As I sit and write this, the sun is
shining outside and there are a few daffodils and snowdrops bravely
showing themselves in the garden. I have noticed the increasing sound
of birds singing and their presence at the bird feeder. Today I was
driving out in the Derbyshire countryside and was so thankful for the
beauty all around. There are sheep out in the fields, buds appearing
on the trees and shrubs, and wonderful views and vistas. We are so
privileged to live where we do – and I don’t just mean
Derbyshire, I mean in a country that has such diversity and richness
in its nature. The weather we have determines this “green and
pleasant land”. Of course we are often plagued by the weather,
from localised flooding in recent times and hosepipe bans in the past
and everything in-between. We hear on the news that “Today was the
hottest day ever recorded”,- the wettest day, the snowiest day and
so on. Our weather is always a topic of conversation. Yet there can
be no doubt about it, our weather patterns seem to be changing and
this thing we call “global warming” is affecting us here in the
UK as it is affecting every part of the world.
During Lent this year our churches are going to be looking at how God has entrusted his world to our safekeeping and how we can make a difference for good. We can make excuses and say that whatever we do as individuals makes very little difference when we look at the big picture, but anything and everything we do does help. So whether you are cutting down on your use of plastic, recycling or upcycling, thinking of buying an electric car, flying less, growing your own vegetables, using more public transport – whatever it is, just go for it, because there is no doubt that we need to consume less and consume better in order to preserve this wonderful planet we call home.
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!
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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Christian Aid Week 2017
On Friday evening, 19th May, ypig held an “Big Brekkie” to raise money for Christian Aid. There were bacon sandwiches, croissants and pancakes as well as porridge and toast. The young people were great at serving everyone and even washing up! Huge thanks to everyone who came and supported – and to Claire and Jacqui in the kitchen. £194.41 has been sent off to Christian Aid (not including Gift Aid). The money will go to help support refugees.
Thank You Everyone