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Jews for Jesus

A message from Jews for Jesus

Shalom Pastor Nick,  I’m so glad for your interest and enthusiasm for this Jerusalem project next year.

As the Captain of the SERVICE sector for our outreach next spring, I am delighted with your response. As the video shows, there are going to be a wide range of service projects in Jerusalem, and we are gathering data about many of them, even now, a full year ahead of time. What we are hoping for from you, and your church, is

  1. to keep up enthusiasm for the project there,
  2. to put plans into motion for your church to join us.

This can be done by getting a team from the church either on a missions trip with a bit of touring pre- or post, or a regular visit-Israel tour followed by a week of service added on to the end.

The travel agency we are commending is SarEl.  If you have one with whom you usually work, there will be no problem with us with whoever you use.

SAREL Tours & Conferences:   8 HaHoshen St. Mevaseret Zion,  90805, Israel

Richard van deer Beek     Tel: +972-2-533-8000

SarEl will be able to work with you on flights, housing, costs, food, add-on tourism features. They will organise whatever part of the trip you desire.

All we ask is that you organise your trip to allow a week with us serving the people of Jerusalem, beginning with orientation on a Sunday afternoon in May 2018, & finishing with a celebration/ debrief on Friday late afternoon.

Have you ever done a missions trip to Israel? If so, what might be the likely number of people who would come in 2018? We can’t really work with individuals at this point, as the co-ordination and vetting is massive. So it’s our hope that your congregation will come together & consider such a trip.

Let’s keep working on this. I believe that we are going to see God bless the people of Israel, and bring many to Himself.

Sincerely yours in Yeshua,

Bob Mendelsohn

Director, JFJ Australia, Captain, BYG Jerusalem, Service Sector


Experience Easter

We were privileged to be allowed to teach & explore the Easter story with all the children in both Primary Schools in the two weeks leading up to Holy Week.

The experience was based outdoors using the school grounds & in the case of Holy Trinity School the church. We began our ‘Journey’ by walking into ‘Jerusalem’ waving our palms & singing our praises as we thought about the  expectations of the crowds who followed Jesus & our dreams for how people’s lives around the world could be different. We spent time in the ‘Upper Room’ considering the example Jesus set about caring for one another when he washed the disciples’ feet before we pretended to eat the last meal Jesus ate with his disciples & share in the bread & wine. Then we travelled to the quietness of the Garden of Gethsemane where the children were encouraged to ask God to give them the courage to stand up for what is right & what they believe in & to pray silently for people who face violence & an uncertain future. Next  we walked together to gather around the brazier in the courtyard with the crowds & to think about the wrong choices we all make, the hurtful words we say, the unkind things we do and, as we dropped a broken twig into the flames, to learn that God willingly forgives us if we tell Him the things we have done wrong. We moved on to stand quietly in front of three crosses & to think about the symbol of the cross reminding us that our God is a loving God who forgives everyone who is truly sorry. The children were encouraged to examine a variety of different shaped crosses from around the world & think about why the cross is such a significant symbol for Christians universally. Finally, we found ourselves, like His friends, outside the empty garden tomb where the whisper    ‘He’s alive’ rose to a crescendo to announce the fact that ‘Jesus was Risen’.

It was a super morning at each school, full of activity & with the children coming up with thoughtful, moving comments, questions & answers which showed their understanding of the Easter events.

There are some lovely photos of the event at Holy Trinity on the School website:

Our thanks to all who volunteered their help by presenting different parts of the story, providing resources or serving refreshments & to those who prayed. Both schools have thanked us for putting on the event & feel the children learned a lot from the experience; Holy Trinity School pupils made an Easter Garden in school & gave it to us as a church which was a lovely gesture & strengthens the links we have with our church schools.

What next?

Sheila & Pauline


Update from the  recent trip to compete in Spain

Guess what…..we came THIRD in the Chorus Competition!

We are all coming home with a bronze medal and we had SO much fun over the weekend. We made some new friends, saw old ones, sang our best in the contest and sang around the pool together afterwards before singing again in the evening show.

We loved spending time together. A few of us came home straight after and lots of Diva’s extended their time in Spain for a holiday.

Thank you for your good wishes and we’ll see you soon!     


PCC Tonight

PCCs (Parochial Church Councils) are crucial bodies in the leadership of all Anglican churches. They can make a significant impact for good on church life. Yet not all PCCs function as well as they might, and many people who serve on PCCs find the experience a tedious one.

PCC Tonight: Chesterfield  on Wednesday 7th June

at St Thomas’ Centre,  Chesterfield,  S40 3AW

Following the launch of a new resource to help PCCs function well in July 2015, CPAS is running an event to clarify the purpose and place of PCCs, to explore 12 common dysfunctions, and to introduce material you can use to shape its life. Intended for all PCC members, so bring several car loads and come to enjoy a fun and informative evening.
The event is led by James Lawrence and runs from 7.45pm – 9.45pm, doors open at 7.15pm for refreshments.


Nick’s Notes May 2017

GiG: Giving in Grace is an incredible resource pioneered by Liverpool    Diocese some years ago. It’s a comprehensive look at Stewardship with     a deal about giving. Holy Trinity PCC have asked for some teaching on  Giving and St. Mary’s PCC are in agreement. David (Green) our excellent Treasurer for both churches, has been on a Diocesan seminar based on Giving in Grace. David and I have met and chosen some material from which we believe will be relevant to us. It’ll work in this way. On Sundays 7th May, 11th June and 16th July the theme will be Giving in Grace and the Home Groups are being asked to compliment this one week in each month. So week commencing 7th May, 4th June and 9th July material will be provided for them. May’s Home Group material will be “The example of grace – The generosity of Jesus and the church in Macedonia.”

TKC: Thy Kingdom Come is a global wave of prayer initiated by the Archbishops of Canterbury & York with other denominational church  leaders. It’s to take place from Ascension Day on Thursday 25th May to Pentecost on Sunday 4th June. “I cannot remember in my life anything that I’ve been involved in where I have sensed so clearly the work of the Spirit” writes Archbishop Justin Welby.  I’ve endeavoured, on behalf of Churches Together in Matlock, to  encourage the local churches to join in. From Sunday 21st May we’ll be having three consecutive Sundays with this theme. The website is very good ( ) and we’ll be using some of the  material for Ascension to Pentecost with extra opportunities to pray individually, as families and as churches.

In Acts chapter 1 verse 3, the risen Jesus spent 40 days with His disciples and the main topic was the Kingdom of God. Jesus’ public ministry in Mark 1 verse 15 began with Him saying “The time has come. The Kingdom of God is near.” The last verse of Acts has the same theme, “Boldly and   without hindrance Paul preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus.” God wants His Kingdom to grow, our part is to be filled with the power of the Spirit and to pray. Lord have mercy.

PCCs: Both Churches AGM’s new members were elected to the PCCs, Holy Trinity have a new Warden in John Entwistle and Val joins Deanery Synod.  Congratulations to John, Val and the new members.

Alongside Nick Grayshon, David Green and Michael Wilderspin who sit on both PCC’s, the members are,  :

St. Mary’s:  Richard Ash, Tom Bradley, Sylvia Bunting, Daryl Doxford, John Farmery, Eric Fern, Ray Filsell, Gill Housley, Barrie Key and Philip Tew.

Holy Trinity: Mike Pilling, John Entwistle, John Ramage, Maria Austin, Sue Crabb, Sheila Laming, Hilary Phillips, Peter Shaw and Allen Smith. Judy Crook will be co-opted at the first PCC meeting in May.

On Saturday 20th May both PCCs are invited to a PCC half day to be held from 8am to noon in Holy Trinity church. More details to follow.

Experience Easter:  This went very well for both schools, lots of seeds were planted and we thank everyone who helped out in any way.

CAG: The Community Action Group continues to work hard, there is an update from John in these Notices. The next event is the Matlock Bath Lunch Club on Thursday 4th May in Trinity Hall.

FiS: this stands for Faith in Science, not that you would have known! This is a series of 4 public lectures called “From Enlightenment to Entanglement – Exploring Faith in Science.” They are on May 2nd, 10th, 23rd and 30th. See the calendar for more details of times and locations. The themes seem very good – “God and the Big Bang”, “Science, Faith and post-truth”, “Is there more to life than genes?” and “Hasn’t Science disproved God?”

Jigsaw: Kate &Tim Lees will be with us at Holy Trinity on Sunday 28th May.

Robert Quarton: is kindly leading and celebrating here at Holy Trinity on Sunday 14th May when both Pauline and I are away. We’re having a week off from Wednesday 11th May.

I hope you are familiar by now with Archbishop of Canterbury’s previous Lambeth lecture, to quote again ‘Worship and make disciples of Jesus Christ’ and ‘important decoration’. We need to remember that all the above is to do with Jesus and his church.

Every blessing



Events May 2017

New Email System for the Office:
Many of you have noticed that we are now using a different system to send out the Notices and reminder messages. We can now personalise the messages and address you by your Christian name. We are still experiencing a few glitches so please bear with us!!
Thanks for your patience, Caroline

  • Monday 1st May
    • 9.25am:       No Morning Prayer & Open Church (HT)
  • Tuesday
    • 5.45pm:       Faith in Science “God & the Big Bang” at Derby University
    • 7.15pm:       Tuesday Group meet in HT Church
    • 7.30pm:       Home Group at John & Hilary’s
  • Wednesday
    • 7.30pm:       Home Group at Judy’s
    • 8.00pm: Home Group at Peter & Sue’s
    • Thursday
      • 12noon: to 2.00pm; Matlock Bath Lunch Club in HT
      • 7.30pm: DaleDiva rehearse in HT Church
    • Friday
      • 7.15pm: to 9.15pm; Youth Group meet in HT (youth to wear scruffy clothes as it may get messy in preparation for the new carpet)
    • Saturday
      • 11.00am: to 1.00pm; Open Church at St Mary’s  Neil & Jayne
  • Sunday 7th May   Easter 4
    • Giving in Grace 1      “First to the Lord”: the bible and giving
    • Home Group Theme: The example of Grace
      • 9.30am: Holy Communion at St Mary’s
        • Pauline Key
          • 2 Corinthians 8 v 5,   Matthew 6 v 19-21, 24
      • 9.45am: Prayer in the Upper Room – all welcome
      • 10.45am: All Age Worship at HT
        • Nick Grayshon
          • 2 Corinthians 8 v 5,   Matthew 6 v 19-21, 24
    • Monday
      • 8.30am: Brews available in anticipation of
      • 9.00am: Collective Worship for HT School in Church with Nick
      • 9.25am: Morning Prayer & Open Church at HT
      • 1.45pm: Home Group at Judy’s
      • 7.30pm: HT PCC in Trinity Hall
    • Tuesday
      • 7.15pm: Tuesday Group meet in HT Church
      • 7.30pm: Home Group at John & Hilary’s
    • Wednesday
      • 7.00pm: Faith in Science “Science, Faith & post-truth” at the Cathedral
      • 7.30pm: Home Group at Judy’s
      • 8.00pm: Home Group at Peter & Sue’s
    • Thursday
      • 11.00am: No BCP at Holy Trinity, moved to Ascension Day at St Mary’s
      • 7.30pm: DaleDiva rehearse in HT Church
    • Friday
      • 7.15pm: to 9.15pm; Youth Group meet in HT
    • Saturday
      • 10.30am: – 3.30pm; Christian Women’s Day in Imperial Rooms, Matlock
      • 11.00am: to 1.00pm; Open Church at St Mary’s   David & Julie
  • Sunday 14th May   Easter 5
    • NO EVENING HOME GROUPS this week
      • 10.00am: Prayer in the Upper Room – all welcome
      • 10.30am: Joint Guild Service at Cromford Methodist
        • Rev Godden
    • 10.45am: Holy Communion at HT
      • Robert Quarton & Bernice Smith
        • 1 Peter v 2 1-10,  John 14 v 1-14
      • Children’s Church   Judy
  • Monday
    • 9.25am: Morning Prayer & Open Church (HT)
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
    • 8.00pm: to 9.30pm; UB Church Prayer Meeting at HT
  • Thursday
    • 7.30pm: DaleDiva rehearse in HT Church
  • Friday
    • 7.15pm: to 9.15pm; Youth Group meet in HT
  • Saturday
    • 8.00am: to noon; HT PCC Half Day in church
    • 11.00am: to 1.00pm; Open Church at St Mary’s   Barrie & Pauline
  • Sunday 21st May   Easter 6
    • Thy Kingdom Come 1          Prayer
      • 9.30am: Holy Communion at St Mary’s
        • Nick Grayshon
        • Acts 1 v 1-14      Luke 24 v 44-53
      • 10.45am: Morning Worship at HT
        • Bernice Smith & Pauline Key
          • Acts 1 v 1-14      Luke 24 v 44-53
        • Activities    Sue
    • Monday
      • 9.25am:       Morning Prayer & Open Church
      • 1.45pm:       Home Group at Judy’s
      • 7.30pm:       DaleDiva rehearse in HT Church
    • Tuesday
      • 2.30pm: to 3.30pm; Both PCC’s to meet the new Area Dean, Duncan Ballard, in Trinity Hall
      • 5.45pm: Faith in Science: “Is there more to life than genes?” at Derby University
    • 7.15pm: Tuesday Group meet in HT Churc
      • 7.30pm: Home Group at John & Hilary’s
    • Wednesday
      • 6.00pm: Matlock Bath Parish Council AGM at Temple Hotel
      • 7.30pm: Home Group at Judy’s
      • 8.00pm: Home Group at Peter & Sue’s
    • Thursday  Ascension Day
      • 11.00am: BCP Communion at St Mary’s, launch of “Thy Kingdom Come”, (see Nick’s Notes)
      • 7.30pm: DaleDiva rehearse in HT Church
    • Friday
      • 7.15pm: to 9.15pm; Youth Group meet in HT
    • Saturday
      • 11.00am: to 1.00pm; Open Church at St Mary’s    Raymond & Pat
  • Sunday 28th May  Easter 7       The Ascension of the Lord 
    • School Holidays
    • Thy Kingdom Come 2  
      • 9.30am: Morning Worship at St Mary’s
        • Nick Grayshon
          • Colossians 4 v 2-6,   Luke 11 v 9-12
      • 10.45am: Holy Communion at HT
        • Nick Grayshon & The Lees
          • Colossians 4 v 2-6,   Luke 11 v 9-12
        • Children’s Church     Lindsay
    • Monday
      • 9.25am: Morning Prayer & Open Church (HT)
    • Tuesday
      • 7.15pm: Tuesday Group meet in HT Church
      • 7.30pm: Home Group at John & Hilary’s
    • Wednesday
      • 5.45pm: Faith in Science: “Hasn’t Science disproved God?” at Derby University
      • 7.30pm: Home Group at Judy’s
      • 8.00pm: Home Group at Peter & Sue’s


MAY 14th to 20th.

I would like to appeal to all church members in the United Benefice to consider joining our team of collectors this year. Historically, we divided the village into 11 streets/areas for collection. With the decline in numbers of our team, I reduced this to 9 areas just 2 years ago. Two of our team (Nick/Val and myself) already do two areas each and have done for some years. This means that we had 7 named helpers last year.

Two of our regulars have stood down for 2017 for personal reasons and one who was not with us last year has retired from the work altogether. So, we are down to 5 collectors with the whole of the village to do. It would be really good if one or two more fellowship members were able to help out to make the task more manageable. Please let me know if you might be able to offer. Each year the village collection raises between £600 and £750 for Christian Aid, towards a general total of about £10,000 for the Matlock area. It would be sad, if some areas of Matlock Bath were left untapped and our contribution dropped dramatically. However, the small number of collectors that we now have won’t have the capacity to cover the whole village.

Hoping to hear from some willing “joiners.”
Best wishes, John.

Holy Week

Easter Devotions will take place at Holy Trinity Church as follows:
10th Monday              8pm – 9pm
11th Tuesday             8pm – 9pm
12th Wednesday       8pm – 9pm

On Tuesday 11th April there is the BCP Communion Service at Holy Trinity at 11am.

Please sign up for Thursday evening Agape with Communion Service followed by a Bring & Share Supper. Sign up sheets are at the back of both churches and it will start at 7pm.

The Good Friday Services will take place as follows:
11am  at Holy Trinity followed by a Walk of Witness to the Memorial Gardens
2pm  Joint Service at Cromford Methodist Church followed by a Walk of Witness to the Memorial Gardens.

Easter Day Services:
6am            Sunrise Service at Willersley Castle
9.30am      Communion at St Mary’s
10.45am    Communion at Holy Trinity

On a Trinity Hall noticeboard there’s a card from Chloe Fray saying “thank you for supporting the bake sale on 11th March”. Chloe has gone to South Africa to work with Soul Survivor.

Bernice has let me have some information about an evangelist called Terry Eckersley, who is holding two Christian Revival Meetings in this area. They are at 6pm on Sunday 9th April in the Imperial Rooms & at 6pm on Sunday 16th April in the Pav in Matlock Bath.  He has a good recommendation from the Evangelist  J. John. See