Nick’s Notes November 2016

Recently appointed: Good news, very good news! Emily Spencer, originally from Wirksworth, from 1st October is our new Youth Worker: Emily also works for Church in the Peak. Emily will join us very occasionally on Sunday mornings as her main work will be Friday evenings and getting to know the young people. Elsewhere in these Notices is an article from Emily about herself.

Full immersion: What a great service we had when Church in the Peak came to Holy Trinity to baptise five teenagers and one adult. There’s something about a full church that blesses us all.

Series on the gifts: This has been a fascinating series, and quite challenging, certainly to me. We do need to continue to grow in the gifts of the Spirit as listed and taught. Be encouraged to ‘earnestly desire the gifts especially to prophecy’ as 1 Corinthians 14 says. Do come to church, Home Group and PCCs expecting to use these gifts, and those gifts and ministries in Romans 12,   Ephesians 4 and 1 Peter 4. A “Culture of Expectation” comes to mind.

PCCs: In a previous Notices I put the text of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lambeth Lecture. He begins:

“I want to start by saying just two simple sentences about the church. First, the church exists to worship God in Jesus Christ.

Second, the Church exists to make new disciples of Jesus Christ. Everything   else is decoration. Some of it may be very necessary, useful, or wonderful    decoration – but it’s decoration.”

Holy Trinity PCC divide the Agenda under two headings at their meetings: ‘Worshipping God in Christ Jesus and Making New Disciples of Jesus Christ:’ and ‘Important Decoration’. There’s overlap between these headings of course.

Doing this has helped sharpen our thinking and understanding of what we are about at our legal business Parochial Church Council  Meetings. St. Mary’s will also be having Agendas in this way from November. There’s overlap between these two. Do continue to pray for both PCCs as they meet this month, HT on Monday 14th & St. Mary’s on Tuesday 15th.

I wonder what in our personal lives is ‘Important Decoration’ and what is ‘Worshipping God in Christ Jesus and Making New Disciples of Jesus Christ’ ?

Sermon Themes: Sunday November 6th:  Zania Schalkwyk the Family, Children & Youth Worker for Matlock URC & Methodist Church will be at both services to practically introduce the Bible Society’s “Open the Book”.

Zania and her team  visit schools, including Cromford and Holy Trinity, doing this. Zania is looking for volunteers to help with this and will explain more at the services. She is very instrumental in encouraging children & youth work in the Matlock area, and uninitiated something she calls Mosaic which meets occasionally on a Saturday morning at Bank Road URC & Methodist Church. If you have a heart for this work feel free to turn up on Saturday 19th November, 10am – noon

Remembrance Sunday 13th November: There won’t be a morning service at St. Mary’s though we’ll meet at 10.45am at Holy Trinity. Sue Sunderland has kindly agreed to take Matlock Bath’s afternoon service at the War Memorial whilst I’ll be at St. Mary’s followed by a walk to both War Memorials.

Sunday 20th November: One of my favourite Sundays as it’s designated Christ the King! Isn’t He just! I’m using Christ the King as an introduction to Advent. Advent is a season observed in many Western Christian Churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus Christ as Christmas. The term is a version of the Latin word meaning “coming”.

Latin adventus is the translation of the Greek word parousia commonly used to refer to the second coming of Christ. So the season of Advent anticipates the coming of Christ from two different perspectives – His First and His Second Coming. The season offers the opportunity to share in the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah, and to be alert for his Second Coming. Christ the King coming as a baby in Bethlehem and Christ the King whose rule, kingdom, continues to grow until His return as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Then all things will be under His feet before He hands over all things to His heavenly Father.(1 Corinthians 15 v 24.)

The traditional Christmas passage  Isaiah 9 verses 6 & 7 fit the two meanings of Advent very well:

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.”

Christ the King is the start of a series of four on Justice based on the Isaiah passage that will in fact continue right through to Christmas and New Year. Initially there’ll be a particular emphasis on modern day slavery / human trafficking. Bishop Alastair played a leading role in the Modern Day Slavery Act 2015 through the House of Lord’s. He hosted a conference on modern day slavery in the Cathedral in 2014. On each of the four Justice Sundays we’ll have played a short film from this conference. I have been on deeply disturbing training and information day on this topic with Michael & Anne (Wilderspin.) See www.walkfree.org

Sundays November 27th, to December 11th: as I’ve said will also be on the Theme of Justice and will cover Migration/Refugees, Arkwright & Factories Then & Now, and Prisoners.

Community Action Group: it’s good to have increased unity of purpose as manifest with this group at Holy Trinity. And it’s good that their first event is at Cromford Community Centre on Thursday 3rd November. The common theme I hear from lots of the congregation is the importance of prayer. With these Notices you should  receive a Prayer Diary for Holy Trinity Parish plus a few extra streets so that we match the village boundary.

Memorial Service: this takes place on Sunday 6th November, 4pm at St. Mary’s and is an opportunity for us to remember loved ones who we have lost.

Cromford Community Centre: please continue to pray for the Centre. For many years a faithful and hard working group kept it going, and in the end they rightly said ‘enough!’ As a result there are now three Trustees of which I’m Chair, Dave Mitchell (Scarthin Books) Secretary and Malcolm Scothon who lives in Cromford. Sparing you the detail we now have a new Charity called a Charitable Incorporated Organisation running alongside the previous one which will close soon. We need more business and importantly up to 6 more Trustees and volunteers. It’s a lovely building though needs work, and it’s importance to the community could grow.

Clergy Conference: Pauline & Nick are on the Derby Diocesan Conference from Monday 21st to Wednesday 23rd November. Bishop Alastair writes: “On the Monday evening we will hear from Professor Richard Bauckham, one of the world’s leading Johannine scholars, on the theme ‘I am the Resurrection and The Life.’ On Tuesday morning, 2 sessions will be led by The Rt. Revd. Gordon Mursell: ‘The Resurrection and The Life – for Me; and ‘The Resurrection and The Life – for the Local Church’. On Wednesday morning Dr Cathy Ross will lead a session on ‘The Resurrection and The Life – for Mission Today.’ ”

And last but certainly not least “bon voyage” to Sheila who goes to Australia for  November to see her brother and his family.

Romans 14 v 17: “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit . .  .”

Every blessing,  Nick