Deacon Selina led the Advent Civic service for the Mayor on the 10th Dec, and the Fijian Fellowship from Dalton Barracks sang.
Deacon Selina, the Mayor’s chaplain, spoke on building a ‘highway of hope,’ drawing on the reading from Isaiah 40 by the Mayor about ‘Make straight the way for the Lord‘ . Selina encouraged the congregation to focus on their own ‘stretches’ of the path to peace.
We should be delighted if you are able to attend a special service at 10.30am on Sunday, 26th November, to mark 150 years of Trinity Church. On 26th November, 1873, the foundation stone of Trinity Church was laid, and on Sunday, 26th November, 2023, we commemorate that event with a special service led by our Minister, Rev. Ian Griffiths. There will also be an opportunity to taste anniversary cake, enjoy the flower display, and look into the past with a collection of photographs from the archives, as well as be reminded of the work Trinity and its partners are currently engaged in. We very much hope that you will be able to join us in celebrating and thanking God for the continued life and witness of Trinity. There are some invitation cards in the Welcome Area if you would like to take some to pass on.
The focus for Christian Aid Week is on the country of Malawi. Cyclone Freddy, the longest-lasting tropical cyclone on record (lasting 34 days), hit Malawi and Mozambique in February and March this year. Malawi experienced a year’s worth of rain during the 4-week cyclone. The number of people affected by the tropical cyclone in Malawi continues to rise. Over 508,000 people are displaced and hundreds have lost their lives. There is also an increased risk of malaria and cholera in the immediate aftermath. The gifts to Christian Aid could help farmers in Malawi plant better seeds, secure a fairer price for the crops, and build happier futures for their children.
The Christian Aid Market Place Sale was held on Saturday 20th May 2023. There were stalls with cakes and preserves, books, DVDs, CDs and plants.
Members, ministers and friends of the URC gathered in London on 15th April to mark the denomination’s 50th anniversary. Around 1,200 people attended the rail strike-postponed celebrations at Methodist Central Hall Westminster, where English Congregationalists and Presbyterians gathered on 5th October 1972 to vote the URC into being.
There was an Art Exhibition in St Helen’s Church with four artworks by our minister Revd Ian Griffiths. These are part of a sequence called The Word Beyond Words and explore a different approach to thinking about God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The exhibition was in two parts: 27 March-8 April 2 2023 (Wil and Hinri) 10 April-22 April 2023 (Fawkes and Ed). Although the visual imagery transcends language, each hanging was accompanied by notes providing background, questions to prompt reflection and suggestions for other linked resources.