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News from Borrowash: Nov 2017

News from Borrowash: Nov 2017

Our ‘Hope is Born’ weekend is from 1st to 3rd December, which is an outreach event for the Community emphasising the true meaning of Christmas. There will be an exhibition in Church on Friday 1st December between 5.30pm and 7.30pm to coincide with the ‘switch on’ of the Christmas lights in Borrowash. On the Saturday there will be an exhibition of Nativities within Church and also refreshments/lunches will be served in the hall. At 3.30pm on the Sunday 3rd December, Margaret Barker will give an illustrated talk on ‘The Magi’.

On the 16th December as usual, the community ‘Festival of Light’ Walk from Ockbrook to Borrowash, organised by the ‘Ockash Trust’, will end in Church with a musical Christmas Celebration.

We have started holding a Coffee Morning in the Church foyer on the second Saturday of the month. These are to encourage engagement with the community. Each one will be organised by a different group from within the Church.

Our four regular Bible Study Groups continue to be well attended.


News from the Church on Oakwood: Nov 2017

News from the Church on Oakwood: Nov 2017

We’ve had an amazing summer, welcoming 60+ children into the Church for ‘Extraordinary Explorers’ holiday club with crafts, songs, (very) messy games and lots of fun, as the children learnt about Peter; becoming a disciple, trusting and doing amazing things with God’s help, letting his best friend down but then going on to create churches.

Also over the summer, we held Picnics on the Park for people in our local community to join together for crafts and games on Wednesday afternoons and every Saturday night, we had a Film Club with sweets and hot dogs!

In September we warmly welcomed our new Minister, Rev’d Neil Draper and his family into the Church and with Neil’s help have continued to seek God’s guidance into what we should be doing in Oakwood, what to do next and beginning to pray and plan a Church vision.

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!)

During October half term, we welcomed families into the Church building for games, competitions, crafts and refreshments 10am-12 noon, Monday-Friday, on the theme of ‘Light in the Darkness’. It was busy but very relaxed, a perfect opportunity to build relationships with families. A simple, but strong message was advertised through the activities each day, that the children and young people were encouraged to take home. It was very well attended each day and as a team, we thoroughly enjoyed being part of something very special.

As a Church, we are beginning to get ready for Christmas as we head towards our Advent Reflection evening; visits from 2 local nurseries for their Christingle services; Experience Christmas for the local school, to name a few, along with other activities and events planned, to invite others to come and know why we celebrate Christmas and what Christmas is really all about.



Nov 2017 News from Allestree

Nov 2017 News from Allestree

The Summer Fair on July 15th was a successful day raising £400.00 for Church Funds. We welcomed some of the local people and also friends from the Circuit.

We had a very enjoyable Harvest Festival with Phil Royle leading Worship on the Sunday. On the Saturday we decorated the Church with harvest gifts and in the evening had a very successful ‘Bugs and Spuds’ evening. Much enjoyed by all including friends from other Churches. The money raised from this went to the Padley Centre along with the harvest gifts.

Church Anniversary was celebrated on October 15th with Morning Service led by Peter Blount and the Evening Service led by Rev. Peter Barham (Vicar of St Edmunds Church).Also at the Evening Service were members of the choir who led the singing accompanied by their organist.

Members of the Church Congregation also joined with us. Coffee and cakes were served after both Services.

Forthcoming events are a:

Christmas Coffee Morning on November 25th from 10 a.m. to 12.00 noon.Proceeds for Church Funds and the Derby Night Shelter.

Carol Service on December 3rd at 4 p.m. led by Rev Helen White followed by tea.

Carols by Candle light on Thursday December 14th at 7.30 p.m. Led by Rev Helen White.

We ask you to continue praying for our congregation, many getting on in years but still giving their support in whatever way they can, some unable to come now but still supporting us in prayer.



Welcome to Revd Neil Draper

Welcome to Revd Neil Draper

Neil joined the Circuit this September taking pastoral charge at Alvaston, Mayfield Road and the Church on Oakwood

Hello,

I consider it a great privilege to be called to work among you in the Derby Circuit.

My roots originate in Derbyshire. I grew up in a small village and attended a little chapel where I made a commitment to follow Jesus for the rest of my life.

I have been married to Tracy for almost 32 years and we have 3 children: Joshua, Hannah & Zara. Tracy works full-time in the pharmacy at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, Joshua also works at the same hospital, as a Charge Nurse. Hannah has just returned from a mission trip in Hong King and is off on her next venture soon. Zara has been studying in Nottingham and has commenced her BA Theology course at Cliff College, which is where I have studied.

As a minister, my heart is for encouraging churches and individuals to aim for their potential as disciples of Christ. I believe each person has a ministry or gift from God, whether ordained or lay.

My passion is experimenting with different styles of worship and music and expanding understanding of the bible through teaching.

The church has everything to offer a world deprived of love & peace. I believe God has chosen us all to be part of that great commission, to go into all the world and preach the gospel.

I am looking forward to getting to know the Derby Circuit and to working with the churches in elevating Jesus Christ and making him known to the world.

Every blessing

Neil


Nov 2017 update on the transformation at St Martin’s

Nov 2017 update on the transformation at St Martin’s

Work is now well underway to transform the unattractive, tired church buildings at St Martin’s into a state of the art community hub and the church into a building fit for 21st century worship.

How has all this been possible?

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

In 2012 Allenton was highlighted nationally and 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.

All the monies provided by the community (now at £85,000) can only be spent on the development of the community hub, but with help from both the Circuit and District the congregation has been able build into the project a refurbishment of the church itself. This will include a new heating system, the fixing of the leaking roof, insulation and rendering of the church building.

Where we are now

At the time of writing (beginning Nov 2017) we have 48 fabulous new windows, the extension walls for the community café have been built, done by apprentices from the National Construction Academy and steels for the roof are about to go up. The hall and meeting rooms are midway through being re plastered and painted, all being done by apprentices from Derby College. The project has provided a fantastic training ground for Derby teenagers.

The total value of the work being done is in excess of £500,000 yet the total bill will be less than £120,000. We continue to praise God for what he is doing at St Martin’s and eagerly look forward to completion of the project in early 2018 when the real work starts. The community hub will provide an exciting platform for fellowship, service and mission and plans are already being made to make the most of the unique opportunity to extend His Kingdom.


INTRODUCING ALI STACEY-CHAPMAN

Introducing Ali Stacy-Chapman

At the end of November, Alison Stacey-Chapman will be moving into Liversage Square to be our new Pioneer Missioner at Susanna Wesley House. Ali comes originally from Middlesbrough and studied History and Politics at Durham University. She has been a street pastor, and worked in a domestic abuse hostel. For the last four years she has worked for Richmond and Hounslow Methodist Circuit in west London, firstly as a Lay Pastor and then as an Urban Missioner. She says that she is very much looking forward to serving God with us in Derby city centre.

Ali will start work on Monday 4th December. We will officially welcome her at a Circuit Service at 2pm on Sunday 7th January.


St Martins Transformation

THE TRANSFORMATION  OF ST MARTIN’S INTO A COMMUNITY HUB

Background

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


The Church on Oakwood news : July 2017

News from the Church on Oakwood : July 2017

We have had a really blessed last few months at The Church on Oakwood. Links with the local school have grown massively. ‘Open the Book’ continue to lead assemblies each Wednesday morning at two local schools; Becky, our new Family Worker, leads a lunchtime club for junior aged children every Monday. In the lead up to Easter, we were joined by children in Year 1 as they were invited into the Church to take part in Experience Easter. In June, Years 5&6 joined us for a morning called ‘It’s your Church’. This was a truly amazing morning of inter-generational working and the feedback from both the school and volunteers, who made the morning happen, was so positive and encouraging.

We are looking forward to a range of summer activities such as Holiday Club for children aged 5-11 years; Wednesday picnics and games on Oakwood Park for all ages; Saturday Family Film nights, to name a few! Also, Oakwood Gala – as a Church, we are pleased to be serving refreshments in the Community Centre and able to offer an Open-Air Service again with Woodlands Church for the local community, before the formal opening of the Gala.

In September, we are looking forward to welcoming our new minister, Rev’d Neil Draper and family into the Church and wish Rev’d Peter and Cathy Bates all the best as they move to their new Circuit.


Allestree News: July 2017

Allestree News: July 2017

Since the last e-letter we have had Mrs Sue Nickson (District President of MWIB) come to talk to the Friendly Circle. She spoke about her life and how she came to be President. A collection was made for “Chicks” which is her Charity during her presidency.

Bible Study and Friendly Circle continue to flourish.

Cameo has changed days and now meet on the Tuesday when there is no Friendly Circle or Bible Study.

Future events we have planned are:-

July 15th Summer Fair at 2.30 p.m. at the Church. There will be cakes, plants, books, cards and cream teas. Please come and join us.

Harvest Festival September 16th Bugs and Spuds.

Please pray for our congregation, many getting on in years but still giving their support in whatever way they can, some unable to come now but still supporting us in prayer.



Chellaston Methodist receives Honour

Chellaston Methodist receives Honour

Sue Wilson, a steward at Chellaston Methodist Church was awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 2017. Sue says:

My BEM I understand will be engraved, ‘for services to Chellaston’. I started at Chellaston Methodist in 1963 attending Sunday School and then the Youth Club. Although I was a SS teacher and secretary during the 1970’s my involvement with various offices really started in 1990. I taught in the SS and became Superintendent for a number of years. I helped with and then led Holiday Club, latterly with our friends from St Peters for a week each summer and about 8 years ago I decided to extend it to include a session before Christmas. More recently I have been involved with safeguarding, became a Steward and organised Messy Church following my retirement.

The Lord Lieutenant also mentioned in his letter my contribution to the county of Derbyshire which includes my work as a magistrate. I was appointed in 1994 and am currently a chairperson in both the criminal and family court and sit in Derby one day a week.

Sue


All we can: July2017

ALL WE CAN

(Methodist Relief and Development) July 2017

At the moment, the most urgent relief work carried out by All We Can is in East Africa, in countries worst affected by drought and famine. These include South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Yemen in the Middle East. The distribution of aid is made more difficult by civil wars in South Sudan, and Yemen. All We Can is very appreciative of the £420,000 donated recently for famine relief, which has enabled the supply of sorghum, beans, cooking oil, and a nutritious peanut paste for babies to famine stricken areas. This is welcome news to people who have been trying to survive on bitter leaves, and water lilies, of little nutritional value.

The lean season in these areas is July, and three counties in South Sudan are already suffering famine. The Methodist Church is appealing for people to continue to give towards All We Can’s programme for famine relief. I am very pleased to have received £130 in the last few weeks for the appeal, and would ask people to keep up the effort, whether donations are sent to me to forward, or direct to Head Office at www.allwecan.org.uk/famine (or call 020 7467 5132)

Perhaps churches are already planning their Harvest Services, so please keep the All We Can Harvest Appeal in mind. This year the focus is on setting up small enterprises keeping chickens in Zimbabwe, and the slogan is ‘Chirp for Joy’. Many poorer people find it difficult to buy food, where prices are very high due to rampant inflation. The setting up of small chicken farms for poorer people in the countryside will be a life- saver. Harvest Packs for services, including a DVD, are available at www.allwecan.org.uk/harvest (or order by phone) I will have a few packs available on the All We Can stall at the Derby and Nottingham District

Synod on Sept. 16th at Riverside, Pride Park, Derby. At the Synod in April, this stall inspired a collection for All We Can from Synod members which amounted to £500, and I am very grateful for their interest, and wonderful support.

DOROTHY ROBINSON

Derby Circuit Rep. ‘All We Can



News from Findern Methodist Chapel: Mar 2017

News from Findern Methodist Church: Mar 2017

This newsletter is an opportunity to take a look at what we have done and are doing because it is easy to think we just continue with routine activities.

  • In September our minister, Gareth, challenged the congregation to read the bible in a year. Members of the local Anglican church have joined in and there are 2 groups meeting weekly with Gareth to discuss and question the passages from the well defined reading programme. It has tested our commitment during these dismal winter months to keep up with the old testament passages but the support of the group has kept us focused.
  • Also in September a new children’s group started for the under 5s called Tots Praise. It is a mixture of songs, crafts, snacks always including a simple Bible story, prayer and praise song. Attendance has been variable but after lots of prayer the numbers have been more encouraging lately.
  • Another new initiative was the men’s breakfast attended by about 16, held monthly – and cooked by ladies!
  • At Christmas alongside the usual services and activities we joined churches from Willington to sing carols at Mercia Marina at one of their special events.

For a second year we asked older village residents especially the housebound if they would like one or two from chapel to go to their homes and share some of the Christmas story through carols, a reading and blessing. It was a wonderful experience for all.

  • We invited members of the parish church to the covenant service in January and as we committed ourselves to discipleship we prayed for more opportunities to work together.
  • The chapel is a wonderful resource for outreach. Many different groups use it for meetings as it is such a flexible area. One day it has the gentle exercise group, another the craft group, the ever popular lunch club or tea afternoons, maybe a church group wanting an away day or the local schoolchildren doing environmental work. We praise the Lord for enabling us to change the traditional village chapel into a lively place of worship able to offer a welcome to many different people.

News from the Church On Oakwood: Mar 2017

News from the Church On Oakwood: Mar 2017

We are pleased to be hosting another Lent Course this year within the Church on a Tuesday evening as well offering an Experience Easter to our local school, inviting different year groups into the building during the school day to learn important parts of the Easter story.

We are in an exciting period in seeing where God is leading The Church on Oakwood, especially in terms of Family Work – with the families connected already to the Church through Walkers & Talkers toddler group, Messy Church, Activity Days and Holiday Clubs along with building further bridges with our local community, Children’s Centre and local schools. We have seen a number of huge blessings to the Church over this last month and are looking forward to where 2017 is heading



News from Allestree

News from Allestree: Mar 2017

Since the last e-letter we have had Christmas Events with a Carols by Fairy lights on December 15th led by Rev Helen White followed by Coffee and Mince Pies in the schoolroom. We had people come who had read it in the Allestree Life magazine so it does pay to advertise.

Friendly Circle went out for their Christmas meal, this year we went to Findern Garden Centre where we had a very pleasant time.

Bible Study and Friendly Circle continue to flourish. On April 4th we have Mrs Sue Nickson (District President of MWIB) coming to speak to us and you are welcome to come and join us.

Cameo is struggling with numbers and we have reached the time when we have to consider the future of it continuing or taking a different format or time.

Future events we have planned are:-

July 15th Summer Fair.

Harvest Festival September 16th Bugs and Spuds.

Please pray for our congregation, many getting on in years but still giving their support in whatever way they can, some unable to come now but still supporting us in prayer.


News from St Thomas’s Road Methodist Church

News from St Thomas’s Road Methodist Church

Simply Worship

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

 

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