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UPDATE!!!! A date for your diary!

***Please save the date! Saturday 31st August is the date for the service of induction of Revd Mark Woodhouse at Derriford URC.  Further details and timings will be announced next month.***

Minister Update

The Elders are delighted to report that they have met with a potential Minister for Derriford URC, who is coming to preach with a view on the weekend of 27/28th April. Further details of the opportunities to meet the candidate will be issued soon. Please continue to hold this important weekend in your prayers, asking that God’s blessing will be upon all the proceedings. Rob Weston will continue as the Interim Minister until any new Minister arrives.

Growing the Church…

Growing the Church…

In 2014 the Church Growth Research Programme published a report, having studied churches across the United Kingdom that are growing. The research had been thoroughly carried out and the findings analysed – some of the findings may come as no surprise to you, others may be a complete surprise. They concluded that, while there is no single recipe, there are common ingredients strongly associated with growth in churches of any size, place or context:

  • Good leadership
  • A clear mission and purpose
  • A willingness to self-reflect, to change and adapt according to context
  • Involvement of all church members
  • Being intentional in prioritising growth
  • Being intentional in chosen style of worship
  • Being intentional in nurturing disciples

As I look through this list, I am encouraged that many of these ingredients are evident at Derriford United Reformed Church. When I preached in February I was delighted to be inundated by ideas on how the church might reach out to the community and engage in new mission opportunities. I believe you are a people of faith, with great ideas; and as we discern the way forward, I pray that we will see the church grow in holiness, unity, effectiveness and numbers.

You may like to use this prayer for growth that we have used in our worship recently:

God our Creator and Redeemer, 

help your church to grow in holiness, 

unity, effectiveness and numbers. 

Draw us closer to you 

and those around us. 

Give us enthusiasm in our faith, 

and wisdom in sharing it 

with young and old. 

Open our eyes to new opportunities, 

our lips to speak of you, 

and our hearts to welcome 

the newcomer. 

Grow your kingdom in us 

and in the world, 

in the name of Jesus and 

in the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Amen

Every blessing,

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

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

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