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Get the new Trinity Central App

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 18:22

Trinity Central’s Mobile App is a great way to connect, get info, listen to sermons and take notes, give and even read your Bible over the year on your phone or tablet. It’s easy to download, so grab the app and enjoy being a little more connected!

Use this link: http://get.theapp.co/xm3r/

Or text “TrinityBC” (without the quotations) to 206-859-9405

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Vision Sunday 2018

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 13:41

by Danielle Earle

It’s a cold Sunday morning, and as I enter the Vancity Theatre I am greeted with cheek to cheek smiles, people huddled in clusters, some laughing, some having more serious conversations and others holding their coffees close to their faces. There are people of all ages loving one another and children running up and down with squeals of delight… and I am home. It’s a special day as we gather as a church because Trinity Central is 6 years old!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TRINITY CENTRAL!

We are looking forward to new seasons, new maturity, new challenges, new lessons to be learned, new encouragements, new places and new people. We are expectant!

The last six years have been a mix of pioneering, challenges, heartbreak, love, babies, reconciliation, partnership, encouragement, grace, growth, faith, salvation, testimonies and prayer. There are so many words we could use to describe the last 6 years. We are immensely grateful to be included in God’s redemptive work in Vancouver – both in our city and in ourselves. Wow, God is faithful!

 

We spend the morning worshipping God together and we listen to God’s encouragement for us moving forward. We rejoice in His goodness to us as a church in Vancouver. After the message there is a time for prayer, as every Sunday, because at the heart of this church our aim is and always has been to point people back to God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. To be Trinity Central.

Our worship flows into coffee time, enjoying friendships and celebratory cookies, and there’s a sense from people that this year is going to be super exciting. Many conversations are spent remembering times when things looked a little different. We remember the good times, and the harder times, but in all of it we are reminded that God is good.

Our culture insists we just keep going, keep pushing, don’t look back, when actually, throughout the Bible we see an encouragement to “build pillars”, to remember, to look back (see for example Joshua 4:1-10). Because when we look back we are reminded of God’s faithfulness, and that gives us the gusto to go forward in triumphant faith. So looking back at our history, we cannot help but feel completely fired up and full of courage and expectancy going forward, because, indeed, God IS faithful and He IS so undeniably good!

 

To listen to our full Vision Sunday’s message, click here, and go to VISION SUNDAY 2018.

 

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What’s on in February?

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 14:33

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Come celebrate our 6th Anniversary this Sunday

We’re turning 6 on Sunday! Join us in the morning at Yaletown or in the evening at UBC as we celebrate God’s faithfulness to us in the past and anticipate his goodness to us in the future as we enjoy His presence together. Rhys will explore our Vision in his preach, Sam and the band will lead us in worship, plus we’ll be welcoming new members. It’s going to be great! We’re praying together on February 20th

Come join us for our Calling On God prayer meeting on Tuesday, February 20 at 7:30pm the Roundhouse Community Centre. We’re expecting a great time of worship and hearing from God.

When: Tuesday, Feb 20 @7:30pm     Where: Roundhouse Community Centre New at Trinity? Join us for lunch on Sunday, Feb. 25

There’s no better way to meet people than at our monthly Newcomers’ lunches. If you’ve never been to once of our Newcomers’ lunches please do come along. All you need to bring is yourself as lunch will be provided. If you’re interested in coming please let one of our Welcome team know on Sunday or email office@trinitycentral.org.

When: 1:30pm                               Where: to be announced Check out the Kids Church schedule for February

As our Kids Church teams are still some way from being fully stocked there will unfortunately be some weeks when some of the Kids Church teams will not be running. This is so that we don’t over-work our volunteers.

February 4 

  • Adventurers (age 1-2) running
  • no Explorers (age 3-kindergarten) or Trailblazers (Grade 1-6)

February 11

  • Adventurers (age 1-2) running
  • no Explorers (age 3-kindergarten) or Trailblazers (Grade 1-6)

February 18 – all teams running

February 25 – all teams running Save the Date

June 16 – day conference with Terry Virgo
June 22 to 24 – Thirst 2018

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Taking out the trash

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 20:00

by Danielle Earle

Since the previous blog post went up, I have had some immensely encouraging conversations with many people, and one of the the main topics these conversations keep coming back to is that of offence. In fact, I had a conversation with one of my dearest friends today, and she reminded me of a simple but incredibly powerful truth:

Grace is not being easily offended.

Wow, let that sink in for a second….

I’ve been thinking about this topic a lot the last few months, and I was reminded of something that God used in my life years ago to illustrate this very issue. 

First some backstory: I grew up as an only child to divorced parents, went to a private boarding school, and well, let’s just say I was both a little spoilt and a little lazy when it came to household chores. Fast forward to adulthood and getting married and, oh boy, was I in for a surprise. Chores? Housework? Laundry? Ain’t nobody got time for that! Mike is and always has been really, really helpful around the house, but you know, the poor guy just couldn’t do it all. Ha!

So, let’s get on to the mortifying story then, shall we?

Mike and I had just gotten married and I was well on my merry way (or so I thought), cooking and facing the many challenges of “domestication”. I was in total denial. I had created a little subconscious “challenge” with myself to see how long I could leave the dishes – either till Mike did them, or until they annoyed me enough to finally do it (mental note: apply same concept to laundry). Mike, as gracious as he is, realised that I was never going to learn the lesson if he just kept stepping in.

Cue the Showdown!

Mike didn’t do the dishes.

Neither did I.

And then… (drumroll please)… MAGGOTS!

GAG!

Gag, gag, gaggity gag. Clearly there was lots of gagging. I am often struck how God uses our daily life experiences to teach us about our spiritual lives. This particular lesson has always reminded me of a verse in Song of Solomon 2:15:

“Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards, for our vineyards are in blossom.”

Just like foxes will destroy vines that are blossoming, not dealing with the “maggots” in our lives will spoil us, and our relationships.

Although the “outside” lesson was simply about not being lazy and getting on with those chores (gasp!), the “inside” lesson was about not being lazy in my relationships – with God first and foremost, but also with others. To be actively fighting for the relationships around me, and protecting them fiercely. And to not be so easily offended, but rather, to be someone who extends grace. Over, and over, and over, and over again. Because that’s part of what grace looks like in our relationships – it is loving, and forgiving, and assuming the best, even (and especially!) when it is undeserved.

When we are lazy in our relationships and “let things go” without addressing them head on, they become a bigger, more gory issue, just like foxes who come and spoil our vines. Or maggots! Maggots are pretty disgusting. Our offenses are just like those tiny, almost invisible, fly eggs…

When we let them go, they grow.

They grow and grow and the problem is perpetuated. Because maggots become flies, and flies lay eggs, and eggs become maggots, that grow into flies. See what I’m saying?

We are currently working through a sermon series titled “Thriving in the City” (you can find that here). We’ve looked at friendship and stewardship and finding our purpose, and we’ve hashed those life lessons out in our LifeGroups. This series has been phenomenal for many reasons, including many people finding tremendous breakthrough and freedom in many areas of their lives (including me!).

However, in order to continue to change and grow we have to clear out the clutter and ruthlessly purge the offense which is taking up space in our hearts. The offenses that consume our time, thoughts and energies and leaves us feeling worse off than we started. We need to clear out the junk so that we can make space in our heart for people, for mission, and for the purposes for which we were created.

Matthew 18:15 tells us that we should go sort out our issues:

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.”

God’s plan has ALWAYS been for redemption: our own, yes, but also for our relationships!

 

Don’t learn the lesson the hard way like I had to, don’t leave your dirty dishes out. Wash them as frequently as you dirty them, (by this point I hope you realise I am not just talking about actual dishes), you will be surprised how good it feels to have the mental space and clarity to think without your grudges wriggling around like worms in the sink.

Practice “airing the dirty laundry”: talk about your problems and struggles. Take out the trash, the spiritual trash, and be ruthless in your pursuit of keeping the junk that clutters up your heart and mind out of your home. Address the offenses in your heart. Don’t let them fester. Confess them, work on them, and then leave them at the feet of Jesus where only His blood can wash them away.

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When I Feel Small

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 14:54

by Danielle Earle

Do you ever feel small?

I’m not talking about the kind of small you feel when you’re out in the desert, or on a mountain top, looking up at the night sky and all its stars and your feelings of smallness instil wonder and awe at the bigness of it all; the world, the cosmos, God.

Towards the end of last year, Trinity Central had a couple of weeks where we worked through a preaching series on friendship, (you can listen to them here), and it really got me thinking about that question:

“Do you ever feel small?”

It’s the kind of smallness you feel when you’re in a crowd, at a party, in the mall. Surrounded by so many people and yet your smallness makes you feel invisible and thoroughly alone.

Loneliness is very real. Do you feel it? Do you see it? There are so many lonely people all around us, in our schools, businesses, marketplaces, grocery stores, neighbours, church.

So much of my last two years was characterised by this feeling of smallness, loneliness and inadequacy. I kept asking myself: Why is it so exhaustingly difficult to feel connected, build meaningful relationships, not feel hurt when plans don’t work out, and not get offended when I am excluded?

Something God has been pressing on my heart lately is that we all experience seasons of loneliness. We all long to feel connected. We all need community.

Everybody needs a friend. Not just me! And not just you either.

Sadly, my initial response to those around me in my season of loneliness was far from perfect… put simply, I got offended. I hardened my heart towards some people I love because I was tired of getting hurt.

And then God convicted me: At the end of all those raw and painful feelings, it is what we do with those feelings that matters most. Was it wrong of me to feel hurt or sad or overlooked? No! My feelings were totally valid, but my offence and my actions were not.

Thankfully God is so good, merciful, kind and oh so patient! He didn’t just leave me there wallowing in my self pity: rather, He spoke to me about intent. Not just my own, but the intent of others. My mind kept drifting back to this one question: Were these people intentonally excluding me and trying to hurt me? Were they “out to get me”?? Not at all.

Here are four things God has taught me about building new friendships and navigating feelings of loneliness and neglect:

  • We can’t get mad when we have unmet expectations if we never expressed those expectations in the first place (mind blown);
  • No one is out to get me/you/us – we need to give others the benefit of the doubt;
  • We need to look out for other people who are like us, others who might be lonely and looking for a friend;
  • And that if all else fails there is One who is always there, always near, always watching, always kind and always compassionate. One who is always ready and waiting to be my/your/our friend

When we lift our gaze from ourselves – our needs, our wants, our hurts and our pains (dare I say offences?!) –  to reach out to those who might feel the same then that is where our needs are met: in serving others.

If you have an unfulfilled need then serve someone, sacrifice. Our joy increases when we lighten another person’s load and walk the road alongside them and forget about ourselves.

This is a part of the answer to our loneliness: LIFT. YOUR. GAZE.

Lift your eyes from yourself, from your problems, from your loneliness. Lift your eyes and really have them open to see the needs that are around you. I guarantee your heart will ache for people around you – those who are lonely, those who are destitute, those who have had a difficult life, those who are poor, and also those who are rich.

You are not alone in your longing for relationship. Is the antidote not in our hands? Are we not able to reach out? I believe we are – but it takes intentionality, and communication, and a soft and eager heart.

And remember, even when we are truly lonely, truly isolated, there is One who knows, One who has felt utterly abandoned and alone. He not only sympathises but fully empathises with us. And when you voice your loneliness to Him, He knows exactly what it feels like, and He will meet you in that place, and He will help you lift your gaze – He is there, He is waiting, He is your Friend.

Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the hills.
    From where does my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.

 

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What’s on in January?

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 14:39

 What's On?"

Come join us for worship this Sunday

We’re back! We’re excited to see what the Lord has in store for us this year. Sam and the band will lead us in worship and Rhys will kick off the new year with a new Thriving in the City sermon mini-series on Finding Your Purpose.

We will be gathering at 10:30am at the Vancity Theatre in Yaletown and 6:30 pm at Hillel House on UBC campus. See you there! Members please come to the Family Meeting Jan 10

Our next family meeting is Wednesday, January 10, 2018. We will gather for prayer and worship and then we will provide updates regarding various matters including church finance and Kids Church, and look ahead to a very exciting year including Terry and Wendy Virgo’s visit.

Where: Roundhouse Community Centre  When:  7:30 pm Join us for our Week of Prayer January 16-18

We’re gathering once more to pray together. We want to hear from God and celebrate His goodness to us. Everybody is welcome to attend as many prayer meetings as you would like.

Tuesday January 16
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at the Scott house (3756 2nd Ave W)
7:30 – 9:30 pm at the Roundhouse Community Centre

Wednesday January 17
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at the Jones residence (Unit 517, 518 Moberly Rd)
7:30 – 9:30 pm at the Roundhouse Community Centre

Thursday January 18
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at the Scott house (3756 2nd Ave W)
7:30 – 9:30 pm at the Roundhouse Community Centre We have two Alphas to invite people to this term

We are involved in running two Alpha courses this term:

UBC Campus Alpha – Launching Monday, January 15

Saturday Morning Brunch Alpha – Launching January 20

  • at Doreen Aquino’s home (#27 – 2425 Cypress St, Vancouver)
  • from 10:30am to 12:30pm
  • contact Doreen at doreenaquino@telus.net or (604) 710-6287 for more details
  • you can register HERE
New to Trinity? Please join us for lunch January 28

If you are new to Trinity Central then we would love to see you at the next Newcomers’ Lunch on Sunday, January 28. This is a great opportunity to get to know people in the church over some delicious food. You don’t need to bring anything except your appetite. If you’re interested in coming please let one of our Welcome team know on Sunday or email office@trinitycentral.org.

 Where: TBA  When:1:30 pm Save the Date

Feb 4 – 6th Anniversary / Vision Sunday
Feb 25 – Newcomers’ Lunch

June 16 – day conference with Terry Virgo
June 22 to 24 – Thirst 2018

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What’s on in December?

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 15:13

New to Trinity? Come to lunch Dec. 3 at 1:30pm If you’re new (or new-ish) to Trinity Central then you are warmly invited to our Newcomers’ Lunch. This is a great opportunity to get to know people in the church over some delicious food. You don’t need to bring anything except your appetite. If you’re...

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Meet Joe Crummey

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 15:49

We are delighted to welcome our old friend, Joe Crummey, amongst us from November 15-21. He will preach at Yaletown and UBC. Joe is a part of Christ Central Church in Fredericton, NB. As part of a team of elders, Joe led this church for many years until his role transitioned recently into providing apostolic support...

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What’s On in November?

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 18:15

We welcome new members Sunday, November 5 We’re very excited to welcome several new members during the morning service at Yaletown. Interested in becoming a member of Trinity Central? You can find out more about applying for membership here. Donate supplies for homeless people in Yaletown The youth of Trinity Central are once again collecting...

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Trinity Youth helping homeless people in Yaletown area

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 14:28

The youth of Trinity Central are once again collecting donations that they will pack into bags to give to homeless people in the Yaletown area.  This is a great opportunity for us to get behind our young people as they show the love of Jesus in a tangible way to people who are struggling. Our...

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Pack a shoebox, change a life – an interview with Ashley Vaughan

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 14:02

by Milly Jones I recently spent a rainy fall afternoon hanging out with my friend Ash. It was just after Thanksgiving, and Ash had spent the weekend with her husband’s family. Along with the usual things – turkey dinner, tractor racing, starting early on the eggnogg – the family had also spent an afternoon packing...

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What’s on in October?

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 15:00

Join us at the Roundhouse October 8 & 15 We’re meeting at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown on the morning of October 8 and 15 – we’ll meet in the Performance Centre. We’ll be having coffee BEFORE the service, from 10:15 a.m. After coffee we’ll kick off the service at about 10:45am with the...

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Trinity Central Weekend Away: Thirst 2017

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 16:01

We love coming together as a family to celebrate Jesus. Every year at the end of June we go away for an entire weekend to eat, sing, learn and pray together – it’s always a fun and memorable time. This year over 100 of us gathered at gorgeous Camp Sunrise on the Sunshine Coast. So What...

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Join us at the Roundhouse this Sunday morning (Oct 8)

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 16:17

For the next two Sundays – October 8 and 15 – Trinity Central is on the move! We will be meeting this Sunday morning at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown (181 Roundhouse Mews, V6Z 2W3). We usually have our prayer meetings at the Roundhouse so the location is familiar to many of us. However,...

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We’re at the Russian Hall this Sunday morning (Oct 1)

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 15:41

For the next three Sundays – October 1, 8 and 15 – Trinity Central is on the move! We will be meeting this Sunday morning at the Russian Hall, a lovely venue in East Van located at 600 Campbell Avenue. We will be gathering as usual at 10:30a.m. There is street parking available nearby on...

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Why Prioritize Prayer?

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 15:42

Charles Spurgeon, the so-called Prince of Preachers, once said: “Prayer moves the arm that moves the world”. That’s just one reason to prioritize prayer. When our hearts are convinced that God is the only genuine hope for transformation in our world and in the lives around us then prayer becomes the ultimate no-brainer! And so...

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What’s on in September?

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 16:38

School of  Leadership Begins September 23 Trinity Central is a training base for School of Leadership: a monthly, two-year course that uses biblical theology and leadership training to raise up and strengthen new and existing leaders in Canada, the UK and Zambia. This is a wonderful opportunity to grow in maturity and faith. Click here...

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What’s on in August?

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 14:58

Join us for Membership Sunday August 6 We are very excited to be welcoming several new members this Sunday. Our new members will be declaring their commitment to the Trinity Central church family: to seek God together, to share in His promises, to tough it out through the challenges, to go on a great adventure...

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What’s on in July?

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 16:06

Let’s pray together and move mountains At Trinity Central we love to pray together – it’s one of the things that we really get excited about. When we pray together Jesus says that we can “move mountains” by faith. There are many “mountains” in our lives and in this city that need moving, so please...

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Introducing Fred and Vickie Erb

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 20:29

We are very happy to welcome our good friends Fred and Vickie Erb to be with us for several days in mid-July. Fred leads Listowel Community Church (LCC) in Listowel, Ontario and also serves on the leadership team of “Common Ground”, a network of churches in Ontario working with Jeremy Simpkins and the ChristCentral apostolic team....

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