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Tenants of the king

The Lent theme for Churches Together in Wirksworth and District is “Tenants of the King”, produced by Operation Noah, a Christian charity working with the Church to inspire action on the climate crisis. There are three opportunities to join each week, on Tuesday afternoons, Wednesday mornings and Thursday evenings. Here is a video from Ruth Valerio, introducing the theme.

The materials focus on our response to climate change, particularly leading up to the global COP26 discussions in Glasgow later this year. We are working together with other local churches, and the aim of Tenants of the King is “to reflect on the challenges of a changing climate, and how Christians can respond with hope to one of today’s greatest challenges”. One of the thoughts that struck me from the introductory meetings was that, “life is a gift, so living is thanksgiving”.

Operation Noah has a very helpful strap-line, that expresses the way they work: “Faith-motivated. Science-informed. Hope-inspired”.

Get in touch with us for more details.

I hope

In between lockdowns, when it was possible to meet outside in groups of up to six, our Sunday Explorers sessions were held outdoors We enjoyed the open air and thinking about the wonders of the world that we live in. Some of the sessions were based on material from Forest Church, which is a movement of people who take their worship outside – finding a deep connection with God through time spent in nature.

This week I attended a Zoom meeting exploring Forest Church, hosted by volunteers from the charity Green Christian. People shared their experience of being part of Forest Church groups, and the activities and practices that meant so much to them.

Neil Clark, who led a lot of the session, read this very powerful poem which he had written for a recent Forest Church meeting.

I hope you have seen it.
The glow of the light slowly returning, lingering two or three minutes longer every day.

I hope you have heard it.
The delight of the pre-dawn territory calls of the blackbirds.

I hope you have sensed it.
The deep and powerful stirring of nature below the ground, slowly, so slowly getting ready to appear.

I hope you have touched it.
The transient clouds of frosts evaporating from the trees in the warmth of the morning sun.

I hope you have smelt it.
The memories from your childhood of what scents spring will bring.

I hope you know it.
The knowledge that although winter is still with us, spring is waiting patiently, and slowly, almost
imperceptibly, is getting ready to take to the stage.

I hope you have hope.
That no matter how dark it might seem, the light will return, indeed the light is returning even as you read this, and the light will warm and feed you just as it feeds nature.

(By Neil Clark – used with permission)

This spoke so much of the hope that we need at the moment.


Show the love prayers

Tim has shared the following prayers with us, which are from the Christian Charity Green Christian. Two prayers for Valentine’s Day to show our love for our Planet – God’s creation.

Show the Love Prayer, 2021

O God who is love
Let love empower our compassion
Let love embrace each and everyone
Let love unite humans and non-human
In restorative co-existence.

O Jesus, love come down to earth
May we honour the earth
May we honour all that dwells in the earth
May we be reconciled with the earth
Become what we are, of the earth.

O Spirit of love
Grant us a spirit of humility
Grant us a spirit of carefulness
Grant us a spirit of friendship
For the earth and all that dwells with us here.

Toni Bennett

Show the Love Blessing 2021

May our loving God,
who created the world and all that is in it,
Inspire us to delight in our beautiful home,
And to live in wonder, peace and joy.
May our living God keep our hearts turned to loving our neighbour
and to respecting the creation we share.
May our merciful God help us to live this week in goodness and hope,
And fill us with God’s peace.

Ash Vale Chapel Poetry Group

All Green Christian’s Show The Love prayers can be found at

Bonsall Painting

Linda has been busy with a new painting, which is her third in a series of landscapes in Bonsall. This one is called ‘View from Slaley Lane in Autumn’.

See amid the winter’s snow

Abaigh and Inga recorded a beautiful version of “see amid the winter’s snow” for our carol service on Sunday. Here is a chance to see and hear it again.

12 days of Christmas 2020

At Sunday Explorers we thought about the 12 days of Christmas. The gifts in the traditional song are quite unusual and I’m not sure that many of us would appreciate receiving them all.

Most of us receive a lot of gifts at Christmas, and we thought instead about some of the things we could give to other people during the 12 days of Christmas, from Friday 25 December 2020 to Tuesday 5 January 2021. Here is our list:

  1. Buy presents
  2. Give a Christmas card
  3. Do someone a favour
  4. Do a chore around the house
  5. Fold the washing
  6. Give someone a phone call
  7. Send someone an email
  8. Write a letter
  9. Send a picture
  10. Put some food in the food bank
  11. Make food for someone who can’t get to the shop
  12. Donate money to charity

Sunday Explorers Remember

As we have moved back into lockdown, our Sunday Explorers have resumed meeting by Zoom. This week one of the activities was to make poppies to remember those who have died in wars across the world. Here are some of the creations.

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Celebrating creation

Since the school term re-started our Sunday Explorers have started to meet outside, in a small group, to explore nature and think about creation and the God who made us all.

This has taken us to Stoney Wood, the Star Disc, fields around Wirksworth and the community orchard.

Here are some photos from the community orchard, where the children made pictures from leaves with wonderful autumn colours.


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Busy fingers

Camilla has found crochet to be a good lockdown hobby and has created a large blanket from fifty six individual squares.

Summer flowers and stone steps

Linda has been busy creating an amazing painting from Bonsall. It’s the second in a series that started with her previous painting of spring flowers, using the same composition format.

Summer Flowers and Stone Steps in Bonsall

Linda says,

My next one will show Autumn fruits against an aerial view of our garden. The fourth one will, not surprisingly, show a Winter Bonsall scene maybe with some holly and ivy! I plan to exhibit the group in next year’s Bonsall Art Trail exhibition.

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