14th July 2019

14th July 2019

Welcome to the United Benefice of St. Helen,

St. Mary and St. John the Baptist

It’s great to gather together as the Body of Christ in this beautiful part of Derbyshire. Though we have differences, we have one Lord, one Faith and one Passion for the Gospel. May we spend time today praying together and sharing fellowship.

All are welcome to take part fully in our services. If this is a Service of Holy Communion, you are very welcome to receive Holy Communion at the appropriate time.

(Gluten-free wafers are available; just ask anyone leading the Communion.)


Our Worship Today, Sun.14th July, Trinity Four

8 a.m.    Holy Communion (BCP) at St. Helen’s

9 a.m.    Holy Communion at St. John’s

10 a.m.   Joint Family Service at St. Mary’s

6 p.m.   Intimate Worship, St. Helen’s Hall


Regular Midweek Services

Tues.        Morning Prayer in St. Helen’s Hall,  9.30 a.m.     Thurs.      Morning Prayer at St. John’s,  9.30 a.m.


Prayer Meetings & Home Groups


Wed.  17th        Home Group , 11 John Turner Rd. 7.30 p.m.

Thur.  18th        Prayer Meeting, 14 Park Avenue, 9.30 a.m.

Our Worship Next Week, Sun. 21st  July

9 a.m.    Holy Communion at St. John’s

10 a.m.    Holy Communion at St. Mary’s

11 a.m.     Holy Communion at St. Helen’s


For our Prayers:

The Hopper family, the Parnell family, Tony & Marie Thrower, Stan Codd, Andrew Brown, Steven Gill,  Janet Brindley, Pam Creasey, Donna Watson, Katie Reade, Stephen Monk, Carol Sanderson, John and Marian Booth, Eileen Gray, Yulaka Ito, Brenda Brown, JayneWalker.

Please let Pauline know if you would like someone’s name on the Prayer List, or if a name can be removed. For St. Mary’s, please give names to David Gadsby, for St. John’s to Marion Bowler.

Our Next Café-Church, St. Helen’s, Sun. 28th July                        

Apologies that this was stated in the magazine as being on the 21st, but in fact it will take place on Sunday, 28th July.  Make it a date for your diary!


Sing-Along, Imperial Rooms, Thurs. 18th July, 2 p.m.

There will be a Sing-Along with Ally and Leisha (of Dale Divas and Matlock Community Choir) at the Imperial Rooms, Matlock, from 2 p.m. this coming Thursday.

Everyone is welcome – just turn up! £5, including light refreshments. And remember – singing is very good for your health and well-being!


    ‘Thank You for the Music!’A Message from Hilary

Hilary (our former organist) sends us her love and prayers, as well as sincere thanks for our gift to her (a statue of Saint Cecilia, patron of musicians). Now retired from full-time playing, Hilary has said she will always have very happy memories of serving our United Benefice.


           A Message to the United Benefice from Neil

Neil is working hard to plan some Choral Services for next year. He is happy for anyone, in any of our parishes, to join the group of singers he hopes to organise.

Neil also mentioned that the singing last weekend (he played in both St. Mary’s and St. Helen’s) was excellent. Singing is a vital part of our worship. As St. Augustine said: ‘Those who sing pray twice.’

Do remember also that our Worship Group will start again in the Autumn, and everyone is very welcome. Please think about whether you could play an instrument or use your voice to praise God. There is a regular practice on Wednesday evenings. And you don’t have to be a Pavarotti or a Neil Diamond!!


 Open Door, The Fun Day

We would like to thank everyone who contributed time, effort, goods and prayer for our first Open Door Fun Day event, which was held on Saturday 6th July. After a wet start, the sun came out and the afternoon was enjoyed by all who attended. To date the amount raised stands at £1,772.

Jayne Walker and Dea Ayling


Blessed are Those who Mourn

Please keep in your prayers those who have died recently, and those who are mourning the loss of a loved one.


The Peace Garden – ‘Darley Dale in Bloom’

A very big thank you to Chris for her hard work in preparing the Peace Garden (at St. Helen’s) for a visit from the judges last Tuesday afternoon. Thanks to all who have helped Chris, both in the garden and with refreshments.

This is an on-going project, so do speak to Chris if you’d like to get involved. Everyone is welcome to help, you don’t have to belong to St. Helen’s Parish.


 Monday Munchers, Pepper Group, Tomorrow                                                               

 Meet at Terrace Tea Rooms, Mon. 15th July, 11.45 for 12 noon.

(Reminder – we won’t be doing a lunch during August.)


Joint Service Meeting – a ‘Heads-Up!’

During Autumn (date to be confirmed) there will be a Saturday morning meeting for all who wish to help in the coming year of 2020 with our Joint Services of Family Worship. I’m hoping those who lead Morning or Evening Prayer will come also.

Without wishing to sound authoritarian – it is so important for those who are going to lead our worship next year to attend this session, which will be from 9.30 until 12 noon.

You may ask why? Well, the answer’s simple. I had 8 years of training and formation to prepare me for the task of leading worship, preaching, and so on.

Sunday Worship is the most important prayer of our week, and so I think it’s fair to ask those among you who are willing to take a lead to spend just a few hours thinking about such things as forms of worship, music, traditions, seasons, styles, silence, action, and of course anything else that you may wish us to reflect on.

Please take a little time to think about leading our worship. Everyone is welcome to this meeting, even if you don’t feel that you’re called to lead at the moment.

I’ll be able to give you a date during the coming weeks, but for the moment I simply want to make sure people have a ‘heads-up’.

Please let me take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in our worship –  from those who lead the music to those who plan the liturgies. You are so generous in giving your time and I’m very aware that you are volunteers. God bless you all for your goodness.

And following on from the above: 

In all our churches we need more Readers, more Prayer Leaders, more Leaders of Worship. Please do think about this. Ask yourself whether you are being called to help.


A Thought

It’s always great to see children act out Bible stories. In particular, I love to watch them act out the parable of the Good Samaritan. Children have a gift for being alive to need and oblivious to difference. If a child falls over in the playground, others rush to help. (Ok, I know they also like to look at the gore or blood!)

But as we grow up we become different. When living in Hackney, London, I heard tales of Christians who saw people in distress – teens being attacked, old people falling over – and yet they passed on by. Their rationale was probably ‘well, someone else will help’.

I’ve experienced this sort of situation myself while working in Leicester Cathedral. I was in the vestry and heard a bang, bang, bang… After a few moments I looked out of the window and saw a youth attacking another young man. As he hit him he was spitting out vile, homophobic language. I called the police and was told to ‘lock the door!!’

Though quite scared, I opened the door and stepped outside (though I’m not necessarily recommending this!) I shouted out and the youth ran off, leaving his victim beaten and bloody. Police and ambulance arrived and helped him, before taking him off for treatment. When a police officer took my statement, he said it was a ‘hate crime’.

I’m not saying that we should risk personal harm. Nor am I saying we can always stop violent actions of this sort. But, as Christians , as people of good will, we must stand up to evil in whatever way we can – whether that evil is political, religious, totalitarian, racial, or because of sex or sexuality. And sometimes this will cost us.

History tells us, repeatedly, that when we let evil win and prejudice succeed, the price eventually paid is so much more!! The Anglo-Irish statesman, Edmund Burke, is believed to have said the following, and isn’t it so very true?

‘The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing.’

Why not try reading the story of the Good Samaritan, then simply ask yourself the question, ‘What would I do?’

Love & Prayers

Revd. Stephen Monk


Psalm 82

1             God has taken his stand in the council of heaven;
in the midst of the gods he gives judgement:

2             ‘How long will you judge unjustly
and show such favour to the wicked?

3             ‘You were to judge the weak and the orphan;
defend the right of the humble and needy;

4             ‘Rescue the weak and the poor;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

5             ‘They have no knowledge or wisdom;
they walk on still in darkness:
all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

6             ‘Therefore I say that though you are gods
and all of you children of the Most High,

7             ‘Nevertheless, you shall die like mortals
and fall like one of their princes.’

8             Arise, O God and judge the earth,
for it is you that shall take all nations for your possession.