Reverend Canon Ben Eaton
We were immensely sad to learn of the passing into glory on Tuesday 18th January of Reverend Canon Ben Eaton, who served as Chaplain at Holy Trinity Church from 1988 to 2002 (during which time he was also appointed Canon).
Many will remember his passion, warmth, determination, contagious joy, and his natural exuberance!
Ben was born in South Carolina, studied in Lebanon, trained for the priesthood in Puerto Rico, was ordained for the diocese of Ecuador, served parishes in Exeter and Southwark, as well as in the chaplaincies of Barcelona and St Raphael. He was a truly international priest who touched the lives of everyone he met.
Our thoughts and prayers for God’s peace and comfort are with his wife Anne, and his son, Benjie. May he rest in peace and rise in glory!
Ben’s funeral will be held on Thursday 3rd February at 1pm (UK time) at St Margaret’s Church, Ilkley, LS29 9QL. For those who cannot travel, the church service will be live-streamed.
The live-stream link will be posted here when we receive it.
There will also be an opportunity to follow the live-streamed service in the church hall at Holy Trinity Church from 2pm on Thursday 3rd February (French time) followed by a time of prayer, lighting candles, sharing memories of Ben, and some light refreshments. Please email us to let us know if you would like to attend.
Join us at Holy Trinity Church from 8.30pm on Friday 21st January for a special ecumenical service celebrating the Week of Christian Unity.
Our Theme for 2022 – Building a Firm Foundation
As many of you know a large number of our church family have now made a commitment to a “Read the Bible in a year” plan. Other members of our community continue to regularly study the Bible together through our Bible study groups.
During a recent sermon I commented that I couldn’t think of anything more powerful than a church reading the Bible together. This is because the the Bible is the foundation of our faith, through its pages we walk with Jesus and the Holy Spirit opens our hearts to receive the knowledge of God’s love, and forgiveness; as well as practical instruction for a life of discipleship, caring for His world and His people.
Richard Medcalf and I are partnering with you through this journey and we would like to propose that we make this our theme for 2022 – “Building a Firm Foundation”. By having a theme for the year we feel that it will ensure that we have the time and the space to fully explore what it means to become familiar with God’s word.
We already have some initiatives planned including workshops, study days, plus some different elements which we hope will encourage us all and help us to build on our theme throughout the coming year.
We believe this is a very exciting time for us at Holy Trinity and we both look forward to learning alongside you and seeing how God will bless us in the coming year.
Yours in Christ,
The Bible reading plan,the Bible recap, can be found on the Bible application (for phone or tablet). You can join any time, read and catch up, or start to follow the plan at your own speed. Our prayer is that God will bless us as a community through the daily study of His Word, and by sharing our insights (and questions!) with each other.
Our new Sunday service times will be 9.15am and 11.00am from Sunday 2nd January onwards. But don’t worry if you arrive early for our second service, as there will be an opportunity each Sunday to share tea and coffee together between the services (from 10.00am – 11.00am).
The Chosen, which appeared on French Television channel C8 on Monday evening, is a television drama (for age 12 and up) based on the life of Jesus Christ. Digging deeper into the people who encountered Jesus firsthand, it looks at Jesus through the eyes of those who met him, portraying him in a way that is more “personal, intimate, immediate.”
✅ Click here to find out how to watch the series for free, including a wonderful Christmas episode based on the Nativity Story.
I just wanted to write a note of thanks to all of those who organised, moved furniture, ran stalls, provided refreshments, handled the financials and supported the Christmas Fête last Saturday.
I would especially like to thank Rachel Ischoffen for all her hard work, organising us all beforehand, and behind the scenes.
Each day last week the excitement slowly grew, as the church filled with bric a brac, flowers and a mountain of books! I witnessed your creativity in providing spaces for crafts, books and even a stable ! I saw how a mountain of donated gifts changed almost overnight into the most beautiful of hampers.
I also experienced first hand how hard many of you worked and how exhausting it was, but as a family we really pulled together to make it a successful and memorable day. I felt so very proud to be part of it all and part of the family!
The Fête raised in the region of €8000 which will go towards the various charities we support.
Thank you all so much!
Join us this Saturday 11th December at the Eglise St Nicolas in Maisons-Laffitte at 5.30pm for a wonderful service of Nine Lessons and Carols. All are very welcome!
* In accordance with government guidelines on social gatherings, there will now be NO Mulled Wine/Mince Pies after the service.
Join us this Sunday 5th December at 10.30am for a fabulous Nativity Service by our wonderful Sunday Group children and their leaders!
There will be no Communion during this special Nativity Service.
All are welcome!
We are delighted to present the Christmas Edition 2021 of Trinity Times edition online.
A huge thank you again to all the Trinity Times team and contributors for all of your hard work in putting this wonderful church magazine together!