Her Majesty the Queen's 90th birthday was the theme of this whizz bang event on Thursday 30th June at Trinity Church which was full of joy, fun, goodies to eat and drink, entertainment, fellowship. And guess who greeted our guests? - none other than Her Majesty the Queen herself, well not quite but a life-size cardboard cut-out of her, complete with tiara and posh frock, standing next to her 90th birthday cake (the cake was real). Quite an impressive welcome for all her guests!
Almost 40 people attended from all over the Circuit: people who are housebound or deserved a day out which they may not otherwise get a chance to have, and very importantly, some who were in their 90th birthday year, just like Her Majesty.
Whilst background music played quietly with films of Royal events on the screen, all our guests sat down to a lovely three course meal together with a good old cuppa. After the meal the guests joined in a quiz about the Royal family,and were up to the mark with their answers. There was a sing-along with some old favourites, and all those in their 90th year lit the candles on Her Majesty's 90th cake before ten birthday boys and girls blew them out!
We sang Happy Birthday and
God Save the Queen, and had a piece
of birthday cake and a drink before
our party-goers headed home. As a special extra treat each was given a
beautiful book, The Servant Queen and
the King she serves.
We can't give enough praise to the many people from Circuit and Trinity who helped with planning and organizing of venue, invitations, lifts, helpers, and on actual day's proceedings - chairs and tables, linens, crockery, cutlery, food, singing, quiz etc. etc. etc, and not to be forgotten are all the lift givers. We have an abundance of talent in this Circuit, but we know that don't we.
We certainly know how to party! And, there will be another Holiday at Home event in the Autumn, so more fun to come!
Activities in 2015
What a day that was..... when Ashton Circuit invited Trinity to host
this year's "Holiday at Home" event for housebound people in
our Circuit, Trinity didn't know what to expect. A couple of committee
meetings later, some very astute organization, invitations sent out, and
we had it made.
theme - a Cruise Ship - welcome refreshments, lunch - 3 courses
naturally, entertainment, end of Cruise refreshments - the day had
everything, including the people who kindly brought and took home the
was decorated as a Cruise Liner complete with ship's wheel, sea and
sand. Dining room laid out to perfection. Dashing Captain Graham greeted
all his delighted guests personally. Val, our entertainments officer was
on form: we were taken up the Grand Canal in Venice on a Gondola, to see
the elephants at a watering hole on Sarafi, to Dubai to see the amazing,
huge, skyscrapers all glittering in the sun, and so much more.
There was community singing, flags waving, Eleanor and Callum
sang New York, and Rule Britannia, and other memorable songs from the
musicals, and Val gave an enlightening running commentary on all the
places we visited. The
passengers had a whale of a time.
kind of like a virtual reality journey round the world, but with live
entertainment and really superb culinary delights, and extremely
time was had and our exhilerated passengers were taken safely and
thank you to Circuit for inviting Trinity to host, and especially Rev
Karen for her vision for the day, and to Rev Graham, Val, Susan and all
the committee. A very big
thank you to all who helped - you were truly treasures.
we lucky to have opportunities like this.
We are very blessed.
A short history of the new building development
Deacon Roger Hensman noted that a blue banner painted above the sanctuary in the demolished building used to read 'Worship The Lord In The Beauty of Holiness'. He asked whether the holiness is in the building or in us?
already provides much needed meeting space for local groups in an area
where there are few other accessible facilities. Its work has been
supported by user groups, local businesses and the MP Andrew Gwynne.
With their encouragement, Trinity is set to create a flexible,
On Saturday 1st December 2007 an outdoor service was held to mark completion of foundations of the new church building. Deacon Roger Hensman says "We didn't have a civic stone-laying ceremony but an informal service of thanksgiving and prayer for the site, the workers and the future mission of the church. We pasted printed prayers on some of the girders in strategic places like the main entrance, Sanctuary, etc."
following reading from the Old Testament book of Ezra (Ch3 v10-11),
was used in the service:
To view or download copy of the full Order of Service used click here.
building will be run with renewable energy, using a ground source heat
pump for under-floor heating and solar power for the hot water supply.
Creation of green space, including refurbishment of a small memorial
garden and a new community garden, will enhance the immediate
only will existing community groups continue to use the church, but the
congregation is extending its involvement with the local primary school,
which will relocate its Before and After School Club to the new
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