In Matthew 25:37 we ask, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,
or thirsty and give you something to drink?’ This was on the banner above
the shopping trolley where I was collecting food items for the Derby City Mission Food Bank in ASDA a few Saturdays ago. ASDA have been very generous in allowing us to keep a trolley in their store so if you are feeling generous please do add something. Or you may like to wait until the end of September when we are holding our Harvest Festival and we will be collecting food items and toiletries for both Derby City Mission and Padley – a list of items needed will be on the back of next month’s Breadsall Church News.
So how does the DCM Food Bank work? Well, it’s designed for people who
are in a crisis. Some individuals attend one of our clinics, along with all their
financial information, for help with budgeting, benefits or debt and they may be given food for one or two weeks to tide them over. Others are recommended – with appropriate paperwork – by a support agency (including social services and Derby City Council). Each need is unique. One man I recently gave food to had learning difficulties and had ignored important paperwork.
His key worker was sorting him out but in the meantime he needed to eat.
Another was a lady with 5 children who had, until very recently, been well
supported in a, she thought, happy family. Then without warning her husband walked out. Support etc was being sorted by herself and her new key worker but, again, in the meantime she and her children needed to eat. And there are so, so many cases like this so please, please help us to feed the hungry!
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:
The schedule of events for Holy Week is as follows:
Sunday 25th March
1015 am Eucharist including the passion story as told by Mark
6.30 pm Evening Prayer including a selection of songs from the Modern Oratoria ‘This Man’ by Anne de Waal
Monday 26th March
7 pm Meditiation
Tuesday 27th March
7 pm Meditiation
Wednesday 28th March
7 pm Meditation
Thursday 29th March
7.30 pm Service of reflection including last supper and stripping of the altars
Friday 30th March
2 pm Service at the foot of the Cross
Sunday 1st April
1015 am Eucharist service for the whole family
We will be holding a study group during Lent. It will be on Friday evening in Church at 6.30pm, starting February 16th and will be studying the book ‘Experiencing God’s Love’ by Steven Croft. A copy of the book will be provided (no need to buy your own!) and focuses on these topics:
Being rooted in God’s Word
Being washed and made clean
Knowing that God lights our way
Being tended by God
Being welcomed to feast at God’s table.
Please come along if you can.