The Belper Passion play due to take place in the town on Good Friday is to be staged indoors, organisers have decided.
The play had been due to be performed in the open air climaxing in the crucifixion scene at the Memorial Gardens.#
However due to uncertainty about weather conditions for later in the week and also for safety reasons it has now been decided that the play will be staged indoors.
The first act will now be staged inside the Methodist Church at 11.45, followed by a procession to St Peter’s Church where act two will take place.
After the play there will be an opportunity to “meet the cast” with refreshments provided.
Hope for Belper will be providing practical support to the event and a Hope team will also be on hand at St Peter’s to chat and pray with people afterwards.
On Good Friday 2013, a modern live dramatic performance representing Christ’s Passion from the Last Supper to the Crucifixion will be played out through out the streets of Belper and in iconic local venues engaging the public in the action.
Hope will be suporting the Belper Passion play with the provision of refreshments in the Memorial Gardens at the climax of the play.
Directed by Belper-based actor and director Larry Waller, the play will begin at noon in the grounds of the Methodist Chapel on Chapel Street.
More information about the play can be found here, but meanwhile here’s a trailer that the team behind the play have posted on YouTube.
Belper Street Angels has received a fresh funding boost from the town’s Rotary Club following last year’s annual carol concert by the Dalesmen’s Male Voice Choir.
The project, which is supported by Hope for Belper, received a cheque for £600 after being nominated as one of a series of local charities to benefit from the proceeds of the concert, organised each year by the rotarians.
It came about after Street Angels co-ordinator Rachel Marszalek and secretary Julie Degg gave a talk to the Methodist Church Ladies Group last year.
One of the ladies present told her rotarian husband about the project which he then nominated to receive a share of the cash. Here’s how it was covered ni the Belper News.
Belper Street Angels has carried out its first trial of a new 11pm -3am lateshift and is seeking new recruits to help make it a permanent feature.
The project, launched eight months ago, has seen teams of volunteers patrolling the town centre and estates between 8-12 each Friday evening.
In the longer-term, the plan is to launch two regular weekly shifts, an early evening shift focused on the estates and a late night shift focused on the town centre.
For the next few months, however, the project team plan to alternate between the two until enough new volunteers are recruited.
Said project co-ordinator Rachel Marszalek: “It’s continuing to be a chilly winter but the Angels are unperturbed and we are asking if you can help us in our attempts to attract new recruits to the project before a commissioning of the next wave of angels begins in June.”
The Hope team were together again for Christmas Hamper packing on the weekend of the 8th December. In previous years, folks from the town lead by the Community Church have been out on a pre-Christmas shopping spree to put together a number of family Christmas hampers for families across the town who would otherwise struggle to celebrate in the traditional manner.
This year with extra funding from the Baptist congregation and the Community Church, Hope have been able to partner with the Belper Family Centre to supply 15 hampers this Christmas.
Most of us take for granted the ability to be able to put some kind of a festive feast on the table, but this is not necessarily the case for all our neighbours across Belper.
The Children’s Centre identified 15 families with whom they have had significant contact over the past year and for whom hosting a family Christmas day would be, to say the least, financially problematic. It is for these families that Hope were able to be a significant blessing this Christmas, by delivering a hamper of goodies including traditional favourites such as Yule logs, Christmas puds and stuffing etc along with a £20 Howarth’s meat voucher.
A great time was also had by all those spending time together on the Saturday, shopping and packing the colourful festive hampers. We pray that we all will continue to have compassion over 2013 towards those who are struggling financially in our community.
Belper’s 2nd Winter Food Festival went ahead with nearly double the number of stall holders participating – we enjoyed a very cold spell of seasonal weather that weekend, but it certainly didn’t stop neighbours from across the town and beyond, wrapping up and coming out to browse and enjoy meeting up with old friends.
In our busy lives, these communal dates in the calendar are certainly great opportunities not just to enjoy all that local traders and producers have to offer, but also a time to connect maybe even just once a year with old friends, catching up with their news in a kind of face to face round robin replacement! There is something that feels quite medieval about such a street scene.
The children’s activities that Hope for Belper provided were very busily taken up, especially over the morning and due to the nature of some of the craft options to hand meant that we were able to have some good conversations with parents – plenty of interest was shown in the display materials, with special interest in developments to both the Street Angels and The Basic Idea projects.
Personally, I fulfilled one of my ambitions, which was meeting someone who lives well ok, works) in Halfway in Sheffield – never take the tram it only promises to take you ‘Halfway’!
It is now five years since the first post on the then newly-launched Hope for Belper blog went live and H4B officially came into being.
Since then, it has grown from a small group of Christians praying and planning to a partnership of eight churches alongside schools, the Town Council, local police and many friends and neighbours.
More than 50 volunteers are regularly involved in delivering the two main projects, ‘The Basic Idea’ and ‘Street Angels’ with more interest being shown all the time.
Over 30 separate projects or events have been facilitated by Hope over the years, with more than 70 young people attending Dreamschemes, in excess of 400 children and parents enjoying a film at the Ritz, over 3,000 cups of hot chocolate given away and around 350 families provided with crisis food boxes.
Hope for Belper chair Gareth Greenwood said: “It has been a remarkable five years and (almost) entirely an absolute joy! It has felt like a town coming even closer together and a local church embracing an opportunity to love, and love being a part of its community.
“Hope for Belper has been and is an amazing opportunity for the local church to act in unity bringing the Gospel alive in our town; God’s Spirit is achieving much through this generative friendship. The message of the Gospel is one of grace and reconciliation spanning out of the millennia. Five years is actually a very small jot in the expanse of time, so we can look forward to enjoying bringing Hope to Belper for a long while yet.”
Here’s a pictorial reminder of some of the projects we have undertaken in the course of those five years from our very first project – handing out cups of hot chocolate in the Market Place on New Year’s Eve 2007.
What they all have in common is an element of celebration and a strong sense of community and shared experience.