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LIVE STREAM Sunday 29th March 10.45am

Friday, March 27th, 2020

This is where to find our live stream worship on Sunday 29th March at 10.45am will appear later in the week.  Please join in using the chat at the right hand side of the screen in youtube.  Video will be live from 10am.  We are going to try to do communion this week, so please have some bread and juice (or anything that would represent grape juice/wine) ready.

Click on [youtube] to be able to join in with live “chat”

 

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LENT COURSE Wednesday 25th March 7pm – ON DEMAND!

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

If you missed joining us for the Lent Course on Wednesday 25th March 7pm, here is the video.  You won’t be able to “chat” interactively but please do leave comments.  Click [youtube] rather than [  ] for full screen if you want to do this.

 

SUNDAY AND MID-WEEK MEETINGS

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

We are so very sorry to announce that we’re not going to be able to meet on Sundays for our worship service, or for other church mid-week events including the Dove project, our lent course, and Friends united in Jesus for a while. Recovery Project and Storehouse have also made the decision to stop meeting. We’re following the virus advice really closely and will reopen just as soon as we can. Don’t forget that church is us, not the building and we will find news ways to keep connected to God, and to support each other through this. Please keep an eye on your emails and be part of #OzzyFacebookCongregation from now on! Great news – we’re going to try and livestream our service on Sunday morning at 10:45am – who knows it might even start on time! Please keep in touch via phone, text, emails and Facebook. Watch out for more news about how we will find a new way to be and do church over the next few weeks.

Derby Urban Church and Joint Pastorate

Friday, February 28th, 2020

For some time God has been speaking to us about creating a new “Multi-cultural church” drawing together many of the relationships we have developed over the last few years to bless our local community in the name of Jesus.  We have just created a new charity called “Derby Urban Church” (DUC) and as we enter 2020, Ozzy Road Church begins the process of becoming the first congregation of Derby Urban Church still meeting on Sundays at 10.45am.  “Friends United in Jesus” on Thursday afternoons at 4.30pm will become the second congregation of Derby Urban Church.

As part of this journey we have worked increasingly closely with Boulton Lane Baptist Church in Alvaston with the result that for the next year we will operate a Joint Pastorate.  This will mean Graham Watkins being appointed as the part-time minister of Boulton Lane as a next step towards possibly becoming a congregation of DUC.  There will be a special service on Saturday April 4th 2020 2.30pm at Boulton Lane to mark this.

We continue to build relationships with the other congregations who share our building: Derby Asian Fellowship (Punjabi) who meet at 1.30pm every Sunday, Zoe Church (Slovakian Roma) who meet at 4pm every Sunday and City Youth Church (Roma) who meet every Friday at 5pm as well as exploring where God is leading us in Stockbrook on Wednesday afternoons at Firs School and the Girls Brigade who meet at Boulton Lane on Tuesday nights.

To help us to pray for each of these opportunities, please use the prayer guide:

Vine mustard prayer leaflet Jan 2020

On this journey, God has given us the images of the Mustard Seed (in God’s Kingdom when we begin something small he grows it into something large and life-giving) and the Vine (we aim to build relationship with God and each other)

Made at our Family Service January 2020

Family Groups & Lent course 2020

Friday, February 28th, 2020

Starting with a pancake party on Tuesday February 25th 2020 we are meeting together for a Lent course instead of meeting in family groups until Easter.  Note the venues vary between Ozzy Road and Boulton Lane:

Lent course2020 paper advert

During Lent please use the prayer guide for Derby Urban Church and Friends as we continue to seek God’s blessing this year:

Vine mustard prayer leaflet Lent2020

Bible Studies:

Tithing BibS

BibleStudy The Vine

Reflections on lifeshapes discipleship model:

 

Bible Studies and reflections from Graham’s sabbatical based on his trip to Israel and thoughts about discipleship

Bible Studies:

Abide Fruitful Creation Rest BS

Abide Fruitful Marks Gospel BS

Repent Believe BS

The Lords Prayer BS

Reflections:

 

Simple guide to Family Groups: Family Groups guide April 2018

What is God saying to us in 2020?

Friday, February 28th, 2020

This month we have been asking this question in our preaching, expecting that God would meet with us and direct us in this season.  Four things came out of this:

Eliza shared about the importance of discerning and following the leading of the Holy Spirit in all things for this season. “I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions” (Joel 2:28)

Carol spoke about God’s desire to bless us this year, and as a response wrote a blessing prayer for Derby Urban Church as it comes into being which we are making into a bookmark.  Or you can download it here…

blessings

Graham brought the story of the people of Israel leaving slavery in Egypt.  The importance of unleavened bread with no yeast, carried out of Egypt wrapped in old clothes was that they had to go before they were ready.  So often in the bible everyone is told to wait for the time when God will fulfil his promises, but in this particular season they had to just go or miss the blessing. (Exodus 12-13

Marilyn turned to the vision God gave to Ezekiel of a valley of dry bones.  As Ezekiel prophecied and God breathed on them, dry bones came together with new life and formed a mighty army.  The challenge to us is to seek and expect so much more from God.  “So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone” (Ezekiel 37:7)

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

Friday, February 28th, 2020

A UK Roma bible school for potential leaders in the Roma churches, led by Roma people in their own language.  Eliza and Graham have joined Jozef Lukac on this exciting journey over the last year, here’s the background story to the first 10 students from Roma churches around the UK starting this 3 year course in September 2019:

In 2016  The Holy Spirit  gave Jozef Lukac the vision for ISLSD, when he was convicted by the Spirit that people could be transformed by the Word of God but that in order to  do so they needed  teaching to both hear the word of God AND interpret it correctly. Listening to preaching throughout the UK Roma churches he observed that a lot of bible teaching was not transformative precisely because interpretation was poor or even incorrect.  He himself felt compelled to seek out further study at bible college so that he could himself preach & teach wisely & was accepted at St Hild’s Bible College.  However it was here that he experienced for himself the difficulty of those from Roma background & language attempting to study the bible and theology in a foreign language & at a university standard.

So the vision was given to have a Roma bible and leadership training school, especially for those in UK Roma churches.  Whilst Jozef at first thought this vision was for some indeterminate time in the future, The Bishop of the Apostolic Church of Slovakia brought a word to Jozef to say that this was for NOW, not for the future.

2017 saw the first session with people attending from churches across three cities in the UK in one off taster session aimed at adults.  In 2018 The Spirit spoke again to Jozef about the necessity of also involving young Christians, the next generation of potential evangelists & church leaders.  In 2019 thus saw the vision expanded to include both youth & mature adults & gelled into the aim of ultimately providing a 3-year certified course, in Roma/Slovakian.

It aims to provide a firm foundation for those generally interested in learning more about bible interpretation, theology, ministry and mission, but particularly focussed at those exploring possible mission/ministry calling and probably already in some form of church leadership.  Therefore, the first year explores calling, the foundations of Christian leadership as well as key skills and character required.

 

Years 2 and 3 cover principles of bible interpretation, an introduction to ministry & mission, pastoral care & includes aspects of Old and New Testament theology.

 

Most of the teaching is on a Saturday once a month plus one week end away.

Fire it up Derby! (Social Enterprise)

Friday, February 28th, 2020

Great news!   Sacred Bean Coffee CIC, supported by Ozzy Road has been successful in a bid to the Futures Fund and won a grant for £10,000 in January.

Sacred Bean Coffee is a Social Enterprise based at Susanna Wesley House, on the new Castleward Estate between intu and the railway station.  Susanna Wesley House is a pioneer mission project based in a house, which was bought, along with a manse, by the Methodist Church when Queen’s Hall closed. Darren and Jo Howie are employed in a job-share as the Pioneer Missioners.  (Darren was previously the curate at St Peter’s in town.) Lots of projects are run from Susanna Wesley House including a  support morning  for women using the nightshelter (called Suzie’s) and a weekly community meal on a Thursday.  Ozzy Road have used SWH for leadership awaydays too. It’s a lovely peaceful place  – do visit if you get a chance.

Sacred Bean Coffee itself has now been set up as a social enterprise company in its own right so it can trade. It’s led by Darren Howie who is a massive coffee buff and has three other directors  – Jo Howie, Tim Benson and Chandra Morbey (who is a Deacon at Ozzy Road).

Sacred Bean is an artisan coffee roasting company that seeks to foster human flourishing in every individual we encounter, whilst also teaching people practical skills that will enhance future resilience and sustainable employability.

 

If you want to find out more about Sacred Bean Coffee – and to buy some perhaps – then have a look at their Facebook site which is Sacred Bean Coffee.

At Ozzy Road, we’ve been talking and praying about social enterprise for over a year now and this is new project is a fantastic but also scary opportunity to move forward with our plans.  We already have our Wednesday morning group from 10-12 where we do practical jobs around the church and the manses including DIY, cleaning, gardening, decorating and even whole room makeovers – do come along and join us if you’re interested.  Ben is looking at lots of ideas to move this to the next step.  This would be to start up our own business idea – we’re exploring an eBay shop, where we could sell donations and also things that we’ve made ourselves – we’ve got lots of ideas  – please have a chat if you’d like to get involved.

Fire It Up Derby is a programme specially put together for this grant opportunity.   We are going to deliver a project aimed at helping, encouraging and motivating 10 people who are a long way from the job market, move closer to being ready for work.   The project will involve us finding the 10 people – called Participants – and signing them up for the project.  We held a Taster Day last week so people could come along and find out more.  Participants can learn how to roast coffee, pack and despatch coffee with Darren, and volunteer at Ozzy Road, with the Dove Project, Hammers and Spanners and with our new social enterprise ideas.  They also each have an allowance of £250 to spend on formal courses such as Food Hygiene, First Aid etc.   It’s a 6 month project with 5 people on a 10 week programme which runs twice, making 10 people.

In order to deliver this project, which has quite strict requirements, we’ve advertised for a Project Manager and Administrator and we have interviewed and appointed Paul Brookhouse.  Many of you will know Paul from his time at the Hope Centre or on the Nightshelter Management Group.  He’s got lots of experience in helping people on the margins plus has delivered this sort of grant before. Paul will be working 13 hours a week, based at Ozzy Road for some of his time.

This project is funded by the Skills Funding Agency and the European Union’s European Social Fund.

Please see Graham, Eliza, Ben, Chandra or indeed Paul for more details, if you’d like to help, or if there’s someone currently out of work, who you think might be interested in finding out more.

 

Thanks for all your help and encouragement, we really appreciate all the support from the Ozzy Road and  Boulton Lane church family.

 

Chandra and Ben

Mission to Roma “villages” in Slovakia

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

Over the last couple of years we have developed a growing relationship with the Roma “villages” (sadly slums would be a more appropriate word) in Slovakia due to our relationship with Zoe Roma Church who worship at Ozzy Road.  As well as joining our friends at Zoe Church on evangelistic summer missions, God has led us to begin a sewing project with the hope that a Social Enterprise.  This has become an amazing journey, click below to read the detail…

Slovakia project web site

Orbit Nov 2017

Tuesday, 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)