarnished with the name of ‘doubting Thomas’, when in fact he is like you and me, more of a ‘seeking Thomas’…seeking answers all his life with a thousand questions. Looking at the other disciples, Peter denied Jesus three times, but we don’t call him Peter the denier; James and John wanted to sit next to Christ at the table, we don’t call them opportunists; at the cross most disciples were nowhere to be seen, but we don’t call them names… So Thomas did get his name of ‘doubting Thomas’ rather unfairly. Remember, Jesus didn’t tell him off when they met… Jesus simply showed the scars on His body… Maybe we can lead others to Christ, if at times we share our scars and vulnerabilities a bit too…

As this is a modern painting, based on Caravaggio’s composition, it sets the reading of today (John 20: 24-29) in a contemporary context, and Jesus would probably react in exactly the same way when confronted with our 21st century doubts: he would simply show us his scars… Would we then also say, as Saint Thomas did, ‘My Lord and my God’? These are probably some of the most important words in the whole Gospel , as St Thomas encapsulates in five words who Jesus is: human (My Lord) and divine (My God). For those words alone should we be eternally grateful to St Thomas. For the first time, a disciple of Christ acknowledged not only that Jesus was a great teacher; not only that He was the Son of God; but that He was God Himself…

Like Thomas we all have experienced moments of doubt and difficulty in our Faith, but Christ has promised us that one day we would meet Him, see Him, even touch Him like St Thomas, surrounded by His love… at that moment of meeting Him I hope we too will be able to say in amazement “My Lord and My God!’…

Our worship next Sunday will be conducted live on Zoom by the Revd Roger Jones (URC Minister serving the Tolworth, Ewell and Epsom Churches).

The Bible readings will be  Acts 4: 32-36 and John 20: 24-31.

You can join from wherever you are, online or by telephone. Joining instructions will be sent out to those who have subscribed to our mailing list.

After the service there will be an opportunity to chat and share fellowship – bring your own coffee!

We look forward to seeing you.

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

Local:
Pray for those who would have hoped to be away for a holiday over Easter and have been forced to stay at home.

National:
Pray for all those whose work has become more arduous since we all started looking for more activities very close to home, such as those needing to try to manage litter or damage through overuse of local parks and commons.

Global:
Pray for The Balkans – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia.  (This week’s countries nominated in the World Council of Churches Ecumenical prayer cycle.)

Our Easter service, celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus, was held live on Zoom.  It was led by Revd David Marshall-Jones (retired minister of the United Reformed Church) and includes Holy Communion.

The Bible readings are 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 and Mark 16:1-8.  You can read/download the Order of Service here.