8th September 2019

8th September 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.8th September, Trinity 12

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


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

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


Our Worship Next Sunday, 15th Sept.

United Benefice Service to mark the Battle of Britain  St. Helen’s, 11 a.m.

For this United Service, we will gather to celebrate, but with the solemn need to pray for Peace, Unity and Reconciliation in our world. We’ll remember with prayer and song the beginning of the Second World War. We will hold before God the dead of that war, both military and civilian.

Please invite people to this service – it is for the whole community.


For our Prayers                  

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.

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.

Messy Church Meeting, Tomorrow, Mon. 9th Sept.

St. Helen’s Hall, 9.30 a.m.       This is a final planning meeting. If you’d like to be involved with Messy Church, please do come along.


Monday Munchers

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

Salt – Tomorrow, 9th Sept., Pepper 16th Sept.


PCC Meeting, This Tues. 10th Sept.

The meeting will be in St. Helen’s Hall.


MAP Meeting, St. Helen’s, Sat. 14th Sept. 10 a.m.


M.U. Coffee Morning, Sat. 14th Sept. 10-12 Noon

The annual Mothers’ Union Coffee Morning will be taking place in St. Helen’s Hall. There will be a cake stall, bric-a-brac and books.  Please do join us – all are very welcome.


Thank You

I’ve many thanks to say this week. But we all need to remember that saying thank you is a very important Christian act. Perhaps take a moment to think – what do you need to be thankful for?

I’m very grateful to everyone who attended the Parish Meeting that took place last Tuesday with Duncan Ballard, our Area Dean.  I do hope people felt that their voices were being heard.

Thanks to all those involved with our Worship who attended the Parish Day yesterday. I hope that this was helpful, both in practical and spiritual ways.

Thanks to everyone who has offered prayers for our young people, both those just starting school and those moving up a class. Please keep our four schools – and their vital vocation in our communities – in your prayers.


Family Service

We give thanks for Stephen and Mandy, who are to lead a wonderful service this morning. We are thankful for all who have come to the church of St. Mary to worship.


St. Mary’s

The 9th September is the Patronal Feast of St. Mary’s Church, South Darley. Please do keep this church and its community in your prayers, especially this week.

Mary was like St. John the Baptist – an example of  faithful Christian living. Below are a few quotations about Mary, the Mother of God.

The nativity mystery “conceived from the Holy Spirit and born from the Virgin Mary”, means that God became human, truly human, out of his own grace. The miracle of the existence of Jesus, his “climbing down of God” is: Holy Spirit and Virgin Mary! Here is a human being, the Virgin Mary, and as he comes from God, Jesus comes also from this human being. Born of the Virgin Mary means a human origin for God. Jesus Christ is not only truly God, he is human like every one of us. He is human without limitation. He is not only similar to us, he is like us’’.                   Karl Barth


“Love will cost you dearly.
And it will break your heart.
But in the end, it will save the world.”
Sarah Thebarge

“There is a reason Mary is everywhere. I’ve seen her image all over the world, in cafés in Istanbul, on students’ backpacks in Scotland, in a market stall in Jakarta, but I don’t think her image is everywhere because she is a reminder to be obedient, and I don’t think it has to do with social revolution. Images of  Mary remind us of  God’s favour. Mary is what it looks like to believe that we already are who God says we are.”
Nadia Bolz-Weber


“Scarlet the poppies
Blue the corn-flowers,
Golden the wheat.
Gold for the Eternal:
Blue for Our Lady:
Red for the five
Wounds of her Son.”
Adelaide Crapsey


Jigsaw Food Box                                             

We have been asked in particular to donate tinned goods, especially soup, beans, potatoes and vegetables. The Food Bank has none of these in stock at the moment.

Please remember also the Breakfast Box, for Churchtown School.

Thank you for your kindness.


 A Thought

During our holiday we walked along a beach which was covered with stones, some of them quite large. Walking on these stones was very difficult – when I thought I was moving forward, the slippage drew me back. It was physically hard and tiring. Even though there was great beauty around, it was a challenge.

In some ways this mirrors our spiritual life. There are steps forward, then steps backward. But in the spiritual life, advancing isn’t a question of success and failure – the spiritual journey only brings ‘failure’ when we stand still, when we give up!

At this particular time in the story of our parishes, we are on a rocky beach; we are moving forward, then backward. But the wonderful thing is that Jesus is standing right next to us. He’s moving at our pace and he’s supporting us at every step. I hope this image helps, but I hope even more we never forget that Jesus walks alongside us. Where Jesus is, his body cannot fail. We are the body of Christ. We are his chosen people. Have faith and joy in your hearts and trust in the Lord.

God bless you, and every step you take this week.



Psalm 139.1-5,12-18


1             O Lord, you have searched me out and known me;
you know my sitting down and my rising up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.

2             You mark out my journeys and my resting place
and are acquainted with all my ways.

3             For there is not a word on my tongue,
but you, O Lord, know it altogether.

4             You encompass me behind and before
and lay your hand upon me.

5             Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
so high that I cannot attain it.

12            For you yourself created my inmost parts;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

13            I thank you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
marvellous are your works, my soul knows well.

14            My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was made in secret
and woven in the depths of the earth.

15            Your eyes beheld my form, as yet unfinished;
already in your book were all my members written,

16            As day by day they were fashioned
when as yet there was none of them.

17            How deep are your counsels to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!

18            If I count them, they are more in number than the sand,
and at the end, I am still in your presence.