Trinity Christmas Newsletter - Dec 6, 2020

Return to Church


Trinity returned to worship in the sanctuary just after Thanksgiving and will celebrate the four Advent Sundays as a church family- God willing and if  there is no change in the Public Health guidelines in the Niagara region.  Our neighbours are red zone and a few other regions have moved up the colour scale, but we continue to watch and wait, while monitoring Public Health communications.  I continue to be concerned about those who are not connected through technology and would welcome other ideas to promote worship and communication to them.


Trinity is very fortunate and we are grateful for the talents of Rev.Jim and Rick;  they have stretched from their comfort zones to provide worship time in the sanctuary and via video.  We hum under our masks while Rick sings the words.  Rev. Jim now spends more time on the phone to offer a pastoral ear to our church family.   


As noted last week, we are invited to enjoy a worship time on Christmas Eve - virtually.  Light some candles, join in to actually sing the familiar Christmas carols, and bring a wee piece of bread and wine to celebrate the traditional communion service from the comfort of your home.  Rick is assembling special Christmas music.  

Christmas Wish 


As 2020 draws to a close, we all will happily say good bye to this year.  Celebrating the First Advent Sunday - the theme of HOPE rang true.  We have hope that 2021 will see recovery and a new normal.  We are thankful that the pandemic has not hurt our church family.  We are also very thankful for those who have held us together all these months:

  • Chris and Linda for being there, keeping the lights on, answering all the questions and making the place a safe haven,

  • Jack for protecting the building,

  • Callers who dedicate time to reach out to our church to keep us connected,

  • The ladies of the church and UCW for continuing outreach to the community,

  • Bob and the Finance committee for watching the stewardship of funds,

  • Rick for continuously adding meaning to worship with music and song,

  • Rev. Jim for his caring, wise counsel, insightful and thought provoking sermons 


Christmas 2020 will be different, but the meaning of Advent - Hope, Joy, Love and Peace - are consistent.  Wishing each of you and your families the blessings of this season.    





Reminder of Practical Projects  

Outreach to our community .  This is the season to share. 


For November and December, we'll collect new or gently used running shoes for our neighbour youth at Prince of Wales School and also winter outerwear such as mitts, hats, scarves, coats and blankets for Thorold's Community Care.   

Drop donations in the box in the coat room on Sundays or at the church hall Tuesdays and  Wednesday mornings or on Saturday - just ring the bell.

Christmas Quiz


  1. Which country started the tradition of putting up a Christmas tree? 

  2. Which country did eggnog originate in? 

  3. How many gifts were given in total in 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' song? 

  4. What is traditionally hidden inside a Christmas pudding? 

  5. What time is the Queen’s speech traditionally broadcast on Christmas Day? 

  6. According to Guinness World Book of Records, what is the best-selling Christmas single (song) of all time?  

  7. Miracle On 34th Street centres on what real-life department store?

  8. What do people traditionally put on top of a Christmas tree?

  9. Which real-life person is Santa Claus based on?

  10. What decoration do elves traditionally have on their shoes?

  11.  According to legend, what holiday goodies were shaped to resemble a shepherd’s staff, as a way to remind children of the shepherds who visited baby Jesus?

  12.  What words follow “Silent Night” in the song?

Worship Committee Want Ads


Needed:  Willing Readers for Sunday for Scriptures and Minutes for Mission.  


Looking to expand the roster of our church family to share in the Sunday morning worship services  You don’t need a professional “radio friendly” voice, just a willingness to participate in the service .   Interested?   Please contact

Jim Mable. (905) 934-8727


Greeters:  Connect with Rosemary  (905) 687-9460 if you can join the rotating roster of Greeters to welcome folks and screen according to public health guidelines.  

Answers  to Christmas Quiz

Germany 2.  Britain 3.  364.  4. a coin 5.  3 pm. 6.  Bing Crosby’s White Christmas. 7 . Macy’s  

8.   An Angel.  9. The Christian bishop St. Nicholas.  10.  Bells. 11  Candy Canes. 12.  Holy Night

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