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An Unexpected Gift

During a very enjoyable gift day at Saint Giles on Saturday 28th November, where we shared coffee and wonderful cakes, we were joined by an unexpected visitor. Meet Van who, having bravely taken an unscheduled swim in the Derwent, had become parted from his human and had quite cleverly found his way up the hill to the church. We dried him off and gave him some buttered fruit loaf and soon reunited him with his very worried family. Saint Giles, protector of the deer of the forest, obviously prayed for him.

Singing in Church Again

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!

Parish Walk

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).

The Climax and Conclusion of Easter

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?