Thought for the month

This month sees a number of changes.

The church changes from ‘Ordinary’ time to the season of Lent.

The seasons change from winter to Spring.

The days become longer.

The temperature rises (we hope!)


as a church we start to prepare the a new incumbent.

Some changes we are used to – the season of Lent, Spring, warmth. However, some changes will bring disruption and things unexpected.

The latter is likely to be the case as we begin life with a new Priest. For those who have not yet heard, the Rev. Kate Plant has been appointed as Priest in Charge of Breadsall, and of Morley with Smalley. We’ll hear more about Kate in the next BCN. Meanwhile here is a photograph of her .

The change we will face is the sharing of a priest with 2 other churches. Although we have not had a full time priest for many years, we have not had to share on Sundays. With the arrival of Kate, that will change. Our regular pattern of services will necessarily have to change, as will that of both Morley and Smalley. Kate cannot be everywhere at the same time. This is likely to mean a reduction in the number of Communion serrvices, both at 8am and probably at 1015 as well. We will still have an act of Worship every week at 1015, but may have to increase the number of Morning Prayer. A change may also be needed to the baptism schedule. There should be no change to the evening pattern of Taize (every other month), Cafe Church and Evensong. We will be working out the details of these changes with Kate and the wardens of Breadsall, Morley and Smalley together.

Please continue to support the services even if you are not a regular attender of Morning Prayer as it will be important for us to continue to grow together.

Chris Prior

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.


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.

Christmas Card 2018

The pupils from Breadsall School again have provided the church with a difficult choice for the cover of this year’s xmas card. We finally chose the following design by Millie – watch out for the card coming through your door in the next week or so.

To all the other entrants – thank you for your entry. We intend to have them all displayed in the church for the next few weeks.

Vacancy advertised

The position of Priest-in-charge for Breadsall, Smalley and Morley has now been advertised on the Derby Diocese website. Please pray that the right person will see and respond to this advert and that an appointment can be made in the New Year.

ypig? Weekend at The Peak Centre

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.

Contactless Payments

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.

y:pig Sport Relief Challenge

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: