It was good to have singing in the 9.30am service today – but also good that people could sit in areas away from singing if they wished. God’s people met to praise, pray and worship – some with masks, some without – but all as HIs children, loved and cared for. Alleluia!
The annual Animal Service is now to be held on 10th October at 4pm.
The reason for this change is that the Bishop of Derby is coming to St Giles to confirm 5 people, on September 26th at 6.30pm.
Hope you can make both dates.
Many thanks to Claire and Fred for leading the parish walk on Tuesday 15th June. A fine evening, good company, super scenery and ending with birthday cake and beverages at the Fishpond (thank you and happy birthday Andrea).
Green is the dominant colour of this glorious month and is echoed in the litugical decorations inside St Giles. As a part of our growth we will be reviewing and planning through our APCM this Sunday after the morning service. Do join us if you can.
We would love you to join us for this celebration in the form of a Sung Eucharist
7.30pm – Thursday June 3rd – at St Giles
The energy of Spring in nature is also felt in the festivals celebrated in the Church as the risen Jesus ascends to the Father, and sends the Holy Spirit on the waiting disciples. About this Father Mark writes…
ASCENSION AND WHITSUNTIDE
The first part of Eastertide draws to a close on Ascension Day Thursday 13th May when we recall the last appearance to the disciples of the Risen Lord. There is a Eucharist at Saint Giles at 10 am and then we gather at 7.30 pm for a Eucharist at All Saints Matlock Bank.
On Saturday 22nd May, the Eve of Pentecost, we will have a special service for Churches Together at Saint Giles at 2.30 pm. In recent years there has been an ecumenical initiative to pray during the ten days between Ascension and Pentecost entitled ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. This is our contribution to this initiative. Do please support this event.
On Sunday 23rd May, Pentecost, Eastertide draws to a close with the feast of Pentecost. This, together with Easter and Christmas, is one of the three great feasts of the Church’s year. We recall the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and upon the Church. At the 9.30 am Eucharist there will be the renewal of Confirmation Vows.
Details of each of these services appear in the church calendars. Why not put them in your diary now?
There will be a short service in memory of HRH Prince Philip at St Giles Church on Friday, 16th April at 6.30pm.
A muffled bell will be rung at 9am on the morning of his funeral, Saturday, 17th April.
Saint Giles Church, Matlock will be ringing a single bell half-muffled (leather cap on one side of the clapper to ring alternately loud and soft) in remembrance of Prince Philip at 12 noon today, Saturday 10th April.
This will be as part of the tribute by Derbyshire bell ringers. Due to Covid restrictions, normal bellringing is not permitted, but many single bells will be tolled 99 times to represent the number of years Prince Philip lived.