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Nicks Notes November 2017

PCCs:   You may remember that our PCCs business is divided into two sections, “Important Decoration” and “Worshipping & Making Disciples of Jesus.” At future PCCs we need to spend more time on the latter and less on the former. It’s hard to do this as we are responsible for the buildings and grounds but lots of time, thought & energy are given over to these. HT’s next PCC (Monday 6th November) under “Worshipping & Making Disciples of Jesus” our Agenda has:

– how we celebrate Easter Week, Agape meal Good Friday. How do we witness to the death and resurrection of Jesus to our Parish – namely residents, traders and visitors?

– have feedback from the Giving Response Cards and Harvest Baskets

– the Standing Committee had a deep discussion on how to handle the very difficult issues of Inclusion and Diversity. That is issues of human sexuality. A fraught area that will require lots of love, listening and heart searching.

– the Community Action Group also has some stimulating ideas of how to    increase Holy Trinity’s profile in Matlock Bath

Harvest: Thank you so much to Pauline and Sheila and their team for working so hard with “Experience Harvest” in both church schools. It was so very good and very well received, Thanks to those who gave out Harvest Baskets, I hope it made witnessing easier and had provided an open door for you to continue sharing the good news.

Baskets: After the experience and some success of the Harvest Baskets let’s repeat it with “Christmas” Baskets. We’ll have the prayer cards to use beforehand, and invitations to Christmas events/services in the baskets. What we put in them is up to each of us; tangerine, nuts, mincemeat, a suitable book, even a small present. As some wit has said to me ‘nuts from the church.’ Ho ho ho.

Strategic Buildings Review: this is a major thing that has come our way from the Diocese. It’s essential but quite daunting work. Here’s the headings from the major document that requires completion for each church:

Strategic Building Review

  1. Basic Building Information
  2. Building Condition
  3. Building Facilities
  4. Building Usage, Income and Expenditure
  5. Church Building Information, history & Description of Church Significance
  6. Churchyard Information
    Basically we are asking if we still need all the churches in the Diocese and are they fit for purpose. Important as this is we mustn’t let it distract from “Worshipping & Making Disciples of Jesus”.

Afternoon cream tea:  Over thirty of St. Mary’s congregation and visitors came together and enjoyed an afternoon cream tea at Willersley. A few were very good and had sandwiches instead.

Men’s Group: Hopefully this will continue meeting on the first Friday in the month. At 7.30pm on Friday 3rd November and on Friday 1st December in the Boat in Cromford where some have a meal, and when the singer starts we adjourn to the Community Centre so we can hear each other speak!

John’s Gospel: One of the deepest themes seen in John’s Gospel is the relationship between the Father and the Son. Jesus’ works and words were given and shown to Him by His Father.

John chapter 5 v 17-20:

In his defence Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God. Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed.”

Jesus was reliant on His Father for all of His teaching, miracles and healings. On the cross He entrusted Himself to His Father knowing that the Spirit would raise Him to life.

As Jesus life and ministry relied upon, flowed from, His Father, may we be the same. In all our “Important Decoration” and our “Worshipping & Making Disciples of Jesus” rely upon, flow from the same Father. May we rest in the Father, trust in the Father, be in the Father. #



We are holding a Memorial Service at 4pm on Sunday 5th November at St  Mary’s this year after many positive comments received last year. We are expecting a high attendance and hope many of you will come and join us.

Spreading the Word of GOD

For anyone, (and that means all of us), wanting to get the Gospel into the home, particularly of friends and family, what better way than to give a pocket book size New Testament with psalms. These are available from Gideon International to Friends of the Gideon’s and they cost just £20 for 10 copies. They are beautifully bound in faux red leather with a gilt edge, and have a help page inside, with scriptures relevant to a specific problem, daily reading pages etc. At the back there is a page to sign if that person has made a commitment to follow Jesus.

To be a Friend doesn’t cost you anything, just sign up and their magazine will be sent to you twice a year. I have given copies of the NT to friends, neighbours and I have wrapped a copy up as an additional Christmas present to members of our family. You have to be discerning over this. Friends who have a church background are the easiest to give to, but all are gratefully received. You will find that these books will not be thrown away and even if they are not read immediately but put on a shelf or in a drawer, one day the Holy Spirit will draw them back to reading them and we pray that they will be saved. I have considered also giving to likely tradesmen or anyone in need, for as we know the Lord Jesus does not want any to perish, but to have eternal life. I have given away nearly 20 copies already, and I am about to order my next 10 copies.  If you don’t know about the Gideon’s, a member will only be too willing to come to the Church to speak about their work. So have a word with Nick.

This week I bought “Dr Bronner’s Peppermint All-one toothpaste”. It is fluoride free and is 70% organic. From the packaging I learnt that Emanuel Bronner is a third generation Jewish soap maker belonging to a family of soap makers since 1858. On the toothpaste box I was surprised to find this:

  • God has not promised skies always blue, flower-strewn pathways all our lives through!
  • God has not promised sun without rain, joy without sorrow, peace without pain!
  • But God has promised strength for the day, rest for the labourer, light on the way!
  • Grace for the trial, help from above, undying sympathy, unfailing love.

 Maureen Newton

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What sort of church should we be

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Speaker: Richard MALTBY, Barbara NEWTON, Peter SHAW,
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Date: September 25th 2017
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Harvest Testimonial

The Lord works in mysterious ways

After desperately trying to decide who to give the Harvest Gift Basket and Irena not being very understanding or sympathetic, I just said “Give it to Janet!” our neighbour.

This is the thank you card we received back

The message says all.

The Lord works in mysterious ways
This particular phrase is not found anywhere in the Bible, although it is often misquoted as being a Bible verse. There are several ideas about where this saying grew from, one being a hymn written by William Cowper in the 19th century that says,

God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.

There are several verses that may seem to allude to this idea as well, including:-

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments decisions and how unfathomable and untraceable are His ways!
Romans 11:33: Amplified Bible

Allen & Irena

Bishops Badge 2017


‘Best New Project’ Award

Congratulations go to Bernice Smith, John Phillips and Richard Ash for being awarded the Bishop’s Badge this year.

Also to our Community Action Group (CAG) who have been successfully nominated for a Best New Project Award. The CAG core group are John (Phillips), Tony Jones, Marie Austin, Jane Entwistle and Sue & Peter Dargavel.

They have been ably supported by Hilary (Phillips), Sheila Laming, Sue Crabb, Becky Gladstone, Lindsay Steele, John Entwistle, Milena Nutt and Peter (the Elder) Shaw.
The CAG project had been nominated for a special award from the Diocese in terms of creative approaches to outreach and ministry within the parish! The award along with the Bishop’s Badge was be given to them at Derby Cathedral during a special service (for churches in the north of the Diocese,) on Sunday 24th September

Photos from The Diocese of Derby “flickr”

The Warden’s Notes

It feels a bit like ‘while the cat’s away the mice will play’ with Nick having asked us to write a few words while he is away. It is an opportunity for me to welcome John Entwistle to the role of Warden and thank him for his careful, considered and encouraging contributions so far.  I personally thank him for coming alongside me as warden when my Reader training was entering its second year as it gives me more space to concentrate on that important part of my ministry to Holy Trinity.

While writing this on a blustery Saturday at our house on Anglesey, the rain pattering on the conservatory, the waves soon to be enjoyed, pounding on the local beach at Rhosneigr, it reminded me of some profound words from the late Selwyn Hughes when he said “God wants us to be wave makers not wave riders and that every person is creative in God’s kingdom by that divine creative nature placed within every one of us.” We have all been blessed by wisdom, knowledge and understanding and how we exercise that truly creative gifting is one we cannot ignore. God has given it to us and now we must use it to his service.

So as we enjoy this harvest time and remind ourselves again of his bountiful gifts to us, we explore what we can do to use our God given gifts to further his Kingdom. A current example of this is our opportunity to fill the Harvest boxes and give them to someone we know as a blessing to them from our Creator God. It is one we should take prayerfully and seriously.

Mike P

Harvest Time
The presentation of the Bishop’s Badges at Derby Cathedral at the end of  September was a wonderful occasion to celebrate.  The work of the Matlock Bath Community Action Group was recognised as one of only four ‘Best      Projects’ across the diocese and John Phillips, Bernice Smith and Richard Ash were personally awarded a Bishop’s Badge.

Our initiatives are all designed to help introduce people to Christ so this is  just a beginning. We must remember that these awards are for work in              progress.  With the Bishop’s endorsement to spur us on, let’s enjoy the       harvest season remembering Jesus’ words,

“Do not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest. I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields!  They are ripe for the harvest’.”  John 4 v35

John E

Reminder from the Wardens

Would all users of Holy Trinity church, especially out of normal Sunday use, please be careful that the church is left locked when you have finished and any other equipment used, turned off.

Many thanks,

Mike and John

Events August 2018

NO Home Groups throughout August

Young People at NewDay from 30th July to 5th August (- see Emily’s item)


7.30pm:       to 9.00pm; Joint Church Fellowship Meeting in HT, Open to all (- see Nick’s Notes)


12noon:       to 2.00pm; Matlock Bath Lunch Club at HT, all are welcome!

Homemade soup, filled rolls, tea & coffee served.

7.30pm: DaleDiva rehearse at HT


7.30pm: Men’s Group meet in the Boat, Cromford


11.30am: to 2.30pm; St Mary’s Church open for visitors

Sunday 5th August    Trinity 10  

Readings: Psalm 8, Matthew 21 v 28-32

The Ministry of our Lord in the parable of The Two Sons

9.30am: Holy Communion at St Mary’s    Pauline Key & Nick Grayshon

10.00am: Prayer in the Upper Room

10.45am: All Age Worship at HT       Nick Grayshon


9.30am: Morning Prayer at HT


7.30pm: to 9.00pm; Joint Church Fellowship Meeting in HT, Open to all (- see Nick’s Notes)


11.00am: No BCP Communion Service in Trinity Hall

7.30pm: DaleDiva rehearse at HT

Sunday 12th August      Trinity 11    

Readings: Psalm 15, Mark 12 v 41-44

The Ministry of our Lord as he sees the heart of rich and poor

10.00am: Prayer in the Upper Room – all welcome

10.30am: Joint Service at Cromford Methodists    David Green

10.45am: Holy Communion at HT       Nick Grayshon

A BARBECUE will be held at the Austins on Barnwell Lane after the Morning Services at both churches, all are welcome to come along. The food will be provided, please bring your own drinks and share lifts as parking locally is limited.


9.30am: Morning Prayer at HT


10.00am: to 11.30am; Christian Coffee Club at the Imperial Rooms,

Matlock with guest speakers Steve and Dorothy Pepper

Bring and share lunch and all are welcome.


7.30pm: to 9.00pm; Joint Church Fellowship Meeting in HT, Open to all (- see Nick’s Notes)


7.30pm: DaleDiva rehearse at HT


11.30am: to 2.30pm; St Mary’s Church open for visitors

Sunday 19th August     Trinity 12  

Readings: Psalm 24, Mark 10 v 13-16

The Ministry of our Lord to children (and grown ups!)

9.30am: Holy Communion at St Mary’s   Nick Grayshon & Pauline Key

10.00am: Prayer in the Upper Room – all welcome

10.45am: Morning Worship at HT       Bernice Smith


9.30am: Morning Prayer at HT


7.30pm: to 9.00pm; Joint Church Fellowship Meeting in HT, Open to all (- see Nick’s Notes)


7.30pm: DaleDiva rehearse at HT


11.30am: to 2.30pm; St Mary’s Church open for visitors

Sunday 26th August  Trinity 13

Readings: Psalm 121, Luke 10 v 38-42

The Ministry of our Lord to Mary & Martha

9.30am: Morning Worship at St Mary’s    Pauline Key

10.00am: Prayer in the Upper Room – all welcome

10.45am: Holy Communion at HT     Nick Grayshon & Michael Wilderspin


9.30am: Morning Prayer at HT


7.30pm: to 9.00pm; Joint Church Fellowship Meeting in HT, Open to all (- see Nick’s Notes)


7.30pm: DaleDiva rehearse at HT









HT Coffee Rota 

5th August John & Hilary Phillips
12th August Judy Crook & Peter Shaw
19th August Paul & Lucy Hunter
26th August Sheila Laming & Irena Smith

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Nicks Notes August 2017

NO! Oh God help! Great revival! Cob on!

Aah, to what am I referring?  Four chapter headings, perhaps, for the book of Jonah which we’ll be enjoying 🙂 at the Sunday services during August. (NB No whales!)  Jonah is probably one of the best known Old Testament stories, and he is probably only known for the alleged whale.

To start us off I suggest it’s about two things amongst others. Firstly, Missional God and His love for the world.  2 Peter chapter 3 verse 9 says: “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”  Are there any  alleluias to this?  The follower of Jesus is no longer perishing but is rather having the life of God transforming from the inside.  This was accomplished on the cross by our Lord and Saviour, His broken body and shed blood let us never forget.  Secondly God and His dealings with Jonah.  God shows Jonah what He’s like through His great love for the lost even those outside the covenant with Israel, a stunning concept to God’s ancient people!  God also shows Jonah what he Jonah is like and seeks to mould Jonah’s character through obedience to His purposes.”

As has been pointed out to me and which I’d noticed there’s quite a bit of illness in our congregations never mind in the Parishes.  In Luke’s Gospel it says in chapter 5 verse 17 “One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick.”  Strange in a way as the power of the Lord seems with Jesus all the time.  Please pray that the power of the Lord will be in our churches as we pray for healing for each other, and outside the church.

We have oils consecrated in the Cathedral in both our churches so let’s use them.  See James chapter 5 v 15-18 which goes like this: “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.”

We have hearts to be Missional congregations, let’s work at our Home Groups on being Missional, or even more Missional which ever pertains to your Home Group.

I’m of a mind to lead a Fellowship Group weekly or fortnightly on Wednesday evenings in Trinity Hall with the simple agenda of being Missional, this would      include worship, teaching and ministry – ministry here meaning using the gifts of the Spirit.  What do you think?  Do we keep the Home Groups as they are with the same frequency?  How do we add to the good things in our Home Groups adding a Missional edge and multiplying with new disciples. to our Home Groups?  Please reflect on this & give it some prayer,

Do you remember “Building the bridge whilst walking on it” ?

When we commit to a vision to do something that has never been done before, there is no way of knowing how to get there.

We simply have to build the bridge while we walk on it.

With prayer for healing and re praying and re thinking though our Home Groups we may be taking a step or more forward on this bridge.  Food for thought for those not in Home Groups too.

I had some revelation the other Sunday at Holy Trinity (1 Corinthians chapters 12-14) that said we had some sin to sort out in the fellowship.  When asked at the church prayer meeting what sin I wasn’t sure.  However we do need to practically love one another more, for example by not always keeping to our close friends on a Sunday morning.  Do you think we still have an independent spirit that sometimes struggles with authority? Over to you now for reflection, prayers, humility. And response.

At last I’ve carved out some time to go on retreat which will be from Sunday  6th August for a few days, initially in Sheffield at the Church Army Centre and also to the Whirlow Grange Retreat House.  Prayers please.

It was good to be signed off by the cardiac specialist though I’m continuing with physio.  My appointment with the muscular skeletal consultant went very well,  he advises natural products such as tumeric, cherry and omega 3 to help with the continuing ‘not heart related’ chest pains and other age related aches and pains in my knees etc.  Thanks again for your love and prayers.

Enjoy the summer, safe in His love and care,

Every blessing,


Please pray for five of our young people, Lilly, Ella, Ellen, Sam and Tom who are going to New Frontiers, (who Church in the Peak are part of), which is the New Day Christian Camp from 31st July – 6th August near Norfolk.

There are around 50 youth from Church in the Peak with 14 leaders including Emily. Val & Nick are visiting on the Thursday, Friday & Saturday.

Give thanks too that on the last Friday evening youth group there were 39 youth from the area at the BBQ at Cromford Methodist, wonderful!

 Church in the Peak are having an event on Saturday 29th July, from 10am to 12noon, inviting people to go for a free brew & cake & chat at the Cromford Institute. Please pray for this as well.



Emily writes:

Myself and 5 of the youth from Holy Trinity will be going to New Day for a week, on Monday 31st July.

Prayers for us all and for great weather would be appreciated!

Many thanks x


Dear Nick, Caroline, Julie, Ally and all of the Divas!

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you all for supporting our playgroup at the Friday night DaleDiva concert which was a huge success and we are really grateful to all who helped in any way and especially to those who were involved on the night.

The money raised will make a huge difference to the children at the playgroup, Sarah has an amazing outside mud-kitchen and various other things lined up!           

Thanks again,  

Amy x