April 2017

 

2nd 8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion & Holy Baptism

3rd 1.30pm Lent Group (Meeting Room)

5th 9.30am Year 1 Easter Service

9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

6th 9.15am Year 5 Easter Service

2.00pm Longmeadow Service

8th 7.00pm Fish & Chips Quiz Night (Hall)

HOLY WEEK

9th 8.00am Holy Communion [Palm Sunday]

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion & Palm Procession

6.30pm Evensong

12th 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

13th 7.30pm United Maundy Service

14th 10.00am Hot Cross Bun Service [Good Friday]

12noon Act of Witness (Park Head)

2.00pm Hour at the Cross

15th 8.00pm Easter Vigil & Lighting the Paschal Candle

16th 8.00am Holy Communion (1662) [Easter Sunday]

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

6.30pm Evensong

18th 2.00pm Valley Lodge Service

19th 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

11.00am Lilybank Service

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

23rd 8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

6.30pm Evensong

24th 9.15am USPG Sponsored Walk

25th 7.30pm Matlock Churches Together (The Barn, St. Giles)

26th 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

APCM (Church)

29th 10.30am Holy Baptism

30th 8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

3.00pm Holy Baptism

 

Baptisms

 

Weddings

 

Funerals

 

20.2.2017 John Glover (84)

13.3.2017 Muriel Dawson (90)

 

Dear Friends,

 

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

It seems no time at all since I was last wishing you all a very Happy Easter. They say that the years fly by quicker and quicker, and that’s certainly true of the liturgical year. This month we celebrate once again the most important Christian Festival in our worship calendar.

 

Easter day marks the resurrection of the crucified Lord and the triumph of Divine Love over death and what the Bible terms the powers and principalities of this world. This feast day marks the beginning of the new creation and the opening up of the promise of eternal life to all peoples, whatever their background. This day marks the affirmation of all that Jesus did and stood for; a revelation of the self-giving love that lies at the very heart of the Most Holy Trinity.

 

The Cross on Calvary revealed the dark side of human nature. Faced with the challenge of a message of love, forgiveness and acceptance that reached out to those on the edge of society; to those who were considered outside the Covenant, the political and religious authorities closed ranks and whipped up the crowds to condemn the teacher from Galilee.

 

Jesus was betrayed by a friend, abandoned by His followers, subjected to a sham trial, was beaten, whipped and nailed to a cross in the dust and heat outside the walls of Jerusalem. Through it all He demonstrated the depths of God’s love, mercy and forgiveness for His creation. As the Franciscan Richard Rohr emphasises in his writings, Jesus didn’t come amongst us to change God’s mind about humanity but rather He came amongst us to change our minds about God, to let go of our preconceptions and reveal the eternal beating heart of infinite self-giving love.

 

Easter is a time to celebrate that Divine Love and the promise of a healed and restored relationship between humanity and its Creator. By journeying through the events of Holy Week, from the Palm Sunday procession, through Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, so we can come to Easter and sing with great joy the marvellous hymn, ‘Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son’

 

Every blessing

Richard

 

USPG SPONSORED WALK

 

It’s that time of year again. For the fourth year running a team from Matlock Bank and Tansley will set out on Monday 24th April from Derby Cathedral to walk home up the Derwent Valley in support of the work of USPG helping some of the poorest communities in the world. Please sponsor our team, ewither by signing the form in the vestibule or online by going to http://www.justgiving.com/Richard-Reade3

 

APCM 2017

 

Come along to the Annual Parochial Church Meeting on Wednesday 23rd April at 7.30pm in Church where there will be the opportunity to review last year, look to the future and elect the Wardens, members of PCC and your Deanery Synod representatives.

 

BANK ROAD MESSY CHURCH

 

This brand new joint initiative with Matlock Methodist and URC has already had two well-attended sessions. Starting with an introduction to the theme, sometimes with puppets and other times by dressing up, this is followed by a number of related craft activities – icing biscuits, decorating figures, palm print camels and many more besides. A short celebration is followed by a meal which is very popular with children and adults alike. Thanks to all involved and we look forward to the next Messy Church at 4.00pm on Sunday 14th May.