Sunday February 14th 2021 - Sunday next before Lent

Notices for Sunday February 14th 2021
Sunday next before Lent


Services online
Given the rising case numbers, and the message to stay at home, unless there is urgent need go go out, we have decided to stop having services in church that are open to visitors. We will continue having the 10am service for you to watch on the internet. Please remember, and perhaps be in contact with, those who can’t access them.

You can watch the videos for all the churches when they “premier”, or later for your convenience by clicking on this link:
From this link you can also find Paul Mellar’s / St Andrew’s service, Joel and his family’s “Church at Home” and Ian Webb’s Covid Island Discs.

Prayers on-line are available each day.

Coffee after the Sunday services – 11am by Zoom:
We invite you to “virtual” after (or before??) service refreshments.

Church open for private prayer
The church will be open for private prayer Wednesdays 9.30am - 4pm and Sundays 11.30 - 4pm

Readings and Collect
2 Corinthians 4.3-6
Mark 9.2-9

Almighty Father,
whose Son was revealed in majesty
before he suffered death on the cross:
give us grace to perceive his glory
that we may be strengthened to suffer with him
and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory;
who is alive and reigns with you,
In the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Please remember in your prayers: Olga who is now home from hospital following a heart attack, and Marion Giles, still in hospital at present

Funeral: Nancy Smith, February 25th 12noon in church. Family and invited guests only because of limited numbers. It will be live streamed on the youtube channel.

News: As we can’t meet together as we used to do, do you have any news to share? Please send items to the office by 9am on Thursdays

From Peter:

Walking around the church this week, I loved the site of the dogwoods in the memorial garden. Expertly pruned down to ground every year or two in order to provide these gloriously coloured shoots.

LENT – Starting 17 February:

Ash Wednesday Service, 17 February:

Organised by Paul – available on youtube:
From Ash Wednesday Morning. Also on Facebook.

National Church “Big Read” - UpdateFor Lent this year we joining in with "The Big Church Read" looking at "Singing in Babylon" - a book that looks at stories of Daniel and how we can respond and thrive when we don't get what we want - Daniel was in exile, we are in lockdown... We will have "zoom" groups so we can share what we think, or you can just read it by yourself. Thank you to those who have ordered books, (£7.99) they should arrive Friday 12th, to be distributed on Saturday or early next week. We have a couple spare – please let Peter know if you want one ASAP.

Planned Zoom groups are to be hosted by:

Tony Bethell, Wednesday’s 2pm, starting 24 Febrobably by Joel and Paul – details and zoom links in next week’s notices.

Live Lent
Many have enjoyed “Love Life Live lent” resources in past years – we recommend them again – available by Email, or audio versions via an app or smart speaker!:

#LiveLent: God's Story, Our Story - our Lent reflections | The Church of England


Over the years we have supported a wide variety of projects in the poorest countries around the world.This year we are unable to hand out boxes in church but they will be available to anyone who wishes to save loose change during Lent.But I am also asking you to consider giving in a different way as the need is so great.  Many countries are struggling with the pandemic as well as the issues of poverty and so many other problems.  Christian Aid works by supporting local non-governmental organisations who know best what is needed in their area. As Lent lasts 40 days (we do not count Sundays), I am asking you to consider giving a set amount per day to this year’s project.  When we get to Easter it would be great to be able to collect what you have managed to save off of you – either in cash or by cheque.

Thanks for reading this – I do hope you can help in some way. 

For a box contact Derek Millington at 01246 415997.For cheques, please make them out to Churches Together in Dronfield & District where we keep our funds.

Boxes and cheques should be returned to either the church office or Derek after Easter.  Alternatively, if you would like Derek to collect from your home, please do let him know.

Many thanks,
Barry Jex (Chairman of Dronfield & District Christian Aid Committee)
Derek Millington (Parish Church Christian Aid representative)