You are all invited to join a day of mission and celebration this coming Saturday, March 24th, 9AM-3PM, as South Meriden Trinity United Methodist Church hosts a "paint party" mission event for the Women, Families and Children Transitional Living Program for Transitional Aged Youth (TAY), at 169 Colony Street, in Meriden. We will be helping the WFC TAY team to open their new live-in facility that offers 18-24 year-olds programming and counseling to learn life skills that will help them to succeed as adults. You can sign up using the form at the bottom of this post or here.
If you are a young adult, or have young adults in your family, you know how hard it can be for today's young adults to transition from school years into a successful adult life. The future of communities like Meriden will be based on how well we help these young adults to make this transition! Our faithful service and witness in the name of Christ can make a difference!.
No skills are required, please bring yourself and others, and spread the word! we have 6-7 rooms that will need painting, and you can stay for some or all of the morning or the afternoon. At noon, we will all share a lunch, discuss the WFC program with its leaders, and offer a blessing of this new facility as a home for young adults. There are opportunities to help bring supplies, food, and other items that will help us to succeed.
Bring your body, your heart, and your spirit, and help us to begin this important new mission relationship with our community! Please sign up below, using this embedded, scrolling form, or click here. A poster for the event for printing or downloading is below the signup form.
Mark's gospel shows us how God's commitment to us leads us to reconsider our own commitment to God. Come this Sunday at 10AM to celebrate the generations of commitment to Christ in our place of grace, and to consider how everyone seeking faith in our church can grow new fruits on the tree of life through Christian commitment, to spread faith in our hearts, in our families, in our community, and the world!
When we return to God in our 40 days of Lent, we enter a time when we seek to purify our hearts and our minds, so that we can be ready for new growth in faith. Come join us in worship on Sunday, February 18th, as Pastor John Blossom's sermon "Purify" will help us to see how Noah and Jesus were rewarded by their 40 days of purity. Come to be lifted up, stay for our warm fellowship time together. See you then!
We are amazingly and wonderfully made from God's dust, intimately part of God's plan. And yet, we are only dust, if we do not find a relationship with God through faith that turns our story into God's story. During Ash Wednesday Pastor John Blossom distributed ashes made from the burnt palm leaves from last year's Palm Sunday and the prayers from our community that we read each Sunday. Ashes were distributed across from Hanover Elementary School in the morning, in the homes of some of our parishioners who cannot get to church in the evening easily, at Tom's Cafe, along Main Street in local businesses, in our sanctuary in the afternoon, and in an evening Ash Wednesday commemoration service at our church. Photos from the day are below, along with the podcast and text of Pastor John's message "Return." Text is also here. Have a blessed beginning to your Lenten journey, remember to come to our new faith groups Sundays at 5PM and Wednesdays at 7PM.
"Return to me with your whole heart," said God through the prophet Joel, hundreds of years before the time of Jesus. As we begin our Christian season of Lent this Wednesday, February 14th,, we start with the imposition of ashes on our foreheads. It's a sign of our remembrance that we will all return to God eventually, our bodies turning to dust, and our souls invited towards eternal life.
Join us Wednesday night at 7PM for our Ash Wednesday service, and meet with us as we offer ashes to people in our community across from Hanover Elementary school at school opening, at Dunkin' Donutes on West Main Street during the morning, and on Main Street in South Meriden around lunchtime, including a visit to Tom's Place at about noon. Make this Lent a time to return to God with your whole heart, and to practice the habits that can change your life through faith!
We are a church in mission to our community and our world, making God's love real to people who need that love more than ever! While some of our members staged beautiful bags of practical and joyful gifts for people living in our local family shelter, others were bringing in donations of canned soups and dishwashing detergent for our local soup kitchen. Pastor John Blossom's sermon "What if It's Real?" reminded us that Jesus walks with us every day in Christian discipleship, and today we "walked the talk" in a big way! Our usual worship podcast cannot be posted due to technical difficulties, but more photos from the day are below, and the text from Pastor John''s sermon is here and below the photos.
We hope that you can join us for our recommittal to discipleship at our Ash Wednesday service at 7PM, and during the day as Pastor John distributes ashes in front of Hanover School, at the Dunkin' Donuts on West Main Street, at Tom's Place at noon, and around the neighborhood. Have a blessed week!
Jesus invited his key disciples up to a mountaintop, where he was transfigured by the light of God into the bright presence of God's own Son. Why do we seem to miss these "Aha!" moments when God becomes real? What does it take to have them? What will we be like if we have them? Come this Sunday at 10AM for worship, fellowship, faith formation, and Pastor John's sermon "What if It's Real?" Please bring canned soup and dishwashing detergent for our Meriden soup kitchen drive if you can this Sunday or Ash Wednesday. Come for a joy-filled worship with the living God!
Faith doesn't pop out of thin air: faith is a habit, the constant process of renewing and growing our relationship with God and one another, so that we will be part of God's story of salvation - especially when we need it most!
This Lent season, we are beginning our commitment to faith formation groups, which will help anyone to find and grow our faith together. Anyone from anywhere can join a faith formation group, there is no need to have expertise in the BIble or specific beliefs, only a desire to find a better way than the ways of the world.
Our faith formation groups will meet Sundays at 5PM and Wednesdays at 7PM in the Clark Room of our education building (door to the right of our office entrance on Main Street). Our format will be simple: opening prayers and statements, a time to listen to people reflecting briefly on their walk with God, group reflections on a reading for the day, and a closing prayer.
No reading in advance is necessary, but we encourage people this Lent (Feb 14th - March 31st) to use Adam Hamilton's reflection book "The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus" to guide your formation of faith during the week ($7 in the church, available online here).
Other publications that can be useful are available in the church, including our "Three Simple Rules: A Wesleyan Way of Living" book for people seeking the Methodist way of discipleship. Bibles are available for free in the church foyer, and online for free at various Web sites.
Come grow in faith with others, so that together we can become God's story, one person at a time!
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