Love In Action Days

I am really excited about a new initiative that we are going to be running here at TRINITY and I hope you will be too.

As part of ‘Love in Action’ we want to encourage everyone to get outside the walls of the church a bit more and reach out with God’s love to those around us. Love in Action’ is all about sharing the love of Jesus in our communities in practical ways that actually meet a need or bless the community in a relevant way. So this term we’ll be hosting our first ‘Love in Action Day’ as part of our next Connect weekend, on 14 October.

The idea is for a one day event in the community, running 3-4 projects that meet a local need or bless the community in some way, with as many church members taking part as possible, of all ages!

I would love you all to get excited about this event and really think about how you could be a part of it, what could be done in your community for example?

Jeremiah 29:4-7 is a passage I’ve mentioned a few times recently, says this:

This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”

Basically – bless where you are, where God has put you!

So let’s think, what can we do as a church to really meet some local needs? We have a huge resource of people, gifted and skilled in many different areas – how can we put those gifts to use to put our faith into action and make a difference where we are?

More than that, this could really be the start of something, helping us to form new and better relationships with our communities. This will be so important as we develop the TRINITY Centre and the café, how can we start to form and develop relationships locally that might help us grow the building into a community hub? For example, if we want to reach young families is there a project we could do to start to get to know more local young families?

And  let’s remember, this is for all of us! Let me encourage you ALL to get involved. ‘Mission’ and sharing God’s love are not just for the chosen few – we are all called to love one another and to love our neighbour. I know for some of us getting out and about can be tricky but you could still be part of the event by telling people about what we’re doing, suggesting ideas, and praying for all that is going on.

With all this in mind we would love to hear ideas for projects from YOU! You are the people best placed to know what the needs are where you are at.

Have you got a neighbour who needs their garden cleared? or know a family who needs a room redecorating? or got a passion to host a community lunch? or run a kids fun afternoon? We need you to get your thinking caps on and let us know where we could start and what we could do. We’ve got one day to run them but think big and bold!

Send your ideas and thoughts to Jules and we’ll get planning, and meanwhile put the date in your diary…


Jules Middleton

God Is Not Dead

It’s related that once in the life of Martin Luther, his wife Katie came down in the morning and greeted him and she was attired in mourning, she was in black, and Luther said to her, “Why are you wearing mourning?”

She said, “Because God is dead.”
He said, “Nonsense, woman, God isn’t dead.”
She said to him, “Well, if God isn’t dead, why do you act as if He were?” And that was a real rebuke to Martin Luther, the great reformer, the great interpreter of Scripture
. (quoted from DPM weekly E-devotional)

Jesus Christ is very much alive living and living in this world in His church and in individuals who have been born from above, so why do we sometimes act as though he has no hold or influence on us?

Paradoxically, we can only be alive in Christ if we die to self and allow the living Jesus to take control of our minds and bodies. Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. “Matt 16 v24b-25.

St Paul lived this out and he could say, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20.

As baptised followers of Jesus we carry with us the wonderful illustration of baptism, where we are taken down into the water, symbolising death and burial of the old selfish nature and we rise up to new life, joining with Jesus in His resurrection.

So in practice how do we live our lives, fully empowered by the living Christ. It is not an easy road, because it is one which involves the suffering of taking up our cross daily. “that I may know Christ and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.” Philippians 3:10-11.

It is a radical decision that involves giving up all our pride, ambition and self-will. It involves giving up control of our lives to the Holy Spirit, to become clean empty vessels through whom the Holy Spirit may flow to a world which is so in need of the love and compassion which the Holy Spirit of Jesus can give working through us.

As we have been learning in our recent sermons it is about being filled daily with the fullness of the Holy Spirit to have the power to live our lives overflowing with the sacrificial love and life-giving power of the living Lord Jesus. This week in the Antioch club we had Neill Stannard, who is starting his training for ordination this autumn, giving his testimony. It was amazing how God had been working in him throughout his life, often through very difficult times, and times of rebellion; God was always there, supplying just the right people and circumstances to lead him on his chosen path, and making a life changing impression on so many people he was in contact with both in his work as a school teacher and in other areas of life like the rugby field.

So, we have a choice, we can live as nominal Christians attending church on Sunday, but living the rest of the week as if God is dead in our lives: or we can live amazing Spirit filled lives with the life of Jesus flowing out to our communities and everyone we meet. Start each day by asking Jesus afresh into your life through the power of His Spirit.


Ian Hempshall