Community News - Kirkby

Church of Christ

Denis Faulks led the morning meeting on Sunday week. Roger Longden read from the Old Testament. The New Testament reader was Geoff Sheldon. Rex Foster served communion. David Wilson spoke and also led the evening service introducing guest speaker John Bullock from the Ilkeston church.

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Hazel Forrest welcomed members to Monday week’s meeting at the Brownsea Centre. Freda Baxter received birthday greetings. Margaret Snell, Joyce Sharpe and Jennifer Thornley served teas. Janet Crane, David Woolnough and Katherine Blasdale organised a games afternoon.

St Thomas’ Church

The Fellowship group met on Wednesday week followed by a shared lunch held in the church hall. The drop-in session for carers and children was held in the afternoon. Reader Chris Manning manned the parish office in the evening. Mr Manning assisted Rev Neil Popham with the family communion on Sunday week. John Walker administered the chalice. Communion elements were presented by Adam and Gaynor Bright. Barbara and Alan Dykes gave readings and led prayer time. Sarah Clarke led children’s activities. The pianist was Stuart Bradshaw. Church stewards were Irene Swainson and Sandra Walker. Refreshments were served in the church hall by Adam and Gaynor Bright. The vicar led the evening ‘Breathing Space with God’ session.


The lunch club met on Monday week. Glenys Williams and Joyce Shepherd served the food. Len Fox entertained on the organ. Bingo was played in the afternoon. Tuesday week’s carpet bowls was close fought. Walter Jones and Joan peel provided the music for both Thursday week’s and Friday week’s dances. Saturday week’s coffee morning was well attended. The committee wish to thank all who donated generously to the cake stall, tombola and raffle prizes. £157 was raised for club funds. The Christmas coffee morning will be held on Saturday November 24th.

Spiritualist Church

Mrs Carmen Cunningham gave private readings at the church on Saturday week. Anyone wishing to book a private reading can do so by contacting secretary Sue Hardy on 01623 721905. Lynda Sills chaired Sunday week’s divine service. Sue Hardy spoke. Diane Martin led Monday week’s demonstration of clairvoyance given by Geoff Hutchinson. Gary Price delivered healing. Committee members led the awareness class on Tuesday week.

Friends of the SA

Attended the recent Remembrance Poppy Appeal launch at the Palace Theatre Mansfield. At the fellowship meeting on Monday week, held at the Ashwood Centre Pauline Stojanovic from the First Contact Volunteer Centre on Pond Street at Kirkby gave a talk on their work and facilities. Freda Mills served teas. A prayer meeting was held in the evening.

Hill Methodist Church

The Youth group met on Monday week. Wednesday week’s Mother and Toddler session was followed by a Wednesday Fellowship open day in which all members took part. Betty Grice led the meeting. The DIY group worked on the church in the evening. The Dance class rehearsed on Thursday week. Paul and Karen Grice hosted the Friday Fellowship. The Prayer group met on Saturday week. In the afternoon there was a young people’s Festival of Light event. Sunday week’s morning service was taken by Mr Ron Cowle. Katie Price read the lesson. Betty Grice played the organ. The guitarist was Paul Grice. Rev Mick Dilley celebrated Holy Communion in the evening. The reader was Gladys Dear. Stuart Bradshaw played the organ. Following communion all church activity groups reported on their recent events. A bring and share tea was then taken.

Women’s Institute

Held a coffee morning at Trinity CentrePoint on Saturday week and are pleased to report that over £400 was raised for the Kings Mill Scanner Appeal.

Rotary Club

President Mike Lee welcomed Keith and Charlotte Hall and their son George (15) who was the guest speaker. He gave an account of his experiences on a Rotary Youth Leadership course held at the White Hall Adventure Centre at Buxton. He thanked the club for their sponsorship of this event. The activities, included abseiling, canoeing, raft racing and other team building skills. The vote of thanks was given by President elect Peter Whelpton. Rotn Eric Thompson confirmed that Aquaboxes filled by various Kirkby churches would be despatched to the Rotary collection centre in Derbyshire for onward transmission across the world wherever they were needed as well as members and spouses

Trinity CentrePoint

Coffee bar was open from Monday to Friday week inclusive. Tuesday Fellowship continued their study of Eddie Askew’s book ‘There was a garden’. The Flower Arrangers met on Wednesday week. The Luncheon and Friendship Clubs met on Thursday week. Friendship Club were entertained by Trevor Lee. Trinity Singers rehearsed on Friday week. Mrs Kelly Cater led Sunday week’s morning service. Christine Nuttall was church steward. Door steward was Jenny Wilcock who also donated church flowers. Maureen Shilling served morning coffee.

Forest Street Baptists

The Art and Keep Fit groups met on Tuesday week. Rev Ros Wilkes chaired the quarterly church meeting on Thursday week. Mr and Mrs Charles Hundley led Sunday week’s morning service introducing Miss Liz Williams of the Wycliffe Bible Translators working in Chad in Africa. The reading was by the whole congregation. Rev and Mrs J. Comins served morning coffee. The evening served was led by Rev Edith Dawson of Mansfield. Mr Neil Painter was reader. Musicians for the day were Miss Margaret and Miss Doreen Homer. Last Monday the Crafty Dabblers craft group met. The Ladies fellowship was taken by Mrs Pat Pride who opened with devotions. The speaker was Rev Brian Keyworth of Newthorpe. Mrs Kathleen Gregory served refreshments. The pianist was Miss Margaret Homer.

Our Lady RC Church

Father F. Higgins led mass on Sunday week. The reader was Emma Turton. The children’s offertory procession was Jacob Brown, Molly Tucker, Travis and Lewis Redhead, Caelin Riyadi and Mia Terry. Communion was served by Molly Beardsley, Alison Fawley, David Shipley, Herve Poveda and Andrew O’Mara-Winson. John Fejfer and Rex Clarke took the collection. Music was by Maranatha. Kath Moulton and Jerry Herrington served coffee in aid of parish funds.