3rd November 2019

3rd November 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 Nov. All Saints Day

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

2 p.m.      Open Door at St Helen’s

3.30 p.m.   Bereavement Service 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 Group

Wed.  Home Group    11 John Turner Rd.  7.30 p.m.

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


Our Worship Next Sunday 10th  November

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

10.45 a.m.        Remembrance Service at St John’s

10.45 a.m.        Remembrance Service at St Mary’s

10.45 a.m.        Remembrance Service at St Helen’s

3 p.m.             Remembrance Service in Whitworth Park

(Assemble 2.30 p.m.at Broad Walk to walk to Park)


Let Us Pray for all in need of comfort and support.

We think in particular of the Hopper family, the Parnell family, Tony & Marie Thrower, 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, Laurie Evans, Joanna Lennox. Lucy Nicholas, John Prince, Wendy Slater, Tori Grant and Ross Tidy.

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.


Ecumenical Service of Holy Communion, Tomorrow     

Darley Dale Methodist Church at 10 a.m. (4th Nov.)  If you are able, please do come to this lovely and very important service.


Winster Bible Study, Thurs. 7th & 14th Nov.

We have 2 more weeks left of this course. I ask you to keep the group in your prayers.


Important! Coffee Morning! Next Sat. 9th Nov. 10 – 12

You are all very warmly invited to our next coffee morning, in St Helen’s hall. On this occasion it will even more special than usual, as a representative from the Body Shop will be giving a demonstration.

As always coffee, tea and delicious homemade cakes will be on offer. We will also be able to view a selection of Body Shop products. A good opportunity, perhaps, to make a purchase (or two!) in time for Christmas?

We look forward to welcoming you.


Community Remembrance Service, St Mary’s, Thurs. 14th

This service will take place at 9 a.m. Do invite friends and neighbours to come along.


The Book of Common Prayer

Our Diocese now has an active chapter of the BCP Society. This should lead, within the Diocese, to more worship rooted in the tradition of the Church of England.

Opening our Churches                                       

  Do keep in mind that St Mary’s is normally open every day. At present, St Helen’s is open each Tuesday, 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. (Shared Prayer, if desired, can be offered from 8 until 10 a.m.)            During Advent we’re planning to open St Helen’s each day, from morning until early evening. Neil has very generously offered to take responsibility for the majority of these ‘openings’. Do have a word with him if you feel you’d like to help.


                      Psalm 32.1-8


1             Happy the one whose transgression is forgiven,
and whose sin is covered.

2             Happy the one to whom the Lord imputes no guilt,
and in whose spirit there is no guile.

3             For I held my tongue;
my bones wasted away
through my groaning all the day long.

4             Your hand was heavy upon me day and night;
my moisture was dried up like the drought in summer.

5             Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and my iniquity I did not hide.

6             I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’
and you forgave the guilt of my sin.

7             Therefore let all the faithful make their prayers to you
in time of trouble;
in the great water flood, it shall not reach them.

8             You are a place for me to hide in;
you preserve me from trouble;
you surround me with songs of deliverance.