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Our Mission and
Outreach activities have been themed since 2013 and for 2018 our
theme is Reaching Out
God is 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. Individually.
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 God.
If you’re 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.
You might 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
Church 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.
Christianity 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.
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.
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
2013 Family : 2014 Friendship
2015 Challenge : 2016 New Beginnings
2017 Journeying with God
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.
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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:
and thereby follows the principles of the Methodist and United
- 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
- Where there is rest, refreshment and peace in a caring,
- Where Christian worship, prayer, Biblical teaching and
service are paramount
- Where the blessing of the Holy Spirit rests on everyone
Our Church is one of the Churches in the
May God bless you and keep you and let you know that whatever
your circumstances YOU are loved as one of his children
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|Rev. Helen Penfold
Michaela Youngson, President of the Methodist Church
shared the poem below at the Labour Party Conference
is a cry in the dark,
a child’s longing for home,
and a hollowed soul’s seeking of fulfilment.
is a two-fingered salute,
the hope-less cynicism of endless false promises
bunting-waving celebration of love in action.
is a sacred space,
the midst of the unholiest of battlegrounds
the desolation of loss.
is a memory
lost conversations with wise elders
exuberance of youthful anticipation.
is a shared longing,
and an open conversation.
is a revolutionary act
hope in despair
grace-filled weaving of love’s intent.
God bless us with the desire to pray, that we might
better act, for the sake of all. Amen.
I wonder if that reflects how you think
about praying, perhaps it widens your definition of
prayer or maybe you don’t like the challenges it
As I have met many of you and attended
various meetings and events over the last month, I
have been very aware that a priority for all of us
must be to pray and to hear what God is saying to us
as his people today.
If you feel inadequate (and who doesn’t?)
then I do encourage you to book in “Teach us to pray”,
being held at MMURC on 16-18 November to learn more
and make the adventure of prayer your own.
I would urge you too, to meet together to
God to lead your prayers.
I am always encouraged by the apostle Paul
who asked the Colossians to pray for him (Colossians
4: 2-4), that God would give him opportunities to
witness to the good news of Jesus Christ, also that he
would take up those opportunities and also that he
would use them well!
I’m sure we all need those sorts of prayers
And why not come to share communion? Midweek
communions will be held at Holloway on the first
Friday of the month at 11.30am and then again at MMURC
on the third Wednesday of the month at 2.30-3pm, it
would be great to see you at either or both or those
and again, there will be space for us to pray for our
churches and each other.
I look forward to all that God has in store
for us and to meeting you as time goes on.
With every blessing
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
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
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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