We started the year with a wedding – James and Gilly. A lovely service, with the church choir in good voice (after an excellent party the night before).
We baptised India and Alexia on Saturday 13 January, and then raised £325 for the British Heart Foundation with two showings of Railway Films. The following day we had a Christingle service – Selwyn the Vicarage cat helped make them.
Sunday 21 January was a day of snow. It started as we arrived for the Big Breakfast – which raised £272. We started the service by installing Miranda as our new Head Chorister, and giving Kionie, our newest chorister, her surplice. Here they are with John Gratton, our Director of Music. Kid’s Church made biscuit Christingles. The snow was getting thicker, and after coffee we struggled to get home. By the evening it was melting – and we had Choral Evensong. All these photos are posted with parental permission.
We marked Candlemas on Sunday 28 January, and in the afternoon several of us went to St John’s Methodist Church for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Service organised by Allestree Churches Together. We ended the month by taking possession of new – well, new to us – Common Praise hymnbooks. St Edmundbury Cathedral in Suffolk had replaced them, but they still have several years of life left. It now means that our two churches have the same hymnbook – we are very grateful.
St Matthew’s was the venue for a concert by the Derbyshire Constabulary Male Voice Choir on Friday 9 February. It was in aid of the 63rd Derby Scouts Hall Fund – our Darley Abbey Scouts are refurbishing the old Methodist chapel – and there were over 70 in the audience. As a Valentine’s Concert, all the ladies got flowers.
On Shrove Tuesday St Edmund’s organised “Pancake Lite”. One of those eating too many pancakes was Caroline our new administrator. She is pictured here with husband Dave, son Noah – and with Peter the Vicar and Julie.
Ash Wednesday had four services – one at St Edmund’s and three at St Matthew’s – an evening Choral Communion, and two School services. The children read various prayers they had written, and these were displayed on the Fellowship Room noticeboard for Lent. During Lent we had two groups looking at the topic of Stewardship – 17 people squeezed into the Vicarage sitting room on Monday evening, and another group met at Clive and Gareth’s on Wednesday. We also supported the Nagpur Link Lent Lunches in the Allestree churches.
The Third Thursday lunch remains popular – served to members of our church and community with help of young people from Walter Evans school. Here is the team who served on Thursday 15 February (photo taken by David Brown, headteacher, and posted with permission of the school).
Kids’ Church met on Sunday 25 February – their noticeboard is very colourful. The choir sang traditional Choral Mattins – including the Benedicite for Lent.
We had a few snow days at the beginning of March. It was melting by Sunday 4 March, but the temperature was still cold. Guess which Sunday the boiler decided it was going to sleep. 55 people sang loudly at 10 am in an attempt to keep ourselves warm. By the time the Baptism party arrived for 11.15 it was no long Arctic, and by Evensong at 6.15 it was almost Tropical. Here is Olivia with mum and dad Maddy and Stefan, Godparents Laura and William, and a very tempting candle.