May is my favourite month. With any luck we may get some sunshine and
everywhere the grass and leaves are at their greenest and flowers are
blooming. My absolute favourite is the foaming white of the hawthorn
hedgerows which to me are one of nature’s greatest glories. Sadly though
this is a glory which is seen less and less of each year as hedgerows are
dug and removed to make way for tidy fences and neatly sterile concrete.
All around us gardens are bricked over to create parking spaces or ease of
care. All totally understandable but so so sad. Birds are heard and seen
less, hedgehogs are becoming rarer and are at risk of becoming endan-
gered. When I was a child our suburban gardens were filled with hedge-
hogs, slowworms, lizards, butterflies of all colours and the spring was a
delicious symphony of bird song. Ponds were filled with frogspawn and
there were at least two species of newt. Streams teamed with minnows
and kingfishers flashed. I miss all this!
We seem to forget that this beautiful earth is ours to treasure and protect
not despoil and ruin. When I look at the result of what has evolved I see
the mind of God in all its diversity and beauty. We have this wondrous gift
yet so often we don’t seem to appreciate it. Nature is rarely tidy or neat –
it is a creation and creativity is the antithesis of sterility.
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.
Ypig* is the Youth Group of All Saints’ Breadsall. We meet every Friday evening from 6pm-7.30pm, usually at Breadsall Memorial Hall, for games, crafts, challenges and Christian teaching. All young people are welcome from Year 6 upwards. Once a month there is something called “Friday Night Drop in” which is open to Year 5 children too. Check out our current programme.
* We are often asked “Why ypig?”. It stands for Young People Interested in GodAt The Peak Centre in Edale
During Lent this year we will be holding some special evenings for anyone who is thinking about Confirmation, for anyone who wants to ask questions about the Christian faith and for anyone who just wants to spend time going back to the basics of what Christians believe. They will be held on 5 Tuesday evenings in church from 7.30pm – 9pm on the following Tuesday evenings:
Tuesday 20 February
Tuesday 27 February
Tuesday 6 March
Tuesday 13 March
Tuesday 20 March
The Christmas services planned for Breadsall are as follows:
Sunday 17th December
6.30 pm Carol Service
Sunday 24th December
8.00 am BCP Communion
10.15 am NO Service
4.00 pm Christingle for families with younger children
6.00 pm Christingle for families with older children
11.30 pm Midnight Eucharist for Christmas
Monday 25th December
8.00 am BCP Communion
10.15 am Family worship