2013

Bread Church

 The last Saturday of the month means 'Bread Church' at Trinity.

We watched Doug Hughes kneading dough last time. This time it's the turn of the youngsters to show us how it's done.

Children and adults alike seem to enjoy the process of making bread and all who come along have a good time.

 

 

 

Click the photo above to see how they did.

Children and adults alike seem to enjoy the process of making bread and all who come along have a good time.

 

We watched Doug last time. This time it's the turn of the youngsters to show us how it's done.

 

Click the photo above to see how they did.

Bread Church Harvest Special

Youngsters Jack , Ben and Alice wait patiently for their rolls of bread to come out of the oven before joining the others in lunch at a Bread and Banter session.

Trinity Harvest Festival 2013

 

The Trinity Harvest Festival got off to a good start  when lots of people turned up to join in the 'Bread Church' to bake bread and decorate the church in preparation  for the Sunday festival.

 

The flower displays were as beautiful as ever and together with the offerings of produce created a wonderful atmosphere for the service.

 

After the service the congregation shared a ploughman's lunch together in Trinity Hall.

 

Many thanks to Malcolm Brown for sending the photos in the slide show below.

 

Send your photos if you would like to share them on the website.

Well Done Maz

Thanks to those who sponsored Maz Hughes in her "Race For Life. She raised £259 for Cancer Research.

 

Cancer Research UK’s "Race for Life" is a series of 5k or 10k women-only fundraising events, which are raising money for research to help beat all 200 types of cancer sooner.

 

Cancer Research UK is pioneering life-saving research to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. In the UK survival rates have doubled in the past 40 years.

 

To learn more visit the Cancer Research UK website by clicking this link.

Wednesday Coffee Morning Raise Funds For Oasis Knitting For Africa

Many of Trinity members very actively support Oasis.

 

For some time Oasis has been encouraging people to 'Knit for Africa'. Oasis have asked people to knit clothing suitable for new born babies as very often new born children are known to be wrapped in paper after birth. Many people are knitting, but of course it costs to send the knitted goods to South Africa.

 

To help raise cash to fund the postage 'Wednesday Coffee Morning' group at Trinity organised a special coffee morning when an admission charge of 50p was asked and stalls selling all sorts of things were organised. The morning was very well supported and money was raised to fund the postage of parcels of much needed baby clothing.

 

£385.66 was raised which also included many generous donations.  This will enable almost 26 parcels to be sent to the babies in South Africa.

This is a tremendous effort and everyone involved, be they organisers or supporters, can be very pleased with the results of their efforts.

Shifnal Carnival 2013

After the usual scare with the weather, Shifnal Carnival Saturday  turned up trumps with a glorious day of sunshine as a backdrop for a wonderful parade. Crowds of people flocked to what might be that last Carnival parade, but surely not when it generates such an atmosphere in the town. Congratulations to everyone involved in the Carnival and the Fair.

 

Lots of people took the opportunity to take a break from the fun of the fair and rest a while at Kathy and Malcolm Insall's garden.

 

The sale of refreshments raised a wonderful £600 which will be shared between The Telford Sea Cadets 

Shifnal Carnival Video
Lent Lunches

Lent Lunches got off to a good start when more than 50 people met together at Trinity for the first of the Lent lunches.

 

Each local church will take its turn in preparing the lunch but the lunches are served each Wednesday at Trinity.

 

The first Lunch was provided by people from Trinity. The Rev. Mark Sherman welcomed everyone to Trinity and everyone enjoyed the variety of home made soups on offer followed by tea and coffee.

The Second of the Lent Lunches was hosted by St Mary's Catholic Church Shifnal and Father John Pascoe explained briefly the working of CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development), the official international development and relief agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

The third Lent Lunch was hosted by St Andrew's Church Shifnal and after a welcome from The Revd. Preb. Chris Thorpe there was a brief video and slides to illustrate the work of Christian Aid.

 Lent lunch on Wednesday 13th March was hosted by The Six Parishes and once again there was very good support and everyone enjoyed the specially prepared soups.

Sandy and Doug Hughes Celebrate

Sandy and Doug need little or no introduction to Methodists in and around Telford and especially to those who are members of the Trinity Methodist Church, Shifnal.

They have recently celebrated 40 years of preaching and on Tuesday 18th June they marked the occasion leading a service of celebration that reflected both their style and enthusiasm.

Congratulations to them both.  Their enthusiasm for, and preaching of, the Gospel is something we all benefit from and long may they continue to  lead us in worship.

Geoff Cox presents Sandy and Doug with certificates.

Easter Floral Decorations 
Shifnal Christmas Lights

Steve Bull counts down to turn on the lights.

    Click here to see video.

 

On a blustery Friday evening crowds of people turned out to see the turning on of the Christmas lights in Shifnal.

 

Bradford Street and Cheapside were lined with market stalls and well before the lights were due to be turned on people were crowding round the stalls.

 

As switching on approached the rain came but that didn't seem to dampen any of the Christmas spirit that was in the town.

 

When the lights were lit there was a reminder of years gone by with coloured bulbs festooned  across the streets to supplement the newer and whiter than white lights in the trees.

Lillian Whitfield
Troubles Around the World

There is very rarely a week when our thoughts and prayers in  the Sunday Service do not turn to the people of countries affected by the trauma of  war and the morning service on Sunday 17th November was no different in some respects, but in others it was.

 

Firstly during the service we were joined by Yvonne Gough. You might recall an earlier visit from Yvonne  (click here) who came to raise awareness of work being undertaken in Rwanda in conjunction with  PHARP (Peacebuilding, Healing and Reconciliation Programme).  

 

 Yvonne explained how the programme aimed to equip vulnerable people with skills, equipment and facilities. This enabled people to be self sufficient and had changed the lives of many. What we consider to insignificant amounts of money can provide life changing opportunities to people in Rwanda.

 

She thanked us for our support and encouraged anyone who would like to be involved in future Rwanda visits to contact her. tel 01922 694375.

Following the service many of the congregation joined together for a Mission Lunch in Trinity Hall which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The proceeds from the lunch, £252, are to go to the UNICEF appeal for the children of Syria.

Shifnal and Albrighton Wish

Rev Mark and Hazel 'A Fond Farewell'

Click here to open slide show of event

  

Members of both Albrighton and Shifnal Methodist Churches got together and celebrated their time with Rev. Mark and Hazel Sherman in a truly Methodist fashion- with a barbecue.

 

With plenty of sausages and burgers on the grills and an assortment of sweet offerings to follow, the occasion was soon in full swing. With everyone's appetite well satisfied representative's of both churches offered their thanks to Mark and Hazel for all their efforts on our behalf and wished them well as they enter their new ministry.

Karen Williams
is New 'Say Yes' Leader

It was a very wet morning on Wednesday but those who braved the weather to attend Coffee Morning at Trinity were there to give a very warm welcome to Karen Williams our new 'Say Yes' leader for Churches Together in Shifnal District.

 

We wish Karen every success in her new role; a very important one for the future of churches in the area.

Celebrating Shifnal

The annual 'Celebrating Shifnal'  service and award ceremony was held at St Andrew's Church Shifnal with Anne Lane, representing Trinity, reading the opening lesson and further  words of introduction by Revd. Preb. Chris Thorpe and Revd. John Pascoe.

 

There were some interesting interviews by Shirley Tart featuring a number of people active in the Shifnal community, presentations by The High Sheriff of Shropshire, Mrs Diana Flint,DL to long serving volunteers introduced by Paul Warrender and singing from the choir from St Andrew's School.

 

The service closed with a blessing by Rev. Sally Day and the congregation joining in the singing of "I danced in the morning".

 

Follow this link to see photos of some of the guests and presentations.

Oasis Celebrate

   

"Celebrate what?" I hear you ask. Well - being Oasis!

 

What deserves more celebration than the work put in by the Oasis volunteers?

 

By having a good time together and being seen to have a good time Oasis hopes to encourage more volunteers to come along and join this team of people in providing a point of contact in the middle of Shifnal where people know they will receive a warm welcome and help to find whatever they need.

 

Like to help? Pop into the shop or phone Angela Chatham on 01952 730216.

Lunchtime Concert at Trinity

Visitors to Wednesday Coffee morning at Trinity were treated to a delightful musical concert.

 

With the original participants being unable to attend Sue Blake called upon her husband to share the spotlight with her and together they provided wonderful music much to the delight of those who had come along to support this Festival Fund Raiser.  

Shifnal Male Voice Choir

and

Tamworth Ladies' Choir

Sing Live at

Home Fundraiser Concert

What a wonderful evening of music was enjoyed by all.

 

 This is my favourite. Click here to see the video.

Not to be outdone tamworth Ladies were equally impressive. Click here to hear them sing.

The Floral Team always work really hard to create lovely displays that make Trinity even more welcoming.

 

Once again they produced some wonderful displays for our Easter service.

I am sure that everyone will join in thanking the ladies for all their efforts.

New Year's Day Walk

Dave Morgan snaps those left standing at the end of our New Year's Day walk in Ironbridge.

The New Day's walk saw 27 assembling on the Ironbridge and after a short delay to allow everyone to park in a flooded and overcrowded Ironbridge we set off.

Some went the longer and easier route up to St.Lukes churchyard but the majority ascended the 120 steps to prove how fit they were.

The walk combined 2 short walks called 'Ironbridge alleyways 'and 'Madeley Woods' in a figure of eight whilst Gary's entourage kept to the flat to visit the two bridges.

We stayed the pace with twists and turns and ups and downs. There seemed to be more ups than downs .It is a fascinating place to walk with views of the Gorge ,the river, power station and the New Year's Day Morris Men.

Plenty of lovely buildings, gardens and chimneys including  the family house of Captain Webb where everyone in the town had  celebrated his swimming of the Channel; the home of Craven Dunhill; the large Ironbridge Rectory; John Fletcher's Memorial School and the old Methodist Church where Ann Lane preached her trial service. Not to mention a large number of old pubs which we only looked at!

It was interesting to note that the War Memorial and pink obelisk had both in the past been moved from The Square to different sites which we passed.

We all returned to Mike and Lynn Shinn's for excellent refreshments where we finished off the afternoon in comfort.

 

Many thanks to Dave for organising and leading the walk. Many thanks also to Lynne and Mike Shinn for the wonderful refreshments that they laid on afterwards.

 

Click on the photo for more walk photos.

Harvest Bread Church