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Please note that the mid morning service is at 11 a.m. each Sunday except on the 5th Sunday of the month when a United Benefice service will be held at 10 a.m. in one of the churches in the benefice. There is prayer time from 10.30 a.m. in the church hall before the usual 11 a.m. service.
From September 2017 there will be a United Family Service at 10 a.m. on the second Sunday of the month for St. Helen’s and St. Mary’s, alternating between the two churches. In September it will be at St. Mary’s, in October at St. Helen’s.
12th November Sunday 8 a.m. Holy Communion (BCP), 10.45 a.m. Service of Remembrance. 3 p.m. Act of Remembrance in Whitworth Park.
13th November 10.30 a.m. Joint Family Service planning meeting at St. Mary’s Church, South Darley
13th November Monday Munchers Salt Group meets 11.45 – 12 noon at the Terrace Tea Room, Whitworth Centre.
13th November 7.30 to 9 p.m. Home Group at John & Vanessa’s.
14th November 9.30 a.m. Morning Prayer in the church hall.
14th November 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. Chair Based Exercises in the church hall.
15th November 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. bell ringing practice.
16th November 9.30 a.m. Prayer Meeting at Chris & Margaret’s.
16th November 7 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. Open Table Meeting in church. This is a chance for people who are LGBTU+ to tell their stories, ask their questions and for churches to reflect on their own views. People of all views welcome but everyone is asked to respect the views of others.
16th November 7.30 p.m. Home Group at Chris & Margaret’s.
19th November Sunday 11 a.m. Service of Holy Communion. 6 p.m. Intimate Worship in the church hall.
20th November Monday Munchers Pepper and Mustard Groups meet 11.45 – 12 noon at the Terrace Tea Room, Whitworth Centre.
20th November 7.30 to 9 p.m. Home Group at John & Vanessa’s.
21st November 9.30 a.m. Morning Prayer in the church hall.
21st November 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. Chair Based Exercises in the church hall.
21st November 10.15 a.m. Home Group at Richard & Sally’s.
22nd November 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. bell ringing practice.
23rd November 9.30 a.m. Prayer Meeting at Chris & Margaret’s.
26th November Sunday 8 a.m. Holy Communion (BCP), 11 a.m. Morning Prayer with Sunday Kids. 5 p.m. Cafe Church in the Church Hall.
27th November 7.30 to 9 p.m. Home Group at John & Vanessa’s.
28th November 9.30 a.m. Morning Prayer in the church hall.
28th November 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. Chair Based Exercises in the church hall.
29th November 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. bell ringing practice.
30th November 9.30 a.m. Prayer Meeting at Chris & Margaret’s.
30th November 7.30 p.m. Home Group at Chris & Margaret’s.
Sunday Kids Autumn Term 2017
WHAT? Sunday Kids club
WHERE? St Helen’s, Darley (Churchtown area)
WHEN? 1st and 4th Sundays 11am
WHO? All children (if you are very young please bring a helper)
We will meet again on 3rd September and our first session will be ‘We are special and loved by God’.
We will begin by discussing ‘Who is Jesus?’ and then create our own profile during craft time and learn a little more about each other. We will also introduce our expectations for Sunday Kids club and ask for the children’s input in the creation of a few simple guidelines i.e. helpful hands, listening ears, being kind.
Our usual pattern after a short teaching session and group prayer is either to play a game, do drama or sing and make music followed by craft time. Our theme this term is learning more about Prayer. God loves us to talk to him and we shall use Bible stories to illustrate different ways we can do this and show that God is listening.
We have chosen prayer as our theme this term to build on our practice of sharing prayer requests, giving thanks, then each laying a hand on another’s shoulder and asking God to bless them by name.
We are invited into Church at the end of the service. This has a two-fold benefit – it’s good for the older members of the church family to encourage the younger ones and its also helps develop the children’s confidence to stand at the front and share something if they are willing. This could even be a two-way sharing with the congregation sometimes.
As always we are grateful for your continued prayers for the children’s ministry in our United Benefice.
Katrina and Dea
Monday Home Group
7.30 p.m. at John and Vanessa’s
Tuesday Home Group
10.15 a.m. at Richard and Sally’s.
Thursday Home Group,
7.30 p.m. at Chris and Margaret’s.
The Tuesday and Thursday groups meet fortnightly. If you would like to join a home group please contact Margaret. Alternatively you can use the ‘Contact Us’ page on this web site.
Mid week services
There are three weekly services. There is a Holy Communion Service each Thursday evening at St. Mary’s South Darley at 7.00 p.m. and two Morning Prayers, Tuesday at St, Helen’s Darley Dale and Thursday at St. John the Baptist, Winster, both at 9.30 a.m. Please support these services.
There is a box in the church for donations to Matlock Food Bank. Tins and dry goods please, not perishable items. During December we are also asked for Christmas goods such as Christmas puddings, chocolates and so on. Thank you to all who have supported the Food Bank over the last 12 months.
We are very lucky to have three beautiful churches in our United Benefice and last year we were lucky to celebrate weddings in each church. Sadly, many people think they cannot get married in church for various reasons. The reality is people are very welcome to get married in our churches. They are also very welcome to have their wedding blessed if they are getting married abroad. Please pass on the message “ ALL are very welcome to get married in our three churches”. If anyone wishes to talk about getting married I am very happy to speak to them.
Rev. Stephen Monk.
If anyone is willing to help the team with the services at Underhall on a Sunday afternoon once a month, please see Margaret.
This is held on the first Friday of every month, 9.30 to 10 a.m., in the Parish Room at South Darley. Please support this and if you know of anyone who would like our prayers please let Rev. Monk know.
We need volunteers to give just an hour of their time, once a week on a Monday evening, to help to mow the grass and keep the churchyard tidy. Please contact Chris Long using the Contacts page on this web site. Any help you can give will be much appreciated.
As many of you know I’ve proposed we develop a ‘Peace Garden’ at the back of St. Helen’s Church. The Use would be for all people of faith and of no faith…for times of quiet reflection; for picnics and family time; for the school to use for outdoor lessons; for the local community to find peace. These are just a few of the reasons for having a Peace Garden.
The practical methodology is broadly as follows: Ian Sutton will make a Faculty Application to the Diocese. I will invite our two schools to design a garden, and then ask a professional Gardener to look at their designs and pick out what is economically practical and environmentally best for our area. I believe local gardening clubs have offered to do some of the work. I should hope that we could include within the design items like seats and plinths inscribed with poems and texts from scripture. We have begun fund raising and if anyone can give a donation please see our churchwardens.
Please keep this project in your prayers.
Being alone in our churches.
I know people work really hard in our churches throughout the week but could I please remind everyone that we all need to be responsible for our health and safety and so try not to be in church on your own. If you have to be in church on your own you MUST do the following THREE things: have a phone with you; tell someone you’re going to be at church and arrange to call them when you return home; lock yourself in church. Sadly we’ve heard of many people attacked in churches over the last few years. I don’t want any of you being harmed in the place where you should be safest.
When we’ve lost a loved one, it doesn’t matter how recent or how long ago, Christmas is a bitter sweet time. It’s lovely to see the wreaths in the churchyard over Christmas and it’s great to think of the love which never dies. I know that, for many of you, visiting your loved ones grave is painful and so to help over this difficult season the PCC have decided to remove any Christmas wreaths which haven’t been taken away by the end of February. This gives those who look after the churchyard a clear scope at keeping your loved ones graves tidy and reverent. Of course if you wish to remove the wreaths before that it is totally up to you. May all our PCC members assure you of our prayers over the Christmas Season. God Bless.
With Kind Regards and every prayer.
Rev’d Stephen Monk
United Benefice Services
Please note that all united benefice services in 2017 on the 5th Sunday will now be at 10 a.m. in all churches.
From September 2017 there will be a United Family Service at 10 a.m. on the second Sunday of the month for St. Helen’s and St. Mary’s, alternating between the two churches. On 10th September it will be at St. Mary’s, and on 8th October at St. Helen’s.