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Welcome to Derriford Church Blog

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.

Matthew 5:14

In the past towns were built at the top of a hill so that they could be seen and could see who was approaching. Derriford URC is on a hill, on a clear day there is an amazing view and I am told that because we face west, it is ideal for catching the most incredible sunsets. As a church in 2019 we are focussing on this verse Matthew 5:14, which is most appropriate, as it serves as a reminder that we are a light shining in the darkness and that everyone can see whether we meet the high expectations that we set for ourselves. Together we must work for the good of all people, not just those in our fellowship, not just those in our circle of friends. Jesus calls us to love God and love our neighbours, that means everyone. We are here to share the love of Jesus, with our neighbours, in whatever way we can. In 2019 we will have a focus on prayer for our community, postcards will be available for people to submit prayer requests, this is just one small way that we can be a blessing to our neighbours. Please do share your ideas on how we can be ‘the light of the world’ for our community, with me or any of the elders, for we know that God speaks through each and every one of us.

Every blessing for 2019,

Rob Weston

Hope Is Contagious

When was the last time you were excited about something? Did you tell someone about it? When we hear great stories or things that stir our hearts with excitement, we have to share them.

In Luke chapter 2, verses 8-20, we see this to be true for the shepherds in Bethlehem. They were considered by many to be the lowest of the low in their society and spent their days with animals. What’s so amazing about Jesus’ birth is that God chose to share the birth of His Son with these lowly shepherds first! What’s even more amazing is the response by the shepherds. They simply had to share the good news they heard. They had to talk about this amazing hope that was now available to the world!

Hope is contagious. When we’re promised great things, we’re filled with expectation that something incredible is going to happen. True hope cannot be stopped, and it cannot be contained.

Jesus came to earth to conquer death and allow us to have a relationship with God again. Jesus gives us hope. This is good news we cannot keep to ourselves. In our schools, in our workplaces, and in our friendship groups, we know that some people are hurting and desperate for hope. Just like the shepherds, we can share our hope by sharing what Jesus has done for us.

I’ve been so encouraged in recent weeks, to hear of so many answered prayers here at Derriford Church, so many pictures of new growth and a new start. Some people have shared a picture of shoots just poking through the ground, like the bulbs in the garden that are just breaking the surface in our gardens. Some people have shared a picture of a sheepfold, surrounded by sheep that are making their way into the sheepfold. The spirit appears to be showing us that just like the shepherds on the hillside, we should be excited, for God has something special to show us this Christmas…. and I look forward to finding out more about what God is doing at Derriford Church in the coming weeks.

Rev Robert Weston

The Plan for Christmas at Derriford Church 2018

Christmas Services 2018


Sunday 2nd December – 10:30am

Toy Service including Decorating the Tree

Monday 16th December – 12 Noon

Lunch Club Christmas Party & Service

Thursday 20th December – 9:30am

Sunbeams Mums & Toddlers Christmas Party

Sunday 23rd December – 10:30am

Family All-Age Nativity Service

Sunday 23rd December – 7:00pm

Carols by Candlelight

Christmas Eve – 11:30pm

Midnight Communion Service

Christmas Day – 10:00am

Christmas Day Family Service

Sunday 30th December – 10:30am

Service Featuring Christmas Memories

Sunday 6th January 2019 – 10:30am

Rededication Service

Monday 7th January 2018 – 11:30am

Lunch Club


Regular Services:

Sunday Service – 10:30 am – Communion first Sunday of each month

Evening Praise 7:30 pm – 2nd Thursday of each month

The Plan for Christmas at Derriford Church 2017

Christmas Services

 

 

Sunday 3rd December – 10:30am

Toy Service including Decorating the Tree

 

Thursday 14th December – 9:30am

Sunbeams Mums & Toddlers Christmas Party

 

Sunday 17th December – 10:30am

Family All-Age Nativity Service

 

Sunday 17th December – 7:00pm

Carols by Candlelight

 

Monday 18th December – 12 Noon

Lunch Club Christmas Party & Service

 

Christmas Eve – 11:30pm

Midnight Communion Service

 

Christmas Day – 10:00am

Christmas Day Family Service

 

Sunday 31st December – 10:30am

Songs of Praise Service

 

Monday 8th January 2018 – 11:30am

Lunch Club

 

Regular Services:

Sunday Service – 10:30 am – Communion first Sunday of each month

Evening Praise 7:00 pm – 2nd & 4th Sunday of each month

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The Plan for Christmas at Derriford Church 2016

Christmas at Derriford Church


04dec10:00 am12:00 pmChurch Service - Toy ServiceToy Service and Tree Decorating10:00 am - 12:00 pm GMT Derriford Church, Powisland Drive, Derriford, Plymouth, Devon, PL6 6AB

13dec5:00 pm7:30 pmPilots - Christmas PartyEnd of Year Party5:00 pm - 7:30 pm GMT Derriford Church, Powisland Drive, Derriford, Plymouth, Devon, PL6 6AB

15dec9:30 am11:00 amSunbeams & Toddlers Christmas PartySunbeams & Toddlers9:30 am - 11:00 am GMT Derriford Church, Powisland Drive, Derriford, Plymouth, Devon, PL6 6AB

18dec10:30 am12:00 pmFamily Nativity ServiceNativity Service10:30 am - 12:00 pm GMT Derriford Church, Powisland Drive, Derriford, Plymouth, Devon, PL6 6AB

18dec7:00 pm9:00 pmCarols by Candle LightCarol Service7:00 pm - 9:00 pm GMT Derriford Church, Powisland Drive, Derriford, Plymouth, Devon, PL6 6AB

12dec12:00 pm3:00 pmLunch Club Christmas Party & Service12:00 pm - 3:00 pm GMT Derriford Church, Powisland Drive, Derriford, Plymouth, Devon, PL6 6AB

24dec(dec 24)11:30 pm25(dec 25)12:30 amMidnight Communion ServiceMidnight Communion11:30 pm - 12:30 am (25) GMT Derriford Church, Powisland Drive, Derriford, Plymouth, Devon, PL6 6AB

25dec10:00 amFeaturedChristmas ServiceChristmas Day10:00 am GMT Derriford Church, Powisland Drive, Derriford, Plymouth, Devon, PL6 6AB

25dec12:00 pm3:00 pmFeaturedChristmas LunchChristmas Lunch12:00 pm - 3:00 pm GMT Derriford Church, Powisland Drive, Derriford, Plymouth, Devon, PL6 6AB

01jan10:30 am12:00 pmSongs of Praise ServiceSongs of Praise10:30 am - 12:00 pm GMT Derriford Church, Powisland Drive, Derriford, Plymouth, Devon, PL6 6AB

09jan11:30 am2:00 pmLunch Club11:30 am - 2:00 pm GMT Derriford Church, Powisland Drive, Derriford, Plymouth, Devon, PL6 6AB


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Derriford United Reformed Church 50th Year Anniversary 1966-2016 & Celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Birthday

Derriford United Reformed Church 50th Year Anniversary 1966-2016 

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Celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Birthday

 

 

A Story of Pilgrim people In a Pilgrim City who stepped out in faith to build a “New” Church which was to be dedicated, “ To the Glory of God in the Service of Man” and was opened on the 11th June 1966. This year on the weekend of the 10th-11th-12th June the Church will be celebrating 50 Years of service to God and the community and also will honour the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen.

 

The Mission Church in January 1963

The Mission Church in January 1963

The story began in 1895 when a Miss Harriette Halloran built a small wooden Chapel situated on the Tavistock Road at the corner of Delganey Drive, a small lane close to Powisland Drive, The purpose of the chapel was to provide a Sunday School for children and adults who were a farming community scattered in the parish of Tamerton Foliot. It slowly became a place of worship for many over the ensuing years and was eventually linked to the Congregational Denomination and then much later to the United Reformed Church. Children and young people were an
important part of the Church and remain so to date.

 

 

The Church early construction 1966

The Church early construction 1966

As the Southway & Heathfield Estates (now Derriford Estate) grew it became necessary for the little Church to look for larger premises. So began the search for a new site on which to build the “New Church”. After much planning and fund raising by a small group of people the new site was found on the estate at the corner of Powisland Drive and Caradon Close. The Church was built and dedicated 1966, “To the Glory of God in the Service of Man”. Further growth in the Church and the surrounding Estate led to the Church Hall Building on the site and was opened on the 21st March 1970 with the same dedication as the Church.

 

 

The Church’s first part-time Minister was The Rev Dennis Pickering with his family 1957-1963 followed by the Rev Keith Forecast and family 1964-1970, a full time Minister energetic and charismatic who became responsible amongst his many other duties to supervise with the Church Elders the planning and building of the “New Church” and Church Hall. Over the years, Derriford Church has had 8 Ministers serving it’s Members, Congregation and Community and is currently awaiting the appointment of it’s next Minister.

 

 

The Dedication “To the Glory of God in the Service of Man” continues to be at the forefront of all that is hoped for by it’s members and Pilots-50thcongregation with the provision of usual Church Services, a Mum’s & Dad’s Toddler group (first initiated as a Nursery group in the Old Chapel), together with “Pilots Company” (the official Youth Organisation of the United Reformed Church) providing lively activities and lots of fun with a Christian ethos, groups are for 3-4 years, 5-7 years, 7-11 years and 11-16 years. There are junior Church groups in the same age ranges. House groups meet weekly and there is a Monthly Luncheon club for older folk. An Art club, a flower club, a local Choir, The Society for Advanced Drivers, The Townswomens Guild and the Mustard Tree organisation who meet regularly in the Hall, which is also used for Birthday Parties and other occasions.
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Recent building projects have seen the new Kitchen in the hall with a Community Cafe catering for light meals and snacks & lots of tea & coffee!! modern toilets with Baby & Disabled facilities have also been provided. So as we look to the future we hope to go on, with God’s help and encouragement, to continue serving in Church & Community. Our next and imminent plan is to Celebrate our 50th Anniversary and the Queens 90th Birthday over the weekend of Friday 10th – Sunday 12th June 2016.

 

 

Programme of Events

 

Friday

10jun2:00 pm4:00 pmFlowers and Art in the Church2:00 pm - 4:00 pm GMT Derriford Church, Powisland Drive, Derriford, Plymouth, Devon, PL6 6AB


10jun5:30 pm7:30 pmYoung Peoples Disco Toddlers,Youth Groups, Junior Church5:30 pm - 7:30 pm GMT Derriford Church, Powisland Drive, Derriford, Plymouth, Devon, PL6 6AB


Saturday

11jun2:00 pm4:30 pmGarden Party & Fete to Honour and Celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday2:00 pm - 4:30 pm GMT Derriford Church, Powisland Drive, Derriford, Plymouth, Devon, PL6 6AB


11jun7:30 pm10:30 pmBarn Dance7:30 pm - 10:30 pm GMT Derriford Church, Powisland Drive, Derriford, Plymouth, Devon, PL6 6AB


Sunday

12jun10:30 am12:30 pmFeatured50th Anniversary Celebratory Service10:30 am - 12:30 pm GMT Derriford Church, Powisland Drive, Derriford, Plymouth, Devon, PL6 6AB


12jun1:00 pmBring and Share lunch1:00 pm Derriford Church, Powisland Drive, Derriford, Plymouth, Devon, PL6 6AB

Editorial

“It is doubtless stating the obvious to say that living the Christian life and walking the path of discipleship is not easy. We can become distracted, preoccupied, disheartened, diverted by all sorts of things. This can affect all of us, but some folk have more to contend with than others. But several people have spoken very clearly on this recently, reminding us that what we can’t do in our own strength we can do by fixing our eyes on Jesus and drawing on His endless resources. We’ve heard about letting our lives be powered and driven by faith; being open to transformation; and accepting God’s boundless grace.
We know God uses the weak to confound the strong (1Cor. 1:27) and the unlikely to turn the world upside down. Jesus chooses each of us and appoints us to go and bear fruit (John 15:16) but He doesn’t call us to do it alone. Paul tells us that we are all parts of the one Body, with Christ as our Head, working together in the power of the Holy Spirit. Our verse for this year at church says, ” Be imitators of God as dearly loved children and live a life of love.” (Eph.5:1) That is the way to stay on the path of Christian discipleship.
Over this period of vacancy at Derriford, I believe we have worked together and looked to God for strength and guidance, and have indeed grown. As Geoff and Linda spend time with us this weekend, may they feel welcomed into our family and encouraged by what God is doing in and through us, in the church and out in the community.”
Blessings,

– Carrie Bowman

Thought for the week

“Though I closed my eyes and tried to rest, my mind refused to turn off. I couldn’t stop wondering if I should have said or done something different. Finally, I got up and went over to my computer, hoping to find some nugget of truth to ease my mind. Tears came to my eyes as I caught sight of a scripture someone had posted: “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved” (Psalm 55:22).
All week long, the Lord had been speaking to me about casting my burdens or cares upon Him–now here was that theme again! Suddenly, I knew I needed to hand over to Him all my worry about the situation and what would happen. If I’d messed up, He was big enough to handle it! I didn’t need to carry the burden.
Cares come in all sorts of different sizes and shapes. We can be careful about all the things we need to do, careful about what we’ve said or done, careful about other people, careful about our health–we seem to attract cares like a magnet! At the time, the cares on our shoulder seem heavier than anything else in the entire world could possibly be.
But whatever our care might be, we weren’t meant to carry it! We were meant to cast it. It’s actually prideful of us to insist on worrying and carrying our cares when God tells us to cast them. God cares perfectly for each one of us. He is our infallible heavenly Shepherd. He urges us to humble ourselves–admit our inability–and cast every worry, burden, and care upon Him.”

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Editorial

Last Sunday, we were challenged to be bold and speak up to others about our faith; we should stop being pirates in hiding the treasure of the gospel from others, rather take every opportunity to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. I wonder how many people we have spoken to this week about Jesus – how have we responded to Jesus’ commission for his followers to ‘ Go to all people everywhere and make them my disciples’. We can sometimes be reluctant to share our faith with others, keep it hidden and quiet – but Jesus wants us to be his disciples and teach others about Him; He has promised to be with us as we do this – for always.

– Karen Grimshaw

A View from the Pew

Lots of people today insist on hard evidence for God’s existence, preferably with large, flashing neon signs: the dead rising; water into wine; healing the sick, while attributing these same signs to a deluded mind or pure luck. But it’s not always the big things in life that serve as evidence.
Being someone who tries to include the Lord in my daily activities – a prayer as I walk to work; a periodic, brief ‘hello’ at my desk; giving thanks for good food, that kind of thing – I was reminded that the Lord does listen when you speak to him. Not just the major, life-changing miracles, He listens to the small things too.
I was busy at work some days back and I thought to myself: “This task is going to be evil, I hate doing it, I can’t do it very well and it never comes out right.”
So why not ‘phone a friend?
“Lord, I’m going to do this job for you. I’ll do this bit just for you.”
Astonishingly (in my eyes at least), the task was done better than expected. And it felt great, the kind of feeling you only get when you’ve done something nice for someone else. So I challenge you to give it a go, let God be beside you through your day. Baking a special cake? Do it for Him.
Mowing the lawn? Make Him proud. Writing the annual report? Make it thorough enough for Him.
God provides evidence of His love in the form of minor miracles just for you, every day. So give it a go this week; Invite God into your life and do something for Him instead of the other way round.

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