Trinity Church is a friendly welcoming community which seeks to enable people to explore the Christian life of faith, worship and service.

We regret that church services and activities  have been suspended for the time being.


September 20th 2020 

Reflection by Rev Fiona Brown

Jesus has just made the puzzling statement that “Many who are first will be last, and the last first.” To explain he tells this parable.

Reading: St Matthew’s Gospel, Chapter 20, verse 1 – 16

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’ And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’ And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. 10 Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius. 11 And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, 12 saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ 13 But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. 15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’ 16 So the last will be first, and the first last.”

Reflection:

On first reading this passage seems unfair and the Trade Unions would not be happy with it. Why should those who came later in the day be paid the same as those who had worked all day? Remember though, that the early starters knew what the deal was. They just didn’t know that the same deal would be there for latecomers.

The thing about God’s rewards is that they are not earned. They are a gift from his mercy and graciousness. We do not earn God’s love and approval. We do not have to serve an apprenticeship before we are accepted. God accepts us as we are - always. We may find it hard to accept that that person over there who has only just started on their faith journey will receive the same reward of eternal life as the person who has been here for ages, has been a pillar of the Church, and has trusted God for a very long time. But that’s how it is and we must not get jealous, resentful or possessive of our place in the hierarchy as we see it. There is no hierarchy with God. He loves and cares for us all.

Prayer:

Thank you, Lord, that you are merciful and that we do not have to earn your love. Thank you that you are always here for us and ready to receive us, even when we let you down. Give us the grace to be as accepting towards others as you are to us and forgive us when we get it wrong. Amen.

Read: STF 565 Only by grace can we stand, only by grace can we enter

 



 

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The Property Group is responsible for maintenance of the fabric of the Church. 

The members are currently:

David Tidy (Property Lead)

Annie Cuthbert (Secretary)

Jim Carroll (Treasurer)

Maggie Phillips (Caretaker)

Mike Brisco

Mike Lewis

Margaret Mantripp

 

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Pastorate Profile


Trinity Church

Newport

Shropshire

A Methodist-United Reformed Church Local Ecumenical Partnership


Trinity Church seeks to enable people to explore the Christian life of faith, worship and service in a friendly and welcoming environment.

Website (trinitynewport.org.uk) Facebook page (Trinity Church, Newport)

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Background

There has been a nonconformist presence in Newport for at least 250 years. The first recorded chapel was built by Dissenters, and the present building in Wellington Road, a listed building in classical style, was built as a Congregational chapel in 1832, becoming a URC in 1972. Methodism arrived a little later with several chapels in the area giving rise ultimately to the chapel in Avenue Road in 1876. The Methodist and URC congregations came together in 2001 in the Wellington Road chapel as an ecumenical partnership creating a single congregation. A major refurbishment programme was undertaken in 2008, creating a light airy flexible building with a modern link corridor joining it to the adjacent function rooms. There is a good audio system with loop and projection system. The pipe organ, the only one surviving in Newport, is highly regarded for the quality of its construction and tone; it has been fully reconditioned and is used at all of our services.

The church is about a quarter of a mile from the centre of town. Newport is an attractive market town, now absorbed administratively into the Telford and Wrekin district but maintaining its distinct identity.

(Picture: Steve McShane / Newport High Street CC BY-SA 2.0)

The town is within easy reach the population centres of Telford, Stafford and Wolverhampton to which many of the residents commute daily. There is easy access to the M6 and M54 with main line rail services to London or the north within easy reach in Stafford. There has been extensive housing development in recent years and the population has grown rapidly, currently being estimated at around 12,000. Many students from the nearby Harper Adams University also find accommodation in the town during term time. The town is noted for the excellence of its schools which include both comprehensive and grammar schools. Telford was designated as a new town about 50 years ago and has grown steadily with many new industries and housing estates. There is a regular bus service from Telford to Stafford via Newport, providing a useful link to the shopping centres and railway stations.

There is a modern spacious manse within a few minutes walk of the church.

 

Church life

The church has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. As with many churches its congregation is predominantly in the older age groups. Most of the members live nearby, either in Newport or the surrounding villages.

As an LEP the congregation includes a wide range of viewpoints. We mostly worship in the traditional style. We currently have 67 people on the membership list with around twice that number on the pastoral list. On a typical Sunday the morning service attracts a congregation of around 40, while the more intimate evening service usually has around 12 participants.

A small number of children attend in the mornings and depart to their own session after a short time in the main service. Once a month we hold a Messy Church on Sunday afternoons.

We use Singing the Faith as our hymnbook. When a minister is not available our services are led by local or lay preachers.

There are numerous weekday activities including a popular parent and toddler group, a sisterhood, a regular Saturday morning coffee morning for church and visitors alike. We have a choir which practises regularly and takes part in Sunday worship. Activities evenings are held on Saturdays and include organ concerts, choir performances, beetle drives, talks etc.

Contact has been established with local schools where members assist through “Open the Book” with assemblies and introducing young people to bible stories. Each summer we hold a week long Holiday Club for young people, attended with enthusiasm by some 30-40 children.

The building also provides a valuable community asset, being well used by Guides, Brownies, Rainbows, Tai Chi , church Art Group, local Choirs, AA , children's fitness group, Diddidance, drama group, and other groups for occasional use. The Church is particularly useful for concerts, as there are few other suitable venues in the town.

The church is involved with Churches Together in Newport and takes part in joint services at Easter and Christmas as well as in leading services at local care homes.

 

Governance:

We have a Church Council consisting of 12 leaders (including Church Secretary and Treasurer), the minister with a representative of the West Midlands URC Synod and the Telford Methodist Circuit). The Council meets 4 times a year, often simultaneously with the Church Meeting.

We have various informal committees covering aspects of Church life such as worship, mission, pastoral, property, finance, children and young people, communications. These groups are open to anyone interested but each is attended by at least one leader. They meet as necessary and make recommendations to the church Council and/or the Church Meeting.

 

People:

The Church family is an open, friendly community, encouraging and supportive towards each other and welcoming towards visitors. The congregation is responsive to those leading worship.

Many of our Church activities, such as Toddlers, Messy Church, Coffee Mornings and the group making prayer blankets, are run on a volunteer basis and a high proportion of the active congregation is involved in these. Members are much involved in running all our church activities and likewise in many forms of service outside the church.

 

Finance:

Our weekly gift aided income covers our Circuit Assessment. Our finances are relatively healthy and together with rental income we are able to cover maintenance costs of the building.


 

Vision for the future:

We believe we have a distinctive contribution to church life in Newport. There are many opportunities and needs in a growing community like ours and we would like to see the church reaching out more in appropriate ways in answer to those needs, and in the process strengthen our fellowship. We continue to take an active role in Churches Together in Newport.

As the time for ministerial rotation approaches, we would hope to welcome a minister who would inspire us to change, progress in our understanding of the message of Jesus, help us crystallise our thinking and develop our work in our community.

We are looking for someone who loving God, will love us and our town, someone we can love and take to our hearts.

 

 

Where to find us: 

The church is on Wellington Road, Newport - Postcode TF10 7HF. 

Directions: 

From Newport town centre head  southwards away from the parish church

Take the first turning on the right which is Wellington Road.  

Trinity Church is a short distance down the road on the left hand side.

 

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