The Christmas period was very busy for all of us here at Trinity. We had a craft club team who focused on making cards for people in MHA homes, who would not normally receive one; we had a Christmas Coffee morning for fellowship and fund raising; we held our annual carol and mince pie event, where the Singing Futures children’s choir led us through the Christmas story; as well as the popular Christingle service attended by around 150 adults and children and the Christmas Eve/Day candlelight service. The Playgroup also held a successful Nativity service. As this update is written we think we have collected around £700 for the four charities we chose to support – Great Ormond Street, MRDF – (Ebola), Age UK – Suffolk, Samaritans (Lowestoft). All these events attracted people that do not regularly attend church. We estimate around 250 additional people passed through the church over the Christmas period.
Making Christmas Cards
During the lead up to Christmas there was an opportunity for reflection through a series of prayer sessions during Advent, led by the Rev. Mark Booth, which people found very helpful and it is hoped to run something similar in the future.
As we look forward to 2015 we want to build on these but also look at new areas. We recognise people seem to enjoy events they can be active in – singing, craft etc and family focused events were popular. We will certainly repeat our Christmas services and events and have already pencilled in the key dates. We are also planning for Easter and Harvest and the other key festivals and events that attract the wider community. However, we are also thinking about how do we build our prayer and spiritual life – we want to re-fresh our house groups and bible study format.
There is a lot to be done. Our regular worshipping community averaging 58 people each week is the core and of these around 20-30 people provide the bedrock of the support for all the activities we try and support. We would welcome prayerful support so that we can continue to spread a gospel message that is relevant, accessible and fresh.