Food for Thought: A Personal Take

A-Rocha-logo-320x-tallHaving listened to two talks by Steve Hughes, ex CEO of A Rocha, a Christian Environmental Charity on how we can reduce our carbon footprint (Living Lightly) and how we can be eco-friendly with what we eat I have been inspired to eat Vegetarian every other day.

It is not as difficult as it may seem, with lots of cookbooks offering vegetarian recipes to be cooked within as little half an hour and at lunch every day having cheese in my sandwiches rather than meat. Stir fries can be cooked with Tofu, readily available in Tescos and Tofu if fried and reduced down takes on a texture similar to meat I find. Hopefully by cutting down on meat I will be reducing carbon output through farming. Also reducing a risk of cancer, heart disease and alzheimers (there are links between too much sodium nitrate which gives pork products their pink colour and alzheimers).

Caroline Hodges has done an excellent guide on Ethical Purchasing including foods which is widely available in Trinity. One of the suggestions that came out of Steve Hughes ‘Food for Thought’ talk was that Trinity could go further and have a Corporate Purchasing Policy in which we as a church buy home grown and ethically produced meat and other products. As an organisation, we have bigger purchasing power than an individual alone and could organise a cheaper deal for ourselves.

food-bank-logo-with-cans-M38742Other good suggestions were that any BOGOF (Buy one get one free) deals at the supermarket the “free” product could be donated to our foodbank. As an individual living in a one person household, I am frequently overwhelmed by supermarket deals benefitting families which are simply too heavy to carry or too wasteful to purchase. As we know, much food is wasted and it is good to know that some of it at least can be passed on to those in greater need. The Landport Tenants Resource Centre is now sporting a café which is open every Friday from 5 to 7pm stocking food leftover from the Landport Food Bank alongside tea and coffee and visitors are asked to give only what they can afford as they leave.

loaves_and_fishes_43When food shopping, don’t forget to pray! Entrust the Lord to help you purchase wisely and economically. It has worked for me many times, including when I asked for my weekly shop not to go over the £40 mark and indeed it came in at under that !! After all: John 6 vses 10 – 12 says ‘ ..the men sat down, about five thousand of them. Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieced that are left over. Let nothing be wasted “.’ What an economical and supernatural Lord we have, that he can make provisions out of virtually nothing, and will not let us go hungry: “ I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty” (John 6 vs 35).



Miriam Owen
TRINITY Creation Care Team

Thy Kingdom Come #PLEDGE2PRAY

Pledge 2 prayWe are delighted to be taking part in the Thy Kingdom Come prayer initiative from 25th May – 4th June 2017

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. What started out as an invitation from the Archbishops’ of Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church of England, has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.

During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come it is hoped that everyone who participates will deepen their friendship with Jesus and come to know that every aspect of their life is the stuff of prayer; and will commit to praying with God’s world-wide family – as a church, individually or as a family.

Archbishop Justin Welby notes:

‘I cannot remember in my life anything that I’ve been involved in where I have sensed so clearly the work of the Spirit’.

Here’s how you can take part at TRINITY:

Sun 21st May 6.30

As a church we will be launching Thy Kingdom Come on Sunday evening 21st May. During the 6.30pm service Dianne will be preaching on the theme of prayer and introducing Thy Kingdom Come.

Wed 24th May 8-9pm Prayer and Praise, Chapter House, where we’ll be praying for our local area

Commit to praying – every day throughout Thy Kingdom Come. We’ll be putting out daily prayer prompts and we want to encourage you to pray right where you are: at work, at school, at home, in the supermarket, wherever God has put you.

List 5 friends – who you will pray for every day to know Jesus.

Sign up via the Thy Kingdom Come website and commit to #Pledge2Pray here:

Small Groups – use the Thy Kingdom Come resources in your home group on Wed 31st May, available here:

Beacon event – come to the diocesan beacon event on Sat 3rd June, 7.30pm at Chichester Cathedral and join with others from across the area.

Find out more here:

Love in Action – The Vision

There has been a lot of talk about ‘Love in Action’ recently and of course the new TRINITY Centre and CaféLife at St John’s sub Castro, so I thought it might be good to lay out here the vision, for those that haven’t yet heard it. There are three elements to it:

1: Love in Action – the mission if you like

2: The TRINITY Centre – the hub of future activity

3: CaféLife – the realisation

shutterstock_97614020Love in Action

To see lives transformed by the love of Christ we must first show that love to those around us. ‘Love in Action’ is the banner that seeks to:

  • enable our missional work locally to see this vision a reality by bringing together our outreach projects under one metaphorical banner
  • to provide support and guidance for those in local missional leadership through new ‘missional conversations’
  • to seek and enable new projects, to be a visible, active and distinctive signpost of God’s love
  • to celebrate and communicate locally all that TRINITY does in the wider community

TRINITY in it’s various forms has a long history of being a missional church that puts emphasis on looking outwards and into the surrounding town. In addition to our existing projects we want to aim to build new relationships locally, working with other churches and organisations where relevant, to make Christ’s love known more widely.  In fact this has already been begun with our recent ‘Big Conversation’ gathering people from across the town in both professional and lay capacities to look at the growing issue of food poverty locally and there are some exciting relationships being made as result of that.

The TRINITY Centre

…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:13-16

The main purpose of all our locations must be to communicate and implement the vision to See lives transformed by the love of Christ, through all of our activities, and to let our light shine!

We do so prayerfully and faithfully, with God’s leading, prompted by the Holy Spirit, however, we must also seek to honour God in all that he has entrusted us with here at TRINITY and The TRINITY Centre needs to enable the vision effectively and creatively but also realistically.

shutterstock_195719312How will The TRINITY Centre become a reality?

The TRINITY Centre, clearly and attractively sign posted, with great accessibility, open doors, a community cafe and working space for staff, will aim to provide a new and exciting opportunity for connection into peoples day to day lives.

It will be an accessible space, centrally located – giving us greater capacity to respond to the needs in our parish and enable us to grow new community from our existing one, whilst also making it clear that our motivation in opening our doors each day is the love of Jesus. Jesus will be unashamedly and obviously placed at the centre of all we do.

We hope it will be a space where people from all walks of life can feel comfortable and at home, but also giving us an opportunity to showcase the work of our existing ministries under our Love in Action banner.

Which leads us on to…


shutterstock_134208818Of course a big part of the vision for the TRINITY Centre and Love in Action is ‘CafeLife’.

CafeLife’s initial aim will be to support our existing missional outreach, and work carefully towards being a 6 day a week, 9-5 working café – over the next 3 years or so. For example, it could initially be open during Lunch Bunch, for our seasonal events or during a temporary prayer space, allowing a new audience to see the church at work, whilst providing a welcoming invitation into the building too.

Situated in the new area at the back of St John’s, a glass screen will enable CafeLife to be an open and welcoming space with a homely feel where all can feel they belong. However being within the church building it also enables a connection to the church space, in an unthreatening way, especially relevant for those who might never enter a church or consider matters of faith.

CaféLife will be overseen by staff who are passionate about Jesus who have been vetted for their suitability and trained well. They will include initially a paid manager and trained barista, supplemented by volunteers. It will seek to provide an accessible menu, with good quality food and drinks at affordable prices, seeking to stick within our existing Fair Trade policy. Our aim is that eventually, any profits will support mission partners and charities whose work we can highlight in the café.

Previous and ongoing research has noted that despite the number of cafes in the town there is a need for a social space suitable for young families, with a focus on having plenty of space for buggies and prams, and for wheelchair users with excellent accessibility. As the café operation develops over the next 3-5 years, it is with these groups of people in mind that we will seek to grow both the café and ministries that might grow from it. There are many ideas that we could explore carefully such as:

  • Bringing in outside agencies to help form a community hub – eg: CAB advice, debt advice etc from professionals
  • Building a programme of café visitors and events – activities for families, themed events, live music, joining with town wider events such as Artwave, or courses like The Parenting course, Marriage course etc
  • Enabling a dementia friendly space

As you can see I hope, this is a vision, and we have a team of people working on the strategy of how this will play out, so watch this space!


Jules Middleton


TRINITY Connect Talks and feedback

Connect LogoWhether you were able to be with us for TRINITY Connect or not, you may like to hear / view some of the talks & seminars again.

Use the following links to access the material directly:-

Feedback Form – Please complete if you attended any part of the weekend (copies available at locations)

Sunday morning talk – A Church for today – Bishop Richard Jackson

Seminar – Issues of Modern Sexuality – Bishop Richard Jackson

Seminar – Food For Thought – Steve Hughes (former CEO of A Rocha)

Seminar – Living Lightly – Steve Hughes (former CEO of A Rocha)


It started off with a little sensitivity to cold drinks in my back molar on Maundy Thursday, but by Easter Saturday it had acquired a throbbing gnawing quality which intensified with any attempt to eat, and was only partially numbed by painkillers, so by Easter Sunday I was not really enjoying life.

ToothThe long Easter weekend is not a good time to get toothache with all the dentists closed. It was more in desperation than great faith that I went up at the end of the Easter morning service to ask the prayer team for a prayer for my tooth. A simple prayer was said, asking Jesus to heal my tooth and take the pain away. There was no instantaneous miracle, but by the end of Easter day the pain was easing, and by Tuesday morning the pain had practically vanished, and my dentist could find no obvious cause for the pain. I was very thankful for my little miracle, as it meant I no longer had pain and still have that tooth sound and healthy in my mouth. It also means that I can thank Jesus for answering prayer, and can witness that He is still today a God who answers prayer. Of course, I am also very thankful for our wonderful modern dentists who seem to be able to perform little miracles of their own with my teeth from time to time.

However, we still live in a world where pain and suffering is a reality. So why does God allow pain and all the other ills that we are subject to? Of course, they are all part of our fallen world.  In fact, pain plays a very important physiological role. It teaches us not to put our hand in the fire, and it warns us when we are putting our joints in positions where they are just not meant to go. However often it becomes chronic and is part of some disabling disease.

Why painMany people in the world suffer because of poverty, hunger and the suffering of war and displacement.  Jesus often calls us to suffer as we proclaim His Kingdom; many people even in the last few weeks have suffered death for being Christians. Jesus ends His beatitudes by saying:

“God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”

God always answers our prayers, but not always in the way we might want. Sometimes we are asked to travel with him through the journey of illness.  We often have to contend with pain, weakness and extended suffering.  However, if we bring our burdens to Jesus He will always be there with us to comfort and strengthen us in our hour of need. Paul says in Romans 8 that what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later”, and that the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay.” And, “We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children,[j] including the new bodies he has promised us”

PraySo, we are confident that we have a loving heavenly Father who loves us to come to Him with all our pains and troubles, and He is always willing to give us the very best things that will bind us closer to Him, and demonstrate His wonderful love for us.  We now have a prayer ministry team at the end of every service in Trinity, and many members of our congregations who are very happy to pray for everyone. So, the more we come forward for prayer, the more we will experience the grace of a loving God, and the more we will live feeling the hand of Jesus on our lives.


Ian Hempshall