18th July 2021
UPDATES FOR TLC GATHERINGS (from July 25th)
As we approach the biggest changes in restrictions and guidance so far, we continue this journey as a church in the same way we have walked all along – together.
Since March 2020, we have endeavoured to show love to one another and consideration to everybody and here is an outline of how we will run our Sunday church gatherings in the next few weeks, through which we will continue to show love and consideration, with everyone welcome. As ever we will remain flexible to adapt as any advice changes. To watch a short video explaining the guidelines click here.
All campuses are meeting for the next 2 weeks (25th July + 1st August) at 11am for one service, back in their usual venues.
For the next few weeks our online service will move to 5pm – this will be live streamed from our new ‘TLC at 5’ service in the TLC building and as well as watching online you can also attend. Next week (25th July), as part of the service, is the graduation of our gap year and ministry year students.
Let’s all continue to pray for one another and encourage everyone we can at this time.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. ” Hebrews 12:1-2 NIVUK
David and Susan
28th February 2021
Latest Update following recent Announcements:
In a couple of weeks it will be a year since we began the first lockdown. Since then all of our lives have been impacted in different ways and God has been faithful. I cannot imagine trying to live this last year without Jesus. I am so grateful for His love and kindness to me and to TLC. I am also incredibly grateful for our church and the hundreds of amazing people who have adapted, continued to walk together and been part of the TLC Family.
Following the Prime Minister’s recent announcements we want to update you of our current plans with in-person services and midweek groups. Consistently we have aimed to take us all on a journey together and are aware that there are different levels of caution and feelings towards gathering together.
In response to the latest roadmap, we believe there is no rush and that it is right to stay online for a few more weeks. We are aiming to begin in-person services in our campuses on Sunday 18th April. We are hoping to also be able to offer a viewing service in our TLC Building on Easter Sunday. We also aim to begin all our midweek groups and gatherings, to the best of our ability, from after Easter. Over the weeks ahead, we will get ready to begin the journey to church as we know it and will be taking advice and adjusting as we progress. I know it has been a long time but I believe we can begin to look forward to days ahead when we can embrace, sing, stand together and reach out to our City with the love of Jesus in person.
So…the next 6 weeks…
- Our Sunday services are going to continue to be the best we can produce – please engage and watch live and together as family, we will give it our all.
- Let’s keep connected with one another – Life Groups, Campus Coffee and Chat, prayer times, connecting in/staying strong.
- Let’s keep financially giving into the life of the church – if you usually give by cash at a service – please keep giving online or sending cheques to the Church office.
- Let’s be expectant – it is my belief that we will emerge from this unique year, blessed as a church, healthy as a church, growing, alive and full of faith – please play your part.
It has been a privilege for Susan and I along with the Elders and Senior Leadership Team of TLC to lead you at this time – let’s pray that in the next 6 weeks we see the blessing of God to another level.
We love you all.
7th February 2021
Further Lockdown Update:
What a journey we have gone on together and David and I are absolutely confident that God is leading us and our best days are ahead.
At the start of the year, following a return to lockdown and the closing of schools, we moved all of our services and groups online. Even though churches were still able to open, we believe that our decision was and remains the right option.
A few weeks ago, churches and religious groups from Leicester received an excellent letter from the Mayor of Leicester, Sir Peter Soulsby. In his letter, Sir Peter asked faith communities to come together and voluntarily pause all public gatherings and other face to face activities for “the health and wellbeing of all Leicester and Leicestershire residents”.
It is now clear that TLC will continue to meet online for the whole of February and we will update you further when we hear the government’s timeline later this month.
- we continue to produce the best Sunday services we can
- we are praying together
- our life groups are thriving
- our children and youth teams are giving their all
TLC Family – Let’s keep standing together, loving one another, and looking to Jesus who is always the answer.
Be blessed, we love you all.
5th January 2021
Latest Lockdown Update:
Last Sunday we shared some thoughts about Joseph and the type of leadership he brought when faced with great challenge – “his bow remained steady, his strong arms stayed supple, because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob, because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel” (Genesis 49:24).
The Father enabled Joseph to stay strong, steady and supple, and this becomes an inspiration to us. Let the Father enable you to be…
- strong in Jesus – leaning on Him, trusting Him, loving Him
- steady when shakings come
- supple and flexible as He leads us
We are completely confident in the faithfulness of God to lead us through this next season. Following the new government directives, we are also ready to bring in some changes. Strong…steady…supple…
During the National Lockdown that began today, there are just a handful of reasons people are allowed to leave home. One of these is noted as follows – “You can attend places of worship for a service”. However, we must consider the situation we now find ourselves in:
- The country has been asked to stay at home
- Schools have closed for all except for the children of key workers, and those who are vulnerable
- Many businesses are restricted or must close
- Hospitals in Leicester are facing increasing pressures
- Every family has been affected in some way by these new measures
With all this in mind, we as a leadership have prayed, reflected and come to the unanimous decision that it is right to move our church activity back online initially until the February half term when we will look again. This will include all our campus gatherings and in-person groups.
We are discussing the possibility of having some small viewing services where those among us who don’t have the internet or cannot watch the service at home could come into the TLC building to watch the online service. We are also ready to provide greater levels of care and contact for those who will find themselves very isolated again.
TLC is very much alive, open and active, providing care and support to the whole church, running amazing online services where we can gather and worship together, alongside online groups and activities that will be excellent and will bless your lives and the lives of others. All of our compassion work with the poor continues in the community and we are praying for new ways to be Good News to our city.
We realise everyone will be carrying different emotions at this time and through these weeks ahead, we will walk together and there will be joy on the journey. And if there ever was a time to throw yourself in and give your all to Jesus, it’s now!
Make gathering on Sundays a priority. Prayer, TLC Online and Coffee & Chat afterwards.
David and Susan (on behalf of the TLC Leadership team, Elders and Campus pastors).
15th November 2020
An update on our Race Conversation in TLC:
In May, after the tragic killing of George Floyd, we released a brief statement to our church – standing with those suffering oppression, and declaring again that the immense pain and dehumanisation of others because of the colour of their skin has to stop. You can read the full statement further below.
Since May, as an eldership, we have taken time to lament, to listen, and to learn. We have discussed and prayed together asking the Holy Spirit to do an even deeper work in all of our hearts. We have prayed for all those affected by any form of racism in our church today and we have listened for the Father’s heart as to how we should respond. We have also spent time thinking about how we can learn and how we can educate our church to speak out.
Pastor Mary and I have also met with a number of people from TLC who have been impacted by racism in the world. We took time to listen to their stories of pain and sadness and were impacted by people’s courage and grace to forgive. Susan and I are deeply moved and sorry for the pain many of you have experienced because of the colour of your skin. We weep with you and we stand with you and we will not remain silent.
We wanted to bring you a brief update from our conversations:
Firstly, we want to restate our belief that every man and woman, boy and girl, of every age and every colour are equal in God’s sight and loved the same. Every person is valued at TLC and we celebrate the wonderful cultures, diversity and colours of our church and we rejoice that we are one together as part of the beautiful Bride of Christ.
Secondly, we want to restate that there can be no place for racism in our society and we must unite and work together to see it eradicated and eliminated from all our structures and relationships in our country. There is also no place for racism within any part of the Body of Christ.
We will continue to provide safe spaces for all TLC people to share their stories of discrimination and be listened to and loved. We are asking all of us to challenge and never accept racism whenever and wherever we see it and we will be providing some teaching into the church to help every age to speak out. We are also praying that with the help of the Holy Spirit any trace of discrimination will be removed from all of our hearts and that more of the love of Jesus will flow through TLC than we have ever known.
Thirdly, we rejoice that our Campus leadership teams, our Life groups and other ministries already have a good representation of the many cultures in TLC and today we are asking you to pray with us as we seek to see a wider representation of diversity within our senior leadership teams.
On our journey we have made a start. There is more to learn and more to say but we thank God for His love and kindness for our church. Let’s continue to listen to one another’s stories, and when we see something that is wrong to speak up and say so. Let’s also continue to love each other and to celebrate the beautiful mix of people within TLC. God is doing a great work among us and we love you all.
3rd November 2020
Important Update on Further Lockdown from Pastors David & Susan:
For all of us, this has been an unprecedented year. We have watched the effects of a global pandemic on our own country, on the countries of the world and on our lives. Many of us in TLC have experienced hardship and sadness during this period, yet the love of our Heavenly Father continues to shine brightly.
God is shaking our world. He is pruning His Church. And God is working out His perfect plan calling people back to Him. The words of Jeremiah are still true for you right now – “For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” Jeremiah 29:11. TLC, you can trust Him and lean on Him, He is in charge. He is Lord. Amen
On Thursday, we all enter a further lockdown. So as a church, what are we going to do?
It has been so good to see hundreds of people return to meetings in person, alongside many engaging with TLC Online and Life Groups. We are privileged to have Jesus, one another and incredible hope.
Susan and I are making a fresh call to the whole of our church to fully engage in Sundays online and to join as one body together on Sunday mornings. Let’s set aside this time together for Jesus and if at all possible, let’s join in live. Here is what a Sunday will look like through November…
PRAYER – 9.30-10am – We will begin Sunday mornings with a new church prayer meeting on Zoom at 9.30am to call on God together – join us if you can. Get in touch if you would like the details. Anybody is welcome to come and pray.
TLC ONLINE – 10.15-11.30am – Join us on our TLC YouTube Channel from 10.15am. Let’s be there early, join in the chat (10.15-10.30am) and then throw yourself into the service from 10.30am. We are working to put together a brilliant service every week that helps us all worship, encounter the presence of God and move forward together.
COFFEE AND CAKE – 11.30am-12pm – Are you missing connecting and catching up with a drink after the service? That’s why we now have “Coffee and Cake” together on Zoom! There will be a zoom gathering for each campus where anyone is welcome to come together, connect, laugh, and pray. Every campus will send you a link on Fridays to join, and we can’t wait to see you face to face. We will also have a Zoom Momentum meeting for all our 11-14s at the same time, so TLC Youth, get ready for connection, fun and growing together every Sunday!
We need each other and gathering together makes us stronger. Let’s be ready for a wonderful season in the life of TLC. Here are some special things to anticipate this month…
- 8th Nov – Remembrance Sunday – We will be pausing at 11am during TLC Online to honour and remember those who gave their lives for us and those still involved in conflict around the world.
- 15th Nov – Let’s Talk About Race – We get the chance to update the church on our conversations about race and the areas we are working on and praying into as a leadership.
- 22nd Nov – NATIONS DAY! – A morning of celebrating the 60 Nationalities in TLC with guests, surprises and more. You won’t want to miss it!
Life Groups – All of our Life Groups continue and there is a place for you in a group. What better time than now to join a group? Contact your campus pastors, or Pastor Susan, and we’ll find you a place where you can grow.
0-25’s – We are continuing with live broadcasts and a lot of fun, connection and Jesus:
- TLC Tots Songtime – New sessions online every Tuesday
- Reach Live for 7-11’s – Tuesday Evenings
- Revolution Live for all 11-13’s – Thursday Evenings
- Real Live for all 14-18’s – Friday Evenings
- YA Live for all 18-25’s – Monday Evenings
All of our Campus and Pastoral teams are going to connect more than ever so no one is alone and that as a family we watch over one another. Support, care and the opportunity to talk with someone are all available to you. If you need help or food, please ask.
And TLC, let’s all pray for one another and show acts of care where we can.
For more details on all of this, you can get in touch.
Call the church office – 0116 2558672
Email us – firstname.lastname@example.org
We are in this together and you are loved and valued – all will be well.
See you in church online this Sunday and why not invite a friend?
The best is ahead!
Pastors David and Susan
21st August 2020
A message from Pastors David & Susan:
Our prayers are with everyone getting ready to return to schools and colleges in Leicester. With all the challenges of this next phase we are proud of all of you who work within the education sector and we are cheering you on. We are also praying for every child returning to school to be a blessing to others and to be kept safe and strong. As a church, let’s agree together for the light of Jesus to shine brightly in education over the remainder of this year.
We are so looking forward to hosting our online service this weekend at 10.30am. We will join with hundreds of you to worship Jesus though the TLC Church online platform and YouTube. We watched the service today and were incredibly blessed. It is one of our best in the last 25 weeks so invite others to join you this Sunday and they will love it. We are also thrilled that our services at the TLC building are full of people gathering together, many for the first time.
From today you can book for next Sunday’s services. We are also opening the Oak Centre on the 30th August for anyone in TLC and you can book the same way through the online form on our website. We continue this journey together, safely and carefully walking forward in faith and expectant of all Jesus wants to do at this time.
We would lastly like to put a very important date into everyone’s diaries. On September 6th at 5pm we are calling a Church Meeting on YouTube. We will be updating the church with our current plans for this next term. This will include an update on all campuses, children’s and youth work, compassion and a few important changes to inform you of in church life. Please do everything you can to join us. We hold all of our plans lightly in a changing world at this time and we also believe the Father is helping us as we plan.
We love you all,
David and Susan
9th August 2020
TLC Services Update:
Hello Everyone – It was so good to be in church together today.
On our TLC YouTube channel there is now a catch up service for our 11am service and TLC Kids Online for you to enjoy and share with others.
As mentioned today we will make some little changes next week. TLC Kids Online will be shown at 10am and we will show one online service at 10.30am. Both of these will be shown through Church Online and YouTube.
At the same time we will be meeting at the TLC building at 9am and 10.45am for a 50ish min service that will contain a mixture of live content and parts on the screens. There has been a lot of thought and care to ensure your safety and Hazel explains the process below. It is now the law of the land for everyone to wear a mask for inside gatherings and so we will all be wearing masks. There are limited spaces and so we will need you to request a seat.
The reality is, it will be different but it will be wonderful to be together in slightly larger groups of TLC. It is our intention to open more of our venues in the weeks ahead whilst doing everything with love, faith and consideration for one another. There are great days ahead.
Also, we are so excited about School’s Out running from tomorrow morning at 10am. Whatever your age you can join with us at 10am each day. Search ‘Schools Out Holiday Clubs’ on YouTube or Facebook. It’s going to be great!
Of course if you have any questions please ask – be blessed
Love David and Susan
– – –
This Sunday, 16th August, alongside TLC Online, we will begin to meet in person again. We will initially have 2 meetings at the TLC building at 9am and 10.45am.
Due to social distancing there will be limited capacity, therefore if you would like to attend a service you will need to request a seat for you and your household. The easiest way to do this is through this online form: https://forms.gle/45AYcnU71v4yxcG9A. If you cannot request a seat online then please call the church reception on 0116 2558672 and leave your details. If your seat request can be accommodated it will be confirmed by the Friday before the Sunday service.
Over the coming weeks we will be working towards opening up more of our buildings to enable everyone who wants to come to a service to be able to.
A few practical bits:
- We will be seating people in households socially distanced so please arrive at least 10 minutes early to be seated.
- Face masks are now compulsory in churches so please bring one with you to wear inside.
7th August 2020
A message from Pastor Susan:
Dear wonderful TLC family,
David and I have recently returned from a wonderful holiday in Cornwall and are refreshed and ready for all that Jesus has in store for us in TLC and in Leicester in this next season.
We love and appreciate each one of you so much and hope that you are having a little time to be rested over this Summer, whether at home or away.
We have just watched the service for this week and it is brilliant. We were deeply moved by the last song when we will sing of the faithfulness of God. When we get to that point on Sunday, wherever you are, stand up, lift up your hands and put your trust in Him again. He is the Faithful One.
Also, this Sunday in our online services we will be updating you all regarding our next steps towards holding some simple services in our TLC buildings from 16th August onwards. This will be as well as continuing online church.
Later on Sunday we will email out details to explain how you book a place if you would like to join others to worship on the 16th. We all know this will be a process and a journey but we are in this together, Jesus is with us and all will be well.
Also, we are so excited about School’s Out Online running next week. Whatever your age you can join with us at 10am each day. Search ‘School’s Out Holiday Clubs’ on YouTube or Facebook. It’s going to be great!
Finally, here is the latest Open Hands newsletter to read.
I send my love to you all,
21st July 2020
A message from Pastors David & Susan:
As we are all aware, recent months have brought many distinct challenges, and we felt it was time to pause to say thank you as we continue our journey as a church.
- We wanted to thank all our leadership team and campus pastors who have shown extraordinary creativity, courage and grace in their leadership.
- We wanted to thank all of our life group leaders for providing places for us all to connect together and connect with God.
- And we wanted to thank YOU- thank you for walking with us as we continue to follow Jesus step by step… we have been so encouraged by the stories we have heard and the people we have connected with- what a brilliant, faith-filled church family we have- and you are an essential part of it.
We have been stirred again by Isaiah 43…
“Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.”
In every step forward The King is with us. He is doing a new thing and making a way – ahead there are streams of His presence.
On Sunday 2nd August we will be talking about plans to begin meeting face to face. It will again be a step by step process and all will be well.
Let’s be more expectant than ever that our greatest days lie ahead and that He is with us.
David and Susan
26th June 2020
An important update from Pastor David:
Today I read in my Bible:
‘Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely’. 1 Corinthians 13:12
This describes so much of our last four months. The good news is that one day we will see with perfect clarity and we will know completely. In the meantime, we see partially and incompletely, and so we move ahead step by step but with great confidence in Jesus.
As things begin to change again in the country we are analysing current guidelines, listening to the Holy Spirit and responding accordingly. Many more details to follow soon.
Susan and I continue to be so grateful for our amazing church. Jesus is going to lead us together over the rest of this year. Be expectant, God is with us and he has MANY people in this city. Our desire is for us to continue to love God, love people and love the mission. We are called people.
Secondly, this Sunday (28th June) we have a really fantastic service to share together – you will love it. Let’s gather together at 9.30am and 11.00am with TLC Kids Online at 10.30am.
Lastly, Susan and I have received a very honouring email from Andre Timothy. He writes:
I write to you today to confirm my request to resign from my role as Campus Pastor of Trinity Life Church Birstall Campus. The reason I am resigning from my role is due to my ill health and the complications related to my recovery. Given the uncertain timeframe of my recovery I feel that it would be appropriate to step down and allow the leadership team to put in place plans that would have otherwise involved my participation in the next steps of the TLC journey.
My family and I are truly grateful for the opportunity, support and development granted us in the journey over the last 10 years and especially over the last 2 years as campus pastors. We love our church and will continue to support the church and leadership.
We also convey our love and best wishes to all the dear families we have come to know at Birstall Campus. You have been amazing in establishing and growing a campus that reflects the ethos of God’s love. Thank you for your support and dedication to us as a family. You are wonderful and our heart and prayers will always be for you.
Pastor David and Susan, thank you for your generosity and immense love you have demonstrated to us as a family. Don’t worry you will still have us around for a long time to come. You are precious to us. We have not been this way before but we know God is in control.
This honouring letter reflects the wonderful heart of the Timothy’s. We are all so grateful to Andre and Prea and family for their love and service to TLC. As their role changes in the church we are praying for full healing for Andre and ongoing blessing on their family. Susan and I look forward to seeing both Andre and Prea thriving, preaching and bringing love and leadership within TLC in the years ahead. We love you very much.
Wes and Laura Bond have been leading the Birstall campus with enthusiasm and dedication for the last four months and this will continue as we walk forward.
See you on Sunday everyone!
All is well, Jesus is in charge.
4th June 2020
A statement from Pastors David & Susan:
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. Prov 31:8-9
On Tuesday, Susan and I received a text from Becka Nicholls.
Becka was an intern at TLC and we are very fond of her.
Becka is Ugandan and her husband (Chris) is White British. They have 2 children, named Joel and Maryann.
She writes… “We are about to relocate to California. We have a huge heart for adoption and would love to adopt again. The foster care system is harsh there and children from ethnic minorities really suffer and we want to go to be a part of the change. Our relationship is an image of unity and hope, we realise that now, more than ever, having been to America and the conversations we’ve had with people. Just by being who we are and as an interracial family, we are standing against disunity and sending out the message that love has no colour.
When tragic events happen as they have in America over the last few days so many memories flood back to me of the last time we spent time there. The memories of seeing an unarmed man surrounded by 12 policemen pleading for his life shot in front of me as I played with Joel on the balcony in San Francisco; the memories of a lady refusing to serve me food in a small town, who then asked me to step aside when Chris came along so she could serve him, not realising that he was my husband. The memories of having to wait 40 minutes to order a meal while the kids were playing at the beach and having to ask a white man to order for me and pay for me so I could feed my children. Memories of being shouted at in a coffee shop by a business man because the colour of my skin made him feel uncomfortable. Just recently in January, being followed around our local grocery store by a security guard for consecutive days until I introduced myself and told him who I was and he saw me as a person and we had an honest conversation- we became friends after that .
So many memories of injustices flood back, and it’s truly sad that this is still happening in 2020. Chris and I know that one day, we will have to sit down with our children and have a chat about how to behave if a policeman stops them and why they may be treated differently just because they have brown skin and afro hair.
It feels like a lot of rebuilding needs to be done and bridges need to be repaired. Chris and I want to play a part in that rebuilding so that our children and our great grandchildren can walk across those old boundary lines and that stories of racial injustice would remain in the past and that they would only read about it and not experience it. We hope that our ceiling will be our children’s floor and that they can stand on our shoulders and do greater and bigger things.”
We realise that the words of Becka are deeply stirring to us all and we are aware that many in our beautiful TLC family have their own stories of prejudice, racism and pain. As Christians, we are the body of Christ, so “if one part suffers, every part suffers with it” (1 Corinthians 12:26). Today, our brothers and sisters are suffering and hurting. We as the UK church are to stand with and stand up for our BAME brothers and sisters in the UK and throughout the world at this time.
As Susan and I have prepared to write to you, we have valued the statement from the Evangelical Alliance written by its CEO Gavin Calver, and the Director of the One People Commission, Yemi Adedeji. They write “In the light of the tragic death of George Floyd we join with the thousands of voices around the world, to declare with one accord, that the indescribable pain and dehumanisation of others because of the colour of their skin has to stop.
Let us stand together as brothers and sisters in Christ, as we cry out for justice, as we stand with those suffering oppression, as we weep with those grieving and in pain. We all have a responsibility to act against discrimination and systemic racism in our workplaces, in our churches, in our justice system and in our wider communities.
We cannot view this as a white vs black issue. This is a clarion call for us to come together and fight every form of racism in all it’s disgusting manifestations. As the church we must unite across all ethnicities in saying, and showing, that all are created equal, all people bear God’s image. There can be no place for racism in our society. We must unite and work together to see it eradicated and eliminated from all our structures and relationships. Join us as we pray for all affected by this. May the Lord move powerfully across the world at this time.’
As Senior Leaders of TLC, Susan and I want to stand with everyone in our church impacted by racism of any kind. We are so sorry for your pain and your hurt and we understand if you carry anger at this time. As much as we are able, we are standing with you with hearts full of love towards you.
If at any time we have not spoken loudly enough about these issues, please forgive us. If at any time, even in passing, you have experienced any discrimination within TLC , we are deeply sorry and ask you to forgive us. We love you all.
There is much more to say but at this time we would like us as a church to pause and do three things:
1. To Lament
As a church, we pray for all those affected by any form of racism in our world today. We are standing with you. We must and we will speak out that Jesus loves ALL PEOPLE. We pray that out of the tragedy of the death of George Floyd will come real change that truly impacts our world for good.
2. To Listen
We must not allow discrimination to be in our hearts or in the church. Let’s continue to listen personally to the whispers of the Spirit pointing out times we have thought less of another person or carried prejudice in our own hearts. Where we find judgmentalism towards another person or culture, let us repent. TLC, let’s ensure that our love for all people remains fine-tuned.
3. To Learn
TLC is a church of around 60 Nationalities and hundreds of wonderful people. Within our church every culture and every person is equally valued. Susan and I deeply love the beauty of TLC and its people. In weeks and months to come I would like us as a church to talk about many of the issues described above and give a forum for us to listen to and learn from one another.
It is our privilege to serve you.
All our love,
David and Susan Hind
7th May 2020
A message from Pastors David & Susan:
This Sunday we are so excited about gathering together again online at 9am, 11am and 5pm. This week we have a fantastic service planned with great worship and teaching, communion together and another kids focus.
Alongside this, we have a very special song recorded between singers from All Nations Church Kenya and TLC – it’s in English and Swahili, it’s wonderful and you won’t want to miss it. We are also taking some time to talk to a few of TLC’s brilliant Health Service workers and to pray. Do all you can to join us for TLC Online and invite others to join you.
Also, as part of an exciting project to be shown a week on Sunday, we are wanting to celebrate you and hundreds of others in the TLC family. We are putting together a video of many of the people in our church to celebrate that we are one family walking together at this time.
Please can you take a quick photo of you and those in your house right now and send it to us. Please make the picture landscape, either of you smiling or being funny – you choose.
Email the photo to email@example.com
Please can you send by Sunday 10th May at the latest.
This weekend there will be national decisions about changes to lockdown. I imagine some of your thinking will be how will this affect TLC?
Next week we will take time as a senior team to reflect and will communicate any changes to you. Until you hear anything different from Susan and I we will continue to do all we are doing at this time in the way we are doing it.
Don’t be anxious about anything, all will be well and we are going to walk wisely, together and in Jesus’ footsteps because he already has it all worked out.
Finally, please put in your diary Sunday 24th May at 7pm – Susan and I along with the Bishop of Leicester and other Leicester church leaders have called a PRAYING FOR LEICESTERSHIRE event and it will be so good to join together with hundreds of people from the Body of Christ on YouTube and pray for our City and County – more details to follow but subscribe to the channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChYTbDeBQ_TriMLgvr9Ym4A
Send your photos in and see you on Sunday,
We love you all,
David and Susan
30th April 2020
An update from Pastors David & Susan:
I pray you are all blessed.
On the 20th March we wrote to all of TLC and said that “due to government guidelines and a request from our denomination, we will not be meeting as a church in any of our sites for the next few weeks”.
Six weeks later, we have walked through a time none of us have experienced before. There has been challenge and some sadness in TLC and many families in our country have been deeply impacted, but I am thankful to God for His kindness to us during a very difficult time. God really is good all the time.
As we look at a further period of lockdown and not meeting physically as a church, Susan and I wanted to ask everyone a few questions:
1. Do you need any practical help with food?
Our work with Open Hands food distribution continues and it remains our privilege to feed many very vulnerable people. Alongside this, we want to find out if you need a food hamper. If at this time you would value a food hamper we would love to deliver you one from TLC – without questions and simply as an act of love to you. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with your address and stating if the hamper is for one person or a family and whether you are a vegetarian. We will then be in touch to deliver a hamper.
2. Do you need support?
Last week, a lady who was in the youth group we led in Nottingham died. It seems that she tragically took her own life. She was married with 3 children and had been suffering with depression for many years. Alongside asking you to pray for the family, I would like to ask if anyone reading this needs any help? If you have been very low emotionally and if you have had recent suicidal thoughts, we want to stand with you. If you would value a call and some pastoral care, then confidentially email us saying that you have been struggling and would value some help. Simply email email@example.com
3. Do you need prayer?
Would you value some specific personal prayer at this time? We have set up a group of intercessors who are going to pray about any needs sent in. Perhaps you are concerned about friends and family or finances? Maybe you are in need of a breakthrough or a miracle? If that’s you, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with a 2-3-line prayer request. Alternatively, request prayer through the website.
The heart of us as a leadership and all of the Campus Pastors is firstly to lead you to Jesus, as He is the answer for everything. Alongside this, we also want to offer you the care and support to stand with you at this time and bless you – if you need something, please ask.
TLC, we will get through this challenging time and be stronger and more focused on Jesus than ever before.
Our best days are ahead and God has many people in our city!
Be blessed – we love you all,
David and Susan
21st April 2020
A message from Pastors David & Susan:
We are continuing to pray for you and bless you at this time. We were very encouraged by TLC Online on Sunday morning – thank you for the hundreds of you who connected in to one of the two services through our online platform or through YouTube.
This Sunday we will be having services at 9am, 11am and 5pm. Then afterwards we will release a shortened version of the service you can catch up with or share with your world in place of the Midweek Live release on Thursdays.
Included in every service this week is a very powerful pre-recorded testimony from Darren Walker who recently was released from hospital after being sedated and on ventilation for 13 days in the ICU. There is also a performance song from many of our singers which quite simply took my breath away. It’s going to be a fantastic Sunday together. God is good.
Also, last Sunday we were due to pray for Graham and Judith Kemp as they take up the leadership of TLC Braunstone. Many of their friends and family were due to travel and along with the campus celebrate their commissioning. We were unable to do this but instead last Sunday a number of our leaders prayed for them through Zoom and they are now officially Campus Pastors of TLC Braunstone. As soon as we are back together we will lay hands on them and have a campus party. They are brilliant people and we are so excited to see all God is going to do over the months ahead. We love the Kemps.
Do all you can to join us at church online this Sunday and why not invite your world to join us…
Use our online platform – https://trinitylifechurch.online.church – this enables you to interact live with one another and a number of the Campus Pastors.
Watch on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/trinitylifechurch
Catch up later – on our TLC YouTube Channel from 6pm (don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel to receive notifications of all our video releases)
We love you all,
David and Susan
16th April 2020
A message from Pastors David & Susan:
Dear TLC Family
A month ago, we could not have imagined all that has taken place in our world. In a time when so much has changed, we are so grateful for the faithfulness and steadfastness of God – Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. We are aware that everyone’s situation is different, and we are praying for you all to have peace, grace and faith. We will meet together again.
We urge you to continue to find a deeper personal connection with Jesus and keep praying for one another especially those who are ill, isolated or serving on the front line at this time.
Please find attached the link to TLC MIDWEEK which we will continue to release on a Thursday evening: https://youtu.be/qDYWGoxVbmk
Having watched it a couple of times, we have been so blessed by it. This is a fantastic service and we are so grateful to our Senior Leadership Team who have produced this. Why not share it with those who will be blessed by it?
Alongside TLC Midweek, this coming weekend we begin an exciting new development!
This Sunday (19th April), we will be livestreaming a 1 hour service online at both 9am and 11am. This will be broadcast live on a brilliant platform called ‘Church Online’. There will be some notices at the start, and the ability to ‘chat’ with others who have joined for the live service. You can then expect a countdown, a warm welcome, a full run-through of the TLC Midweek service, followed by a story or an interview, some extended worship and more. There will be pastors online, ready to chat to you, pray with you (there are ways for you to respond for prayer, support and to get in touch) and make you feel right at home.
Visit our new dedicated live streaming site, and we hope you can join us at 9am or 11am this Sunday – https://trinitylifechurch.online.church. And you can also view the same live feed on YouTube at 9am or 11am (ideal for viewing on a Smart TV or streaming device through the YouTube app) – search for Trinity Life Church, or visit our YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf8b61-u1dcBkM7700fOOWw. Feel free to share these links with anyone.
Look forward to being with you on Sunday
We love you,
David and Susan
9th April 2020
A message from Pastor David:
Susan and I send our love to you all in this unique time.
I am excited to send you the link for our Easter Service which is brilliant and prepared for you and everyone in your world who doesn’t yet know Jesus. https://youtu.be/cOOuYYiyY28
We are praying for you and are here if we can help you in any way. Simply ring our church number 0116 2558672 or email email@example.com if you need anything at this time.
We are sad to announce that Harry Hope from the Central Campus died in hospital last Sunday. Harry was part of TLC for many years and he loved Jesus and will love Heaven. We pray for his family and friends who grieve at this time. We have seen a number of people get better over this week and we pray healing for others who are poorly and speak protection over you.
Stay close to Jesus, continue praying and believe for the move of God we are all longing for.
Be blessed – The best is ahead.
2nd April 2020
A message from Pastor David:
Susan and I send our love to you all.
I continue to be staggered at the change that has taken place in our country. The focus has changed, the streets are quiet, and everybody’s way of life has changed. This isn’t an easy time for any of us. I am so blessed to have Susan in the house, but I have missed connection and an embrace with people I love – our children, our grandchildren, Susan’s mum, our team, so many of you. And I know all of us are in the same boat.
“Jesus said ‘…all who come to me, I will embrace…and will never turn them away’.” John 6:37 TPT. If you long for an embrace, I can tell you that Jesus is there. “Come to me, I will embrace… and will never turn you away.” I am so grateful for the Love of God.
We are praying for you and are here if we can help you in any way. Simply ring our church number 0116 2558672 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or if you need anything at this time.
Let’s all keep connecting online and using the resources we are posting each week, and why not share them with others. Our new TLC Midweek Live is released today. Watch it by clicking this link – https://youtu.be/IwKoY3Bncg4
I am also beginning a short weekly video devotional which will feature TLC worship leaders singing inspirational songs in their homes. This will be sent with our Monday Mornings email, and you can expect the first one on Monday 6th April.
On Tuesday and Thursday, we continued to help many people with emergency food and through the Pie Night takeaway. We see this continuing throughout this period and for the demand on our food store to increase. Some of you have been asking how you can support Open Hands at this time with donations and next week we will share some ways you can help us with food donations – in the meantime please keep praying for us.
We have had a number of people from TLC in hospital over the last week and we pray healing for them and protection over you. Stay close to Jesus, continue praying and believe for the move of God we are all longing for.
Be blessed – The best is ahead.
26th March 2020
A further update from Pastors David & Susan:
In the middle of our world today, Jesus brings such hope to all of us. I have found the Bible so alive to me each day. I read yesterday – “Asa’s heart remained completely faithful to the Lord throughout his life” 1 Kings 15:14 – I would like this to be my legacy and I pray it is yours. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and serve him with everything… this is a legacy worth giving your life for.
We have just released the new TLC Midweek Live service online. You can also watch it by clicking this link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XN6s7V0Fj7I
I have been so blessed to hear of so many of you watching it on your own/as a family and being blessed by it. I have also heard from friends in other countries watching and joining in and people being drawn near to faith by simply watching. This week we recorded with just 5 of us as ministers and I felt a deep sense of the presence of God with us as we recorded. May you be blessed and encouraged as you watch – and let’s all share the service with lots of others who will be blessed.
We are sharing communion together this week and at the end we sing a blessing over you which is powerful. I have also loved hearing of hundreds of families connecting into our TLC Family Fridays materials – I am looking forward to seeing all the entries sent in for the competition. I also hear people have been enjoying the devotional resources we released on Monday.
Very few of us have ever known the restrictions that we currently face and there is much anxiety and concern in our country at this time. In TLC, people find themselves concerned about their jobs and families, many have been asked to stay at home for the next 12 weeks and a number are self-isolating at this time. Parents are facing many weeks ahead with beautiful, lively children at home – the same energy and enthusiasm, but a very different routine. And alongside this, we have a few people sick with this virus at the moment with one person in a critical care ward. Let’s keep praying for one another.
Perhaps you are worried and concerned, or perhaps you are struggling in a certain area. My greatest words of comfort and advice to you at this time are to dig into God. He is your refuge and strength, your ever-present help in troubled times, the one who helps you not to fear. Get your Bible open, invite Holy Spirit to fill you and trust Him. And use the devotional resources we are sending out each Monday and go deeper in your walk with Jesus than you ever have.
As the Open Hands staff along with Susan and I fed 90 grateful people in our takeaway-only Pie Night on Tuesday, I was struck by the privilege of being hope carriers to others at this time. A conquered cross and an empty tomb demonstrate to us and everyone that there is still hope. So stay in touch with Jesus.
Also Stay in touch with TLC
– YouTube – subscribe to the Trinity Life Church YouTube channel.
– Facebook – like the TLC Leicester page for latest updates.
– Instagram – follow us at @tlcleicester to stay connected
Stay in touch with others
– Phone someone
– Find a way to connect together
– Use the creative idea we are sending each Monday for how to reach out
Ask for help if you need encouragement, a minister to call you, a food hamper left outside your front door.
– Phone 0116 255 8672
– Email email@example.com
– Message us through social media
And finally please let us know any stories of what God is doing in your world.
We love you all
David and Susan
19th March 2020
A further update from Pastors David & Susan:
Dear Wonderful TLC,
We love the Bible – and God’s word to all of us today is: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea” Psalms 46:1-2 NIVUK
Further to our update on Tuesday we wanted to give some information about how we are going to stay connected at this time.
Today we have released our first TLC Midweek Live online. This will be recorded midweek and released every Thursday at 5pm over the next couple of months. I watched it this morning and it’s great. It’s a simple, 35-minute service recorded with some of our staff and contains worship, a message, a wonderful focus for Mother’s Day and some prayers. Set aside time to watch it each week by yourself or as a family. You can access it on our website each week or follow the link we will send out to you – or you can subscribe to the ‘Trinity Life Church’ YouTube page. Here is today’s Midweek Live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Over the next few weeks, we will be contacting you a couple of times a week:
- On Monday mornings we will be sending through a communication with a short daily devotional for that week, a link to some inspirational worship songs, links to helpful resources, ways to pray and some stories of what God is doing. Email us with any stories of what God is doing in and through you- stories you think will bless the wider body of TLC – firstname.lastname@example.org
- On Thursday we will release our weekly ‘TLC Midweek Live’ and will send you a link to this along with any relevant updates from us as a leadership.
- On Fridays, we will send a resource to all our families and children called “TLC Family Fridays!“. This will be a magazine style sheet, a video from the kids and family’s team, competitions to enter and many fun things to help you grow closer to your family, your friends and God. Share this with any other families you think will be blessed by it, we trust and pray it blesses you all.
- We are also putting things in place to facilitate live, interactive streams for our youth and young adults. More details will follow, but we will do all we can to keep every 11-30 year-old connected and growing.
We are praying for you all at this time, but please be in touch if we can help you, pray for you, or if you need support or food please ask. Simply email email@example.com or ring 0116 2558672. Of course, you can also email your campus pastors.
During a time of being church in a different way it’s important for us to keep giving. There will be costs at this time for TLC to help people, support families, serve the poor and make a difference. With our normal tithes and offerings let’s continue to give by standing order. Thank You everyone.
And if you normally give by cheque or cash on a Sunday please instead give by bank transfer to HSBC Bank – Account number 74616529 – Sort Code 40 28 06. Alternatively, you can give directly through our website.
I have also smiled with God that this Sunday we are launching our vision offering for the new Compassion Centre. If you are in a position to be part of this, please send your giving and pledge forms back to the TLC Building or simply transfer your gift direct to our account above referencing that it’s for the Open Hands Compassion Centre. Thank you so much.
We will pray about many things in the weeks ahead but today here are 3 prayer requests for you to join us in:
- For our wonderful TLC seniors and those in a high-risk group among us at this time.
- For every person serving in our Health Service and Front-line services in Leicester.
- For Angela and Kevin who are being married on Saturday. We bless them.
Keep staying in touch with one another and why not find ways to serve the street you live on? Perhaps a card through doors offering practical care if people need it – let’s bring hope wherever we are.
Finally, lean into Jesus, trust him in everything and remember God is your refuge and strength… He is Your ever-present help in trouble.
We love you,
David and Susan
17th March 2020
An update from Pastors David & Susan:
Dear Wonderful TLC,
Today, I read Paul’s words written to the Philippian church:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 NIVUK
In a time of so much uncertainty, I am thankful that we can lean into Jesus and trust him with everything.
Yesterday was an unprecedented day for us and many other church leaders. Some questions that are at the forefront of our minds are…
- How should we care for our amazing people at this time?
- What’s the best way to watch over all our children, young people and seniors?
- How do we offer the right care for the poor?
- How do we reach out into our communities with the love of Jesus?
- How can we respond with humility to government advice?
- What is our faith response to a national crisis?
Firstly, we love you all and as a whole team we want the best for you. We have faith and believe that God is doing something in our world at this time. We also believe we have a responsibility to adhere to guidelines from the government concerning the recent Coronavirus outbreak, to the best of our ability.
We are making a few initial, short-term decisions concerning church life:
- For the next 3 weeks, we will not be meeting as a church on Sundays in any of our campuses.
- We will also be cancelling all of our midweek activity, TLC life groups and outreach events. This will affect all of our ministries, including children and families, young people, young adults and seniors. At the same time, we are discussing creative ways to connect together at this time.
- Our Easter Sunday celebration at the Arena has been cancelled. We will look to reschedule TLC Together to later in the year.
- We will be continuing to serve those in need through Open Hands to the best of our availability, which at this time will be mainly focused around food for those in greatest need.
Alongside some changes, today we’ve also recorded our first ‘TLC Midweek Live’ service that will be available online from Thursday. This is a short, engaging, weekly TLC service for all the family that we will make available to everybody each week.
We will also be sending out resources for families to use at home with their children and enable you to thrive in your faith in this unique time. These will be sent weekly, starting this Friday.
We will send another communication on Thursday with some more updates. But until then, everything is alright, the Father is in charge and His plans will work out.
God is good, and the best is ahead. We love you all,
David & Susan Hind
Senior Leaders, TLC