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Churches in Trowbridge plan a year of mission together 

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As part of Hope14, Trowbridge churches are working together under the banner ‘HOPE for Trowbridge’
to reach into the community with the good news of Jesus, by building bridges through social action. HOPE Practitioner Geoff Tate says: ‘We actually see this year as the platform on which we will be able to build for outreach in 2015 and beyond.’

In Trowbridge the year of mission began with 24 hours of prayer and a prayer walk around the town.  Traditionally, Good Friday has been marked in Trowbridge by a March of Witness and this year after a joint service in The United Church, around 350 people from across the churches made the silent journey through the town behind the uplifted cross and under the HOPE banner, stopping to sing Easter hymns, hear readings from Scripture and prayers along the route, and ending in Trowbridge Park with hot cross buns and coffee.

On Easter Saturday a number of people went on to the main shopping streets in the town to bless people and give them bags of HOPE while the Salvation Army band played.  In the evening, there was a free concert by the Trowbridge Youth Gospel Choir.  On the evening of Easter Day in Holy Trinity church, Roger Forster was the guest speaker at a Celebration hosted by Maranatha Community Church.
A planning group has been working hard since October on a number of initiatives to draw the wider church family in Trowbridge together to reach the people of the town in appropriate and relevant ways.

Activities planned for the rest of the year include a HOPE Festival, a free family fun day on Bank Holiday Monday, May 5th
 

  • The Church’s Big Birthday and Picnic on Pentecost Sunday 8th June which will be a joint service of worship and witness in Trowbridge Park at 2 pm

  • A Civic Service in St James’ Church on 3rd August at 6.30 pm - three Secondary Schools which are undertaking World War 1 projects will take part

  • a Civic (Mayoral) breakfast on 11th October bringing together Town Councillors and Church Leaders to commemorate the commencement of The Great War, with the theme being the role of the chaplains. 

  • ‘Make lunch’ to provide meals during the holidays for children who would otherwise go hungry because they receive free school dinners during school term time.  We are hoping to work with one of our primary schools to provide this service.

  • A ‘Silent Night’ Carol Service. Geoff says: ‘We are hoping that all the Trowbridge Churches will adopt the Silent Night theme in this Centenary Year.’

The Trowbridge churches are also planning to order the replica Active Service John’s Gospel from SGM Lifewords to offer a copy to each of the 3,500 secondary school pupils in local schools and the guests at the Mayoral breakfast.
 



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