2014

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Trinity Christmas Party 2014

 Trinity Church family got together for the annual 'Church Christmas Party'.

Everyone contributed firstly by bringing food and secondly by joining in with the games and competitions that have become a tradition at this event.

 

The evening was a noisy affair with each table competing with the others to complete the various challenges first.

'Pass the parcel' gave Judith the opportunity to demonstrate her literary background as  she rattled off the names of all of Santa's reindeers in double quick time! Eventual winner Tony. Tony's prize?

Our minister, Rev. Hendry and his family enjoying the fun of the party.

Will We Will Remember Them

On Remembrance Sunday St Andrew's Church was filled as the names of the dead from two world wars listed on the memorials inside the church were read out.

In his address the rev Chris Thorpe reflected not only on the horrific number of lives lost to war but also on the wounds and scars of war and their healing.While physical injuries are mostly obvious the psychological effects of exposure to the horrors of warfare cannot be underestimated.

 

Rev. Thorpe paid respect to the work done by the medical professions and support organisations involved in the difficult tasks of treatment and rehabilitation of people who have suffered as a result of armed conflicts. He reflected on the courage and determination of people so injured there for all to see in the recent Invictus games.

The service was preceded and  followed by the parade.

Welcome Hendry

Not long after saying our 'farewells' to Revd. Phillip Rees following an emotional communion service at Trinity we were joining with others in a Service of Welcome for The Revd. Hendry Ponniah and Deacon Julie Morton at a packed Dawley Christian Centre.

 

The Church was packed, the welcome warm, the sermon apt.

 

We look forward to worshipping with Hendry at Trinity in the very near future.

Shifnal Residential Development Display

On Friday 10th October Barratt Homes, West Midlands held a public consultation event in Trinity Hall.

Harvest Festival 2014 

It was Rev. Hendry Ponniah's first service at Trinity. He professed to being nervous but showed little sign of nerves as he conducted the service hitting all the right notes in the necessary right order.

 

He recollected how different people in different parts of the world celebrated harvest time but all thanking God for His gifts.

Fireworks at Tredustan

The afternoon sprinkling of rain cleared away and the evening had that  crisp feeling that lends itself to gathering around a bonfire, supping hot soup and watching the flames from the fire rise into the night sky creating a myriad patterns on their way. 

 

With the fire well alight to warm the outside and the welcoming cup of hot soup warming inside there was a feast of baked potatoes and an arm's length list of puddings to satisfy any sweet tooth.

 

Finally a wonderful evening was rounded off with a fireworks display bathing the scene in colour and finishing  with a rocket exploding above to produce a star cluster that warranted the applause from a very appreciative audience. 

 

Many thanks to Ann and Tony for once again providing us all with a memorable evening.

Goodbye Phillip

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Members of Shifnal Trinity and Albrighton Methodist Churches gathered at Trinity Hall on Friday 29th August to bid farewell to Rev. Phillip Rees.

 

The Rev. Phillip's stay has been brief, parachuted in to cover for another emergency transfer of the Rev. Mark Sherman.

 

The warmth of the messages can leave no doubt as to how much his ministry, however brief, has been appreciated.

Shifnal Carnival

We never really believed that it would rain did we?

 

The sun got his hat on in good time for the Shifnal Carnival parade on Saturday 29th June.

 

By the time the carnival started to wend its way along the streets of Shifnal the clouds had long since departed and the pavements were choc-a-bloc with people eager to join in the fun. With three bands accompanying the floats and walkers the procession was a wonderful sight and people showed their appreciation in the time honoured way of Shifnal Carnival by throwing their coins onto the floats.

 

Local businesses and organisations were well represented, a good number of individuals joined the parade in costume and everyone should be rightly proud of their contribution to the day.

All along Broadway the stalls were busy and the catering shops seemed to be doing a brisk business. 

Theatre Visit to see Peter Pan 

A group of Trinity members went along to Pool Hayes Community School, Willenhall to watch the Starcross Youth Theatre production of Peter Pan.

The youngsters put on a tremendous performance and everyone enjoyed the show.

 

"Yes, we believe in fairies!"   

Bert Williams Dies

Bert Williams photographed after switching on Shifnal illuminations ,2010

 

It was  with sadness that we heard the news of the death of Mr Bert Williams.

 

Bert was famous the world over as the Wolves and England goalkeeper but respected by all as much more than that.

 

In recent years Bert dedicated his time to raising money to help fight Alzheimer's Disease, the disease that had taken his wife Evelyn. His efforts were recognised in 2010 when he was awarded the MBE for services to football and charity.

Bert lived in Shifnal until very recently before moving to a care home in Wolverhampton. He was often to be seen shopping in the local shops and would readily pass the time of day in conversations.

Traffic in Shifnal

It has been some time since we included the following report and since then there has been much discussion of the traffic proposals  

 

An exhibition was held on Thursday 20 March 2014 from 2pm - 6.30pm at the Trinity Methodist Church Hall. 

 

Officers from Shropshire Council were available to answer questions.

 

The exhibition provided information on investigation work that has been undertaken for Shifnal in relation to future housing development and present a number of concept proposals for improvements to the highway.

 

These improvements aim to help those who chose to walk, cycle, use public transport or drive in Shifnal.

Proposals include two options:

 

Hot on the heels of this exhibition came a visit to Shifnal  by “road expert” Ben Hamilton who made a big impact by being photographed lying down in the middle of  Market Place which we all know can get very busy.

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Included on the agenda at a later meeting of the Shifnal Forward Steering and Action Groups, on  Thursday, 10th July 2014  at Trinity Methodist Church Hall, was a “Proposal from Transport Action Group re Transport Strategy for Shifnal”.

 

This proposal was to pursue the development of a "Shared Space" for Shifnal in much the same way as that undertaken by the town of Poynton. This proposal was widely supported by the meeting.

 

A video outlining the Poynton development can be seen below.

Shifnal In Christmas Mood At Lights Swich On

A good crowd turned out to see the Shifnal Christmas lights turned on and to listen to Shifnal Male Voice Choir singing Carols and some favourite Christmas songs.

Shifnab Gift Bomb Trinity

One Sunday just before Christmas the service ended with a visit from Santa.

 

He had swopped his sleigh for a motorbike somewhere around Stirchley Services and arrived at Trinity just as the service was ending but in good time to meet up with a couple of regular worshipers.

 

He was presenting them with hampers in recognition of their generosity in working in the Shifnal Community.

 

Santa and his not so little helpers joined the congregation for coffee before starting his bike and going off in search of his next worthy recipient of a Christmas hamper.

Trinity invite 'Churches Together' to Party

The first of the Church Christmas parties was when the Wednesday Coffee Morning Group hosted  a Churches Together in Shifnal party.

The church was full, the tables were full of lovely food, the room was full of the buzz of conversation and everyone joined in the singing of favourite Christmas songs and Carols.

 

A new feature this year was the performance by the 'Open The Book' team who related the Christmas Story as they have done in the local schools this year. 

 

Below as promised, is the video of the 'Open The Book' team.

He recalled how in Singapore where virtually all land is covered with buildings that today they celebrate 'Thanksgiving' rather than 'Harvest' and that we should count ourselves lucky to have the countryside literally on our doorstep.

 

Admiring the colourful floral decorations in the church he was reminded of an autumnal visit to a church the approach to which was lined with trees. The leaves on the trees and those already fallen were displaying all the autumnal colours and driving through the trees the fallen leaves were blown about which served to enhance the colourful display. He had commented on this in his sermon that day and afterwards people confessed to him that they had become so accustomed to their surroundings that they no longer took notice and so failed to appreciate the beauty there to be seen.  

Learning to appreciate God's gifts was only part of the morning's sermon. Seeing the collection of gifts placed at the front of Church Hendry commented on the value of giving. It is not the amount given by an individual but the collective effort, each giving according to their means - the oceans are made of many drops of water -  and that if we share what we have God will provide. 

 

Finally we were reminded that prayer can provide many answers and that while we may struggle with prayer God never 'puts you on hold'.

FROM SLIDE SHOW

Following the Harvest Service there was the traditional Harvest Lunch prepared by the ladies of the Church with bread baked by many members who came along to the Saturday Bread Church at Trinity to bake, on this occasion, especially for the Harvest Lunch. Many others joined in the preparations by bringing along their home made sweet courses.

Many thanks to the bakers in the Bakery department of Morrisons, Wellington who provided us with the wonderful Harvest Sheaf. We were denied the pleasure of breaking it as one of the congregation wanted to take it along to her school to show to the children and stomped up a 'good sum' for the privilege.

 

All the money raised by donations for the meals will go to 'Water - Aid'. The perishable goods will be distributed locally and non-perishable foodstuffs will go to the local food bank.

 

It was good to see a few new faces taking up the invitation to come along and that invitation is there for anyone to attend any of our services, meetings, coffee mornings - whatever. Do come along. You can be sure of a warm welcom.

Starcross Youth Theatre

Some time ago, on a Sunday evening, a Mini-bus full of Trinity members and others ventured over the borders into the wild , wild world of Walsall to take in a Starcross Youth Theatre performance of Showstoppers - Movie Songs at The Black Box Theatre Performance Hub, University of Wolverhampton, Walsall Campus.

 

 We have had a great night and were entertained by an enthusiastic and talented group of youngsters who clearly enjoyed it just as much as we did.

Wednesday Coffee Morning

There is always a nice 'buzz' at Coffee Morning at Trinity and last week was no exception.

 

Besides the usual 'chat' and such there were some rather special 'moments'.

 

First of all there was there was a sad come happy moment when Darren Ansell, Chairperson of Shifnal Youth Council presented Angela Chatham of "SayYes" - Shifnal and Albrighton  Christian Youth Project with a cheque to the value of £4942.00.

 

How "sad" ? Well, this money is the remaining funds following the winding up of Shifnal Youth Council.

Darren Ansell presents cheque to Angela Chatham of "SayYes". 

 

Members of Starcross Youth Theatre joined the regulars at Wednesday Coffee Morning to say ‘Thank you” for the donation made to their fund. They delighted the members by singing songs from their last production. Click on the photo below to hear a snippet of the music

Trinity Easter Sunday Service 

The Easter Sunday service at Trinity starts with the decoration of the cross during the singing of the first hymn.

Good Friday Walk

On Good Friday a number of our congregation took to the hills.

 

With the weather set fine the members set out for Lyth Hill.

 

 It was a beautiful day for walking and the views were magnificent.

 

 By the time the walkers had completed their circular walk they were joined by others coming to share in the picnic and this was enjoyed as we counted the tractors regulating the flow of the traffic on the A49 below.

With the picnic over we carefully folded our picnic mats and headed for home.

Palm Sunday Parade

Here we see part of Trinity's Palm Sunday Service when the "Open The Book" team involve all the congregation in acting out the Palm Sunday Parade

Trinity Spring Event

Lots of people turned out to browse the stalls and enjoy a lunch at the Trinity Spring event.

 

Congratulations to all involved and thanks to all who supported the event.

Dot and Eileen were kept busy but pleased that all their hard work preparing for the event was proved so worthwhile.

Victoria Road Repairs

Well now we know what all the fuss was about.

 

The road repairs kicked off on time in Victoria Road and didn't they make a fine job of it.

By the end of the first day the old surface had been removed and whilst doing so the traffic was convoyed through the site to keep traffic moving and keep workers safe.

With the new surface now in place Victoria road is looking very smart.

One Bright Day

Well the weather tried it's best to deny us "One Bright Day" but the volunteers were determined to make it as 'bright' as possible and despite the early rain leaving swamp-like conditions under foot the sunshine later in the day lifted everyone's spirits and the people who turned out enjoyed all the activities on offer.

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Well the weather tried it's best to deny us "One Bright Day" but the volunteers were determined to make it as 'bright' as possible and despite the early rain leaving swamp-like conditions under foot the sunshine later in the day lifted everyone's spirits and the people who turned out enjoyed all the activities on offer.

 

Congratulations to everyone involved in the presentation