October 2018


1st 1.30pm Foundation Stage visit

2nd 7.30pm Transforming Faith 1 (Meeting Room)

3rd 1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

7.30pm Matlock Churches Together (Matlock Bath)

4th 2.00pm Longmeadow Service

5th 1.00pm Wedding

6th 2.00pm Experience Harvest Event

7th 8.00am Holy Communion (1662) [HARVEST FESTIVAL]

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Service

12 noon Soup & Roll Lunch for USPG

6.30pm Deanery Confirmation (Ashbourne)

9th 7.30pm Transforming Faith 2 (Meeting Room)

10th 9.30am Infant Harvest Service

9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

11th 9.30am Junior Harvest Service

12th 8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion [Preacher: Jane Foster (Children’s Society)

16th 2.00pm Valley Lodge Service

7.30pm Transforming Faith 3 (Meeting Room)

17th 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

11.00am Lilybank Service

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

7.30pm Service of Light (St. Giles’) (Speaker from Ashgate Hospice)

18th 7.30pm Deanery Synod (Holloway)

19th 11.30am Holy Baptism

21st 8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion & Holy Baptism

6.30pm Evensong (Tansley)

22nd 1.30pm Year 2 Church visit

23rd 7.30pm Transforming Faith 4 (Meeting Room)

24th 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

28th 8.00am Holy Communion [Clocks change!]

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

4.00pm Taize Service (Lady Chapel)

30th 7.30pm Transforming Faith 5 (Meeting Room)

31st 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

1st Nov 7.30pm Patronal Communion [All Saints’]









Dear Friends,


 L E T T E R   F R O M   O N E  O F  O U R   R E A D E R S

   Some of you will be familiar with the Five Anglican Marks of Mission, and the fifth of them reads as follows:-
                  To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
   It was thus only right and proper that at Bishop Alastair's last Diocesan Synod before retirement there was a unanimous vote to start our Diocese of Derby on the road to becoming what is known as an Eco Diocese. We resolved to apply the gospel mission of caring for God's earth for the sake of God's creatures. In one sense you could regard this as enlightened self-interest since we are all "God's creatures" and are thus all affected by climate change and global warming but it is infinitely more than that.
   Whilst preparing my sermon for both our churches on 2nd September l had the pleasure of studying once again one of my favourite books in the Bible, namely the Letter of James with its immensely practical and challenging picture of the Christian life. I mentioned that my annotated version of the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible summarizes this Letter as "our response to God's overwhelming generosity" and this is perfect for this season of Harvest. Despite all the problems caused to farmers and growers by the prolonged heat-wave and drought which we experienced for weeks on end this summer, we know that in this country all our bodily needs for food and drink will be satisfied for yet another year. It is thus entirely fitting that the P.C.Cs. of both our churches recently resolved to support specific U.S.P.G. projects such as supporting the poor tea plantation workers of Sri Lanka who can only imagine in their wildest dreams the standards of living, education and health care which we take for granted. Our support will make a huge difference because U.S.P.G. guarantee that 100% of our fund-raising will go to our chosen projects with no deductions of any kind.
    At Holy Trinity, Tansley we recently celebrated the life of our dear friend 'Bob.' Ball and it truly was a celebration. His widow Marion chose four wonderful hymns and the last of these displayed such courage on her part. I knew it well from my Methodist days because it is a favourite harvest hymn but as it was new to some I shall quote two verses from it:-
                  Yes, God is good - in earth and sky
                      From ocean depths and spreading wood;
                   Ten thousand voices seem to cry  
                       'God made us all and God is good'.
                    For all thy gifts we bless thee, Lord
                        But chiefly for our heavenly food,
                    Thy pardoning grace, thy quickening word
                        These prompt our song that God is good
  As we celebrate our Harvest Festivals let us resolve to give thanks every single day for all the gifts which we so often take for granted but at the same time to do everything which we can, both individually and in our churches, to care for God's creation. In the jargon of my former profession we are, after all, merely tenants for life and not freeholders.
     May I wish you all every blessing at this wonderful time of year.
                                                  JOHN PAULSON



A PLACE IN THE SUN (from the Rector)


Irene asked me to write a piece about my recent holiday with Suzanne in Croatia. We were staying for the week outside the city of Dubrovnik, a popular cruise destination and now more famously associated with the ‘Game of Thrones’ TV series (One day I might get round to watching it).


The City is very picturesque surrounded by high city walls in which lie a number of churches and a multitude of terracotta roofs (Most of them new as they were damaged by constant bombardment during the break up of Yugoslavia). The city is heaving with visitors and innumerable tour groups, but it was fascinating to wander round the back streets and outside the walls alongside the harbour.


As well as making the most of the sun and pool (I took an excellent book and some sudoku to cope with lying on a lounger), we went on two trips. One day we journeyed south into Montenegro towards the beautiful bay of Kotor with its dramatic scenery. We made our way to Perast to visit the island church of Our Lady of the Rocks with its ornately painted interior, and then on to the walled city of Kotor which was a fascinating warren of architectural styles.


No sooner had we returned from the south when we were off to the north and west into Bosnia and Herzegovina to the city of Mostar. Once over a local border crossing it felt like we were out in the wilds with dramatic mountain scenery and mile upon mile of nothing. At the heart of the city of Mostar lies the reconstructed Stari Most, the famous bridge and the bazaar. Our guide told us that 70 % of the city was destroyed in the civil war in the 1990s and it has only been through tourists coming to visit that the Croat, Serb and Bosniak Muslim communities have worked together and started to rebuild some trust (The country itself remains hopelessly divided and only functions because of an international Governor and the presence of peacekeeping forces). Several buildings still bear the scars of war alongside new constructions. We visited a traditional house from the Ottoman era and were lucky to view from a distance one of the famous dives from the historic Stari Most bridge. A fascinating trip, but the equivalent of journeying from Matlock to Devon for three hours to look at a bridge and a market…the strange things we go and do when we’re abroad!




Donations towards our link USPG project in Sri Lanka are welcomed. Following Family Service on the 7th @ 10.45am there will be our soup and roll lunch in aid of USPG to which all are welcome.