News from Holy Trinity Church, Sunningdale

Revd Terry Ward-Hall, of Holy Trinity Church in Sunningdale, considers the questions of faith often proposed, and promotes community events you may find yourself in need of.

 

Questions are always at the heart of my funeral ministry, for families as well as for myself. I’m not sure if that’s because my funeral ministry is now in its second decade or because I’m living in my eighth, but my faith increasingly assures me that the Christian funeral is both a repetition and rehearsal of the Easter promise that there is something more, something that transcends our immediate experience of grief and loss, that death is not the final word. That is not to say, I have all the answers. No, there is so much I don’t know. But I do have faith…

Stephen Cotterill, the Archbishop of York defined faith as not holding out your hand in the dark and knowing it will be held but holding out your hand in the dark and believing it will be held. Otherwise, faith becomes a certainty and uncertainty, or doubt is an integral part of Christian faith; they are two sides of the same coin; they belong together.

Faith is a relationship just like a marriage. And as in any marriage whilst there will be times of joy and happiness there will also be times of un-knowing and uncertainty, times of doubt and despair, none more so perhaps than when we face up to our own imminent death or the death of a loved one.

My faith tells me it’s ok to have questions like… what will happen to me after I breathe my last? Where is heaven? When will I meet Jesus face to face? Will I be reunited with my loved ones at some point?… without knowing the answers.

If you have questions like those, why wait until planning a funeral to ask them? Let’s talk things through over coffee one morning.

 

Revd Terry Ward-Hall


The Bereavement Journey

Grief is hard. Death can impact all of life.

The Bereavement Journey comprises 7 sessions of films and discussion for anyone bereaved anytime.

To find out more please email: [email protected]


Save the date: Saturday 13th July, 12pm-3pm

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Summer Recital

Summer Recital at Holy Trinity Church

Fundraiser for Transforming Trinity

12pm

Much admired local concert pianist Daniel Hill plays a selection of pieces including Prokofiev’s Sonata No 8, one of the greatest piano works of the 20th Century.

12:50pm

Light Lunches available from Rendezvous Café.

1:45pm

Summer Songs performed by Jayne Strand accompanied by Katherine Hutchinson Music from the stage and silver screen.

Admission FREE – all donations will go towards the Transforming Trinity Project.

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