NOTICES FOR THE WEEK
Today – Trinity 5 – Birth of John the Baptist
8.00a.m. Holy Communion – Church Broughton
9.30a.m. Holy Communion – Boylestone
9.30a.m. Holy Communion – Longford
11.00a.m. Family Service – Sutton
11.00a.m. Holy Communion – Long Lane
5.00p.m. Evensong – Trusley
6.30p.m. Evensong – Radbourne
Next Sunday – Thomas the Apostle
8.00a.m. Holy Communion – Church Broughton
9.30a.m. Mattins – Boylestone
10.00a.m. Family Service – Church Broughton
11.00a.m. Holy Communion – Sutton
11.15a.m. Holy Communion – Longford
3.00p.m. Evensong – Dalbury
7.00p.m. Evensong – Long Lane
We remember in our prayers
Today Pakistan (United) The Most Revd Samuel Robert Azariah Bishop of Raiwind & Moderator of the Church of Pakistan
Christians in sport
Monday Western Kowloon – (Hong Kong) The Rt Revd Andrew Chan
St. Anne, Derby
Tuesday Diocese on the Coast formerly (Ikale-Ilaje) – (Ondo, Nigeria) The Rt Revd Joshua Ogunele
Jan McFarlane will be consecrated as a Bishop of Repton today. We pray for her and husband Andrew
Wednesday Doko – (Lokoja, Nigeria) The Rt Revd Uriah Kolo
Derby, St. Barnabas; clergy: Derek Honour, Bill Day, Alan Griggs
Thursday Dominican Republic – (V, The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Julio Holguin
Dominican Republic – (VI, The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Moisés Quezada Mota
St. John the Evangelist Derby, clergy Elaine Jones, Cath Hollywell
Friday Dornakal – (South India) The Rt Revd Vadapalli Prasada Rao
Saturday Down & Dromore – (Armagh, Ireland) The Rt Revd Harold Creeth Miller
Christians in Parliament
On why we don’t bother to lock the church
St. James the Least
My dear Nephew Darren
Since I happened to be in your area last week, I tried to call in at your church, and was sorry to find it was locked and bolted, with surveillance cameras watching me.
We tend to be a little more relaxed about matters of security. The key to the medieval lock was lost some time during Queen Victoria’s reign and never replaced. How someone managed to misplace a foot long piece of cast iron, weighing about 10 pounds is a mystery. If it had fallen out of someone’s pocket, it would certainly have broken their foot. Ever since, no one has bothered with locking the door – which makes me wish our burglars last year had thought of trying it, before wasting so much energy smashing a stained glass window when they visited in the early hours one morning. On the other hand, were the key still in use, I should probably be arrested these days for carrying an offensive weapon.
As with most rural churches, keys which open just about everything in the village are hidden in various parts of the church. The vestry key is under my seat cushion, the organ key under a vase on the altar, the church hall key on top of the hymn book cupboard, and Miss Simpson‘s spare front door key inside the font. I have never been certain whether the latter is there for safety, or as a general invitation. I am sure someone could usefully produce a book suggesting the many places keys are likely to be found secreted in churches for the use of vergers, flower arrangers, cleaners – and thieves wanting to save themselves time and effort.
I suspect that the burdened look that many urban clergy wear is not because they are weighed down with parish troubles, but because they are obliged to carry with them a superfluity of keys needed to negotiate every door in church, hall, school and vicarage. And why is there always one for which no one has any idea what it opens?
The only occasion I have ever thought it would be useful to be able to lock a church is when you have a party of visitors inside. So often, on hearing the words “let us pray” or the start of an appeal for funds, they bolt for the door.
Your loving uncle,
Notices that didn’t quite ‘make it’…
The preacher for Sunday next will be found hanging on the notice board in the porch.
Churchyard maintenance is becoming increasingly difficult, so it will be appreciated if parishioners cut the grass around their own graves.
The vicar was ill in hospital and so the churchwarden went to visit. Trying to cheer him up, the churchwarden said: ‘We missed you at PCC last night. We even put forward a resolution to wish you a speedy recovery. It was passed by 14 votes to 12.’
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