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.
Canon AndrewRead More
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.Read More
On the Feast of the Epiphany we welcomed back a former parish priest of Holy Trinity after many years. The Right Reverend Stephen Venner who was vicar of Holy Trinity church from 1982 to 1994. After leaving the parish he was consecrated as Bishop of Middelton (Manchester Diocese) and then translated to become Bishop of Dover (Canterbury Diocese) and Bishop to the Falklands and her Majesty’s Forces. Bishop Stephen presided and preached at the Holy Eucharist assisted by the present parish priest Canon Andrew Gough. Many memories were shared and a celebration for the Reverend Ruth Milverton (Associate priest) who celebrated her silver jubilee of priestly ordination. It was also a great joy to welcome some members of our Sunday school who gave a live performance of the arrival of the Magi to the manger to see the infant Jesus.Read More
Holy Trinity church serves as the civic church of Weymouth. Amongst its many commitments to the town it also works very closely with the Weymouth Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Canon Andrew Gough vicar at Holy Trinity and Chaplain to the RNLI recently dedicated a new Standard at a ceremony in the church attended by dignitaries and members of local uniformed organisations in and around Weymouth and supporters. He reminded all present that the Standard represented our duty to God, the Queen and our nation and our witness to the purpose and ideals of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
The Weymouth lifeboat Station is one of the busiest Lifeboat stations on the coast, undertaking around a hundred ‘shouts’ a year and covering 1330 square miles. We continue to be grateful to the men and women who give of their time as crew to keep us safe.Read More
Although far from a summers evening outside due to the heavy rain and winds, a good and appreciative audience gathered at Holy Trinity church for a splendid evening of music performed by Vox Serenata.
If you were not at this concert you missed a treat!
A very accomplished quartet, one of whom is a brilliant pianist, performed music covering a wide spectrum from Tallis via Cesar Franck, Goodall’s 23rd Psalm to Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and many more in between. Particularly beautiful was Douglas Guest’s setting of Lawrence Binyon’s poem To the Fallen and Richard Lloyd’s exquisite setting of words by Thomas Campion’s ‘View Me Lord a Work of Thine’.
We hope they will return sometime in the future.Read More
Please remember Bishop Stephen in your prayers on the 1st June as he celebrates 50th anniversary of priesthood and his 25th anniversary of his consecration as a Bishop in the Church of God.
Bishop Stephen writes: ‘I would dearly value the thoughts and prayers of all at Holy Trinity where so much of my journey was founded’.Read More
Nowadays the custom of ‘giving the peace’ during the Eucharist is central to most Christian worship. Yet although it is among the most ancient of all Christian customs, it has been rescued only comparatively recently and, when it was reintroduced into contemporary Anglican liturgy, many folk had some misgivings and even suspicion.
We need to remember how it is referred to in the New Testament. Clearly, it was one of the most powerful and formative signs of fellowship among Christians in the early Church. From the number of times the phrase appears in the letters of both St Paul and St Peter, we know that ‘Greet one another with an holy kiss’ was almost certainly a liturgical formula which was used regularly in worship. Some scholars think this instruction helped to give rise to the accusation of scandal and immorality among Christians at the time. It may even have been the origin of the custom in some places of segregating the congregation and arranging church seating to keep the sexes apart on either side of the building!
By now, surely, we see things very differently. Most of us would feel deprived if the custom of exchanging the Peace were discontinued. Occasionally there is still hesitancy at this point in the service but most people now appreciate the privilege of giving the Peace to one another. The sign gives real and physical expression to our recognition and acceptance of each person within the Christian family.
These thoughts come to mind as we shall celebrate Trinity Sunday this month. Which of course is our church patronal festival. On Trinity Sunday we shall look forward to welcoming the Rev Ada Whittock as our celebrant and preacher.
One of the signs of the trinitarian nature of God is ‘the fellowship of the Holy Spirit’. God the Holy Spirit can only draw us closer to the Father by drawing us closer to one another and if we make this a stumbling block between ourselves it cannot help but obscure our vision of God: a rather solemn yet joyful thought when we give it full consideration. Giving one another the sign of Peace is as demanding and as creative as that.
Canon Andrew Gough – vicarRead More
After eight weeks of preparation under the instruction of the parish priest Canon Andrew Gough, our young people and adults were formally admitted on the 19th May, 2019 by the Rt Reverend Karen Gorham, the Bishop of Sherborne into full membership of the Church of God and received their first communion. We were also pleased to welcome some candidates from other churches. After the service church members served wine and Confirmation cake. After being sent out by the Bishop to proclaim the good news of God’s love we see above the Holy Trinity candidates holding their lighted candles – a symbol of Jesus the light of the world MANY CONGRATULATIONS!Read More
Feelings throughout the country and in Parliament continue to run high as I write this monthly letter and as we discover what kind of Brexit we want or indeed whether we want one at all. To offer any comment on the debate exposes one to support or attack depending on your point of view. What is certain is that we cannot distance ourselves from it because we will all be affected by the outcome.
One thing that has seriously troubled me in the debate is the way both sides try to woo us by challenging the threat to our individual prosperity; Financial losses in our household is sure to make us sit up and think and may make us support the ‘stay-in’ position. The plea that the billions we send to Europe could be used for the NHS is never accompanied in the Brexit camp with comment on how much we receive.
What I find fearsome is the way we think as a Nation on both sides in that we have lost the moral position that bids us think of others before ourselves which is rooted in our Christian heritage. I get the feeling that Brexit will overshadow the Christian Aid Week drive and as a result the really poor of this world will suffer more. The history of Christian Europe has been ensnared within its politics and the new thinking, theologically, cosmologically and territorially brought about a Reformation that broke up what had been a united Christian Community.
No generation since has been able to heal that fragmentation. It is always easier to fall-out than to make-up. Broken Christendom learnt to define itself by its differences rather than looking for the things we have in common.
There is much we can learn from this. There are those who are comfortable living on an island with the mentality of islanders but there are others who cherish the bonds we have with our European brothers and sisters and who fear as many of us do what a withdrawal from the European Union might mean, not only now, but also in the future. The end to border control, free trade, sharing resources and culture is something our generation has enjoyed. While some have hoped for a federation of states in Europe others have been anxious that distinctive national cultures and traditions have been sacrificed. Is this not all part of the debate which I think ought to be going on from within the Union rather than opting out? The issues of security are real for all of us under the shadow of militant Islam which has created an atmosphere of civil war across the continent, and the politicians are at a loss as to how to deal with this. The policy allowing the free movement of peoples is now not so much the possibility it was and which we have enjoyed but is now more an ideal in the fast changing circumstances involving the huge movement of peoples. It needs to be revisited. Such policy making, in my view, needs to be done collaboratively.
I hope that you all will continue to pray hard for right decisions to be made in whatever the outcome is which will affect our future. While it is taking considerable energy and time I hope we will be able to rise above these local issues and not loose sight of the global challenges that face us all.
Canon Andrew Gough – Vicar