Community Clothes Swap – keeping our clothes in our community

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Saturday 10th December 11am – 2pm

Trinity Church Rawdon will launch its first

Community Clothes Swap.

Bring your pre-loved clothes washed and ready to wear and swap them for some new ones!

Refreshments will be provided by the yummy Kachumba kitchen – all proceeds to Innchurches.

Bring the kids as we will be including children toys and clothes!!

Reflections on Trinity retreat to Ffald-y-Brenin

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Those 7 from Trinity who attended the Ffald-y-Brenin Christian Retreat, close to the Pembrokeshire Coast, were indeed the lucky ones! Helen had done well to secure accommodation at relatively short notice, having been inspired to do so by a reading of Roy Godwin’s “Grace Outpouring”, in turn prompted by Ken, who had already attended the retreat.

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For it is a special place and one which has been welcoming believers since Celtic times, although the current buildings were constructed as recently as in the 1980s. There have been many well-documented instances of the Holy Spirit moving in and around the centre and in some almost incredible ways too. Whatever their personal experience of several days here, most speak of a deep sense of peace in the presence of Jesus Christ. Many are compelled towards passionate outpourings of great fervour whilst others enter into an almost trance-like state of calm.

Underpinning everything is the gentle rhythm of prayer: meetings in the Chapel in the morning, at noon, in the early and late evening, with a simple liturgy, readings, open prayer and sung praise. Always there is an insistence that words should be said slowly so that their full significance can be understood and felt. Significantly too, with a round chapel, there is no hierarchy and we are equal before God and can engage fully with each other.

This is what Linda said:

“What I took from the days was the beauty and wonder of that countryside, how good it was to relax, not have the interruption of everyday life – especially mobile devices, to talk and just be together, but also the chance to be alone when needed.  Also, the love, support and companionship was a great comfort and a strength we need to hold on to.”

I agree – the time spent with those of our own group and the good people we met was special indeed and we pray that more may share in this. We pray too that one day we might have such a place in our own Aire and Wharfe Valleys! Helen said: “I never stopped laughing!” Here is the proof…..

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We Love Hurting People

This sign recently appeared on our wayside pulpit.

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Why would we say that?

Why would anyone say that?

Isn’t the church supposed to be about loving people? Don’t they keep telling us that ‘God is Love’ ?

Of course, this sign doesn’t mean what it seems to say at first glance. All churches, and Trinity is no exception, should try and offer love to those in their community. As a result, churches often attract people who seek the love they offer in the name of Jesus. People who need that love. People who are suffering. People who are hurting. Hurting people. We are not ashamed to proclaim that “We love hurting people”.

I must confess that this isn’t ‘original’. When we try and find something new to put on the noticeboard every month or so, very few are ‘original’. A visiting speaker included a photo of a similar sign outside another church in a recent service. I, like most of the congregation, also did a double take. Maybe because we knew it couldn’t say what it did say, we ‘got it’ within a few seconds. But the fact that it did take those few seconds was a reason to adopt it for Trinity roundabout.

We can’t hope to communicate very much in the few seconds that people think about the aphorisms on our wayside pulpit, but we can hope to make people think. Maybe this time we have succeeded in doing just that.

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