Next Sunday, 11th November, sees the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War. In addition to the regular service at 1015, the Bell Ringers will be joining the national ringing at 1230 to remember those who lost their lives.
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.
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.
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.
Before we know it, it will be Christmas, considered a special time for giving
by many. Yet surely all of life is a time for giving. On 11 November we’ll be
remembering all those who gave their lives for us in times of combat. It is
particularly special this year as it’s the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1, a special time to celebrate our gratitude. On 17th November the Convent of the Holy Name are holding a soup lunch (see details on back page) where they are asking us for donations to the Churches’ winter Nightshelter for Derby’s homeless and street sleepers. We have a chance there to give to people who, certainly at the present, are not in a situation to return our generosity. It must seem, sometimes, that we are always being exhorted to be generous though this can often be for our time rather than money. Things can be difficult as so many costs are hidden. Did you know that our church alone has to give what amounts to £10 per head of potential congregation per week to the diocese for its work? And, so far we have managed to do this thanks to the generosity of our congregation but, of course, there are our running costs and maintenance costs as well! So far we managed thanks to the generosity of those who have recognised our need but we are worried. But I have not mentioned the greatest gift of all – that most wonderful generosity of God when he gave up his almighty power in coming to earth as an organic human with all that this implies. We need to have the generosity to accept gifts too.
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:
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.
Earlier in the year we collected money to send to Kumi in Uganda. Some of this money was to pay for a new home to be built for one family. One of the teams that went out with “Mission Direct ” recently were able to build the house below for John and his family. John and his wife have 7 children crammed into the small home you can see. John was orphaned in the insurgency and has some small learning difficulties. He does well to keep his family going through subsistence farming but not all his children are at school and there is no spare money for things like house repairs. So our gift has provided a new home for him.
The Mission Direct Team building John’s house with the money we sent out earlier this year.
It is with great sadness that we heard of the death of Jean Boiling. Jean was a faithful member of this church for many years, serving in the choir amongst other roles.
In latter years, she has not been able to attend church due to illness.
She will be missed by her husband, Derek, and son, Michael, as well as all those who knew her from church or as a Dinner lady at the village school.
As a church we enjoy good links with our local Primary School. Each week members of the congregation go into school to lead Collective Worship and several of the children come to our after school clubs. The school uses church for end of term services and productions. Here you can see Key Stage 2 in their end of year production of Snow White – a version by Roald Dahl.
To all who are leaving to go to new schools – we wish you well.
And to all Staff and Children – have a Happy Holiday!