Oakwood Messy Church

Messy Church at The Church on Oakwood, DE21 2DF

01332 664473

11am – 1pm 3rd Saturday of each month (except August)

Led by Becky Tomlinson

Dates this quarter:  15 Dec, contact the Church for further dates

This is an opportunity for all ages to come together in one place and journey on a different theme each month. This is not aimed at children. Families are welcome in whatever shape that looks like and will be warmly welcomed. Themed crafts, board games, competitions, Lego, refreshments and an opportunity to build relationships is the focus during the first hour. Songs and a short message is given about the theme for the day to then end church with a hot meal for everyone around the table.

No booking needed – its FREE! (Donations hugely appreciated!

Facebook ‘Messy Church Oakwood Derby’ or call the church office for details 01332 664473.

Newmount Sankey Service

Sankey Service at Newmount, DE23 1PS

6.30pm meeting 3 or 4 times a year

Led by Peter Blount & Paul Wood & Revd Greg

Date this quarter:  Sunday 2 December, including Holy Communion

A Circuit wide time of informal fellowship and worship featuring an abundance of singing with all Hymns taken from the famous Hymn Book compiled under the direction of Ira D Sankey.  The evening will also include readings from Gods word and prayers.

Refreshments are usually available during the service.

Mickleover Messy Church

Messy Church at Mickleover, DE3 9GH

4pm till 6pm 1st Tuesday of the month (except January/September) 

Dates this quarter:  4 Dec, 5 Feb

Alternative worship and activities for families with children. Parents, carers, grandparents etc. all welcome. Snacks and drinks available straight after school, games session at 4pm followed by lively worship, activities, crafts and finishing with a hot meal.

Mickleover Alternative Worship

Spark 2 a Flame at Mickleover, DE3 9GH

01332 735052

2nd Sunday of month; worship beginning informally around 9:50am with ‘official’ start shortly after 10.00 am. Usual finish 11:20am.

Led by Spark to a Flame Team which includes local preachers and worship leader

Dates this quarter: 9 Dec, 13 Jan, 10 Feb

A service of alternative worship for people of all ages. It is interactive and develops the theme of the month through Singing, Music, Drama, Teaching, Bible Study, Art, Crafts, Cooking, Discussion, Meditation and other activities.  Instrumental music group leads the singing and creative use of AV.

Littleover Alternative worship

Encounter at Littleover Methodist Church, DE23 6EP

01332 365045

6.00pm every Sunday evening

Led by the LMC Worship Leaders and Revd Dr Gary Watt

Dates this quarter:  every Sunday excluding 9, 16 & 23 Dec (Carol Services) & 30 Dec (no service)

Cafe worship, with a charismatic feel. Usual format is a block of sung worship, an engaging message from the Bible and then corporate ministry time. Sometimes format changes dependent on theme or setting. A chance to pray for others and be prayed for, as well as be equipped by the Word and Spirit.

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.

The ISBN no is

978-1-910489-54-3 Price £14.99


Knitting Project News July 2018

Knitting Project News July 2018

Although Aquabox closed down for August for packing, they were very busy sending out Aquaboxes containing £90,000 worth of water filters and humanitarian aid. These were mainly destined for Kerala, South India to help people cope with the devastating floods there. Boxes were also sent to Cameroon, where thousands of people have been displaced because of fighting between government forces, and non-state armed groups. People have been forced to flee from their villages, preventing them from farming their land, thus losing their livelihoods. Children, women, and elderly people are the most affected, and dependent on aid.

Aquabox has received further requests for aid from the Philippines, Eritrea, and the Yemen. Providing this emergency aid is very demanding on funds and resources and they would welcome any donations to help the work to continue. Our knitted goods are also appreciated, particularly in situations where people have lost all their possessions. We rely on our courier, Derick Perry to take our knitted goods to Aquabox, and sadly, he is now recovering from the recent loss of his wife Anne, so please remember him in your prayers. We are now able to begin supplying MHA with knee blankets and twiddle muffs. About 30 twiddle muffs, supplied by a knitting group at Sinfin have been taken to Willowcroft MHA at Spondon, by Richard and Jenny Dodson of Oakwood. They visit regularly, as Richard plays the organ for a service there. They report that the residents received the twiddle muffs with great joy, thinking that Christmas had arrived. Items for Willowcroft may be left at Oakwood Church for Richard and Jenny to deliver. Barbara Sims will also receive goods for MHA at Mickleover Methodist Church, and she is in the process of taking 20 blankets, and 10 muffs to Maple Leaf House MHA, Ripley. Barbara also intends to take knitted items to Willowcroft. Our contact at MHA, Lesley France, sends the following message: ‘Thank you all, and keep knitting!’ If you are sending knee blankets, please make sure that they are the correct size – 28″ x 28″ (made up of 16 x 7″ squares), as other sizes are not suitable.

I shall not now be away from Derby for the next few weeks, helping my sister, as her operation has been postponed, and I hope that the knitting continues to flourish. Many thanks to you all for your efforts, which bring comfort to many, both at home and abroad.