June 2018

 

3rd 8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

5th 7.30pm Transforming Faith 3 (Meeting Room)

6th 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

7th 2.00pm Longmeadow Service

10th 8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

4.00pm Messy Church (MMURC)

12th 7.30pm Transforming Faith 4 (Meeting Room)

13th 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

16th 2.00pm Wedding

17th 8.00am Holy Communion (1662)

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Service

19th 2.00pm Valley Lodge Service

7.30pm Transforming Faith 5 (Meeting Room)

20th 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

11.00am Lilybank Service

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

23rd 7.30pm Organ Recital

24th 8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion & baptism

6.30pm Evensong

25th 7.30pm Deanery Synod

26th 7.30pm Transforming Faith 6 (Meeting Room)

27th 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

28th 7.30pm Archdeacon’s Visitation (Ashbourne)

 

Baptisms

 

Weddings

 

28.4.2018 Andy & Sarah Gilbert

 

Funerals

 

30.4.2018 Tony Broome (83)

15.5.2018 Val Insley

 

Dear Friends,

 

Is it just me or is this year passing by quicker and quicker? It seems no time at all since we were freezing through Lent and then Easter-tide sped by. In the Church’s calendar we now enter the ‘green’ season, the long period of Sundays dated after Trinity, also known as ‘Ordinary Time’.

 

In the Transforming Faith group we are studying the Birmingham Theologian, Dr. Paula Gooder’s book, ‘Everyday God: The Spirit of the Ordinary’ (2012). In the book she sets out to explore the hidden richness and potential present in ordinary times. As the blurb on the back of the book says, “Without a proper understanding of the importance of ordinariness, our lives can become an impoverished waiting room as we loiter, unfulfilled, waiting for the next big event.”

 

I’m reminded of the words of the prophet Isaiah 30:15, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and trust shall be your strength”. We are called to live our lives in the awareness of the Presence of God around us. St. Catherine of Siena wrote that, “God is nearer to us than water to a fish.” The message of Scripture is to learn to trust in that awareness of God’s love for us and creation; to trust in God’s faithfulness and to seek to act as channels of grace wherever we are and with whoever we meet.

 

Quite a challenge, but we don’t do that in our own strength alone because God promises the gift of the Holy Spirit to empower, inspire and guide us into all truth. In her book, Paula Gooder encourages us to reflect on the deeper rhythms within our life and to take the time to savour each moment and discern God’s Presence within situations and places. ‘Ordinary’, she points out, means ‘measured’, and we are called to become a ‘measured people’, “people who commit themselves to a greater spaciousness of living and to a less frenetic mode of being…to be more generous to ourselves and to re-interrogate the rhythms of our life to ensure that our ordinary lives contain enough space with them for us to flourish. As we mark week after week, we are challenged to celebrate the good times and grieve for the bad, to recall our joys and confess our failings.” (p.8)

 

So, rather that seeing the season of Ordinary Time as the ‘long, dark tea-time of the soul’ (To borrow a phrase from Douglas Adams), it is an opportunity to live life to the full and glory in its richness.

 

May you know God’s rich blessing this day and all days.

Richard

 

Rector’s Report 2017/18 (Summary)

 

We were pleased to welcome Dr. Anne Phillips as part-time, self-supporting Curate; deaconed at Derby Cathedral in July, followed by a very memorable Priesting Service at All Saints’ last September. In addition we welcomed Roger Flint as Reader in November. It was a joy last June, to celebrate my 25th Anniversary of Ordination to the Diaconate.

 

The average Sunday attendance as reported to the Diocese was 57 adults (down from 58 in 2016) with variations at certain festivals. There were 11 baptisms during the year; 1 wedding and 12 funerals carried out on behalf of this church, either here or at the crematorium.

 

At Evensong, we continued the series on Anglican thinkers and from November an occasional Taize service. We continue to celebrate occasions for joint services with Tansley and St. Giles’. Our worship team continue to go to three nursing homes for services. On Ash Wednesday I joined colleagues from St. Giles’ to administer ‘Ashes to Go’ in Crown Square.

 

Bank Road Messy Church was launched in February as a joint initiative with MMURC and we remain active in Matlock Churches Together, having been involved with united services, the Victorian Christmas Market stall, Café Carols and Christian Aid Week.

 

The Diocese welcomed Stephen Hance as Dean of Derby and Carol Coslett as Archdeacon of Chesterfield and it has been announced that Bishop Alastair will be retiring this summer. The Deanery is busily developing a deployment and mission strategy.The Diocesan Safeguarding Policy continues to be implemented. Finances continue to be a concern but it was heartening to see that we were just short of paying the requested amount for Common Fund.

 

At the School, the Headteacher, Hazel Henson left at Easter and we now await the arrival of Ben O’Connell. During the year we have hosted services, along with ‘mock’ weddings and baptisms.

 

A wide range of events have been arranged including coffee mornings, soup and roll lunch, Autumn Bazaar, organ recitals and concerts. The Transforming Faith Group has regularly met plus a Pilgrim Course group. The Church has supported the work of the Children’s Society, Christian Aid and USPG.

 

Opportunities and challenges

 

On Saturday 7th July, we will be joined by the Diocesan Missioner, to review our Mission Action Plan & identify our priorities over the next few years. With increased housing in the area there are a number of opportunities for outreach along with developing the work of the Messy Church and other special events. Collaborating with other churches in the area under the new Deanery will be an increasing issue and a new Headteacher presents another opportunity. The challenges remain those of ity. finance, an ageing congregation and the need to identify new ‘faces’ to take on roles within the church.