Matlock Methodist & United Reformed Church

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Our prayers include everyone affected by and dealing with the Corona Virus (COVID-19).
May the power of God and the peace of the Holy Spirit and the love of our Lord Jesus be with each one of you. Amen.

All Church services, meetings, groups and events are postponed for the time being. Our Church remains active for the community, praying, helping, loving and sharing the love of God, while keeping physically distanced.
Funding for the work of the Church is also impacted by COVID-19 and a message from our Treasurer is given below.
  Our Church Stewards and volunteers are working hard to do the risk assessments and put in place procedures and resources that will allow the Church to re-open for worship and other activities as soon as it is considered safe to do so. The Church community continues to pray and worship, as both can be achieved anywhere at anytime. 
We're worshiping on-line with weekly services - details and joining instructions available below.  We also have a social website where you can keep in touch with the Church community - please click on the link and come and say hello www.mmurcsocial.wixsite.com/connect
God bless you and keep you safe.

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dated 28th September 2020
Apologies for the previous few weeks of no updates - there was a technical problem which has now been resolved.  Prayers answered.



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Our Mission and Outreach activities have been themed since 2013 and for 2020 our theme is

Hope 2020

We 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.

Hope 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.

 Vision: A few simple principles sum up HOPE Together’s ethos:

  • demonstrating 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

Prayer: HOPE 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 LifeThy 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 local people.

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 they meet.

Previous Themes:
2013 Family : 2014 Friendship
2015 Challenge : 2016 New Beginnings
2017 Journeying with God : 2018 Reaching Out : 2019 Reflections


Welcome

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.


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 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 here


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 name.

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 this time.

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 sue.sunderland@btinternet.com (01629) Matlock 584841 who will provide you with the bank details.

Thank you. God bless you.



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Rev. Helen Penfold

Rev Helen Penfold

Sunday 27th September @10:30

This Sunday our service was be led by Rev. Helen Penfold.  The video recording is available here.
The service content is available to download here.

Next week our service will be led by lay preacher & local family worker Zania van Schalkwyk.

The joining instructions for our weekly services have changed and are available to download here.  Please join us from 10:15am.  Everyone is welcome to come and it is possible to call into the service using an ordinary telephone - details are provided on the joining instructions.  The service will be part recorded and made available to watch on line later on the Sunday.


A message from Helen:

Dear Friends

Last time I wrote this letter for the website it was the beginning of lockdown.  No one knew how long it would last, what was really going to happen and how it would impact our daily living.  Now 4 months later we are still not back in Church, being told to wear face masks in shops and enclosed spaces and keep apart from people – who had ever heard of ‘social distancing’ before?!

We keep hearing phrases like ‘the new normal’, ‘shielding’, ‘this is a marathon not a sprint’ and many of us long to be back where we were this time last year.  Perhaps it’s harder in the summer when lots of holidays have been cancelled and we have been kept apart from family and friends for months.

You might say that even the Church is closed.  But whilst the church building is out of bounds for us, the Church is as open as ever.  Instead of worship being something we think of as happening only in Churches, in fact it has been happening in thousands of homes up and down the country.  Experience of Church has not been limited to practicing Christians either, for now nearly every home can access the internet, so the curious, the sceptical, the searcher can take a peek at a Christian act of worship anonymously and find out a bit more of what happens without leaving the comfort of their own front room.

Christians have grappled with technology and zoom seems to have taken over the world.  And I’m sure it will stay with us, even when we return to the church building.  After all, why leave your home to go to a meeting on a cold winter’s night when you can simply log in to the same event, no more cancellations because of snow or ice, we will simply carry on.

Carrying on is really what it’s about though isn’t it?  As God’s people we are encouraged to ‘keep the faith’, to continue to pray, read our Bibles and be witnesses to the hope that is in us.  Jesus didn’t ever promise that when we became Christians it would make life easy, what He did promise was to be with us and to send the Holy Spirit.  In John 14: 16 the Holy Spirit is described in different translations as Comforter, Advocate and Helper.  So in the midst of trouble, we can be assured that we are not on our own.  When I was worried about how to lead the Church and what I should be doing through this, someone reminded me that I had never led the Church through a pandemic before, therefore how did I expect myself to know what to do?  Obvious when you think about it.  This has been something new for each and every one of us to work our way through.  But we have not been alone, for that Comforter and Helper has been with us, we have also been able to telephone, message and keep in contact via the Church website and now through the delights of zoom we are able to meet for worship without even having to take off our slippers! 

Please, if you want to join in, get in touch with us.  If you’re not sure how, let us know and someone will contact you to help you navigate your way through.  We very much want you, yes YOU to join us.

God bless you

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)


Services

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

inside the main hall

ALL SERVICES ARE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED. These will resume as soon as possible.

Sundays
Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. approx. followed by refreshments

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.