One Body: So many things have gone very well in December, thank you all. The church family does work well together in very many ways. A big thank you to all, those up front and seen and those behind the scenes including those who pray and give.
A relevant verse that comes to mind is Ephesians 4 v 16 “From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds up itself in love, as each part does its work.” Writing this on Monday 19th December I can say that the Christmas events and services have gone very well. Both churches have been extremely well decorated. “Experiencing Christmas” at both schools was fabulous, and both school plays were great and well attended. The Arkwright Carol Service at St Mary’s went very well with Bishop Alastair and was enhanced by numerous DaleDivas wassailing and singing in the church. And there are numerous events still to come! Including ‘Nick the Vic’s’ Christmas quiz which this year is at the New Bath Hotel, see separate advert.
DaleDivas preparing to Wassail with Ally Law of DaleDivas
Cromford Community Centre: Thank you for your prayers for the Cromford Community Centre. At the recent AGM five Trustees were elected and there are a couple more who wish to be added. We’re still sailing close to the wind financially though.
Sermon Themes: The Advent Justice series seems to have gone well and the themes were quite moving. Thank you to the typists and techies who regularly put stuff onto the PowerPoints. The Themes for January sermons are following the Lectionary, however in February we’ll be looking at Jesus prayer in John 17.
Martha and Mary: There’s a lot of very important and necessary decoration in our Christmas activities whether as individuals, families or congregations. And as usual we need to add worshipping Jesus Christ and making disciples of Jesus Christ.”
In Luke 10 Martha’s business, I think, could be said to be important and necessary decoration. Mary had chosen the better part which Jesus said would not be taken away from her. Mary sat at the feet of Jesus in spite of the work that seemed to be important and needed. May we imitate Mary and find the time to sit at Jesus’ feet (perhaps round a crib?) and worship Him. Give thanks for our own journeys of discipleship and ask for the Lord to help you find new disciples to be added to our numbers.
Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year
With love from
Val & Nick