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.
This year May is very much between and betwixt and filled with new beginnings and potential. As I write this, just before the end of April, Easter with its joyous promise of resurrection and eternal life is just over. Just after the beginning of June, on the 9th, is Pentecost the church’s birthday. The day when the Holy Spirit was sent to the disciples and they changed from confused, anxious men into enthusiastic and confident evangelists. Peter, hitherto known for his chronic case of foot in mouth syndrome and fear, became a wise, brave leader and Thomas, who is famous for doubting the resurrection, became so earnest and enthusiastic that he spread the Gospel as far east as India and, possibly, even into India.
In between these two occasions we have, on the 9th May, the happy occasion of the licensing of Kate, our new Priest in Charge. As you will probably know we are sharing Kate with Morley and Smalley who have now become our sister churches. This opens up whole new potentialities and opportunities. Of course there are likely to be changes – as there are at any time –though I am hopeful that these will be positive rather and negative and lead to the growth and development of the church in Breadsall, Morley and Smalley.
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!
At our last meeting before the summer holidays Minnows had some unexpected visitors. We were just about to pack away all the toys and tidy up when a group of Ladies came and asked if they could look around the Church. The Ladies were some of the Indian Ladies Cricket Team who were staying locally before their semi-final match against Australia. They spent some time in church and then graciously agreed to have a photograph taken with the Mums and Toddlers.
It was lovely to meet them and chat. We wish them well in their careers.
The church has been donated a new projector to replace the one we have been using for the last 8 years. The projector is used for our 1st Sunday All Age services as well as for Cafe church and the children’s activities on Tuesdays, so we are indebted to Michael Bowers of the Bower Group of Companies for the generous donation which will be enjoyed for many years to come.
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