A word from our Community Worker, Mary Bellshaw…
At the front of my mind, always, is the conscious call to “go in search of your people, love them, learn from them, plan with them, serve them. Begin with what they know and build on what they have.”
The challenge of community ministry is for people to simply respond and do what they can do. It is potentially transforming for all concerned. Thank you for being part of that commitment and ongoing ministry. Together, this leads us in ‘venturesome love.’
Read on for a glimpse of some of our community work here at Trinity.
Members from the church and people of Gosforth built a Saint Ayles Skiff called “Grace” in 2010. The group set out to encourage young and old, men and women to get involved in boat building and rowing. Gosforth was the first in the north east of England to join Scottish Coastal Rowing (and be recognised as an honorary Scottish coastal fishing village!) but has since inspired 6 other skiffs being built by clubs in the region.
- Gateshead Community Rowing‘s “Harry Clasper” (with whom “Grace” can be rowed from Derwenthaugh on the Tyne)
- Byker Commuinity Rowing‘s “Byker Belle”
- Blyth Coastal Rowing Club‘s “Crofton”
- Amble Coastal Rowing’s‘s “Coquet Spirit” and “Coquet Venture”
- Alnmouth Community Rowing‘s “Pride of Aln”
- Craster Coastal Rowing Club‘s “Jolly Fisherman”
Please contact Seymour Pattisson about rowing with us or our friends from the region on 07947 074869 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Actively Supporting ‘Gosforth Community Minibus’
The Gosforth Community Minibus bus has been successfully run for over twenty years (since 1990) serving the elderly, disabled and non-profit making community groups. The Minibus is run by a group of dedicated volunteers who give of their own time as driver, escorts on library runs or behind the scenes taking bookings for the minibus, arranging for drivers, and arranging the maintenance of the vehicle.
If you feel you would like to help as a volunteer driver or escort, or if you wish to book the minibus then please contact Margaret Gillon on 079265 63160 or visit their website ‘Trips’ page.
‘Gosforth Community History Group‘
A community history group, open to anyone interested, meets monthly at Trinity. Sharing of memories of life in Gosforth by group members and others is the basis of the community history project.
An exhibition about the history of Gosforth and of Trinity Church has been used at the church reopening, for Heritage Open Days and for school visits to Trinity. Groups of older people have also visited to find out about the church and the history of Gosforth.