Group magazine July and August 2019

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The Lords Prayer

A sermon I remember my late father preaching before he retired as Rector of Ladock - so pre-1970 - was on the Lord's Prayer and how we might personalise it.

Why not, he suggested, when using the prayer privately, insert "to me" or "by me" where possible?  e.g. "Hallowed be thy name by me".

To try this perhaps adds a nudge to the well-known phrases.  And so we might say
"Thy kingdom come to me,
Thy will be done by me".

On the other hand, a few years later, the Bishop of Winchester, where Diana and I were living at the time, memorably said he received enough challenges in the post every morning and didn't need any more.

He thought we should believe in God's almightiness - God's power to achieve God's purposes with us and sometimes despite us. By being selective, he implied, we might be better at responding when "nudged".

Perhaps Luther reflects this aspect of faith when he translates thus -
Your kingdom come,
and may your will "happen" (geschehen)
as in heaven, so upon earth.

Subtly, more weight is given here to faith in God than to humanity's willingness or ability to rise to challenges. 

Edmund Urquhart
An Update from your curate, Amanda
Over thirty people joined us in the church hall for our first taster session of Connect groups.   There was much discussion, fun and laughter as we watched a video and then split into small groups to discuss Paul’s letter to the Philippians over hot drinks and cake.
We have now had two taster sessions of what Connect groups would look like at St Oswald’s - our third session was on 19 June and our last one was at the end of June.
The first session included an introduction from our Vicar, Duncan, outlining how Connect groups fit into the vision for the future of St Oswald’s and the surrounding churches.  In the subsequent sessions the time has been divided between prayer, some worship, a video about Philippians and then discussion in small groups over hot drinks and home-made cakes.  Each of the Connect group leaders have been interviewed and talked about what it has been like to be part of a Connect group over the last nine months.
The first session was very busy, and we divided into four groups for our discussions.  One week was very rainy and clashed with several other key events.  However, although it was much smaller in numbers, it was more intimate and felt more like a home group.
The Connect groups will start properly in homes in July and you can ask Amanda Marshall or any of the Connect leaders to recommend a group.  By then we should have decided what days we will meet and hope also to offer a day time group too.

Revd Amanda Marshall Tel. 0755 7567751

Sunday 7th July  The third Sunday after Trinity
10.30 Parish Communion How beautiful upon the mountains/Stainer
6.30 Arts Festival   Stanford in A  Clucas responses
 Choral Evensong Locus Iste/Bruckner  
Glorious is thy name/Mozart

Sunday 14th July  The fourth Sunday after Trinity
10.30 Parish Communion Jesu Ukukhana
6.30   Evensong  Comfort O Lord/Crotch
    Non Nobis Domine/Quilter

Sunday 21st July  The fifth Sunday after Trinity
10.30 Parish Communion Ave verum corpus/Elgar
    I watch the sunrise/arr Duckworth
6.30 A Summer Evening Service with a difference
in St Oswald’s churchyard.

Sunday 28th July  St Oswald’s Day
10.30 Parish Communion Glory love and praise and honour/Harris
6.30 Choral Evensong Stanford in C  Clucas responses
    Fear not O land/Elgar
    We praise Thee O God/Stanford

The choir is on holiday during August and will resume on Sunday 1st September.

Thank you.
Michael Halls  
Director of Music

Serving Your Church

There are many, many ways in which to serve your church. There are elected posts (for example, Church wardens, PCC members), liturgical roles (e.g. the Choir, the serving team, Eucharistic assistants, Vergers, intercessors and readers in church, members of the home Communion team, the flower arrangers, welcomers etc.), practical posts (parish administrator, the Church Centre Committee, parish magazine editor, website and social media editor, church cleaners, etc.) and pastoral (for example, Edward Bear, the Mothers’ Union, the care team, the parish lunch people and the Ossie’s kitchen volunteers, the church gardening folk) and many others. And the great thing is …. If you don’t fancy fitting in with one of the roles that I’ve described, then we’ll make a new category, just for you!

There are, naturally, more formal ways within the Church of England.  Here are some useful terms when thinking about priesthood.

Stipendiary means that a priest is given enough material benefits that they can manage to live without having a paid job, and concentrate their energies entirely on the Church and her mission. A stipend is not a salary, and it's not much to live on, but that's partly the point! Receiving a stipend also usually means promising not to receive any additional income from other sources.

NSM means non-stipendiary minister – perhaps a better description would be a Self-Supporting Minister (SSM). In practical terms that can either mean someone who devotes all their time and energy to the ministry but for whatever reason does not need a stipend, or it may mean someone who has a paid job, either full or part time, and devotes whatever time they can above and beyond that to the Church. However, this definition fails to account for the fact that many people become SSM's because they feel that their priestly ministry is specifically lived out in the mission context of their "secular" setting. There is a debate there that needs to be had more thoroughly - it would be valuable a) to challenge the idea that the work of a priest is confined to the Church, but also b) that there is any distinction between the vocation of an SSM who is a priest-at-work, and the fact that all Christians in work have a vocation, both to their work and to the context in which they do it.

Licensed Lay Ministers (also known as Readers) are part of the nationally recognised and accredited public ministry of the Church of England. It is a voluntary, unpaid ministry with approximately 10,000 Licensed Lay Ministers nationally and around 160 in Derby diocese. Readers are lay leaders in their church communities and they offer a model of Christian discipleship to the people they meet in their daily lives as well as in their congregations. They are trained in theology, pastoral work and a variety of ministerial skills, and one of their key roles is to help people think with clarity and imagination about God's presence and activity in the world. For this reason, Licensed Lay Ministers are sometimes described as ‘lay theologians' because they help the church ‘do theology', in other words they help people connect faith and life.


Duncan and his friend Edward Bear
Duncan Ballard
Ashbourne Group of Parishes
Area Dean of Carsington, Diocese of Derby
01335 343825

Church Events in the Benefice of Ashbourne
5th May St Oswald’s Zoe Dee
26th May Holy Trinity, Clifton Elise Harris

4th May St Oswald’s Thomas Birch & Susan Webb
18th May St Oswald’s Edward Parkes & Melissa Hart
25th May St Mary & St Barlok, Bryan Elkin & Joanne Bumstead

1st May St Peter’s, Snelston Colin Rose, 76 years
10th May St Oswald’s Julie Mycock, 57 years
17th May St Oswald’s Peter Haymes, 84 years
24th May St Oswald’s Mary Dear, 80 years

To arrange for Christenings, Weddings or Funerals please contact the Parish Office Tel. 01335 343052


St Oswald’s Church, Ashbourne
Sanctuary Flowers in July & August

July 7th Mrs Ellis & family
July 14th Mrs J Fearn
July 21st Mrs J Baldy
July 28th  Miss C Yates

August 4th Mrs J Hudson
August 11th Vacant
August 18th  Mrs D Deighton
August 25th  Mrs R Chipchase

If anyone would like to donate flowers in memory of a loved one or to celebrate a special occasion, please contact Margaret Dawson   Telephone 01335 342339 or

Don’t forget breakfast church at St Oswald’s Church Centre: 
Sunday 24 July and Sunday 11 August. God, a bacon butty and a fresh mug of coffee – all welcome. 9h00 – 9h40

Gardening Party @ St Oswald’s
This group of volunteer parishoners and non-parishoners has been  working each Tuesday morning between 9h30 and 11h30 to keep the churchyard neat, doing ordinary tasks that the council workers do not cover.  This includes ensuring that each of the doorways are free of litter, leaves, confetti and so on; ensuring the down-pipe drains are not blocked; weeding the path edges, etc. 

Please contact Nick and Margaret Taylor on 01335 324656 if you are interested in joining in.
St John’s Church, Ashbourne
New Shoots? What does the future hold for St John’s?

We are a small community and I have found that to be a lovely thing.  It’s special to go into church on a Sunday and know everyone by name.  For me, this leads to a special sense of belonging.

There is a question, though, about what will happen to St John’s over the longer term.  I’m in my early 50’s and I’m the youngest regular attender.  You can see where this is going....

We had an afternoon tea in the Church Hall a few Saturdays back to think about the future of St John’s (my, there are some good bakers in our Church!).  There was a definite feeling that people would love to see our community grow and lots of ideas were put forward.  Some people want to offer more to families, some people want to offer more to people who feel on the margins (e.g. people with disabilities or dementia or perhaps living alone).  There were thoughts about youth groups, and lunch clubs and then ideas beyond to art and history and more!  Some ideas are focused on the Sunday service, some ideas are about what happens in the week.

So, lots of ideas but no clear path just yet.  And, to be honest, we’re a bit shorthanded!
If you’d like to come along and see what we’re up to, do join us at a service or get in touch.  You’ll always be welcome. 

Sarah Denny

Holy Trinity Church, Clifton
Date of next meeting - Wednesday 10th July 2019
No speaker
Social evening
Time.  7.15 pm
Venue.  Clifton-Smith Hall
All welcome

Church services:  
Sunday 7 July - 10.45 Holy Communion
Sunday 14 July - 10.45 Morning Prayer
Sunday 21 July - 10.45 Holy Communion
Sunday 28 July - 10.45 Morning Prayer

Monthly lunch. Date to be arranged

Tina Harbinson

at St Oswald’s Church
THURSDAYS at 1.30 pm
Music in a variety of styles to bring pleasure to you and your friends.
Each event is free and will last less than 45 minutes.

4th July    QEGS sixth form musicians
This has become an annual treat for us to see young musicians demonstrate such skill.  Supporting young musicians at the start of their promising future is so important.

11th July  Cathy Lamb organ recital
Our final recital in this series features the organ.  Cathy is effervescent and makes the organ sing for you.

Any donations will be for the work of St Oswald’s Church
Thank you.
Michael Halls
Director of Music 
Saturday May 25, 2019.

The challenge on a bank holiday Saturday which promised fine weather was to find a start point where parking would be easy, and walking would avoid the crowds. We settled on a walk from Youlgreave, where there were enough places in the car park, even though it is currently being resurfaced, and we encountered few other walkers.

From the village we descended to the river Bradford, and followed the riverside path upstream through its steep-sided wooded valley and past several weirs. We enjoyed watching the waterfowl dabbling in the river; young coots, swan and ducklings, and a beautiful display of wild flowers. These became a feature of this walk, and we were grateful for the services of our resident botanist.

Where the dale petered out, we crossed meadows, and passed through the little dry gorge of Rusden Wood, before a long and gradual climb took us across upland pastures, to where the view unfolded ahead of us, and we saw the long and graceful curves of Long Dale. We enjoyed our coffee break here, before passing through this secluded valley, which is a site of specific scientific interest, and it was certainly the right time of year to visit with the sides of the valley carpeted with beautiful wild flowers.

After climbing out of the dale, and following the A5012 for 200 metres, we struck off across open country, though fields and meadows with far reaching views. We could see as far as the edges and the dark peak. We eventually reached the village of Elton, which is renowned at this time of year for its magnificent display of hawthorn. It did not disappoint, and we had our lunch stop on a hillside pasture near the village with wonderful views across to Robin Hood's Stride (sometimes known as Mock Beggar's Hall) and Cratcliffe Crags. After lunch we joined the Limestone Way at Dudwood Lane, and made our way northwards to the stride, and past standing stones to Cliff Lane which we followed to Alport where we crossed the river Bradford again at a delightful, and very old little bridge.

We made our way through the hamlet, then followed a high-level path through meadows above the river back to Youlgreave, enjoying more wonderful views and beautiful flowers.

We were particularly lucky to have such a beautiful day for this lovely walk, and were rewarded with tea and cake at the excellent Peak Feast cafe at the end.

Total distance 10.5 miles; total ascent 1150 feet.
9 walkers, and on this occasion, no dogs!

Judy Harrison




St Mary and St Barlok, Norbury and Roston

7 July 11.00 am Morning Prayer
14 July 11.00 am Holy Communion
21 July 11.00 am Morning Prayer
28 July 11.00 am Holy Communion

St Mary’s Church, Mappleton

Flower Rota –
July 7th and 14th - Evans family
July 21st and 28th – Joan and Geoff Duckmanton
August 4th and 11th – Eunice Rigby
August 18th and 25th - Grindey family

7th July 9.15 am Holy Communion
14th July 9.15 am Matins
21st July 9.15 am  Holy Communion
28th July 9.15 am Holy Communion

Monday 8th July - St. Oswald’s Church Luncheon

Coffee mornings – Wednesday 3rd July and Wednesday 7th August 10:30 am as usual.


Ashbourne Mothers’ Union
You are invited to join us in making this a summer of hope across the world.
We are hosting an event to celebrate the start of summer and raise funds to bring hope to families around the world.  We hope you’ll join us at our
Cliffside, The Bungalow, The Green Road, Ashbourne DE6 1EE
Tuesday 2nd July 2019   2.30pm – 4.00 pm
Mothers’ Union needs to raid £127,000 this summer so we can continue to help families who desperately need our support.  Educating mums in Burundi, bonding families in Northern Ireland, uniting families in South Sudan, these are just a few examples of what Mothers’ Union does for people every day world wide.
Hope combats anxiety, reduces stress and boosts happiness in our homes.  But for other families and individuals across the globe, hope is survival.  Such people find themselves in serious need of generosity and kindness.  We can help to bring women and families out of poverty, allow them to nurture their children and unite divided communities.  That’s only possible with support. So by joining us on 2nd July you can ensure Mothers’ Union can continue to change lives across the planet.  If you cannot come but wish to make a donation please contact Nancy Bell.
Ashbourne Branch of the Mothers’ Union meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month at St Oswald’s Church Centre at 2.30 pm and on the 3rd Thursday of the month at various venues.  A warm welcome awaits anyone wishing to join us either in the afternoon or in the evening.  Please contact the Branch Leader, Nancy Bell on 01335 347915 or
St Oswald’s Church, Derbyshire County Council & FareShare
Community Café in Ashbourne
for an intergenerational, social eating experience
St Oswald’s Church Centre, School Lane, DE6 1AN
The Grand Opening took place on Tuesday 25 June and Ossie’s Kitchen will now be open on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 4pm – 6pm. 
Loneliness and social isolation are major issues that Ossie’s Kitchen, a community project, by the community, for the community, seeks to address by socialising over a meal. If you are aware of anyone, of any and all ages, who is socially isolated or suffering food poverty please let them know that they will be most welcome to join us for what we know as an intergenerational social eating experience!  Suggested donations of £3 per adult and £1 per child. It will be helpful if you let us know you are coming by calling Maggie or Nigel on 01335 664159.
We will be grateful for all help in promoting this new venture and your prayers for its success.

at St Oswald’s Church

Edward Bear meets Thursday mornings between 9.30am – 11.30am in St Oswald’s Church Centre. Families with pre-school children and babies are very welcome to join us. Edward Bear offers a warm welcome to all parents and carers - tea, coffee, bacon rolls and toast and a healthy snack for the children later in the morning. A chance to meet other parents and carers, and for children to play in a safe environment.
We first meet in the Church Centre for coffee and then at 10.30 make our way across to Church to ring the bell, gathering in the children’s area for prayers, stories, singing and musical instruments. At 11.00 we return to the Church Centre for healthy snacks, nursery rhymes and of course, more play!
The new Bishop The Rt. Revd Libby Lane with Duncan and some of the Edward Bear Team.
We recently had a visit from our new Bishop of Derby, Libby Lane. We welcomed her to join us for coffee and meet some of our families. It was an Edward Bear ‘drop-in’ session during the half-term holidays but we still had 22 children present to say ‘hello’.
We continually celebrate children’s birthdays with cake and candles but recently enjoyed a splendid ‘noodle lunch’ thanks to Reina and Brian for Luke’s 3rd birthday.  We also celebrated Peter’s birthday with a delicious cake.
We have just experienced a very wet return journey from our ‘Toddle Through the Tunnel’ along the Tissington Trail, sailing ‘pooh’ sticks in the river.  We are preparing to go to have a Farm Experience in Burton in July.
Our children and parents regularly create beautiful artwork illustrating the story/theme we explore each week. These pictures are displayed in the Edwards Bear children’s area along the south aisle in church and are very much worth admiring.
Edward Bear will be celebrating its 20th year anniversary in September, we shall have to plan something very special!
If you are interested in volunteering at Edward Bear, perhaps have a young child that you would like to come along and meet us. Please contact Chris Haycock 01335 Centre

Sidesmen / Sidespersons


Hilda of Whitby or Hild of Whitby is a Christian saint and the founding abbess of the monastery at Whitby, which in 664 hosted the Synod of Whitby, which set the course for the future of Christianity in England. 

We all know our Sidesmen and Sideswomen and the good job they do Sunday after Sunday, but how did they get that name?

The office of Sidesman is the oldest lay office in the Church, far older than the office of Church Warden for instance. Its origin goes back to the year 664 and Whitby Abbey and the Abbess Hilda. At that time there were various Christian factions, some paying allegiance to Rome and others not.

The Abbess Hilda, who must have been a very powerful lady, called a Great Synod to sort things out. She was expecting a lot of people from all over the British Isles including Ireland and needed stewards to assist these people on arrival. She called them Synod’s Men. It seems probable that over the fourteen centuries since the Great synod, Synod’s Men has evolved into Sidesmen.

What was the result of the Great Synod? … they all joined Rome.

St Hilda is remembered on 19th November.

Ashbourne Animal Welfare
Jolly July Open Day &
Fun Dog Show
Sunday 21st July 2019 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Ark, Wyaston Rd, Ashbourne DE6 1NB

Dog show starts 12:30 pm
Classes include Jolly Good Looking Chap, Jolly Good Looking Gal (Most Handsome Dog and Prettiest Bitch) Jolliest Dog (Waggiest Tail) and lots more.
Hedgehogs, Tortoises, Rabbits, Hens
Dancing Dog Displays
Visit the cattery and kennels
Homemade lunches and teas - Gifts, Books, Bric a Brac –
 Free Admission

Tel 01335 300494 for more info


This July and August, as has been done for the past 11 years, Maureen Pittman will be active with her team of welcomers to greet and offer hospitality to the many, many visitors who come to visit St Oswald’s Church throughout the summer months. 
Over the years hundreds of people have travelled from near and far to come and see inside our beautiful church.  Their reasons for visiting are many – the architecture, the history, a quiet space, spiritual renewal or simply a trip down memory lane.
The Ashbourne Festival brings many visitors to our town, many of whom visit St Oswald's and certain events take place within the church.
Our team of welcomers each year find it is a privilege to greet the visitors, hear their stories and offer both a warm welcome and some refreshment.
If you are interested in joining the team of welcomers on any Saturday throughout July and August please contact Maureen Pittman, whose number you will find on the back cover of this magazine.
Ministry of Welcome
Maureen Pittman

Edmund Urquhart
Schemes of Prayer are not everyone's cup of tea, but a scheme I was taught in confirmation class has stayed with me. It's known as ACTS.

A for Adoration - Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts...
C for Confession - having seen his vision, Isaiah realised his own predicament.
T for Thanksgiving
S for Supplication or praying for... whatever/whomever it might be.

Sometimes this is expressed as PACTS. P for Pause reminds us first to "centre down" and remember we're in the presence of God.

At the moment I'm attracted to a more radical variation of ACTS - it's not a profanity I hope, but it might have been a spiritual tic that nagged me to write this – TICS.

Thanksgiving. A colleague of mine at Bakewell always encouraged Thanksgiving first.
Intercession. The needs of the world and of others - close to us and far.
Contrition. Sorrow for where God's world - and maybe we ourselves - have gone so badly wrong, but without losing sight of God "who forgives those who truly repent". Nothing in the end can separate us from God.
Supplication. Asking on behalf of ourselves and all people that we may have the grace to implement God's purposes of love.


Saturday 17th August 2019

Polo Ground, Osmaston DE6 1LW

Diggers Dancing Horses Cattle
Trade Stands & much more

Book tickets at