Dear all,
As most of you know our Administrator Caroline (Prince) and her husband Rod are grieving at the loss of Rod’s mum, and are both very poorly and worn out. Their sons Josh and Olly have A-Levels and GCSEs respectively and, though of course grieving, have fortunately not been taken ill. If Caroline is better then the official April News Letter may follow next week otherwise it will be after Easter.

Meanwhile I’m providing a mini version of the News Letter.
Our hearts go out to David and Pat Green and family at the loss of David’s mum on Saturday just after midnight, slipping away quietly in her sleep.

Congratulations to Allen and Irena who have a lovely ground floor flat in Wirksworth and are now near neighbours of Lucy, Paul and family. Their new address is
1 Kingsfield Road,

The ‘Pushing Jelly up a Mountain’ event with Julia and Fiona Castle went very well, thank you to all, especially Val for organising it.

Both Cromford and Holy Trinity School’s Easter Services went very well, there’s something special about children as we know, and their enjoyment of performing is so good to see.

Our thanks to the Slawson Trust who gave this year’s School Leavers a huge and wonderful illustrated Bible. The Gospel was clearly and simply presented by the children to parents and friends, please pray that God’s word would go deep and cause these hearers to respond to the Lord and His death and resurrection.

Kata Tar from Jews for Jesus excellently demonstrated a Passover meal at the Pastorate this week, and together we hope to replicate it on Maundy Thursday! Our thanks to the Tuesday Home Group led by Mike (Pilling) who brought the Passover food and are doing so again on Maundy Thursday. There’s a food sign up list at the back of both Churches if you’d be so kind. This is an event that would be good to invite people to. Thank you to all who invited Kata to their home. Kata is willing to return in the autumn to teach us about and show us how to celebrate three more Jewish festivals – Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot I think. Please let me know if you’d like me to invite her.

MISSION ACTION PLANS (MAPs) Caroline has already emailed the next step in this process.Please complete and return to her either by email, or via Tom or Elaine at St. Mary’s, and the Holy Trinity letter rack. We need these returned ASAP please as Lee Townend (Church Growth Officer) and a member of the senior staff is coming to us (us meaning St. Mary’s and Holy Trinity) on Thursday 16th APRIL 7.30pm at St. Mary’s Church. NB There will be no Home Groups this week.

Annual General Meetings for both our churches’ are in April.
    Tuesday 14th at 7.00pm St. Mary’s in the church
    Sunday 19th Holy Trinity’s is after a short morning service.
There will also be lists at the back of both churches to sign up for PCC roles, churchwarden vacancy; and of course for sidespeople who need to sign by their name to indicate their willingness to serve again this year, new people are welcome to add their name to the list!

ADVANCED NOTICE: Saturday 16th May Craft Day at Holy Trinity Church to celebrate your artistic side! More in the ‘proper’ News Letter when it comes out!

Easter Timetable.
Monday 30th March 9.15am Morning Prayer
     2.00pm service at Masson House Residential home
Easter Devotions:
Tues 31st March 3.00 to 4.00pm at St Mary’s
     8.00 to 9.00pm at Holy Trinity, Led by Pauline Walking with Jesus to the Cross – using illustrated posters for reflection, we stop at 5 points along the way and consider the thoughts and feelings of the man Jesus, those with him and our own response as His disciples today.
Wednesday 1st April 3.00 to 4.00pm at St Mary’s and
      8.00 to 9.00pm at Holy Trinity Led by Bernice
Standing at The Cross. We take time to think about the cost to Jesus of bearing the burden of sin.
An activity helping us to review our own part in this and the continuing need for forgiveness.
Materials will be available to make a small personal collage reflecting the need for hope and reconciliation in our world. 2 Corinthians Chapter 5 verse 15
Maundy Thursday 6.30pm: to 8.00pm: Passover Meal, a Bring and Share with Communion at HT. Please bring food as per the list at the back of church and attached to this message.
Good Friday 11.00am At Holy Trinity followed by Walk of Witness to the Remembrance Gardens for a
    service at 12.30pm.
    2.00pm at St. Mary’s , with Cromford Methodist, followed by Walk of Witness to the Remembrance Gardens for a service.
EASTER DAY 6.00am Sunrise service at Willersley Castle
     9.30am Communion at St. Mary’s
     10.00am at Cromford Methodist Church
     10.45am Communion at Holy Trinity

Talk about a gamut of emotions! The close friends and family of Jesus went through such a lot from when the Lord walked ahead, face set, to Jerusalem, to His death and resurrection.
The Last Supper, Gethsemane, betrayal, trials, suffering, denial, crucifixion. Devastation for his followers, apparent victory for His enemies. Then on the third day His body wasn’t there, instead ‘a young man dressed in white’ (aka an angel), as Mark records in chapter 16 verses 6 and 7, said “Don’t be alarmed! You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But go tell His disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see Him, just as He told you.’ ”
Sorrow and disbelief to joy and belief! At Pentecost the Spirit was poured out and the Good News of Jesus was powerfully spread initially to the Jews and then to the Gentiles. It’s the same Gospel and the same Spirit that we have, the same message of love, repentance and new life in Jesus. ‘Send us out Lord in the power of your Spirit to live and work to your praise and glory. Amen’.

Have a wonderful Passover, aka Easter!