Freegling and the wider picture for our world

Every year, millions of tonnes of household waste makes it’s way to landfill. 40 % is now recycled, how can we better this and stop so much stuff heading to the tip, ruining God’s world?

7028839581_7c1d9d1042_bWell, there is something you can do: Freecycle. On a website called Freegle, unwanted things from gardening furniture to fridge freezers, children’s equipment to building stuff like bricks and tiles that are all perfectly useable are advertised. If you sign up to Freegle online, you will get emails informing you of stuff that is all free in the area you live in. For us Lewes residents that is Seaford and Lewes Freegle, and nearby area.

You will see on the Freegle emails that it says ‘offer’ for items given and ‘wanted’ so that there is a facility to ask for something you need. An opportunity is presented to email the person via Freegle (so it keeps your email address private or contact them via the web.

I have myself used Freegle when I needed a new cat basket (the old being a rusting and shabby cage). I was browsing and happened to see it advertised in the Lewes area. The person had left a note to say all offers were being considered (so it wasn’t necessarily first come, first served). I contacted via email and hey presto! I was told no one else had come forward, and it was mine to collect.

Usually, the onus is on the enquirer to collect the item, so I took a short walk to collect it. Five years later, the cat basket is still working and my cat has had many trips (albeit not enjoyable ones!) in it.

freegleA relative of mine is a Freegle moderator, which means she helps the group of people using the website and advises people on how to use the service. She also filters out unwanted emails.

She says of it ‘it’s good because it keeps things in circulation rather than going into landfill and incinerators. It saves on production costs because things are used for a longer period of time’. Of all the things she’s received from it she says: ‘The thing we’re most pleased with that we got is a fireplace surround. Which is brilliant and fits perfectly.’ ‘ We’ve given away more stuff than we’ve got! But that’s OK! 91 percent of things people offer get taken. 74 percent of things wanted that are posted (on Freegle) somebody makes an offer and they get what they’re looking for.

It has saved 3500kg or 3.5 metric tonnes of material going into landfill in just last month which is equivalent to a very full bin lorry!

Reuse group Freegle grew out of Freecycle as a more local organisation. Our local Freegle is run by 4 local Lewes volunteers. There are about 400 Freegle groups. Ours has been going since 2009 and we have 7700 members.

It’s really good at building communities. Someone that needs something but can’t afford it can have it, so it’s redistribution of wealth.’.

Litter-Newcastle-2Biblically, Isaiah talks of rebuilding the ancient ruins and restoring the places ‘long devastated’. (Isaiah 61: 4). We can all do our bit to restore the planet. As Christians, we can be people of action, who pick up rubbish from the streets where we live or recycle our possessions. Something small can be wonderful in God’s eyes. In nature, nothing is wasted. Having seen two now rare Songthrushes, I noticed one had some leaf material in its beak, presumably to make a nest. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we made use of the resources already used to build our homes. After all, the leaf had an original purpose of helping the plant to give off water and gas vapour, balancing the eco-system and giving shelter, but then was transformed and renewed into building material for a nest.

As Summer approaches and we experience the perfect Spring weather, let us be thankful for the resources that God has already given us.



Miriam Owen
TRINITY Creation Care Team

Called to more…

As we draw breath after the busyness of Holy Week and Easter Sunday, I wonder if now isn’t a good time just to take stock.

holy-week-reflectionI encouraged you to take time during Holy Week to reflect on the events of that week some 2000 years ago, and to seek to draw closer to the Lord and I hope you were able to make at least some time to do that. Having done so, the next step might be to just step back from life and reflect on what Jesus calls you to do.

Of course we are all called to follow Jesus, and to share the gospel, to be a light for the Kingdom of God wherever we are, but is there something specific he has called you to? What gifts has he given you to use for his kingdom? How might you use them? Is he asking you to use them in a new way?

Years ago I was challenged by a friend who sent me this quote from Paul Coelho:

Pitiful is the person who is afraid of taking risks. Perhaps this person will never be disappointed or disillusioned; perhaps she won’t suffer the way people do when they have a dream to follow. But when the person looks back-she will hear her heart saying, ‘What have you done with the miracles that God planted in your days? What have you done with the talents God bestowed on you? You buried yourself in a cave because you were fearful of losing those talents. So this is your heritage: the certainty that you have wasted your life.

It’s a challenge certainly, but if we believe we are all part of the body of Christ then we all have a part to play no matter what our limitations or life’s circumstance.

Tiger_A3_LR-1You may have heard of a young man called Henry Fraser, a talented rugby player, who at the age of 17 he suffered a neck injury that left him paralysed from the neck down. And yet, despite his injury, he is an inspiration to many, choosing as he has to give motivational talks and encourage people through his own story. He has taught himself to paint just by holding a brush in his mouth and produces some wonderful drawings and paintings.

On his website he notes:

‘After my accident I thought so many doors had been shut. In fact it’s opened so many more. If it wasn’t for the accident then I’d probably be leading a very boring life at the moment. Adversity has given me a gift.’

If you’ve ever seen the Narnia movies or read the books you might remember a passage in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, where Father Christmas shows up and gives the children a present each. Each gift is different, personal to the child, but each one also has a use, and he explains to them what they are for and their part in it. In the book, he also hands them a tray of hot tea, which I don’t think made it to the movie! This is a great illustration of the gifts God gives to us as individuals, some with a purpose for us, but like the tea sometimes the things God has given us are to show love and compassion, kindness, and as here of a shared need as they sit in the cold. Gifts from God are not just for purpose but to enrich our lives and that of those around us too.

So, why not take some time this week to reflect on and pray into the gifts God has given to you and how he might be calling you to use them now?

fearfullyJPG(If you want you could read  any of these passages to help give you a focus:

Psalm 139 – fearfully and wonderfully made

Romans 12:1-8 – Identity and Introduction

1 Corinthians 12:1-11 – Spiritual Gifts

1 Corinthians 12:12-31 – The Body

Ephesians 4:1-16 – Five Fold Ministry,

Romans 12: 9-21 and 1 Peter 4:10-11 – Using our gifts as outreach

Galatians 5:22 – Fruit of the Spirit


What you are is God’s gift to you; what you do with yourself is your gift to God

Danish proverb


Jules Middleton

TRINITY Connect Weekend

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Love of the Trinity

We need to be overwhelmed by the love Jesus has for each of us.

Come to this table, not because you must but because you may, not because you are strong, but because you are weak. Come, not because any goodness of your own gives you a right to come, but because you need mercy and help. Come, because you love the Lord a little and would like to love him more. Come, because he loved you and gave himself for you

‘On the last Sunday that we were in Rwanda we were sat in a Pastor’s house after a wonderful service followed by a wonderful traditional African meal. When the Pastor, Charles, who most will know who have visited Rwanda, spoke about a new threat which he felt was threatening the country and the church. After many years of reconciliation and mutual forgiveness the country had worked through the worst of the problems created by the genocide but he saw a new evil which was not so easily dealt with. That was a growing materialism and lack of Love for Christ, which was manifesting in a falling away of Sunday observance and the disintegration of marriages and unfaithfulness particularly on the part of the husband even in Christian circles.  MoneyThis was especially true in the capitol with its increasing wealth and materialism. Sadly this is being imported from the wealthy countries such as our own where materialism is so widely entrenched that we hardly notice it as a problem.

In the Sermon on the mount Jesus presented us with a stark choice we either love God or money he used the term the god Mammon.

Recently Steve preached   on the fruit of the Spirit and how we overcome our evil desires. Our problem is that we tend to love ourselves There are many things in our lives which are not ultimately bad but the problem is that we love them too much.

heartsUltimately the issue is who do we love and who or what do we worship.

While we are alive we have a mighty battle on our hands, but we can choose our battle ground. Jesus does not want us to feel guilty and defeated by our lack of love for Him. If we stop trying to pull ourselves up by our own bootstrings and focus on worship and adoration of Jesus, inspired and assisted by the Holy Spirit we find ourselves drawn more and more into His love.

If we meditate on the love and self-sacrifice that Jesus showered onto us by His loving self-giving of His own life on the cross for each of us as individuals, we will be drawn into the circle of perpetual mutual self-sacrificial love, which the three persons of the Godhead have for each other.



As the old hymn has it :

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth
will grow strangely dim,
In the light of
His glory and grace.


Ian Hempshall

TRINITY Mission Update – April

Fritha & John Washington, Bethel & Simeon  Always great to see them at the 11.15 Worship.  Josh & Nina Cleaver, (who took over from them), spent the day with them last week, & attended the 11.15am service.  They are currently in UK having had a new baby, but expect to return soon to Vinnitsa, Ukraine.

Lisa Meadows and Christine Angell:  No recent news, which we trust means busy & good!  All the more reason for focussed prayer!

Rebekka Maughan:  Ongoing good news that Januz is a really good Manager, also managing Ramona & Olga who run the Rainbow House for which recent cake- and book-sales- at TRINITY have raised much-needed funds.

Please pray for Mim Daughtery, resting at home, having a ‘Sabbatical’ from the Discipleship Training School.  She writes:  “In May I will hopefully be going to work and take a Bible Core Course with YWAM Jordan in the Middle East for 3 months until August.  This is Mission work for which I have sufficient funds but I still need air fair funds so I will be “fundraising” for that, if you have any little jobs you can think of me doing please let me know.”

TRINITY Team Rwanda.  Praise God that they are back from what was a very varied, happy & training visit to Rwanda.  Even the significant health-issues, thankfully, only happened at the very end.

Please continue to pray for Jonathan Lamb, back 10 days ‘low profile’ in UK, understandably exhausted but delighted with the 3 church-visits he facilitated.  Longer-term, pray how he should respond to God’s prompting about His ongoing Missional plans for Jonathan, as he prepares to move into his flat in Eastbourne.