April 2018

 

1st Easter Sunday

8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

6.30pm Evensong (Lady Chapel)

4th 9.30am Morning Prayer (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

5th 2.00pm Longmeadow Service

7th 10.00am Christian Aid Event (Dale Road Methodists)

8th 8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

3.00pm Matlock Civic Service

11th 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

15th 8.00am Holy Communion (1662)

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Service

17th 2.00pm Valley Lodge Service

18th 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

11.00am Lilybank Service

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

22nd 8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

3.00pm Derbyshire Dales District Civic Service (Tansley)

6.30pm Evensong

23rd 9.00am USPG Sponsored Walk

25th 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

7.30pm APCM (Church)

26th 7.30pm Churches Together AGM (Lady Chapel)

28th 12.30pm Wedding

29th 8.00am Holy Communion [Palm Sunday]

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

6.30pm Evensong (Tansley)

 

Baptisms

18.2.2018 Ziggy Harrison & Damian Jilavu

25.2.2018 Danny Stanbrook

 

Weddings

17.2.2018 Mark & Faye Burton

 

Funerals

21.2.2018 Mandy Claxton (Crem.)

14.3.2018 Evelyn Garry

 

 

Christian Aid Week 13th – 19th May – If you are able to help with the street collection in support of the poor in the world, please let Richard or Anne know. We are grateful for everyone’s physical & financial support

 

Thy Kingdom Come” – Internationally we are called by the Archbishops to engage in prayer for our communities & specifically five individuals of our choice that they might come to a living knowledge of Christ. The invite is to pray between Ascension (10th May) & Pentecost (20th May). In next month’s magazine we will share the plans for this church.

 

USPG Sponsored Walk

 

Five years & over £5000 raised so far for the vital work of USPG, our mission partner. This year (No. 5) we will be walking from Derby Cathedral to Matlock on Monday 23rd April. Please sponsor our Team – the form is in the vestibule

 

APCM

 

You are invited to hear reports and raise any questions about the church’s work during 2017/18 and to elect the Wardens & members of PCC to serve for the coming year. The APCM will be held in church on Wednesday 25th April at 7.30pm

 

Confirmation Preparation

 

Anyone interested in exploring the Christian faith and making the next step in their journey of discipleship is invited to join our preparation sessions which will start in May (Details in the next issue)

 

Dear Friends,

 

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

 

As many of you will know, if you’ve picked up the weekly newssheet / Memo from church, every week I try and find a quote from a spiritual writer or theologian for people to reflect on. One recent one which caught my eye came from the writings of Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit Order. The quote thinks about why God should bother to create humanity and what our purpose might be. Ignatius wrote,

 

God freely created us so that we might know, love, and serve him in this life and be happy with him forever. God's purpose in creating us is to draw forth from us a response of love and service here on earth, so that we may attain our goal of everlasting happiness with him in heaven. All the things in this world are gifts of God, created for us, to be the means by which we can come to know him better, love him more surely, and serve him more faithfully. 
As a result, we ought to appreciate and use these gifts of God insofar as they help us toward our goal of loving service and union with God. But insofar as any created things hinder our progress toward our goal, we ought to let them go.”

 

Quite a vision and quite a challenge! One thing that we learn from the Gospel accounts of God becoming a human being and living amongst us and sharing our situation, is that God values creation. Not only that, God loves or even better, God so loves the world, the universe, the whole created order, that God is prepared to enter within it. John 3:17 builds on the idea of God’s great love for the world, by telling us that God comes to us not in order to condemn us but in order to offer salvation. And what is salvation? The offer of healing of relationship, of right action and of fulfilling our true God-given potential. What can be termed, Life in all its fullness.

 

The resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ that first Easter serves almost as the Divine affirmation or stamp of approval on His earthly ministry and the message He proclaimed. Jesus spoke of the depths of God’s love for Creation and reached out to all those who felt afraid, neglected, discarded and of little worth. Jesus affirmed people of their inner ‘worthiness’, that they too are children loved by God and called into fellowship with the Divine.

 

The Easter season is an opportunity to reflect on our calling and our inner dignity as children of the Most High. We are called to follow and model a new way of being that others might come to know their inner worth and the loving grace of God. Christ is risen, never to die again and in Him and through Him we have access to the promise of life eternal and of partaking in the Divine Fellowship. And that’s Good News!

 

Every blessing for a very Happy Easter.

Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Richard