The TMB Leadership Team met last Tuesday evening and were pleased to have Trinity Network staff Paul Harrington and Andrew Severin in attendance also. 
 
We enjoyed spending some time in discussion and planning around Bible Study Groups. We continue to prayerfully seek effective ways to connect more and more TMBers into small groups; where they can share not only the gospel of God but their lives as well. There are a number of things we hope to begin putting in place, both to support existing Bible Study Groups and begin new ones, so watch this space!
 
We were very thankful to be privy to some new Trinity Network data relating to Church Health Indicators in the course of our meeting, which enabled us to see a helpful picture of where we sit as a church in some key growth areas like Mission, Membership and spiritual Maturity. And we’re looking forward to a Network-wide leaders’ conference day in September. Please be praying with us that this will be a great time of encouragement and challenge for the Leadership Teams across the Trinity Network of churches.
 
We also spent time discussing finances. TMB continues to face the challenges of a considerable budget deficit which, whilst May saw an encouraging increase in giving, still sits at just over $29,000 (YTD). We remain concerned and prayerful as we seek a way forward which will alleviate financial pressure but continue to facilitate new ministry opportunities as they arise under God. To that end we are proactively investigating the possibility of reducing costs by exiting the office space at 9 Hampden Rd and finding alternative spaces for ministry and admin tasks. The Hampden Rd property has also recently been placed up for sale, bringing additional complexities as we consider our options. Please join us in praying that God would provide clarity and direction as we go. Our next meeting is scheduled for late July.
 
In Christ,
 
Nathan Watts, Matt Kerrison & Katy Walker

TMB is holding its next Share lunch on May 22. This is a chance for members to get to know each other and have the conversations they miss out on during our time together on Sundays. A number of TMB members will open their homes to host lunch for invited members. If you would like to be invited to one of these lunches, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or write your details on the Share sign-up sheet on the Welcome Desk on Sunday. You will likely see people you know well and some you don't.

TMB's Annual General Meeting is coming up on Sunday, May 1, after the church service at 1:30pm.  If TMB is your church home, please join us! 

We will elect one person to our Leadership Team for a two-year term and will pray for the range of ministry areas that contribute to our church life.

Being part of this meeting is one of the ways that we can express our membership of the church.  Membership of TMB is open to anyone who assents to the “Objects” of TMB and the “Statement of Doctrines” as summarised in The 39 Articles of Religion.  You will find these Articles here if you're unfamiliar with them. 
 
Being a member of our legal body is not the only, nor the primary, way of expressing membership in our church.  Serving in gospel ministry together, giving sacrificially to the work we do, and using our gifts for the benefit of others in the Body of Christ here are all more significant ways of expressing gospel partnership, but taking part in this formal way is still an important aspect of our life together.  The AGM gives us a chance to reflect on what God has done amongst us in the previous year, to give thanks for his kindness to us and to find out some of what has been happening in the various ministry areas of our church.
 


GiG kicks off again this week with an exciting new topic: Know What You Believe. Students will explore themes from the Apostles' Creed as well as how Christianity differs from other beliefs. They will also will think about how to share their beliefs with others. 

All students in grades 7 - 11 are welcome at GiG Youth this term which runs every Friday night from 7:30 - 9:30pm unless stated otherwise. The details for this term are below! For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Have you ever played Chinese Whispers? The concept of the game is pretty simple; a group of people stand in a line, and the first person whispers a message to the person next to them, who whispers it to the person next to them, and so on. When the last person receives the message, they repeat what they’ve heard to all the group – usually to much amusement! You can see how easy it is for a simple message to get changed as it’s passed from person to person. 

Is this what happened with the Bible? The answers to this question and many others concerning the validity of the Bible can be found in the linked PDF below. 

Articles and Papers/Why Trust the Bible - complete.pdf