NEWS AND EVENTS
•Our Dementia Cafe is going from strength to strength being now into its second year. In June last year we welcomed Rob Nicholl who came and entertained us with songs from the Big Band era whilst we relaxed and chatted with family and friends over fresh coffee and homemade cakes. In September we had a World War II theme - period costume was optional and we were joined by some members of the Royal British Legion. In December Rob Nicholl entertained us again with Christmas music from the Big Band era. The cafe this February included a sing-song of old favourites round the piano and in May the cafe was held at Billingshurst Fire Station which was great fun! All are welcome - come and join us and find out what we are all about. See the Dementia Cafe tab for more information.
•The title of our Holy Week Meditation this year was "Were You There?". Once again organised by Chris Ashman, this thoughtful compilation of hymns, readings and choir items took place on the Wednesday of Holy Week in the church.
TRINITY 200 31st May 1815 - 2015
•Trinity United Reformed Church celebrated its bi-centenary in 2015 - yes, we became 200 years old in May 2015! There was a special service of thanksgiving on Trinity Sunday, 31st May, at 10.30am and then a Songs of Praise in the church at 6.30pm that evening. It was good to see the church was full for both services, which included a specially commissioned setting by David Coysh of "Glory to God in the Highest", and we were pleased to welcome back friends from down the years as well as members of our sister churches in Petworth and Pulborough and many friends from the other churches in the village.
•On the Saturday evening, 30th May, the church hosted a special celebration supper event attended by some 80 guests who have been involved with Trinity church over the years.
•A Bi-Centenary booklet detailing the church's 200 year history has been written, and a copy was given to all those attending the celebration events. If you would like a copy please contact the Church Secretary.
•We have a new kitchen! OK, well maybe not exactly new, but the kitchen at Trinity has been completely refurbished to meet all the current food hygiene regulations and we are delighted to announce that, following an inspection by Horsham District Council who administer the Food Standards Agency "Scores on the Doors" scheme, we have been awarded a Food Hygiene Rating 5 the highest score available! Many thanks to everyone involved in the kitchen improvement project and those who have provided funding.The kitchen is an important facility available to all those who hire our premises and we hope that this upgrade will lead to more people using the hall which also benefits from level access and full facilities for people with disabilities.
•** HALL AVAILABLE TO HIRE ** If you are interested in hiring the hall, please contact Linda Bullivant on 01403 785372 for rates and availability. Further details can be found on the Halls for Hire website - click here.
•The Church holds regular group meetings; for information please contact our Church Secretary, Brenda Homden, whose details can be found on the Contact Us page
•We have been delighted to welcome a number of new friends into our congregation recently and look forward to helping them feel a sense of being part of our church as we meet together
•Billingshurst Street Pastors
On 17th May 2018 Billingshurst Street Pastors celebrated their 5th Anniversary with a Thanksgiving Service at Trinity to mark the occasion. The reassuring presence of the Street Pastors has become a welcome and familiar sight on the streets of the village. The teams patrol both at lunchtimes and evenings on a regular weekly pattern and have been well received by all those with whom they come into contact - in local businesses, pubs, restaurants, etc as well as on the streets. They will listen to everyone, young and old, and provide help to any who need it, without prejudice. Contact with the community may range from a friendly chat to pointing people to an appropriate agency should they have a specific need. All Street Pastors receive comprehensive training and benefit from interaction with and training from among others, BEAT Responders Heartstart; HDC Youth Support Team; NHS Sussex Partnership and with generous help from Sussex Police. Billingshurst Street Pastors operate under an arrangement with the Ascension Trust, the umbrella organisation responsible for Street Pastors which, since its formation 25 years ago, has trained over 14,000 people for this voluntary work both in the UK and overseas. An important part of the work is fulfilled by a team of Prayer Pastors who meet at the Street Pastors' base in Trinity URC to provide prayer support and back-up as required for the teams while they are out patrolling (and a welcome cup of tea when they return)! The number of patrols which can be operated is clearly dependent upon the volunteers available, and the group is always keen to recruit more members. We very much hope that more local Christians will decide to get involved; if you are interested in joining the street patrols or supporting the work by becoming a Prayer Pastor, please get in touch with Don Newport
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