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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.
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29th November @10:30am
Our online service on Sunday
29th November the First Sunday in Advent was led by
Local Preacher Zania van Schalkwyk. The service
text is available here to enable you to read it or
share with others who may not be online. The
video recording is available here to see it again or for the
first time. Please join our worship service
- you are very welcome. Next Sunday our 2nd
Sunday in Advent worship will be led by Rev. Colin
joining instructions for our weekly services 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.
22nd November @10:30am
If you missed last week's
online service this was led by Local Preacher
Sue Sunderland. The service text is available here to enable you to read it or
share with others who may not be online. The
video recording is available here to see it again or for the
A message from Helen:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
welcome to share with us in our
worship services at the following
ALL SERVICES ARE
CURRENTLY SUSPENDED. These will resume as soon
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.