Matlock Methodist & United Reformed Church

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Our prayers include everyone affected by and dealing with the Corona Virus (COVID-19).
May the power of God and the peace of the Holy Spirit and the love of our Lord Jesus be with each one of you. Amen.

Please consider anyone you know who may need your support and prayers, especially those who are alone, those who are missing loved ones, the key workers in the NHS & other services, all those suffering from stress and those dealing with the bereaved and bereavement.
Every week on Wednesday evenings at 8:00pm we have a prayer meeting online.  If you need prayers saying for you or want to come along, please e-mail the church at
Church Worship Services on Sundays have recommenced at Church and are available both live and online.
  Please remember that masks will be worn when in the building, social distancing will need to be maintained and singing will not be allowed.  Please only attend the Church if you are fit and well, without any COVID 19 symptoms.
Worship on Sunday 25th July @10:30am will be led by Local Preacher Sue Sunderland 
The service will also be available online - joining instructions below.  Please arrive online from 10:15am.
We have a social website where you can keep in touch with the Church community - please click on the link and come and say hello
God bless you and keep you safe.

dated 19th July 2021

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Our Mission and Outreach activities have been themed since 2013 and for 2021 our theme is


The Methodist Church Year of Prayer is an initiative of the Methodist Conference so that our Church-wide commitments to evangelism, church growth, church at the margins, and pioneering and church planting will flow from a deep, contemplative orientation to God's grace and love.

We will be using resources from a number of sources including the Methodist Church Year of Prayer to compliment the activities of the many groups within the Church.  We will be seeking to encourage everyone to join in focused prayer to bring the blessings and support of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit to help us better spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.

If you've any need of support and prayer, want to have someone pray for you or someone you know, then please let us know, using any of the contact routes we have.

We are aware of and seek support from the work of the World Prayer Centre, the Festival of LifeThy Kingdom Come, the 24-7 prayer movement, Neighbourhood Prayer Network; and others, asking for God’s strength and power as we reach out to our community together in word and action.

Previous Themes:
2013 Family : 2014 Friendship
2015 Challenge : 2016 New Beginnings
2017 Journeying with God : 2018 Reaching Out : 2019 Reflections : 2020 Hope


Welcome to the website of Matlock Methodist & United Reformed Church.  It is prayed that while you browse here you will be enriched wherever you are on your journey of faith.

The Church is located on the corner of the junction between Oak Road and Bank Road up the hill to the North of the town centre.  Our postcode is DE4 3FJ.  See Facilities & Location for more information.

Click on the links to the left to find the information you want. If you have any difficulty in navigating our web site, please contact us using our e-mail link below left to let us know.

Our fervent prayer is for our church to grow in faith and openness to God's spirit as well as in numbers and your being here today answers our prayers.

We are an ecumenical partnership of the Methodist and United Reformed denominations and seek to be a place:

  • Where everyone is welcome
  • Where the joy of the love of God shines out
  • From where the Good News of the saving grace of Jesus Christ is spread
  • Where there is rest, refreshment and peace in a caring, praying community
  • Where Christian worship, prayer, Biblical teaching and service are paramount
  • Where the blessing of the Holy Spirit rests on everyone
and thereby follows the principles of the Methodist and United Reformed Churches.

Our Church is one of the Churches in the
Mid-Derbyshire Circuit.

May God bless you and keep you and let you know that whatever your circumstances YOU are loved as one of his children

To hire the Community Halls or the Church rooms please contact our Bookings Secretary on (01629) Matlock 57304 or to send us an e-mail please click here

There is current availability for Community Hall hire during the daytime on Monday's, Fridays and Saturday's as well as Wednesday & Thursday afternoons and Tuesday, Friday & Sunday evenings.  Community Groups and private hires are welcome.  Terms & Conditions apply.

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Message from our Treasurer, Sue Sunderland

For each of us, our personal giving to our church is an expression of our discipleship and this income is vital to the church locally and nationally to fund the work that we do together in Christ's name.

Even though we are currently not able to meet together as a congregation many of the financial needs of the church continue. We also recognise that some individuals and families will suffer serious financial hardship as a consequence of this crisis and we would not wish anyone to feel obliged to continue giving at this time.

There may of course be others who would wish to continue or even increase their regular giving during this crisis period and we would like to enable you to do this. To that end if you are able to set up a standing order or bank transfer then please  email or ring Sue Sunderland (01629) Matlock 584841 who will provide you with the bank details.

Thank you. God bless you.

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Rev. Helen Penfold

Rev Helen Penfold

Rev. Helen Penfold has returned from sabbatical on 5th July and everyone would take this opportunity to thank Rev. Robert Foster for his especially dedicated support during Helen's absence.

Sunday 18th July @10:30am

The Church re-opened for Worship Services on Sunday 16th May.  Worship services are also available to join online with joining instructions available to download here.

The worship service on 18th July was led by Rev. Kate Strange supported by Steward Yvonne Brant. The order of service is available here.  The service was a hybrid service both live online and at the Church, the service was recorded (excluding hymns) and is available here to watch back or for the first time.

Everyone is welcome to come or be online and it is possible to call into the service using an ordinary telephone - details are provided on the joining instructions. 

Attending the service at Church: Please do not attend if you feel unwell or have any Covid19 symptoms.  If you are able to, please test yourself with a freely available NHS lateral flow test, the day prior to attending Church and if you have, or think you have a positive result, please do not attend.

Attendance at Church requires masks to be worn throughout the time inside the building, social distancing is necessary and congregational singing is not allowed.  Socialising after the service is also not allowed and attendees should leave the Church at the end of the service.

If you are able to assist the Stewards with the service, please contact Yvonne, Julie or Penny to offer your help as soon as possible.

After the Government announcements on 19th July, the restrictions are expected to be eased and further information will be made available.

Sunday 11th July @10:30am

The worship service on 11th July was led by Rev. Helen Penfold supported by Steward Penny Brown. The order of service is available here. The service was a hybrid service both live online and at the Church, the service was recorded (excluding hymns) and is available to watch back on line here.

A message from Helen:

Dear All

I wonder if you have succumbed to temptation and chomped an Easter Egg yet?  As a child, my Mum used to make me save them until Easter Day and it was really very hard to do so.  After all, research tells us that fourteen out of every ten individuals likes chocolate(!!).

We are getting towards the end of Lent, if you have given something up as a form of fasting, how are you getting on?  If you have tried to take up something new as a spiritual discipline, have you managed to keep going?  Can I encourage you to stay strong?  Not much longer to go.

I think it also feels like that with the Covid-19 regulations.  we are eagerly anticipating dates when we will be allowed to meet people from outside our households in our gardens, in our homes and even be able to go on holiday.  But we need to be patient.  Not much longer to go.

On 23rd March we remembered with great sadness the huge number of lives that have been affected by the pandemic. I'm sure the daily figures continue to be a very sobering reminder to each of us of the necessity to keep the rules.

As we look towards Easter, we always come to Good Friday in a similarly sombre frame of mind.  It was not good for Jesus.  He approached Jerusalem sure of what awaited him - betrayal by his friends, a mockery of a trial, a cross and a horribly agonising death.  So we will remember the events of that day.  And we will keep vigil with Jesus and his friends in a time of worship with a zoom service this year.

But just as nature in Springtime rises to new life, so we will recall that "on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdala came to the tomb.  She saw that the stone had been moved away from the entrance".  Remarkable certainly, but nowhere near as wonderful and utterly astounding as what happened next.  Mary stood outside the tomb weeping and as she wept, she peered into the tomb and saw two angels who asked her why she was crying.  Her words "they have taken my Lord away, and I do not know where they have laid him".  She turns around and sees one who she assumed to be a gardener who asks her the same question and her response is to ask if it was he who had removed the body and where was it, so that she might take it away.  The anonymous gardener speaks her name "Mary" and she knows that Jesus is alive, is right there before her and the horrors of Friday are replaced by a miraculous Sunday. Her testimony? "I have seen the Lord!".

May that be our testimony too.

God bless you all

Rev. Helen Penfold

If you are in any sort of difficulty and in need of prayer and support, please contact our Circuit Ministry Team either Rev. Helen Penfold (01773) Shirland 833242 or Rev. Dr. Robert Foster (01773) Belper 827450; or call into the Church and ask for help; or leave a message at the Church; or send an e-mail to us; or phone the Church Office on (01629) Matlock 55809 (answer-phone when office is closed)


Everyone is welcome to share with us in our worship services at the following times:

inside the main hall

Sunday morning worship services resumed on Sunday 16th May 2021 and are also available to join online. See details above.  Refreshments after the service will resume once Government restrictions allow.  Other services will resume as soon as possible. 

Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. approx. followed by refreshments

Third Sunday of the Month
Café Style Celebration 7:00 p.m.

Third Wednesday of each month
'Fly Tip' Holy Communion service
2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. approx.

(These Fly Tip communions are held in people's homes).

Our services are led by both ordained Ministers and non-ordained worship leaders, called Lay Preachers and thereby we enjoy a variety of styles of worship that all bring glory to God and seek to strengthen our love of our Lord Jesus.