|What does 2017
hold in store for you?
being labelled as a year that will long be remembered
for the decisions that were made by ballots of leading
democracies in a world that has also continued to be
violent, selfish, ignorant and cruel for so many
millions of innocent people. Refugees from the endless
conflicts around the world; devastated families and
children following man-made disasters and so many more
God and love of Jesus Christ is always severely tested
by such challenging events and the people of the
Christian Church have to answer those questions that are
so difficult to face, such as “Why do these things
continue to occur?”
of them occur because people choose to make decisions
that aren’t filled with love and care for others, that
aren’t the will of God. Those decisions have human
desires at their core, human choices that can be seen to
be misdirected. God gave us the opportunity to make of
our lives what we can, but to do so by listening to Him.
When humans don’t listen, then the things that drive
them and the acts they do, can’t be those of a loving
When God is
heard and His will is truly done, then our lives can be
filled with His love and joy. Our challenge as
Christians is always to be praying and seeking out the
still small voice of God to know what His mission is for
faith is just that, faith in a God who is always
present, even in the darkest corners of ours or the
world’s troubles, a light in the lives of those who have
chosen to believe, teaching love, teaching tolerance,
teaching responsibility for our actions.
So in 2017,
we are challenged to spend more of our time praying,
listening to God and working hard to follow the
teachings of Jesus Christ, to use all our senses to know
what God wants us to do and to spread His love among the
community of which we are a part.
If you want
to know God in your life, then the first thing to do is
to pray and ask Him in. If that seems too simple or too
difficult, then we would welcome you to come to His
Church, to talk with others who have the same concerns,
like many of us, who are already within the community
seeking to know God’s will and to share His love with
those around us.
be remembered by you for being the year in which the
most amazing transformation happened in your life, when
you came to know God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
can hear Him calling you.
MMURC, there will be a special opportunity, during the
weekend between 31st March and 2nd April, to come and
receive a blessing from God. A team from the “Aldersgate
Movement” will visit the church, pray with us and share
with us some insights into the life and work of the Holy
Spirit. More details will appear on the website in due
course, but please put the dates in your diary, and
contact Rev. Keith on Matlock 259128 if you would like
to know more.
Click below to
read a message from Rev. Keith Bamford
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
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.
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)
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