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Calling all Gardening and DIY Enthusiasts!

☀️ Don’t miss a great opportunity to volunteer at church on what promises to be a gloriously sunny afternoon THIS SUNDAY 13th June at 13h00! (Bring a picnic to have in the garden if you are coming to church or the cake/bake/book/jam sale)

🌿 Amongst other things, we will be pruning, checking/clearing ground-level drains, and unblocking certain gutters (only for volunteers with previous experience of ladder work)

 All ages most welcome for this super socially-distanced, family-friendly activity!

😷 Please bring a facemask, suitable clothes & footwear, gardening gloves, a snack & drink, picnic & rug, sunhat & suncream, and, if you have them (please label with your name), a bucket and trowel, a large flat screwdriver, a battery torch, an endoscope-type camera for Smartphone, a short or long pruning saw, and a hard hat and goggles.

We are also looking for some VOLUNTEERS FOR TWO CHURCH SPECIAL PROJECTS coming up:

– people with carpentry experience, to construct a trapdoor.
– people with decorating experience, to paint a small room.

Please make yourselves known to Adrian Parr, thank you.

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  • 9th June 2021

Sunday 6th June

Join us for our Virtual Trinity Service this Sunday (from 9am). There will be NO Zoom tea or coffee for the next few weeks.
✅  Click here for our virtual service
✅  Click here for our YouTube channel

Each Sunday we will be holding a physical service at 10.30am in the church for which we need ALL attendees to register online for contact/tracing purposes.
Click here to register your details for Sunday services in June

We have another brilliant Zoom session for kids this Sunday morning at 10am – Den@Ten – for our Sunday Groups (and siblings & friends!) with music, games, activities, a Bible story and guaranteed fun!
✅ Click here to join Den@Ten on Sunday
  • by Jenni
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  • 4th June 2021

SEL (Service d’Entraide et de Liaison)

SEL (Service d’Entraide et de Liaison) is part of Compassion International and runs a sponsored children scheme.

At Holy Trinity we have supported this organisation for many years and we currently sponsor two children. We are committed to writing to the children, praying for them and sending a fixed amount of money for each of them to pay for their education.

Holy Trinity currently sponsors 10 year old Maria from Burkina Faso (photo below).

Andro from Indonesia is now 18 and has just left the scheme, we sponsored him for 10 years.

We have now been allocated another child, Jelita, who is also from Indonesia. She is ten years old.

We receive regular letters from the children, as well as photos and other information on their development.

It costs 37 euros/month to sponsor a child.

Further information available from Rachel Ischoffen or Sylvaine Hughes.

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10 year old Maria from Burkina Faso is one of the children sponsored by Holy Trinity Church
  • by Jenni
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  • 4th June 2021

French Residency Support Project for UK Nationals

Following Brexit, the British government created a fund for UK Nationals in Europe to provide practical support for those who may have difficulty in completing their application for residency. 

In France, UK nationals must make their residency applications by June 30 2021.
Click here for information on the support fund for France

The Diocese in Europe is one of the four organisations selected to provide support in France with online services available across France for those applying for residency under the Withdrawal Agreement. There is a website with an online inquiry system and a helpline:
www.frenchresidencysupport.org
Helpline: 05 32 80 00 05
Monday to Friday: 09:30 -12:00 & 13:30 – 16:00
Saturday: 09:30 – 12:00

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  • 28th May 2021

Cap Esperance Association

Holy Trinity Outreach supports….

In 1995 the French association Cap Espérance opened the children’s home in the village of Grasi, Latvia and has sheltered more than 150 abandoned children often in great distress.
Today, thirty children of all ages live in four houses and teenagers of 17 and above are housed in two flats.
Local social services from all over the country but particularly from Riga, the capital of Latvia, contact the children’s home for support and protection.  In recent years more often three or four siblings have needed shelter and care.
Over the years, we have developed an approach which is both global and individual. A thorough health check-up is undertaken on arrival and ongoing psychological follow-up sessions are implemented to rehabilitate each child.
The Cap Esperance Association also seeks foster families in France to welcome and house a child for a month every summer. From past experience, the benefits are huge and fluency in French is often the result.
In recent years, professional artists come to Grasi to encourage art as a form of therapy and this has been very beneficial for the personal development of each child.
During the Covid 19 crisis, schools in Latvia have been closed and the children have been obliged to stay on the spot in the Grasi children’s home. The playground which was financed and built by Holy Trinity Church Maisons Laffitte in November 2020 has been even more appreciated during these difficult times.
We would like to thank everyone at HTCML for their generosity and kindness for which we at the Grasi children’s home are truly grateful.

  • by Jenni
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  • 28th May 2021

Trinity Sunday 30th May

ONLINE CHURCH

Join us for our Virtual Trinity Service this Sunday (available from 9am), and come for tea or coffee via Zoom around 11.15am:
✅  Click here for our virtual service
✅  Click here for our YouTube channel
✅  Click here for Zoom tea or coffee

ONSITE CHURCH

On Sundays we will be holding a physical service at 10.30am in the church for which we need ALL attendees to pre-register online for contact/tracing
🖱️ Click here to register for the 10.30am service on Sunday 30th May

DEN@TEN

We have another brilliant Zoom session for kids this Sunday morning at 10am – Den@Ten – for our Sunday Groups (and siblings & friends!) with music, games, activities, a Bible story and guaranteed fun!
✅ Click here to join Den@Ten on Sunday

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  • 27th May 2021

Pentecost Sunday 23rd May

This Sunday we will be holding a physical service at 10.30am in the church for which we need ALL attendees to pre-register online for contact/tracing purposes.
🖱️ Click here to register for the 10.30am Pentecost service on Sunday 23rd May

🖱️️ Click here to register for the 10.30am service on Sunday 30th May (Trinity Sunday)

Or join us for our Virtual PENTECOST Service this Sunday (available from 9am), and come for tea or coffee via Zoom around 11.15am:
✅  Click here for our virtual service
✅  Click here for our YouTube channel
✅  Click here for Zoom tea or coffee

Although there will be no Den@Ten this week, our children are invited to join in this special fun-filled family Pentecost Praise service – packed with worship, songs, prayer, Bible stories, crafts and teaching on the Holy Spirit and Pentecost – the birthday of the Church!

  • by Jenni
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  • 21st May 2021

Introducing the Association Pierre Blanche

The Holy Trinity Outreach committee has been donating regularly to Pierre Blanche over the past few years, and has mainly been acquainted with the ‘Je Sers’ boat part of the association, based on the River Seine at Conflans St Honorine. We recently had a full tour of all the different branches of this busy association, which employs up to 30 people in both part time and full time posts, and has up to 100 volunteers giving up anything from a few hours to a couple of half days a week in one or other capacity.

Bateau ‘Je Sers’

Originally the association was entirely based in the old river boat ‘Je Sers’, which houses the ‘Chapelle des Bateliers’. It remains a chapel, and is at the heart of the association, but is now also a refuge for up to 30 homeless people, who live in small cubicle rooms on an adjoining boat and who take meals there, accompanied by  2 priests and supported by two other priests as well as a small group of nuns, volunteers and a social worker visiting regularly.The boat provides lunch for up to 100 people every day, including French nationals and migrants of various nationalities. This activity is restricted at the moment,of course.

Food Bank – Banque Alimentaire

A single stock manager employed by the Pierre Blanche association runs the depot, along with a part time assistant and various ‘stagiaires’ or youngsters from Versailles doing ‘travail d’intérêt général’. The team collects the food, sorts it and distributes it to registered needy individuals or families on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.The food bank also supplies food for the ‘Je Sers’ boat and the different groups of residents in houses or flats supported by the Pierre Blanche association.

Hebergement d’Urgence pour les Demandeurs d’Asile – La Cité de La Pierre Blanche

Situated alongside the Food Bank warehouse, this set of offices houses several salaried professionals who welcome in people sent by different official organizations, mainly asylum seekers, who need help with organizing documentation and accommodation whilst they wait for their requests for refugee status to come through. This can take anything from 3 to 18 months.

L’intermédiation locative AILES (Accompagnement et Insertion par le Logement pour un Envol Social)

An extremely active branch of the association deals with the provision of accommodation for SDF, asylum seekers and those who have recently obtained refugee status and are trying to find work and move towards autonomy. The association is at the moment looking after up to 130 people in shared houses or flats for approximately 4-5 families or groups of single men or single women.

Passerelle Santé

Since 2018 Pierre Blanche has provided a small health centre employing a part-time nurse and medical secretary, as well as two half days when two volunteer doctors hold surgery. The association covers the cost of medication prescribed by the doctors for the patients who have no medical cover themselves

Positive ways in which we can help:

By spreading word of the needs of the association and targeting collections if and when asked for help: Beds, kitchen appliances, cupboards, work surfaces, cutlery, crockery, fridges, cookers, ovens etc, bed linen, blankets, quilts, towels, warm clothes, soap, toothpaste, sanitary towels, toilet paper, nappies etc

(Fiona Dabas has a number to call if you have items for collection, and a full report on activities of the association is available from the office, or look at www.lapierreblanche.org )

  • by Jenni
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  • 21st May 2021
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