21st July 2019

21st 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.21st July, Trinity Five

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


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.  24th        Home Group , 11 John Turner Rd. 7.30 p.m.

Thur.  25th        Prayer Meeting, 14 Park Avenue, 9.30 a.m.

Thur. 25th       Home Group, 14 Park Avenue   7.30 p.m.


Our Worship Next Week, Sun. 28th July

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

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

11 a.m.     Morning Prayer at St. Helen’s

6 p.m.     Evensong at St. Mary’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, Jayne Walker, .Mavis Allen

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.

A Thank-You for the Family Service

Our thanks to both Kat and Neve for a really great Family Service last week at St. Mary’s. And thank-you to Neil for playing the organ.


A Few Dates to Note:

Messy Church Planning Meeting, Tomorrow Morning (22nd).         

 This will start at 9.30, in St. Helen’s Church Hall.


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

Do come along next Sunday to our Bring & Share meal.  Everyone is very welcome.


How about a Walk, with Lunch?

If you enjoy walking, but would prefer something fairly short and not too taxing, then do join us on Saturday,3rd August.

We’ll meet at St. Mary’s at 10.30 a.m., then walk to Snitterton for a shared lunch at David and Diana’s.  Irene Wright is leading the walk and will talk about the locality and places of interest on the way (she is a Ranger with the Peak Park and an experienced walk leader, so we’re in safe hands!) The route is 3 to 4 miles in total – obviously less if you only choose to do one way. The more energetic can walk back!

Anyone who can’t manage the walk is very welcome to meet us just for lunch. Lifts and car sharing will be arranged. For more details, please speak to Penny Dakin or Chris Townsend.


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. 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.


Deanery Synod, Ashbourne

Please keep the Synod, which takes place this Monday, in   your prayers.


Thinking of Our Schools

Let’s keep in our thoughts the children who are leaving our primary schools to enter secondary schools in September. We pray for them, and for their (anxious!) parents.

We pray also for the younger children, who will shortly begin their education at our primary schools. May they find great joy in their learning and playing.

We say goodbye to the head-teacher of Churchtown School, who is moving to a primary school in Loughborough, Leicestershire. Janine has done much to improve our school during these past few years. Please pray for her and for our new shared head-teacher from Bakewell School.

Let’s spend some time this week praying for all involved in our schools; for the children, their parents and carers, the teachers, assistants and governors.

As Christians, we must never stop learning, never stop seeking to learn.

Here is a prayer for the coming week.

A Prayer For Knowledge and Strength
Give me O Lord, I pray Thee
firm faith, unwavering hope
perfect charity.
Pour into my heart
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding
the Spirit of counsel and spiritual strength
the Spirit of knowledge and true godliness
and the Spirit of Thy holy fear
Light eternal, shine in my heart
Power eternal, deliver me from evil
Wisdom eternal, scatter the darkness of my ignorance
Might eternal, pity me
Grant that I may ever seek Thy face
with all my heart and soul and strength;
and, in thine infinite mercy,
bring me at last to Thy holy presence
where I shall behold Thy glory
and possess Thy promised joys.

St. Alcuin of York (735-804)


Education – a few Quotations

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.’’                                               

Martin Luther King, Jr.

 “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” Abraham Lincoln

‘’We cannot create observers by saying ‘observe’, but by giving them the power and the means for this observation and these means are procured through education of the senses.’’

 Maria Montessori

 “The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.”                                                        

 CS Lewis


    Psalm 52

1             Why do you glory in evil, you tyrant,
while the goodness of God endures continually?

2             You plot destruction, you deceiver;
your tongue is like a sharpened razor.

3             You love evil rather than good,
falsehood rather than the word of truth.

4             You love all words that hurt,
O you deceitful tongue.

5             Therefore God shall utterly bring you down;
he shall take you and pluck you out of your tent
and root you out of the land of the living.

6             The righteous shall see this and tremble,
they shall laugh you to scorn, and say:

7             ‘This is the one who did not take God for a refuge,
but trusted in great riches and relied upon wickedness.’

8             But I am like a spreading olive tree in the house of God;
I trust in the goodness of God for ever and ever.

9             I will always give thanks to you for what you have done;
I will hope in your name,
for your faithful ones delight in it.