The sun keeps giving! With the lockdown we have lost some of our income from collection plates, and we have lost our hall letting income, but the sun keeps giving! Did you know we have solar panels on the church roof? We recently received a payment of over £600 from our electricity supplier for the energy we generated over the last three months - and they are helping to reduce our carbon emissions too...
Generosity. Mums from our Mother and Toddler group generously provided some bags of food which have been distributed to several people in our community who would particularly appreciate them. A big "thank you" to our Toddler Mums!
Christian Aid totals. The quiz raised £300 and the Recipe Book £700, and together with donations, Christian Aid will receive approx. £4,100 from Trinity this year (including Gift Aid). Stephen Haylett's Organ Recital raised a further £2,600. Adding these together, Christian Aid will receive £6,751, only £600 less than last year's Trinity total of £7,341 which, given we could not hold the house-to-house collections this year (they raised £3,400 last year) is a tremendous result. Many thanks to you all for your support and generosity.
Christian Aid Organ Recital. Stephen Haylett tells us that his recital has generated over £2,600 in donations for Christian Aid. A tremendous result - but the recital is still available to listen to here and Stephen is still accepting donations. Thank you to Stephen and all who have supported his initiative!
Christian Aid Recipe Book. A book of recipes contributed by members of our churches in Sutton has been compiled and is being distributed in return for donations to Christian Aid - so far raising over £700. It includes an interesting range of some 80 recipes from around the world. It is not too late to request your copy here. Well done Liz and Deborah!
Coffee and Chat. A group of Trinity friends are meeting for coffee and a chat after our Sunday morning services (via Zoom). Last Sunday over twenty of us got together (despite some glitches from Zoom!) and talked about Stephen's wonderful organ recital and some mice... Contact us if you would like to join in.
Lockdown Quiz for Christian Aid. Held at the end of Christian Aid Week, 21 people from our CUCS churches came together using Zoom to test their knowledge (and have some fun).
Congratulations to Clive Orton from St Nicholas Church who won (after pipping (Fiona Jones to the post on a tiebreaker). Clive can look forward to his prize of a home-baked cake - and no ordinary cake but one baked by Joan Hill - to be provided once we have more freedom so that he can celebrate with neighbours and friends!
Thanks to everyone's generosity, over £300 will go to Christian Aid.
CRUSE 2.6 Challenge. Dave and Yvette walked past 26 churches over the bank holiday weekend; Margaret kept silent for 26 hours; Briony and her grandsons are walking for at least 26 minutes on 26 days; Yoon Chun skipped 2,600 times and Hannah, Rayna, Laelle and Naythan Chun cycled or walked 26 laps of their garden. They are now nearing their target of £2,600 for Cruse Bereavement Care Sutton. Well done all!
Roots study material. Junior church members Kate and Ella have been working with the materials provided by Roots that they would normally be using on Sunday mornings at church. Very neat colouring girls!
These particular pictures illustrate the balance in our lives between what we want, and what we need.
Easter Eggs. Our Junior Church were unable to enjoy their traditional Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday, so we had a lot of spare Easter Eggs... They were delivered to Eversfield House, a local Care Home in Mulgrave Road, and the manager responded:- "Our residents were delighted with the Easter eggs that they were given by the church. It brightened their Easter as they were unable to see their relatives. Thank you for the thoughtful gesture."
Easter Garden. Kori Tizard-Varcoe, aged 5, a member of our Junior Church, enjoyed making this Easter Garden on Easter weekend. Well done Kori!
Congratulations to Hannah. Hannah Chun has been studying for the Methodist ministry and we have recently heard that she has been accepted for pre-ordination training - another major milestone towards her objective. Well done Hannah! (and where do you find the time?)
Keeping going. We might be in lockdown, but Trinity continues to be a worshipping community with streamed services on Sundays and a great deal of pastoral care. The Deacons and the Finance Committee have met using videoconferencing via Zoom, perhaps the easiest video platform to get started with - if you have a laptop, tablet or smartphone why not give it a try for a chat with friends or family? See instructions here.
Lent study groups. Despite the current problems, some of the Lent groups were able to continue their study of the Beatitudes, swapping opinions, ideas and prayers via email. Instead of coming together for the final session as planned, people were able to follow material which was emailed or posted to all the group members. If you would like to follow that study, which has some moving material and a reflection by Revd Frances Arnold from St Nicholas Church, you can find it here.
Thank you to TK Maxx. Amy and David from TK Maxx brought two trolley loads of food, mainly biscuits, tea and coffee to the church on Friday as their store closed for business to help us out. We will be passing much of it on to the food bank. A thoughtful and generous gesture! Here's a photo of Dave receiving the first trolleyful from Amy.
Deliveries to the vulnerable. We trialled a service offering delivery of hot food to people at home but demand was limited so this has now ceased. However a number of people volunteered to help and may be able to help with other needs, so if you have to stay isolated and need help with shopping or other matters please let us know.
Easter Experience. Our presentation of the Easter Story for groups of schoolchildren achieved 3 performances in March before all schools were obliged to cancel. Recognise anyone?