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Monthly Message 

Each month a different member of the Trinity congregation prepares a few words which we hope that you will find interesting and thought-provoking.

December 2021

Yes, it’s that time again. Time to empty my purse of all my loose change and lighten my handbag. It’s quite a ritual, separating the various coins. The smallest ones are easy, silver and copper. I hesitate over the 10 pence – am I feeling generous? “Small change – big difference”: that’s the slogan on my Christian Aid collecting box. It soon fills up – at the last count, with an overflow box, I’d collected nearly £21. The challenge is making up the box from its flat pack original – I’ve found strategic rubber bands help. If you would like a collecting box contact John Whittle on 01438 813517.

Not much news from my Irish family: COVID restrictions mean the holes in the drive are still unfilled. Helena and Damien have switched grocery suppliers! On the bird front, they have been visited by a sparrowhawk in the garden. Perhaps he is keeping an eye on the goldfinches who use the seed feeder.

I have been asked several times if I’m going to Ireland for Christmas; for various reasons I’m not. Ryanair seem uncertain about flying into Cork, and Christmas fares are triple the normal ones. I shall be spending Christmas day at Trinity Church, where a warm welcome awaits with Christmas Dinner, fun and fellowship. If you would like to join us, single, couples or family, contact Kate Dickinson on 07825 700580.

Yes, it’s that time again, time when family and friends come together to celebrate, Covid restrictions permitting. What’s at the centre of your celebrations? Do you have room for a tiny baby, the Saviour of the world? If you want to support someone who’s homeless, Crisis provides all year help and encouragement as well as their Christmas centres. You can find details at

Every blessing to you and yours this Christmas,

Rosie Berry, an Elder at Trinity.