KNOWING AND GROWING IN CHRIST
SERVING AND SHARING CHRIST
I returned from Nepal just over a week ago and then last weekend had a huge family get together in Malvern, Worcestershire to visit a memorial being built for my father. He died just over a year ago and the people of Malvern paid for him to have a memorial built in a garden near the centre of the town. Imagine how proud we all feel that our father/grandfather was so loved by the people of Malvern that they wanted to build a memorial to him. We had a wonderful weekend with the whole family including my twin brother, my sister and all my fathers’ grandchildren. (18 of us altogether).
I was disappointed that I could not be here last weekend with my church family at St Andrew’s this year; it would have been great to have joined you all for the Easter weekend as, for once, it did not coincide with the annual Nepal trip. (For the past 20 years I have joined the Christians in the leprosy colony at Khokana near Kathmandu for their Easter Sunday service.)
However, very early on Easter Sunday my family celebrated Easter by climbing to the top of the highest of the Malvern Hills and joining nearly 200 Christians at a sunrise service. It was truly wonderful experience and I was acutely aware, as the sun rose, of all the Christians around the world (from Nepal, to St Andrew’s and Malvern ) who, at some time on the same day, would be able to look to the skies and see the same sun and claim, ‘Jesus is Risen, Alleluia’.
This year there were 40 of us who travelled to Nepal. It is difficult to summarise all that happened in these few words but all went well and we were largely free of illness until that last few days. The schools made us feel so welcome and the teaching went very well. The medical team checked the health of over 300 children and we will now pay for a bus to take the children identified as needing follow-up to the doctors, opticians or dentist. We will also pay for the treatment / glasses etc.
We had the annual visit to the join the members of the leprosy colony at their church and we also visited the leprosy mission hospital at Anandaban. It was again very humbling to see the smiles on the patients faces as we visited them in the wards, many of whom have been very severely damaged by the disease and who could not afford a stay in hospital and relied entirely on this hospital to provide free treatment. Anandaban hospital is run by a British based charity (The Leprosy Mission), and the UK government have promised to double all donations given to this hospital before the 27th April. St Andrew’s have contributed to the cause and I am delighted to say that over 1 million pounds has been raised meaning that 2 million pounds will be given to the hospital. This will make a huge difference to the service the hospital can provide.
Thank you to all who have kept us in your thoughts and prayers while we have been away. We were very encouraged by the huge number of people who said they were praying for us and we really did feel well supported. I will be giving more feedback at some time and will let you know when this will happen.
NEPAL LEPROSY MISSION (a thank you note from TLM for our donation)
‘Dear Friends, Thank you so much for your wonderful compassion for Nepal. On behalf of the people affected by leprosy and all the amazing staff at Anandaban Hospital, I want to say a huge thank you for your kind donations totalling £1,465. This money will be doubled by the UK government.
Thanks to your overwhelming kindness and generosity, the hospital can be a beacon of light needed by so many throughout Nepal. You have become a link in the chain of love that will change many lives now and into the future’.
Thank you so much for your kind donation of £500. We received the cheque in the post this morning. As I'm sure you know, funders are keen on funding projects but less keen on the less glamorous health and safety and employment costs that are needed to underpin these activities. You donations allow us to build a strong foundation for our work
FREEDOM COMMUNITY PROJECT
‘On behalf of the Freedom Community Project it is with grateful hearts that we write to thank you for your kind donation of £500.
Your donation will make a real difference to the people we support in and around North East Derbyshire, South Yorkshire & North Nottinghamshire.
May the good work in your Community Church continue to be fruitful and a blessing to those you serve.’
We are pleased to say that Rebecca Mitchell has taken up the position of our Church administrator
Her role is to supervise and facilitate the day-to-day administrative operations of the church. Initially for 4 hours per week.
She will be a face and voice of the church, to its members and to the wider community, from answering the phone to booking events and managing lettings. In addition she will;
Can you bring your Lent boxes to Barry Jex as soon as possible please.
Christian Aid Week
Sunday 12 May at 6.30pm there will be a service at St. Phillips
As we did last year there is a new system of approaching the public for funds this coming Christian Aid week. We need people to volunteer to just deliver the traditional red envelopes though we will support anyone who wishes to collect as well. With the envelopes we will also deliver a note from the CA committee asking the recipient to take it to our local collecting point, St. Andrew’s School.
Donald King and Barry Jex will be looking for people who can take on this task.
We do hope that you will be as supportive as ever in this outreach into our community.
Saturday 18th May at 7.00pm there will be a concert at the Baptist Church by ‘The United Christian Voices’. Admission by donation (£5 provides food for a displaced family for 3 days)Refreshments available.
All the money raised from Lent Boxes, collections and fundraising during Christian Aid week will be match funded 6 to 1 by the charity ‘ Bread for the World’ and will go to help marginalised refugees
To Jenny, Emma & Debs who organised the Easter Fun Day and to all who came to help. Over 60 children had a great day with crafts and games which were all backed up by videos and drama telling out the Holy week and Easter story.
To Norma and all who helped to create the beautiful flower displays for our Easter Day service. A wonderful demonstration of talents used to enhance our worship.
Jenny & Steve Whittaker became grandparents for the first time on 30 March with the birth of Harper Rose, daughter of Peter & Laura
Caroline & Donald King’s third grandchild was born on 19 April, a son to Daniel and Clare, brother for Sam
Sally & David Rhodes also became grandparents for the first time on 23 April with the birth of Phoebe Elsie Eirene daughter of Ruth & Luke.
LEA BROOK VALLEY
Official opening of the new balancing pond on Saturday 11 May
Activities - Meet a vet; Walk the valley; Dry dry stone walling; make a green man or a bird nest box etc.
Displays by A Rocha Uk; RSPB Wildlife Trust; Yorkshire Water; Wood turning and many others.
All at Gosforth Drive from 10am to 4pm
Refreshments on site.
DRONFIELD ARTS FESTIVAL
May Bank Holiday Weekend 3 – 6 May.
Events at St. John’s Parish Church
‘Arts and Crafts Through the Ages’ Featuring examples in our church and churchyard. Paintings, photos, weddings and more. Friday 3rd May 10am -5pm
.Friday 3 May Concert ‘Some Antics’ Band at 7.30pm. Tickets £7 from church office or at the door.
Saturday 4 May 10am – 1pm Coffee morning Church re-opens after wedding 3pm -5pm.
Sunday 5 May 2.30pm Dronfield Genquip Band Concert.
Monday 6 May church open 10am -5pm.
Also at St. John’s on Saturday 11 May at 6.00pm-First ever concert by Dronfield Parish Young Voices. Suggested donation £3.
You will have noticed a big improvement on your way into church. The slope has been improved and we are pleased with the work and speed that the firm Gary Fletcher did the job.