On Holy Saturday, a team of four gave out over 150 hot cross buns and 75 Gift of Easter booklets to passers by Liversage Square. We had some good conversations with neighbours and those walking between the train station and city centre. It was also a good chance to meet those working in a couple of the nearby shops who came to find out what we were up to.
This is just one of the ways we are seeking to bless our local community and we are already thinking about how we can bless people at other times of year. We hope to make the most of Christian festivals including Pentecost, Harvest and Christmas, as well as other times of year such as Remembrance Day and Mother’s and Father’s Days.
Tuesday 1st Tuesday in the month – Home Group
Wednesday 9.30am Prayer Meeting
7 – 10pm Drama Incorporated
Thursday 5.30pm Brownies & Girl Guides
At St Martin’s we also welcome another worshipping community.
HOUSE OF GLORY:
Minister: Rev Dorothy Guy.
Contact: 01332 690566
PLEASE NOTE House of Glory are currently not using St Martin’s due to the building work.
For details of other activities please ring Rev Guy at the number above
Our ‘Simply Worship’ service on the 4th Sunday of the month aims to be accessible to people with learning difficulties or dementia. Here is the story of how it started:
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.”
See below images from our 2017 pantomime from Wednesday 15th February-Saturday 18th February 2017. Stay up to date with news regarding Chapel Players on our page as we look forward to 2018!
Panto season has now come to an end and February has nearly finished! We have had a wonderful month at Chellaston Methodist Church and have raised lots of important funds for the church towards our ongoing improvements.
Puss in Boots Pantomime 2018- Puss in Boots 2018 has been a storming success. The cast performed infront of 5 packed audiences across 4 days, delighting the crowds with lots of laughs, cheers songs and much more! The pantomime has raised nearly £2000 for the church which is a fabulous amount, well done to all involved!
Messy Church- There was no Messy Church in February due to the pantomime so Messy Church will take place twice in March on Thursday 1st and Thursday 29th March. We hope to see lots of families and friends at both events for more Messy fun!
Spring Spectacular- Following the success of the pantomime the fundraising team are now starting to plan towards our next large event, our Spring Spectacular Charity Gala at Mickleover Court Hotel on Saturday 19th May. Check out our facebook page and website for further details. Tickets are £35 each with the money going towards Stroke Services at The Royal Derby Hospital and Chellaston Methodist Church.
These are just some of the exciting things we have in store over the next few months! Make sure you keep updated by checking back on our website!