Working for God in the Community
In May 2007 we held our first Saturday Seekers. A monthly group for ages 5 - 11. The aim was to spend 2 hours with the children and try to bring the Bible and the teaching of Jesus alive for them in a different way from perhaps what they expected from a traditional school. We always have a memory verse to learn and activities which are based on a particular story, which is repeated in different formats throughout the sessions. Through the Bible reading, DVD, re-enacting and retelling the story and trying to help the children to understand the context and emotions that the story explores, We have craft work and games to re-inforce the message.
Our first sessions were called 'Awesome' and we explored the miracles of Jesus and tried to re-enact them, which of course we couldn't and the response was 'Wow'.that's Awesome'. Next we started a new course called 'Streetwise' looking at 'Luke Street' and the stories in Luke. We visit a house on the street each time and listen to the story behind the front door.
We are now looking at heros and heroines in the Old Testament and trying to link them with the New Testament stories as well. The stories really seem to have captured the children's imagination and we are beginning to have quite deep questions and challenging discussions with some of them.
We have had 35 different childern over the last year, some of whom have been visitors visiting cousins etc., but we have between 10 - 18 most sessions. The youngest child being 4 and the oldest 11.
This could never have happened without the willingness of people to offer support and help in so many ways. If anyone would like to help and would like to know more then please contact Mrs Penny Masters.
We have 17 young people on the register ranging in ages from 5 to 15, some of whom attend very regularly and other very intermittently. One of the older boys regularly attends Morning Worship. it is unfortunate that there are so many activities for young people taking place on a Sunday. We have one who has a job, several footballers, at least one rugby player and one who has the main part in the London production of The Lion King.
With the wide age range and never being sure who, will be there on a Sunday, it is difficult to cater for all.
We have six JMA (Junios Missionary Association) collectors and one collection per month goes to JMA. All the children receive a Rainbow Magazine three times a year. As some of our young people originate from countries in Asia, Africa and the Carribbean it gives added interest when we use Rainbow on a Sunday morning.
Mashiters Walk House Group
In 2008 the House Group met on 11 occasions at the home of various members.Some members had health problems during the year reducing the attendance but we managed an average of 7.
At the beginning of the year, we completed our study of The Lord's Prayer (a York course), had one session about hymns, and in the Autumn started six sessions called "The Art of the Possible - the meaning of faith in the World of Politics"., a course compiled by the Joint Public Issues Team of the Baptists, Methodist and United Reform Churchs.
We also enjoyed two social occasions when we invited others to join us.
Leader: David Partridge. Tel: 01708 768804
Wednesday Morning Prayer Fellowship
The prayer meeting began several years ago when it was felt there was a need for prayer to be shared during the week.
We meet every Wednesday morning at 10.15am abnd following a hymn, bible reading and a short 'thought for the day' we share our concerns for our friends , family , our church community and world issues. We also bring any prayer requests from the'blue book' in the vestibule. Each 3rd Wednesday of the month we include a bible study session.
After sharing our concerns we then offer them to God in prayer. About once a month Rev. Ken Nicholls shares communion with us during our prayer time.
The meeting is very informative and flexible with different people offering their thoughts and leading prayers. A hymn states 'Prayer is the Christian's vital breath' and we truly believe that everything we do should be girded by prayer.
Please come and join us if you can or if you wish us to pray for you or for a particular need or concern then write it in the book in the vestibule or send it via this web site and we will do so.
We meet on the second Monday of each month, we have various speakers, a New Year party and Supper and an End of Season Supper.
From September we will be joining with the Romford Salvation Army, meeting alternative months at their Citadel.
Meets monthly on 2nd Monday at 8pm
President: Mrs J Peak; Tel: 01708 455193
Secretaries: Mrs Monica Balham. Tel: 01708 721173 Mrs Nadine Vaughan, Tel: 01708 727609
The Women's Fellowship continues to meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday afternoon of each month, at 2.30pm.
Our numbers are few as members are getting older and finding it more difficult to attend the meetings. It is also becoming an increasing problem to find speakers.
We are, however,a happy and caring group, who look forward to our times together.
As always, new members can be assured of a warm welcome.
Contact: Mrs Barbara Heard. Tel: 01708 768545
It is hoped that by now friends know that the Wesley Guild meets on Wednesdays at 8pm between October and April.
We are happy to welcome new visitors especially if a special topic interests them.
Our members are few in numbers (about 20) but very loyal and ready to take part on members' Evenings, be it Devotional, Christian Service or Cultural.
Secretary: Mrs Barbara Heard. Tel: 01708 768545
The Coffee Shop is open on each Wednesday and Friday 10.00am - 1.00pm. (excepting Easter and Christmas Week)
Take the chance to relax and enjoy the friendship of members of the public and of Trinity, within the pleasant surroundings of the church vesdtibule.
If you are in need of help or just need someone to listen, there will be someone available to assist you or can pass your details on to the relevant person, who will then get in touch with you.