Notices and Diary
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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.
The United Family Service at 10 a.m. on the second Sunday of the month for St. Helen’s and St. Mary’s alternates between the two churches. In October 2018 it will be at St. Mary’s. There will be no Family Service in November because of Remembrance services.
SUNDAY KIDS: begins again 16th September!
St Helen’s church, Churchtown, holds a Sunday Kids club 3 times a month at 11am in the church hall. All primary school children are very welcome. In a friendly, fun environment, we learn about the Christian faith through Bible stories and try to understand how these teachings can help us every day. We make a craft and play games each session and sometimes do a drama or quiz.
From September we shall continue learning more about Jesus’s disciples especially Peter and Paul.
Our rector Stephen often invites us into church at the end of the service to share some of what we have been doing that morning. This is a good confidence builder for the children and the congregation always enjoys hearing from them.
Our first session in the new school year is 16th September. We look forward to seeing you!
Dea, Vanessa and Katrina
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 14th October 2018 it will be at St. Mary’s South Darley. There will be no Family Service in November because of Remembrance services.