May 2018


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

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

3rd 2.00pm Longmeadow Service

5th 9.30am Quiet Morning (St. Helen’s, Darley dale)

6th 8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

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

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

10th 7.30pm Ascension Day Communion

13th Christian Aid Week begins

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 Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

11.00am Lilybank Service

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

8.00pm PCC (Meeting Room)

20th 8.00am Holy Communion (1662) [PENTECOST]

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Service with Communion

22nd 7.30pm Transforming Faith 1 (Meeting Room)

23rd 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

27th 8.00am Holy Communion [TRINITY]

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

6.30pm Evensong

29th 7.30pm Transforming Faith 2 (Meeting Room)

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

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

31st 7.30pm Corpus Christi Communion (St. Giles’)








4.4.2018 Joyce Handley (92)


Joyce Handley (1925-2018)


There was a lovely turnout at church on 4th April to celebrate the life of Joyce Handley who had been a faithful worshipper at All Saints for many years. Joyce had been an active member of both the Young Wives Group and Mothers Union and a regular member of the congregation at both 8.00am and 10.45am services till health issues meant she received Communion at home. She was a generous supporter of the work of the church and used her baking talents to good effect for bazaars, etc. Speaking of which, she was the luckiest participant on the bottle tombola stall (Even though she didn’t drink alcohol). She was a caring individual who liked nothing more than a good chat…and sometimes you could get a word in too!

May she rest in peace & rise in glory.

Musings from the Curate’s desk.


Dear friends


Be prepared to leave God for God’ - that may sound like one of those cryptic crossword clues that leave you flummoxed, but in fact they were words of advice given by Harriet Monsell in the mid 19th century to members of an order of nuns under her care. Harriet is one of the Anglican women commemorated in the lectionary whom we’re learning about at Evensong over the spring and summer months. She was renowned for her work with ‘Houses of Mercy’, set up to help unmarried mothers and victims of sexual slavery initially at Clewer near Windsor, then across the country, and overseas too. Those were times when middle class women’s destiny was largely confined to being ‘the angel in the house’, but many girls wanted to make more of their lives, and religious orders offered them a respectable way to express their faith by training and working in caring roles in wider society. While religious practice was often thought to be confined to church worship, Harriet knew that being a disciple of Jesus also meant following him into the dark places of poverty and oppression to help people who were trapped there. So when she wrote those words, she was assuring her sisters that when they left the sanctuary for the streets and brothels, God was found there, too.


We’re still in the Easter season, still journeying with Jesus, now risen and heading towards his Ascension, followed by the coming on us of the Spirit at Pentecost. If you were in our church on Easter day you’ll have rich memories of our glorious celebration when the building was resplendent with spring flowers, streamers and butterflies in defiance of the cold grey skies outside. Although we’ve now returned to our everyday routines, we’re changed because of Easter: for having stood at the foot of the cross, and three days later contemplated with amazement the empty tomb, we are each given again the opportunity to put aside the old and start afresh with Christ now risen and active, striding out to heal our pain and that of our fractured world. And he calls us to go with him to immerse ourselves in the task. For some this may bring the desire for a fresh start with God, owning up to wrong-doing and asking God to wipe the slate clean; others may sense a God-shaped gap in their lives and come closer through a study group, or exploring confirmation, or deepening prayer-life; yet others may now be able to adjust creatively to the increasing limitations brought on by ageing, while still others may feel prompted to engage in new spheres of service such as collecting in Christian Aid Week, or joining the campaign to abolish modern slavery spearheaded by Bishop Alastair and our Diocese (the Clewer initiative funded by Harriet Monsell’s successors in the Order she founded).


New beginnings take many forms, and whether we follow a fresh path or stay within our customary patterns, we are each invited post-Resurrection to ‘leave God for God’, to re-imagine the way we live out our faith lives, in our homes and in the community. Where this involves leaving behind the old when it no longer serves a purpose and embracing new ways of life or ideas, in or out of church, it’s very uncomfortable, but not as confusing as it was for the early disciples who were both drunk with excitement and riddled with doubt as to what resurrection meant, and where the risen Christ was taking them. Be assured that God is always with us as we, like them, face the adventure and challenge of being people of faith in a swiftly changing world; as the hymn says: ‘We shall go out with hope of resurrection … Within the vision of a Christ who sets us free’.


If you would like to talk about what resurrection hope looks like for you at this time in your life, then do have a word with Richard or me.


Meanwhile enjoy the flowering of May after a long hard winter!




New things for a new season




As we grow in our faith and in our service and outreach, there are several things on offer for you in the coming weeks.




If you’re interested in exploring confirmation, sessions will begin soon. Speak with Richard.




  • If you’re feeling you want to talk about faith and life with others, then do join the group that will be discussing Paula Gooder’s book ‘Everyday God’. It’s very down-to-earth and accessible! We’d like to have another group or groups around the parish, so if you’d rather meet in a more informal way in a home, daytime or evening, with local friends and neighbours, speak with Richard or Anne.




  • If you think you might be called to lead intercessions in church, also speak with Richard or Anne. We’re looking to train up new voices.




If you’ve noticed subtle changes in the church, you’ll be interested to know that we are:


  1. refurbishing the Children’s Corner with more up-to-date resources, building on the work done by Joyce and others in recent years; and

  2. reorganising the furniture in the Lady Chapel to introduce a ‘prayer centre’, a more intimate space with resources to encourage people to pray, and to leave requests for prayer. These prayers will be honoured whenever we meet for Morning Prayer (8.30 on days as published - do join us). Many people come into the church through the week to seek comfort, solace and guidance, and we aim to make this a more welcoming God-space for them.




  • If you want to get stuck into supporting the work of the church and its partners overseas helping impoverished communities in sustainable development, then:


a) it’s not too late to donate to Richard and the team’s 20 mile April walk from Derby to Matlock


for USPG - see Richard; and


b) with Christian Aid Week coming up, there are various ways you can help - talk to Chris Walker.