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.
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.
I wonder how you feel about change? Are you someone who simply hates
it when things change, an “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” sort of person? Or
are you someone who relishes new beginnings, fresh ideas, a “new broom
sweeps clean” sort of person? Maybe you are someone who says “Well
let’s give it a go and see what happens”. Whichever kind of person you are
there is no doubt that change happens, in our family lives, in our circumstances, in our environment, in our nation.
We are looking ahead to a year of change in our church here at Breadsall.
The South Porch project, which seems to have gone on for ever, will hope-
fully be finished in the first half of the new year. We now have permission
from the diocese, tenders in place and we just are waiting for the last official permissions to come through. The work will take a couple of months and will involve laying down a new floor, putting in a new glass inner door
to the church and a new outer door. The floor will be slightly ramped and
there will be a handrail making access easier for those with poor mobility
and also for those bringing buggies into church. This will become the main
The second big change will be, hopefully, a new incumbent. Someone to
lead us forward and help us to grow in our faith and in our relationships
with one another at church and within the local community.
This will not be an easy task for whoever is appointed because, as well as taking on the parish of All Saints’, a new Rector will also be taking on the parishes of Morley and Smalley. This will be the first time that Breadsall has shared an incumbent with other parishes and will inevitably lead to other changes. Even priests can’t be in three places at once! So there will probably be changes in service times, the types of services and maybe their regularity. We will need to be prayerful and supportive of a new Rector and learn to work collaboratively with the other parishes. I’m sure this will bring blessings as well as challenges.
As we move into the new year we have much to look forward to. Our God is a
faithful God and wants the very best for us, as a church family and as individual members of that family. He came that we might have life in all its fullness (John 10 verse 10) and we can choose to live that full life or not. But whatever happens, whatever changes are in store we know that God is steadfast and true and doesn’t change. He will be with us each step of the way.
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.
* We are often asked “Why ypig?”. It stands for Young People Interested in GodAt The Peak Centre in Edale
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!