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Trinity is on the Road starting Sept 30

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 18:23

Please be aware that Trinity Central’s MORNING SERVICE will be moving to a temporary location at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown on the following Sundays:

  • September 30
  • October 7
  • October 14

Coffee will be served from 10am, and the service will begin at 10:30am.

We will return to our regular location at the Vancity Theatre on Sunday, October 21st.

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What’s on in September?

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 14:49

Come experience sizzling September @ UBC

Starting September 9th, and for every Sunday in September thereafter, we are hosting a (kosher) barbecue outside our venue (Hillel House) before the UBC evening service. It’s going to be delicious, it’s going to be free, so don’t miss it! Pray with us September 18 – 20

We love to launch each new term with a Week of Prayer (okay, three days of prayer). We’re here in Vancouver on Jesus’ mission – He is our Lord and the source of our freedom and power – so that’s why we love to pray. As we have done in the past, we will be praying in the mornings from 10-11:30am and in the evenings from 7:30-9:30pm. Evening prayer will be at the Roundhouseand morning prayer venues are TBA. Like Brunch? Try Alpha – beginning Sept 29

We are running another home Alpha course this fall. If you have questions about life, the universe and everything, this is a great opportunity to hear the Christian faith’s answers to life’s big questions and talk about it in a chill atmosphere. Plus there’s great food!

If you are interested in attending Alpha, or would like to help out, please contact Doreen Aquino at doreenaquino@telus.net

If you would like to register, please click here. Join us for the Newcomers’ Lunch on Sept 30

The Newcomers’ Lunch is a great way to meet people. This month we are lunching at the home of Ben and Rebecca Aston in the leafy heart of Shaughnessy. If you are new to Trinity and enjoy eating lunch please do come along! All you need to bring is yourself as food 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: Sunday, Sept 30 from 1:30pm          Where: 3837 Angus Drive, Vancouver BC, V6J 4H8 Save the Date

Sept 9 – Membership Sunday
Sept 12 – Family Meeting for members

October 15 to 22 –  Horsham Team visit
October 20 – Pursuing His Presence Day Conference
October 21 – Gift Day

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Looking back at Thirst 2018

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 20:02

BY DANIELLE EARLE

When we attended our first THIRST back in 2013, we never expected our Trinity Central annual weekend away to become one of our most favourite weekends of the whole year –  for the whole family. All year long our kids ask us when we are going back to Camp Sunrise. They pack and repack their bags from about April (the weekend is usually in June)!

Beyond the warm fuzzy feelings of family time (in both senses of the word), THIRST has become such a pivotal weekend to Trinity Central. God speaks, God moves, and God brings direction and healing.

I am always encouraged that God moves through the whole body, not only in individuals – although he most certainly does that too. One of my favourite parts of the entire weekend was hearing Sangah’s testimony – if you haven’t heard it, ask her! You will leave the conversation richer for hearing her humble testimony of God’s redemptive love; AND, she was baptised on the Sunday, whoop whoop!!

God’s desire for change in, among, and through us, is for all of us! God does open heart surgery if you have the courage to let Him. One of the main themes of the weekend was liberty. Liberty in the personal sense, yes; but also corporately – freedom from the fear of our Goliaths, such as finances and depression; and the faith and courage to overcome them by God’s strength and grace.

We shook up the way that we lead our sessions with an assertive effort to incorporate more of the young adults and children. In fact, we had an entire session dedicated to the kids. One of my boys has been carrying around a little piece of paper with the words “He will show you the way” for months, and recently gifted it to a friend. Sometimes we don’t see what God is doing, but children have a simple faith that is wonderful to witness! Some children brought prophetic words, some were healed, and some prayed for others – what an absolute delight to our Fathers eyes and ears, and what a blessing to our church!

THIRST would not be complete without our hilarious and largely unscripted Talent Show. As always Jonny was the MC, providing laughs, filling in the awkward silences, and expanding all of our minds and hearts with his soulful yet kinetic Japanese hiphop (some things you just have to experience). Some performances were more serious, others were funny, and there was an epic fail or two, which everyone enjoyed anyways! Who could forget Kath tap dancing to Ash’s fresh ukelele stylings,  the standout musical performances, dads telling dad jokes, children jumping up and down, and of course several people cruelly deceived into smashing eggs into their own faces.

Each of us headed to the ferry on Sunday afternoon with something to take home. Some of us perhaps aware of drastic changes we need to make and emboldened to do so. Perhaps new faith for an old, hard place, person, or situation. Others felt more a part of the family, or experienced a new sense of peace. For others our intimacy with God was deepened or we discovered our gifts in Him for the first time. Sometimes our lessons are humble and seemingly not profound, yet they are a revelation from God! On the ferry ride home, we unpacked what God had done in us and were encouraged that God had met with us in so many different ways. God is faithful!!!

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What’s on in August?

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 17:42

Join us for “Calling on God” prayer August 14

We love seeing God at work in and through our prayer. You are more than welcome to join us for our next prayer meeting on Tuesday, August 14. 

When: 7:30pm                                 Where: Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown New to Trinity? Come to lunch with us August 26

Our Newcomers’ lunches are a great way to meet people. If you’ve never been to one 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: from 1:30pm                          Where: to be announced Rhys on sabbatical – please pray

Our lead elder, Rhys Scott, is on sabbatical for the summer, returning in early September. He will not be answering his email or otherwise involved in the day-to-day running of the church, so if you have any church-related questions please email our administrator, Robina Cousins.

We would also love it if you would take some time to pray for Rhys and his wife, Sara, while he is on sabbatical – that they would be rested, refreshed, and renewed – ready for what God has in store for Trinity Central in this new season. Save the Date

Sept 9 – Membership Sunday
Sept 18 to 20 – Week of Prayer
Sept 30 – Newcomers’ Lunch

October 15 to 22 –  Horsham Team visit
October 20 – Pursuing His Presence Day Conference
October 21 – Gift Day

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What’s on in July at Trinity Central?

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 13:56

We welcome the Simpkins and the Gallants

We are very pleased to welcome Ann and Jeremy Simpkins and Barb and Gary Gallant. The Simpkins are from the UK where Jeremy leads the ChristCentral apostolic team. The Gallants are based out of Christ Central church in Fredericton, and Gary is part of Joe Crummey’s apostolic team in eastern Canada. Be sure to say hi this Sunday as this will be their last Sunday with us. Join us for our Calling on God prayer meeting July 17

We love seeing God at work in and through our prayer. You are cordially invited to join us for our next prayer meeting on Tuesday, July 17.

When: 7:30pm                                 Where: Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown New to Trinity? Come to lunch with us July 29

Our Newcomers’ lunches are a great way to meet people from Trinity. This month we’re having lunch at Joseph Tinlin and Zac Bosma’s place. If you’ve never been to one 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: from 1:30pm                               Where: 388 East 49th Avenue, Vancouver (rear entrance)

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No morning or evening service this Sunday, June 24th

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:12

Due to this weekend being our fabulous annual church weekend away (aka Thirst 2018), there will be NO SERVICES in the morning at Yaletown or the evening at UBC.

The Yaletown service will return as per usual on July 1, 2018.

The UBC evening service is on a summer break and will return August 26, 2018.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Thriving at Thirst 2018

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 17:39

BY DANIELLE EARLE

THIRST 2018 is just around the corner, and we are all very excited! This is the one of the best weekends of the year where we can hang out, chill out, catch up and get caught up in the things of God together!

Trinity Central has grown a lot over the last year and we have many people joining us for their first Thirst, so I asked some friends for tips for you to get the most out of the weekend.

Top 10 Tips
  1. Bring some kitchen supplies. The main cabins have fridges and kettles (the guys/girls cabins do have fridges but do not have a kettle, so come on over to the main cabins and come have some tea with us!) – why not bring along your favourite coffee mug and some tea/coffee/sugar/creamer and snacks to enjoy early in the mornings or when you have some down time. Don’t forget to bring along some dishwashing liquid and dish towels so your crockery and cutlery don’t get funky! There is also a canteen with chilled water, so bring along a water bottle so you can stay hydrated throughout the day.
  2. Plan for Friday night dinner. Food is not provided on the Friday night – why not bring along some food to share so you can hang out with other people/families and get to know some people?
  3. Ear plugs!
  4. If you have kids, bring along some low energy activities they can do when they are feeling overwhelmed or over stimulated. Colouring books, puzzles, or even an ipad with some pre-downloaded audio books/spotify playlists/movies (there is no wifi!) are all great ideas.
  5. If you have young kids, make use of your tribe! There is no pressure on you to do it all and to do it all alone. You will be put in cabins with other parents, so tag team babysitting at night, watching kids at the park etc. Get each other’s numbers early on, and work together to ease the load. The kids will have fun and will be busy, but if we work together, we ALL will. Also be aware that there are families with older kids who also need their tribe – hang out with them and get to know them, they are really cool!
  6. Come expectant!
  7. Know who you are and be comfortable in the way God made you – you are accepted just the way you are by God and by us! Many of us are insecure about our friendships (or the perceived lack of them). Know that you are a precious and beloved gift of God to His body – you are a GIFT to us! There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ, so put on the weapons of your warfare and fight hard against the enemy who will try and sow doubt/fear/anxiety/lies/division to rob you of your inheritance in God.
  8. Know your limits. Make sure you take time aside to be still and refreshed – the waterfront is a peaceful spot to breathe in some fresh air and process what God is saying to you or doing in you.
  9. Try and keep this week leading up to Thirst uncluttered. Try not to get too busy, and try to make time for rest. Thirst is awesome and there’s a lot going on, so make sure you are giving yourself a bit of a backlog of rest and energy so you can get the most out of this weekend and really thrive.
  10. Pray!! 

 

Bonus tip from a four year old:

Have fun with Jesus and eat ice cream.

Favourite. Tip. Ever.

God is all about fun! I think sometimes we get so caught up in the serious things of God (which are  of course good, true and  really important), that we forget that God is fun, full of adventure and to be enjoyed! In His commissioning, in His refining, in His work in and through us, one of His ultimate goals is that we would know Him and enjoy Him as we live out the lives He has called us to. I imagine that when God created the world, and when He created you, He had a big smile on His face, and a laugh in His heart, don’t you?

 

You make known to me the path of life;

in your presence there is fullness of joy;

at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Psalm 16:11

 

**Don’t forget to hashtag your photos on social media #Thirst2018

 

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What’s on in June?

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 19:49

Thirst 2018 – Sign up before the June 4 deadline

Thirst is our annual church weekend away (June 22-24). We’re heading back to Camp Sunrise on the beautiful Sunshine Coast to spend a great time together encountering God in teaching, worship, prayer, nature and fun. We’re particularly excited to welcome back our good friends Jeremy and Ann Simpkins. Don’t miss it!

Check out Elvanto to find out more and to register.

***JUNE 4 IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER*** Hit the Streets of Yaletown June 16

Join us Saturday, June 16 for an exciting day of seeing the Holy Spirit move in peoples’ lives on the streets of Yaletown. Daniel and Sarah Duggan will lead a time of equipping, worship and prayer and then we will head out in teams to “hit the streets” to pray for people. This is an amazing opportunity to stretch your faith and see the Holy Spirit move in peoples’ lives.

We will meet at the Roundhouse Community Centre for training, worship and prayer from 10:30am to 12:00pm and then go out  to pray with people – we plan to be done at about 1:00pm We welcome the Simpkins and the Gallants

We are very excited to have our good friends Jeremy & Ann Simpkins and Barb & Gary Gallant with us this June. Both couples have played significant roles in the shaping of Trinity Central over the years. The Simpkins will be with us from June 19 – July 2, and the Gallants will be with us from June 26 – July 3.

Click here for more on the Gallants. Click here for more on the Simpkins. Join us for the Calling on God prayer meeting June 19

We love seeing God at work in and through our prayer. You are cordially invited to join us for our next prayer meeting on Tuesday, June 19th. Bonus: Jeremy and Ann Simpkins will be with us.

When: 7:30pm                                 Where: Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown

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God Meets Us in Prayer – Kath’s Story

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 14:42

by DANIELLE EARLE

“Prayer girds human weakness with divine strength,
turns human folly into heavenly wisdom,
and gives to troubled mortals the peace of God.
We know not what prayer can do.”
– Charles H. Spurgeon

Next Tuesday (May 22) we have our monthly Prayer Meeting at the Roundhouse Community Centre. If you’ve been a part of Trinity Central for a while you will know that prayer is one of our highest priorities. Why? Because God speaks, God listens, God moves and God awakens us when we wholly turn our attention to Him. Come along, you will be changed!

God meets with us.
He grows us in our faith.
He enlarges our expectancy.
He heals us.
He adds the lost to us.
And He always encourages us.

He is a kind, loving, compassionate and all powerful God, and He is waiting to meet with us! He has purposes for us to step into, if we will take the time to hear Him and obey. So, as you consider your upcoming week and schedule, I encourage you to carve out some time to come and pray with us.

Let me share a testimony from one of our recent prayer meetings.

Kath’s Story

Kath Wade is a busy mom with three young kids. As a result, she doesn’t always get a chance to attend our prayer meetings so she always really looks forward to it when she can. On this particular Tuesday, however, she had just been so busy with one thing after the other that she hadn’t really had a chance to stop. She headed out the front door to the Roundhouse in Yaletown, where we usually have our prayer meetings, with no kind of expectation for the evening. In fact, she hadn’t even really thought about the meeting at all.

The prayer meeting started as it usually does, with a time of worship, followed by an exercise about how to engage with God led by Sam Coggan (which involved singing). It was at this point that Kath had a profound encounter with God:

“I realised that what I was singing to God had this sense of “Everything that I have is Yours, everything that I do is for You”. That was so amazing for me to realise that that really was my heart… because I was going through quite a difficult time – a time of feeling quite heavy and struggling a little, and then I really just had this encounter with God that’s really difficult to describe.

It felt as if I was in some way before Him, that I could actually see His glory and it was very bright. My response was not to look at how I’m failing or how I’m not stacking up, which is often where I get to, but it was more about how when you stand in front of His glory you are just in awe. And that’s the main thing that you focus on: how incredible God is, not where you don’t measure up.

Out of a response of seeing His glory my heart was towards God in saying “of course I will do everything for you, of course I will give up everything for you, of course I want to give my life to you afresh”.

It was just amazing! I had a sense of repentance for not always feeling that way, and a sense of real awe of God and His grace towards me that He wanted me to have an encounter that really brought me closer to Him.

What was really cool was then Jarrett and Benny both had prophetic words for me. Jarrett started off by saying: “I can see you before God, it’s like you can see His glory in heaven” and it was amazing that God had spoken to him just in the same way that I was experiencing God at the same time. It was awesome to hear them prophesy over me and pray for me.

What was so wonderful for me and an encouragement to others is that of course you can be expectant of what God’s going to do, but even if you’re not feeling it, even if you’ve had a really tough time, even if you’ve not had a second think about the prayer meeting, it’s amazing what God can do and that God wants to get hold of you. He’s been thinking about it and He knows exactly what you’re going through.

I was completely taken by surprise and I really haven’t had an encounter with God like that for a very long time. It’s really helpful for me now to think back on that prayer meeting and remember how I experienced God in that way, especially if I’m having a difficult time, because I know and can remind myself of the fact that God is close, that God speaks to us, that God is awesome, and that everything that we do is for Him.”

 

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Welcoming back Jeremy and Ann Simpkins in June

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 16:01

 

We are very excited to welcome our good friends Jeremy and Ann Simpkins back to Vancouver in June – they have loved and served us so well over the years.  They will be with us from June 19th – 30th, including the Thirst weekend.

Jeremy & Ann have led various Newfrontiers churches in the UK in the past 25+ years from Hastings and Eastbourne in the south of England to Teesside and Manchester in the north.   In early 2017 Jeremy and Ann followed a call to join City Church Sheffield in Yorkshire.

Jeremy leads ChristCentral, a group of  NewFrontiers churches under his apostolic leadership.  He and Ann love to visit churches within ChristCentral to support, encourage and develop local eldership teams and other ministries. The ChristCentral apostolic team currently serves over 130 Churches on 5 different continents – North America (Canada, Mexico & USA), South America (Bolivia & Peru), Asia (Cambodia), Africa (Tanzania & Zambia), and Europe (England, Northern Ireland, Norway, Scotland, Sweden & Wales).

When they are not travelling, Jeremy and Ann love to walk in the countryside near their home – usually ending with a visit to a local pub. This will be their seventh visit to us in Trinity Central Vancouver – they say it’s one of their favorite places to be!

For a brief explanation of the relationship between ChristCentral and Newfrontiers, have a look at the video below:

Newfrontiers: Then and now from Relational Mission on Vimeo.

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Why you should consider School of Leadership

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 19:14

 

Me and some of my SOL peeps

by Danielle Earle

If you and I have had any kind of in depth conversation over the last 9 months or so you will know that I sure do bring up School of Leadership all the time. School of Leadership (SOL) has been AMAZING in many ways: it’s encouraged me, challenged me and changed the way I approach the Bible, view God, see myself, and understand the world around me. It has been a catalyst for serious growth in my faith.

If it’s done all that for me, maybe it can do that for you, too. Here are three reasons why I think you should consider signing up for the September intake of SOL:

FRIENDSHIP & FELLOWSHIP

Some of my closest friendships have formed in SOL over the last few months. I’ve befriended people who are in different life stages, have different gifts and skills, and who have different challenges – indeed, finding this diversity has helped me better understand my place in our wider church community. Every time we get together we have deep conversations about life, our mission, who we are and who God is, and His plan for this world. These times have been convicting and encouraging and they have grown me beyond what I even thought was possible.

FAITH

If there is one thing I’ve learnt since starting SOL it’s how little I actually knew or understood about the Bible. I grew up going to Sunday school and have been a Christian for over a decade, and yet, there is so much to learn. It is so exciting to dig deeper into the wealth of the Bible: its context, cultures and so on. Without a doubt, SOL will help you better understand how incredibly amazing the Bible’s actual existence is, how to read it so you can fully understand the context and weight of it, and how profound the gospel truly is. It seems like every time we gather I have a new revelation.

FUTURE

For the past year I have attended School of Leadership once per month (there are 20 sessions over two years with a break in July and August). These 10 days over the course of one year have changed the trajectory of how I move forward in this life. SOL has given me the tools I need to read the Bible, worship, pray, interact with the lost, and trust for healing. Exploring biblical history has better helped me understand my place in this very moment in history and how I can live life to the absolute fullest on this mission of making Jesus known among the nations. Best of all, SOL has given me new friends to walk with as we live out God’s purposes.

But don’t just take my word for it. Here is what some present and past SOL students have said:

Emy Lou Berry:
My favourite things: 1. The discussion times. I often got the most out of them as they were when I got to chew through some new and old beliefs and sort through the truth and the somewhat/totally twisted views I had. Also, it was so practical and helpful. 2. We got to go over the Old Testament and for the first time I saw how it was a story with a redemption story being drawn out of it all along. Growing up I studied the Bible in great detail and depth, and had often found it to be disconnected and hard to understand the purpose and themes of it – SOL helped me understand that this was not the case! This was so interesting and helpful for me. 3. We would always pray beforehand which was hard to get into but it was so good and so necessary.

Steve Jones:
School Of Leadership helped me to appreciate the overall story and themes of the Bible, and has given me tools to better understand and apply passages from anywhere in scripture. The teaching was excellent, and the discussions were an excellent way to explore the topics in more depth and to work out how I should respond to what I’ve learnt.

Jessica VanderEyk:
My favourite part about SOL was learning to read the Bible as one great connecting story of God acting throughout history to redeem and rescue the creation He loves – not to read it in parts but as a whole. My understanding of God and His character grew during this time and He revealed Himself to me in ways through His written Word that I had never seen before despite reading the Bible since childhood.

Joseph Tinlin:
Rhys’ leadership of our discussion times in terms of applying the course content both generically and in our specific Trinity Central context has for me been a very valuable part of the course that has tied it up together and helped me make sense of it.

Emma Marsh:
I’ve loved going deeper into the Word of God, having time to discuss, in depth, different aspects of it. I’ve found SOL has opened my eyes afresh to the wonder, greatness, and sovereignty of God and His heart/plan for His people, the church. It makes space to explore this and helps you think, together with your group, how it applies to life, church and leadership.

If you would like more information regarding School Of Leadership, please email Robina Cousins at robina@trinitycentral.org, or sign up here.

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Simon Pettit: Remember the Poor

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 11:41

Last Sunday we did something a little different for our sermon and watched Simon Pettit delivering his heart and movement-changing preach entitled “Remember the Poor”. If you weren’t with us last Sunday, or if you’d like to watch it again, it is below. Enjoy!

Remember the Poor – November 1998 from Feeding 5000 is no picnic… on Vimeo.

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What’s on in May?

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 19:46

May 6: we learn that we are an apostolic people

Join us Sunday, May 6 as we gather together in God’s presence in the morning at Yaletown and in the evening at UBC. Benny and the band will lead us in worship. We will be doing something a little different for our preach this week as the late Simon Petitt will continue our Galatians sermon series with his message (on video) entitled Remember the Poor (Galatians 2:1-10).

Kids Church – Adventurers (ages 1-2) is on and will leave at the break; all other children are in the service. We celebrate and thank God for our babies – May 20

God has been blessing Trinity Central with lots of wonderful babies! Join us at Yaletown on Sunday, May 20 as we give thanks for two of our new arrivals: Haven Piper and Una Lee.

Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
in the heavens.
2 Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
Calling on God together – Prayer Meeting May 22

We love seeing God at work in and through our prayer. You are very welcome to join us for our next Calling on God prayer meeting on Tuesday, May 22nd.

When: 7:30pm                                 Where: Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown We welcome new members Sunday, May 27

On Sunday, May 27 during the morning service in Yaletown we are celebrating new members. If you would like to become a member of Trinity Central Church you can begin the process here. New to Trinity? Come to lunch with us May 27

Our monthly Newcomers’ lunches are a great way to meet people from Trinity. This month we’re at the home of Rebecca Bagonza and Kim and Mark Jarder. If you’ve never been to one 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: from 1:30pm                               Where: 5187 Sherbrooke Street, Vancouver

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God has given you a story to tell

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 17:55

by Rhys Scott

It was such a joy to hear Benny, Kim and Sandro and Cheri tell their stories of God’s life-changing power and tenderness this past Sunday. As we gathered in our LifeGroup last night it was profound listening to one anothers’ ‘short testimonies’. I hope you found joy in doing so too!

It can be easy to walk into a church meeting, hear the laughter, observe the friendship and see the hands lifted in worship, assume that everyone else has it all together and feel “I’m the only one who doesn’t”.

Stories like the ones we heard on Sunday remind us that God is powerfully at work in the mess of real life, restoring and healing us, bringing joy where there has been pain, giving hope to hopeless people and peace to fearful hearts.

Each of us has a story. A God story.

Jesus is a life-giver, and He has given each of us a powerful gift to give away: our story of His kindness to us. He wants to use our stories to reach out to others with his love. He met us in the reality of the gritty reality of our lives, turning failure into freedom and shame into adoption, and people need to hear that.

You may think your story is nothing special – but if you will learn to tell it, with Jesus as your story’s hero, you will be surprised at what God will do through it in the lives of others.

We would love to hear more stories – stories big and small, of salvation, healing, freedom coming, provision, grace in the midst of difficulty. Each one encourages us to believe God for more of His transforming power at work in us and in those around us. It may feel daunting to tell your story, but you never know how much of a gift it is to someone else until you tell it.

Can I encourage you this week to take half an hour and write down your story?

Start with trying to tell it in 3-4 minutes (that’s the hardest time frame – because you have to work out what to leave out!). The trick is to make sure you give a good overview of life before God’s intervention – but not to give that so much focus that you don’t have enough time to talk about how God intervened, and what the impact of His intervention has been ever since.

In a conversation you may well only have 3-4 minutes to share your story. But if you will be ready with it you never know what kind of seed you might plant in someone’s heart.

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Trinity Youth Serve: Belkin House

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:38

One of Trinity Central’s core values is that we are a family on Jesus’ mission together. So you know that when we tell you we’re excited about our youth stepping into serving opportunities, we really, really, (REALLY) mean it!

Belkin House is a homeless shelter in the heart of Vancouver. The facility can house up to 24 men, women and children, and can feed even more than that, with the help of 114 full and part time employees as well as volunteers. Their mission statement is to “share the love of Jesus Christ, meet human needs and be a transforming influence within our community”. This is where WE come in!

Our youth have been serving here a couple of times each year, making meals and serving them to the Vancouver’s most vulnerable. What an honour and privilege for the youth to be Jesus’ hands and feet in this way. It’s immensely inspiring to speak to them and hear about their experiences, so don’t forget to ask them about it!

Here is some of the feedback the youth gave us:

 

Niamh:

I enjoyed serving because it made people smile and appreciate that we were there helping them

 

TJ:

I loved making food and then seeing others eating it!

 

Eden:

I enjoyed the opportunity to serve our community in Vancouver. There are so many needs to be met and I am grateful to be a part of the solution to bring hope into people’s lives in a practical way. The staff were amazing and very welcoming, as were the people we served. I look forward to doing it again soon!

 

Lyndon:

(I) liked serving the food and helping those that came along.

 

Dylan:
(I) enjoyed washing the dishes using the machine. And (I) was happy to serve those that need support to get on their feet

 

Ning:

I felt all the youth worked very cooperatively with each other in their assigned kitchen and serving duties and the chef was impressed with and appreciative of them. … During dinner, I sat with a resident, chatted with her and got to pray for her back pain. She returned to find me afterward to report her back felt better. She then invited two other residents to join the Sunday service!

For more information about Belkin House, you can call them at (604) 681-3405.

 

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Come hear Stories of Hope April 29

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:40

Stories of Hope – Sunday April 29th

Come and hear how people’s lives have been changed in all sorts of extraordinary ways by Jesus.  There will also be an opportunity to receive prayer.

10:30am Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver

6:30pm Hillel House, 6145 Student Union Blvd, Vancouver

Refreshments will be served after the service

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Does Newfrontiers Still Exist?

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 14:47

a guest post by Jennie Pollock

As one of the few remaining staff members of Newfrontiers (I’m the Communications Manager) I often get asked – in surprise – whether Newfrontiers still exists, and if so what it is and what it does.

Here are three snapshots to illustrate a part of the answer:

1) A unity of apostolic leaders

After a season of establishing their spheres and working through what God has called each of them specifically to, the apostolic leaders have grown, if anything, more united. They still meet together regularly, sometimes as UK leaders and sometimes in international groupings, to support, encourage and pray for one another. There is a really wonderful sense of unity and partnership together. They have a recognition that each has a slightly different focus and emphasis, but that they are a ‘band of brothers’, with a deep, familial commitment to one another.

You may not get to be at their gatherings, but watch their twitter feeds during and after them – there’s a wonderful sense of joy and mutual encouragement there.

2) Working together behind the scenes

Alongside the apostolic leaders is a team of men and women who put the vision into practice. For the past couple of years, the UK-based ones have been meeting twice a year to pool ideas, pick each other’s brains, and generally work together in a way similar to the apostolic leaders. And they have kindly invited me to join the group. This is incredibly helpful, as I normally work from home and often don’t see an apostle from one year to the next (and when I do they all come along at once – see point 3). It helps me stay in touch with the big picture, and to hear in more detail what is going on in their parts of the world. Church planting, conferences, salvations, baptisms… there’s a lot of really good stuff happening across our family of families.

3) A passion for prayer

In July last year Westminster Chapel in central London hosted the first UK-wide Newfrontiers gathering since 2011. All the apostolic leaders came together with church leaders from across the UK spheres for a day of united prayer for our nation. You can read Steve Tibbert’s update on it here.

Fun facts:

Did you know that…

– We now have 22 apostolic leaders across the world? See how many you recognise.
– The website has a ‘news’ section which is updated semi-regularly with news from around the spheres.
– There’s a twitter list of all the tweeting apostolic leaders, their spheres and their spheres’ events? Subscribe to the list on twitter to see what everyone is getting up to.

So, in case anyone asks you, yes, Newfrontiers does still exist, and it’s thriving.

This blog was first published by New Ground Churches

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What’s on in April?

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 13:43

Easter April 1: come worship our risen Lord

It’s Easter this Sunday! Come join us in the morning at Yaletown or in the evening at UBC. Benny and Milly will lead us in worshipping Jesus, our living King. Rhys will be preaching on the resurrection and the mission of the church – the final message from our King & Kingdom sermon series on the Gospel of Mark.

Kids Church – all teams are on this week. Join us for the Week of Prayer April 17-19

Hey everyone, we’re gathering to pray together and all are welcome! Please note that we will be starting 15 minutes later than usual on the Wednesday.

Tuesday April 17
7:30 – 9:30 pm at the Roundhouse Community Centre
10 – 11:30 am at  Rhys and Sara Scott’s house

Wednesday April 18
7:45 – 9:30 pm at the Roundhouse Community Centre
10 – 11:30 am at Milly and Steve Jones’ house

Thursday April 19
7:30 – 9:30 pm at the Roundhouse Community Centre
10 – 11:30 am at  Rhys and Sara Scott’s house Hit the Streets on Saturday, April 28

Join us Saturday, April 28 for an exciting day of seeing the Holy Spirit move in peoples’ lives on the streets of Yaletown. Daniel and Sarah Duggan will lead a time of equipping, worship and prayer and then we will head out in teams to “hit the streets” to pray for people. This is an amazing opportunity to stretch your faith and see the Holy Spirit move in peoples’ lives.

We will meet at the Roundhouse Community Centre for training, worship and prayer from 2:15pm to 3:30pm and then go out  to pray with people – we plan to be done at about 4:30pm Stories of Hope Sunday, April 29

Stories of Hope is all about how Jesus changes everything. People from Trinity will share their stories of how knowing Jesus has transformed their lives. Daniel Duggan will preach and there will be prayer for healing during and after the service. Everyone loves stories so this is a great opportunity to invite your friends to hear how Jesus has made all the difference in the lives of real people. Newcomers’ Lunch April 29

Our monthly Newcomers’ lunches are a great way to meet people from Trinity. This month we’re at the home of Dave and Robina Cousins. If you’ve never been to one 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: 5516 Marine Drive NW, Vancouver V6T 1A2

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An introduction to Thirst

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 15:14
Banner for Thirst 2017, the annual weekend away for Trinity Central, a church for downtown Vancouver and UBC by Milly Jones

If you’ve been around Trinity Central for any length of time, you’ll have heard us talking about Thirst, usually with quite a lot of excitement. And maybe you’ve been wondering, just what is it that we’re getting so excited about? Well, here’s a little introduction to Thirst that’ll hopefully answer that question, and get you excited too.

Thirst is a weekend where everyone who is part of the Trinity Central family goes away together. For the past 4 years we’ve booked Camp Sunrise on the Sunshine Coast and spent two nights and two days away from everyday life. We eat together, we play together, we worship and learn together and enjoy the beautiful surroundings in stunning summer weather [we guarantee only that there will be weather, and remind you that “stunning” can mean lots of things, really].

People of Trinity Central Church Vancouver worshiping God.

Time to be with God

Thirst is an opportunity for extended time in God’s presence, together. Each day starts off with morning prayer – sometimes outside enjoying the sunrise. We have times of wonderful worship and digging into God’s word, with lots of time given for prayer and ministry. Not having to run off to get lunch or prepare for the next working week, gives us time to reflect on and respond to all that we encounter, to process it personally and corporately.

During our worship times at Thirst we’ve seen some amazing things. God has spoken huge promises to Trinity Central each year. People have experienced freedom in worship – with space to dance and respond freely to the Spirit. And every year we’ve had the joy of baptisms and salvations. Many people point to Thirst as being a pivotal point in their walk with God, of times of breakthrough and healing.

We have excellent teaching, both from our leadership team as well as from special guests who come to encourage and bless us. This year we’ll be joined by two wonderful couples:

Jeremy & Ann Simpkins:  Ann and Jeremy have been a strong and loving support to Trinity Central and the leadership team since the church began. Jeremy leads the ChristCentral apostolic sphere to which Trinity Central belongs, and which itself is a part of the larger New Frontiers family.


Terry and Wendy Virgo: Wendy and Terry are both much beloved authors and speakers. Terry is known internationally as the founder of New Frontiers, the family of churches to which Trinity Central belongs. He brings to us a wealth of wisdom, a passion to see the church renewed, and a life proclaiming the glorious grace of God.

We’re so excited to see what the men and women of great faith and large hearts are going to bring to us at Thirst!

 

Time to be with family

It’s also a weekend as extended family together. Parents can let their kids run free while they sit back and relax, chatting with someone they don’t normally get to see often. Where everyone of different ages and life circumstances just hangs out together.

You can get to know people on a deeper, more personal level as you share a morning coffee after breakfast, or take a walk down to the beach together. Or meet someone new you’ve not had chance to get to know yet. There’s time and space to share and open up, without the rush and bustle of a Sunday morning, where there’s always the next distraction or something else to get to. It’s a time of forging new friendships and deepening old ones.

You may come to Thirst knowing only one or two people, but you’ll leave with many new and stronger friendships.  Shared memories give a platform for those relationships to continue growing long after Thirst has ended.

Time to relax and have fun

Thirst is great for getting deeper with God – but don’t think it’s just about long prayer sessions and Bible studies. Thirst is amazingly good fun. During the afternoon there’s free time where you can enjoy the swimming pool, or take a dip in the ocean if you prefer. You can go for a walk or just chill out at your cabin. You can choose to take part in activities such as the Amazing (Not-a-) Race, or just spectate and encourage others instead. Finally, theTrinity Central Talent Show is a must see – be prepared to laugh until your sides hurt!

Thirst is about time with God, time with family and time for laughter. Now that sounds like something to get excited about! But don’t just take my word for it – here’s what some folks have to say about their Thirst experiences –

“I was so glad we got baptised at Thirst. Even though we’d been planning to get baptised for a while, doing it at the end of the weekend after we’d had time with everyone made it feel very comfortable, we were with our family.”

“I love how my kids get excited that we’re going on holiday with the church”

“Last year someone generously paid for me to go to Thirst. My budget was tight, so it wasn’t certain I’d have been able to go otherwise. That someone would do that for me – that’s evidence of family.”

“Thirst is really welcoming and unpressured, to everyone from whatever background or life situation. I really value that.”

“It’s time to be with God and time to be with people”

“I love people watching at Thirst – just seeing all the different families enjoying themselves and having fun.”

“If you want to know who Trinity Central is – you gotta come to Thirst. That’s where you get to hang out together and be family.”

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Thirsty for Grace

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 20:05
by Danielle Earle

Trinity Central is gearing up for one of our biggest (and favourite!) events of the year – THIRST. Thirst is our annual church weekend away and let me just say, every year Thirst just totally blows me away!! We get together for camp fires and s’mores, talent shows, friendships and fun, but so much more beyond that: God always meets with us and we get to celebrate and worship Him as well as seeing salvations, baptisms, and people enjoying new found freedoms.

God is good! He is so, so good!!

Well, this year is particularly exciting because Terry and Wendy Virgo will be joining us for the weekend! Last week we took a look at Terry and the history of New Frontiers (click here to read about it).  We are so excited to welcome them on our weekend away, but before that we are having a whole day before Thirst, on June 16th, dedicated to hearing Terry share something he is incredibly passionate about, something he speaks about with deep conviction, and something he (and we!) desire to see lived out among God’s people: GRACE.

Here is a short clip to whet your appetite:

Terry Virgo: On Grace from Jubilee Church on Vimeo.

Trust me, you do not want to miss this, this message could change your life!

Grab your tickets soon because they are selling out fast! For more details and to sign up for the Amazing Grace day conference go here.

Don’t forget to check back on the blog next week!! Milly Jones will be sharing more about our up coming Church weekend away, THIRST!!

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