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Monthly Prayer Focus: Loving God, we pray for all those involved in the task of education: those at the forefront of delivery, those behind the scenes in supporting roles and students of all ages in the pursuit of knowledge. Grant for all the ability to work but also to rest; to study but also to socialise; to embrace new ideas and insights but also respect the lessons of the past.  Equip and enable students and teachers for all the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead so that they may find true fulfillment, now and in the years ahead.  Amen

Weekly Prayer Focus: Loving God, please enlighten our minds with your truth, inflame our  hearts with your  love, inspire our wills with courage and enrich our lives with service. Pardon what we have been, sanctify what we are and order what we shall be, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen

Sunday 22nd September is Youth Work Sunday. As part of our services we will be praying for our children and teenagers, all who work or volunteer in education settings and our own youth and children’s group leaders.

Vicar: Revd Sheri Gidney. The Vicarage, 30 Lickey Square, B45 8HB   0121 445 1185 sherigidney@gmail.com  

Sheri’s Rest Day is usually a Tuesday

Church Office: Trinity Centre, Lickey, B45 8ES. Open 9-2, Mon & Thurs. Tel: 0121 445 1425    lickeyoffice@bt internet.com  www.holytrinitystcaths.org.uk 

HARVEST THANKSGIVING: We will be celebrating Harvest in all three of our services on Sunday 15th September. We will be collecting non perishable food for Sparkhill Foodbank. Stocks of the following are currently very low; UHT / Powdered Milk, Rice pudding & custard, Tinned Fruit, Fruit Juice, Oil, Sugar. The Foodbank will also welcome donations of toiletries and nappies. Please consider how you might give generously. 

THANK YOU to those who were able to donate school uniform to Rubery Community Swap Swap, the donations have gone to new homes.

AUDIO VOLUNTEERS:  Volunteers are urgently needed to join the Holy Trinity sound team on a rota basis, full training will be given. Please speak to Keith or Sheri if you can serve in this way.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Holy Trinity Church will open on Sunday 22nd September between 2pm and 4pm as part of Heritage Weekend. Sandra Mason will be displaying items of interest within our church. Volunteers are needed to support the refreshments and to be on hand to welcome visitors. Please speak to Sheri or Sandra if you would like to offer your help.

HELP WITH ROBES AT LICKEY: The servers’ robes at Holy Trinity could do with a little love and care. If you are able to source and replace buttons and give them a good wash etc please have a word with Sheri.

Volunteers – Safeguarding Training

A very big thank you to all of you who work with our children, young people and vulnerable adults: this is such an important part of our church life. In order to meet the Diocesan mandatory requirements for safeguarding may I kindly remind you that all volunteers who work with the above groups must ensure their safeguarding training is kept up-to-date. If you have not attended a safeguarding course or completed an on-line course in the last 3 years you will need to do so as soon as possible.  The courses required are C0 and C1 which can be done either on-line at the cofebirmingham.com website, or book a face to face session held in churches around Birmingham: these are also booked through the website.  Training is valid for 3 years.  Kindly note that the Church of England does not recognise DBS or Safeguarding Training by any other institution or organisation. If you require any help or further information please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best regards  Marlene Parsons, Parish Safeguarding CoordinatorTel: 0121 445 1420 email: keith.parsons8@btopenworld.com

HEATHER JOHNSTONE,  CMS Partner in Tanzania      

Heather has been closely involved with the building of a new nursery school in Nyambeshe.  First she was on the committee to discuss its viability, then she was made chair and responsible for overseeing the aquisition of the site, and the whole building process.  She has been very blessed by teams of young people from UK, who volunteer to spend time in Africa, to Make A Difference ( Go MAD).   First, local builders dug the foundations, then, just when money was running out, a Go MAD team from UK went and carried on with the work, plus leaving sufficient funds for building to continue.  Now she tells me that the work is almost complete, and all that remains is to buy tables and chairs for the first classroom to be ready.   Please pray for the staff and children who will benefit from a local school.      Christine Allen    

FOR PRAYER: Emma, in her new role, is organising an event for young people across the diocese who are ages 11-18 and have been confirmed in the last five years. Its a celebration event and its called ‘Life’ and will be a space where young people can celebrate the step they took in confirmation but also to give them tools to continue their discipleship journey. Both Bishops are going to come and join in the event and there is the hope that 50 young people will attend. Please can you pray for young to hear about it, through their Clergy, and book on, for the team as they prepare and plan the event and for volunteers to help out on the day. 

It takes place on 21st September from 4-7pm and if you know anyone who wants to come please encourage them to talk to Emma or visit the Church of England website: http://www.cofebirmingham.com/hub/youth/training/

God’s Heart From Longbridge

Our parish is part of the ecumenical group that is God’s Heart for Longbridge. We currently need your support in the following areas;

  • Our next outreach in Longbridge Town Centre is on Saturday 21st September 12noon – 2pm where we will be celebrating Harvest on the theme of Thankfulness. Help is needed to support a very simple craft activity, collect quiz answers, sing and so on. Chat to Sheri, Keith or Marlene if you would like to join them or find out more.
  • God’s Heart for Longbridge are looking for more retail chaplains in the Town Centre – if you have good listening skills, can offer one session a week and are prepared to undergo the relevant checks and training then please speak to Sheri, Keith or Marlene

OTHER DIARY DATES 

‘Poppies’ Bereavement Support Group – 16th September

Our new group is a joint venture between our Parish and the Parish of Cofton Hackett and Barnt Green. A monthly group offering friendly mutual support over a cup of tea. You don’t need to be a church member to be part of the group but we will end our time together with a short service with space to remember our loved ones together. We will meet from 10:30am – 12noon on the third Monday of each month at Holy Trinity beginning on 16th September. Invitations will be available very soon, do be considering who you might like to invite. Please speak to Sheri, Christine Allen or Maggie Forknall for more information. 

IcFEM in Kenya:  Thank you for your prayers for the teams that travelled to IcFEM in Kenya. There are two very local events coming up. 

Saturday 21st September 7pm in the St Andrew’s Parish Centre Barnt Green please join us for a great 4 course meal in aid of IcFEM Kenya Tickets £15. Please book with Pip Simkiss 0121 445 6425. Please encourage family and friends to join you for a great evening. Menu and tickets at £15pp are also available from Olga Jackson (0121 453 2048) or Gill Edwards (0121 445 5397)

Saturday 19th October 3pm – 5pm An opportunity to come and meet the teams as they share all they learnt from their time with IcFEM. Venue Holy Trinity Church, Lickey.

Would you like to visit IcFEM with us in 2020? – we’ll be booking soon – let us know if you need to travel in or out of term time.

Flat Jesus Photos
I hope you all had a lovely summer. Just a quick reminder, if you took any photos over the summer of Flat Jesus out and about with you to remind you that Jesus comes with us wherever we go and whatever we get up to, and you would like us to show them at the 10:30 service at Lickey on 22nd Sept, please send them to erinjames@onetel.com ASAP as  I am busy putting a powerpoint together to show them. Thanks, Taly  (Nathalya!)

OPEN THE BOOK – BLACKWELL FIRST SCHOOL

8.45am – Wednesday 18th September – In the Beginning

8.45am – Wednesday 16th October – A sad day – how Adam and Eve spoiled God’s world because they didn’t do as they were told.

8.45am – Wednesday 13th November – A special promise – the story of Noah

8.45am –  Wednesday 11th December – The First Christmas

Please pray for this new venture.    For more details please contact Maggie – 07973313034

TORN CURTAIN – Roger’s musical which has been re-written and re-recorded, will be launched on Sat 12 October at Coton Centre Tamworth.  Everyone is invited to take part, either in choir, orchestra or audience.  Rehearsals start at 11am, and the performance is at 5pmYou can download booking form at https://www.cmm.org.uk/shop/index.php?id=tc-prem Or ring CMM 01527 576440, or email events@cmm.org.uk

TABLE TOP SALE: There will be a TABLE TOP SALE in the Trinity Centre Old Birmingham Road Lickey on Saturday 19th October  from 9.00AM – 11.00AM. Drinks, Bacon and Sausage sandwiches will be available. To book a table £10 each, please phone Alison on 0121 4456170