I remember one time, when I was living in Ethiopia, a friend and I visited some colleagues who lived “down country”. Bruce and Betty Adams had been involved in the translation of the Bible into the Woleyta language. The New Testament version was available for the first time during our visit. On Sunday we went to the local church, sat on hard benches for much longer than we would ever spend in church on a Sunday here and afterwards drank very strong black coffee with a knob of butter in. But the highlight of that visit for me was what happened next. We gave out some copies of the New Testament in the Wolayta language and I remember watching three teenage girls who were just so overjoyed to actually see something written in their own language, their “heart language”. For although they could speak and read in the national language they had never had anything which was written in their very own language before. They just sat and read and talked and smiled a lot! It was wonderful!
The Bible is so easily accessible to us, and in so many forms now. You can even get a Minecraft version! (If you don’t know what that is talk to a young person). We have lots of Bible Study aids available in book form or online. For us as Christians it is the most important book there is, for it tells us about our God and how he loves us. It tells us how to live out our lives in the light of our faith. Many of us read a passage from our Bibles each day. If you don’t already do so then it’s a good habit to get into. Don’t start at the
beginning – start with one of the gospels, the stories of Jesus. Or you could go online. I sometimes use: www.northumbriacommunity.org/meditations.
Every year, in October, the Church calendar includes a specially designated “Bible Sunday” and this year it will be on October 28th. We thank God for our Bibles and the freedom we have in this country to read them when and wherever we want.
Last weekend, October 5th -7th, ypig? (young people interested in God) went away to the Peak Centre at Edale and had a wonderful time. Most of us travelled up by train on Friday evening, arriving at around 8pm where Claire had already unpacked the food and prepared pizzas. After all the excitement of trying to make beds and playing parachute games it was time for bed and, amazingly, quite a lot of sleep!
On Saturday a lot of rain was predicted which was a concern as we had planned a walk and other outdoor activities. However, thank you to praying friends, the weather was actually fairly good in the morning and improved throughout the day. The walk went ahead, as did the den-building in the woods and the evening campfire. Sunday morning saw us climbing the walls – literally, before packing, cleaning up and leaving.
During the course of the weekend we spent time looking at “Who is King?”, thinking about the God of Creation and his solution to our world by sending Jesus. Many thoughtful questions were asked and our prayer is that this group would draw closer to the God who loves them.
Don’t forget the History Weekend this coming Saturday and Sunday where a display of photos and memorabilia of church and village life from history will be on display. The tower will be open for visits (booking required) and refreshments will be available for a donation.
Church will be open 10 – 4 on Saturday and 12 – 4 on Sunday.
The next Taize service will be on September 2nd rather than September 9th as would usually be the case.
If you are intending to attend this short contemplative service, please note the change of date.
As part of the exhibition planned for early October, we would welcome the loan of any photos you may have of weddings and christenings in the church – especially from the early part of the last century. Please contact Jacqui Eastwood with any contributions.
We are intending to have an exhibition in church on the weekend of the 6 and 7 October on the history of the church and village. Further details will be provided in due course.
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are encouraging all churches to open for prayer each day between Ascension and Pentcost (May 10th-20th). This is part of “Thy Kingdom Come”, a global movement inviting Christians to pray for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. Breadsall Church will be open every day between 6pm and 7pm during this time.
For more information check out the website @ www.thykingdomcome
The Annual Meeting was held today at 1145am in church. The meeting re-elected Dorreen Milner and Jacqui Eastwood as churchwardens for the coming year. New to the PCC is Adrian Miller and retiring members Michael Dean, Matthew Crawford and Pat Lunn were re-elected.
The meeting approved the Annual Report and Accounts for 2017.
The meeting also received reports from many church organisations and thanks were given to all those who contribute in any way to making the church function as it does.
The church now has the facility to accept contactless donations. So, if you forget your wallet, envelopes or just want to make a donation using your credit or debit card, we can accept it. Please talk to the wardens. Initially, it will only be available at the main Morning Service.
The girls from y:pig successfully negotiated a challenge for Sport Relief on Friday 23rd March. Three teams of 3 took part in a 4 legged race over a short course around the village and Greenway. Here is one photo of the final team climbing the slope to the Greenway.
The girls have raised £130 so far. The winning team is shown below: