Where Writers walked

New book by Catherine James: Local preacher from St John’s

Catherine James, Local Preacher and member at St John’s has written a book exploring the references to the places in Derbyshire in the writings of authors who visited them. Whilst researching the book Catherine’s travels took her to the villages and towns of the Peak District and Derwent Valley and there are fascinating stories to discover in the chapters which focus on authors such as Jane Austen, Daniel Defoe and John Wesley.

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978-1-910489-54-3 Price £14.99


The Church On Oakwood News: Nov 2019

The Church On Oakwood News: Nov 2019

What a great summer we have had with planned summer activities such as holiday club and activity days, along with God blessing us with the amazing summer weather that allowed us to host picnics on the park each Wednesday afternoon during the summer holidays for all ages and family units. It is amazing what conversations can happen through offering a packet of crisps, a bottle of water and a football to young people already on the park.

We had the same response through being hospitable also at the Oakwood Festival in July, through offering fliers, Bibles, Diary of a Disciple mini-books, resources, biscuit decorating, sweets, goody bags and a chance to win a hamper for free. There is nothing more special than showing God’s love to people through blessing them with freebies and engaging in conversation and connecting them to the church through things on offer.

Our Monday Fellowship group for retired people, who meet on a Monday afternoon, to listen to guest speakers, go on trips out or host games afternoons following a pre-planned programme of events each week, have just celebrated their 25th birthday. This is not only a big occasion due to amount of years the group has been running, but a celebration as a few of the founding members are still in attendance 25 years on!

In September, because of the age of the young people attending on a Sunday morning, we have started a group for youth on 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month alongside JAM who is for 3-11’s. The name is yet to be confirmed, but it has been a blessing in bringing one young person back to church who hasn’t been in a while and has made others come more regularly. The young people are also being encouraged to play a bigger part in the church family currently giving out books, welcoming people and taking the collection during a Sunday morning service and serving drinks, helping with crafts and leading songs and prayers during Messy Church.

As we head into winter, we are finalising the plans for Christmas and ways in which we can bring light into the darkness through sharing the gospel message with our local school, wider community and families connected and those not yet connected to the church.

Becky our Family Worker has found something that we will be using again at Christmas this year and would encourage others to sign-up and order this FREE resource to give out to children in your church or local community. ‘The First Christmas’ is a great book that is written by Gemma Willis (writer of Diary of a Disciple) and FREE from the Scripture Union website. This is a great gift to give to children to share with their families at Christmas.

Simply Worship

Simply Worship (St Thomas’ Road)

(The following is a copy of an article which appeared in the Methodist Recorder earlier this year)

On one particularly poorly attended Sunday at St Thomas’ Road Methodist Church in Derby, Revd Jenny Dyer found herself preaching to about a dozen people, two of whom had learning difficulties. “I was preaching about the Chilcot Report,” she says, “and thinking what on earth are they making of this. Not only did two of the worshippers have learning difficulties, but another had left an adult son with learning difficulties at home. Others on our membership list have either learning difficulties or dementia. It was a lightbulb moment. I thought: we have to change our worship to be more accessible to these people.”

It was the beginning of a new initiative. The church got together with Prospects (now part of Livability), an organisation that promotes worship groups for people with special needs. Prospects came and led a training day, attended not only by the faithful few from the church but by Local Preachers and Worship Leaders from around the circuit, and people from other churches in Derby and beyond.

Then the services started. Since February, St Thomas’ Road has been running a service it calls ‘Simply Worship’, at its usual service time, once a month. ‘Simply Worship’ aims to be accessible to everyone, including people with special needs or dementia. “It is a bit of a challenge though,” says Revd Jenny, “because it also needs to have enough meat in it for our other worshippers. But so far everyone seems to enjoy it.”

The congregation sit café-style round tables, and tea, coffee and squash are served as people arrive. There is always something on the table for people to do and help each other to do, as they settle in. Sometimes it has been craft, and once it was a puzzle. Once it was baking: “It was a Sunday soon after Easter and we made ’empty tomb marshmallow croissants!'” The worship is informal, interactive, visual, colourful. “We aim to keep it simple, but with depth,” says Revd Jenny. And it always finishes with the Lord’s Prayer with actions.

Future challenges? “We need to get it better advertised,” says Revd Jenny. “So far we have not been successful in attracting people who are not already connected with us, but we hope that will change soon. And also I’d like us to learn some simple Makaton signs to go with some of the songs.”

The Church on Oakwood: March 2018 news

The Church on Oakwood News: March 2018

We have had a very busy Christmas with schools and nurseries using the church to host their Christmas performances. We offered Years 5 & 6 at a local school an ‘Experience Christmas’ for them to gain a deeper understanding as to what Christmas is really all about and why it is celebrated so much in the Church. Our Christmas Messy Church was very well attended, along with our Advent Reflections and Carol Service with our Catholic partners (and the Deanery Youth Choir).

As a Church, we are starting to set a Church Vision. Rev’d Neil has set dates in our diaries of afternoons for the Church to come together and pray, reflect and listen to what God is saying about His Church, the local community and the way forward. Both sessions so far, have been put together well – offering different prayer stations with a focus or just space for personal prayer. Both sessions have been very well attended and well received. The last session is in a few weeks.

We are already approaching Easter at a great speed, already a number of weeks into Lent. Again, we are offering a Lent Course from 7:30pm every Tuesday evening in the Church. The last session will be Tuesday 20th March.

A local School are again wanting to ‘Experience Easter’ with us, of which we thank God for this opportunity to look deeper into the aspects of the Easter Story and input into these children’s lives getting across to them how much God loves them and why He did what He did!

Becky, our Family Worker has completed her Certificate in Family Ministry and in May will complete the Aurora Certificate in Children’s Ministry.

Our Messy Church continues to grow, as we welcome new families into this fresh expression way of being Church. We meet 3rd Saturday of each month 11am-1pm. (All welcome!) A great number of our Wednesday afternoon toddler group families are starting to attended Messy Church. This year our Toddler Group (Walkers & Talkers) is 5 years old. We will be celebrating in style with a HUGE cake and a party!

We have a lot to look forward to with the Good Friday Family Activity Morning, Good Friday service led jointly with our Catholic Partners and our Easter Celebration. We have the Oakwood Festival (Gala) in July, holiday club and events on the park over the summer.

Borrowash News: March 2018

Borrowash News: March 2018

The four Bible Study groups continue to meet each week at various locations, enjoying close fellowship and the opportunity to learn from each other as the bible is studied in a relaxed environment. This has provided the atmosphere for many within the church to grow spiritually.

During Lent, there is a weekly devotional meeting held at midday followed by a soup and roll light lunch. On Good Friday there will be a short Ecumenical service of witness outside the Co-op, starting at 12 noon.

On March 13th at the Royal Oak pub there was an Ecumenical event called ‘Hot Potato Evening’ to debate the argument ‘Should we allow Assisted Dying in the UK? Yes or No?’ The evening began with a Jacket Potato and Filling followed by the debate.

Allestree News: March 2018

Allestree News: March 2018

Allestree was very busy before Christmas with the Coffee morning when we raised funds for the Nightshelter and our Church funds. We had an Advent Carol Service followed by a tea much enjoyed by those from other Churches as well as our own members. Carols by Fairylights followed nearer to Christmas with the Church decorated by strings of lights, our thanks to Peter Nelson who played the organ for us. We sent £139.32 to Action for Children from the collections from these services and the Christmas Day service.

Future events include a Quiz on March 10th, a Summer Fair on July 21st and a Bugs and Spuds evening on September 22nd, more details nearer the time.

Please pray for us during the coming months while we search for someone to fill the vacancy which will occur when Helen leaves us in August.

St Martins Transformation

CHATTERBOX CAFE NOW OPEN 8.30am to 2pm Monday to Saturday



For the last decade the church congregation has been faithfully praying about how they could use their building to serve their community.

In 2012 Allenton was given ‘Big Local’ Funding and a community organisation ‘Allenton Big Local’ (ABL) was set up. One of the founding members of the ABL Partnership was also a member at St Martin’s and it soon became evident that there were several groups in Allenton who shared the same social objectives and vision.

Working together with the community groups and with a grant of £70,000 from ABL, ambitious plans were drawn up to extend and refurbish the existing church buildings and develop a community hub. However it soon became obvious that this funding would not be enough to fulfil the dream.

Thinking ‘out of the box’ the partnership viewed the challenge as one not simply about monetary funding. Guided by the church vision and shared group aspiration, the team has built on local network and agency contacts which has resulted in the wider Derby community coming on-board in support. The result is a DIY SOS style project, with much of the work being provided free of charge or at cost by local tradesmen.

What it will deliver

St Martin’s working with and alongside other community groups will provide:

  • An affordable community café providing a meeting place for the deprived in the area.
  • Toddler groups (much needed in this poor area)
  • A community garden set within this busy urban area, boasting ‘plot to plate’ initiatives, sensory garden and outdoor play
  • A community project (involving the café) supporting adults with learning difficulties
  • Strengthening existing links with ‘Enthusiasm’ providing a place for youth clubs and dance groups
  • New community rooms for local groups to meet and hold events
  • New toilets and disabled facilities that local shoppers can use
  • Provide a refurbished Church building fit for 21st Century Worship

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Read the latest articles and media releases to follow this exciting project:

August 2017 – Derby Telegraph: £350k community centre being created in Allenton

August 2017 – Connect East Midlands Article: Major new community centre in Allenton

July 2017 – East Midlands Business Link Report: ‘Demolition Day’ Swings Into Action

News from Mickleover Methodist Church

    News from Mickleover Methodist Church





Our Spark to a Flame Service of Alternative Worship is held at 10.00am on the second Sunday of most months. This provides an informal worshiping and learning environment for both children and adults. It runs in the large hall in parallel with the morning service in the Chapel and normally attracts about 60 people.  The next service will be on 13th January.    r service.

  • Messy Church is held monthly on the first Tuesday in the month from 4 – 6 pm. Come and share in play, games, worship, teaching, craft and a meal together.The next service is 5th February. This was our December Messy Church.

  • Women’s Fellowship meets at 2,30pm on Tuesdays.The meeting starts with devotions, followed by speaker each week.The meeting ends with a cup of tea, biscuits and a chat. it is a very friendly group and would be delighted if you joined in. This is the start of our Spring Programme

  • Wesley Guild meets at 7.30pm on a Wednesday. It has a wide range of interesting speakers and an opportunity for a chat over coffee. Our Autumn Programme is being prepared

  • A Fairtrade Coffee Bar for the Mickleover community is open at the Methodist Church on the last Saturday of each month from 10.00 to 12 am and includes a Fairtrade stall. The next dates to be arranged.
  • Funtime. Do you like to relax and chat over tea or coffee, play games, puzzle over quizzes together and have fun? Then why not come along to Funtime at the Methodist Church on alternate Wednesday mornings.

  • If you want to relax and have a chat for a while on a Friday morning, come along to the Mickleover Methodist Church for Coffee and Cakes. It is open from 9.00 am to 12.00 every Friday but will not be open in August.  You could also join in the Scrabble Club at the same time on the last Friday of the month from 10 am.