Parish Jottings

Parish Jottings - March 2015

Lenten Appeal

Lent comprises the 40 days (excluding Sundays) starting on Ash Wednesday and ending on the day before Easter Sunday. For Christians it is a period of reflection and preparation, replicating Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days prior to the start of His ministry.

Today many people mark Lent by observing a period of moderation. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on the life of Jesus Christ; his suffering, his sacrifice, death, burial and resurrection. People often give up one of their obsessions for Lent, such as wine, or chocolate. It could be anything you normally like doing. Alternatively, instead of not doing something, you could do something extra. This year our church has suggested that we mark Lent by seeing ourselves in a global context and helping the poor and needy of the world. The most practical way of doing this is by giving to those unfortunate peoples in places such as Sierra Leone, affected by the Ebola virus, and the refugees in Syria and Iraq who have been displaced by civil war. By not indulging in whatever you decide to give up for Lent, you could send the cost saved to the appropriate charities. Self-sacrifice for the benefit of the poor and needy is a basic doctrine of the Christian faith.

Comments Board

A comments board is currently displayed in church following Duncan's proposed theme for Lenten contemplation, as mentioned in his 'Vicar's Letter' in last month's magazine. Many ideas have already been posted on the board, but there is still room for more. Here is an opportunity to have your say about our church. Are we going in the right direction? Is our church all that you would want it to be? Should we make any changes? Should we start up something new? We must think not only about ourselves, but also about the local community and the wider world. Your ideas are awaited. The P. C. C. will consider all comments received. Don't miss your chance to have your say.

Word for Today

Word for Today

Just a reminder that the latest of "The Word for Today" quarterly publications is now available to pick up in church. There is no charge for the booklet. It could also be called 'Thought for Today'. For each day of the year there is a short passage to read, based on the bible, which gives an insight into the many dilemmas which you may confront in everyday life and describes and answers them from a point of view which you may not have thought of before. It is well worth reading.

This digital piano was bought by the church in the 1990's for use as an alternative to the organ when the church found itself without a regular organist. In the background some of the pipes of the 'Father Willis' organ can be seen. The organ has been installed in the church since the beginning of the last century.
This digital piano was bought by the church in the 1990's for use as an alternative to the organ when the church found itself without a regular organist. In the background some of the pipes of the 'Father Willis' organ can be seen. The organ has been installed in the church since the beginning of the last century.

Contacts

Vicar:
Rev Duncan Carter
Vicarage, 16 Church St, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1SE (574822)

Licensed Lay Minister:
Michael Forsdike (612161)

Churchwardens:
Barbara Williams
Michael Forsdike

WELCOME

Welcome to Holy Trinity C of E Church.

Whether you have come to a service of worship, for private prayer, or just to enjoy a few moments of peace and tranquillity, we offer you our friendship and hospitality. This website gives some general information about the church and our fellowship.

Duncan Carter, Vicar.