Peter's Notices - 26th April 2020

Dear All,

See Online Services for a link to the Video Service

Collect

Risen Christ,
you filled your disciples with boldness and fresh hope:
strengthen us to proclaim your risen life
and fill us with your peace,
to the glory of God the Father.

Readings:

Isa 53:3-10a
Luke 24:13-35

If anyone else would like to read for our videoed services please let Peter know.

Funerals

For your prayers, as sadly only very small numbers are allowed at the services:

Vic Rathbone: 1.15pm Tuesday 28 April
Glyn Knight: 2.30pm, Thursday 30 April
Joyce Piper (Gill Gill’s mum) Wednesday 6 May

Update on re-ordering and the Repair and Conservation of our Medieval Windows

Last week should have been our Annual General meeting, which would have included reports on many aspects of our church life. As the meeting has had to be postponed, I will aim to give one update / report each week as part of the notices. So this week: Re-ordering and Windows:

RE-ORDERING

Plans for our re-ordering have made progress. After much discussion we now have agreed plans for an accessible toilet on the right as you enter the church, concealed kitchen facilities in the opposite corner so that hot water and trays of mugs no longer have to be carried down the steps, and refurbishments for the choir vestry and toilet extension. We will display the plans on a notice board. We are about to apply for a faulty (Church Planning Permission) and will then start fund raising– I’m hoping they will be finished in 2021.

We are still planning to remove the pews in the nave and replace them with appropriate flexible seating, to retain the elegance and atmosphere of a traditional church, while making it more accessible and adaptable. These plans will also include underfloor heating a new lighting system and sound system. The planned sale of the Church Hall to the Life Project Work will hopefully give us some capital towards these costs.

If anyone would like to join the re-ordering group, especially anyone who likes grant application forms, please speak to Peter or Sue Sanford. 

Sadly we can’t display the plans for you to see in church but I have attached the “overview” plan. If anyone wants to see the more detailed plans and specifications please ask Peter and he can Email them to you.

WINDOWS

The repair and conservation of our medieval glass windows in the chancel is also progressing. We have had a meeting with historic England, which resulted in an improved plan. We submitted another application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a substantial part of the cost in February, and other grant applications and an appeal to the town will follow. The windows are very special, dating from the 1300’s. Please see more details on the notice boards.

If anyone would like to join the windows group, especially anyone who likes grant application forms, please speak to Peter or Sue Sanford. 

Update: Sadly the Corona Virus lockdown has not only slowed things down but put a hold on all Heritage Lottery applications until October, and we fear that in October funds may go to urgent needs resulting from the lockdown. We may have to re-think our funding strategy.

Katherine Shaw says:

I have the regular giving envelopes here, I was going to label them and leave them in church but obviously events overtook that. If anyone wants me to I can get them to them as long as they live within walking/running distance of me. I can post them through letterboxes so no need for contact. If they can let Peter or me know with name and address I can do that. Although it may take a couple of weeks.

New Daylight bible study notes

I have copies of the notes for May to August. Please let me know if you would like a copy and I can post them to you, probably as part of my daily exercise.

Team Vicar vacancy

And I am delighted to say that the Diocese have now put the advert for a new team vicar on their website. Dates for interviews etc are of course subject to the corona virus restrictions:

https://derby.anglican.org/en/about-us/vacancies/about-parish-vacancies.html

with our love and prayer,

Peter