Nick’s Notes October 2016

This Sunday Holy Trinity welcomes Church in the Peak to the morning service. They are bringing seven young people to be baptised by full immersion. Refreshments will be served before and after the service. 

PCCs: What a wonderful PCC Holy Trinity had in October. I can hear St. Mary’s folk saying “so did we at our PCC, sorry Nick forgot as he and Val were looking after two little grandchildren all day!” Mia culpa! John (Phillips) and Peter (Dargavel) gave an excellent and exciting presentation on the Community Action Group’s work to Holy Trinity PCC.

The Guardians of Ancora series was good and challenging for us. If I remember rightly it took up between 5 – 10 minutes in each service apart from at the All Age Service which was a bit longer. It was great to involve Bertie & Freddie more, and to encourage us to see that church can be done differently. Sometimes the Lord puts his finger on places that need refining doesn’t He?

Sarah Brown, Diocesan Children’s Adviser, met with Sheila, Pauline, Judy and I. It was a very fruitful meeting, and along with other meetings, discussion and prayers we have moved forward on the ‘experience church’ material and have had a positive response so far from our two church schools. Sheila spoke at Holy Trinity School staff meeting which resulted in agreement to talk about running a couple ‘experience church days’  days later this academic year. Hopefully the same will happen with Cromford School.  This will mean more children visit our two churches. Indeed already a group have been in to look at Holy Trinity church building as part of their RE curriculum.

Regarding youth we have met with other youth leaders in local churches and are hoping to have some joint meetings of young people in Matlock and area.

As you know at Holy Trinity we have used the space in church for craft/art activities and this is still a work in progress. We have had some extra children during the summer and they have enjoyed using these materials.

My thanks to all who have staffed St. Mary’s April to September on Saturdays which has enabled many to continue to enjoy the lovely building and peaceful atmosphere. St. Mary’s continues to have holiday folk attending the Sunday services. The September Open Day was a bit quiet with low visitor numbers. On Friday October 28th at 7.45pm the Derbyshire Constabulary Male Voice Choir are singing at a Charity Concert on behalf of Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline. You may remember that they had a service at Holy Trinity a few years ago and, for example, Milena & Keven host some Chernobyl children each year.

Alas!  Only 2 people responded to meeting with me to take Following and Fishing (F & F) forward – and they were away for the meeting! So I’ll try again and encourage you to go forward with F & F by inviting you to a meeting on Sunday 16th October 5pm – 6pm. Please be ready with your one minute testimony or simple and short gospel presentation!

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written to all clergy announcing well in advance an initiative called Thy Kingdom Come which is to take place from 25th May to 4th June 2017. To quote, “Joining with the family of God the Father to pray ‘Come Holy Spirit’, that we may be effective witnesses to Jesus Christ.” This will be brought to both PCCs and then more information to all congregation members. Meanwhile the Archbishop’s letter will be on the church notice boards.

Congratulations to Gill Housley from St. Mary’s who has been awarded the Bishop’s Badge for her love and service. She will receive this on Sunday 23rd October at the 3pm Evensong service at Derby Cathedral. All are welcome to attend.

Stephen Monk, vicar of Darley, South Darley & Winster, has asked us to advertise an Inclusive Church event, Monday 31st October at 7pm. See http://inclusive-church.org.uk/. It should be an interesting evening.

My thanks to Peter (Dargavel) for leading the September Church Prayer meeting so very well. On Wednesday 12th October we have our next Church Meeting

Monday Open Church and Morning Prayer will begin at 9.25am rather than 9.15am as I now take Holy Trinity School Collective Worship (Assembly) at 9.00am.

Worship can be defined in various ways including, in this context I mean the times of singing hymns and worship together or in our own devotions. I hear many compliments about the music in both churches – thank you musicians. A quote from Terry Virgo’s book The Spirit Filled Church: “A time of worship is a fresh opportunity to get to know God. We can grow in faith as we declare glorious things about Him and to Him. Often there will be a breaking free from sin as we touch His holiness and experience His love melting our hearts afresh. Truth sets us free, and truth sung with faith and in the power of the Spirit can have a mighty liberating effect on us.”                                                           

John chapter  4 verses 4 and 5, “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.  God is spirit and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

Quinquennial Repairs at HT begin Monday 3rd October and finish on Friday 11th November. There should be no disruption to services etc as the work is all outside on the vestry roof.

Every blessing, Nick