FOLLOWING ADVICE FROM THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND AIMED AT LIMITING THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS PUBLIC WORSHIP HAS BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. ALL FORMAL MEETINGS DUE TO BE HELD IN THE CHURCH ARE ALSO CANCELLED.
A RANGE OF PRAYER AND WORSHIP RESOURCES CAN BE FOUND ON THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND WEBSITE.
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FOR SERVICES AT FESTIVALS SUCH AS EASTER, CHRISTMAS ETC PLEASE REFER TO THE RELEVANT MONTH IN THE SECTION ENTITLED “DIARIES” WHERE YOU WILL FIND THE MOST UP TO DATE INFORMATION.
FOR WEEKLY NOTICES PLEASE SEE THE PEW SHEET.
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 January 2019 it will be at St. Marys.
St. Helen’s is open each Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The time from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. is set aside for quiet prayer.
Wednesday Home Group
7.30 p.m. at Dea’s home.
Thursday Home Group,
7.30 p.m. at Chris and Margaret’s.
The Thursday group meets 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.
A great deal of hard work has been done to create a Peace Garden at the back of the Area for Cremated Remains in the church yard. Benches have been donated, digging and planting has been done. The church is very grateful to all who have given and continue to give their time and expertise to creating this peaceful area and to those who have donated the benches, paving slabs and money to make this possible. Work is ongoing and help is appreciated. If you feel you can help please see Chris Townsend.
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 on the 5th Sunday are at 10 a.m. in all churches.
As stated above, there is 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. Please refer to the diary for the relevant month (“Diaries” in the menu) to check if there are any changes to this pattern as that is where you will find the most up to date information.