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Patna Partnership Visit

The Patna Partnership was set up in 1998 to form ecumenical fellowship and support between the churches in Patna Diocese in the Church of North India and churches in the Ashbourne area. Over the years this has included a number of visits whereby both partners have benefited by hosting and being welcomed. This summer two pastors, Rev Daniel Murmu and Rev Manoj Singh, visited our area.

There was a varied programme of events designed to show them as much of Church life in the Ashbourne area as we could.

Their visit began with a welcome tea and service in St Oswald’s, when the preacher was the Rev Loraine Mellor, chair of the Nottingham and Derby Methodist District. During their stay they attended Ashbourne Methodist Church, morning services at St Oswald’s, Atlow, Hulland, and Brailsford Methodist including breakfast, as well as the Iona Service at St Oswald’s, Praise at Ashbourne Methodist and a wedding at Tissington Parish Church.

They saw “Open the Book” presentations at Hilltop and Bradley Schools and attended Kniveton School Service, spent time in the Cornerstone Coffee Shop and at Brailsford Coffee Shop. Other children’s activities included Kids@Cornerstone, Edward Bear Club and the well-dressing at Norbury School.  There was an opportunity to join in two Housegroup meetings, attend a Home Communion, a Communion service at the Leys, a meeting of Methodist Women in Britain, have a guided tour of Ashbourne and St Oswald’s church and attend a Garden Party.

We are grateful to the clergy who gave of their time to help; Manoj and Daniel spent time with Father John Guest, the Rev Carollyn McDonald and the Rev Tim Morris. They also attended a conference “Tackling Modern Slavery” organized by the Bishop of Derby, our local Ministerial Meeting and a Catholic Deanery meeting. There was also a chance to meet young people at the Junior Mission for All lunch and the evening meeting of “Mustard” at the Methodist Church.

On a lighter note they spent time at Jane Methuen’s farm, went shopping in Derby and Ashbourne, spent most of one day at Chatsworth and enjoyed a typical “pub” meal.

We are most grateful to the people who hosted them, gave them breakfast and the occasional evening meal and showed them some of our beautiful Derbyshire countryside. Thanks also to the people who offered other meals and transport.

Both Daniel and Manoj greatly appreciated their visit and this demonstrates huge support for those who feel more isolated in their churches and it enhances a wider awareness of fellowship through Christian partnership in different locations in the world. Their presence with us also enables us to be more focused as we pray for others.

And what of the future?

There will be a visit to the Patna Diocese in October/November and hopefully another visit in February/March by a different group of people. We hope that there will be some people who will be visiting for the first time.

If anyone would like to know more about the partnership, receive a newsletter or is interested in making a visit please contact Jane Methuen 01335 342413 or Anna or Martyn Davis 01335 370665

Anna Davis


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Future Events

Mon Feb 26 @12:00PM - 01:00PM
Lent Lunch
Tue Feb 27 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Lent Course
Wed Feb 28 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Mothers' Union Meeting
Mon Mar 05 @12:00PM - 01:00PM
Lent Lunch
Tue Mar 06 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Lent Course
Wed Mar 07 @ 1:15PM - 01:45PM
Funeral of Raymond Denning
Fri Mar 09 @ 7:30PM - 08:30PM
Quiz night
Mon Mar 12 @12:00PM - 01:00PM
Lent Lunch
Mon Mar 12 @ 7:15PM - 09:00PM
Deanery Synod - making your buildings work - loos and shops
Tue Mar 13 @ 1:00PM - 01:30PM
Memorial Service for Richard Edminson
Tue Mar 13 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Lent Course
Wed Mar 14 @10:15AM - 11:15AM
Hulland Home Communion
Wed Mar 14 @ 1:00PM - 02:00PM
Funeral of Flora Dawkins
Wed Mar 14 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Atlow APCM
Thu Mar 15 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Messy Church meeting
Sat Mar 17 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Hognaston Church Coffee Morning
Sat Mar 17 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Hulland Spring Fair
Mon Mar 19 @12:00PM - 01:00PM
Lent Lunch
Tue Mar 20 @10:00AM - 11:00AM
Hulland School Easter Service at Church
Tue Mar 20 @12:00PM - 12:30PM
Mid Day Med