He is not here - Davenport Road Evangelical Church, Derby

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.
Come and see the place where he lay.
Matthew 28 v 6
March to May 2014
From the Pastor’s Pen
The Greatest Headline ever !
As you have just read on the front cover – “He is not here,
He is risen!”
The newspaper boy if he had have been around would
have been calling not “come and get it!” but “come and
see it!” Come and see the place where He lay.
The stone was rolled away from the tomb, not to let the Saviour out but to let
you and I see in - that He was indeed risen. The Roman soldiers who were
assigned to guard the tomb were overwhelmed by what had taken place.
On reporting back to the chief priests, they were subsequently bribed to say
‘His disciples came during the night and stole Him away while we were
asleep.’ How incredible was that - to say that they saw what happened
when they were sleeping!
But the greatest proofs of all, are the eye-witness accounts of those who met
Him following His resurrection and the millions more up to this present date,
who make up the church today. This is the Good News of the Gospel that
“Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that
he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures and He appeared
to……….” Have you met Him? If not then it is time for you to pick up the
Scriptures and read all about Him!
We look forward to Easter and plans are well in place to distribute the Good
News of the Gospel in the run up. The church has ordered 1000 booklets
entitled “How can I know God?” which will require some volunteers to
distribute in the area as well as giving to our friends and colleagues.
I will be away over the Easter weekend in Moldova with a ministry team
organised by Slavic Gospel Association , more detail on back cover of this
newsletter and I would greatly value your prayers for this venture.
We continue to meet up with those who are seeking a clearer understanding
of the Bible and the life changing message of the Lord Jesus Christ. This group
coincides with the homegroup evenings and we are using the material
called “The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus” – it is not too late to join as it is
easy to catch up at this point.
We are so grateful to the Lord for all His answers to prayer, His sustaining
grace and for all who willingly serve here at DPR. May we all know the power
of His risen life this Easter.
Yours in Him, Andrew and Fiona
SILVER ANNIVERSARY – love and congratulations to
Andrew and Fiona, who celebrate their 25th wedding
anniversary on 27 March.
WEDDING – congratulations also to Amy
CAMPBELL and Martel KINGSWELL, who will
be getting married at DPR on Saturday, 24 May. Please
pray for them as they begin this next stage of their lives as
husband and wife.
NEW BABY – congratulations to Mareks, Inta and Samuels
ZDANOUSKIS on the arrival of baby Eva (pronounced Ava), on
13 February. Our love to you all.
DONATIONS in lieu of CHRISTMAS CARDS – thank you for the donations
which amounted to £185 and have been sent to Africa Inland Mission, for the
support of Steve Titterton, currently working in Kenya as a primary school
ANNUAL MEMBERS’ MEETING – this will be held on Wednesday, 19
March at 7.45pm. This meeting is open for all to attend and hear about what
has been happening within the church over the past year, and plans for the
future. In the event of a vote (eg: for electing deacons), this would not be
available for non-members. If anyone would like to know more about
becoming a church member, please speak to Andrew, Nigel or Stephen.
Communion service on Good Friday (18 April) starting at
MICK STEWART – a tribute from Graham Pace, who writes:
I am sorry to inform the fellowship that my friend Mick Stewart, passed away
last October aged just 53, after a short illness. Mick attended DPR in years
past, mainly when Roy Graham was pastor, but he did also come to a
midweek meeting with me led by Andrew our current pastor.
I knew Mick from Junior School days, and we also went to the same Senior
School. Mick had several interests including, cars, trainspotting, and popular
music. When I first invited Mick along to DPR he didn’t need much
persuading. He was very popular and took part in the TROGS activities (for
those who have forgotten about this group – it was “the
Relatively Older Group!!”) such as a Chinese evening, or
games evenings when we played snooker, pool and table
tennis. I remember we worked at church on a stalls
morning on one occasion, and then went home to watch
the World Cup football game between England and Denmark in the
Mick was one of several of us who attended the “Creation to Christ” course
led by Nigel over 50 weeks, which greatly improved our Bible knowledge.
In later years, Mick was often seen talking to bus drivers or newspaper
vendors around the city centre. He was a very friendly person and a loyal
mate to me for many years.
I would like to thank the DPR fellowship for the friendship they showed to Mick
during the time he attended the church.
An evening to remember – Monday, 3 February 2014
The last DPR men’s event was a trip along the A50 toward Stoke to the HQ of
the world renowned JCB factory and showroom at Rocester, only about half
an hour from Derby. Roland as ever did a fantastic job of organising the
The hospitality of the company was excellent. We were made very welcome
with a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits for those not watching the weight
(not many were apparently).
We were introduced to a family business started up by one Joseph Cyril
Bamford. It all began “out of necessity” said Bamford, realising that he had a
wife and new baby to provide for. He began to engineer and build and then
sell his products. It was a small beginning but now the brand is global and
JCB’s son is about to retire after 35 years as chairman! It is an amazing
success story that this business has remained a family affair from its very
beginning until now. They innovated and diversified, building quality into all
their manufacturing and reaped the rewards of their hard work and
With our personal headphones on we wandered through a huge auditorium
- zone after zone – listening to the history and the stories behind the great
machines in front of us. Nearly everything was bright yellow and gleaming,
sporting the great JCB logo. Gordon and a few others managed to take a
seat at the controls of a digger – fortunately there was no ignition key ….
After a very interesting tour we returned our head phones and were given
use of one of the board rooms for an epilogue from Andrew. About 40 of us
listened to Andrew liken Joseph Cyril Bamford’s “necessity” to the necessity of
us all in Jesus’ words to be “born again”. As Andrew put it, “we all need to
be JCB – Jesus Christ born”. It is of course the whole purpose of creation and
of Christ’s coming to save us, that we might be born in a spiritual sense into
His great family. In fact after telling Nicodemus the Pharisee that he must be
born again, the most famous verse of all scripture is recorded – John 3 v 16.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes
in Him will not perish but have everlasting life”. What a staggering provision
God has made that we might be JCB - Jesus Christ born.
The following is a summary of the principal items discussed at the Deacons’
meeting held in January:
Water entry/damp areas – the kitchen roof/ceiling repair has been
completed externally, but at the time of writing the ceiling restoration is still
awaiting completion. Redecoration will then be undertaken.
Foyer Roof – a provisional quotation has been
received for the repair of the foyer roof area, and
final quotation awaited. Provisional sum has been
included in the 2014 budget (on a priority 1 basis –
planned work).
Car park drainage – monitoring of water levels is taking place over the winter
period in order to help with deciding which is the best solution to the
subsidence which has taken place since the car park was resurfaced.
Security of premises – the list of all known key holders is updated regularly.
A form of audible and/or illuminated indicator is to be installed at the front
entrance doorway into the foyer, as an additional means of alert when
anyone comes into church while the main doors are open.
Car park alcove entrance doorway/Handel Street entrance – a sum has been
included in the 2014 budget (on a priority 2 basis – as and when funds allow),
for replacement of the carpet runner at the entrance into the main church
from the car park, and also for the Handel Street foyer and corridor.
Projector/Laptop/Recording of services/midweek meetings etc. – a new
projector has been purchased and was brought into use at Christmas 2013,
which has given substantial improvement to the
projected images. A new and updated laptop is also to
be purchased to replace the very aged current
machine. After purchase, the existing software and
stored data will be transferred to the new laptop. It is
also planned to make a recording facility available for
use in the Wednesday room, so that ministry at midweek
meetings can be recorded and made available for use,
in a similar way to the weekly ministry at Sunday worship.
In addition, it is planned to install a hearing aid loop in the Wednesday room
for the benefit of hearing aid users.
Handel Street Door – repainting of the door is to take place as and when the
winter rains are less severe.
(from Ken)
Based on 2 Corinthians 5 v 14 – 15
A CRUCIFIED LORD - One died for all (John 11 v 49 – 52):
Collectively – for all (for God so loved the
Individually – in my place
A CONSTRAINING LOVE – the love of Christ constrains
Concern for others more than me
Giving more than receiving
Helping more than criticising
A CONSECRATED LIFE – live unto Him not self:
Why do we call Good Friday “good,” when it was such a dark and
bleak event, and a day of such suffering and death for Jesus?
For Christians, Good Friday is a crucial day because on it we
remember what was the most momentous weekend in the history of the
world. Ever since Jesus died and was raised, Christians have proclaimed the
cross and resurrection of Jesus to be the decisive turning point for all creation.
Paul considered it to be of “first importance” that Jesus died for our sins, was
buried, and was raised to life on the third day, all in accordance with what
God had promised all along in the scriptures (1 Corinthians 15 v 3).
On Good Friday, we remember the day when Jesus willingly suffered and
died by crucifixion as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. It is followed by Easter,
the glorious celebration of the day when Jesus was raised from the dead,
heralding his victory over sin and death, and pointing ahead to a future
resurrection for all who are united to him by faith (Romans 6 v 5).
Still, why call the day of Jesus’ death “Good Friday” instead of “Bad Friday”
or something similar? Some Christian traditions do take this approach – in
German for example, the day is called “Karfreitag” or “sorrowful Friday.” In
English, the origin of the term is debated – some historians and scholars
believe it developed from an older name, “God’s Friday”. Regardless of the
origin, the name Good Friday is entirely appropriate because the suffering
and death of Jesus, as terrible as it was, marked the dramatic culmination of
God’s plan to save people from their sins. In order for the good news of the
gospel to have meaning for us, we first have to understand the bad news of
our condition as sinful people under condemnation. The good news of
deliverance only makes sense once we see how we are enslaved to sin. We
need first of all to understand how hopeless our condition is, and then to see
that it is the gospel of God’s grace towards sinners which can bring us relief
and salvation.
Good Friday is “good” because terrible as that day was, it had to happen for
us to receive the joy of Easter. The wrath of God against sin had to be
poured out on Jesus, the only one who could be a perfect sacrifice in our
place, in order for forgiveness and salvation to be poured out. Without that
awful day of suffering, sorrow and shed blood at the cross, God could not be
both the “just and justifier” of those who trust in Jesus (Romans 3 v 26). The
day which seemed to be the greatest triumph of evil was actually the
deathblow in God’s gloriously good plan to redeem the world from
bondage. The cross is where we see the convergence of great suffering and
God’s forgiveness. Psalm 85 v 10 speaks of a day when “righteousness and
peace” will kiss each other. The cross of Jesus is where that happened,
where God’s demand (for righteousness) coincided with his mercy. We
receive divine forgiveness, mercy and peace with God, because Jesus
willingly took our punishment. Jesus endured the cross on Good Friday “for
the joy set before Him” (Hebrews 12 v 2), knowing that it would lead to his
resurrection, salvation for all those who trust Him for forgiveness, and the
beginning of God’s reign of righteousness and peace.
That’s why we can truly call it “Good Friday.”
Oh to see my name, written in the wounds
For through your suffering, I am free
Death is crushed to death, life is mine to live
Won through your selfless love
This the power of the cross
Son of God, slain for us
What a love, what a cost!
We stand forgiven at the cross!
She came to the tomb, spices in hand
To anoint the body of the Son of Man
Least she could do for a beloved friend
But what was the point? He’d met his end.
She thought of how he’d set her free
And how he restored her dignity
Tears poured out that wouldn’t end
Her heart ached for her dearest friend.
But then, she saw the stone rolled away
And angels who told her, “He’s risen today!”
Astounded, frightened, she ran from the tomb
They’d taken Him away, she did presume
“Why wouldn’t they just leave Him alone?
Why take His body?” She wept and she mourned
Angry at the injustice He’d had to undergo
She felt so useless, then Christ said “hello!”
Joy filled her heart – this can’t be true!
Her friend was alive, death He subdued
“No, you must not leave me again!”
She clung to her master, and begged Him remain.
But He explained that He had to ascend
So that the Holy Spirit could then descend
But He reminded her that He loved her so
And now it was her turn to let the world know.
Reflections on Psalm 102
Spiritual desertion (sometimes known as the “dark night of the soul”) was a
term familiar to the Puritans. It describes a crisis of faith in which believers,
who are walking faithfully with God, nevertheless experience circumstances
which make them wonder if God has abandoned them. Inexplicably, God
seems to have withdrawn from them. It is usually temporary in nature, but
can sometimes last for a long time.
The writer of Psalm 102 is faced with such a crisis. He talks of personal (v 8)
and national (v 13, 20) catastrophe. No clear details are given, but we do
know that he is physically ill (v 3, 4), desperately lonely (v 6, 7), and close to
death (v 23, 24). He confesses no particular sin, so individual wrongdoing
does not seem to be the cause, yet God’s apparent indifference makes him
feel that he is under divine judgement (v 10). Even so, he finds comfort and
hope by reminding himself that God is sovereign (v 12), compassionate
(v 17), almighty (v 25), eternal (v 26) and unchanging (v 27). He is down, but
not out!
Why does God allow these “dark nights of the soul?” Often no adequate
solution is provided by the words we use to try to bring comfort to others, and
the concept of the “victorious Christian life” is often emphasised so much that
believers experiencing spiritual desertion may avoid admitting this for fear of
being regarded as inferior Christians. There is in fact, no easy answer. One
legitimate explanation, however, is that God sometimes makes us feel his
absence so that we hunger and thirst for him, the Giver, more than his gifts.
And also so that we can better appreciate the price paid for our redemption
by Jesus, who while dying on the cross exclaimed “My God, my God, why
have you forsaken me?”
“Our Lord favours us with a famine in the land, that it may make us seek after
himself the more.” (C H Spurgeon)
Malcolm has recently started rehearsals with Derby Music Ministries Choir, for
the Roger Jones’ musical – “the Apostle” – about the life of Paul, and shares
the words from one of the songs.
I can’t understand it, and I can’t explain it
Jesus has changed my life!
I know that it’s happened, and I feel so different,
Jesus has changed my life!
Things I once knew, things that I loved
Don’t seem to matter any more
Things I once did, things that I thought
All have been changed by this man from Nazareth
I can’t understand it, and I can’t explain it
Jesus has changed my life!
I know that it’s happened, and I feel so different,
Jesus has changed my life!
He was a fool, going his way
He never gave him a chance
Now that he’s found him to be true
He has been changed by this man from Nazareth
I can’t understand it, and I can’t explain it
Jesus has changed my life!
I know that it’s happened, and I feel so different,
Jesus has changed my life!
Look at my past, see my mistakes
I hated every thought of Him
Look at me now, isn’t it clear
I have been changed by this man from Nazareth
I can’t understand it, and I can’t explain it
Jesus has changed my life!
I know that it’s happened, and I feel so different,
Jesus has changed my life!
Jeremiah appears on the scene around 100 years after Isaiah (about 640BC).
2 Kings 22 – 25 and 2 Chronicles 34 – 46 provide the historical background to
his prophecies. For 40 years (through the reigns of the last 5 kings of Judah),
Jeremiah warned of coming disaster and appealed in vain to the nation of
Israel to turn back to God.
Jeremiah is known as the “weeping prophet,” and if we read through the
book of Jeremiah it is easy to understand why. The
events of his time caused an emotional response from
him. The coldness of the people of Judah towards
God has deteriorated into apostasy and idolatry. They
are no longer identifiable as God’s covenant people,
as they are steeped in compromise and sin. The Word
of God is not being passed down to the next
generation, whole families are caught up in pagan
worship, infidelity and deceit mark their personal
relationships and they seem indifferent to how God
sees them. This indifference alarms the prophet almost
as much as the actual sins, for it is a sign that their consciences are deeply
seared and they are oblivious to the dangers of their way of life.
His name means “Jehovah has appointed” as we read in Jeremiah 1 v 4 – 5 :
“before I formed you in the womb I knew you.”
Jeremiah came from Anathoth and was from the tribe of Levi. God warned
him of the trouble to come and of the fact that the people would be taken
into captivity. Apart from King Josiah, the people scorned and resented him
for condemning idol worship, exposing false prophets and
showing how they had disobeyed the law given by God
through Moses.
King Jehoiakim prohibited Jeremiah from coming into the
temple or the palace. He also cut up the writings of Jeremiah
and then burned them, so Baruch (Jeremiah’s secretary) had to
rewrite them. Quite a laborious task to do in those days.
Under the rule of King Zedekiah, Jeremiah was arrested as a
traitor, for saying that Jerusalem would be defeated by the
Babylonians. He was later freed by the Babylonians, and
ministered in Jerusalem. A few Jews fled to Egypt and took
Jeremiah with them, but the majority were deported to Babylon,
among them Daniel and his friends. As far as we know, Jeremiah
ended his days in Egypt, still declaring God’s word to those who were not
willing to listen.
Archaeology confirms this in the Babylonian Chronicles Lachish letters.
Babylonian Chronicles are clay tablets recording the history from 2300 BC to
540 BC.
Apparantly, Jeremiah 10 v 10 was written in Aramaic – “but the Lord is the
true God, and the everlasting King. At His wrath, the earth will tremble and
the nations will not be able to endure His indignation.”
What a warning! Jeremiah’s prophecy should leave us in no doubt about the
destructive power of sin – the way it alienates us from each other, and from
God. It also makes us realise that with separation so deep, only God can
provide a remedy. Despite the very sombre tone throughout the book of
Jeremiah, there is also a strong streak of hope running through his prophecies.
This can be seen especially in chapters 30 and 31, where we read about the
promise of a new covenant. The message of hope comes at the nation’s
darkest hour. When it looks like total extinction, God promises his people a
future. They will be saved and restored, the exiles will return to their
homeland rejoicing. A new covenant will replace the old one which they
had broken, and this time God will remake them from within, giving them the
power to do his will.
(Margaret Johnson)
This quarter, our “departmental focus” for information and prayer is Kids’ Club.
The club runs on Tuesday evenings in term time, from 6.30 to 7.30pm. The
group is for children of primary school age (5 – 11), although at the moment,
we have some who are older than this, and have been coming for quite a
Most weeks we have 15 – 20 children attending, and
the majority have been coming for some time very
regularly. There are also several others who drop in
from time to time, but don’t attend that regularly. A
few of the children also come to Sunday Quest, but
in the main we have a different group of children on
Tuesday evenings. Several of the parents and
families are also regularly involved with other activities within the church – eg:
Parent/Toddler group, Women Together.
A typical evening starts with a choice of 2 or 3 different activities for the
children to participate in – games, crafts, cookery (especially popular!), sports
competitions etc. We then join together for singing, learning a memory verse
and a Bible quiz. After this, we split into 2 age groups for the Bible lesson (8’s
and under, 9’s and over). Every term we have a parents’ evening – usually
the last night of each term, where we invite parents and families to come for
the evening, and run a special programme, always with a simple gospel
presentation included at some point in the evening. With most of the
children having coming regularly for a long time, we have got to know their
parents and families pretty well too.
Last term, a highlight was the “Amazing
Journey” Bible exhibition, which was held at
church for the children from Osmaston Primary
School, but also ran on the Tuesday evening in
the same week, so that all children attending
our church activities (but who don’t go to the
local school) could participate in the
exhibition. Since then, a brother and sister
living locally have started to come to club on
Tuesdays, and have not missed a week.
In general the children are very well behaved and attentive – they listen well
to what is taught (although sometimes we do get some interesting and
amusing answers in the quiz the following week!), and are very keen to join in
all activities – although recently one boy (who is not usually very vocal)
announced that the song we had chosen that evening was “the worst song
in the church!!”
Thank you to the team of leaders who are very faithful and committed to this
group of children and the ongoing work at Kids’ Club – Sue Bounds, Simon
Chambers, Liz Burke, Malcolm Hall, Marg Richardson.
Prayer points:
That as the children coming along week by
week, they would really understand the
truths which are taught to them, and see
their need to accept Jesus as their Saviour
For those children who only come irregularly
or who have recently dropped off coming,
to want to come again every week
Give thanks for the good listening and stable atmosphere at club
Our conversations with parents and families week by week, and
especially at the parents’ evenings each term
(Nigel and Fiona)
You may give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.
One measure of our love for Christ is our
sensitivity to the needs of others.
The heart of prayer, is prayer from the heart.
Purity in the heart produces power in the life.
Remembering God’s goodness puts a song in
your heart.
Forgiven sinners know love, and show love.
He is rich who is satisfied with what he has.
Patience means awaiting God’s time, and
trusting God’s love.
Sometimes in life it can seem as though everywhere you go, or every time
you are talking to others it all seems to be bad news, or in your own situation,
things are just going from bad to worse. It may even seem that this will last
forever, and that you will never again hear any good news. It can seem
overwhelming as we try to share, care, pray, and support friends and family in
what they are facing, or deal with our own circumstances.
We may feel overwhelmed, but it’s good to know that God is never
overwhelmed. He is not overwhelmed by how many prayers (maybe exactly
the same prayers) are said on someone’s behalf. He is not surprised by all the
suffering and sadness in the world, because He knows all about it.
“Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his
God, the maker of heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them – the
Lord, who remains faithful forever.” (Psalm 146 v 5 – 6)
God is our HELP – when we feel overwhelmed by our own, or others’
God is our HOPE – when we feel like everything is falling apart around us.
God remains FAITHFUL for ever – when we feel lost or alone in our suffering.
“We sometimes fear to bring our troubles to God, because they must seem
small to Him who sits on the circle of the earth. But if they are large enough
to vex and endanger our welfare, then they are large enough to touch His
heart of love. For love does not measure by a merchant’s scales, nor with a
surveyor’s chain. It has a delicacy unknown in any handling of material
substance.” (R A Torrey)
“Because God is my sovereign Lord, I will not worry. He manages perfectly
day and night, year in and year out, the movements of the stars, the
wheeling of the planets, and the staggering coordination of events that
happen on the molecular level in order to hold things together. There is no
doubt that He can manage the timing of my days and weeks.” (Elisabeth
(see in the Faith Mission publication, May/June 2013)
My life is but a weaving between my God and me
I do not choose the colours, He works so steadily
Oft times He weaves in sorrow, and I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper, and I the underside
Not till the loom is silent, and the shuttles cease to fly
Will God unroll the canvas and explain the reasons why
The dark threads are as needful in the Weaver’s skilful hand
As the threads of gold and silver in the pattern He has planned
(seen in the Corrie Ten Boom house in Amsterdam)
A little girl told her grandmother, “I behaved
very well in church today. I even refused a
big plate of money that the man offered
Here’s a grace we can all say – “Lord, make
me not like porridge, stiff and difficult to stir,
but make me like cornflakes, ready and quick
to serve.”
God promised men that good and obedient wives would be found in
all corners of the world – then he made the earth round …………………
A small boy had been told that his new baby sister was a gift from God,
so he said to her “quick, before you forget, what does God look like??”
DPR DIARY – March to May 2014
(10.15am – prayer, 10.30am – Communion service, 11.15am – Morning Service, with groups
for primary school age children and crèche), 6.15pm – Evening Service).
Andrew Knox (am)
Richard Lee (pm)
Stephen Walker (am)
Nigel Jones (pm)
Andrew Knox (am)
Mike Stringer (pm)
Andrew Knox (am)
Peter Leyshon-Jones (pm)
Dalton King (am – Mother’s Day family service)
Jim Titterton (pm)
Andrew Knox (am)
Geoff Marshall (pm)
Bill Patterson, SGA (am and pm)
Nigel Jones (am, Easter Sunday)
Simon Brewer (pm)
Andrew Knox (am)
Edwin Baker (pm)
Andrew Knox (am)
Vic Green (pm)
Andrew Knox (am)
Graham Penny (pm)
Andrew Knox (am)
Geoff Holland (pm)
Andrew Knox (am)
Tim Houghton (pm)
Andrew Knox (am)
Alastair Kay, Derby City Mission (pm)
Homegroups – Galatians 2 v 11 – 21
DPR – Vic Green, Nehemiah (last in series)
AGM – Treasurer and Secretary’s reports
Election of deacons
Homegroups – Galatians 3 v 1 – 25
Ministry and prayer at DPR (David Pearson)
Homegroups – Galatians 3 v 26 – 4 v 31
Ministry and prayer at DPR (Roger Cresswell)
Homegroups – Galatians 5 v 1 – 25
Derby Bible Week
At DPR – Andrew to report back from his
trip to Moldova
Homegroups – Galatians 5 v 26 – 6 v 18
Prayer and ministry at DPR (Nigel Jones)
Homegroups – new series to be confirmed
Half day of prayer at DPR (4.00 to 9.00pm)
LADIES’ FELLOWSHIP – Tuesdays at 2.00pm
Rob Burrell
Helen Leyshon-Jones
Phill Bounds
To be confirmed
No meetings
Trevor Marshall
Roger Gray
Paul Crowe
No meeting
LUNCH OUTREACH – Tuesdays at 1.00pm
(please speak to Marion Mailer/Sue Bounds for more
4 March, 1 April and 6 May
(please speak to Kate Burrell for more information)
Friday mornings at 10.15am - 14 March, 25 April, 23 May, AND
Monday evenings at 7.30pm - 3 March, 7 April, 12 May
WOMEN TOGETHER – Mondays at 7.30pm
(please speak to Wendy Walmsley/Joy Campbell for more information)
31 March – the life of a Street Pastor (with Carol Harper)
28 April – Cathy Cook cooks
19 May – fitness and dance
HOSPITAL SERVICES – at London Road Community Hospital, Sundays
at 4.00pm (please speak to David and Louise Pearson for more information)
16 March, 20 April and 18 May
DERBY BIBLE WEEK – Monday, 28 April to Thursday, 1 May. To be held this year
at St Alkmund’s Church, Kedleston Road, at 7.30pm each evening.
Speaker – Jonathan Fletcher, who has been a minister in London and
Cambridge for over 30 years. His subject is – “the gospel according to
DPR FUN DAY – Saturday, 14 June - so please keep this date free if possible.
21 September
There are also a couple of other events currently in the planning stages – a
men’s bowling evening (in July), and an Eastern European evening. More
details to follow when plans are further advanced.
(please arrange to swap with someone else if unable to do the date
allocated, or speak to Joyce Lewis)
Marion Mailer
Fiona Jones
Joy Campbell
Avis Cresswell
Mary Young
Olive Walker
Sarah Throssell
Joyce Lewis
Irene May
Joan Auguiste
Loretta Marshall
Fiona Knox
Joy Campbell
Wendy Walmsley
Pearl Hill
Kate Burrell
Marion Mailer
Fiona Jones
(please arrange swap with another team if unable to do the week allocated)
Trevor Marshall
Paul Crowe/Mikk Campbell
Stephen Walker
Sarah Throssell
Nigel Jones
Joe Auguiste
Trevor Marshall
Paul Crowe
Stephen Walker
Sarah Throssell
Nigel Jones
Joe Auguiste
Trevor Marshall
Paul Crowe
Moldova Trip with SGA
We fly out Wed 16 April on 13.30 flight from
Birmingham via Frankfurt and Vienna, arriving in
Chisinau at 00.55. We will be picked up at the
airport and driven the 2 hour journey to Balti. On
Thursday the team will be divided into 3 groups
of 2. Both men will preach at all services they are
involved in. Each group will have a
translator. The 3 groups will travel to different
areas, returning to Balti on Sunday evening for
Easter Monday services.
Thursday 17 – Church service – theme ‘The
passion of Christ.’
Friday 18 – Church service or maybe two!
Saturday 19 – Church service
Easter Sunday 20 – At least two church
Easter Monday 21 – The complete team will
be in Bethany Church, Balti, for the morning service. One team member will
preach and one bring a 12 minute greeting including translation. In the
afternoon the team will visit a campsite that SGA has been involved in. In the
evening the team will preach in 2 churches.
Returning home Tues 22 April departing Chisinau 5.05 via Vienna and
Frankfurt, arriving in Birmingham 12.50. Your prayers are greatly valued !