Saturday 27th May, Open Church at Christ Church Holloway 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pop in for a cup of tea and cake, light a candle to remember someone, write a name or prayer for the prayer tree, or just be still and quiet. Everyone very welcome, we look forward to seeing you.

 Home Groups

There are three home groups. Two meet in person on Wednesday / Thursday evenings and one which meets on Zoom on a Thursday evening

Everyone is welcome to join any of the Home Groups, we would love to see you.

For more information please use the Contact Us page

Children’s Ministry at St. Helen’s

We keep in close contact with the Churchtown School and Darley Dale Primary School.

There is an assembly in church each month for the whole of Churchtown School. Parents and carers are invited to attend.

Messy Church involves all children at Churchtown Primary School and is held twice a year. It includes stories from the Bible and creative activities.

Coffee Chill and Chat, 8.45 a.m. every Thursday during term time. Toddler, parent, grandparent, adult friendly! Do come and have a cup of coffee and a chat after dropping youngsters off at school or any time up to 11.30 a.m.  You can stay and chat between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. just bring your own sandwich.

Food Bank

There is a box in the church for donations to Matlock Food Bank. Tins and dry goods please. The Foodbank also appreciates donations of money. Thank you to all who have supported the Food Bank over the last 12 months.

Weddings

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.

Churchyard Maintenance

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.

Peace Garden
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.

Stephen

Christmas Wreaths

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