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
- Basic Building Information
- Building Condition
- Building Facilities
- Building Usage, Income and Expenditure
- Church Building Information, history & Description of Church Significance
- 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.