1st March – 13th April. This year the Lent meetings were on the subject of Art and Faith. The meetings consisted of an interview with each of five local artists about their work and how faith, in its wider sense, plays a part. The artists were mostly connected to the newly opened Haarlem Art Space at the southern end of the town in the old mill. www.haarlemartspace.co.uk
Through considered questions, we examined such areas as the source of the inspiration of each artist, how they maintain faith in themselves, how faith is portrayed in the work and whether it is influenced by any Christian narratives or metaphors. Each artist made themselves quite vulnerable as they shared the passion behind their creativity, giving us a fascinating insight into their lives and what has shaped them and their work.
The Official Opening of Haarlem Creative Art Space is on Saturday 29th July and this will be an Open Day for everyone to call in and enjoy the art work. Drinks and light refreshments from 11am to late. You are invited to “spread the word”.
Saturday 6th May at 4pm – A surprise party was held in the Glenorchy Centre to mark 10 years of Camilla’s ministry here in Wirksworth. (It’s hard to believe it’s 10 years – where does time go??!!) It was a lovely occasion enjoyed by Camilla and her family and all who were able to attend.
Saturday 27th May 10am – 2pm – “Open Door” was certainly fitting when we opened our church for coffee and scones. Visitors were invited to light a candle in our prayer corner for Manchester and take strength from the words of two prayers there.
Many stories were shared as people came to rest from the rain and sun, filling our church with laughter and smiles. At the close of the day, our faithful, hard working crew, had raised £200 for church.
Sat 20th to Sun 21st May. A very successful church weekend in the Glenorchy Centre when the theme was the Holy Spirit. It was a great weekend shared by all ages. We look forward to the next time.
Saturday 6th May at 7.30pm – We were pleased to welcome the celebrated world renowned classical guitarist, Carlos Bonell to our church when he performed a varied programme. Carlos received a standing ovation with encores and he said how much he had enjoyed performing here in our church at Wirksworth. www.carlosbonell.com
16th April, Star Disc, Greenhill 6.00am.
An Easter Morning Sunrise Service, arranged by Churches Together in Wirksworth and District, was held at the Star Disc in Wirksworth. It was a wonderful beginning to Easter Day.
16th April 2017- 10am – We enjoyed a joyful celebration on Easter Sunday. The Easter cross was beautifully decorated with daffodils.
April 13th, 7pm – Reflective Service. This was a quiet and reflective service in a different format, helping us to reflect on Jesus’ journey to the cross.
Service on 26th March. We held a special Mothering Sunday service.
On Sunday 26th March a lovely concert was held in our Church given by the Wirksworth Music Centre. We were pleased that they wished to use our church as their venue again. The church was full and there were group items and solos. A delightful evening.
Wirksworth Music Centre is a registered charity that gives about 140 local children the opportunity to play music together and improve their instrumental skills. Every Saturday morning in term time, 12 groups of children meet at Anthony Gell School to play wind and string instruments. The music centre’s intention is that the students should have an enjoyable musical experience while learning new skills. Each group is led by a professionally qualified musician and teacher. Derbyshire County Council is invited to monitor the music centre to ensure that high standards are maintained.
The students range from beginners to Grade 8 standard and from 5 to 18 years of age. Most live in or near Wirksworth but quite a few travel from further away, such as Matlock, Crich and Ashbourne.
Wirksworth Music Centre presents concerts at the end of each term to give the students an experience to savour, to reward the parents for their dedication and to raise funds as the budget is always marginal. Teachers and students enjoy performing at Wirksworth’s United Reformed Church where the acoustics are excellent and the welcome is supportive.