Nick’s Notes March 2017

Nick’s Notes

A reminder about Holy Trinity Annual Vestry Meeting & the Annual Parochial Church Meetings (APCM’s).

Holy Trinity’s is on Sunday 2nd April, kind of during the 10.45am All Age Worship and certainly following on after!

St. Mary’s is on Tuesday 4th April at 2.00pm in the church.

Please do come especially as we’ll be looking to the future with my retirement due sometime between November 2018 and November 2020 and the implications for both Churches.

Numerous times in the Book of Acts the New Testament Church   proclaims the good news of Jesus in the light of the Old Testament. Peter’s sermon at Pentecost quotes from the prophet Joel, Stephen recounts some of Israel’s history before he’s stoned to death. In Acts 13 verses 13 following, Paul and his companions leave Paphos in     Cyprus and sail to Perga in Pamphyia on the way to Pisidian Antioch which is in Turkey’s lakes region. As usual they went to the synagogue and after the reading from the Law and Prophets the synagogue rulers asked if Paul & co had “a message of encouragement for the people”
 
Rock cut road to Perga                                                         Pisidian Antioch

and if so, to speak. And off Paul launches into “a gospel presentation” beginning with God’s dealings with Israel and of course telling them about Jesus’ resurrection. I could wax lyrical about this passage, have a read it’s wonderful and contains things we’d love to see. See verses 43, 48 & 49. Alas in verse 50 the persecution comes and they had to leave. In v 51 the disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.” Not a bad compensation for persecution!

The verse I’d like us to focus on is 36, “For when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation he fell asleep..” It’s a verse I came across years ago and is well worth praying to come to pass. Praying in two ways. Firstly that our two congregations may serve God’s purpose in this generation, and that individually we may serve God’s purposes in this generation.

More on this on Sunday 2nd April when we look at John 17 v 21 “that they may be one..”

Lent  begins on Ash Wednesday 1st March. Holy Trinity Home Groups will continue as usual with a break for the Church Prayer Meeting on Wednesday 15th March. We haven’t had a joint Lent Group with Cromford Methodists for a few years, so after discussion with two of their leaders, Tim & Helen Rogers, we’re having joint weekly Lent Groups to which Holy Trinity folk are more than welcome. They’ll start on Ash Wednesday and continue to Wednesday 5th April from 8.00pm to 9.30pm. The venue is Tim and Helen’s home at 73 Derby Road, on the way to Rock House, Cromford. We haven’t agreed a theme or book etc. yet. All three congregations are smallish and are of mature years, so we could begin with this. Or look at Terry Virgo’s book “The Spirit Filled Church” we’ll talk and pray it through on Ash Wednesday. There’ll be an agape (bring and share meal with communion) on Maundy Thursday 13th April for Cromford Methodist and both our churches at 7.00pm in Trinity Hall.

Kata Tar, who works for Jews for Jesus, has visited and blessed us a couple of times. Elsewhere in the Notices is an email from her that I’ve chosen to share with you. Should you like to contribute please do so via the Sunday Collection and David will forward monies received to her.

We gave the Major a really good send off and the numbers attending his Thanksgiving service that followed on from the committal held at Amber Crematorium spoke volumes about James. The love of our congregations for him was commented on very positively by his family and friends.

A big thanks to all who worked hard using the grace the Lord gives in relation to James. Numerous visited, shopped, transported etc. to enable James to continue living at home. This love and care continued over his days in hospital and in the excellent Presentation Care Home.  Many contributed to his funeral service too.  A year or so ago The Major was interviewed by Peter Hart on behalf of the Imperial War Museum, if you’d like to hear these fascinating and historic words there’s a link on the HT website. or available on CD as MP3 files from ALLEN Rest in Peace rise in glory James!

Cromford School Short Ofsted Inspection went very well and “continues to be good..” Staff and Governors are very pleased indeed with the report, so many congratulations to Liz Foster, Head Teacher, et al. If you’d like to read the report in full go to www.cromfordcofeschool.com and follow the link.

The Archdeacon’s Visitation will be held this year at Holy Trinity, 7.30pm on Monday 12th  June.

“Give us the wisdom and grace to use aright the time that is left to us here on earth, to turn to Christ and follow in His steps in the way that leads to everlasting life.

Amen”

Every blessing,

Nick