Sunday March 6th 2022, First Sunday of Lent

Services for Sunday 6th March 2022
     8am   Holy Communion Service led by Revd Ian Webb
  10am  Morning Prayer Service led by Revd Paul Mellars, live and online.
     You can watch online at 10am or later by clicking on:

  Wednesday  9th  March 10am Holy Communion Service led by Revd Joel Bird
  Sunday 13th  March 10am Holy Communion Service led by Bishop Libby

Wednesday 9th March 7.15pm in Church Following on from our Re-Boot meeting on the 26th January, please come and join us at our 'Open DCC Meeting’.  You are warmly invited to come and have Coffee and Cake and get involved in how St John’s moves forward during our interregnum. 

Reading  Luke 4: 1 – 13

Heavenly Father,
your Son battled with the powers of darkness,
and grew closer to you in the desert;
help us to use these days to grow in wisdom and prayer
that we may witness to your saving love
in Jesus Christ our Lord.  AMEN

Please remember in your prayers: Sally MacLaurin, Bernard Broadhead, Pat Walker, Edith Hobson, Joan Jones, Malcolm Styan, Margaret Bennett, Faye Jowle, Joel Bird, and Emily.  
Please also remember in your prayers  Rodger, father of Revd Paul Mellars, Paul and his family.
The funeral of Eileen Mary Parker took place at St Johns on Monday 28th February.
Please remember Eileen’s family in your prayers.

Coffee after the Sunday services – 11.45am by Zoom
We invite you to “virtual” after service refreshments, by clicking on the link in the notices sheet at 11.45 am or afterwards. Please bring you own coffee or …?

Church open for private prayer The church will be open for private prayer every day  9.30am - 4.00pm. Volunteers for the unlocking and locking rota are needed URGENTLY. Please contact the Parish Office if this is something you could help with 412328.

Parish Office opening hours The office is open to visitors Wednesday to Friday  9.30am –12.00pm.

Curate Elliot George. As many of you will know Elliot George is coming to Dronfield this summer to serve as the new curate for our team of churches. Curacy is the second part of the training and formation process for Anglican clergy. His ordination as a deacon will take place on the morning of Sunday, 3rd July at Derby Cathedral (n.b. Feast of Flowers weekend!). Please keep Elliot and his wife Megan in your prayers.

Dear all at Dronfield Parish Church For nearly two years now we have been unable to share bread and wine at Holy Communion in the way we were accustomed to, following Jesus’ command to eat and drink “in remembrance of me”. Following discussions with Rev. Paul Mellars and Rev. Ian Price, it is our intention to resume the common cup or chalice at Holy Communion from Easter Sunday in your churches. 
We are conscious that the pandemic has heightened everyone’s sense of germ/virus-transmission safety, and that some will now be unwilling to take of the common cup. Anglican scholars have been debating the use of individual cups for many years and of course our brothers and sisters in the Methodist and Baptist congregations, and many others use individual cups. (This is also the case at the Local Ecumenical Partnership (LEP) churches in our team, St. Andrew's and St. Mary’s.)
It seems that the current position of the Church of England is to leave such decisions to individual churches. We therefore propose to have a station or altar table from which some form of individual cups will be available, as well as the common cup. A server will be at these stations and the wine will be taken or handed over using the words of distribution (e.g. “the blood of Christ, keep you in eternal life”). We will take a straw poll in the coming weeks to get sense of how many will prefer each option.
If you were a server before the pandemic and no longer wish to be one in these circumstance, please could you let us know. If you would like to become a server please also be in touch. (It is now at the local minister’s discretion to permit someone to become a server, rather than requiring the bishop’s permission.)
We would like to point you to this Grove Booklet on the subject here
As well as this interview with the authors here:
I have a digital copy of the Grove Booklet.
Please do speak to one of the clergy team if you have questions or concerns.
Every blessing, Ian

Coal Aston Wesleyan Reform Church are holding a coffee morning on Saturday April 2nd from 10.00am to 12.00pm.


Christian Aid Lent Appeal There are now the usual loose-change boxes at the back of church; please do take one and although Christian Aid are not asking us to give towards a specific project this year, there remains so much need around the world for us to help remedy with our giving and our prayers, of course. Derek 

                                                                                                          The ‘Feast of Flowers’ is to go ahead this year on the weekend of the 1st to the 3rd July. The theme is ‘Celebration’. There are many ways you can be involved in this event from flower arranging to helping with refreshments, running a stall, or welcoming people to our church, your help would be really appreciated. Please contact the office if you would like to be involved on  412328 or email at

Organ Recital. The next ‘Wednesday at Eight Organ Recital’ will be on April 6th and Nigel Gotteri will be playing.

Gospel Magic Show. St Andrew's are hosting a gospel magic show on Saturday 12th March, 6.00pm-8.00pm. Tickets can be obtained on the night but to avoid disappointment please book in advance. Family Ticket £10 (2 adults and up to 3 children) Individual ticket £3. This is a fund raising event to raise money for Valley CIDS a local Christian charity. Refreshments and a raffle will be available on the night.