|Rev. Helen Penfold
I’m Helen Penfold
and I shall shortly be coming to your church to be
your new minister when Keith retires in the summer. I’m very
much looking forward to meeting you all (though please
don’t expect me to remember all your names
I’m a ‘born and
bred’ Methodist and have a great love for the church
and the ‘people called Methodist’, I first committed
my life to Jesus when I was in my teens and have been
guided by God since then, through several admin. jobs,
including being at Cliff College for 7 years, before
lay work and then candidating for ministry, being
ordained at the London conference in 2013.
I’m not moving
house but staying in my own home in Shirland, but it
won’t take me long to drive over to you.
I’ve lived here for nearly 50 years so I know
the area quite well!
I’m married to Julian, who is an Anglican
Curate in Alfreton, Somercotes, Riddings and Ironville
and we have two dogs, two cats and chickens at the
bottom of the garden.
In addition, as we live on a farm, we check
on cattle each morning and often sheep as well,
depending on the time of year.
I’ve been working
in the churches at Heanor and Langley Mill for the
past 7 years and Holloway for the past 3 so have been
in the Mid-Derbyshire Circuit since its inception and
am now starting a 5 year station with you in the
Matlock Mission Area.
Together, I hope
that we will be able to take the time to listen to God
and pray that he will guide us by the Holy Spirit into
the mission and ministry he has for us.
Reaching Out 2018
and Outreach activities have been themed since 2013 and
for 2018 our theme is Reaching Out
always reaching out to everyone; to forgive us when
we’ve been wrong or done wrong things, to help us live
loving, peaceful, fulfilling lives; to share in our
dreams; to support us in tough times; to bless us with
talents and gifts; to prepare us for when we will meet
God. God loves each one of us. God loves you.
Christian person who is following the teachings of Jesus
Christ makes a commitment to spread the Gospel of the
Good News as an everyday part of their journey as a
believer in God. So it is no surprise that Christians
are reaching out in their communities wanting to help
others learn that they are each individually loved by
wondering if God is reaching out to you and if you’re
ready to seek out a path towards responding to God, then
please come to our Church where Christians are ready to
help you respond to God.
ask “does this mean I have to come to a Church service
to declare myself as someone who is looking for God?”
That’s one way but not the only way.
services are when Christians gather to worship together,
to pray together, to ask for forgiveness, to listen to
Gods’ word, to learn more about the love of the Lord
Jesus Christ, to receive Gods’ blessing and support and
to help one another in fellowship.
is all about reaching out to others, Christians and
non-Christians, the same wherever they are. Whatever
someones’ circumstances, whatever their beliefs,
whatever their attitude, God is reaching out to
everyone. Ready to forgive. Ready to love.
So, if you
don’t want to go to a Church service as your first step
to responding to God reaching out to you, you could
instead come along to one of the Christian groups based
in the Church, or come to one of the Mission &
Outreach or other Church events that take place
throughout the year or simply send an email to us and
ask for someone from the Church to contact you.
someone reaches out to God, God will respond.
Recognising the response from God can be what you need
to know by learning about the Gospel and the Good News
and the teachings of Jesus Christ and by prayer. Prayer
is communication with God. Direct.
someone says a prayer of commitment to God then this is
when they are responding directly to God who has been
reaching out to them through Jesus Christ and the
Christians, who have already responded to God, reaching
out to others. Reaching out to you perhaps. Reaching out
right now. As you’re reading these words God is reaching
out to you. You’re invited to respond. Right now.
2013 Family : 2014 Friendship
2015 Challenge : 2016 New Beginnings
2017 Journeying with God
If you are in any sort of
difficulty and in need of prayer, please contact our
Circuit Ministry Team either Rev. Keith Bamford (Matlock
259128) or Rev. Dr. Robert Foster (Belper 839795); 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 Matlock 55809 (answer-phone when
office is closed)
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
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
Café Style Celebration 7:00 p.m.
Third Wednesday of each
Holy Communion service 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.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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