St. Thomas’ Road, Normanton, Derby, DE23 8RL
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Midweek activities include:
Coffee Morning every first Saturday of the month 10am – 11.30am
CAMEO (Come & Meet Each Other) every 3rd Wednesday of the month 2pm – 4pm. Social activities.
Discovery Group (exploring the Christian faith) every 1st Wednesday of the month 2pm – 3.30pm
The Circuit Missions Together and St Thomas’ Leadership Teams have been exploring the possibility of serving and reaching out to those within the community and have made the decision to provide friendship, fellowship and worship once a month for people with learning disabilities, their carers and for anyone who would enjoy a more simple style of worship. This will be run in conjunction with ‘Prospects’ under the name of ‘Simply Worship’.
‘Prospects is a national charity specialising in supporting people with learning disabilities. It has recently joined the Livability Group. In the recent ‘Livability News’, Claire Howell who runs an act of worship called ‘Fusion’ at King’s Church, Eastbourne, writes, the service is ‘for people who take a little more time to learn’.
A ‘Prospects’ group already exists at the Hope Centre in Derby on the 2nd Sunday afternoon of every month and we aim to provide worship on the 4th Sunday morning of every month, thus complementing each other.
The first ‘Simply Worship’ will be on Sunday 24th September at 10.30am at St Thomas’ Road (Harvest Festival).
We are seeking people who would like to work with us on this:
- people who can serve tea and make people welcome
- people who can help with simple craft activities
- musicians to play songs
- people who can help lead simple worship
All those attending with learning disabilities must bring a carer with them. It is appreciated many reading this will attend their own Churches on a Sunday, but the more people who volunteer, the less commitment will be required. Anyone who has a heart for God’s people, would be the ideal volunteer.
‘Prospects’ provide training for those who offer to help and we are in the process of arranging a date in May or June.
If you feel this is something in which you would like to be involved, please contact Revd Jenny Dyer who will furnish you with more information.
You may also know people with learning disabilities who would benefit from this worship and we would ask the above information be shared as widely as possible eg in your Church news sheet/letter. We are excited about this development of God’s work here at St Thomas’ Road and ask for your prayers and support where possible.
Future events at St Thomas’ Road
|Saturday 29th April||6.30pm||Madeley Players 40th year concert|
|Saturday 13th May||2pm||Tea Dance|
|Saturday 10th June||Mary’s ‘At Home’|
|Saturday 8th July||11am||Church Anniversary bring & share Lunch + entertainment|
|Saturday 12th August||2pm||Cream Tea and stalls|
|Saturday 23rd September||11am||Salad, Songs & Stories Harvest lunch|
Harvest Festival was celebrated with Revd Jenny Dyer leading our worship, using material from the ‘All We Can’ Harvest Appeal ‘Make a Splash’. This included a quiz on the use of water worldwide which showed how many miles women and children have to walk in many parts of the world, for water. We were also amazed to learn that, on average, each person in the UK, uses 150 litres of water a day. Quite a salutary thought.
We continue to meet weekly for Sunday worship, though many of our members and friends find it more difficult to meet with us, but the monthly Discovery Group, CAMEO (Come & Meet Each Other) and Coffee Mornings bring in friends from other Churches and parts of Derby.
We have been encouraged by the support of the Circuit Mission Together Team and a prayer walk of the surrounding streets proved beneficial and helpful especially as we had Christine Corbett with us, who was able to give us the history of places visited.
Our last social event was the now, annual concert, by the Osmaston Wind Band who rendered a great mixture of music for our enjoyment.
Our next social event will be on Saturday 12th November with an afternoon of ‘Music, Magic, Mirth & Monologues’. Afternoon tea will be served. £4 per person, children under 16 free. Everyone welcome.
Members and friends at St Thomas’ Road value the support and prayers of the Circuit as it seeks to witness to the good news of Jesus, in this very diverse multi-cultural area with a transient population.