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Our Mission and
Outreach activities have been themed since 2013 and for 2020 our
will be using the resources from Hope Together throughout 2020
to compliment the activities of the many groups within the
Church and seeking to equip everyone with the skills and
confidence to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. If
you've been hiding from God and looking to find support
elsewhere, then Hope 2020 is good news for you to open a door
& discover all the help you need.
Together is a catalyst bringing churches together to
transform communities in villages, towns and cities. Our vision
is a praying, growing Church, that makes Jesus known together
with words and action.
few simple principles sum up HOPE Together’s ethos:
God’s love as local churches work together, meeting needs in
our communities continuing to love and serve people whatever
they choose to believe
- inviting people
to become followers of Jesus by sharing the gospel with words
in culturally relevant ways
- giving people
opportunities to respond to the gospel, then connecting people
who do respond into church life
Together is rooted and grounded in prayer. Prayer partners pray
daily using a prayer calendar, which you can download here.
We are so grateful for all the individuals and churches who are
committed to praying with HOPE for our nation. We work in
partnership with the World
Prayer Centre, the Festival
of Life, Thy
Kingdom Come, the 24-7
prayer movement, Neighbourhood
Prayer Network; and others, asking for God’s strength and
power as we reach out to our nation together in word and action.
Use HOPE’s prayer resources to inspire prayer with us as we
share the hope Jesus gives – together in word and action.
Action: HOPE Together inspires
churches to show God's love to their communities with no sense
of return, just unconditional love. There are hundreds of
different creative ways churches show God's love to the people
in their neighbourhoods: street parties, foodbanks,
chaplaincies, night shelters, parent & toddler groups, clubs
for senior citizens, furniture recycling projects... the list is
endless as churches work with schools, community groups, local
authorities and local police forces to make life better for
Words: HOPE also empowers
Christians to 'give a reason for the hope we have’.
Conversations with Christians are one of the most important
influences in bringing people to faith. The Talking Jesus course
includes six encouraging, video-based sessions with short films,
inspirational, short testimonies, real-life examples from people
who are talking Jesus, and a short, easy-to-follow course book.
The course is designed to inspire Christians to share their
faith and gives practical suggestions to help this to be both
natural and relevant as they talk about Jesus with the people
2013 Family : 2014 Friendship
2015 Challenge : 2016 New Beginnings
2017 Journeying with God : 2018 Reaching Out : 2019 Reflections
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
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
To hire the Community Halls or the Church rooms please contact
our Bookings Secretary on (01629) Matlock 57304 or to send us an
e-mail please click
There is current availability for Community Hall hire during the
daytime on Monday's, Fridays and Saturday's as well as Wednesday
& Thursday afternoons and Tuesday, Friday &
Sunday evenings. Community Groups and private hires are
welcome. Terms & Conditions apply.
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Message from our Treasurer, Sue Sunderland
For each of us, our personal giving to our church is an expression
of our discipleship and this income is vital to the church locally
and nationally to fund the work that we do together in Christ's
Even though we are currently not able to meet together as a
congregation many of the financial needs of the church continue.
We also recognise that some individuals and families will suffer
serious financial hardship as a consequence of this crisis and
we would not wish anyone to feel obliged to continue giving at
There may of course be
others who would wish to continue or even increase their
regular giving during this crisis period and we would like to
enable you to do this. To that end if you are able to set up a
standing order or bank transfer then please email or
ring Sue Sunderland email@example.com
(01629) Matlock 584841 who will provide you with the bank
Thank you. God bless you.
|Rev. Helen Penfold
12th July 2020
This Sunday we will be using Zoom online to enable us to join together as
a Church in live worship. This is our first attempt and
we would ask for your
prayers for the technology to work with us and not
against us. The Zoom service
led by Sue Sunderland will be at 10:30am on Sunday
morning 12th July and will
last about half an hour. The Zoom technology will also
allow us to have a short
period of fellowship in small groups after the service.
More information about the ZOOM service HERE
We will be sending out an e-mail invitation with a link
to as many people in our Church as we can. ZOOM
Service Link & Joining Information
It is also possible to call into the
Zoom service by ordinary telephone without a
We hope you will be able to join the Zoom service and that you will pray
for it to be a blessing to everyone and technically
5th July 2020
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28th June 2020
Clarke - URC
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21st June 2020
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A message from Helen relating to
I feel like I am
living in a foreign land, definitely inhabiting a
place I don’t recognize. The churches have been told
to hold no services or meetings of any sort for the
foreseeable future and we are all learning how to
‘socially distance’ ourselves.
The last Sunday we were
able to meet in church for worship was 15th March when
the reading was from John 4, about Jesus travelling to
amaria and meeting a woman by the well. He was in a
foreign land. He had sent his disciples away to find
food and he was by himself which was perhaps unusual.
Along comes a woman to the well to fetch water, she
also is on her own arriving ‘about noon’ which was a
strange time to fetch water, usually a morning or
evening job. Was she deliberately isolating herself
from her community?
As the story goes on it seems that two people have
a ‘contagious’ encounter. Jesus gets into
conversation with the woman about water (what else
would you talk about by a well?) and in so doing
gives her an insight into her own life as well as
his identity. She runs back into town urging people
to come and meet someone who ‘told me everything I
had ever done’ (verse 29).
For both Jesus and the woman it was an encounter
which brought refreshment and a change of life.
In these days as we are urged to keep ourselves to
ourselves and only go out if absolutely necessary,
can our new-found solitude really be a time of
For you, will it be a place of:
Godly encounter – through prayer and Bible
reading, will you deepen your relationship with God
and be refreshed?
Cleansing – will you take the time to examine
yourself, confess things you have done wrong and ask
Rest – we all do so much rushing from one thing to
another, can we allow ourselves to take time out, a
‘sabbatical’ if you will, to rest and be renewed
whilst we can?
I will miss being out and about amongst you.
Please let us pray for each other, keep in contact
by ‘phone or email and look out for those we know
who would benefit from hearing a cheerful voice or
receiving a helping hand.
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)
is welcome to share with us in our worship
services at the following times
ALL SERVICES ARE
CURRENTLY SUSPENDED. These will resume as soon as
Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. approx.
followed by refreshments
Third Sunday of the
Café Style Celebration 7:00 p.m.
Third Wednesday of
'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
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