Weekly notices and messages from our Church leadership team.
Hello from Trinity!
This week we’ve got news for you on Sunday Celebrations back in person, a safeguarding update, a finance update, information on this year’s Annual Meeting, how to be nominated for the PCC and how to sign up for our church Electoral Roll.
This Sunday we have our slightly simpler Scattered format of Celebrations
There’s plenty of space so please book or see online for:
Shorter gatherings in church at Ten and Six.
New editions of Trinity Tots and Trinity Kids
Trinity Youth online gathering at Eleven
The rest of the day we encourage the church family to enjoy sabbath rest and practise hospitality - meeting up with church family informally and making connections with friends and neighbours
New Time for All Age Celebration
From next week, we are making a change to our Gathered Sunday pattern. The All Age celebration will move from 4pm to 10am and run in Trinity House in parallel with the 10am Celebration in church.
There are some resource reasons for this but most importantly, we want to open up some new opportunities for families and children during this next period. The first part of the celebration will follow the same format as the current 4pm, with all ages worshiping and learning together, but in the second part, the great news is that we are now going to be able to start running kids’ groups again. Adults will stay downstairs for a live talk on the same teaching theme being shared in church. For families with young people, this morning time-slot also lines up with the youth drop-in running in Fusion.
Christian Aid Week 10th – 16th May.
This year gifts will be used to help communities access reliable water sources which are needed due to the severe climate crisis. As House to House collections are not possible please use the following link to make a donation:
Preschool and Toddlers meet up!
Wednesday 12th May 10-11:30am
We are excited to be able to offer an informal opportunity for a catch-up with other parents and little people in Trinity House. Spaces need to be booked through the church website or call the church office.
For everyone’s safety:
Please bring all your own refreshments
Please read our safety guidelines here
Please don’t forget your mask
Please note that we will be filming some of the event to share with others what we do at Trinity - and to let the host team know when you arrive if you want to be seated ‘off-camera’!
Young Adult Summer Social
The first of our Young Adult Summer Socials is happening on Friday 14th May. They will be happening every other Friday evening.
The first is a round of Adventure golf at Sherdons Golf Centre, meeting there at 6:30pm. You will need to book a ticket (£8.00 or £5.00 if you’re a student) via Churchsuite or the website.
Thy Kingdom Come Global Prayer Event
Join with Christians around the world praying from 13th May - Ascension Day to 23rd May - Pentecost Sunday.
Started in 2016, TKC will involve Christians from at least 72 countries praying ‘Come Holy Spirit’ for friends and family, neighbours and colleagues to find faith in Jesus Christ.
This year to help our focus at Trinity
We are running an online virtual Prayer Room - information and resource links for all ages to pray, for blessing our mission partners and engaging with social justice and environmental issues
Families are being sent a special prayer pack with a journal, interactive prayer map and bookmark. Let us know on firstname.lastname@example.org if you need another copy.
Hello and welcome to this first safeguarding item in E-News
Really pleased to share that Helen Moss has joined the safeguarding team as a volunteer. For many years Helen worked for the NHS and latterly specialised in health visiting and safeguarding children.
We are presently implementing a new safeguarding dashboard that will help us manage safeguarding at Trinity. The dashboard electronically tracks our compliance with the Church of England safeguarding requirements and produces an action plan for the PCC. A small PCC working group has been formed involving Helen (leader), Sophie Whisker, and Peter Strachan to scrutinise key safeguarding policy documents requiring PCC approval.
Another Trinity initiative about to be launched is a new system for equipping and looking after our 250 volunteers. This new system will complement the proposed Church of England Safer Recruitment policy document and importantly enable us to better communicate with this remarkable group of volunteers.
Please do get in touch with me if you have any safeguarding concerns or if there is any clarification you need regarding our safeguarding practices and procedures.
Parish Safeguarding Officer
Mobile 07711 504931
Annual Meeting and Elections
Our Church Annual Meeting is being held at 7.45pm on 24th May, with 30 spaces available to attend in person and the option to join via Zoom. As usual there will be reports on activities last year, presentation of our audited financial accounts and elections for key roles in our church leadership.
To take part in the meeting you must have worshiped at Trinity for more than 6 months and be on our ‘Electoral Roll’ - sign up here!
If you would like to consider offering your Christian experience and skills in one of the following roles, please see the information available on our website and have a chat with Andrew or a member of the Leadership team about the commitments involved.
Churchwardens - serve alongside Andrew and the leadership team in guiding the spiritual and strategic life of our church.
Members of the PCC - serve in helping to oversee the smooth and practical running of church life.
Members of the Cheltenham Deanery Synod - meet with representatives from other churches across the town to share in prayer, mission initiatives and resources as well as serving on our PCC.
NCP Car parking
Everyone loves a deal and here is one to Trinity with love from the NCP for use in the car park opposite Trinity church, aka Cheltenham Portland Gates. Below are our exclusive rates:
24 hours £4.00
4 hours £2.00
2 hours £1.00
How good is that! Better still, this is for use on any day of the week - not just Sundays!
Below is a printout that gives all the information and explaining what you need to do to download the app. Our Saver ID that you'll need to enter in the app is TRN4XT.
Church Family News
Please let us know if there is news we can share with the church family. As well as items for prayer we love hearing stories of God at work and other encouragements.
Pastoral Prayer and Support.
In these challenging times, prayer is our greatest gift and weapon. Through email@example.com we can circulate your requests to a network of several hundred people.
For pastoral support, as well as offering Connect and our network of Life Groups, we have a team of people who can offer to listen and care. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring the church office.
If you are not already in one of our Life Groups or new to Trinity please also see details on our Connect Central LifeGroup and how we can support you in prayer and with practical help.
We love hearing stories about what God has done in people’s lives.
We also love sharing those stories with others, through creative media and good, old fashioned storytelling! We would love to know what God has been doing in your life.
Keep in mind that your story is ultimately about giving God glory for what He has done, so specific names of people involved are not necessary.
Your story will be kept confidentially, but we may contact you to request sharing your story at a later date.
We love to stand with each other in the power of prayer.
We send out regular emails with requests for prayer. If you’d like to be involved in praying for these needs, or if you have a prayer request of your own, please get in touch.