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.

Appointment

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.

Thought for the month

For most people, the start of December means the final panic to prepare for Christmas. Have I got the food – the presents – the tree – the party – the ….

It can be a time of great stress and worry. For some, already struggling with insufficient resources to manage, the expectations of a ‘perfect Christmas’ for the children and family can be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. It’s no wonder that the period after Christmas and early New Year can be a time when people feel really ‘down’.

Yet this should not be the reality. The festival of Christmas should be a time of great joy which continues throughout the year. After all, for Christians, it is when we celebrate that God sent His Son to be human and show us how much he loves and cares. Moreover, Jesus shows us by his example, just how to do it ourselves.

The church tries to slow down at the start of December. It explores themes of expectation as declared by the founding fathers of the community, foretelling as declared by the prophets of old, announcement as declared by John the Baptist and fulfillment as found in the person of Jesus. Setting the remembrance of the birth in this context helps us see that Christmas is but part of a whole. If we can live in that ‘whole’, we can enjoy the festival throughout the year and not seek just a massive high followed by extensive lows.

Happy Advent – Happy Christmas – Happy Year

Chris

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:

 

Wanted to know what y:pig is?

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