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Newsletter October 2019



Paul writes...

As the nights draw in and the summer becomes a fond

memory our thoughts turn to the season of Thanksgiving

which includes Memorial services, Remembrance celebrations

and of course Harvest time.


At the beginning of October Harvest prominently features

in our schools and churches and offers a time to reflect on

Gods generosity in his abundant provision in creation. 


Harvest wouldn’t be the same without the classic harvest songs, below is a timeless classic and one of my favourites. I suggest that we use it as a framework to help us reflect and give thanks for ‘all good things around us’ and to pray for those who are less fortunate,  for Gods love to be shared in the world more and more.


We plough the fields and scatter                               He only is the maker

The good seed on the land,                                       Of all things near and far;

But it is fed and watered                                           He paints the wayside flower,

By God's almighty hand:                                            He lights the evening star;         

He sends the snow in winter,                                      The winds and waves obey him,

The warmth to swell the grain,                                   By him the birds are fed;

The breezes and the sunshine,                                    Much more to us, his children,

And soft, refreshing rain.                                           He gives our daily bread.                                   


All good gifts around us                                            We thank thee then, O Father,

Are sent from heaven above;                                      For all things bright and good,

Then thank the Lord,                                                 The seed time and the harvest,

O thank the Lord,                                                     Our life, our health, our food.

For all his love.                                                          Accept the gifts we offer

                                                                               For all thy love imparts,

                                                                               And what thou most desirest,

                                                                               Our humble, thankful hearts.

Have a blessed season of Thanksgiving.


If you feel yourself giving time, effort and feel under pressure remind yourself:

Mother Teresa's ‘Anyway’ Poem


People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;

Forgive them anyway.


If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;

Be kind anyway.


If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;

Succeed anyway.


If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;

Be honest and frank anyway.


What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;

Build anyway.

                                     CTDD ANNUAL QUIZ

                                     Join us at The Church of the Holy Spirit on Friday 4 October at                                             7.30pm

                                     Refreshments provided. Bring your own alcohol if you wish. Teams of                                       6 – can St. Andrew’s provide a team?. Let Paul know if you are able                                       to be part of a team. There will be a collection for CAFOD.


This will be a family service and as in previous years, tins,

packets, (especially biscuits, porridge, tinned meat and fish

with ring pulls if possible, and washing powder)  brought for

the thanksgiving will then be given to The Sheffield Cathedral

Archer Project.


                                             CHRISTIAN AID BOOK SALE
                                              A reminder that our annual Giant Book Sale & Coffee                                                          Morning is to be on Saturday 26 October this year.  It will be                                                held in the Civic Hall from 10am. to 12noon.  You can help in                                                  four ways:-

  1. by helping sell books on one of the stalls
  2. by baking a cake for us to sell to the public
  3. by giving your second-hand paperback books to Christian Aid to sell. These can be given to Barry Jex or taken to the council office in the Civic Centre from 8 October. Collection can also be arranged if you ring Barry on 419241.

Go along to the event to buy some books, have a coffee and buy a raffle ticket to support Christian Aid.  There will also be a Traidcraft stall selling Christmas cards and many other items.


There are a few places left on a free First Aid Course in St. John’s Church Hall on Saturday 9 November.

There will be instructions on the use of a defibrillator. More info and to reserve a place contact Sybil Naylor asap.


Make a note of the date in your diaries Friday 8 November at 7.30pm here at St. Andrew’s

Wonderful evening of music, songs and fun starring local celebrities :-

Glyn Madden (Keyboard), Ian Price (singer -songwriter & guitarist) Esther Morrell & Olivia Ford (singers), Ben Lunn (Musician) and the play ‘Dinner for one’

£10 (to include soft drinks and nibbles)

For tickets contact: Keith 07817656126, home 01142891366.

                                Maggie 01246 415423


Keith and others will be doing a sponsored walk on Sunday 6 October also for Nepal.


“Who are they” many will ask?

Linda grew up in Dronfield, went to St Andrews, Gosforth and Henry Fanshawe Schools, and to St Andrew’s Church, before going to Edinburgh University and becoming a Vet.


After working in 3rd World Countries as a student, she first spent 12years in Bolivia, by then married to husband Pete, joined one by one by their 4 children. After 12yrs in Apolo Bolivia, they knew it was time to move on, and are now living on a small island in Indonesia.

Their aim is to provide work and a sense of achievement, as well an income, for the local people, and have set up a Chocolate Business, from growing the beans to producing delicious chocolate bars and other products.


Would you like to meet them? – this is your opportunity!

They are in Dronfield from 19th October to 17th November, and would love to meet up with all their Dronfield friends old and new and to come to our Dronfield Churches, so do make contact with them through Tony Bethell (01246 413276).                                                        

It was good to see the family worshipping with us last Sunday and below is their itinerary whilst in the UK.

26 - 28 September: Borders area and Edinburgh

29 September -13 October: Ellon, Aberdeenshire (Ellon and Peterhead Baptist Churches).

15 -16 October: Northern Ireland.

17 -19 October: Perthshire.

20 October: Whaley Bridge.

21 October -14 November: based in Unstone.

3- 4 November: Bramhall, Cheshire.

5- 6 November: Hertfordshire area.

14 November: return flight to Indonesia.

Pete UK mobile 07840 475420         Linda UK mobile 07598 923594.

There is  “Open House” at the Bethells at Ramshaw Lodge, Unstone on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October from 2 - 7pm – do come and see them then.


You must have stayed in a Hotel or on a Cruise Boat, or been in Hospital and found a Bible at the bedside. Or remember one of your Children being given a small pocket sized New Testament at School.

Gideons give away the Bible in different sizes and languages in over 200 Countries in our world. Places people can’t reach, where as Christians we can’t spread ourselves thinly enough to take God’s message of salvation to all people, either in a crowded city in the 1st world, or a remote spot in the 3rd world, His word, the Bible can do just this.

The North Derbyshire branch started in 1973, and thanks to the support of our secondary schools, since then have given about 18,000 New Testaments to Dronfield’s Y7 pupils – have all our Churches between them had a similar outreach in this time?

At present there are just 12 Gideons in North Derbyshire. They are so grateful for support in many ways. 

i)             Your prayers for the continuing welcome in our Schools, Hospitals, Care Homes                       and Hotels. That the Bibles & New Testaments will be read, and their message                       change lives.

ii)            Financial support. Our Lord is very faithful, but there are often times when we                       could do more if we had more money.

iii)           Invitations to come to your Church, either to a Sunday Service or a weekday                           meeting to tell everyone about our work, so that they can support “with                                 understanding”

iv)           To become a Friend of Gideons, praying for us, receiving our magazine twice a     

               year, and being invited to our annual Friends Rally each May. 

v)            To consider joining us, becoming a Gideon with us. Men and Women of all ages are                 so welcome – truly “the harvest is great and the workers few”. It’s a wonderfully                       rewarding ministry – but you won’t know how much until you try it!


In GB& I, we have a central office at Lutterworth, which guide us in training, encourages us, provides the materials we need, order our Testaments & Bibles, and generally look after us. At 1st, the invitation was to “Business & Professional people”, but for many years now everyone has come under this umbrella, & all are very welcome.

To know more about any aspect of Gideons, contact Jill Bethell on (01246) 413276.

Looking forward to hearing from you….


Dear Helen,

Many thanks for the wonderful contribution from your church for the Massai Rescue Girls. I can confirm the £500 has been received.

We have worked with Pastor David Kereto in Kenya for many years and have recently taken on more of a role working with the Massai Rescue Girls. This is a challenging, heartbreaking situation but it is good that we can tell these girls they are not forgotten and there is a great God who loves them. 

The money will be humbly and carefully spent. All money given to the fund is used in Kenya and no money is taken out for administration in the UK.

Thank you again.   

Andy Greenbank

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