On Christmas Day we held a joint service with our friends from the Wellspring Church and how lovely it was that we could come together again for the celebration service. Thanks to Camilla and Kevin who led the service and to Paul who played for the hymns. A wonderful start to Christmas Day.
On Christmas Eve at 6pm our Carol Service was led by our Minister. The Sunday Explorers also took part with a drama – looking through windows towards the star. The service was well attended and made a lovely start to our Christmas Celebrations.
It was lovely that we were able to keep the church open for the afternoon of Sunday 26th November so that people could come and join with us for a hot drink and mince pie. This was very well attended. Thanks to all who supported this.
Carole and Roy were delighted that so many people were able to come to their coffee evening when they shared slides (set to music) of their American Adventure which included the gospel cruise in Alaska. There was a super atmosphere and Carole and Roy have received many kind comments. £200+ was raised for URC funds.
On Sunday 1st October our Harvest Thanksgiving and Communion Service was be led by our Minister Revd Camilla Veitch. Camilla’s theme for the service was about food from being very plentiful in some places to being very meagre in others. We watched pictures on the screen and heard the story of a farmer called Frank in Malawi who because of problems with the weather his crops failed so he couldn’t feed his family. We sang some lovely harvest hymns throughout the service before celebrating communion together. The children then came back into church from their Explorers Group showing the work that they had been doing during the morning.
The harvest table was overflowing with gifts of food and flowers which were to be sold after the service, the proceeds of which were to be sent with our envelope gifts to the farmers of Malawi through Christian Aid (£192.32).
MARTIN LUTHER, THE REFORMATION AND HOW CHRISTIAN LIFE CHANGED – A lovely afternoon was led by Revd Professor Stephen Orchard when we spent an afternoon singing, listening and praying in celebration of a key time in the life of the church. This was followed by a “Bring and Share Tea” in the Glenorchy Centre. It was great to come together and share with so many people from churches within the town and the area.
On Wednesday 23rd August Maureen and Charles organised a Summer Barbecue in the Glenorchy Centre, Chapel Lane, Wirksworth. There was also a quiz which caused great merriment. It was a lovely evening enjoyed by everyone. £155 was raised for URC funds.
Churches Together in Wirksworth & District presented SUPERHEROES – a Holiday Club for Primary School children from Mon. 21st to Thurs. 24th August. It was held at St Mary’s Church, Wirksworth when the children enjoyed games, songs, bible stories, crafts and had great fun learning about Daniel. Thanks are sincerely expressed to all who made it such a success.
9th and 10th September. In the United Reformed Church we were delighted to welcome Mo Walton with her wonderful display of jewellery and paintings. How lovely Mo set out her display. You can see more of Mo’s work on the web by typing in Mo Walton Jewellery and Paintings.
In the Glenorchy Centre (which is just opposite the Church) members/friends of the church served coffee, lunches, tea and cakes. We were pleased that friends “old and new” were able to join us. The weather was mixed but this did not deter and we felt that this year there were more people attending the Art & Architecture Trail.
Over 150 artists/craftsmen exhibited their work in private homes, historic buildings, gardens and courtyards, shop windows, churches and unconventional gallery spaces all over Wirksworth.
Everyone had a super time on the church outing to Southport on Saturday 22nd July and the weather was kind. Thanks to Ian for making all the arrangements. It was good too that everyone was able to see the Anthony Gormley Statues on the return journey. We all look forward to the next time.