August 2017


2nd 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

3rd 2.00pm Longmeadow Service

6th 8.00am Holy Communion [Transfiguration]

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

2.00pm Holy Baptism

9th 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

12th 1.00pm Wedding

13th 8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

4.00pm Messy Church (MMURC)

15th 2.00pm Valley Lodge Service

16th 9.30am Morning Prayer (1662) (Tansley)

11.00am Lilybank Service

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

20th 8.00am Holy Communion (1662)

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Service

23rd 9.30am Morning Prayer (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

27th 8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

6.30pm Evensong

30th 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)










21.6.2017 Ian Nicholson


Dear Friends,


Firstly, I want to thank all who sent cards, messages and presents, and who came along to my silver jubilee celebration – it was a wonderful and humbling experience. Strangest of all was the feeling of stepping out to start the service and being faced by the spread of my life, from family, school friends, through friends from Polytechnic days, from training for ministry and then from different parishes where I’ve been privileged to serve. It was a very special occasion and it was great to welcome so many to celebrate with me. As for the array of food, it was an impressive sight (and very tasty!).


If that weren’t celebration enough, then the following weekend was very special with a very moving service at Derby Cathedral and the ordination as deacon of our new curate, Anne. Then in our sister church of Tansley there’s been the welcome to Anne and then the big ‘Hobbies and Flowers’ event with cream teas and a silver band.


Is it any wonder that after the usual round of school services at the end of term, that it comes as a huge sigh of relief to come to August with the promise of holidays and time to catch breath and relax. I hope that you all manage some time to recharge the battery and to take stock and give thanks for all God’s loving providential care in our lives.


There is a certain natural rhythm to life that calls for times of rest and recuperation – in Biblical terms we think of the Sabbath, which is the culmination of the Genesis creation story. In the Gospels we find reference to Jesus taking time out to rest, to pray and to rejoice in the good things around Him. We too need these times when life is taken at a slower pace – all too quickly there will be the return to the rush of a Priesting, Harvest services, Remembrance, and so on and so forth.


Jesus says, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) and the prophet Isaiah shares these words, “The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless...those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength…they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:28ff)


Enjoy your summer break and I hope that you will feel renewed and refreshed

Every blessing




A Message from our new Curate, Anne


When Jesus’ words ‘Take my yoke upon you and learn from me’ featured recently in the lectionary, I smiled wryly to myself, having laid down, as I thought, the yoke of ministry only to be called to take up another, this time at All Saints, and Holy Trinity, Tansley. A steep learning curve indeed, but I’m delighted – and somewhat daunted – to have begun my curacy among you after the very moving ordination by Bishop Jan in Derby Cathedral. I’m deeply grateful for your support, prayers and good wishes as I begin working with Richard alongside John, and learn the nuances of ministry in the Church of England. Please continue to pray for us all as we create this extended team - and be generous when I inevitably make mistakes in leading worship! I look forward to meeting and talking with as many of you as possible in the coming weeks and months, as together we serve God in mission and ministry in the two parishes.



PS. We well know Richard’s taste in cakes: it’s one thing we don’t share as I eat neither cake nor biscuits, with or without jam (except maybe for birthdays), but I do love a good mug of strong tea (not coffee). I say this now to save anyone going to any trouble if I call, and any embarrassment if I refuse your goodies!




Advance notice – this year the USPG Harvest Appeal focusses on the effects of climate change, particularly in Madagascar.


What would you do if there wasn’t going to be a harvest? This is the dilemma facing communities in Madagascar. Drought and torrential rains have washed away farmland and depleted nutrients in the soil.

This means the land can no longer yield a healthy harvest. At the same time in coastal regions, rising sea temperatures have reduced fish stocks, so fishermen must venture out into deeper and more dangerous waters. The church is responding with emergency aid with training in preparation for future disasters. And in helping communities generate an income – so they can buy food. This harvest, find out more and support work that is saving lives.