Holy Trinity Church
Richard Writes

Revd Richard Reade


                                                                                                                                                                                  May 2017

Dear Friends,

As has been mentioned many times before, the world moves on from Easter very rapidly and the supermarket shelves are cleared of eggs to be replaced by barbecue items and suncream. However, the church goes on to celebrate the Easter season all the way through to the Feast of Pentecost and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the first disciples. Prior to that we have the very important Feast of the Ascension, which this year falls on Thursday 25th, when we remember Jesus leaving the disciples and preparing them to wait for the coming of the Spirit. This year at the service at All Saints´ at 7.30pm, we will be joined by members of the local churches and our preacher will be the Revd. Stephen Monk, the rector of St. Helen´s, Darley.

Between the Ascension (25th) and Pentecost (4th June), the Archbishops have called the Church to use this period for occasions of prayer for the growth of the church and the deepening of its fellowship. Do keep a look out for the posters and notices that will keep you informed of special events and services. One thing we are being challenged to pray for is an increase in vocations, which leads to some very good news . . . .

As those who attend regularly will know, Dr. Anne Phillips, who worships at All Saints´ will be ordained deacon on Sunday 2nd July at Derby Cathedral to serve the parishes of Matlock Bank and Tansley as a part-time self-supporting Minister. Anne brings to the role of Curate a wealth of experience, having previously served 26 years as a Baptist Minister. I hope that a good number from the parishes will be able to make it to the Ordination Service and then to welcome Anne in her new ;´official´ role as curate − please pray for her, for me as training incumbent and for the churches and the opportunities for mission and ministry that this presents.

Looking further forward, the Bishop of Derby has indicated that he will ordain Anne as a priest at a special service to be held at All Saints´ in September; an historic occasion as the church has never hosted an ordination service before. Further details as they become available.

On a personal note, there will be a special service followed by a party at All Saints´ on Saturday 24th June at 2.00pm, when I will be celebrating the silver anniversary of my ordination to the Diaconate at Lichfield Cathedral in 1992 (This will be especially poignant as Bishop Keith Sutton who confirmed me and ordained me both deacon and priest, died recently − (may he rest in peace and rise in glory). I hope that you will come along to celebrate, give thanks and rededicate ourselves as God´s people in His service.

Alleluia! Christ is risen!.

Every blessing


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