Nick’s Notes May 2016

APCMs: Thank you to all who were able to attend St. Mary’s & Holy Trinity’s Annual Parochial Church Meetings.  We had good numbers and also good discussion at both.  Thank you too to both PCC Secretaries Gill (Housley) and Sheila (Laming) who did much efficient preparation work.

The meetings decided on the 2017 APCM dates: Sunday 2nd May at noon for Holy Trinity and Tuesday 4th May at 2pm for St Mary’s.

We welcome John Farmery to St. Mary’s PCC, the other members being Richard Ash, Tom Bradley (Church Warden), Sylvia Bunting, David Green, Gill Housley, Ray Filsell, Barrie Key, Michael Wilderspin, and me.

Holy Trinity PCC had Sue Crabb, John Entwistle and Hillary Phillips added to Judy Crook, Val Grayshon, David Green, Pauline Key, Sheila Laming, Milena Nutt, Mike Pilling, John Ramage, Michael Wilderspin and me

At the next PCC meetings an early Agenda item will be Election of Officers, which are Secretary, Treasurer and Standing Committee.

At Holy Trinity’s APCM we agreed that we should go forward with prayer for healing and using the gifts of the Spirit on Sunday mornings.

Tom (Bradley), David (Green) and myself had a very edifying visit to Healing Rooms at Hillsborough and at St. Mary’s APCM we agreed to go forward with this ministry.

May and June Services: there are some adjustments to May and June’s Sunday services as follows:

On Sunday 15th May, St. Mary’s will be closed and instead we will be worshipping at 10.30am at Cromford Methodist Church where their visiting preacher is Rev Steve Wild, the President of Conference.  There’ll also be visitors from Willersley Castle.

To celebrate, as the Major would call her, Her Most Gracious Majesty’s 90th birthday we are having a Service at St. Mary’s 10.30am on Sunday 12th June to which both Holy Trinity and Cromford Methodist are invited. There’ll be no service at Holy Trinity and we’ll have a Bring and Share lunch. See article from Gill (Housley) in these Notices.

I’m attending a Diocesan event to help with reaching the wider community using these celebrations.

Deanery Confirmation Service:  This takes place on Monday 16th May, at 7.30pm at All Saint’s Church, Matlock. I am presenting one candidate, Rebecca (Becky) Gladstone, if anyone else would like to be confirmed please let me know soonest.

Church Prayer Meetings: This monthly event seems to be going well and came up at Holy Trinity’s APCM, by the way, the May Church Prayer meeting will take place on Tuesday 17th May.  As I’ve said I’d like them to be more than monthly but I don’t think we are there yet.  I’m mulling and praying over how both congregations can grow in fellowship, teaching and prayer during the week.  For example on the Gifts of the Spirit and taking Following and Fishing forward.

From the very beginning of these I’ve set out a free and open agenda based on a couple of Biblical texts.  Colossians chapter 3 verses 15- 16: “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.  Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” Ephesians 5 verses 19-20: “Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit.  Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

As part of our intercession we may choose to focus on particular issues, for example, Christian Aid or Youth work.  We have opportunity for praise and thanksgiving, stillness and silence, discussion and questions, Bible reading and using the gifts of the Spirit.  I want to resist the structures which we have, for example, at Sunday services.

Archbishop Justin is visiting the Diocese from 21st to 23rd June.  On the evening of 21st June there is an event at Derby College for members of the Diocese to gather around the Archbishop for worship and also a question and answer session.  We are asked to bring a few representatives to the event which will be held at 6:45pm at the Roundhouse, Roundhouse Road, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8JE. If you would like to go then please let me know as soon as possible as places are limited.

Youth and Childrens work: Judy and Sue do very well leading these two areas.  It’s fair to say that as churches we need to spend time in prayer and discussion on how to resource and grow both Children and Youth work.

Encouragement: Further to my comment in the Vicar’s Report to the APCM, below is an encouraging letter from a recent visitor to St Mary’s.

Every blessing

Dear Nick

 I just wanted to write and say how encouraging it was to worship with you all at St Mary’s on Sunday.

 We felt welcomed and included in your thoughtful, worshipful service. All those taking part just radiated with the love of Jesus and their love for him.

Thank you for your challenging and clear sermon. I have mentioned details to 3 or 4 people already ….and it is only Tuesday!

What generous hearts of that lovely congregation to release children’s and youth workers/work to your other church….and I pray that there will be a time when St Mary’s is again filled with 200 worshippers…but meanwhile rejoice in the wonderful inclusive nature of the services you have and the ability to love and support one another in your daily walk with God!

Praying that in your church AGM you will know God’s presence and direction amongst all the usual items of such a meeting and that God will continue to bless and bring fruit from your ministry in such a beautiful part of the UK.   

(I think we may have chosen the most beautiful weekend of the year in which to view it!)

With gratefulness for fellowship in Jesus,

Hilary (Yarde Martin)

P.S. I have just checked this email for errors and was tempted to leave my typo of St Maty’s… seemed quite appropriate!