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This blog contains posts broadly covering Ozzy Road life. It could be thought of as a latest news feed and has a variety of contributors.

Sundays and Midweek program

October 13th, 2020

On Sundays we are currently offering the option of live streaming on YouTube and using the “live chat” function to interact.  Each Sunday the link goes up at 10am so you have time to sort out your technology, and the service starts properly at 10.45am.

To attend in person you need to let our Church Secretary know that you are coming.  We have risk assessments in place to make the building “Covid secure”.  We meet socially distanced, with face masks unless you are exempt due to a health reason and unfortunately we are unable to sing other than those leading from the front.

This term we have a midweek program on Wednesday evenings at 7pm including “prayer and living room worship” on Zoom hosted by the Jones family, “prayer and bible study” with the option of joining live at Ozzy Road or on Zoom, and in December an Advent Course with the same options.  See Calendar for details.

Graham Watkins is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Living Room worship with Jones family
Time: Wednesday 7pm

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5131248783

Meeting ID: 513 124 8783

 

Slovakian Roma Ministry

October 12th, 2020

Ozzy Road mission to Roma ‘villages’ in Slovakia

In August 2019 a group from Ozzy Road went returned to the Roma ‘villages’ (unfortunately a more accurate word would be ‘slums’) of Slovakia with some of our friends from Zoe Roma Church in Derby.  We were invited to help with worship, preaching, children’s ministry and praying in people’s homes in a number of villages.  Meanwhile half the team used the generous donations of sewing machines, equipment, material and glasses from people in Derby to teach some women how to make clothes as a first step towards a social enterprise which could meet their physical needs as well as their spiritual needs.  It was a blessing and a challenge to share with our church family what we did and what we experienced, with the testimony that with God’s help we had done all that we set out to do.  We pray that we were a blessing as much as we were blessed by the amazing Roma people who welcomed us with huge hearts.

Please download and read Judy’s vision building on our mission trips, “Under our roof”:

Slovakia, ‘Under Our Roof’ October 2020

‘The latest news is; Good news! Good news!

£10,000 was needed to buy the building land for the Community Centre. The UK team from Folkestone have raised £8,500 given by a private donor in Australia. £1,500 is still needed to buy the land for the centre. The Folkestone team have been funding and building the wooden houses and wanted to join with us in building the centre. They have taken on the responsibility of buying the land, and with he help of villagers, clearing it and preparing the land for building, including the foundations.

Also, once the centre has been built, it looks as though we may be able to buy some land behind it to build the trade training workshops.’

School of the Holy Spirit (I.S.L.S.D.)

October 10th, 2020

Derby Urban Church is delighted that the “School of the Holy Spirit”, a bible school for young potential leaders within Roma Churches in Britain, has become one of its ministries.  Please pray for Jozef Lukac who founded and leads this important ministry.

Family Groups material

December 23rd, 2019

A selection of bible studies, thoughtful video reflections and teaching to watch online or download for use in Family Groups is here including reflections from Graham’s sabbatical, teaching on “lifeshapes” as a model of Christian Discipleship and bible studies.

Bible Studies written in 2020:

BibleStudy The Vine

Family group material on “Lifeshapes”, part of a model of Christian Discipleship made in 2019:

Pentagon ministries questionnaire

Bible Studies and Reflections based on Graham’s sabbatical in 2017:

Bible Studies:

Abide Fruitful Creation Rest BS

Abide Fruitful Marks Gospel BS

Repent Believe BS

The Lords Prayer BS

Up In Out BS

 

Reflections:

Simple guide to Family Groups: Family Groups guide April 2018

Lent 2019

February 28th, 2019

This year we are joining with Boulton Lane Baptist Church for Lent as we spend some time examining our lives before God in the build up to Easter.  The link below gives dates, times and venues of our Family Pancake Party, Lent Course and Seder Meal.

Lent course paper advert

Some people find it helpful to give something up for Lent to remind them to reflect on their lives with God, others seek to do something positive each day for the same purpose.  The following is a calendar of 40 days with a simple idea for each of the 40 days of Lent along with some resources you will need:

40-Family-Wallchart-2019

40acts-Family-Wallchart-Guide-2019

To make your own calendar of 40 positive things to do or reflect on, on your own or with family and friends, here is a blank version to fill in:

40 days blank

We should take this season seriously, and expect God to help us reflect on and change our lives.  It is ok to have fun while doing this!

 

New beginnings 2019

January 13th, 2019

At our family service to begin 2019 exploring the way that Jesus called the first 4 disciples, asking them to leave their fishing nets and “follow me” with the promise of teaching them to fish for people, we used a song with powerful and challenging  words to reflect on what we had learned:

We also used a new year covenant written originally by John Wesley to commit ourselves afresh to following Jesus in 2019.  This is what we promised:

“I am no longer my own but yours.
Put me to what you will,
rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing,
put me to suffering;
let me be employed for you,
or laid aside for you,
exalted for you,
or brought low for you;
let me be full,
let me be empty,
let me have all things,
let me have nothing:
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours. So be it.
And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven”.

Powerful, inspiring, challenging words for new beginnings in God for this year as we commit ourselves to following Him.

Orbit jan 2018

January 19th, 2018

A NEW YEAR MESSAGE

Happy New year Ozzy Road church.

Let me be the first to wish you a Happy New year 2018. I wonder what you want to say goodbye to from 2017.   Was it a difficult year, painful, stressful? May be you had to move house and in the process of a new start. Isn’t it encouraging that the good news we are never alone and God promises to never leave or forsake us.
We never know what’s around the corner but praise God HE does.

Jeremiah 29 verse 11

“For I know the plans I have for you, “ declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

He alone knows the plans he has for us. Plans for a hope and future…..
Do we make plans? Do we make a list of the things we want to change in our lives? I wonder if we ever ASK God to help us!

On a walk around Markeaton Park with my friend Benji (dog ) I began reflecting on the amazing provision God has already provided for us at Ozzy , what a blessing it is and a sign of his favour on us as a church .

My heart for us is for a fresh outpouring of Gods love all over the church even on those who come in the week.

Also a deeper commitment to stand together shoulders to shoulder to see greater change and growth. We MUST support each other and enjoy each one for the year ahead. Some have lost the true meaning of community. Maybe from pressures at work which have overtaken desire for fellowship.

Let’s all be looking out for one person to help and encourage. Let’s go beyond our comfort zone and be bold in Love.

I pray you all have an amazing 2018 with lots of godly encounters.
God bless.

Carol Harper

I hope to start soaking quiet prayer in the New Year…..

 

 

Orbit Dec 2017

December 6th, 2017

Hope, Peace, Joy, Love –

 All there in Christ(Mas)!

This year at Ozzy we’ve taken a slightly different approach to decorating the church as an aid in our spiritual journey towards Christmas!   We wanted to enter a little into the heart of the traditional ‘Advent’ period.    Advent, whilst not based on practice from Scripture, has its roots in hundreds of years of the universal church seeking helpful means for Christians to reflect on the meaning of Jesus’ coming.

It’s a time for a growing sense of anticipation, slowly seeking and sharing in the dawning beauty of His coming… slowly, mind you!…one … thoughtful…step… at a time.    Deciding what are our hopes are for our own life, our family and friends, giving them up to the Lord and anticipating His fulfilling our  yearning for what He -and only He- can give us in  a beautiful, but often chaotic and broken world: peace , joy,  love, mercy, healing.

 

We all know Advent comes from the Latin word meaning ‘arrival’, ‘coming’, and the  Greek  ‘parousia’= ‘presence’, arrival- especially presence after absence.  Although in our culture there may be much preparation for the ‘coming’ of Christmas (Advent calendars are one of the few things we accept happily in our waiting!) the  concept of ‘watchful waiting’ can be rather alien to us.    We expect it all!… now!     We find it hard to understand why it sometimes can’t happen that way, we might even blame God when it doesn’t.

 

But the waiting itself is a special, meaningful time… Waiting for a birth always makes us think about how the one coming will change our lives. It’s thrilling, wonderful!    But we recognise that we too need to change our lives to give room for the new blessing that’s coming.    As we journey towards Christmas, I invite you to do all of the above and consider spending time concentrating on each aspect of  what Jesus can offer us-   hope, peace, joy and love.    A plethora of gifts, not just for Christmas but for life!    All that Jesus promised us-“life in all its fulness”(John 10:10) -can really be ours for the taking if we let Jesus into our hearts.

 

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. (Psalm 27:14)

So this year we have fourChristmas trees at Ozzy symbolising these uplifting Advent themes.     Each week  we will add decorations to one of the trees, (starting with hope) praying into our own and the worlds’ situations.    We encourage you each week to think of short prayers to add to each tree -which we will do during Sunday services.    Pray and ask guidance for what your hopes should be for yourself and the world.

 

But whatever your circumstances, whatever difficulties- or indeed joys!- you may have this Christmas, know that they can be shared with your church family.     Because of Jesus you can now be adopted into God’s family!    A warm welcome and burgeoning  celebration awaits you at Ozzy Road Church over these next few weeks!    Come!    Enjoy, bring yourself, your gifts and skills, bring your family, your friends- share the wonderful gift of Jesus with everyone!

God bless you in the waiting! God bless you this Christmas!

Warm love in plenty to all at Ozzy Road and our Derby Community

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given;

And the government will be upon His shoulder.

And His name will be called

Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of His government and peace

There will be no end.

Isaiah 9:6-7a

  “Lord Jesus, master of both the light and the darkness, send Your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas. We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear Your voice each day.    We who are anxious over many things look forward to Your coming among us.    We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of Your kingdom.    We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of Your presence. We are Your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light.    To You we say, “Come Lord Jesus!” (Henri J. M. Nouwen)

 

Eliza Pinder-Ashenden

Orbit Nov 2017

November 14th, 2017

REMEMBRANCE

November is a month of remembering and remembrance. My first remembering of the month is November 5th; my brother’s birthday and bonfire night. No, his name isn’t Guy.

 

I remember so well all the fabulous parties he had on his actual birthday, every year, and still does at the age of 73! I remember making a guy from Dad’s old clothes and stuffing it with newspaper, taking it to Elton Road where all the Rams supporters and away fans funnelled across a bridge to go to the Baseball Ground. I made loads of cash for fireworks, asking for a penny for the guy. I remember being in the kitchen with Mum pulling and twisting yards of sugar to make toffee and dipping apples in molten sugar for toffee apples ready for the party.

 

 

 

 

My second remembering is Armistice Days of the past.   My Mum worked at Normanton Barracks and, as a child, we used to go there for the Armistice Day parade.   They were wonderful and colourful days to remember especially as the day before, I would go with Mum to help Ram Corporal George bath L/Cpl Derby, (the Ram), in front of the fire in the NAAFI.

 

 

 

 

In later years, I remember all the parades I attended as an Army wife, (I was known officially as w/o 24422681).   Some were very emotive and special, particularly in the years when we lost friends who were serving soldiers in Ireland, Belize or the Falklands.   Every Remembrance Parade was followed by a curry lunch to which everyone went.   Mixed emotions.

That is all about ‘remembering’.   What about ‘remembrance’. There is a difference.   I am going to reflect Marilyn’s sermon here. We remember beautiful and pleasant things as well as sadness and horror.   They are events that have gone forever, but still live with us; sometimes bringing a warm glow and sometimes fear and unease.   Those events have gone and cannot be changed. We have lived with them and through them.

Nobody in my family died in action during the two world wars.   All the men were miners, railway men or worked at Royce’s.   My Dad was in the RR works in Handel Street when it was bombed and my Mum missed being machine gunned as she crossed a yard at Bemrose’s.

The Act of Remembrance is still very important to me.   I remember and learn.   What have I learned?   I have learned that the Court of King James was one of the most decadent, licentious, religion intolerant and corrupt courts that this country has ever had.   No wonder someone wanted to blow them all up!   We celebrate that? We have, (just about) learned to protect our nation from allowing that sort of power to prevail again.   We have learned, (well that’s questionable) as a world that we should group together as countries to protect and aid weaker countries under threat from the big bullies.

 

he true November Act of Remembrance is giving thanks and remembering the millions who gave their lives in conflict for us. Remembrance is joy and tears through remembering.   Tears from remembering is absolutely fine.   But then, in addition to that, (to paraphrase Marilyn), look at those memories through the rear view mirror of a car car and learn from some of the pleasures and horrendous mistakes we as individuals and as a world have made.   Then, take a look through the windscreen to the future and our destiny and destination.   The destiny is assured and the destination is the end of the road we –   3   –

have yet to travel.   Use the knowledge learned through those memories, the love of God and the life Jesus gave us to guide us to the future.

We will remember those who fought for us and give thanks for the tremendous sacrifice they made for us, without underestimation of the price they paid. Every time we take communion, it is an Act of Remembrance, where we look back at the sacrifice Jesus made and then pray that in the future, we can learn to live and act as He wanted us to do and as He commanded. We look to the supreme sacrifice that Jesus made for us and pray that in the future we can live more like Him and in Remembrance of Him.

We will remember them

Judy Flack, (former w/o 24422681)

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Below is a painting by Judy which is appropriate to include at this time of year and links up very well with the above and future meditation on the meaning of remembrance and remembering

The true November Act of Remembrance is giving thanks and remembering the millions who gave their lives in conflict for us. Remembrance is joy and tears through remembering.   Tears from remembering is absolutely fine.   But then, in addition to that, (to paraphrase Marilyn), look at those memories through the rear view mirror of a car car and learn from some of the pleasures and horrendous mistakes we as individuals and as a world have made.   Then, take a look through the windscreen to the future and our destiny and destination.   The destiny is assured and the destination is the end of the road we have yet to travel.   Use the knowledge learned through those memories, the love of God and the life Jesus gave us to guide us to the future.

We will remember those who fought for us and give thanks for the tremendous sacrifice they made for us, without underestimation of the price they paid. Every time we take communion, it is an Act of Remembrance, where we look back at the sacrifice Jesus made and then pray that in the future, we can learn to live and act as He wanted us to do and as He commanded. We look to the supreme sacrifice that Jesus made for us and pray that in the future we can live more like Him and in Remembrance of Him.

We will remember them

Judy Flack, (former w/o 24422681)

Ozzy Road Tuesdays September 2017

July 26th, 2017

The program of Family Groups, Bible Studies and Church Meetings from September 2017…

OzzyRoad Tues Sep 2017

Material for Family Groups on Tuesday October 3rd 2017:

Prayer in Family Groups Tuesday October 3rd 2017

Material for Family Groups on Tuesday October 31st 2017:

Prayer in Family Groups Tuesday October 31st 2017

Material for Family Groups on Tuesday November 14th 2017:

Prayer in Family Groups Tuesday November 14th 2017