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Ministry Team - Thoughts for the week

As we begin to come out of lockdown, and open our Churches we are very blessed that we are able to have an Easter Communion Service in all of our Churches this Sunday. Later in this newsletter you will find details of all our Easter Services. Could I also ask you to note our Ashbourne Churches Together Easter Evening Service on You Tube. The link for this service will be: https://ashbournechurchestogether.org.uk/easter

Normally, at Easter we have some sort of Easter Egg Hunt in either the Church or Churchyard. Sadly, this year it won’t be possible, but I have a different use for Easter eggs this year.

I am going to suggest to you that in some ways each type of egg stands for a different view of Easter.



Hollow Egg:  There are some people whose Easter is rather like these hollow eggs. They enjoy all the trappings - the hot cross buns, the eggs- but as far as they’re concerned there’s nothing really more to Easter than that. And once Easter’s gone, it’s gone. It was nice for a moment, but come Bank Holiday Monday, it’s over for another year. Time instead to start to thinking about the summer holidays they may be able to take.

Crème Egg: These people also enjoy all the trappings They think Easter is all about love and new life and the wonder and joy of spring. And if you ask them where Jesus fits in, their reply is that He is the one who shows God’s love for us. Sadly, these feelings seem to get crushed and forgotten in their day to day life. If Easter is simply a vague message of love and new life, then the chances are those feelings will disappear tomorrow.

Kinder Surprise Egg: Well, the thing about a Kinder Surprise is that there’s something real and lasting in the middle. This Kinder Surprise in some small way represents what Easter is all about. That beyond all the trappings that we enjoy for a few days there is a real and solid message of Jesus who has died and risen again for us. And unlike the small plastic toy we find inside the Kinder egg, we have something is real, lasting and of infinite worth, the very gift of eternal life that should be at the centre of all that we are and all that we do.

Something to think about?

On behalf of the Ministry team, may I wish you a Joyous Easter





What's Happening this week at St Oswald's?

St Oswald's Church is open for Sunday services from Easter Day.

On Easter Day the following services will be held in St Oswald's Church:

  • 06:30 am Sunrise Eucharist
  • 09:00 am Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am Holy Communion

We are still providing on-line services.

The link for the on-line Holy Communion service on Easter Day is: 


Note that the service will be available from 9:30am on Sunday 4th April

The link for the Ashbourne Churches Together Easter Evening Service will be: https://ashbournechurchestogether.org.uk/easter

St Oswald's Church will be open for private prayer on:

  • Sunday 4th April 2021 - 12noon to 5pm
  • Wednesday 7th April 2021 - 9:30am to 5pm

Our Walk of Words continues in St Oswald's Churchyard.

We are still holding Zoom coffee and chat at 11:30am on Sundays
You can join the session using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84017105428?pwd=TmVxZmNxVVRKKzNlTHd4V0tXUkVsQT09
Bring your own refreshments.




Easter Services



6.30am  Sunrise Eucharist with traditional lighting of a fire at first light, the processing of the Paschal Candle – the light of the risen Christ, accompanied by the solo singing by Rob Morton of the ‘Exsultet’ – The Easter Proclamation. This simple but emotional Service is the real antidote to the emotions of Good Friday.

9am Holy Communion     and      10.30am Holy Communion
A choice of two Services of Holy Communion so that we are best able to comfortably accommodate folk and still observe Social Distancing.
Advance Booking is NOT required.
There will also be Services of Holy Communion at :
9.15am St John’s       
9.15am St Mary’s Mappleton          
9.30 am St Peter’s Snelston

10.45am Holy Trinity, Clifton           
11am St Mary & St Barlock, Norbury




We Need Your Views
As things start inching back towards "normal" we need your views on a couple of topics so have prepared 2 surveys where you can help by telling us your preferences and opinions. Both are short and should only take a few minutes to complete
The first is about our Services: what you've been enjoying, and what you'd like to see in the future. To complete this survey please click on Services Survey (the link is https://www.questionpro.com/t/ASYX0Zln5P).
The second survey concerns the Project that you may remember from last year. Before the Pandemic struck and so many things had to stop we had just started a consultation about making better use of our buildings to help meet needs in the Community. Well the needs are still there, but as they may have changed focus or significance we would very much like you to tell us what you think now as this may be quite different from early last year. The aims of any project will need to focus on making our buildings flexible, with activities accessible to as many people as possible, and all in a sustainable way. To give us your views then please click on Project Survey (the link is https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/T2W9G5Y).

If you are on our Project mailing list then you should have seen this already, so there's no need to do it twice!
Many thanks. We will let you know what we find as results come in.
Nick Taylor - on behalf of the Project Steering Board.







O God, you are both giver and gift:  
as we follow your Son to the Cross  
in these days of crisis,  
teach us the lesson  
of your self-emptying.  








Peter and I have loved recording Edward Bear on Facebook over the past year.
It has been such a privilege to spend time with you in your homes where we have been able to share the Christian message with you through Edward Bear.

As lockdown begins to lift and life takes on a new normality, we have decided to take a break from our weekly Edward Bear FB broadcasts. We will however, endeavour to keep you all up to date about events that will be happening and the re-opening of Edward Bear.

We have an Edward Bear picnic bench being placed outside the Church Centre and this has been funded by John Titterton in memory of Rutha, a very much loved member of the team.

We are planning a Teddy Parachuting event here at St Oswald’s on Saturday June 26th. This will include a plant stall, refreshments and a book stall.

We are still praying and hoping for new energetic people to come forward to join the EB team. If you have some time and energy or know someone who may be interested, please let us know. (All contact details on the church website).

Let’s get our gloves and scarves back in the drawer and get ready to soak up the sun as it burns its way into our lives. Listen to those birds and bees.

As our church here at St Oswald’s opens its doors wide again, let us all prepare ourselves this Easter to hear the Christian message of the joy of life and love.

Happy Easter from the Edward Bear Team.





St Oswald's Bell Ringers

More Good News for Easter, we are still an active ringing team and meet every week for a chat and practice of the Ancient Art of bell ringing. This is all down to the wonders of the internet and two clever computer programmers.

During the first lock down we stopped ringing completely hoping that we should be able to restart after the twelve week period. This did not happen, we were only allowed to ring four bells at two metre social distance for a maximum of fifteen minutes per week. We put together a rota and rang for the morning services until we were moved to Tier Two when tower ringing stopped.

In the meantime, two clever ringers in Boston, USA, (I expect students of MIT) put together a computer programme called Ringing Room. This allows ringers to have their own “Tower” in which they can ring their bells by pressing the keys on the computer keyboard. We now hold a ringers’ practice every Wednesday evening at 7.30 pm on Ringing Room and have a Zoom meeting running co-currently so that we can organise the ringing and catch up on the week’s events. Eight members of the band are regular members on Wednesdays. Two more used to join but have moved to rented accommodation without WIFI – they hope to join again shortly. Three more are less confident with computing but have joined for the AGM and some other events.

So we still have our regular band and expect to ring four bells for service again after May 17th with full ringing starting at the end of June.

If you would like to join us on a Wednesday for our Ringing Room practice then please either telephone Peter Dickinson on 01335 418341 or email Paul Elliott at paulelliott58@outlook.com.

All being well we can start teaching learners again in the Autumn, so if you are interested in trying this Ancient Art then contact Peter on 01335 418341.



The photographs of the bells are copyright of F Stop Press




The Future….

Hopefully sooner rather than later, we can bring St Oswald’s church truly back to life. A small team from the PCC are spearheading a series of events that will happen when it is safe to do so. We do not have a monopoly of good ideas so if you have something you would like to see happen in the church, the church hall or elsewhere, then do get in touch. We need to take our Church into the community and vice versa. Ideas will help us build on where life seemed to all but stop last March. We hope these varied events will encourage people to give generously to the life and work of St Oswald’s church. We need ideas first but we do need people to commit to organising where appropriate. Please let me know what you can do by the end of March please.
Thank you
Michael Halls
01335 372064





Pastoral Contact

If you would like to contact a member of the clergy team to discuss any pastoral matter please telephone 01335 348123






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Alternatively you can telephone the Parish Giving Scheme on 0333 002 1260 to set up a payment. 

The PGS code for St Oswald's Church is 120612186



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