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Trinity Beamsville was blessed to have Michelle Pottie as our Children & Youth Director.  Although we are sad to have Michelle leave us,we send her and her fiancé John-Luke off on their adventure with love and the besests of wishes!  Michelle took a moment after her Celebration Service at Cave Springs Camp on June 24  (see photos here!) to write the Weekly Message in the absence of Rev. Heather (on study leave).

 This Week at Trinity, Beamsville 

Friday, June 29, 2018 

Dear Friends, 

Surprise! It’s me, Michelle, writing to you for ‘This Week’ as a final farewell to my Trinity family as Heather enjoys some vacation time with her own family. When I considered what I would write to you, I thought back to all of the memories we have shared. I have truly been blessed to be a part of this community, and I wanted to reflect on some of my most treasured experiences with the children and youth during my time here. 

Right from the beginning, I was welcomed in with open arms. I immediately connected with the lovely young people we have in our congregation, and week after week they put smiles on my face and warmed my heart with their wisdom and enthusiasm. I was so impressed to see how children of all ages interacted with each other, always willing to lend a helping hand and to share their lives with their church family. Our children naturally want to spread kindness as well, whether it is by sharing the joy of the Christmas season at Albright Manor or even inviting friends to partake in Sunday School so they can see what we are all about. This congregation has demonstrated its dedication to the education of our children through fun programming such as Vacation Bible School, which has received rave reviews and is looking like it will be an amazing experience this summer once again! And to top it all off, the wonderful children and youth took part in such a touching goodbye service for me that made it very difficult to leave Cave Springs Camp after festivities had ended. All of my goodies and well-wishes will truly be treasured, and I happily bragged to friends and family about what kind individuals you all are. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. 

Looking ahead to the future, John-Luke and I are so excited about our upcoming adventure together! As we move through life as a married couple living in a new country, we will often think about our loved ones and hold them in our hearts as the two of us do life together. John-Luke has a wonderful new career opportunity ahead of him, and we can already tell that the congregation of St. Bartholomew will welcome us with open arms. As for me, I’m not sure where my career will take me, but I know that everything I have learned along the way will help me continue to be a loving teacher and mother once we start a family. I hope that my children are as compassionate and intelligent as the ones in our congregation, and that they continue to seek out new opportunities for growth like John-Luke and I are doing now. So I wish you peace, love, and happiness, and may you continue to create wonderful memories with your Trinity family. Thank you, thank you, thank you! 

With love to you all, 

Michelle & John-Luke 

Michelle Pottie’s 2017 Annual General Meeting Report

2016 was the start of a wonderful relationship between myself and the congregation at Trinity United Church.
I am so blessed to have been welcomed with open arms into the community, and I have loved getting to know the people who work tirelessly to make Trinity a rejuvenating place of worship. Over the summer, we had a consistent group of children who attended Sunday School and participated in a variety of crafts, games, and lessons designed to build their faith.

The fall was a time of new beginnings, both for myself at Trinity and the children who started a new school year. Attendance has continued to rise as we have welcomed new families into our community, and it has been a joy to see how the children have bonded with other members of the congregation. From infants to teenagers, it is clear that age holds no boundaries as it has been amazing to see the friendships built between all of the children regardless of age.
Some of the highlights of Sunday School included various science experiments, meaningful crafts, and the chance to give back to the community by visiting Albright Manor to spread some holiday cheer. The children worked hard to create personalized holiday decorations for the elderly, and then hand delivered these creations during our visit. Our “joy-bringers” not only brought happiness to the people at Albright Manor, but also to our congregation by being such an excellent example of God’s love.

Another highlight of my time with Trinity has been in leading the youth group. We have enjoyed pumpkin carving, gingerbread house decorating, and skating, all while strengthening our relationships with God, and with each other. We were also fortunate enough to bring three youth to the Niagara Youth Festival held at Silver Spire United Church. Here, youth experienced fellowship and guidance in their faith journeys, and even got a chance to meet the Right Reverend Jordan Cantwell, Moderator of the United Church of Canada. Personally, I loved having the chance to connect with some of our older youth on a deeper level, and I am grateful to have had this opportunity.
In conclusion, our time together has been a delight – we have grown in our faith, and we have many fond memories to look back on as we enter a new year.

I am looking forward to all that we will do together in 2017, and I know that we will continue to support each other as we journey into the future.

I am honoured to be a part of this community.

I can be reached more quickly by email: childrenandyouth@trinitybeamsville.ca