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Remembrance Sunday 2020

7th Nov '20

On Sunday the 8th November the nation commerates the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two world wars and later conflicts. This year because of the Covid pandemic people are being asked to stay at home instead of attending large commeration events in towns and cities. People are being asked to stay at home and stand on thier doorsteps at 11am as a mark of remembrance.

There is no service at Holy Trinity. However, there will be a Requiem Eucharist followed by an ACT OF REMEMBRANCE at the church war memorial ALL ON LINE.

This service can be found and viewed on the church website www.holytrinityweymouth.org or can be watched via our Youtube and Facebook channels.

For the Fallen, Laurence Binyon  

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.

 

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Lunchtime concert GLORIES OF THE BAROQUE

11th Oct '20

Join us at Holy Trinity church, Weymouth. On Wednesday 28th October from 1pm – 2pm for a concert featuring James Lloyd Thomas (Director of Music at Holy Trinity) and Lizzie Peacock. Share in the glories of an hour filled with baroque music. Free entry with donations. More information email: There is a QR app to book in for track and trace or you will be asked for your name and contact details. People will be asked to distance, santatise thier hands and wear masks inside the church.

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HARVEST THANKSGIVING SERVICES AT HOLY TRINITY

2nd Oct '20

Join us THIS SUNDAY Sunday 4th October for our Harvest thanksgiving services. Our harvest this year encourages us to say THANK YOU for God’s creation and to treat wisely our planet.

Holy Trinity church is a Covid free sacred space with all the necessary risk assessments in place. If you have the NHS track and trace app on your cell phones the church has QR codes inside the main church door. Please santise your hands and wear face masks. To book for our services call: 07396627753

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Holy Trinity church makes donation to Chapelhay Playgarden

1st Oct '20

Holy Trinity Church has agreed a donation of £300 to help Chapelhay Community Playgarden Association continue to provide activities and events in the playground at the heart of Chapelhay.

Following a lengthy closure, Aster Housing reopened the playground on 31st July and the Playgarden Association held a Covid-secure ‘come back’ event with the help of Dorset Council in August. Since then however, the infection rate has soared nationally, regulations have tightened, and the group has had to cancel its October Apple Day.

Chair of the Playgarden Clare Sutton said “These are extraordinarily difficult and fast-moving times for everyone but the reopening of the playground was in my view long overdue. Kids have to play somewhere. Over the past 16 years we’ve done our best to offer something extra, arts and crafts, games, food activities, but of course it is so difficult now.

“We are incredibly grateful to Holy Trinity Church for this donation. It means we can purchase equipment such as hoops and goalposts which will help us to ‘future proof’ further activities. We’ll also get some more litter pickers as the kids love those, and renew our Public Liability Insurance when we are confident of being able to organise our next activity. The support and patience of Holy Trinity at this difficult time helps us to remain positive.”

Vicar of Holy Trinity Canon Andrew Gough said, “We work closely with the local community and continue to support this group in particular because what they do is so important to local children and families. None of us know what the next few months will bring, but we want to ensure that they are able to bounce back when the time comes”.   

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ANNUAL PARISH CHURCH MEETING (Holy Trinity church)

3rd Sep '20

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting this year has been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It will now be held on Sunday 18th October in Church following the 10.30am Parish Eucharist (11.30am) in the church. Elections will take place for Churchwardens at the Annual Vestry meeting followed by the APCM which will include the presentation of Annual Reports and election of PCC and Deanery Synod Members. The meeting is open to all but only those on the Electoral Roll are eligible to vote. Those attending will be required to provide names to the stewards for ‘track and trace’ purposes. People will also be asked to self distance and wear a face covering

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FREE SEPTEMBER LUNCHTIME CONCERTS 2020

2nd Sep '20

1pm – 2pm at Holy Trinity church.

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Vicars letter August/September 2020

27th Aug '20

Hope is one of those gifts from God that comes to us at the most difficult of times. Hope is a word that I am sure many of us have often used lightly in the past. “I hope the weather will be good tomorrow” But, as we know, hope is so much more, so much deeper, and so much more important.

Hope may seem difficult for us to feel at the moment. We dwell and ponder instead.  Is this virus under control?  Are people taking notice of social distancing?  Are my exam results good enough for University?  Will we get away on holiday?  Have I got a job after furloughing? Will I see my grandchildren more regularly?  There are so many changes to our lives, to our world; there are so many questions doing circles through our minds.

And yet, as we ponder and move on to hope, perhaps we’ve recognised God’s presence and strength, and even peace with us, in a way that at the time of our worries couldn’t expect.

I believe that just as God has been in the past, God is with us now, in this time, offering us those same gifts of strength, peace and above all hope.

In July our church building at Holy Trinity reopened.  The church has not been closed –  I and many others have been busy doing other things across our communities and on line.  The doors might have been closed but we have been busy.  I am sure we will need to discover new ways of being church, beyond and living with Covid.

One key aspect of which will be how we supported one another over the lockdown phase of the pandemic is how we shared  those simple acts of love: by a phone call, an email, an offer of help to one another and to our neighbours and above all in prayer. We may have been physically separated but we remained and continue united in faith as the Body of Christ both here and throughout the world. Together that is a powerful force of prayer and source of hope for us and others.

With the church reopened, there is much to do. Our finances may not be great, but our spirit and faith are solid. We hope that you will all come back to church soon. We may lose some people, but will we gain others?  We need people to help us in gifts of service, money, and prayer.  Could that be you I wonder?    

Now at the end of August and as we approach September, we are all conscious that we are developing a new “normal”.  People are starting to get out and about again, the shops are seeing customers and we are all wearing masks. Our community is waking up again and changing to adapt to different circumstances.  Like many town centres Weymouth continues to see an increase in closed businesses.  What a shame the landlords do not help them to get back on their feet by reducing rents. Despite this, so much compassion has been realised through acts and deeds of kindness for others.  Friendships might have developed.  It is time to build on those friendships, re-galvanise our communities, not retreat behind the triple glazing and slump into Netflix. And what about Sundays? What about Church? 

So where is the community spirit heading now as the lock down eases, schools reopen in a few days, furloughing changes,  the busyness of live resumes some sense of normality (whatever that means)? What does all this mean for you, me and our church?. 

Let me take you into the scriptures for inspiration and reflection.  It is a verse from the Book of Hebrews which I think sums up what we all need to do, moving forward:

‘And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching’  Hebrews 10:24-25

We are in this together, and together with the God who loves us more than we can ever know or understand we will get through it. More than that I pray we will emerge into the next phase of this pandemic –  walking in the light with our faith, hope and love strengthened and love for each other,  and willingness to help one another when called for, assured.    

Canon Andrew             

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REVISION OF CHURCH ELECTORAL ROLL

23rd Aug '20

After the revision, a copy of the Roll will be published by the Parochial Church Council and displayed on the church notice board in the church porch for at least 14 days and a copy of the Roll will be available for inspection on a reasonable request being made to the Council.

Please be aware the notice ends on Sunday 27th September 2020. Please see notice below in attached a PDF file.

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May -Vicars letter. Unprecedented times!

7th May '20

It is hard to imagine that we have been in lockdown for five weeks or so now. In those weeks our lives have changed and we have all been adjusting to living and worshiping differently. We were overtaken so quickly by the pandemic Covid-19. The huge numbers of those who have succumb to the virus, particularly the nature of its virulence amongst the elderly and those with underlying health issues, has huge consequences for our society.

Yet we have all been moved by the selfless nature of all seeking to alleviate suffering and help those in need, Those who work for the NHS, staff in care homes and many other facilities who have displayed the indwelling love of God in what they do.

As a Church we have all been considering how we do things differently, unable to enter our church buildings at this time. It is for us all a new experience. But if we look back in history we find that back in the sixteenth century people were having to isolate themselves as a result of outbreaks of the plague. It was in this time that the Church of England was formed and because people could not attend worship the forerunners of the Book of Common Prayer introduced the term ‘Spiritual Communion’. This is the means of grace by which a person, prevented for some serious reason from sharing in the celebration of the Eucharist may still share in the communion of Jesus Christ. The book of Common Prayer makes provision for this. That is what we have been doing at Holy Trinity church and will continue to do so for the time being.

We all know that the Church is not defined by the walls of the building. St Paul writes of believers being the Body of Christ. In making our communion spiritually, we are joining with Christians everywhere to be nourished by the one who tells us ‘I am the Bread of life’

Please continue to pray, stay safe and join me regularly on line for our weekly services on a Wednesday and Sunday at 10am.

Every Blessing

Canon Andrew

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V.E. Day Virtual Service for Holy Trinity

5th May '20

The Royal British Legion is calling on people across the UK to join in a moment of reflection and Remembrance at 11am on Friday 8th May, the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, and pause for a Two Minute Silence. I hope that you will join the vicar of Holy Trinity, Weymouth in a service of Thanksgiving from the safety of your homes to remember people from our Weymouth community on this day. The video will be recorded and can be watched alongside all the other televised celebrations from the 8th – 10th May.

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