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Derby Street Pastors are Recruiting!

Derby Street Pastors are looking for more volunteers to take on this valuable mission to our community.

If you are interested in joining please come along to a taster session on Monday 9th or Tuesday 10th February at The Hope Centre, Curzon Street at 7pm.

For more information see www.derbycitymission.org.uk/#/projects/street-pastors

Shine a Light!

 Today marks the fourth sunday of Advent, and saw us light the 4th candle on our Advent wreath and remember the need for peace in our world.

Carol Singing around Oakwood

Saturday the 13th December, we gathered at Church before moving to the Shopping centre below. We entertained the shoppers for an hour with all the familiar carols, led by Chris Marshall on trumpet. We collected £80 towards our Christmas charities – ‘Action for Children’ and ‘Faith in Families’ and it was heartening to see that very few people passed our bucket without putting in a few coins –times may be hard, but there is still much generosity around!

Carols by Candle Light with our Beautiful Nativity Scene

Our annual joint carol service was held tonight. This is always a special time, and feels like the beginning of the spiritual countdown to Christmas. This year we were pleased to welcome a large number of ladies from the Women's Institute to our gathering, who kindly donated a silver Christmas tree to the Church.

Calling all Carol Singers!

In addition to our Church carol services,there are other opportunities to sing carols on Oakwood this year:

* Saturday 6th December 4pm at the Oak and Acorn for the switching on of the Christmas tree lights with carols, readings and a short message.

* Saturday 13th December at 10am - 11am at the District Centre, moving on to Meadowlark at 12 noon

* Thursday 18th December at 7.30pm-8.30pm in the Oak and Acorn.

If you're available, your support would be most welcomed - many thanks!

Congratulations to our altar server Joe on receiving his Guild of St Stephen Medal

Today is the Feast of Christ the King in the Catholic Church as well as being Youth Sunday. Traditionally our altar servers renew their promises to serve faithfully, regularly and with understanding on this day. Here at Oakwood, Liam and Joe renewed their commitment to this vocation today. It was a particularly special day for Joe, as Fr Paul presented him with the Guild of St Stephen Medal, as an acknowledgement of his service for over a year.

A personal reflection on ecumenism by Fr Paul Chipchase

''The changing face of Ecumenism'' - A Catholic’s perspective

The Catholic theologian Gerry 0'Collins describes current thinking in his church as having
moved from an 'either / or' to a 'both/and' mentality. Applying this to ecumenism I believe he is describing the seismic shift at Vatican II from a mind-set which regarded the path to Christian unity as a call to other denominations to

Service of Memorial

Yesterday both congregations came together for a prayerful remembrance of those we have loved and lost both during this year and in earlier times. We sang the hopeful and inspiring hymns - 'Christ Be Beside Me,' 'The Lord's My Shepherd,' 'Make Me a Channel of Your Peace' and 'Amazing Grace.' Our readings were taken from Isaiah (43:1-7), Matthew's Gospel (14:22-33) and St Paul's second letter to the Corinthians (4:6-15).

The Derby Night Shelter

Well done to Becky Tomlinson and the other volunteers who spent the night sleeping rough in ASDA car park to raise awareness and money for the Night Shelter. Becky writes: -

"The rolling Night Shelter starts up again next month, providing a safe location for guests every night from November 2014-March 2015 along with a hot meal and breakfast. Last year this venture started and £50,000 was needed. This year £75,000 is needed for the entire project to be managed.