Dear alI

I know many of you are wondering how, along with prayer, we can do our bit to help the situation in the Ukraine and the refugees coming  out. I thought I should share this with you. 
Last week in Smalley, a collection was made of consumable toiletries and delivered to a refugee charity in Derby. They welcomed people’s generosity but explained that ‘Sending food and meds across the EU is highly complex even for experts and nigh on impossible for hugely mixed loads of generous donated items. It is better to donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal because they coordinate the need with items, they bulk buy and in local currency so get more for their money and support the local community who are supporting the refugees. It also relieves the storing and sorting pressures.’she added ‘I don’t like saying this as people are just being lovely and it is wonderful but i also know you want your help to get through. It is so heartwarming to see what everyone wants to do and is doing – please spread the word.’it does seem that if we want to give it is best to do so Via  the DEC and here is the link you can follow to do so.

If I may make a suggestion – rather than make a big one off payment – a commitment to a smaller monthly payment may help them plan more effectively. – there is a choice on the website to do both. Should you wish to buy the odd item (consumable toiletries) when you shop and keep at home – we hope to build links to the charity and when they have a need we can arrange a collection. But this is not the moment for donating large quantities of items.
The other thing that we can do is to make part of lent a commitment to reducing our use of gas or oil. Everyone across Europe needs to do this.  An ‘Energy Fast’ if you like for Lent – and one to take forward beyond Easter …. I’m sure many of you have started this already and will have good tips you could share about how to do it, but off the top of my head…

  1.  check that you need to travel and if you can’t do it by public transport check to see if others need a lift.
  2. put on another sweater before turning up the thermostat – or indeed put on one and turn it down. Long johns are brilliant!
  3. wear a hat inside!
  4. Check what you are buying hasn’t travelled too far – and if it has – use less of it.
  5. Eat less meat and dairy and buy local!

Yours about to sit down to a cup of sadly weak tea!

Kate (Rector)

Sunday 9th

This Sunday has Morning Prayer at 8am and an All Age Service at 1015 and also Taize at 6.30 pm

The pattern for January is running 1 week later than normal.

Sunday 2 January

Don’t forget that this Sunday, we have NO services at Breadsall. There is a shared service at Smalley at 1030. Services resume on the 9th January with Matins at 8am and All Age at 1015. The normal service pattern runs 1 week later for the rest of the month.

Carol Singing

The carol singing planned for the Redrow estate (Durose Country park) for Thursday 23rd at 7pm has been CANCELLED. Sorry for any disappointment.

Christingle Services

The Christingle services are proceeding as planned. No further tickets will be issued as we have reached safe numbers. Visitors are required to wear face coverings unless medically exempt. Please respect the directions of the stewards who will seat you in an appropriate pew based on your family group size. There will be an opportunity to make a donation on the way in/way out for the work of the Childrens’ Society. It is hoped the contactless card reader will be in operation as well. Thank you for your co-operation in these matters and we hope you have a very happy time, despite the circumstances around us.

Christingle Services

At present, the Christingle services are going ahead. All 3 events on Christmas Eve (at 2, 4 and 6 pm) are ticketed with a limit of 80 people at each event. Tickets are still available for the 2pm and 6pm services – available from the school or church (on Sunday morning) or contact Jane Williams.

If there are any changes, we will post the information here as soon as decisions are made.

Family walk this Saturday

There is a walk scheduled from Breadsall Church to Morley Church and back this Saturday (13th November). Meet at 1000 at Breadsall. The walk will be along the Greenway and across the fields, so please wear suitable footwear. Refreshments will be provided at Morley. Suitable for all the family.

Harvest Festival 3 October

Just a reminder that this Sunday sees our Harvest Festival. This service will be suitable for all ages and you are asked to bring a vegetable to roll !!

Gifts of tins and packets of food and household essentials will be split between the Padley Centre and Derby Foodbank.

Cash gifts will be split between the work of Derby City Mission and and support for Afghan refugees.

The service will include holy communion for those who wish to receive.

Following the service, you are invited to a shared lunch in the Memorial Hall where soup and cake will be provided. No charge, but donations welcome (as above)

Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting for 2020 at which churchwardens and PCC members are elected and the reports are received will be held on-line by zoom on Monday 10th May at 7pm

Please contact the PCC Secretary if you wish to have the meeting code. The election of churchwardens is open to any resident of the parish of Breadsall.