RECENT EVENTS

Christmas Tree Festival

The Parish Church glitters with lights and colours during the Dronfield Christmas Tree Festival, which runs from November 29th to December 8th. The stewards put up our Christmas tree, which was joined by the Boys' Brigade tree.

CAMC tree 1
CAMC tree 2 BB tree

 

Remembrance Service

Remembrance Sunday was marked by a short service before the congregation went up for the united act of remembrance at the Cross. During the service, Rev James spoke these words:

Remembering the Sound of Silence

James Morley, November 2016
Inspired by Remembrance Sunday, services for remembering loved ones and
The Sound of Silence by Paul Simon, performed by The Disturbed.

Remember, remember the fifth of November,
was there something I forgot...
On the eleventh day at the eleventh hour there was silence;
if only it had been an end to our violence.
Seven seven and nine eleven
Are Sadam and Saville going to heaven
Isis.
The prices
of Christendom;
we’ll blow ourselves
to kingdom come.


Trump, Brexit, Socialist, far right,
and all the other piles of shi…
Shhh, everything will be alright,
the monsters only come at night.

Hello darkness my old friend
How quickly I can descend
The grief in all it’s violence
Screams in the sound of silence
The words of Queen and Mercury
in that Bohemian Rhapsody
‘nothing really matters to me’
want to, have to, need to break free

But. Lest we forget.
Don’t want to forget.
I just want a reason, a purpose, a hope.
A sense that there will be a new day dawning
A reason to get up in the morning.


Like for the prophet Jeremiah,
not in the earthquake, wind or fire,
but in the screaming sound of silence
breathing fearful peace into my violence
comes the still. Small. Voice.
Not mine this time.
Not the that voice that undermines.
Is it you God…


Oh God.
There’s my God,
Given himself upon a cross
for all my pain, your pain, our pain
the pain that will come yet again.
And again.

You say,
hear my words that I might teach you.
Take my arms that I might reach you.

Only a suffering God can help us now.
It’s true and yet, somehow,
a new thing has come to birth;
a thing where heaven has kissed earth.
It’s in your smile, your laugh, your care,
that painful memory where you were there,
it’s in a love that gives and believes to dare,
to know, there will be no more crying
a time will come with no more dying,
for he will wipe every tear from our eye,
we will say hello again and never goodbye.

 

Autumn Fair

This popular event, held on November 9th, raised a substantial amount for church funds.

Autumn Fair 2019

 

Olivia's christening

Olivia was christened by Rev James at the morning service on October 20th.

Olivia chr 1
Olivia chr 2

 

Quiz night, October 19th

Quiz 2019 1
Quiz 2019 2

 

Harvest Festival, October 6th

HF 2019

Gifts for the Archer prject and other charities

 

CA United Churches Choir

September 7th saw a large audience gathered for the final performance of the choir, which has delighted and inspired the local community during the forty years of its existence. Bouquets were presented to Muriel, the founder and leader, and to accompanist Thelma. Roger read a poem he had composed in Muriel's honour (below).

CUCC 4
CUCC 3

 

CUCC 10 CUCC 9

 

An Ode to  Muriel

1

The Choir has reached the time
       to say

Goodbye for the last time . . .

And so a little ode from me:

I hope that it’s in rhyme . . .

2

It started back in ’79,

That’s forty years ago,

When Muriel decided that

We must put on a show,

3

To sing some songs in our Lord’s
       praise

At churches far and near,

With songs of love and happiness

To bring a smile or tear.

4

United we must be, she said

(Not meaning football teams),

Two congregations joined as one –

This was one of her dreams.

5

And down the years it grew and grew,

Its fame spread far and wide.

But sadly now it’s reached its end:

I know a few who’ve cried.

6

We’ve sung for Christmas every year,

Also at Eastertime,

With lots of very varied tunes –

Our voices were sublime.

7

We’ve sung at churches round
       about,

But now AMERICA!!!!!

That’s where I thought that we
       were going –

To Philadelphia!

8

But I was wrong, it wasn’t far,

It’s down by Langsett Road,

Behind the old Infirmary –

Daft me, well I’ll be blowed.

9

And what a range of tunes and
       songs,

A few by Roger Jones:

I’ll tell you now of some of them

That brought out a few moans . . .

10

The inn crowd and While Shepherds
       Watched

And Mary Magdalene,

And Jailbreak sounded much too
       rough,

We didn’t seem right keen.

11

With Simeon and Wildfire, and

Then David, what a boy . . .

Two Sisters, wherever you are,

And then Jerusalem Joy . . .

12

Oh gosh! I hear you say out loud,

You learn at such a pace.

There was New Creation, Chariots,

And then there’s Winter’s Grace . . .

13

A World of Christmas, Flying Free,

And Heavenly Aeroplane,

The Phantom of the Opera,

West Side Story . . . It’s a drain.

14

With my old mind to think far back,

There’s many I forgot,

But you can tell, from this short list,

There has been quite a lot.

15

But it’s not just us who’s had to learn:

Remember those poor fingers

Of our dear Thelma over there,

Playing for us singers.

16

So many years she’d bashed those
       keys

With very little rest.

And we al say, without a doubt,

She really is the best.

17

And at this time, we must look back

To those no longer here –

They sat among us, were our friends,

We know right now they’re near.

18

And so with gladness now we say

To Muriel, "Do not fret."

It’s over now, but we can say,

We never will forget.

19

With grateful hearts, we all say,

Thanks for your years of graft.

Year after year you planned and prayed

That we would learn our craft.

20

We all owe you our fondest love:

We never can repay

The patience, selfless effort, that

You’ve put in every day.

21

I’ll stop right now, our eyes are full,

Our chests they start to swell.

We raise our thanks, let’s clap and cheer

Our leader – Muriel.

 

 

Etienne's christening

Etienne was christened at the morning service on September 1st, conducted by Rev James. Rachel presented a candle to mark his entry in the Cradle Roll. Rev James spoke a poem he had composed on the occasion (below).

Etienne 1
Etienne 3
Etienne 2
 

For Etienne.

Yet then, again

 

For you and me,

Everybody.

 

I believe God says truthfully

You are made wonderfully

Allow this truth to set you free

 

From hurts and guilt, regrets and shame 

That return again and again

 

Allow this truth to set you free

Because it lasts eternally.

 

You are loved

By one above

 

Wherever that is

What matters is

 

God became you and me

So that we can be free

We’re just asked to believe:

 

God is with you

And within you

Gave everything to win you

So, the question is will you

 

Accept this gift of amazing grace

That reflects in you God’s loving face

And see it in the face of the other 

For we are all just sisters and brothers 

 

And in the dark night of the soul

May this deep truth keep you whole

 

You are a child of God who is love

And this is the love that first chose us

Comes running to meet us

In that refuge-Jesus

 

James Morley for Etienne’s baptism 1 Sept 2019

 

Garden party at Margaret & Stuart's

"When the sun always shines"

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9-6-2019 2
9-6-2019 3

 

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday 2019 1 Easter Sunday 2019 2

 

Good Friday

Good Friday 1 Good Friday 2
Good Friday 3

 

Boys' Brigade Easter Service, April 8th

BB Easter 1 BB Easter 2
BB Easter 3 BB Easter 4

 

Rev James' Wilderness Video

Revd James Morley (Spoken Word) from AllWeCan on Vimeo.

All We Can, the Methodist relief and development charity, recently invited us all to reflect on the wilderness experience. which for many people in the world is a daily reality. In response to their invitation, Rev James created this piece and speaks it himself.

The video is one of the resources available at www.allwecan.org.uk/lent. It was shot in our church by Richard Garrett.

 

Spring Fair

The Spring Fair on Saturday March 16th was a popular event and raised £717.

Mayor Vera
General view
M&M Roger & Co

 

Margaret's Birthday

Congratulations to Margaret, who has turned 98. The Games & Pastimes group celebrated the occasion at their meeting in mid-February.

Margaret H 1 Margaret H 2
Margaret H 3 Margaret H 4

 

Valentines Lunch

V lunch 1
V lunch 2
V lunch 3

 

The Leprosy Mission Event

World Leprosy Day on January 27th was marked by a visit from Mrs Pamela Levens of The Leprosy Mission. Pam took our morning service and set some of TLM's recent work in the context of the Christian social mission. A bread and cheese lunch followed in the Schoolroom. Over £500 has been given to TLM as a result of this event, recent donations and the contents of members' TLM boxes.

TLM 2019 1 TLM 2019 2
TLM 2019 3
TLM 2019 4

 

Games & Pastimes Celebration

On January 8th, Games & Pastimes celebrated their third anniversary with a splendid cake depicting some of their favourite activities.

G&P 3rd ann'y
G&P cake
G&P groups

 

Christmas

BB nativity

Boys' Brigade Carol Service - nativity scene

Carols at the Cross

Christmas Eve - traditional Coal Aston carols on the village green

Christmas Day

On Christmas Day

 

Cascade of Poppies

 

To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, members of the church created a cascade of poppies which was unveiled by the Mayor of Dronfield on November 3rd. Specially commemorated were the seven men from Coal Aston who lost their lives in the war.

 
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Poppies 4Poppies 3  
Poppies 4