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Thought for the month

As a student one of the books I had to study was ‘The Heart of Darkness’ by Joseph Conrad. If you haven’t read this relatively short book you may have see the film inspired by it, ‘Apocalypse now’. It is set deep in the rain forest where the deep forest litter it seen as emblematic of the darkness lurking within us. Conrad sees it as dark, damp, writhing corruption – a finality of deep horror. Yet I believe he got it so wrong. When I was a child my grandfather lived with us and at least once a year we’d make a family outing to Box Hill in Surrey. I have no memories of the glorious view from there as I liked to play in the dead leaves in the depths of the woods and my grandfather accompanied me carrying the sacks and shovel he had brought in our boot from home. He would joyfully gather leafmould, packing the sacks tightly, to put on the little rose garden he had made. Nothing made roses grow so well he said and certainly his roses were always splendid. Thus I learned early that the dead leaves that litter the forest floor, whether here or the deep rain forests, are a nourishing necessity for new life. They may seem dark and horrible but without them life could not thrive. Now as we are into autumn when the trees drop their leaves and all will soon seem to be dead we must be confident that those leaves will help the resurgence of life that will occur in the Spring.

It is the same with the Crucifixion. It seemed the darkest, most awful act – a true horror yet by dying Jesus saved us and it is the necessary forunner of that most glorious day of light, the Resurrection.

Fran Monahan

Operation Christmas Child

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.

Electronic Gifts

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.

Churches Together

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.

New Rector arrives

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.

Christian Aid week

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.

Sunday 12 May

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

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.

Electoral Roll

The electoral roll is subject to a complete renewal in 2019. All existing persons on the roll will need to apply to join the new roll, being prepared before the Annual Meeting. The closing date for applications for the new roll will be 17th March 2019.

Forms will be available in church shortly.

Appointment

The Diocese has announced the appointment of the Rev Kate Plant as Priest-in-charge of Breadsall and Morley with Smalley. Mrs Plant will take up her post in the Spring.

Please watch for confirmation and place for her licencing, and pray for her and her husband as they prepare for the move.

Extraordinary Meeting 27 January

There will be an extraordinary meeting of the church and parish to be held at the end of the Morning Service on Sunday 27th January at around 11.30 in Church. The sole item will be to vote on a proposal to extend the maximum term for Churchwarden by 1 additional year.