7th July 2019

7th 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.7th July, Trinity Three

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

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.  10th        Home Group , 11 John Turner Rd. 7.30 p.m.

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

Thur. 11th            Home Group – ‘Prayer Walk’, starting from     14, Park Avenue, 7 p.m.


Our Worship Next Week, Sun. 14th July

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

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

10 a.m.    Joint Family Service at St. Mary’s

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


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.                                  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 Welcome to Hilary, our former Organist

It’s a real joy to welcome Hilary back! We celebrate her gifts and her generosity. Hilary played for all three of our churches for a number of years. Welcome, Hilary, and God bless your ministry.

Churchtown School, Prayer Meeting, Mon. 8th July, 3.30       All are most welcome to attend this meeting.

Coffee morning, St. Helen’s, Sat. 13th July, 10 – 12 noon Please do join us for coffee, tea and chat. Oh, and delicious home-made cakes as well!

Film Club, St. Helen’s, Sat. 13th July,3 p.m.

We’ll be showing the film Dragons  Race to the Edge (Two). If you know of any young people who might like to come along, please do let them know.

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

Apologies that this was stated in the magazine as being on the 21st, but in fact it will take place on Sunday, 28th July. Do make it a date for your diary!

Our United Ecumenical Service

Wow! That’s all I can say about our worship last Sunday morning. I know we have to be careful regarding warm, fuzzy feelings and worship. But this service was so obviously filled with the Joy and Peace of the Holy Spirit. What made it so? Well, I think it was quite a number of things but at the very heart there were two. First, and most important, we gathered as a family of Christians  – with different traditions but together, as one body. The second point was our liturgy – The Eucharist – with the Worship Group leading some wonderful hymns and songs. Thanks so very much to all who helped prepare and who took part in this service.

I know I’ve said it before but – The (Church) Family that prays together, stays together.

 Open Door Fun Day

Thanks so much to everyone who helped yesterday at the Open Door Fun Day. I was visiting someone last week and they commented on how moving it was that the ‘Church’ wanted to make a place for those, including children, who sometimes find themselves on the edge of society, and even on the edge of our community.

Winster Wakes

Thanks to everyone who helped towards this year’s Wakes Service, which was really lovely. It was a joy to involve the children, and wonderful to be able to give our heartfelt thanks to Roland Corfield, who is retiring after 46 years as churchwarden at Winster! We wish you every blessing, Roland.


During the past week and through this coming week we’ll have had four funeral and memorial services. My thanks to the sides-people and organists, and to all those who help the bereaved families to mourn. Please keep in your prayers those who have lost love ones.                                We also pray for those whose anniversaries are around this time.


Let’s pray for those who were ordained last Saturday and Sunday. May they all have a great passion to serve God’s people. May their mission be rooted in prayer and fellowship.

Deanery Chapter

Please keep our Chapter in your prayers. We meet this Tuesday to look towards the future and to consider the ongoing pastoral needs of our deanery.

Churchtown School – A Special Box

We understand that some of the families of our children at Churchtown School are finding things a struggle financially at the moment.

We would like to help by enabling the staff to provide a larger number of breakfasts at the school, and to this end a special ‘breakfast box’ will be put in St. Helen’s church. If you feel you’d like to donate either packets of cereal or cartons of long-life milk, that would be wonderful. Thank you.


Any Items for the Pew Sheet?                                 

We’d like to have notices and event dates from all three of our churches. If there’s anything you’d like to put into the pew sheet, please contact Pauline or Freda.

A Few Quotations

 ‘Prayer doesn’t just change things – it changes us. If we are diligent in seeking God, slowly and surely we become better people.’                                        Joyce Meyer

‘A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbour — such is my idea of happiness.’                                                     Leo  Tolstoy

‘As long as I am content to know that He is infinitely greater than I, and that I cannot know Him unless He shows Himself to me, I will have Peace, and He will be near me and in me, and I will rest in Him.’                          Thomas Merton

‘Rest is a matter of wisdom, not law.’            Woodrow Kroll


A Thought

When I’ve led retreats in the past, I’ve sometimes done a rather strange exercise. I’ve asked people to write their own obituaries!

What do people wish their lives to be remembered for? How have they lived?

A funeral is a time to remember the person we love but see no more. It’s a time to celebrate a life and a time to mourn. It’s when we give our loved ones into God’s safe keeping, to the merciful  peace which God offers to all of us if we repent.

The reality is that our lives here on earth are finite, they will end. But every day we have a new opportunity to allow the Resurrection into our lives. To achieve this we need to be rooted in prayer, rooted in the study of Christian Tradition and the Bible. Rooted also in serving the poor and the needy.

We will reap what we sow. At the end of our lives, how would we wish to be remembered? If we have tried to live each day in the light and love of Jesus Christ, then we could surely write a very positive and joyful obituary!

Let’s think of the great joy we will have if we turn to the Lord each day, and each day start again. Dear friends, let’s be joyful. Let’s be quick to forgive and very slow to judge.

God bless you this coming week.

Yours in Christ



Psalm 30

1             I will exalt you, O Lord,
because you have raised me up
and have not let my foes triumph over me.

2             O Lord my God, I cried out to you
and you have healed me.

3             You brought me up, O Lord, from the dead;
you restored me to life from among those that go down to the Pit.

4             Sing to the Lord, you servants of his;
give thanks to his holy name.

5             For his wrath endures but the twinkling of an eye,
his favour for a lifetime.
Heaviness may endure for a night,
but joy comes in the morning.

6             In my prosperity I said,
‘I shall never be moved.
You, Lord, of your goodness,
have made my hill so strong.’

7             Then you hid your face from me
and I was utterly dismayed.

8             To you, O Lord, I cried;
to the Lord I made my supplication:

9             ‘What profit is there in my blood,
if I go down to the Pit?
Will the dust praise you or declare your faithfulness?

10            ‘Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me;
O Lord, be my helper.’

11            You have turned my mourning into dancing;
you have put off my sackcloth and girded me with gladness;

12            Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing;
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks for ever.