For most people, the start of December means the final panic to
prepare for Christmas. Have I got the food – the presents – the
tree – the party – the ….
can be a time of great stress and worry. For some, already struggling
with insufficient resources to manage, the expectations of a ‘perfect
Christmas’ for the children and family can be the straw that breaks
the camel’s back. It’s no wonder that the period after Christmas
and early New Year can be a time when people feel really ‘down’.
this should not be the reality. The festival of Christmas should be a
time of great joy which continues throughout the year. After all, for
Christians, it is when we celebrate that God sent His Son to be human
and show us how much he loves and cares. Moreover, Jesus shows us by
his example, just how to do it ourselves.
church tries to slow down at the start of December. It explores
themes of expectation as declared by the founding fathers of the
community, foretelling as declared by the prophets of old,
announcement as declared by John the Baptist and fulfillment as found
in the person of Jesus. Setting the remembrance of the birth in this
context helps us see that Christmas is but part of a whole. If we can
live in that ‘whole’, we can enjoy the festival throughout the
year and not seek just a massive high followed by extensive lows.
Advent – Happy Christmas – Happy Year
There is a concert in church this Saturday (14th December) at 7.30 pm.
The event involves members from 6 local choirs with Anne and Dana de Waal leading the massed choirs. There will be a collection at the event for the work of Project Arusha in Africa. The event itself is free admission.
Don’t forget the Christingle Services on December 22nd (4 pm) and December 24 (4pm and 6pm). These are ticketed events with tickets available from church, Breadsall School and the Rector.
We are holding a series of 4 meetings during Advent to explore together what Advent means for Christians. The meetings will be held at Morley Retreat on Wednesday evenings at 7.30 pm, starting on 27th November with a look at the Patriarchs.
Many thanks to everyone who packed a shoebox with gifts for children in parts of the world where they were unlikely to receive any gifts this Christmas.
The total number of boxes taken to Chesterfield (the local centre), including those from Breadsall C of E School (35) was 51 boxes.
To all persons who had used the ‘Goodbox’ device for cashless donations, please be aware that due to a defect in the system, all donations made before 13th October have not been processed. The unit has been replaced and is now working normally.
The supplier has made good all donations recorded by the machine and a total of £60 was raised for the Bishops Harvest Appeal in this manner.
We apologise for the issues and encourage anyone who wishes to make cashless donations to the church to use the machine again in the future. We closely monitor the device to ensure no data is lost again.
Also, please note that these donations are totally anonymous – no data regarding donor name, card number etc, is recorded.
The first of our Churches Together services which sees the congregations of Breadsall, Morley and Smalley come together on the 5th Sunday for a joint service takes place this Sunday 30th June at 1030, for this time hosted in Breadsall. Please support this if you can.
Our new Rector, Kate Plant, has arrived and has been duly ‘installed’ by Bishop Jan at a service at Smalley Church on Thursday 9th May. She and her husband Tom and mother-in-law Jean are residing in Breadsall Rectory on Rectory Lane. Please give them a warm welcome and help them to settle in to their new life in Breadsall. As noted elsewhere, her first service will be a joint communion with our sister churches of Morley and Smalley to be held on Sunday May 12th at Morley church at 1030 am.
Her first services at Breadsall will be on Sunday 19th May at 8.00 followed by the 8.00 and 10.15 services on Sunday 26th May.
In the next weeks, we will be trialling a device that allows gifts to be made using your contactless bank card. Initially, this is to raise funds for Christian Aid. However, if this proves successful, we will consider acquiring the device for future use. Please support the Christian Aid collection as we are not aware of any door to door collections in the village this year.
Please note that there will be NO service at 0800 or 1015 in Breadsall church on the 12 May. We are all invited to a joint service at Morley church at 1030 to celebrate Kate’s first communion with us.
Lent groups will be happening from Thursday 7th March for 6 weeks.
There will be 2 groups meeting: one in Morley Hayes on Thursdays at 7.30pm: the other will meet in Breadsall Church (at least initially) on Friday evenings at 8pm. We will be using a book called Cover to Cover: Who is the Christ?, copies of which should be available this week. We are meeting jointly with Morley and Smalley churches who will be our sister parishes once Kate arrives.