Marjorie was an intrinsic part of our church family at Trinity for many, many years. She had been a devoted volunteer at Trinity Todder group for some 34 years, and for many families was the face of Trinity Church as she greeted them at the door week by week. She was also an active participant at Evergreens, the Friendship group, and the Thursday group.
She was also for many years a Sunday School teacher at the Congregational Church on the Square before they joined with Trinity. She and the family moved into the family house in Darrell Way, Abingdon when it was first built in 1953.
There was a lovely funeral service on Friday 18th October 2019. Marjorie had left instructions in her old bible from the Congregational years. She loved to sing and it included three hymns: Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us; The Lord’s my shepherd (Stuart Townsend version); and Jesus is Lord. Deacon Selina Nisbett gave the address and described Marjorie as ‘a very dear friend’. Marjorie’s son Alan (a Minister elsewhere) gave the Eulogy and then passed the microphone round for other contributions. Marjorie’s instructions ended with don’t forget to book the caterer. We all joined together afterwards in the Conduit Centre for a good spread. Marjorie asked for donations in her memory for Trinity Church.
Condolences to her family near and far, and friends, who will feel her loss greatly and we hold them in prayer.
There is an important role for us as Christian people at this time in making practical expressions of love and hope to our communities and to individuals. Here are 8 steps we can take today. Don’t be limited to 8 and don’t under-estimate what we can achieve together.
Give extra support to your local food banks
Watch out for the lonely, the anxious and the vulnerable
Reach out to EU nationals in your work place and your community
Watch over and support other faith groups and minority ethnic communities who are experiencing increased abuse
Encourage truthful and honest debate
Pray in public worship and private prayer
Work with other churches and faith communities and charities
Invite your community to come together
Helen Cameron (The Methodist Church – Northampton District)
10th October 2019
Trinity Church has decided to make improvements to the entrance and the facilities in the Conduit Centre. Over 700 people a week use the Centre. It hosts more than 20 community groups on a regular basis.
The new facilities will enable easier access for the disabled and infirm and for the children who use the Centre. The project will include environmentally friendly changes which will save on heating and lighting.
The First Phase (Summer 2019)
• Replacement toilets in the facilities off the Main Hall often used by children taking part in activities or by other groups
• Integrated seat facilities for children
• Provision of hot water in these toilets
The Second Phase (January 2020)
• A new front door to provide easy access for wheelchairs
• New toilet facilities and a greater number of toilets
• A separate disabled toilet opposite the front door for easy access
• A baby-changing facility
• LED lighting
• More storage
• Enclosure of the open tread staircase making the stairs safer.
Over 70 past and present supporters of TrinityLearning, including the Mayor of Abingdon, Cllr Charlie Birks, gathered together at Trinity Church on Thursday 26th September to mark 10 years of supporting well-being in Abingdon schools.
Rosemary Perrow, the retiring Education Development Officer, was presented with gifts and cards by Reverend Ian Griffiths, who explained how TrinityLearning has developed from small beginnings as a church project into the growing charity it is today. Revd Griffiths reflected on Rosemary’s many years of service to Abingdon schools and the ongoing impact of the TrinityLearning’s work in the lives of Abingdon’s young people.
The current Education Development Officer, Nicola Williams, spoke briefly about current projects including TrinityLearning’s new Thinking Books Mentoring Scheme which is just rolling out in the area’s primary schools.