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.
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 January 2018 it will be at St. Mary’s, in February at St. Helen’s.
January’s Diary 2018
3rd January 6.15 p.m. Worship Group practice in church.
3rd January 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. bell ringing practice.
4th January 9.30 a.m. Prayer Meeting at Chris & Margaret’s.
7th January Sunday 11 a.m. Holy Communion and Sunday Kids.
8th January 10 a.m. Ecumenical Communion at Darley Dale Methodist Chapel has been CANCELLED.
8th January Monday Munchers Salt Group meets 11.45 – 12 noon at the Terrace Tea Room, Whitworth Centre.
8th January 7.30 to 9 p.m. Home Group at John & Vanessa’s.
9th January 9.30 a.m. Morning Prayer in the church hall.
9th January 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. Chair Based Exercises in the church hall.
10th January 6.15 p.m. Worship Group practice in church.
10th January 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. bell ringing practice.
11th January 9.30 a.m. Prayer Meeting at Chris & Margaret’s.
11th January 7.30 p.m. Home Group at Chris & Margaret’s.
13th January 10 a.m. to 12 noon.. Coffee, Cake and Chat in the church hall.
13th January 11 a.m. Outreach Group meets in church.
14th January Sunday 10 a.m. Family Service at St. Mary’s (Christingle).
14th January 6pm Intimate Worship.
15th January 10 a.m. Social Committee meeting at Pauline’s.
15th January Monday Munchers Pepper and Mustard Groups meet 11.45 – 12 noon at the Terrace Tea Room, Whitworth Centre.
15th January 7.30 to 9 p.m. Home Group at John & Vanessa’s.
16th January 9 a.m. Family Service at St. Mary’s.
16th January 9.30 a.m. Morning Prayer in the church hall.
16th January 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. Chair Based Exercises in the church hall.
16th January 10.15 a.m. Home Group at Richard & Sally’s.
16th January 1 p.m. Messy Church meeting in church.
17th January 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. bell ringing practice.
18th January 9.30 a.m. Prayer Meeting at Chris & Margaret’s.
18th January 7 p.m. Ecumenical meeting at St. Mary’s.
21st January Sunday 10.30 a.m. at Darley Dale Methodist Chapel Joint Service for Christian Unity week
22nd January 11.30 a.m. Liturgy Group meets.
22nd January 7.30 to 9 p.m. Home Group at John & Vanessa’s.
23rd January 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. Chair Based Exercises in the church hall.
23rd January 7.30 p.m. PCC Meeting at St. Helen’s Church Hall.
24th January 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. bell ringing practice.
25th January 9.30 a.m. Prayer Meeting at Chris & Margaret’s.
25th January 7 p.m. Home Group at Chris & Margaret’s (Communion).
28th January Sunday 8 a.m. Holy Communion (BCP). 11 a.m. Morning Prayer and Sunday Kids.
28th January 12 noon. Preparations for the Christingle service on the 29th January, please help if you can.
28th January 5 p.m. Cafe Church in the church hall. Theme: New Beginnings.
29th January 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Messy Church. At 2.30 p.m. there will be a Christingle Service to which parents and grandparents are invited.
29th January 7.30 to 9 p.m. Home Group at John & Vanessa’s.
30th January 9.30 a.m. Morning Prayer in the church hall.
30th January 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. Chair Based Exercises in the church hall.
30th January 10.15 a.m. Home Group at Richard & Sally’s.
Advance notice: On 19th February a team from Pulse Ministries will be working with children. Volunteers are needed and there will be training on the 5th Feb 7 p.m.to 9 p.m.
WHAT? Sunday Kids Spring Term
WHEN? 1st and 4th Sundays 11.00am
WHERE? St. Helen’s Church, Churchtown
WHO? All children (if you are very young please bring a helper)
We will meet again on 7th January 2018 and our first session will be ‘How to Pray’. We have great fun learning more about Jesus through stories, games, quizzes and crafts. If it is your first time to come to Sunday Kids or your fiftieth you will be warmly welcomed! We enjoyed a busy Autumn term learning more about Prayer and its importance in developing our relationship with Jesus. In each session we revisit that prayer means spending time with God, speaking naturally as well as listening or even being quiet, just as you would with a friend. We remember that prayer can only do good things because God is GOOD.
Highlights of last term include a skit called Daniel and the Scary Sleepover. We acted out how God answered Daniel’s trusting prayer in an amazing way. We also started to learn a new song entitled Brave. John, the guitarist from the Worship group is kindly helping the children learn the chords on the ukulele (we have invested in 4 as well as various other percussion instruments)…we are definitely a work in progress but praising God through song is always a joyful experience!
In the Spring term we will continue our theme of Prayer looking at Old Testament and New Testament stories of how God answered prayer. We will see that although sometimes surprising, God’s way is always best.
On April 1st we will celebrate the Good News of Easter Sunday with a party.
We are delighted that 4 new children have been attending in the last two months. In fact 8 children came to end of November session-Praise the Lord!
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 14th January 2018 it will be at St. Mary’s, and on 11th February at St. Helen’s.