Trinity Life November 2018 

Here is the full text of the November 2019 edition of Trinity Life, below as a webpage.

Looking back and Looking forward


As we look back, thankful for those who gave their lives in conflicts past and present, we also look forward.

How should we remember as we move into the second century following the end of the first global war?

We have we learnt, and what do we need to hold onto?

In a computer-game-age, where ‘killing’ and ‘being killed’ is a daily aspect of many young peoples lives, we need to remember the terrible costs of war. Around the world we can see (when it comes to us as ‘new’ news) the horrors that war brings. Conflicts rumble on, lives are torn apart and the darkness seems to have no end.

Jesus himself warned us: we will hear of wars and rumours of wars. He also taught us what to do. The teaching of Jesus has stood the test of time. It is as true today as it was when he first gave ‘The Word’ to the world. This message gives us a hope that this ‘sure and certain’. A hope which has upheld Christian’s down the centuries, in the face of illness, loss, grieve and yes, warfare. This is not a hope about vengeance on our enemies. Instead it is the hope of life and and eternity to come with Jesus.

Even more important than remembering the sacrifice of those who died for our freedom, it is of even greater importance than remembering the terrifying cost of war is that we remember Him. Christ, our Lord. Jesus the Saviour. The author and perfecter of our faith. The one who offers us The Hope that has been tested in the fires of the darkest times and proved of greater worth than gold.

As we remember in this 100th anniversary year, let us turn again to the example, life and transforming power of Christ, so that we and our children, our grandchildren and great grandchildren may see his kingdom come and his will being done.

with love in Christ, Tim Phillips

Team Vicar in the Flagstaff Family of Churches


Trinity Fellowship, November 2018

Our meeting on the 27th November will be our Quiz Evening organised by Jean Harrison, this will be at 35a Avenue Road due to preparations for the Christmas Tree Festival we will meet at the earlier time of 7.30pm. Tea, Coffee and Mince Pies will be served, all welcome to join us.

Diary date the Annual Advent Carol Service will be at 7.30pm on Monday 3rd December, the guest speaker will be Sam Dunn a member of the Baptist Church in Ashby and members of our church family will be taking part in the service and of course we will be welcoming residents and staff from Newlands House Cheshire Home. A collection for the work at Newlands House will be taken during this service. Tea coffee and mince pies will be served after the service. Please come along and support us.

Margaret Weston.


Letter of thanks to my ‘German Sister’

Dear Beate,

Thank you so much for the gift of your beautiful poem. You have written these words from your heart of love for God. Please be encouraged to continue writing as God can speak to others through you.

In all the time we have known each other we have both been journeying to find a relationship with Jesus. We have both found Him through our love of the words in the bible. Did you know that your name, Beate, means ‘blessed’ and my name, Alison, in the Gaelic language once commonly spoken in parts of the British Isles means ‘truthful’? I would like to bless you with a verse of truth from Matthew’s gospel which I feel encapsulates our friendship and love for God and one another.

Matt5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons(daughters) of God

We have both been reconciled to God through our belief in Jesus and our mutual friendship, putting the past hostility of our home nations behind us, has reconciled us to each other. Thank you for being such a wonderful friend to me.

With lots of love to you and all your family

Alison xx


By Beate Woelfel

Sing little bird, sing
about the hope for freedom in the world
Don't listen to the crow, who'll tell you: The world will always be a place with walls and imprisoned people in visible or invisible chains. Try to break one's chains and build bridges among the people who cross your way.

Sing little bird, sing
about the hope for peace in the world
Don’t listen to the crow, who'll tell you: There'll always be war in the world with cruel weapons. Mankind is evil and will destroy itself. Try to break the circle to answer violence with revenge and persecution.

Sing little bird, sing
About the hope for love in the world
Don't listen to the crow who'll tell you: There will always be egoism and hatred in the world. People will kill each other in the name of love. Try to avoid these games. Exercise forgiveness and give true love.

Sing little bird, sing
About the hope of an eternal life and salvation of mankind through Jesus. Don't listen to the crow, who'll tell you: There doesn't exist any Jesus who could save anybody. Only dreamers believe in this. At the end there'll be only death and nothing else. Try to save the faith in salvation and eternal living. Share it with other people.

Sing little bird, sing
as long as you can and tell your children to go on with it. One day the crow will be told to shut up and everybody recognize that she told lies. Then all the birds will sing without ceasing.

Alison Hayes


2018 - Ashby Youth for Christ Early Intervention

One coach, one child, one hour a week.

“I was finding school tough. I had my Dad being angry and my Mum and Dad splitting up, and a few of my animals and cats died. I didn't know who to go to. My coach was kind and caring and understanding. Thank you for being really kind and helping me figure out ways to stop worrying.”

  • Sophie, 8

All over the UK, children are struggling in school for all kinds of reasons and many families are suffering without hope. The effects of bullying, bereavement, family breakdown, poverty or being in the care system can have a huge impact on a child’s education. Some children may be struggling with a lack of confidence, have no positive role models, or just need an adult to talk to.

TLG Early Intervention gives the church a practical solution to support children, families and schools in their community.

The programme enables trained volunteers to become coaches and work on a one to one basis with children, with the overall aim of improving a child’s behaviour and in turn raise their levels of learning. TLG trains and equips volunteers with proven resources to help children explore their choices and the consequences of the decisions that they make. Our training will equip each coach to become a trusted support to the child, their teacher and their family.

Through regular conversations with home, the coach will be able to offer support and discuss strategies used to help the pupil in the sessions which may be helpful at home too. In many cases feedback is given on a weekly basis.

Ashby Youth for Christ are partnering with TLG and Holy Trinity Church to set up an Early Intervention project in Ashby, and we would love to have volunteers join us from Christians across the town. Could you give two hours a week to support a primary school aged child? Would you like to find out more about the project? All volunteers are training and supported throughout their time as a coach.

Contact for more information.

Open Team Time – Will be held on Tuesday 4th December at 10-11am at the Ashby Methodist church. Please come along for a time of prayer and to share in what God is doing through AYFC.

For more information about what we do get in touch on 01530 560940 or



Yemen – A Forgotten Crisis

I previously wrote about the crisis in Yemen about 8 months ago and if I am honest I am not sure how much I have prayed or even thought about the plight of the people of Yemen since. I therefore can’t accuse the media of ignoring the crisis, I am no better. So when the following article by Andrew Houghton, appeared in my Tearfund news feed I wanted to offer it to you.

The threat of famine continues in Yemen, as the embattled nation remains in the grip of civil war. On Friday 28 September, the head of the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) declared that it remains the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Executive Director David Beasley told reporters in New York there ‘very well could be’ famine in remote areas of Yemen, which the WFP doesn’t have access to. Fighting around Hodeidah port has had a big impact on the importing of food and medical supplies, according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET).

Across the nation, 22.2 million Yemenis are in need of humanitarian aid, and 8.4 million are at risk of starvation. It’s a number that’s expected to rise to 18 million this year if conditions don’t improve. Last month the UN tried to negotiate a ceasefire, but planned talks never took place. 

?In 2017, Yemen saw the biggest cholera outbreak on record, with over one million cases reported. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 30% of all suspected cholera cases across Yemen are children under five years of age. Severely malnourished children are far more likely to contract and die from diarrhoeal diseases like cholera than well-nourished children.

Tearfund’s partners are helping to provide families with clean water and hygiene materials to reduce the risk of illness and disease. This includes the construction of special rainwater cisterns.  The cisterns are holes dug in the ground and lined with bricks and cement. They can store rainwater for communities for several months. 

Another partner is in the process of setting up an oral rehydration centre, in response to more recent cases of cholera. The response also includes promoting good hygiene practices in households, schools, and mosques, as well as distributing water filters, cholera prevention kits, and food supplies. They are also building latrines and giving training in growing vegetables.

Kieren Barnes, Tearfund’s Middle East Response Director, says we must not let the Yemen crisis be forgotten: ‘The challenges for the people of Yemen, especially in the remote locations, are relentless. They have been living on the edge of famine for too long. We must do all we can to provide critical aid to those in need, in order to prevent further suffering from cholera and other diseases. ??‘Our partners are Yemenis themselves and are working tirelessly, committed to serving their communities and supporting the most vulnerable.’

Please re-read the article and turn each paragraph into a prayer.

Gifts for Tearfund’s Yemen Crisis Appeal may be sent direct

Mandy McIntosh


Joys and Sorrows 


The dates and details of the next two baptism services at Holy Trinity are listed below 


Weddings in the year ahead for which we have a confirmed date and time. 


Funerals that have been booked with Holy Trinity either at church or a crematorium in the coming weeks 
Tim Phillips, 08/11/2018
Tim Phillips, 10/11/2018