Family Life Centre

Trinity Transforming Lives

By this we mean transforming the spiritual lives of our own members, transforming and improving the lives and well-being of people in the local community and changing the lives of people globally through charitable work.

To this end, we have developed a Family Life Centre within the Church. Under the Family Life Centre umbrella, we seek to meet various needs in our local community. For example, we work with young people and their families through our Play Therapy service, we have a Donation Station to support charities and we support the elderly in our community.

Support

Bereavement Support

“Seasons for Growth” Bereavement Support groups are now running regularly in Falkirk Trinity. The groups are open to anyone in the community, of any faith or none, who has experienced the death of someone close to them, whether recently or some time ago. The aim is to help the participants to think about how grief has affected them and to help them develop the skills and knowledge to understand and manage their grief.

Rebuilding your life after a death can be really difficult and everyone can benefit from some help and support.

The groups follow the “Seasons for Growth” programme, reflecting on change, loss and grief and exploring feelings and memories. We meet for four sessions of around two and a half hours with a break included. They are very informal and relaxed meetings, led by trained “Companions”. These are not counselling sessions or therapy, but simply an opportunity to listen, reflect and share with others. There is no charge.

If you want to find out more or have any questions, then please pick up a leaflet in Church or contact the Church Office.

Some feedback from participants –

It’s been a wonderful insight into grieving. I have enjoyed the companionship, the sincerity and the honesty within the group

It was a very well structured programme. The Companions make it easy to understand and I liked also how there was humour as well. Both Companions were very understanding and empathetic

A worthwhile programme which gives comfort and understanding

Play Therapy

Play Therapy helps children understand muddled feelings and upsetting events that they haven’t had the chance to sort out properly. Children use play to communicate at their own level and at their own pace, without feeling interrogated or threatened. Since the summer of 2017, we have operated a play therapy project running one morning per week, employing the services of a professional play therapist, in a dedicated play therapy room. Referrals can be made through primary schools or by contacting the Church Office.

Support Groups

We facilitate meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Bipolar Scotland and various counselling organisations.

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Community

Tots and Toddlers

Our Tots and Toddlers group meets on Monday mornings, during school terms, from 9.30am until 11.30am.
Little ones can play, enjoy crafts, listening to stories and so much more. Each session costs £1.50 per child, to cover snack and juice costs for the children and tea/coffee for carers. The cost for each additional child is 50p.

Wanderers

The Wanderers Group started over 20 years ago to support elderly or housebound people of local Falkirk churches. The Wanderers are taken on outings twice monthly between March and November.

The bus has a tail-lift which we use for those who find the steps difficult and all our drivers are MIDAS trained. Each person is picked up from his/her home and returned there at the end of the afternoon. The Wanderers are picked up between noon and 1.00pm and returned home between 4.00pm and 5.00pm. Anywhere within a 30 mile radius (usually an hour’s journey) can be our destination! On arrival there, the Wanderers enjoy an afternoon tea at a local teashop or garden centre, which gives everyone the opportunity to relax and chat.

During the winter months, one outing per month is organised. While we still pick up each Wanderer and return him/her home, our destination is Falkirk Trinity Church where entertainment and afternoon tea is laid on. At the moment, a charge of £10 per head is made to cover the van hire, insurance, petrol and afternoon tea.

If you are interested in coming along, please contact the Office.

Community Groups

We are host to many local groups, including Falkirk Local History Society, Age Concern, Falkirk Festival Chorus, Falkirk Tryst Orchestra, Falkirk Bohemians, Scottish Wildlife Trust and more! Our halls are available for hire to many types of organisation. For more information see our Venue Hire page or contact the Church Office.

Café in the Kirk

Our café is the heart of our church community during weekdays.

The Café in the Kirk is open each weekday from 10.30am for tea coffee and scones and from noon until 2pm for lunch and light refreshments including home-made soups, sandwiches and snacks. There are usually two soups on the menu each day along with a main course and sweet. Everything is cooked freshly.

We provide table service in a warm, friendly and interactive environment. Whether you are looking for a working lunch, catching up with friends, or seeking a tranquil space to contemplate, we’ll be able to help.

Many of our customers are regulars whilst others express great delight at finding us for the first time.

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Donation Station

Donation Station

We use our Donation Station to make donations to and support various charities, both at home and abroad. We encourage everyone to learn more about the work of these charities throughout the year and feel encouraged to support their work.

Our Charity Partner

Falkirk Trinity Church is supporting the Vine Trust, a Scottish charity which started in Bo’ness and works with partner organisations based in Tanzania & Peru, building family homes and orphanages and providing primary medical care through medical ships.

We set ourselves the target of raising at least £30,000 to cover all the costs of sending a team of 12 volunteers from the Church to Tanzania at the end of May. The money raised will cover the travel, accommodation, food, in-country transport and the purchase of construction materials and resources. The team will start work building the first two houses in a sustainable village called Kazunzu Village of Hope on the shores of Lake Victoria. The complex will consist of a cluster of over 40 houses, constructed to home widows and orphans from the surrounding islands and shores, and will eventually be developed into a village which will include a primary school, vocational training centre and healthcare provision. This expedition will give the team an opportunity to make a difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in the world.

Within six months, a total of £36,365 has been raised from fundraising events, personal donations, sponsored walks and cycles, donations from local businesses and organisations and from the congregation. This means that as well as covering all the costs of the trip, Trinity will be able to donate £7820 towards future Vine Trust construction projects and the development of the Vine Trust’s programmes. We are very grateful for all the support we have received.

Iain MacSween, who visited the area last year and is going once more in May, said “This project will bring hope to the people who live in the Kazunzu area, many of whom are suffering from HIV and Aids. A very high percentage of the children are orphaned as a result and desperately need accommodation. I hope the team can make a start on what is a very worthwhile project and encourage others to get involved. We are delighted with the support we have received for this project and the level of funds raised.”

We leave on 26th May, taking with us the blessings of Falkirk Trinity congregation. Follow our trip on Facebook.

www.vinetrust.org

 

Make a Donation To Vine Trust

Falkirk Foodbank

On the first Sunday of every month we collect donations for Falkirk Foodbank. The Foodbank depends on donations to meet an ever increasing need and believe no-one in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why they provide up to five days nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis.

Urgently needed items are listed in our monthly Church News.

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