‘Jesus said, I have come so that they may have life and have it more abundantly.’
Following the August Bank Holiday, our thoughts are with those who have gone back to school, both teachers and pupils. The feeling of new term serves to underline that we need to endeavour to normalise for the time being the routines and ways of doing things that have evolved over the months, for in so doing we can ease some of the low level anxiety many are carrying and find our rhythm, all the while trusting that the next normal will take care of itself. The Archbishop of York writes of how the peace our hearts yearn for is to be found not in battling to hold on to what is familiar and safe but already passing, but by (metaphorically) travelling light and endeavouring to live in the present moment, even as it unfolds before us, and so we pilgrim forward. “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” Luke 9.58.
Just a note about our Sunday Services in the church building and your invitation from Amy the Administrator. It is really important, please, that you proactively respond ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to Amy’s invites. Increasingly there are more people wishing to attend these services than the guidelines and space permit. By not responding to the service invitation there are other folk who end up being excluded. Thank you for your cooperation.
You will recall how we learnt a few weeks back of the death of Bishop Desire, our friend and the Bishop of Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Archbishop Justin Welby is reaching out to the numerous churches that supported Bishop Desire’s wonderful ministry to encourage us to do what we can by way of support for his widow, Claudaline, since there is no pension or state provision in that part of the world. If you felt able to make a gift to support her and their still relatively young family, in memory of Desire, please send it here to the Rectory, marked on the back, and together with that of other supporters donations, the Archbishop has made provision for monies to safely reach the family. Thank you. (C.f. Coffee Morning below.)
Petanque, 7.15 pm Monday 7th September.
Last autumn a number of us had some gentle fun trying our hand at Petanque on the court just behind the Parish Hall. The virus put pay to our playing in the Spring, but I have booked the court for this Monday evening, 7.15 pm. Come and join me there if you are able. Please bring your own boule!
Coffee Morning at the Rectory: From 10.30 am Wednesday 9th September.
You are invited to call by at the Rectory Garden for Coffee and a natter. Just bring your self and if you are a baker, maybe a cake to share! There is also an opportunity to help support Bishop Desire’s widow Claudaline with donations, please.
Thank you to all who through their generous giving keep our church financially afloat. Along with much of the community churches are trying not to use money in cash form. If you felt able to send us what might normally go into the church collection plate with either a monthly cheque sent c/o the Rectory, or internet banking, that would be really helpful. Thank you so much.
Cheques to Holy Trinity Church (please write ‘Collection’ on the back. A huge thank you for considering this and for all your ongoing generosity.
On behalf of Outreach and Shelter, thank you to those of our community who contribute dried and tinned food to their foodbank. Please note that from this coming weekend the collection box will be moved back into the Church building.
We continue to work with the 1m+ physical distancing, allowing us to have up to 40 people in our church building. We are still required to keep records of attendance (for three weeks) for tracing purposes, and so as not to exceed numbers (40) it continues to be important for you to register your intention to attend with the Administrator, Amy, rather than turn up on spec.
REGISTER TO ATTEND A FUTURE HOLY COMMUNION SERVICE by contacting Amy Britton, the Administrator, who will require your contact details:
Telephone: 07797 769 186
When attending Trinity Church for a service:
As you approach the church please observe the 1m+ physical distancing guidelines with those not of your household.
Please use the automated hand-sanitiser station as you enter through the south porch.
Wait to be directed to a seat by the sides-person. If the other person in the pew is not of your household, you are asked to sit at either end of the pew.
Communion will be administered in bread alone and is to be received standing.
After the service, please continue to observe physical distancing and again use the hand-sanitiser as you leave the building.
If you become aware that you are experiencing the early symptoms of covid-19 infection, a persistent cough, or temperature, or other symptoms as described by Government, have tested positive or are self-isolating or quarantined you should not attend church services. Thank you.
THIS SUNDAY 6th September
8.30 am Said Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) By invitation from amongst those who have registered.
11 am Online Morning Service on Zoom.
6 pm Evening Prayer. By invitation from amongst those who have registered.
Tuesday Evening Prayer: 5.30 pm on Zoom.
The internet links to our 11 am online Sunday Service and Tuesday Evening Prayer are on the church website, www.trinitychurchjersey.com, and also below. Don’t forget to print off a copy of the order of service from the link on the church website, the attachment below, or alternatively open that document on another gadget. For those dialling in by telephone, the numbers and codes are also at the bottom of this sheet.
The Collect for the Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity
Almighty God, who called your Church to bear witness that you were in Christ reconciling the world to yourself: help us to proclaim the good news of your love, that all who hear it may be drawn to you; through him who was lifted up on the cross, and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
This Week’s Bible Reading Matthew 18.15-20
Reproving Another Who Sins
‘If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax-collector. Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.’
Please continue to join with me in praying:
For those who are unwell, and those bereaved by covid-19, particularly in those parts of the world where the virus is spreading fast. For those who are anxious or confused. And most especially the doctors, nurses and carers on the frontline of the battle against the virus, remembering those of our own congregation and of our families who work in this field both on the mainland and here in Jersey. We give thanks for their dedication, courage and compassion, and pray for their protection.
For our Island’s government, and that of the United Kingdom, for great wisdom as they navigate the complexities of further easing the lockdown. For teachers and pupils back in school.
For leaders of businesses large and small and their care for their enterprises and their employees. For the self-employed looking at new possibilities. For our farmers, growers and fishermen.
With thankfulness for the blessings of our Island and our fellowship.
For war torn Yemen, where resources for dealing with the covid-19 outbreak are scarce, for traumatised Lebanon, Belarus, and for deeply troubled north-eastern DRC, especially our twinned Diocese of Goma.
For those parts of the world where the economic impact as well as the health crisis is driving people deeper into poverty and hunger.
We pray for those who are feeling poorly or vulnerable of our own church family, among them Robert, Emier, Emily, Desmond, Stefano, Anne, Hilary, Elisabeth and those on our hearts. Remembering too those in residential care or dependent upon care in their own home, and their carers. Praying for the bereaved and those who mourn.
If there are people or situations you would like remembered in prayer, please let me know. Similarly, if you become aware of a member of the congregation who is not or who has stopped receiving this email and would like so to do, please let me know or simply pass it on.
With every blessing,
Canon Geoff Houghton, Rector of Trinity