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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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.… Read more...
(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.… Read more...
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.… Read more...
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 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.