Thought for the month

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.
Fran Monahan

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: