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Our Mission and
Outreach activities have been themed since 2013 and for 2021 our
Methodist Church Year of Prayer is an
initiative of the Methodist Conference so that our Church-wide
commitments to evangelism, church growth, church at the margins,
and pioneering and church planting will flow from a deep,
contemplative orientation to God's grace and love.
will be using resources from a number of sources including the
Methodist Church Year of Prayer to compliment the activities of
the many groups within the Church. We will be seeking to
encourage everyone to join in focused prayer to bring the
blessings and support of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit to help
us better spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.
you've any need of support and prayer, want to have someone pray
for you or someone you know, then please let us know, using any
of the contact routes we have.
are aware of and seek support from the work of the World Prayer Centre,
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 community together in word and
2013 Family : 2014 Friendship
2015 Challenge : 2016 New Beginnings
2017 Journeying with God : 2018 Reaching Out : 2019 Reflections
: 2020 Hope
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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want. If you have any difficulty in navigating our web site,
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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
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your circumstances YOU are loved as one of his children
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& Thursday afternoons and Tuesday, Friday &
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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
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|Rev. Helen Penfold
Penfold is on Sabbatical from 5th April until 5th July
and during that time, Rev. Robert Foster is available
for any pastoral or other support.
Sunday 16th May
Church will re-open for Worship Services this
Sunday. The service will also be available online
with new joining instructions to use the new Zoom
service will be led by Superintendent Minister Rev.
Robert Foster. The
order of service will be made available soon.
new online joining instructions for
weekly services are available to download here.
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 here to watch on line later on the
Attending the service at Church
will be the same as when the Church was last open.
Please do not attend if you feel unwell or have any
Covid19 symptoms. If you are able to, please test
yourself with a freely available NHS lateral flow test,
the day prior to attending Church and if you have, or
think you have a positive result, please do not attend.
at Church requires masks to be worn throughout the time
inside the building, social distancing is necessary and
singing is not allowed. Socialising after the
service is also not allowed and attendees should leave
the Church at the end of the service.
you are able to assist the Stewards with the service,
please contact Yvonne, Julie or Penny to offer your help
as soon as possible.
the Government announcements planned for 17th May, the
restrictions are expected to be eased and further
information will be made available.
Sunday 9th May @10:30am
service was led by Rev. Paul Beard on the theme of
'Reinventing the Church'. The
order of service is available here.
If you are able to
print off and share with others who are not online,
please do so.
As noted above, this is the last of the online-only
services, as the Church building will be used for
services starting from Sunday 16th May and the service
will also continue to be available online. A video of the service is
A message from Helen:
I wonder if you have succumbed
to temptation and chomped an Easter Egg yet?
As a child, my Mum used to make me save them until
Easter Day and it was really very hard to do
so. After all, research tells us that fourteen
out of every ten individuals likes chocolate(!!).
We are getting towards the end
of Lent, if you have given something up as a form of
fasting, how are you getting on? If you have
tried to take up something new as a spiritual
discipline, have you managed to keep going?
Can I encourage you to stay strong? Not much
longer to go.
I think it also feels like
that with the Covid-19 regulations. we are
eagerly anticipating dates when we will be allowed
to meet people from outside our households in our
gardens, in our homes and even be able to go on
holiday. But we need to be patient. Not
much longer to go.
On 23rd March we remembered
with great sadness the huge number of lives that
have been affected by the pandemic. I'm sure the
daily figures continue to be a very sobering
reminder to each of us of the necessity to keep the
As we look towards Easter, we
always come to Good Friday in a similarly sombre
frame of mind. It was not good for
Jesus. He approached Jerusalem sure of what
awaited him - betrayal by his friends, a mockery of
a trial, a cross and a horribly agonising
death. So we will remember the events of that
day. And we will keep vigil with Jesus and his
friends in a time of worship with a zoom service
But just as nature in
Springtime rises to new life, so we will recall that
"on the first day of the week, while it was still
dark, Mary Magdala came to the tomb. She saw
that the stone had been moved away from the
entrance". Remarkable certainly, but nowhere
near as wonderful and utterly astounding as what
happened next. Mary stood outside the tomb
weeping and as she wept, she peered into the tomb
and saw two angels who asked her why she was
crying. Her words "they have taken my Lord
away, and I do not know where they have laid
him". She turns around and sees one who she
assumed to be a gardener who asks her the same
question and her response is to ask if it was he who
had removed the body and where was it, so that she
might take it away. The anonymous gardener
speaks her name "Mary" and she knows that Jesus is
alive, is right there before her and the horrors of
Friday are replaced by a miraculous Sunday. Her
testimony? "I have seen the Lord!".
May that be our testimony too.
God bless you all
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
welcome to share with us in our worship
services at the following times:
Sunday morning worship
services are continuing online. ALL
SERVICES AT THE CHURCH 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
Café Style Celebration 7:00 p.m.
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.