Matlock Methodist & United Reformed Church

Messy Church
Sunday 12th May
  Come and join in.  You're welcome.
Friends, fun, faith, food & fellowship.
Onllwyn Male Voice Choir
Saturday 18th May 6:00pm
We're really delighted to have this amazing choir performing in our Church.  The Girls' and Boys' Brigades will be performing as supporting acts to the choir.
This is one not to be missed
Tickets £6 in advance or £8 on the door.  Family Ticket £18 (2 adults  & 2 Children) Available from 07967 602853; 07779 543255 & 07743 353857

dated 5th May 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

Dear Friends, already we are getting towards the end of Lent and Easter is fast approaching.  It seems a long time since my Welcome Service last September and I feel I'm getting to know you and I hope you feel you are getting to know me too.  But have we used Lent to get to know Jesus a little better?  Have we taken anything new up or deprived ourselves of something we enjoy to put some meaning into the season?

I've been very encouraged that in each of the churches there are people who have said to me that they feel we should be giving ourselves to prayer in a more regular and structured way.  I have been in touch with a friend, Rev Nel Shallow, who is going to lead us in a prayer and retreat day at the end of June - I'll let you have more details after Easter.  Then I hope that once a month we will set aside time to pray together.  It will be exciting to see where God takes us.  And please do remember to pray for the various Easter events coming up, that our combined witness will set seeds of faith in others.

I have felt very privileged to be driving over to see you through such lovely countryside each time, there are so many different sights to enjoy and now Spring is unfolding, there is something new every day.  I do encourage you to take the time to stop and stare and then give thanks to God for the beauty and the gift of eyes to see.

The Methodist Church has produced a new resource for a short course called "Talking Jesus" and I hope to run this in the summer and autumn so that everyone will have the opportunity to join in.  The aim is that each of us, in our own different ways, will be able to be confident in putting in a word of witness or evangelism in the different situations in which we find ourselves.  I shall look forward to sharing that with you.

In the meantime, I hope you have a very happy and blessed Easter, and are filled with joy and faith as we celebrate "Christ is Risen".

With every blessing

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
'Fly Tip' Holy Communion service
2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. approx.

(These Fly Tip communions are held in people's homes).

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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