The Connect Week
Small groups meet on Monday evenings, except on the first Monday of the month, where we gather centrally for ‘Reconnect’—an evening of worship, teaching, and prayer.
One of the many blessings of being part of the Connect community is the support that is offered through membership in a small group. Small groups will start to meet on Monday evenings after you have had some time to settle into the rhythms of Bristol/college life, and everyone will have the opportunity to be in a small group. We really encourage you to consider joining one. Small groups are a safe place to journey in faith through sharing testimonies, Bible study, prayer, and social activities, too. One of the small groups we have is Mennect.
Each year, as more and more women begin their calling to ordained ministry, more and more men are becoming clergy spouses. At Connect, we really strive to allow all spouses to flourish, feel included, and experience meaningful fellowship. Trinity’s all-male spouse homegroup (known jokingly as ‘Mennect’) gathers informally for everything from serious prayer to daft chat. We share food, coffee, life, and our love for Christ. In 2017-18 we organised curry, chilli, beer ‘n’ burgers, and several pizza nights. A few of us went hiking in the Brecon Beacons and some meet regularly for running. This year it would be great to see similar activities and get togethers being planned—we want to organise going to see some of Bristol’s great sport, for example. Mennect is a time spent sharing this rather odd, fantastic, and sometimes disconcerting experience of being a Trinity College spouse.
Wednesday mornings are an opportunity to meet together, worship, pray, engage in Bible study, and listen to speakers on a variety of subjects. Tea, coffee, and cake are served from 11, we start the session at 11:30 and finish at 12:45. If you have young children with you, you can drop them at 11.10 for a ‘College Kids’ session in the Games Room. This is a well-supervised group for all ages from 0+ and is run by the student pastoral groups on a rota. Many spouses stay at college to join with the students for lunch afterwards. [Note: Quiet hour at college is 10-11am on Wednesdays, so if you arrive at college during this time, please respect this.]
Friday / Community mornings
Our community mornings begin with communion held in the chapel at 8:30am. Spouses and children are welcome at chapel every day, however Friday communion is more family friendly, with an organised activity for children during the sermon. After communion, the community gather for coffee in the dining hall before the students head off to lectures and Connect continue to meet for ‘Tea and Tots’ in the Games Room. Tea and Tots is our weekly coffee morning and toddler group, with lots of toys, snacks for the children, and plenty of cake and coffee for the adults! ALL are welcome (you don’t have to have a ‘tot’)!
Socials occur at different times of the week and year. Some of these are organised by the exec, and others are more informal. It might be going for a drink, a pamper party, bowling, film night. From September, we are starting a new fortnightly social ‘Cake and create’ and a monthly Saturday morning ‘child-free’ social. The student exec also puts on socials for the whole community.
Accountability and prayer triplets
We encourage all Connect members to find themselves a couple of people with whom they can form a prayer triplet/quad. We believe that they can be a valuable place for sharing your life more deeply with a couple other members of the Connect community. They provide a safe space to share and pray with each other on a regular basis. We hope that triplets begin to form in the first couple of months of college, although the exec is more than happy to support you in finding a group.
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