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What is the Good News folk talk about?

2000 years ago Jesus Christ made the incredible claim to be the Son of God, born, He said, into this world to show us the loving nature of His Father, God and to save us from Sin’s penalty. He healed the sick, the blind had their sight restored, the deaf could hear, the mute could speak.  He even brought the dead back to life, changed gallons of water into the finest wine at a marriage reception and when He calmed a storm at sea His disciples, who had feared for their lives, questioned among themselves 'Who is this man?’  He also uniquely fulfilled many ancient prophecies made about the anticipated deliverer or Messiah, before His birth, during His life and after his death - many events that He had no control over.  For instance, remarkably,  King David in Psalm 22 gives a graphic and horrendous account of the process of crucifixion 1000 years before Christ was tortured to death by the Romans and even describes how the Messiah’s clothes would be shared out by casting lots. We read it with awe.  Jesus said that if we had seen Him we had seen the Father God - what a claim!

Although He was totally innocent, Jesus was unjustly condemned to death but because of His innocence (and who He was), He was able to pay, with His own life, the ultimate redemption price for us all - this was all part of God's plan.  In His love for us, Jesus endured torture and died an agonising death on a Roman cross in order to pay the penalty required by the law of God, for mankind’s disobedience and Sin.  The Bible tells us that under that law, we are all guilty and stand condemned - facing the death penalty. However, because Jesus died instead of us, we have been pardoned and set free.  It was our guilt, shame and rejection which had come between us and God.  If we truly believe that God raised Jesus from the dead and are deeply sorry for and confess our Sin to God, we receive His forgiveness and our relationship with our loving Heavenly Father is restored. His promise to us is a new life, an eternal life.  (John chapter 3 verse 16)    

But Jesus didn’t just die on that cross, incredibly He arose from the dead, just as He predicted would happen, (although His disciples didn’t believe the reports at first) and was seen to be very much alive over a period of 40 days and, on one of those occasions, by more than 500 people.  So the claims Jesus made about Himself, during His life and proved in His resurrection from the dead and ascension to His Father need our serious attention - Jesus, the Son of God, is Alive and He said that one day, when we least expect it, He will make a dramatic return. In the meantime Jesus wants us to spread the Good News of God’s forgiveness and eternal salvation to everyone.  How will folk know unless they are told?

When I was at secondary school the staff put on a play about Noah, who had been told by God to build this huge ark in the desert to save all the animals and anybody who believed from an impending flood which would destroy everything.  In faith Noah obeyed God and of course folk just laughed at him, ignored him and carried on with their lives.  Then when the storm clouds gathered and lightening and thunder struck and the first rain drops fell they taunted him even more, until . . . . . . . it became obvious that this was for real.  By then it was too late to be saved, the door of the ark had been sealed - they had made their choice!  We could regard Jesus as our ark today.  

It’s our choice whether or not we respond to God's love, mercy and forgiveness.  We can’t earn our salvation, nobody is good enough, it’s a free gift from God but like any gift, we must receive it.  As a guarantee of our salvation and to help, comfort, encourage, teach, guide and challenge us, God then graciously gives us His Holy Spirit of Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness and Self Control and we become a new creation, a Child of God.  If that doesn’t blow your mind nothing will.

After hearing the Good News, I prayed and confessed my Sin and nervously invited Jesus Christ into my life in 1969, as a student, and in all of life’s traumas and dark times since He has been with me and helped me cope.  I am secure in His love, accepted by Him and talk to Him as a friend - yes he does hear us and knows what we need before we even ask Him.  He has changed my life and the lives of many of my friends. However, He doesn't promise an easy life but He does promise never to leave us.  I and many others can vouch that Jesus Christ is Alive and if you don't already know Him, He is now knocking at the door of your heart.  He will not force His way in - the handle is on the inside.  What will you do?

If you wish and live locally, call in or ring our Minister and let us know.  We can help you on your new journey of faith.  We are still learning and on that journey of discovery too.  Greg.

Some of the Bible Verses that help me:

Science can investigate the Natural World but not the Supernatural.

Christianity is not a religion but instead we are invited into a perfect family relationship with a loving Trinity of, God the Father,

Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.  Awesome!


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Romans 3/23

All of us have sinned and fallen short of God's glory.

Romans 6/23

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 5/8

But God has shown us how much he loves us — it was while we were still sinners that Christ died for us!

1 John 1/9

But if we confess our sins to God, he will keep his promise and do what is right: he will forgive us our sins and purify us from all our wrongdoing.

Ephesians 2/8-9

For it is by God's grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God's gift, so that no one can boast about it.

Revelation 3/20

Listen! I am standing and knocking at your door. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in and we will eat together.

John 1/12

Yet some people accepted him and put their faith in him. So he gave them the right to be the children of God.

John 3/16-17

For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to be its judge, but to be its saviour.

1 John 5/11-13

And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.  I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.

Romans 10/9

Because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

Matthew 11/28-29

Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

John 16/24

Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

Philippians 4/6-7

Don't worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart.  And God's peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4/13

I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.

1 Peter 5/7

Cast all your anxieties on Him, for He cares about you.

John 10/10

(Jesus said) The thief's purpose is to steal, kill and destroy.  My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.

Psalm 119/9,11

How can a young man keep his way pure?  By guarding it according to thy word.  I have laid up thy word in my heart that I might not sin against thee.

Joshua 22/5

Love the Lord and follow His plan for your life, cling to Him and serve Him enthusiastically.

Hi All                               From Revd Chris Parker            9 November 2020

We are hoping to do at least one person’s favourite Bible verse each week to be shared on YouTube, email and Facebook. If you would like to say a few words and video them then please send them to Chris via email, messenger, Dropbox, WhatsApp or Google.  Please keep them to about a minute, I will overlay with words like the one I have done. It doesn’t need to be deep theology just why a verse means so much to you.

Enjoy mine on the link below:



Dear All                                     From Ruth Parker                             8 January 2021

We are extremely grateful to Brimelow Farm Shop for gifting us a Christmas tree

Our Christmas prayer tree is still very much alive in the peace garden!

The decorations have been removed and we have decided to convert it into a Ribbon Prayer Tree. There are strips of ribbon in a box below it to attach your prayers of New Year promise, hope, thanks or in memory of a loved one. Feel free to bring your own ribbon to attach.


My Journey by Herdy the Herdwick

Finally, I made it to the stable in Bethlehem, (well, Trinity URC foyer), with the rest of the flock, overseen by Barney, our shepherd on December 19th 2020 and we took our places. That’s me on the far left, close to Barney. It felt warm and safe as we waited for the arrival of a very special baby.

How did I arrive there?  Here’s my story, with a little help from my Closeknitter Creator.  I came into being after a request from the Church’s Family Worker by email in October for a flock of sheep to join a sheep trail and journey to the stable at Christmas. I’ve been told a number of the industrious Closeknitters- members and friends from Trinity URC and its environs- picked up the special pattern; found/bought the wool and lo and behold a flock of sheep was created.  We were made in a variety of colours and sizes, just like the world we came into. I believe that the first reaction to myself and my brothers and sisters was a little unkind. We were described as having “funny faces”, but they were interesting and we were compared to monkeys, cats, pigs and pandas. Didn’t they know like all God’s creatures,  we all have our own beauty, which they will soon know when they become more acquainted.

Well, as the flock grew so did the love. We began to be seen as being full of character, though we might appear a motley crew together. However, as in life, the time spent with our creators saw the affection for us begin to grow.

My sisters and brothers were delivered one by one and three by three to the Manse, because during the season of Advent we were to be fostered in homes around Trinity Church and a Sheep Trail had been devised to find us all.

Some of the knitters decided they had become so attached to their sheep, we stayed at our family home, whilst the rest were adopted and warmly received (and loved) by the foster families.

For three weeks I had pride of place in a lovely green field, lit by a sparkling Christmas tree with my name proudly displayed for all passers-by to see. I enjoyed watching people pointing, chatting and asking about my purpose in the window.

Sadly this had to end, leaving my creator with the empty field syndrome, as I left for pastures new. So, on Saturday December 19th my destiny changed. I was, along with most of the rest of the flock, herded together by Barney, the Shepherd with his helpers, Revd. Chris, the Minister at Trinity, and Ruth, his wife, who is the Church’s Family Worker. I knew there was no need to be afraid for I was going to a sanctuary where we would continue to be safe, warm and cared for.

My short life’s journey so far has been wonderful. I have been nurtured, talked to and given the confidence to move on and join a wonderful community, where God’s love is shared. I want to stay here, but do want to visit my creator or she can visit me, occasionally!

All the people and the animals in and around the stable were overjoyed, when, on Christmas Day, the special baby arrived and all knew of the birth of Jesus Christ. I was so glad to be part of his story and will continue to share His Good News.

Trish Reilly

Happy 10th Anniversary to Our Minister, Chris!

Just over ten years ago Chris, you, Ruth, Hannah and Lauren arrived in Wigan on an extremely snowy winter’s day, so bad was the weather that the Carol Service by the choir had to be postponed until January. You were inducted into Ministry here at Trinity in January 2011 and the congregation welcomed you warmly with hotpots and apple pie! We looked forward to your ministry among and with us.

So much has happened in those ten years as we grew together in faith and love. Who would have known, however , that this last year would prove to be such a difficult one for everybody and just how you have worked with the Church to keep us together and remain hopeful for a brighter future. You, and now Ruth, have continued to act tirelessly and energetically to seek different ways of reaching out to the Church fellowship and the community beyond, keeping our faith fresh and our hopes alive. We would like to say, a very big thank you for all you have done over the last ten years and we look forward to worshipping together at Church as soon as we can.

God bless you and your family.

With love from your Church Family.  (Thank you to Trish for sharing and reminding us about the start and continuation of Rev. Chris’ ministry here at Trinity. Ed.)

Dear Everyone                 Message from Ruth Parker           20 April 2021

Trinity Junior Players will be starting on Wednesday May 5th. At present we have a manageable sized group, but we would appreciate any volunteer help that you could offer during the sessions. We need one extra helper per session.

They run from 6.45pm to 8pm on Wednesdays apart from 26th May and finish on 14th July.

Helping would just involve being on hand as an extra body and watching the children rehearse. If you have an existing DBS that would be useful.

Please email me at if you are able to help and I will put a rota together.

Thanks in anticipation.


Revd Chris Parker

Trinity URC

Milton Grove


                                                                                       11 March 2021

Dear Friends,

As the lockdown is eased it is hoped that we can open Trinity for worship in person soon. After discussion and following advice from the government and denomination, the elders intend to start Worship on Sunday 18th April.  Of course, if data on Covid changes, we may need to alter this date.

We will re assess the risk assessment for returning to worship and look forward to welcoming you back to Trinity. As in September we aim to hold short 30 minute services for the foreseeable future beginning at 11.15am. We will hold the services in a Covid19 secure manner. To help us do this we remind you of the following and ask you to help us by taking note of all the advice we suggest and abiding by the Guidelines we give after advice from the Government and the URC.

Before Worship

 We will mark some areas off limits and the floor will be marked to keep social distance. The building will be cleaned and sanitised before services.

 We have removed all items such as hymnbooks and bibles from the chairs to prevent contamination.

 We would ask that if you have symptoms of coronavirus or other illnesses that you stay at home.

 We would ask that you wear a face covering as you come to church. We will have a limited supply of masks for those who forget their own coverings.

As you arrive.

 Please stay distanced as you come into the church grounds. Some markers will be provided to help you with this but we cannot cover all areas.

 Please wait to enter Church until the porch is clear.

 Please use the hand sanitiser provided

 Please give contact details to the Elder taking your names. This will be kept for 21 days for track and trace means.

 When you enter the sanctuary please fill the chairs from the front as directed.

 Individuals will have to sit apart. Members of the same households, though, may sit together as will those in social bubbles.

 We will not be collecting for the Brick but your donations of money to them can be made over the phone and/or regular special collections will be announced

During Worship

 We will have readings, prayers, talks and music but, unfortunately, we will not be able to sing or take communion.

 We will not be able to have separate activities for children, so we ask that families sit together for the services. We will provide activity bags for those children who are attending.

 If you feel unwell during worship, please indicate that you need to move and we will help people to get appropriate help.

 The toilets will be open but only one person at a time will be allowed along the corridor and this will be indicated by vacancy signs in the foyer. Anti-bacterial wipes will be provided to wipe the toilet and sink areas.

 The collection will not be taken as part of worship but we will leave a collecting box near the door for your offertory.

 Please feel free to bring your own bottled drinks if you wish as no refreshments will be served.

After worship

 We ask that you leave from the back chairs and so on. If you wish to talk to people please go into the peace garden and keep your distance, allowing those that want to leave to use the path safely.

 The church will be cleaned and sanitised before being closed.

Rev Chris and the Elders                                                   


Dear Friends,                                                                                      18 March 2021

The Book Club Prayer Course has now finished so there is now a break over Easter.. We start again after Easter when we will be looking at The Bible Course. This is an 8 week course with videos, discussions and guided Bible readings to do during the week. Its aim is to help you find your way around the Bible (including the Old Testament!!), see how it all fits together and learn how to better read the Bible and apply it to your life. You will need to purchase the ‘manual’ that goes with the course. This is £4.99. If you want one please let Chris know by 30th March.

NB: This course will take place

on Thursday evenings at7.30pm on Zoom. We are doing it jointly with Wigan Baptist, Leigh Baptist and Leyland Baptist Churches and Thursday is a more convenient time for all involved. This is the advert that Liz from Leyland Baptist Church sent out for her church.

I will let Liz know numbers from Trinity so let me know if you want to Join in. The prayer course was excellent and thought provoking, this looks as though it will be a big help to us all in getting to know or be reacquainted with the Bible. Even if you cannot make all the sessions come along to what you can and if you buy the manual you will know where we are each week as we study and pray together.



Thank you to Gill and Chris Mangham for organising this collection at Church last month.