Prayer is a powerful tool of faith to open our eyes to God's possibilities in our lives, and in God's world. We are resuming our community prayer walks, which we invite church members, friends, and community residents to join us in, so that we may seek together God's will for us as people who can bring forth God's fruits of faith in this place.
Pastor John will organize these prayer walks, which take off from the church sanctuary steps at noon on Mondays, as weather and appointments permit. Pastor John has been continuing prayer walks already, and invites everyone to join us in them. After our prayer walks, you are invited to join us in the Clark Room for a brown bag luncheon and discussions, using our holy conversation guidelines to make them safe and fruitful.
A menu option on our office telephone menu will give you the latest status on prayer walks. We look forward to you joining us - and to inviting others into them!
The people of South Meriden Trinity United Methodist Church have been devoted to ministries and mission through Unity House, our former parsonage on Cutlery Avenue, for more than fifteen years. In connexion with other local United Methodist Churches and other local institutions, the Unity House mission team has prepared it for new seasons of doing God's work for refugee families and for local young adults and their families.
Now the Unity House team has received a special affirmation of support from The New York Annual Conference's Connectional Ministries - a $2,500 grant to help fund Unity House 2019 ministries.
We are deeply grateful for this affirmation of our goals and our efforts, and we hope and pray that everyone who loves and supports Unity House will consider this a beginning point for ensuring the long-term health and success of Unity House's mission to Meriden and the world Thank you, NYAC, thank you, Matt Curry, and all of the supporting members of NYAC leadership. May all of our ministries together in Christ be blessed!
Help Them to Get a New Start! Unity House Refugee Family Project Kickoff, Tuesday, October 2nd [VIDEO]
Your commitment to peace, justice,and hope for families, here, and around the world, is a valuable community asset. Unity House, a cooperative ministry of local United Methodist Churches, is inviting both local United Methodists and an interfaith coalition of other local congregations, to together to help a new refugee family coming to Meriden, CT this fall, through the IRIS refugee resettlement agency. Our first meeting to organize local volunteers for this project will be Tuesday, October 2nd, 6PM, in the Griffin Room at the Meriden Public Library. The following video gives an overview of our goals.
For more than fifteen years, the Unity House coalition has welcomed families from around the world in need of a fresh start, in addition to local families. There are a wide range of resources and activities needing volunteer support to help this family after their arrival. Housing, basic clothing, bedding, initial food and supplies are essential, but there is much more that these families need to adapt to American life Orientation to American culture and communities, language, education, health care, transportation, finance, employment, and more are needed to encourage their success in establishing a new life. Anyone with a good heart and a basic knowledge of how our culture works can help.
Most importantly, these families need our compassionate help. They are selected by the IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Resettlement Services) agency as people who are escaping truly dangerous and dire conditions in their own nation. By acting together, our community can provide them with wide, deep, and consistent support to welcome them to our nation - a foreign nation, to them.
A signup form with frequently asked questions is here and below. You may bring this form to the organizing meeting, or send it in to our office ahead of time. Thank you for your interest in our project - and please spread the word!
While our office has for many years sent out birthday and anniversary cards to our members, Jeanne King came up with the idea of making this ministry a group ministry for all of our interested members to join. As you can see in the photo, we had a GREAT turnout for the first card-writing get-together this Monday, as members caught up with August anniversaries and birthdays, and got ahead of the curve for September birthdays.
We thank Jeanne and every one who turned out for this joyful celebration of our love for our community in Christ, and we thank Charlene Bodero and Emily Belanger, who continue to support our members and church friends who are ill and who have lost loved ones recently. We are a loving, sharing and caring church, and we are so grateful for members who "walk the talk" of faith. Watch our announcements for the next "write'in" event!
“She made me do it!” “He made me do it!”
You may have shouted this out sometimes as a child, when you reacted hurtfully to something that annoyed you. Maybe your reactions got you into trouble with your parents.
Is it so different today with us adults? All the time we hear hurtful and self-justifying words said in our homes, in public, and online. There have also been hurtful and self-justifying words hurled back in response to those words. And sometimes, it isn't just words that get thrown back. Sometimes, people get hurt - or die.
There is a better way.
Our church invites you to the first of a series of free peace-making workshops, on Saturday morning, September 29th, in the Cook Room at the Meriden Public Library, starting at 9AM. A signup form is below - the workshop is free.
The morning workshop will cover breakthrough insights into how people of all kinds, in all situations, can learn to "wage peace" - even in the middle of our "wars!" The workshop is based on non-religious materials that have helped thousands of people around the world to take a new perspective on how they view and manage potentially hurtful conflicts. After the morning workshop, the workshop leader will be available in the Cook Room to help workshop attendees practice peace-making skill for their real-life situations
The core of the workshop is based on the book The Anatomy of Peace, by the Arbinger Institute, a non-religious research and training company that helps people to live more productive and peaceful lives.The key concept of the book is that if we have "hearts at war," often our peacemaking efforts will fail - and our "wars" will continue. If we learn to have hearts that are peace, then we can learn to have good relationships - and, perhaps, even love - even with people who we treat as our enemies.
Coffee and light refreshments will be available. For more information, please contact Pastor John Blossom of South Meriden Trinity United Methodist Church at email@example.com or 203.293.8511 tel/txt.
Our church will have a table at this year's annual National Night Out community event at Hubbard Park, where the police, fire department, and dozens of non-profit organizations share the joy of Meriden being a caring community. We will be sharing gifts with visitors, and inviting them to join us for traditional worship and a new faith experience in the planning stages through our Worship Committee. We'll be down near the bandstand, near the food, so hopefully we'll see many of the thousands of people attending this event. See Jeanne King if you'd like to help out at this event - or just come, and help us to spread the joy of our church!
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