Pastoral Letter - January 2022
New Year greetings to you all! It’s hard to believe that we are now in 2022!! Thanks to everyone who sent Richard and I cards and gifts over the Christmas period. The cards looked especially cheery as I blu-tacked them all over various doors in our house. I always enjoy seeing how different card designers portray the Christmas message. I guess I am quite sentimental really – I always love manger scenes which include cute animals looking at Jesus!
We all hope and pray that 2022 will bring us through the worst of Covid and that we can see more social normality returning to our lives. While we wait for this (and perhaps even because we are waiting for this) we can still deepen our spiritual lives. In our Church services leading up to Easter we will be following a programme that will help us grow into better disciples. It was designed by the Methodist Church with the name ‘A Methodist Way of Life’. Since at Trinity we embrace both the Methodist and United Reformed Church we will call the programme ‘A Trinity Way of Life’.
At church on Sundays there will be resources available for everyone who would like them (if you don’t get hold of these – two booklets and a card – please get in touch with me or Steve Irish and we will make sure you get them). The aim is to challenge us to consider different aspects of being a disciple of Christ and what it means to be a Christian in every moment of our living, not just in worship services. Monks and Nuns, and others in religious communities usually follow a ‘rule of life’ to aid them in their spiritual growth. ‘A Trinity Way of Life’ gives us a structure to follow in our own lives so that we too have opportunities to deepen our own faith and to make a difference in the different situations God has placed us.
As well as Sunday worship – if Covid permits – our homegroups may offer more opportunities to think about ‘A Trinity Way of Life’ and we still hope to begin some kind of ‘coffee and chat’ time based on the themes. Apologies that our information on these additional activities cannot be finalised yet. However, let’s trust that God will bless us in whatever way we engage with this new programme.
Every Blessing to you all for 2022.
(Tel: 023 8122 4677)
‘A TRINITY WAY OF LIFE’ THEMES FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP
Jan 2nd – Covenant Service + Introduction to the ‘Trinity Way of Life’
Jan 9th – Christina Pritchard: Session 1 ‘We will pray daily’
Jan 16th – Trish: Session 2 ‘We will worship with others regularly
Jan 23rd – Eden: Session 3 ‘We will look and listen for God in Scripture, and the world
Jan 30th – Elders: Session 4 ‘We will care for ourselves and those around us’
Feb 6th – Trish: Session 5 ‘We will learn more about our faith’
Feb 13th – John Hughes: Session 6 ‘We will practise hospitality and generosity’
Feb 20th – Trish: Session 7 ‘We will help people in our communities and beyond’
Feb 27th – Eden: Session 8 ‘We will care for creation and God’s gifts’?
Mar 6th – Trish: Session 9 ‘We will challenge injustice’
Mar 13th – Steve Irish: Session 10 ‘We will speak of the love of God’
Mar 20th – Trish: Session 11 ‘We will live in a way that draws others to Jesus’
Mar 27th – Eden: (Mothering Sunday)
Apr 3rd – Trish: Session 12 ‘We will share our faith with others’