28th April 2019

28th April 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.28th April, Easter 2

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

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

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

5 p.m.     Café Church in St. Helen’s Church Hall

6 p.m.     Evensong at St. Mary’s


  Regular Midweek Services & Meeting

Tues.           Morning Prayer at St. Helen’s,  9.30 a.m.

Thurs.         Morning Prayer at St. John’s,  9.30 a.m.

Thurs.         Prayer Meeting, 14 Park Avenue, 9.30 a.m.


Our United Benefice Services for Sun. 5th May

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, Audrey and Geoff Foster, John and Marian Booth, Eileen Gray, Yulaka Ito (a 2 year old boy, recently diagnosed with leukemia).

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


St. Chad’s Chapel

This lovely, refurbished chapel in St. Helen’s Church is now open every Tuesday morning from 8 – 10 a.m. A perfect place for quiet prayer and reflection. We hope to extend the times it can be used in the near future.


Your offerings to the church – ‘Standing Orders’

Many members of the United Benefice already make their regular offering to the church by means of a ‘standing order’. This is very helpful, as it not only gives our churches a reliable source of income, but cuts down on the cost and administrative work involved in supplying envelopes. It also saves, of course, having to find the appropriate envelope and cash each week!

If you have not already taken up a standing order, could I ask you to consider doing so? For anyone who holds a bank account, it is simply a matter of completing a form, which can be obtained from Ian, our Treasurer.


This Friday! – John Barker in Concert

St. Helen’s Church, Fri. 3rd May, 7 p.m.

One of Britain’s finest trumpeters is giving a concert.

Do make it a date. Light refreshments will be provided.    Tickets are £7.50 and can be obtained from Ian Sutton             (01629 734290)

or by e-mail:    handi@btinternet.com


Choral Evensong at St. Helen’s

Neil Clarke, our organist, is hoping to reintroduce some Choral Evensong services.  First provisional date is 16th June (Trinity Sunday). The service would start at 6 p.m. after a rehearsal at 4.15 p.m. Neil will invite singers from his contacts around the deanery/diocese but he is keen for anyone from the churches of our United Benefice who is interested to come along too.

If you would like to know more, or to talk to Neil about it, do have a word with him.


Psalm 118.14-29

14            The Lord is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation.

15            Joyful shouts of salvation
sound from the tents of the righteous

16            ‘The right hand of the Lord does mighty deeds;
the right hand of the Lord raises up;
the right hand of the Lord does mighty deeds.’

17            I shall not die, but live
and declare the works of the Lord.

18            The Lord has punished me sorely,
but he has not given me over to death.

19            Open to me the gates of righteousness,
that I may enter and give thanks to the Lord.

20            This is the gate of the Lord;
the righteous shall enter through it.

21            I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me
and have become my salvation.

22            The stone which the builders rejected
has become the chief cornerstone.

23            This is the Lord’s doing,
and it is marvellous in our eyes.

24            This is the day that the Lord has made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it.

25            Come, O Lord, and save us we pray.
Come, Lord, send us now prosperity.

26            Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord;
we bless you from the house of the Lord.

27            The Lord is God; he has given us light;
link the pilgrims with cords
right to the horns of the altar.

28            You are my God and I will thank you;
you are my God and I will exalt you.

29            O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his mercy endures for ever.