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Update from 26/3/2020

Well, hello, long time no see, literally.

We hope you all enjoyed last Sunday’s services. A lot of new skills were learnt, and we shall be honing things for this next week, so, we hope you will join us again. We may not quite be up to Joe Wicks’ numbers, but we were heartened by the numbers of people who had tuned in live to the morning service, and the numbers who watched it after the event.

I can’t speak for you, but for where we were, we certainly felt that we were taking part in something much bigger, and that we were still part of a larger Community. Certainly, we found the commute much easier, a lot less setting up and the refreshments were really quick!

Obviously, this isn’t supposed to become church, or be church, as, this is only temporary, but it does serve as a good reminder that wherever 2 or 3 are gathered together, Jesus is in our midst. Church is wherever we are, as the flood reminded us in November.

We have also begun to put some other content up on the YouTube page so, click on the link, and you will be able to see what we’ve been up to. This is also where you’ll find this Sunday’s services.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTHC9LYm7oj-O7JlJnTtBAw

Tonight’s Lent course is going to appear on the above link, like last week, but a little later, as we’re going to run the course Live, via Zoom. We’re doing this to allow for some interaction. If you don’t get our update emails, but would like to join us, please let us know and we can forward you the details.

You will hopefully now be aware that the church has had to be locked up. We have asked 1 person to look after the building, by popping down occasionally. If we haven’t asked you, then, you are not that person. Even if you have a key, please do not venture down there. It sends the wrong message to the village and to other church members. If you think of a task that may need doing (no, grass-cutting doesn’t count), then let the office know and we’ll pass it on.

If you would like to receive the update emails that we’re sending out to church, then, please do email the office on office@stalkmundsduffield.co.uk and we can add you, and send you a GDPR form for our records.

We have now been able to allocate almost everyone into a small group, but if this is something you feel you would like to be a part of, please do email the office.

Similarly if you become aware of anyone who may be struggling, do, please, let us know so that we can put them in contact with someone.

And, the office does have a phone (07961 891168). It will be with Diane, who is going to working every morning at other times, it will be switched off and so, you can leave a message. Emma will be working Thursdays and Fridays. However, the best way to get a response will be to email, as we can both access those on the days we work. I hope that makes sense.

We have been so touched by people’s obvious care for one another, and would urge everyone to keep doing what they can do whilst they are able to do it.

Bless you,

The Staff Team

Update from 19/3/2020

Hello everyone, anyone know how Desmond Carrington must have felt? Or, Robinson Crusoe?

We’ve set up a YouTube channel across the Benefice where we can keep you updated with video’s to encourage, inform and also be visible to you all.

You can view our first video here from James Hughes who will explain about Sunday, but also have some suggestions for how we can be connecting with one another.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GORPSadJZVI

In this video, James reflects briefly on Psalm 46, reminding us that God is our refuge and strength; that the Lord is sovereign over all things, and that in the midst of current events, we should use our time wisely to reflect on God and who He is. He also outlines our plans as a Benefice to have an online service this Sunday 22nd March, at 10am and 4:30pm, for people to watch and participate in. We are encouraging everyone as a Benefice to utilise videoconferencing technology to keep in touch and in contact; we will be developing more video content in due course and looking into how we can continue other activities, such as youth groups, online too.

If you wish the receive these links, or other updates from the church office, then, please email the office at office@stalkmundsduffield.co.uk and we can add you to our distribution list.

Thank you to all those of you who have informed us that you’re self isolating, please do let us know if your circumstances change.

“The Lord of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is out fortress.” Psalm 46 v 7

Update from 17/3/2020

Well hello everyone, wherever you are, in whatever state of isolation, distancing or sanitisation.

We have “met” as staff time this morning ~(over the internet – anti-virus packages all up-to-date; keyboards wiped with anti-bac cloths) and discussed a few things going forward in these unprecedented times.

Firstly, is everyone well? Do let us know. We have agreed as the staff team to be working from home. and this means, that the email will be working, but if you do need to call someone, we’ve reverted to the office mobile (a temporary fix following the flooding). Emma will be in possession of this, but please note, she only works Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and so, it will be switched off at other times. It does have a voicemail feature, though and so, messages will be responded to on Emma’s working days. However, we are having a few technical hitches, so you may need to contact Emma at home. If this is the case,  please phone a vicar if you need the number (but only on those days, and please, not in the evenings. That’s family time.

The lunchtime concert next week, is cancelled, as well as the April’s Songs of Praise at Little Eaton.

Sunday Services will be discussed on Thursday. We’ll let you know via here and on Social Media what we are able to offer.

You will be aware that the government advice is changing rapidly, as is the advice from the C of E, and so, we will keep this page updated as soon as we have something for you.

Please, if you know if people without Internet, please pass on these details to them and try to, safely, keep them in the loop.

We are trying to organize ways to keep up contact with those who are self-isolating, or social distancing, so, if you think someone isn’t being contacted, please do let us know.

At the moment, it looks as though the Lent course will be pre-recorded and the handouts added on to the Lent course page. So, if you’re able, do, virtually, join us for that.

The church is remaining open, thanks to our dedicated team of opener-uppers, so, if it is safe for you to do so, and you would like to go down for a bit of quiet reflection, please do make use of that.

Again, if that advice changes, we will let you know.

We are not going to be producing any Notice sheets, for the time being. This is due to the speed of the change in advice, and therefore, whatever we produce, will be out of date when we go to print. So, keep an eye out here, on social media (might be a good time to join? We’re on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin), or phone a friend.

We will be updating via the church noticeboards as well, so, if people are asking, do be pointing them there as well.

Let’s be looking out for one another, looking after one another, and, above all else, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth gives way.” Psalm 46:1-2a.

Update from 17/3/2020

Well hello everyone, wherever you are, in whatever state of isolation, distancing or sanitisation.

We have “met” as staff time this morning ~(over the internet – anti-virus packages all up-to-date; keyboards wiped with anti-bac cloths) and discussed a few things going forward in these unprecedented times.

Firstly, is everyone well? Do let us know. We have agreed as the staff team to be working from home. and this means, that the email will be working, but if you do need to call someone, we’ve reverted to the office mobile (a temporary fix following the flooding). Emma will be in possession of this, but please note, she only works Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and so, it will be switched off at other times. It does have a voicemail feature, though and so, messages will be responded to on Emma’s working days. However, we are having a few technical hitches, so you may need to contact Emma at home. If this is the case,  please phone a vicar if you need the number (but only on those days, and please, not in the evenings. That’s family time.

The lunchtime concert next week, is cancelled, as well as the April’s Songs of Praise at Little Eaton.

Sunday Services will be discussed on Thursday. We’ll let you know via here and on Social Media what we are able to offer.

You will be aware that the government advice is changing rapidly, as is the advice from the C of E, and so, we will keep this page updated as soon as we have something for you.

Please, if you know if people without Internet, please pass on these details to them and try to, safely, keep them in the loop.

We are trying to organize ways to keep up contact with those who are self-isolating, or social distancing, so, if you think someone isn’t being contacted, please do let us know.

At the moment, it looks as though the Lent course will be pre-recorded and the handouts added on to the Lent course page. So, if you’re able, do, virtually, join us for that.

The church is remaining open, thanks to our dedicated team of opener-uppers, so, if it is safe for you to do so, and you would like to go down for a bit of quiet reflection, please do make use of that.

Again, if that advice changes, we will let you know.

We are not going to be producing any Notice sheets, for the time being. This is due to the speed of the change in advice, and therefore, whatever we produce, will be out of date when we go to print. So, keep an eye out here, on social media (might be a good time to join? We’re on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin), or phone a friend.

We will be updating via the church noticeboards as well, so, if people are asking, do be pointing them there as well.

Let’s be looking out for one another, looking after one another, and, above all else, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth gives way.” Psalm 46:1-2a.

Prepare for Easter throughout Lent as we walk with Jesus the Glorious King through chapters 18 & 19 of John’s Gospel.

We meet Thursday Evenings in Little Eaton Church Hall at 7.30pm during Lent.

The course begins Thursday March 5th and runs up until April 2nd.

The talks will be recorded and we will aim to have them on the website as soon as practicable.

 

Parking available in the Village Hall Car park.

For more info contact David Barnsley vicar@littleeatonchurch.co.uk

SESSION 3 – THE KING & HIS KINGDOM

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Update from Friday 14/2/2020

Hello, we thought it had been a long time since we’d last updated you on the situation with the hall etc, so, here we are.

The contents of the kitchen are in the middle of the hall under cover. The kitchen is completely gutted, there is a tiny serving area which the refreshments team are coping wonderfully with (meaning we can have coffee after a service). Thanks everyone who is dealing with that.

We cannot accept any bookings for the hall. The work has been assessed, scheduled, but not started, and so, we don’t know how long it’s going to be. We know the work is likely to take around 2 months or so, but we don’t have a start date. Therefore, we are taking no bookings until we can be sure that we can honour our commitments.

There are a lot of things in storage. We had to do that as there wasn’t enough room to store things and allow the builders to be able to get around to do their work.

Please be aware of this if you come down to church and cannot find something. It is more than likely with loads of other bits and pieces that will all be returned once the work had been completed in the hall. If you require something in the meantime and have to purchase it yourself, please let the office know. We don’t know where the storage facility is, and things were packed into crates, and so, retrieval is not an option.

Thank you for your patience.

 

Update from Friday 13/12/19

Our phone number has been restored to us.

The hearing loop has gone loopy.

We have a copier, and a more workable office. We’re preparing for Christmas in earnest now, and really excited to be welcoming folk in Sunday morning at 10am, for what we hope will be a really joyous celebration of returning “home”. Can we welcome you that morning as well?

Work has started in the hall, and it’s f-f-f-f-freezing.

We are going to be serving coffee and tea after the service in the morning, so we’d love if you could stay and chat and see the work that has gone on.

In the afternoon is our Christingle service, at 4.30pm. Do join us. We’d love to share with you our great joy of the season, our joy at being “home, but also our continued joy of meeting together as God’s people.

So many people have worked so hard this week – and we’re so grateful.

This will be my last update of this year, as there’s little more to update you with until we know a bit more in the New Year.

Pictures from the vestry and the hall.

 Our new Copier – Yay!

 

Update from Friday 6/12/19

We have a new temporary floor in the church and the builders have moved in (as has a mouse – sighted last Tuesday). We are looking ahead to next week when carpets are going to be fitted, church cleaned, stuff moved, or and everything generally straightened. In the meantime, the chairs are back in.               

The hall kitchen has been completely stripped out, and a metre of plaster has been removed right around the hall walls.

It looks surreal. But, it’s good to know that things are getting started.

A lot of things have been put into storage. We had to do this to allow us to still use the church. We will let church family know when the items are returned.

I think that’s it for this week; hopefully we can tell you more after next weeks activities, but in the meantime, we look ahead to welcoming people on 15th December for 10am Communion and our Christingle Service (The dolly mixtures arrived yesterday!).

Update from Friday 29/11/19

The church is dry, messy, misplaced and a bit unoccupied, but we as a people are ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven. Throughout the frustrations and stresses of this week, we have needed to remind ourselves of this.

We are still without copier, phone, but, we’re getting around things.

Whilst it is great to have such a beautiful and ancient building, which means such a lot to those who have had links with it now and in the past, we’re also aware that we’re also caring for it for future generations as well. And, it has to be said that the church being in this state is giving us a great opportunity to look at new ways of doing things, or new layouts.

The builders will be turning up on Monday morning at 8am, and work will begin on making the church safe and presentable for Christmas, and also on the hall to begin the drying process proper.

We’ll be moving back into church w/c 9/12, so any volunteers, please let the church office know and we’ll keep you in mind.

Thank you for your patience during this time. We have felt your prayers and good wishes.

   

 

Update from Friday 22/11/19

Well, some good news to start with – we no longer have a mouse problem.

This week we’ve had meetings with the Loss Adjuster, Insurers and the Disaster Recovery people, and is looking even more likely that we will be back in the church for our Christingle service on 15th December at 4.30pm. Put it in your diary! We will be meeting there at 10am in the morning as well. The bells will once again ring and we hope to be able to welcome many of you back to our church home.

However, the hall is damaged extensively and it will be a while until we are in any position to hold any groups in there. We are currently not taking ANY bookings, and will reassess this in the New Year, when we can take stock and see how the work is progressing. The kitchen needs a lot of work, the plaster and timber in the hall needs to be removed and replaced. But, we have a clean church.

In the meantime, William Gilbert School have offered their premises for the next 3 weeks. So, we will be meeting there this Sunday (24th November) and 1st & 8th December.

The office phone is still not sorted, but the number has been diverted, so if you ring, you will get a response. Please try and avoid ringing in the evenings, and at Weekends, as the office is not technically open then. (Church Office in it’s current state)

The staff team are now a little more settled in their new surroundings, and it looks more and more likely that we will be here for a couple of months.

 

Update from 14/11/19

The cleaners are gone, but the drying is still ongoing.

We have not received the certificate to say the church is safe, so please refrain form going down to have a look. If there’s something you think you urgently need, let the office know.

We have meetings with various agencies next week and should be able to update you then.

In the meantime, the office will be closed tomorrow. And we’ll see you on Sunday, either at William Gilbert school at 10am, or St Paul’s Little Eaton at 4.30pm. 

Update from 13/11/19

First day in our new office!

Thank you for your concern over various members of staff. I’m pleased to say, they’ve been here, and are now safely housed in friends houses.

On Sunday we’ll be worshipping together at William Gilbert School at 10am. Please use the junior entrance and car parking is available on the playground. If you are able to walk or car share, please do so, we have limited spaces.

We are currently working on Sundays service sheets and notices. You can find the notice sheet on the website from tomorrow, or Friday and we’ll email them and the service sheet out to church members who wish to be contacted. Please print these off if you are able. There will be a small supply at church, but we’re trying to limit the number we need to print for the time being.

You have all been incredibly helpful during this time and we’ve been bowled over by your offers to help.

We have been delighted at the speed in which the Disaster Recovery people have been able to get to work.

Here are a few images of church from this morning.

Update from 12/11/19

We have new digs for the office! We’ll be based in Unit 3 Heritage Business Park. We moved in today, but we’ll properly in place by close of play tomorrow. We eon’t have a phone for a while, but you can contact us either via the vicarage on 01332 841867, or on Emma’s mobile 07534 175773, or Diane on 07901 044181. There is limited space in the office, and limited parking, so, although it would be lovely to see you, we will need to co-ordinate visitors for a while, so please phone before you come. Also, we currently have no photocopier, so if you’re coming down for that, don’t.

As of tomorrow, Diane and Emma will be returning to normal business hours of 9am – 3pm.

The Disaster Recovery people have moved into church. This is still a no go area. The church is currently being dried out and cleaned. It is still a “No-go” area. When they have finished, they will give us a certificate to say the church is safe for us to go into. Once the church is dried and cleaned, we will meet with insurers and loss adjusters again next week which will give us a much clearer picture of how long the repairs may take and the level of damage. Thank you for your patience in the meantime.

The council, we are assured, will  be cleaning up the  war memorial and road very soon, so once that has been done, we can inform you of this. This is the reason that the Remembrance wreaths cannot be placed onto the memorial. The water came quite a way up the steps. We would hate for anyone to get sick as a result of this.

It is likely that some Christmas Services will be affected and we will be sending out information regarding this as we continue to assess the situation. We are being careful not to make any promises we can’t keep.

We are very grateful to our Insurers and Loss adjuster who have worked really quickly and got things moving.

And thank you to our church for being really understanding; for stepping up to the plate when asked; for praying and for all the offers of help.

We’ll try and update again in very soon.

Update from 11/11/19

The situation so far is that the church was heavily flooded on Friday – Saturday 8th November 2019. We are currently meeting with loss adjusters, industrial cleaners and the Environmental Agency due to contaminated water flooding the church and hall.

If you have a regular hall booking with us, then it will be cancelled for this week at least. If you have an event coming up and are concerned, please call Emma Rollin (one of the church secretaries) on 01773 825895 and she can put you in the picture.

Please do not go down to the church. It is unsafe and we don’t know what we’re dealing with until we’ve spoken to the necessary agencies. A local sewage works was flooded, so there’s all sorts of nastiness down there. This is for your own safety. We’ve been very blessed that, so far,we have suffered no injury, we don’t want to risk it at this stage.

In the meantime, we met at William Gilbert school on Sunday morning following the Act of Remembrance – Thank you to the Parish Council for organising the necessary changes around that.

We will confirm details for next weeks 10am service on this page.

The 6.30pm evening services will be cancelled until we can get back into the building.

We’ll keep you updated via facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and via this page of the website and we’ll send regular emails to church members.

Assume all is cancelled until further notice, and we’ll try and keep you as updated as possible.

 

Thank you for your patience.

Our MATURE series introduced us to be thinking more deeply about what it should look like to be a Community of worshippers and servants as we mature together in our faith. We looked at the following

M = Meeting God Daily

A = Attending Church Weekly

T = Taking the Small Group Challenge

U = Using God-Given Gifts & Resources

R = Reaching Out in Love

E = Evangelistically Active

Please see the attached notes for the MATURE series handouts, which encourage us to study God’s word together at home.

mature week1 (1)

mature week2 (1)

mature week3 (1)

mature week4

mature week5

mature week6

We then looked at being Evangelistically Active over 5 weeks and were again encouraged to study daily. The handouts for those are also attached.

EA week 1

EA Week 2

EA week 3 (1)

EA week 4 (1)

EA Week 5   

The Vicarage
19th May 2019
Dear Friends,
This morning we come to the end of our short series, looking at what it means to be Devoted to God, and Devoted to One Another. If you have missed any of the sermons, I would encourage you to catch up online – you can find the audio at https://stalkmundsduffield.co.uk/sermon/ (it usually updates on Tuesdays, so if one isn’t there, check back then). But after the sermon series finishes, we want to continue to think and act upon what this means for us as a church. And to do that, I want to revisit our MATURE statement, and just gather together a few of the things we have already talked about, by way of reminder:
Meeting God Daily – we want to be devoted to God, and so let’s strive to be reading our bibles and praying. If you want some material to help with this, do let me know. Attending Church weekly – let’s strive to meet to hear God’s word, to pray, to praise Him, and to encourage one another. Sundays give us the opportunity to be God’s people together in a very special and valuable way. Taking the small group challenge – if you want to join one, let me know.

Using God given gifts and resources – as we saw last week, we want to use our gifts to build up the body of Christ, the church. Do look at the ‘Opportunities to Serve’ section of the weekly news. And if nothing there look like something you want to do, or you have an idea, let me know. Reaching out in love – let’s think of how we can spend perhaps just a little more time with each other, to get to know one another, that we might reach out and help each other. Evangelistically active – more on that this morning!

After all, as we have been seeing:
We want to go deeper in our knowledge and love for Christ and His people
We want to go wider in reaching more people with the good news of Jesus
We want to go higher in pursuing Christ-like character together
Keep these things in mind, as we think together on what it means to be Devoted to God, and Devoted to One Another

Yours in Christ

Safeguarding at St Alkmund’s

At St Alkmund’s we believe that everyone is created in God’s image and that as such we have a duty to value all people and to protect them from harm.

Therefore we are committed to nurturing, protecting and safeguarding all our members, particularly children, young people and vulnerable adults. We also recognise that safeguarding is the responsibility of the whole church community.

 

Safeguarding Past Case Review 2 (PCR2)

We are required to review all historic safeguarding concerns involving, not only children, but vulnerable adults as well. If you have any safeguarding concerns, current or historic, please go to the safeguarding pages on the Derby Diocese website www.derby.anglican.org/en/about-us/safeguarding-information-menu.html or you can contact our safeguarding links, details on page one of the notice sheet.

Individual survivors who wish to make representations to the PCR2 process in the Diocese or who have information or wish to make any disclosures regarding church related abuse, are encouraged to make direct contact with the Diocesan Safeguarding Team on 01332 388678. Alternatively there is a national dedicated helpline operated by the NSPCC on 0800 80 20 20

We accept and endorse the safeguarding policies and procedures as set out by the Diocese of Derby on its website https://derby.anglican.org/en/about-us/safeguarding.html

We also follow the Diocese’s Safer Recruitment Process in the selection, appointment, training and support of those working with children or vulnerable adults, including the use of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosures and making appropriate referrals to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

We will respond without delay to concerns or allegations that a child or vulnerable adult may have been harmed, cooperating with the police and social care services in any investigation, and we will challenge any abuse of power by anyone in a position of trust.

We will seek to offer pastoral care and support to anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them appropriate pastoral support. We will also seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult.

Report a safeguarding concern

Our Parish Safeguarding Links, Paul and Gill Linford, are the first people to speak to if you have any concerns around the welfare of a child or adult with vulnerability. They can be contacted via mobile on 07486 560657 or by email via safeguarding@stalkmundsduffield.co.uk

Alternatively, if you would prefer to speak with someone outside the church, the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Julian Hodgson can be contacted on 01332 388678.

Safeguarding Flowchart

The process for reporting a safeguarding concern is explained more fully here.

Every 3rd Monday in the church hall at 2pm, why not come and join us for tea or coffee, cake and chat?

Come and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and company and why not invite a friend or two? Everyone is welcome.

We next meet 20th May. See you there!

The Men’s 5 a-side is held on Tuesdays at 8pm at Ecclesbourne School, during term-time.

The first meeting of this term will be 26th February. Please contact the office if you wish to join the team.

Growth groups are made up of people who wish to study the bible in a more in-depth fashion. The groups meet in various homes and at various times. To join a group, contact the vicar James Hughes.

Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 10am in the church hall. Come along for bible study, fellowship and followed by lunch & cake. Newcomers welcome