A presentation by Pam Orchard at West Derbyshire URC on Sunday 20th May at 3pm – Official figures show a rise in rough sleeping in the UK every year for the past 7 years. In fact across the UK, all types of homelessness is increasing including numbers of people in temporary accommodation such as B and Bs and hostels. Pam has worked in homelessness for 15 years and is the CEO at The Connection at St Martins in central London. She will outline what are the main causes of homelessness, different types of homelessness, why homelessness is rising and some of the responses required which would tackle the problem. The session will include a combination of presentation and discussion.
With the success of the games events arranged in March and April a further Games Event in the Glenorchy Centre is planned for Sunday evening 20th May 6 – 7.30pm. Come and have a fun evening where you can join friends new and old playing Boccia, Skittles or Board Games, or just sit and chat. Refreshments served. This is an event for young people aged 11-18 years to be held in The Glenorchy Centre, Chapel Lane, Wirksworth. There will be a charge of £2 per person to cover events. Registration and Parental Consent Forms available at all member churches or contact Mike Weaver 0747 411 9574. Admission will not be allowed without a signed consent form.
A sunrise service was held at the Star Disc and everyone met at Top Kens at 6.20am before walking up to the Star Disc.
All the churches joined together for the Good Friday Morning Service. This began in the Market Place at 9.45am before the walk of witness to the community area at St Mary’s Church. This year’s service was led by members and friends of the United Reformed Church.
Our Easter Sunday Service – such a special day in the Christian Calendar – was led by our Minister during which we shared in communion. The cross was also decorated with daffodils and at the close of the service was placed outside the church. We also shared chocolate Easter eggs, chocolate crispies and hot cross buns. Thanks to Camilla for a beautiful service.
At the URC a quiet reflective service was held on Maundy Thursday Service at 7pm which helped us reflect on Jesus’ journey to the cross and during the service will were invited to share communion.
The Wirksworth Book Festival brought a whole host of activities, talks, performances in the town and much more for adults and children. At the URC on the Saturday and Sunday (following the morning service) we welcomed visitors from far and wide into the church for coffee and cakes when they also browsed the book stall. Both days were busy and it was good for us to be part of the Book Festival.
A Mothering Sunday Service led by our Minister Revd Camilla Veitch. After communion everyone was given a posy of bright yellow daffodils by the Sunday Explorers.
Once again Wirksworth was in the grips of winter, and the town was deserted. However this did not dampen our spirits and everyone who managed to get out and support us had a very enjoyable time, either browsing the goods on offer or sharing fellowship over a cuppa – people even got from Ashbourne and Buxton!!! Thanks to Joyce and Eva for organising the event. £580 was raised for church funds.
The Lent Group Gatherings held at the URC were successful and well attended. Thanks to the clergy who in turn presented each week so ably.