March 2021 Magazine

March 2021 Magazine

A Thought for March From the Rector


“The Lord is my Shepherd.”

If you are a lifelong Christian or a person who’s never stepped in a church you will have heard of the 23rd Psalm.  I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t know at least the beginning of this Psalm. It can evoke various memories from comfort to deep sadness at the loss of someone we love.

Many Christians like the image of the Good Shepherd and yet often they miss how very radical it is.  In Jesus’s time the Shepherd was disliked, seen as irreligious by the pious and superficially holy class.  Ironically, they didn’t mind the meat in their stomachs or the wool to wear when it was cold.

Sadly, in our day the image of the Good Shepherd is normally a 40ish white man with a nicely trimmed beard and a shepherd’s crook, not as Jesus would have seen his local shepherd – prematurely old due to heat, cold and all-round exposure to the elements, with sun-beaten leathery skin, drained and exhausted from looking after and protecting the sheep.  His eyes would probably have been a bit sunken from lack of regular, healthy food.

These are two very different images, aren’t they?  Pope Francis not long after becoming Bishop of Rome said: Priests and Bishops should have the smell of the sheep.  In other words, ministers should be part of their community.  I know we cannot all live in (for example) Darley, South Darley and Winster!!  But I do think the Pope is right. Christians are called to be part of their communities. Not outside judging but inside serving.

Christians should get mucky and bloody along with their people.  We should laugh and cry together.

This is even more important in our rural communities especially when certain factions in the churches seem to have little regard for the simple, daily rhythm of those communities we live in.   Often certain churches like big, brash and loud, full of buzz words and the latest churchy language.  When I think of the Jesus I see in the Bible, I think He’d want to know about your problems, your lack of buses and shops and pubs and your struggles to keep your halls and community centres open; and yes, I think He’d worry about our church and chapel buildings, small and large.

Maybe we all have to try to step back in Lent, try to clear our eyes and look with the true Shepherd’s eyes; to look at each other, our needs and the needs of our communities and ask for forgiveness for our arrogance, indifference or intolerance.

But let’s never be sorry for ‘smelling like the sheep’, because that is where God in His Son has put each of us.  As we move onwards through Lent then Easter may we look together with all in our communities and ask how we can help people?  There will be the need to rebuild in many ways; the need to heal and forgive, to mourn and rejoice, and simply give thanks for our lives.   There will be the need to look after each other more and never tire of being Shepherds to each other.

As you move through Lent may the Spirit of God draw you much closer to himself.

With love.

Revd. Stephen Monk


 Below is the 23rd Psalm; let’s pray it slowly with thought.

 1 The Lord is my shepherd;

I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.

He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord

 Revd. Stephen Monk


 A prayer during Lent (from the Bishop’s Covid Update)

Almighty and ever living God,
you invite us deeper into your world, your people, your Lent.
May this time be one of outward focus;
seeking you in those we often ignore.
Help us live a Lent focused on freedom, generosity, and encounter.
Give us hearts hungry to serve you
and those who need what we have to give.


Coronavirus near Easter: still a good time to pause, pray and remember

When the UK death toll for coronavirus recently reached 100,000, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York issued a call to the nation. They asked everyone to pause and remember the victims of Covid-19. The victims and their families were known to God and cherished by God’.

Perhaps, as we approach Easter, we should consider stopping again and remembering again the terrible cost of the pandemic.

In their open letter, Archbishops Justin Welby and Stephen Cottrell had insisted that death does not have “the last word”, and the Christian faith promises that one day “every tear will be wiped away”.

God, they wrote, knows grief and suffering and “shares in the weight of our sadness”.

Turning to the wider impact of the pandemic, the loneliness, anxiety and economic hardship, they then invited people to “cast their fears on God”.

The archbishops said: “We write to you in consolation, but also in encouragement, and ultimately in the hope of Jesus Christ. The God who comes to us in Jesus knew grief and suffering Himself. On the cross, Jesus shares the weight of our sadness.”

“Most of all, we have hope because God raised Jesus from the dead. This is the Christian hope that we will be celebrating at Easter. We live in the hope that we will share in His resurrection. Death doesn’t have the last word. In God’s kingdom, every tear will be wiped away. “

“Please be assured of our prayers. Please join us.”

It is expected that the Church of England will hold services of remembrance for those who have died and thanksgiving for all those who have cared for them, when it is possible to do so.


Deaths in Derbyshire Dales from Covid-19

Within 28 days of a positive test = 145

With Covid-19 on the Death Certificate = 179

Number of people in Derbyshire Dales testing positive

Total = 2,714   Daily = 6


Editor:  The Revd Canon Paul Hardingham looks back on the year that changed the world. (PP Mar 21)

‘One Year On’

 It was just over a year ago that the WHO discussed the coronavirus that was starting to spread around the world. None of us could have foreseen the devastating effect on our world, with over 80 million people infected and nearly two million deaths. How has the pandemic challenged our faith, as we look back over the last year?

Firstly, it has forced us to face up to the reality of our situation. We cannot underestimate the health, social and economic effects of the virus on our lives, churches and communities. We have learned how to do church online, but the future shape of church life is uncertain!

As the apostle Paul writes: We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus’ (2 Cor 4:8-10).

The pandemic has challenged so much of what we take for granted, but also demonstrated that God is alongside to help us in these circumstances.


Secondly, alongside the fear and uncertainty of this year, we have also learned to find new faith and hope in Jesus. The experience of Jesus’ death and His resurrection provides a pattern for us in facing the future: so that His life may also be revealed in our mortal body.

So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.’ (2 Cor 4:10-12).

During the season of Lent, as we anticipate the events at Easter, it’s good to focus on the promise of sharing in the death and resurrection of Jesus. As we consider our present struggles, are we ready to surrender them to Jesus? May the hope of Easter Day take us forward into the coming year.


Two prayers from Compassion UK

Father God, we pray that you would protect those in our world who are most vulnerable to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We lift up the elderly, those with pre-existing health conditions and those without access to good medical care. We pray they would know your peace, comfort and protection. Father, would you bring healing to those who are sick and hospitalised by COVID-19.


 Father God we pray for churches to be a light and support to their communities during this pandemic. We pray people would know they can look to their local church for help. We pray you would help churches who are having to re-imagine how to do mission during this season.

Loving God, help us to point others towards your love with our practical acts of love and compassion.

 Our presence in a place of need is more powerful than a thousand sermons. – Charles Colson


In the week 8th to 12th March, Stephen our Rector, had 4 funerals for local people who had died from Covid-19.  Please pray for their family and friends.

Please pray for Stephen as he takes the funerals and ministers to those grieving their loss.


Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.

2 Corinthians 1.3-5


Lent Appeal – Ashgate Hospice

This year we have chosen Ashgate Hospice as the charity for our Lent appeal. As we are not yet meeting in church to collect donations via the offering plates, please send any donations directly to: Ian Sutton, please see the Contact Us page.


Prov 19.17 Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.



Mission Link Update
As some of you know St. Helen’s has supported a mission partner Cristobal Ceron from Santiago, Chile, for many years. Cristobal is now self- supporting so is no longer with CMS but Chris and I still keep in touch with him. We thought his latest message was worth sharing.
‘Dear Margaret and Chris, Thank you very much for all your fellowship in the gospel along the years. You can’t imagine the gratitude that I have had towards our heavenly Father for his friendship and for the constant support of you guys at St. Helen’s. COVID has been difficult but God has allowed us to keep the church being fed by His Word through Zoom, as well as our teaching at Bible College. May God Bless you friends. I will be sending a letter to all the churches that have been supporting us along the years.’


Editor: The Revd Canon Paul Hardingham considers the need to stay connected. PP Mar21

‘Zoomed Out?’

‘You’re still on mute!’ If you’ve used Zoom over the past year, you’ll be familiar with this cry! After a day on Zoom, the last thing we often want to do is using it for a chat with friends or a church service on Sunday! Now this reveals a wider problem that we face. We know that staying connected in the pandemic is hard. When we’re tired and busy, it’s easy to stop connecting with others, which would encourage our faith or wellbeing. This might also include not sending a text, Facebook comment or phoning somebody up.

Remember what Paul says: ‘For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.’ (Romans 7:15). It’s often easier to avoid connecting with God and others, when this would be good for our sense of value, purpose and identity. Certain patterns of behaviour can make us feel safer, but in reality, they prevent us from living our lives fully as God intends.

Paul adds: ‘What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!’ (Romans 7:24,25). Through the death and resurrection of Jesus we have the freedom to act differently. Lent is an ideal time to develop new habits, especially when we are tired or anxious. It may involve spending less time on Facebook, turning the TV off to call a friend who we need to catch up with, or getting up a bit earlier to spend time in Bible reading and prayer.
Let’s keep reminding ourselves that ‘God is bigger than Zoom’ and make sure that we don’t get disconnected! Let’s be committed to doing the right thing, rather than simply the easier thing.


Community News

Press Release:

Recognising the present challenging & difficult times, Darley Dale Town Councillor Dave Oakley, who has recently been appointed to oversee the Town Council’s two allotment sites on Oddford Lane & Church Road, has proposed that a vacant and redundant area of land at the Church Road allotment site should be used for a new multigenerational Community Garden Project. This is involving the children from the nearby Churchtown C/E Primary School and has been greatly welcomed by the School’s Head Teacher, Tricia Outram. It is proposed to also involve any local community groups & interested individuals.

Darley Dale Town Council has allocated funding for the clearance & preparation of the site and it is hoped that the children may be able to get to work there once they get back into School. Derbyshire County Council’s Community Leaders Fund & Derbyshire Dales District Council’s Local Projects Fund have both given grants to support the work with the children & the community. Grants have also been offered from the Better Derbyshire Dales Fund & the Duke of Devonshire Charitable Trust.

In the meantime, Cecilia Harris has been appointed as the Project Manager with specialist tutor, Lesley Allen who to work with the School to support learning about environmental issues, growing of food etc in preparation. Cecilia Harris will also be encouraging local voluntary organisation & interested individuals to become involved thus developing a real sense of community cohesion.

The Churchtown Parent Teacher Association has agreed to host the funding required for what it is anticipated will be the pilot stage of the Project, running until July 2021. This stage will inform the plan for the Project to continue & develop into the future so more children, groups & individuals can become involved & benefit.

Under the leadership of Darley Dale Town Councillor Dave Oakley, the redundant land is being prepared, i.e., felling trees, clearing shrubs & unwanted vegetation, seeking top soil, compost & manure, laying of paths & fences & making raised beds etc.

Local volunteer, Iris Wagstaffe, is helping this initiative by seeking the necessary funding to under-write the costs of the Project Manager, Specialist Tutor’s fees, resources and materials etc that will be needed. Plans also include the possibility of a Celebratory Event in July to show-case what has been achieved & demonstrate future plans.

Anyone wishing to participate in the Project should contact Cecilia Harris, Project Manager,  and anyone wishing to make a financial donation to the Project they should contact Iris Wagstaffe,


Walk and pray for your community in 2021

Our communities have all been being affected by the Covid-19 pandemic: our schools, hospitals, neighbours, churches, friends and families, so when we’re out on our daily walk, let’s turn the time to prayer.
That’s the challenge from HOPE Together, which is encouraging Christians to walk and pray in 2021.
Rachel Jordan-Wolf, HOPE’s executive director, says: ‘Whatever time, wherever you live, whilst we’re able and permitted to walk – let’s walk and talk to the one who has the power to act and bring change.’

HOPE is bringing together resources and ideas for prayer walking from many UK prayer ministries. An app is also being developed to track where Christians have walked and prayed throughout the UK. This is part of a worldwide Every Home for Christ initiative called Oikos, which aims to take the Christian message of hope to every home on the planet over the next 20 years.
To find out more visit



 Palm Sunday & Holy Week


The events of Easter took place over a week, traditionally called Passion Week.  It began on Palm Sunday. After all His teaching and healing, Jesus had built a following.

On the Sunday before He was to die, Jesus and His followers arrived at Jerusalem. The city was crowded. Jewish people were arriving from all over Israel to celebrate Passover. This commemorates how they had escaped from slavery in Egypt nearly 1,500 year earlier.

Jesus rode into the city on a young donkey. He was greeted like a conquering hero. Cheering crowds waved palm branches in tribute. He was hailed as the Messiah who had come to re-establish a Jewish kingdom.

The next day they returned to Jerusalem. Jesus went to the temple, the epicentre of the Jewish faith, and confronted the money-changers and merchants who were ripping off the people. He overturned their tables and accused them of being thieves. The religious authorities were alarmed and feared how He was stirring up the crowds.

On the Tuesday, they challenged Jesus, questioning His authority. He answered by challenging and condemning their hypocrisy. Later that day Jesus spoke to His disciples about future times. He warned them about fake religious leaders; the coming destruction of Jerusalem; wars, earthquakes and famines; and how His followers would face persecution.

By midweek the Jewish religious leaders and elders were so angry with Jesus that they began plotting to arrest and kill Him. One of Jesus’ disciples, Judas, went to the chief priests and agreed to betray Him to them.

Jesus and the 12 disciples gathered on the Thursday evening to celebrate the Passover meal. This is known as the Last Supper. During the evening, Jesus initiated a ritual still marked by Christians – Holy Communion – which commemorates His death. Jesus broke bread and shared it and a cup of wine with His disciples.

Judas then left to meet the other plotters. Jesus continued to teach the others and then went outside into an olive grove to pray. He even prayed for all future believers. He agonised over what was to come but chose the way of obedience. The Bible book, Luke, records Him praying, ‘Father if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will but yours be done’. Minutes later Judas arrived with soldiers and the chief priests and Jesus was arrested.

‘Rejoice greatly, Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ Zechariah 9.9

PP Mar 21


O Lord Jesus Christ, when you entered Jerusalem, great crowds waved palm branches and cried “Hosanna.”  Save us now from our sins, and make us to rejoice in you, our only Redeemer, through your mercy.  O our God, you are blessed, and live and govern all things,
now and forever. Amen.



Editor:  The Revd Canon Paul Hardingham offers the following for Lent…


Finding God in Each Moment of the Day


Do you know the popular series of books entitled Where’s Wally? These books are filled with very detailed cartoon drawings in each of which is hidden Wally. He is dressed in a red and white striped ski cap and glasses and the challenge is to find Wally. You have to search for some time to pick him out of the crowd, but Wally is always there!

In many ways, like finding Wally, we need to develop the skill of identifying God’s presence in our daily lives. One approach that can help

us to find God throughout the day is to do a daily review of our day with God. It can provide us with a means of seeing where God has been at work during our day. It’s an opportunity of remembering how God has been at work and how we have responded to Him. As the psalmist says, ‘On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night’ (Ps 63:6).

What does this look like in practice? Here is a step-by-step guide:


  1. Be still for a moment, and quiet your mind.
  2. Acknowledge that Jesus is present. Invite Him to guide you.
  3. Recall the beginning of the day, when you first woke up. Watch that scene, as if on film. What is your reaction to what you see? Talk to God about it.
  4. Continue through the film of your day, going from scene to scene. As you reflect on each one, some scenes may fill you with gratitude, others with regret. Speak directly to God about this. You may also want to pray for those you encountered during the day.
  5. End your review with a prayer of thanksgiving for God’s mercy and love. Ask him to refresh you as you sleep.


As you begin reviewing your day with God regularly, you can expect to see two things beginning to happen:


Firstly, you will become more aware of recurring negative patterns in your life, which will challenge these wrong attitudes and habits and increase your desire to grow and change.


Secondly, you will become more aware of God’s presence in the ordinary moments of your life. And when you start experiencing the reality of God’s presence with you every day, it’s not ordinary anymore!



God in the Sciences

This series is written by Dr Ruth M Bancewicz, who is Church Engagement Director at The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion in Cambridge. Ruth writes on the positive relationship between Science and Christian faith. 


What will March bring? Mental health ideas for uncertain times


We may all have rather mixed feelings on reaching March this year. On the one hand, it is lovely to see the onset of Spring, and vaccinations and better weather may make handling the pandemic a little easier. On the other hand, marking a year from the start of the first UK lockdown will be painful for some, especially as many of us are likely to be experiencing restrictions or ongoing hardships for quite some time. We may need to find new ways to keep going, so here are some suggestions that draw on both science and Christian theology.


Getting outside

Time outdoors in a natural environment is very good for you – and you can’t argue with the happy hormones produced by exercise. Attending to the details of nature can also inspire awe, which has been linked to positive mood, and increased life satisfaction. Enjoying creation can also help us connect with God.


Looking outside

If you are truly stuck indoors, try putting bird feeders outside your window so creation comes to you. This is also an act of kindness (see below)!


Lament and praise

The Psalms are a rich resource to help us express both our grief and our thanks to God. Try reading one or two each day.



Keep a journal of thoughts, experiences or practices you have engaged with during the day. Constructing a personal narrative or story is now recognised as a very powerful psychological and spiritual tool for building resilience. It is also a vital learning tool that we can go back to when tough times return in the future.


Acts of kindness

Helping or encouraging someone else is obviously a good thing to do in itself, but it also has a very positive effect on the giver – spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and even physically. Whichever way you look at it, finding new ways to show kindness to others can be a very effective way to help ourselves feel better too.



Gratitude is another natural drug – in a sense – that can help us feel better. Try keeping a grateful diary, adding a few things each day.


Laugh, sing, make music, dance

All of these activities are deeply rooted in our physical and mental makeup. You may have forgotten how great they feel, especially in times of sadness, but we can learn from children who do them very naturally.


I hope these ideas may help bring us closer to God, each other, and His creation.



Editor:  And now for something completely different…

In praise of knitting

Knitting can be astonishingly good for you.  This gentle hobby has been found to lower blood pressure, reduce depression, keep your mind alert, slow the onset of dementia, distracts from chronic pain (such as arthritis), boost wellbeing, and reduce loneliness.

A major study by the organisation Knit for Peace has found that knitting lowers the heart rate by an average of 11 beats per minute and induces ‘an enhanced state of calm.’  The repetitive movement also boosts calming serotonin, which lifts your mood and dulls any pain.   Knitting also boosts the reward centres of the brain, because it allows people to feel that they can still make a contribution to society.

In Britain, where the NHS spends more than £2 billion each year on blood pressure treatments, around £300 million on antidepressants, and about £26 billion on dementia, and unknown billions on various chronic pain, perhaps more people should take up knitting.  As one expert says: ‘Research has shown that there is a growing crisis in primary care.  As a skilled and creative occupation, knitting has therapeutic potential.  There is an enormous amount of research showing that knitting has physical and mental health benefits


(My lovely sister Karen is a great knitter and makes some wonderful things for her six grandchildren.  I used to knit but haven’t done so for years so have opted for a simple scarf.  That’s it in the photo above.  I am determined to wear it once finished, even if it’s in June and a heatwave! Chris, Editor)



Ed’s Endings

I have been editor of St Helen’s Church magazine since February 2016.  It was 12 pages long and a steep learning curve as I began to grapple with layout, font and the eccentricities of Word!  This March 2021 magazine is 28 pages long.

I introduced colour too which is something I have continued to the present day, as I believe it enhances the magazine, although this does put up the production cost considerably.  At the moment most are sent out electronically but there are a number of folk who don’t ‘do’ computers or prefer a printed copy.  We currently produce about 30 printed copies. Prior to Covid we printed 120 – 130 so although costs are lower at the moment, we do have to cover postage.

We do not charge a set amount for the magazine nor do we raise money for it through advertising.  Over the 5 years I have been editor I have regularly encouraged readers to make a donation, suggesting £1.00 as a sensible amount.  Some readers do give regularly – indeed, there is one very generous gentleman who supports the magazine by several significant donations per year.  My very great thanks to him!

We use the magazine for outreach and once we are through the worst of this pandemic will resume printing more copies.  Margaret Long has faithfully delivered over 60 to those who could not easily pick one up at church or do not even go to church.  We plan to continue this and to encourage everyone to take an extra copy or two to give to neighbours as seems right.

May I ask you to consider making a regular donation, even if receiving the magazine electronically, so we can continue to use it to reach and speak to our community about our faith – about our God?


Finally, Pauline Hall, who has been my support throughout these magazine years, has decided it is time to give up some of her many duties as Administrator.  These have included looking after the printer and carrying out all printing activities, not only for St Helen’s but also St John’s and St Mary’s as needed.

She has housed the printer in her spare bedroom (and the current one is even larger than that pictured as it has a collating unit on the side). We have spent many hours of fellowship stood and sat by the printer debating the eternal philosophical question “Why is it doing that?”, to which we have never yet found the true answer, probably because it is beyond the understanding of ordinary mortals!  Her patience and perseverance have been amazing.

Thank you, Pauline, you have been a star!

The printer is now in the vestry and we are looking for folk who feel they could help manage the beast.  Training will be given.  An affinity to all things IT and technical would be nice but not essential.  Contact me if you are interested in learning more.

This is the Priestly Blessing from Numbers, Chapter 6,

verses 22-27.

I think I have used this illustration before and it is certainly apt given the relevance of the rainbow in the present pandemic.

It is my prayer to you all.  Perhaps you could use it in your prayers for others.

Chris Townsend


P.S. Hilary Burton-Smith sends her love to all those who know her. She proofreads for me, bless her!


Items for April’s magazine to be with me by the 22nd March please.  Thank you.


Looking Ahead


St Helen’s Standing Committee met via Zoom on 6th March.  Standing Committee members are Revd. Stephen, Ian Sutton, Roz Woodley, Penny Dakin and me (Chris Townsend).  We oversee the ongoing matters and activities involved in keeping St Helen’s running for the benefit of all the fellowship and community.  We have been meeting monthly throughout the Pandemic.


At this last meeting we discussed and planned ahead for the re-opening of the church.  We are aiming for the 25th April, although any date set is dependent on the Prime Minister’s announcements on the 12th and any upturn in Covid numbers and deaths.


APCM for St Helen’s and St Mary’s

On the 11th April we will hold our APCM by Zoom.   Paperwork will be sent in advance as necessary.


We are aware that this disadvantages those who do have computers etc. but anyone who would like a printed copy of all relevant paperwork can ask for them by contacting Penny Dakin, our Church Secretary, direct or via Stephen or me.  This needs to be done by 1st April.


We are aware also that another church in our area has remained open.  This was not something we believed was right to do at St Helen’s because of the risk involved.

Please be assured of the ongoing prayers of all on the PCC and Standing Committee for all the fellowship.

If you have any matter you would like prayer for, do contact Stephen or any member of the PCC. With your consent it will be sent out to the Prayer Group.

Chris Townsend



Lockdown Diary

Anyone is welcome to join us for any or all of the below:

Every Sunday 10.45 for 11.00am

United Benefice Zoom Service

For invitation send your email details to Ian Sutton via the Contact Us page.


Every Sunday at 7.00pm join with others, local and further afield, by using this time to pray, light a candle and go through a service such as Evensong or Evening Prayer.  This initiative is spearheaded by the Revd. Audrey Smith.  You can be added to her email list.  Contact her via the Contact Us page.


Zoom Lent Groups

  1. Darley Dale Monday Lent Group

6.45pm, sessions beginning at 7.00pm and ending by 8.30pm.


Meeting ID: 891 1856 7102 / Passcode: 532235

Phone call (voice only): 0203 481 5240 or 0203 901 7895

or 0131 460 1196 or 0203 051 2874 or 0203 481 5237

For phone call connections, people should be asked to enter the Meeting ID and passcode, each followed by a #. If they’re asked for a user ID, that’s the passcode too. Phone calls will be charged at people’s usual rates, so those who get free calls for up to an hour may need to hang up and dial in again at some point to avoid charges.


  1. United Benefice Thursday Lent Group

Thursday mornings 9.45 a.m. for a 10.00 am start, ending 11.30 a.m. Weekly login details from Ian Sutton.


United Benefice Thursday Zoom Homegroup

bible study, prayer and share

7.20 for 7.30 to 8.30pm

Invitation from Diana Wills, please use the Contact Us page.


Zoom Quiz Night Friday 26th March 6.45 for 7.00pm start, hosted by Hilary and Martin Turner and Ian Sutton.

Let Ian know if you want to be part of it and exercise the little grey cells!


United Benefice Zooming!

Coming soon – the United Benefice E-Newsletter.  If you have an email address and don’t receive this (it comes out once or twice a month) just let Ian Sutton or me know and you will be added to the list.

For more information and updates on what is happening, please visit our website: