Matlock Methodist & United Reformed Church

Saturday 7th December 11:30am - 3:00pm
Christmas Coffee Morning
Come along for hot drinks, mince pies and to take a look at decorated Christmas Trees and Christmas Cribs. Take a break from your Christmas shopping to perhaps discuss and reflect on the real story of Christmas - the birth of Jesus.
Our Nativity Service is on Sunday 15th December @10:30am 
Sunday 8th December 4:00 - 6:00pm

Family fellowship, faith & food
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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.

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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:

  • 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


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Rev. Helen Penfold

Rev Helen Penfold

As I write, it’s a lovely sunny afternoon on Pentecost Sunday.  Today at church we have celebrated the coming of the Holy Spirit and thought about what happened to the apostles that day, and what the impact was on the different people gathered together in Jerusalem.

We have also thought about what that event means to us, here and now.  And especially how Jesus described the Holy Spirit in John 14, various translations talk about the Helper, Comforter, Counsellor, Friend and Advocate.   Then he told them that he would leave them with peace and that they weren’t to be worried or afraid.

I’m sure they were though, in the days to come when Jesus was put before the mockery of a trial, then condemned to death on a cross.  As the events of those weeks progressed, the apostles would be very much in need of the peace of Christ.

Tomorrow the forecast says it will rain heavily, and continue for several days.  So from the ‘high’ of sunshine today, we will experience the ‘low’ of the wet weather.  So very often it is in our spiritual lives too, we have the ‘high’ of feeling God’s presence very near, of worship and prayer, of fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ, followed by the ‘low’ of a sense of walking alone.  How good to remember therefore that God’s Spirit accompanies us whether in signs and wonders or in peaceful friendship and that we can rely on this gift of God to guide and inspire us whatever we are doing.  Whatever the weather.

One of the songs we sang yesterday “Holy Spirit we welcome you, let the breeze of your presence blow, that your children here might truly know how, to move in the Spirit’s flow.  Holy Spirit, we welcome you! (Christopher Alan Bowater b 1947)

With every blessing

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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Services

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
'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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