Welcome to this week’s church family news.
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension to Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus.
Since its start in May 2016, just three and a half years ago, God has grown Thy Kingdom Come from a dream of possibility into a movement. In 2019 Christians from 172 countries took part in praying ‘Come Holy Spirit’, so that friends and family, neighbours and colleagues might come to faith in Jesus Christ.
As a church between May 21st – 31st we will be joining with millions of Christians across the globe in praying for fruitfulness in our Christian witness and personal evangelism. We want to see a move of God in Cheltenham, in the lives of friends, colleagues, neighbours and families that leads to people coming to a personal faith in Jesus.
During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, it is hoped that everyone who takes part will:
- Deepen their own relationship with Jesus Christ
- Pray for 5 friends or family to come to faith in Jesus
- Pray for the empowerment of the Spirit that we would be effective in our witness
Join us on Tuesday 26th May for a TKC Prayer Gathering, from 8pm to 9pm, hosted by Tim & Hils. Zoom Link- https://zoom.us/j/93839888992?pwd=c2I0czlXNHJHMG96eTI2SVR4cUM4dz09
The Marriage Course Online – join us & invite others!
Join us on Thursday 28th May at 7:30pm as we begin our Online Marriage Course, with a ‘live zoom welcome’ from Tim & Hils, and then using the videos and course material provided by HTB Church.
Who is the course for?
Whether you’ve been married six months or 40 years, whether you’re in a good place or struggling, The Marriage Course offers practical support over 7 sessions to strengthen your relationship.
The course is suitable for people of all faiths or none – please invite other couples to consider it!
Over our seven sessions we explore:
• Strengthening Connection
• The Art of Communication
• Resolving conflict
• The Power of Forgiveness
• The Impact of Family
• Good Sex
• Love in Action
How does it work?
• Join us at 7:30pm ‘live’ via Zoom, for 15 minutes – we will be welcoming you, introducing ourselves to you, and giving a few helpful pointers about how to get the best from the course.
• You will not be asked to say anything unless you want to!
• Each session lasts about 2 hours, half of which will be for your conversations
• The films will be available online and you will be given access when you register for the course.
• The course runs exactly as it would be if you were attending in person, except that you will be able to do so from the comfort of your own home – where you can replicate your own date night!
When: Thursday 28th May- Thursday 9th July, 7:30pm
Thank you again for all of you who responded to the food appeal which produced more than £10,680 for parcels for North Macedonia.
Kevin and the Mission Macedonia team would like to thank you too…..
News from Liz and Roshan in Sri Lanka
How are you? Trust that things are going well and beginning to sort themselves out. We are well. We had 8 weeks of total lock down. All shops and businesses closed. Last week things opened and we are allowed out, not for leisure but for ‘purpose’…
Worked out how to do church on the internet, although missing the real live service and fellowship. Our people are well. Cases of coronavirus over here are very few.
We are praying a lot, and seeing the church folks rising in the Spirit. A challenge we didn’t see coming, but God has taught us so much!
So sad to be missing New Wine two very disappointed children here! Not even sure we will be able to get over. Watching and waiting.
Much love to the Trinity church family there.
Liz and Roshan
Are you a key worker? Or is someone in your household?
If you are we would love to hear from you so we can intentionally pray for you and bless you in this time.
If you are able to, we would love it if you could let us know what your role is, and send us a photo of you (maybe in your uniform or doing your job?) to email@example.com
We will use this to create a gallery for our church family to access for prayer purposes.
We have appointed a new Worship Pastor!
In line with the timescale we set out when Josh Chesworth left us last summer, we advertised the post in February and by God’s grace, we were able to complete the interview process and offer the role to someone just before the lockdown started. For obvious reasons, there has then been prayer and discussion over the last few weeks around a start date but I am delighted to now be able to announce that Jay Norris will be joining the team from 1st July.
Jay comes with a breadth of worship leading, pastoring and creative experience in local churches (he is currently Worship Pastor at St John’s, Hartley Whitney), in wider contexts and within New Wine, as well as a very clear sense of calling here. He is married to Jenni and they have a baby son, Joseph. As we can now look forward with excitement to this new chapter in our worship ministry, I know that we will all want to express our deepest thanks and appreciation to Jamie Lewis who has so faithfully and ably covered worship coordination alongside Production for these last eight months. Also to Phe Neville and all others who lead and serve in our worship teams.
As a result of the Coronavirus, the Church of England has formally delayed church Annual meetings and elections for churchwardens, PCC and Deanery Synod. We have now been given until the end of October. An announcement on a new date for trinity’s APCM will be made as soon as lockdown restrictions allow.