3rd March 2019

3rd March 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.3rd March, Last before Lent

  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


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

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


Home and Prayer Groups


Thurs. 7th   Prayer Meeting, 14 Park Avenue, 9.30 a.m.

Thurs. 7th   Home Group, 14 Park Avenue, 7 p.m.



Our United Benefice Service for Next Sun.10th March

A Eucharist Service with Bishop Jan, St. Helen’s, 11 a.m.

Please do try to attend this important Service of Communion, which is for the whole Benefice. We will be gathering around our Bishop as she celebrates the Word and the Sacrament.

We’re hoping Bishop Jan will be able to stay for coffee, cake and a chat. Coffee and tea, of course, will be supplied as usual, but we would be very grateful to anyone who would be prepared to make a cake!


For our Prayers:

Robert & Margaret Pearse & family, the Hopper family, the Parnell family, Tony & Marie Thrower, Stan Codd, Andrew Brown, Steven Gill, Ruth Smith, Werner Weber, Janet Monk, Janet Brindley, Pam Creasey, Donna Watson, Katie Reade, John Booth, Stephen Monk, Baby Freddie Lincoln, Audrey and Geoff Foster, John and Marian Booth, Lindsey Wilson.

We also pray for Roz, and give thanks that she is recovering well from her heart surgery.

We pray for anyone in our United Benefice who has health concerns at this time, whether physical or mental.

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

Funeral Service for Pauline Pyatt, This Wednesday

The funeral service for Malcolm’s wife will take place at St. Michael’s Church, Brimington, Chesterfield, this Wednesday (6th March) at 2 p.m. The service will be followed by cremation at Brimington Crematorium at 2.40 p.m. Malcolm would be very happy if anyone from our United Benefice wishes to attend.

We pray for Malcolm and his family at this very difficult time. We pray for all those who mourn, all those who remember with both love and pain.

Ecumenical Holy Communion, Tomorrow, Mon. 4th March, Dale Rd. Methodist Church                                                              Why not try our Ecumenical Communion? It’s lovely, spiritual experience and great to be together, sharing the ‘One Bread and One Cup’.                                                                         This is just a simple, short service, stating at 10 a.m.

M.U. Soup & Pancake Lunch, This Tues. 5th March              Do join us on Shrove Tuesday for this event in St. Helen’s Hall. 12 o’clock for 12.30. Tickets £6. See poster in hall entrance or speak to Magda.

Notices before St. Helen’s Sunday Services           Before our main service on Sundays, the following people will be reading out the notices. If there’s anything you’d like included, please try to let them know in good time. Thanks.

March                Margaret Long
April                  Stephen Walker
May                    Roz Woodley


Neil Clarke – a very warm welcome to St. Helen’s

We are delighted that Neil will be the full-time organist at St. Helen’s from April. His playing is truly an inspiration.

A great debt is owed to Hilary, who has played the organ for us during the last 6 years, despite living quite some distance away and sometimes finding the drive difficult in Winter. We wish her well, and look forward to inviting her back in the near future, in order to offer our sincerest thanks as a congregation.

           The Start of Lent – Ash Wednesday                                          Please remember that the season of Lent begins this Wednesday. We’ll begin Lent by joining the Methodists at    Dale Road at 7.30 p.m. Do try to be with us for this.

In Lent the church invites us to pray more, give to the poor, turn back to God. In other words, as the liturgy says, ‘Repent and believe the Good News’. We’ll be running a collection during Lent to help support Christians who suffer persecution.    There will be weekly Lenten groups to pray and reflect together. These are as follows:

Every Monday at Dale Road Methodist Church, 7.30 p.m.

Every Tuesday at St. Helen’s, 10.15 a.m.

Every Friday at St. Mary’s, 10 a.m. (Parish Room)

There will also a time of prayer in Winster. The time and place will be confirmed soon.


A.P.C.M. St. Mary’s and St. Helen’s, Sun. 7th April, South Darley Village Hall, 11.15 a.m.

Motions, agenda items and nomination forms for the APCM  should be sent to Penny Dakin no later than 22nd March.

Everyone is welcome to attend the A.P.C.M. but please remember that only those on the Church Electoral Roll are allowed to speak and to vote.*

Nomination forms for Churchwardens / Coordinators, Deanery Synod Representatives and P.C.C. members are at the back of both churches.

The Rector, Churchwardens, Coordinators and Deanery Synod members are automatically members of the P.C.C. Up to 5 other P.C.C. members (Deanery Synod representatives are included within this 5) need to be elected for each church. This gives us a total of 15, with each church having 7 representatives.

(*The Electoral Roll of the church is a list of church members.    To be on the roll you must be over 16 years of age, a baptised member of the Church of England and either resident in the parish or have been a regular worshipper at the church for 6 months prior to enrolment.)





Psalm 99

1             The Lord is king: let the peoples tremble;
he is enthroned upon the cherubim: let the earth shake.

2             The Lord is great in Zion
and high above all peoples.

3             Let them praise your name, which is great and awesome;
the Lord our God is holy.

4             Mighty king, who loves justice,
you have established equity;
you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.

5             Exalt the Lord our God;
bow down before his footstool, for he is holy.

6             Moses and Aaron among his priests
and Samuel among those who call upon his name,
they called upon the Lord and he answered them.

7             He spoke to them out of the pillar of cloud;
they kept his testimonies and the law that he gave them.

8             You answered them, O Lord our God;
you were a God who forgave them
and pardoned them for their offences.

9             Exalt the Lord our God
and worship him upon his holy hill,
for the Lord our God is holy.