CONNECT GROUPS

Small groups, called Connect Groups, meet fortnightly in people’s homes to study the Bible, share and pray, to do mission together and to encourage each other.

Connect Groups:
• Are mostly neighbourhood groups comprising people who live near each other.

• Offer fellowship, teaching, friendship and fun to all adult worshippers at Holy Trinity, alongside Discipleship Triplets

• Meet fortnightly, either on Wednesdays or Thursdays, in locations across Barnstaple and beyond.

If you would like to join a group please contact us in the church office or speak to Rev Shirley Paterson.

Email: shirley@trinitybarnstaple.org.uk

    Children

    As an all-age community, we welcome, support and encourage children and families. We sing, eat, create and play games with our 3-11 year olds – all while showing them God’s love and learning about Jesus being light of the world – in Lighthouse. At the same time, 0-3 year olds play and learn in the safe and cosy Sparks group.

    X-site is a town-wide project that creates an exciting place where 7-11 year olds can invite their friends to share in discovering Jesus. We meet three or four times a year on a Saturday afternoon to experience live music, challenges, crafts and stories.

    Youth

    Friday night is YOUTH CLUB night, the chance to meet and hang out with friends at the church hall. There’s food, hot choc, sports, games, crafts, and a chance to discuss life issues – all in one evening! It’s open to everyone aged 11 to 16, whether you come to church or not. Doors open at 7pm and close at 8.30pm.

    Sunday morning youth sessions are held in the church hall from 11am. We welcome everyone aged 11-16.  It’s a time to share, ask questions and learn more about Jesus. For any further information contact our Youth worker, Mike King.

    Email: youth@trinitybarnstaple.org.uk

    Prayer

    PRAYER is the essence of our lives, both as individuals and as a Christian community. Praying together enables God to be at work among us and through prayer we see his will being done in our lives.

    On Sunday mornings we meet at 9.30am to pray for the service; it’s a great way to start our worship and a real privilege to wait on God on behalf of everyone coming to Trinity. We pray not just for ourselves but for the churches across Barnstaple.

    On the first Thursday evening of each month we meet for our whole church prayer meeting, alternating between Trinity and Goodleigh Church. We always start with worship and then we break into smaller groups and focus on a range of concerns from our own church life to the wider world. Our prayer meetings are good places to be: they are engaging, relevant and purposeful. Of course, prayer happens in many of our small groups but it’s also important that we set aside specific times to pray as a whole church, and our hope is that people of all ages across Trinity feel welcome to take part.

    Discipleship Triplets

    ‘And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.’ Hebrews 10:24

    We know we are called to make disciples but for that to happen we need to be disciples ourselves and to grow in our discipleship. This doesn’t happen automatically: change and growth are slow processes, but they can and do happen.

    One helpful way to grow is to meet in a Discipleship Triplet. This is a small group (usually of three people of the same gender) that meets for an hour every couple of weeks to help each other grow as disciples.

    They don’t need to be long meetings, but they do need to be regular. Meeting over lunch, over coffee or early in the morning would be ideal.

    Not everyone finds it easy to talk and share, but change can happen when we find a safe place to discuss our lives and what God is doing in us, and have others pray for us.

    More Mature

    Age is no barrier – all are welcome! Along with our annual Holiday at Home (an event mainly for the over 50s), there are many other opportunities for seniors to connect with church life. Come to the weekly coffee morning: sit and chat, join a craft activity, enjoy homemade cake. Whatever your interests are, we hope there is something for everyone in one of the Connect Groups or other small groups.