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Message from Rev'd. Diane Smith, our minister.

Dear Friends,

First of all may I thank all those who helped in any way at this year’s two children’s Holiday Clubs.

This summer holiday also saw the start of a new venture at Trinity 'The Lunch Box Special'.

Each Tuesday, at Trinity, a nourishing meal was provided for up to thirty Junior school age children. Thanks to Anna and all of her team and as the weeks progressed the response grew. Anna has written a short piece for the magazine concerning this new project.

Thanks to all the above volunteers the Summer Holidays saw the Methodist Church involved with children and their families in a most encouraging and positive way.

The welcome Service for our new Circuit Minister, the Rev’d Joan Pell is on 28 August at the Museum Street methodist Church. I know that you will make both Joan and her husband Adrian very welcome when they visit the churches in the Felixstowe Mission area.

On Sunday 8 September Trinity and Seaton Road will join in a joint Covenant Service at Trinity at 11:00.

In this service we shall be looking at the importance of personal growth and development in the Christian faith and how regular Bible Study will greatly help such development. The main scripture from the Covenant Service we will focus on this year in the sermon will be the words from Romans 12 verses 1-2 - 'Be transformed by the renewing of your minds.'

Seaton Road, Trimley and Trinity run regular Bible study meetings to which everyone is warmly invited. Thank you to all those who lead any of the above. Included amongst the variety of studies on offer this year have also been Discipleship at Trinity and Alpha at Seaton Road.

Starting on Monday 16 September at Trinity at 10:00 I will be offering another a Study on the life of St. Paul.

We will be using Steve Chalke’s new book 'The Lost Message of Paul' supported by other materials. The books will be available from the first session. Each session will be around an hour long, giving people time for refreshments at the coffee morning afterwards.

'The Lost Message of Paul' was recently reviewed most favourably in the Methodist Recorder.

It is a very inspiring read which successfully holds many deep theological concepts together in an accessible format. Which is no mean feat!

I am happy to run the course at other venues if churches would like this to happen.

On Tuesday 10 September Trimley Methodist Church with support from East Suffolk council with be starting a once monthly 'Memory Lane Group'.

The group is for those who have dementia and their careers.

Many thanks to Christine Moulton, Lin Stewart and team who have made this work possible.

Thanks, are also due to the Rev'd. Jane Cassidy. Jane has kindly offered the Circuit a number of opportunities to look at and discuss the Methodist Conference vote moving towards same Sex marriage. Details of this will follow shortly. A final vote is due to take place at Conference next year. Comment has been rightly made on the very sensitive and deeply pastoral way this topic has been covered with Christians with different points of view honouring one another.

Wishing you every blessing as we begin this new connexional year.

Love and God Bless

Rev'd. Diane