Welcome to St John the Baptist Church in Smalley, Derbyshire.

New Beginnings and New Opportunities.

Sometimes the title for a January letter is reserved for a New Year with New resolution ideas to follow……

Not quite that here but we are looking towards New Beginnings.
The thoughts of quite a few people in our local villages in recent weeks have been turned to thinking about how we might work with greater effect ‘together’.

Morley, as we know, is in part a conservation area with consequent little change to its housing stock, but in both Smalley and Breadsall there is considerable housing extension taking place for families. These new housing estates offer numerous opportunities to extend the mission of our churches to meet the needs of the families who come to live there.

The extended ministry of our soon to be Priest-in-Charge, the Reverend Kate Plant, will be a very demanding one. Not only will she be responsible for ensuring that regular services are held in the three churches but in addition there will be Baptisms, Weddings, and Funerals, visiting the sick and encouraging the sense of belonging within the many events that already take place in Morley, Smalley and Breadsall.

There will be New Opportunities for friendship and learning for young people at ‘Café Church’ at 7.00 pm on the last Sunday of the month in Breadsall Church; New Opportunities for meeting over Coffee, Cake and Chat on the first Wednesday in the month at Morley Retreat House, and New Beginnings for the Coffee mornings starting on the 13th April in Smalley Church Hall (this latest opportunity is a follow-on from the very popular Winter months’ Souper Saturdays) – all adding to the many long established community groups.

The calendars in each of your local villages provide opportunity to get to know your neighbour, who as you know from the Scriptures, is not just the person who lives next door to you.

The titles of two new magazines coming through our doors both point to the value of, on occasions, being
’Together’ and seeking out ‘New Beginnings’

Jan Walker MBE and Sheila Randall – Church Wardens