Some photos are now in the gallery thanks to Angela Neale and Claire Drabble.
1st November is one of the major festivals of the Church’s year. It is All Saints Day when we remember all those who have been heroically faithful to Christ during their lives. On 2nd November we keep All Souls Day. That is when we remember all our departed friends and relatives.
We will be celebrating All Saints Day on Thursday 31st October at All Saints Church Matlock Bank at 7.30 pm.
We will then be observing All Souls Day at the service at the Family Eucharist on Sunday 3rd November at 9.30 am. During the intercessions I will invite members of the congregation to come forward and light a lamp in memory of their departed, and to read out their names. This beautiful ceremony reminds us that we are all united, living and departed, in Jesus Christ who said ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life’.
Our society tends to be over busy, too rushed and very talkative. We need a break from our over stimulated environment. There are things that restfulness, quiet and silence can teach us. A wisdom to be found in contemplation and restfulness. That is why silence and meditation are a part of the practice of all the major religions. This is just as true of Christianity as of the other faiths. Jesus often went alone into the mountains and desert to be alone with God. All the great saints of the Christian tradition speak of the need for silence, listening and retreat, in order to come closer to God and to find our true selves.
We will be having a ‘Retreat’ Day at Saint Giles on Saturday 12th October. This will consist of three short talks and then the opportunity to be silent in church for the rest of the day. Various ‘prayer stations’ will be set up around the church in order to help us in our prayer. The day begins at 10 am with the Eucharist and finishes at 3 pm with Evening Prayer. Drinks will be available. But please bring your own lunch. No need to book. Anyone can turn up.
The leader will be the Revd. Professor Stella Mills, who is a Methodist minister. Stella is going to talk about God’s creation and the environment.
‘Silence is the language of paradise’
A saying of the Orthodox Church
Saint Paul speaks of the three great virtues of faith, hope and love. We hear a lot about love. Who could disagree with loving one another? Faith is obviously essential if we are to have any sort of relationship with God and Jesus Christ.
But hope often gets forgotten about. Among the three great, or theological virtues, it often comes a poor third. On the other hand, it is central to the Christian faith: based on the Apostles witness to the resurrection, we look forward in hope to what shall be.
This autumn our course is on Hope. The first four sessions are based on a film based at key places around the island of Patmos, where the book of Revelation was written. Then we will have two further sessions on Mary Magdalene, the first witness of the resurrection, and will be basing our reflections on the recent film about her life. The course begins on Wednesday 25th September at 7.30 pm at Saint Giles Barn.
- 25th September: Do not be afraid
- 2nd October: The best is yet to be
- 9th October: Heaven on earth
- 16th October: The river of life
- 23rd October: Mary Magdalene
- 30th October: Mary Magdalene
Do please join us and help us reflect together on this central Christian virtue of hope.