Advent Family Reflections 2

Each Sunday during Advent we will be sharing a series of reflections we can do by ourselves or as a family. Here is the second in the series:

This week light two candles and as they burn read the suggested passage together.  Once you have read the bible verses you might like to discuss it together and pray.  The second candle represents the Prophets – Jesus birth foretold.  Jacob had 12 sons, one sold to slavery in Egypt, who rescued the family and the nation from famine.  God then calls the people, Jacob’s descendants (the Israelites) out of Egypt to the promise land.  The Israelites mess up, they are God’s people and end up in God’s land but do not live under God’s rule and so do not experience God’s blessing and therefore they are taken from God’s land. So, they are in a mess and need a rescuer!
    •   Read Isaiah 7:14 together.  Immanuel means God-with-us.  What preparations do we make to welcome a new born baby?  What preparations do we make to welcome Jesus – God with skin on?
    •   Perhaps you would like to read today’s passage by candle light! It’s Isaiah 9:2-7 as it starts by talking about darkness!  What does this passage teach us about why Jesus came?
    •   Read Micah 5:2-5a together.  Think of a time when something significant happened from a very small beginning. Plant the cress seeds you collected on Sunday and watch them grow!
    •   Read Isaiah 53:1-6 together. Perhaps you would like to pray confessing the ways we turn to our own way and ignore God.
    •   Read Isaiah 53:7-12 together.  Jesus remained silent, can you last 30 minutes in silence?

Join us for Christmas at Trinity Church, Exeter

It would be great to see you at any of our events over Christmas. Here’s the list of what’s on, and when.

Sunday 9 December

9.00 am Morning Service @ Trinity School
10.45 am Holy Communion @ Clyst Heath School
4.00 pm Tea with Griffiths & Stanfords @ Newcourt Community Centre
6.00 pm Unplugged @ Clyst Heath School
6.30 pm Evening Service @ Newcourt Community Centre

Wednesday 12 December

6.00 pm Carols at Ikea

Sunday 16 December

9.00 am Holy Communion @ Trinity School
10.45 am Morning Service @ Clyst Heath School
6.30 pm Carols by Candlelight @ Clyst Heath School

Saturday 22 December

5.00 pm Carols on the Green Newcourt Circle

Sunday 23 December

9.00 am All Age Service Carol Service @ Trinity School
10.45 am All Age Service Carol Service @ Clyst Heath School
6.30 pm Carols by Candlelight @ Trinity School

Christmas Eve

An All Age Service, with Christmas Carols, and a Scratch Nativity
2.30 pm  @ Trinity School
4.30 pm  @ Clyst Heath School

Christmas Day

9.00 am All Age Service @ Trinity School
10.45 am All Age Service  + Holy Communion @ Clyst Heath School

Sunday 30 December

9.00 am All Age Service @ Trinity School
10.45 am All Age Service @ Clyst Heath School
No evening service today

Sunday 6 January

9.00 am All Age Service @ Trinity School
10.45 am All Age Service @ Clyst Heath School
No evening service today

Evening services restart at Newcourt on 27 January

Advent Family Reflections

Each Sunday during Advent we will be sharing a series of reflections we can do by ourselves or as a family. Here is the first.

This week light one candle and as it burns read the suggested passage together. Once you have read the bible verses you might like to discuss it together and pray. There are some optional activities suggested to help keep the whole family engaged. The first candle represents the Patriarchs who were the founding father’s of the Israelites, God’s chosen people. God chooses Abraham to bless the whole world through his family. This week we see the promise handed down through Abraham’s family, to his son Isaac, then to his son Jacob. God promises they will be God’s people, in God’s land, under God’s rule and blessing.

•Read Genesis 12:1-7 together. You might like to pray for your family. Draw a picture of your family.
•For this reading you might like to wait until it is dark and read the passage outside looking at the stars. Read Genesis 15:1-6 together.
•Read Genesis 22:1-2 and 12-18 together. You might like to thank God for his provision and ask for his help to put him first in your lives. Perhaps create a picture of a ram, by drawing it or from cotton wool?
•Read Genesis 28:1-5 together. You might like to chat about a recent wedding you’ve been to, your own wedding or a family wedding. Perhaps have a look at photos or re-enact it!
•Read Genesis 28:10-15 together. You might not want to swap your pillow for a stone for tonight, but perhaps you could put a pebble under your pillow. Can you work out the family tree of the people we have read about this week?

Join us for Life Explored!

Life Explored. A space to explore the things in life that offer us happiness, and what the Bible has to say about how our desires for happiness can be satisfied.

There’ll be a relaxed atmosphere, high quality content, and good food.

Get in touch with Phil (his contact details are below) to find out more!

This Weekend!

Don’t forget, the clocks change this weekend!!!! (27th / 28th October)

Clocks need to go back over Saturday night! (Or at least before the services start on Sunday morning, to avoid arriving super early!)

Whats Happening This Term in Trinity Youth and Children Work?

Youth and children’s work is central to life at Trinity Church. The main meeting time for our groups is during Sunday morning services. Our desire is for all children and young people to become whole-hearted, lifelong disciples of Jesus. We believe the good news of Jesus is for them right now, whatever their age and therefore we make teaching them about Jesus from the Bible a high priority.

To help our whole Church family understand what is covered during the groups, we have created a series of Term cards which give the titles for each of the groups that are meeting this term.

Download the term cards, and read more information at our Children and Youth work page.

Sunday Evenings in October

On the Sundays Evenings in October we will be running four special sessions on the gospels. October 7: Mark (Phill), 14: Luke (Jonny), 21: Matthew (David Harley), 28: John (Rosemary Harley).

Among other things we’ll be asking ‘what’s distinctive about each one? What would we lose if we didn’t have this gospel?’ Each event will start with a short time of worship and will include plenty of time for discussion.

This will mean a change to the usual service format.

We expect it to run from 6.30 to 8pm.

We hope you can make a special effort to join us!

Unplugged, Sunday 16th September

Following the tragic news of the loss of Ben Davies Unplugged will be shortened this Sunday.

Some of our 11-15 year olds will have known Ben and some may not have. We will therefore try the best we can to respond appropriately to those who choose to come but it will be different to a normal Unplugged and a maximum of 30 minutes long.