This Lent resource comes from the Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC).

Sabbath rest is essential to our identity as God’s people: a gift to refresh us and equip us for good work.

But many of us find it hard to do – either because life seems unstoppably busy, or because the pressures and demands we are faced with seem overwhelming.

This 40-day prayer journey will help you explore the reasons for restlessness, God’s gift of rest, and how your work – in your job, your home, or your street – can flow from that place of rest and connection with him.

As you pray and reflect on examples from the Bible, you’ll develop fresh habits of godly rest, learn how to work fruitfully instead of relentlessly, and grow in trust for the loving heavenly Father who holds your days in his hands.

When you sign up, you’ll receive a short ‘prompt to pray’ each day, together with a brief thought helping you explore how to work from the rest God provides.

The YouVersion App (Coming Soon)
If you prefer to use your smartphone for devotional time, sign up for the ‘Working From Rest’ prayer journey on the YouVersion app. YouVersion is the most popular Bible app that many people use for looking up passages – so you may already have it on your phone.

Would you like to write a prayer for the United Reformed Church (URC’s) Prayer Handbook 2022?

In 2022, the URC celebrates its 50th birthday, and in keeping with this special anniversary, and reflecting on the meanings of jubilee in our biblical texts, the URC’s Prayer Handbook 2022 has the theme ‘Jubilee: Free to live…

Editors, Karen Campbell and Ian Fosten, invite you to consider the ways in which we experience jubilee in our everyday lives through our knowledge of God and the relationships we share with God.

You may feel free… to praise… sing… lament… rage… grieve.  Perhaps you feel moved to give thanks for a particular event or occasion. Maybe there are situations where, on reflection, you realise it was only God’s grace which brought you through. Or perhaps the difficult time is now; today is when you are experiencing God’s liberating peace in the midst of turmoil.

Wherever you are, wherever you have been, whatever the journey which moves you to write, we would love to hear from you.

You are invited to write as you would pray – no special words or format – and allow us the privilege of sharing your prayers with others in the URC and beyond. Read More

Thank you so much for your generous support for Crisis this Christmas.  Donations at our Christmas services amounted to £1,000 (including Gift Aid).

Your donation will help fund and support the year-round work of Crisis with homeless people.
For further information and news about Crisis and their work go to www.crisis.org.uk.

  • Wednesday, 24 February, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm – online Delegates Assembly to make final decisions about Citizens’ priorities for the Mayor of London (by Zoom);
  • Wednesday, 28 April, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm – Mayoral Assembly to challenge the Mayoral candidates for London with Citizens’ priorities (by Zoom).

Turnout (i.e., numbers of people present) is essential to show the power and commitment of Citizens’ membership and maximise Citizens’ ability to engage with those holding positions of power and responsibility.

It would be good to have lots of people from Trinity at both the Delegates Assembly and the Mayoral Assembly. Please put the dates in your diary, and let either Mike Tulloch or Robin Goodchild know if you are able to attend (their contact details are in the latest Church Directory recently distributed).

Just as a reminder, Trinity is a member of Merton Citizens (MCs). MCs is part of London Citizens, which in turn is part of Citizens UK. Citizens UK, to quote its website,

“…organises communities to act together for power, social justice and the common good. We are the home of community organising in the UK. Our diverse member organisations include schools, churches, mosques, synagogues, parents’ groups, health practice, charities and trade unions. We help these members to develop leaders, so they can participate in public life and hold politicians and other decision-makers to account on the issues that matter to them.”

MCs currently comprises 19 faith, education and community institutions across the borough including some churches that we know through our joint involvement in the Merton Winter Night Shelter; the Raynes Park Community Church, who we know well, is a particularly active member.

Lent is always a time like no other in the Christian calendar, a chance for us to walk the way of Jesus and spend time apart from the world and alone with his Father God.

We enter this Lent in lockdown and in apprehension of what the rest of the year will hold. Perhaps it has never been more important for us to use this season to reflect on and explore our relationship with God.

We want to encourage everyone at Trinity to find a way to take time away from the world and focus on Jesus and his purpose in our own lives during Lent. We won’t be holding a single Lent course as we have done in previous years, but we want to suggest some resources and materials you might like to use, and give you the opportunity to share your thoughts and experiences with Trinity folk.

You might want to follow a course individually, speak regularly with a friend about what you are doing, or get together with a group to meet up online. Whatever you do – let us know!  We’ll be taking time after every Zoom Sunday service to hear what folk are up to, emailing round updates throughout Lent, and then just before Holy Week we will spend time at our online Church Meeting sharing what we have learned and discovered.

We will be showing a variety of resources here over the next few days, so keep watching.

With all best wishes

Sam Elliot and Catherine Paul
Joint Church Secretaries