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.
  Whilst the Government has permitted Churches to open for prayer and services from 4th July, the Methodist Church has stated that our Churches are to remain closed until further guidance is made available and preparations are completed to allow safe access.  The Church community continues to pray, as prayers can be said anywhere at anytime, and to worship, using online resources, TV, radio and shared printed services.
You're welcome to please join in using links found on this, or our social website, if you would like to.
Video message from Nottingham & Derby District Chair Loraine Mellor available here.
We've launched a new website to help everyone stay in touch and keep in contact.
Click on the link above and come and say hello.
God bless you and keep you safe.

dated 8th July 2020

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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 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 (01629) Matlock 584841 who will provide you with the bank details.

Thank you. God bless you.

Rev. Helen Penfold

Rev Helen Penfold

Sunday 12th July 2020 @ 10:30AM
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 HEREIt is also possible to call into the Zoom service by ordinary telephone without a computer/laptop/tablet/smart phone.
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 successful.

Sunday 5th July 2020
Today's message is from Rev. Helen Penfold.  The text is available here to print out and Helen can be watched on video here.  The Social website page with the links is available here.  Next week's service with Sue Sunderland will be available live at 10:30am on Sunday morning via video conferencing and available in print too. Details for joining the video conference will be available in advance.
Sunday 28th June 2020
Rev Geoffrey Clarke - URC Moderator of the East Midlands Synod has kindly provided our worship service for today.  The text is available here and you can watch a video of the sermon here and the closing prayer here.  These are all also available on the Social website here.
Sunday 21st June 2020
Please find here the message from Helen which you can also watch here and is also available here on the Social website.

A message from Helen relating to COVID-19:

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 blessing?

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 for forgiveness?

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.

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)

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Everyone 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 possible.

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.

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