7th April 2019

7th 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.7th April, Lent Five

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

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

(Followed by Joint APCM)

For Stephen

Our thoughts and love are with Stephen, our Rector, whose mother died very recently. We pray that Janet may rest in peace and rise in glory. We pray that Stephen and his family may be given strength and comfort at this time.


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.

Prayer Meeting

Thurs. 11th  Prayer Meeting, 14 Park Avenue, 9.30 a.m.


Our United Benefice Services for Next Sun. 14th April

8 a.m.          Holy Communion (BCP)

10 a.m.     Palm Sunday Service

Joint Holy Communion at St. Mary’s

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


Apologies that the 8 a.m. Service of Holy Communion was omitted from Easter details in the April magazine.


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.

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.


Churchtown School, End of Term Service                This Thurs. 11th April, 2 p.m.

Everyone is very welcome to attend this service, which marks the end of the school year for our children.


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.

St. Helen’s Coffee Morning, Next Sat. 13th April

10 to 12 noon in the Church Hall.

Please drop in for a coffee (or tea) and homemade cake. We would love to see you.


‘Open Door’, 13th April

We’ll be having a ‘Meet and Greet’ during the coffee morning at St. Helen’s, 10 – 12 noon. Please do come and be part of that welcome.


Film Club, Sat. 13th April

St. Helen’s Hall, 3 p.m.


Monday Munchers, Whitworth Centre

We meet in the Terrace Tea Rooms, 11.45 for 12 noon.

Dates for April: Salt,Mon.8th (tomorrow), Pepper, Mon. 15th


Our next Café-Church, 28th April

There will be a Bring-and-Share meal at 5 p.m. in St. Helen’s Church Hall.


A Date for your Diary – 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, St. Helen’s 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, he will not back at St. H.’s until Easter Day, but will be at St. Mary’s today and on 14th April.

Psalm 126

1                 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
then were we like those who dream.

2                 Then was our mouth filled with laughter
and our tongue with songs of joy.

3                 Then said they among the nations,
‘The Lord has done great things for them.’

4                 The Lord has indeed done great things for us,
and therefore we rejoiced.

5                 Restore again our fortunes, O Lord,
as the river beds of the desert.

6                 Those who sow in tears
shall reap with songs of joy.

7                 Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed,
will come back with shouts of joy,
bearing their sheaves with them.


Please take the pew sheet home, for information and for prayer.