HTL News Spring 2020

A message from our vicar Elaine

Dear Holy Trinity Family,

I’d love to start with a scripture from Romans 8:31-39:

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died – more than that, who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:

‘For your sake we face death all day long;

    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Last Sunday a member of the Ministry Team had a picture of two people: one wearing the full health protection gear standing in front of the other. Due to the position of the first, the second person's identity was lost. Then Jesus came and stood in front of them face to face, and their identity was known. In this time of isolation, Jesus is drawing close us and we can draw close to him: face to face because nothing can separate us from his love.

You may have already heard on the news that Sunday Services and a midweek gatherings are temporarily suspended. This will feel painful and frightening for some but it simply means living and operating in a different way for a little while. The good news is that we will still be live streaming on Sundays (via Facebook Live) and we are making provision for MSCs, Young Trinity and other groups to meet virtually via the gift of the Internet. Some have already done so successfully and your leaders will be in touch with you. Please make every effort to stay connected. We are also setting up mini podcasts and devotionals for people to access and song sets for children’s worship with Pedro. In addition there will be set times of prayer when we know others from our church family will be praying too and of course extra pastoral network for support. 

We would like to form a group of intercessors, they will commit to praying for the names of people we will give them, but asked not to contact them directly or follow up. If you would be willing to join the intercessor team please let me asap, thank you. To this end please let me know as soon as you become unwell so that we can put you on the prayer list and ensure you have the right pastoral support.

We are all aware of the financial pressures this is going to cause, and we want to be a family who cares for all who might be vulnerable.  This means that if you need financial help please let me know, this will be kept in the strictest of confidence and we will seek to support you as best as we can. Within Holy Trinity itself we will need to cover any shortfall of giving due to some people’s income reducing and not having Sunday services.  We will need to pay our staff so that they do not become vulnerable.  So those of us who are wealthier and have more than we need at this time will need to give generously in addition to our normal offering. And because we will not be meeting together on Sundays we will need to give online in order to honour God and bring our offering to him.  Finally Kings Coffee House has inevitably taken a hit financially with two full time wages needing to be paid. At the time of writing there are no current plans to close but we appreciate this may happen. To this end they are going to be baking special cakes for collection or delivery, watch out for details and please support them if possible. 

You can find different ways to give to the ongoing work at Holy Trinity on our website

Finally if you stop hearing from us check your junk or spam box and don’t forget we are on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

See you on Sunday via your TV, laptop or phone!

The joy and peace of the Lord be you,

Elaine

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