Matlock Methodist & United Reformed Church

Organ Recital
David Johnson
Saturday 23rd March 4:00pm
Widor's Toccata and works by JS Bach & Mozart
£5 per person available on the door

Lent Course with Rev. Helen Penfold
Tuesday evenings weekly @7:00pm
Starts with cake and a hot drink
 with the study beginning @7:30pm
Begins 12th March until 16th April
FREE to join in

dated 13th March 2019

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Reflections 2019

Our Mission and Outreach activities have been themed since 2013 and for 2019 our theme is Reflections

Reflections are a constant part of our lives and there are plenty of instances when we will each have reflected on how things didn’t quite go the way we had expected them to. The happier reflections will be when we have faced an issue and been successful in addressing it.

Reflections can also be about our future, plans and dreams for ourselves, the church, the community, even nationally or internationally. How can we work together to build the future we would love to see? Are there problems now that we can solve which will make a difference? What challenges are we facing and who can help us through them?

When we have an issue to face, a challenge in our lives, we often take a look back into our history and use our experience to help us to get through the issue or address the challenge. Reflections like this can be automatic, we don’t have to constantly, consciously consider our past to know how to respond. It is only when the challenges or issues are more complex or have more serious potential consequences that we might be fortunate enough to have recognised them and taken the time to be able to consider our response.

Taking time to deliberately reflect on specific situations might in very busy lives seem like a luxury that we can’t afford. Experience often shows that this is precisely the time to deliberately take the time to reflect.  When faced with the most difficult situations and challenges, Christians turn to God and pray for His guidance.

For those who do or don’t believe in God or for those for whom making a commitment to follow Jesus and become a Christian is still a work in progress, reflection about the life of Jesus and the Love of God for us, is the way in which anyone can start or continue the journey.  Thinking about the Bible, the basis of Christian faith, when reading the passages within it, we find ways in which God and Jesus have shown the way to help us face even the most difficult challenges.

If you are unsure about how to go forward with the Christian life, where to find out about it or where to get guidance, then please ask us, we will try to help you find answers. You are welcome to visit us in Matlock, come to a service or event or you can contact us via e-mail, phone, post or Facebook. We will be pleased to chat and seek to help you find out more about the love of God, His son Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Previous Themes:
2013 Family : 2014 Friendship
2015 Challenge : 2016 New Beginnings
2017 Journeying with God : 2018 Reaching Out


Welcome to the website of Matlock Methodist & United Reformed Church.  It is prayed that while you browse here you will be enriched wherever you are on your journey of faith.

The Church is located on the corner of the junction between Oak Road and Bank Road up the hill to the North of the town centre.  Our postcode is DE4 3FJ.  See Facilities & Location for more information.

Click on the links to the left to find the information you want. If you have any difficulty in navigating our web site, please contact us using our e-mail link below left to let us know.

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Our fervent prayer is for our church to grow in faith and openness to God's spirit as well as in numbers and your being here today answers our prayers.

We are an ecumenical partnership of the Methodist and United Reformed denominations and seek to be a place:

  • Where everyone is welcome
  • Where the joy of the love of God shines out
  • From where the Good News of the saving grace of Jesus Christ is spread
  • Where there is rest, refreshment and peace in a caring, praying community
  • Where Christian worship, prayer, Biblical teaching and service are paramount
  • Where the blessing of the Holy Spirit rests on everyone
and thereby follows the principles of the Methodist and United Reformed Churches.

Our Church is one of the Churches in the
Mid-Derbyshire Circuit.

May God bless you and keep you and let you know that whatever your circumstances YOU are loved as one of his children

To hire Church rooms please contact our Bookings Secretary on (01629) Matlock 57304 or to send us an e-mail please click here

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Rev. Helen Penfold

Rev Helen Penfold

“Peace on earth, good will toward men.”

We read that phrase on Christmas cards.  We hear it sung.  But it’s good to remember that the peace of which the angels sang that holy night had nothing to do with warm, cosy comfort.

They were announcing an end to a terrible war.  A war between God and man.

During the Franco-Prussian war in 1870, French and German soldiers faced each other in opposite trenches on Christmas Eve.

While a light snow filled the sky and covered the ground in delicate white, a young Frenchman leaped out of his trench and began singing the beautiful French carol ‘O Holy Night’.

No one fired a shot.  The Germans were awestruck, laying aside their weapons in disbelief.  Then a young German soldier climbed out of his trench and sang the Christmas hymn ‘From Heaven above to Earth I come’.

After he had finished he returned to his trench and for the rest of that day, a calm and gentle peace fell over the battlefield – as calm and gentle as the flakes of snow which touched the ground.

Just for a day the fighting was suspended.  A truce of sorts was called.

When the angels sang, they were heralding another sort of peace when God called an end to the war between heaven and earth and sent his Son.  Jesus Christ invaded enemy territory to set people free and be their peace on earth.

Why don’t you come to join with us this Christmas and find out for yourself?  We’d love to see you.  Have a Happy Christmas.

Rev Helen Penfold

If you are in any sort of difficulty and in need of prayer and support, please contact our Circuit Ministry Team either Rev. Helen Penfold (01773) Shirland 833242 or Rev. Dr. Robert Foster (01773) Belper 827450; or call into the Church and ask for help; or leave a message at the Church; or send an e-mail to us; or phone the Church Office on (01629) Matlock 55809 (answer-phone when office is closed)

inside the main hall


Everyone is welcome to share with us in our worship services at the following times

Sundays other than first of the month
Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. approx. followed by refreshments

First Sunday of the Month
9:30 a.m. Holy Communion service followed by Refreshments at 10:15 a.m. and Family Service at 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. approx.

Third Sunday of the Month
Café Style Celebration 7:00 p.m.

Third Wednesday of each month
Holy Communion service
2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. approx.

Our services are led by both ordained Ministers and non-ordained worship leaders, called Lay Preachers and thereby we enjoy a variety of styles of worship that all bring glory to God and seek to strengthen our love of our Lord Jesus.

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