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our Services to which you are all most welcome

Sunday 24th February

10.30am Service of Holy Communion with Themed Preaching led by Rev Tony Wells.

6.00pm Mission Area Service at Tansley (please note time).

Helen Penfold has asked me to let the congregation at Darley Dale know that Tansley are looking forward to welcoming them at 6pm on 24 February for the Mission Area service.  The preacher will be Mark Tennyson of Aldersgate Ministries and Helen is sure it will be a good and inspiring occasion.

themed services

Throughout January and February a number of preachers will be sharing worship with us on the theme of 'building and equipping the church' so that we can grow as individual Christians, grow together as a group of Christians and reach out to share our faith with family, friends and neighbours within our local community. The focus is The Church as the body of Christ, related to Ephesians 4:1-6 (NIVUK)

Unity and Maturity in the Body of Christ.

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.  Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called ; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 

The themes have a focus on us “living the life”: including Unity, Humility, Gentleness, Patience, Love and Peace.

Regular events

Monday groups

The Monday Groups continue with the series of Bible Studies on the theme of “The Whole of Life for Christ”. These studies enable us to explore the gospels’ invitation into whole-life discipleship – a life of following and imitating Jesus.

The dates are as follows.

Evening Group 7.30pm in the church on 11th & 25th February.

Morning Group 10.00am in the hall on 25th February.

You are welcome to come to either group but we would particularly welcome more people to the morning group which is quite small at present. If you would like to come but need transport please speak to Robert or Monica.


10.00-11.30am Coffee & chat in the hall, all welcome.

2.00pm Evergreen Club.


6.30pm Choir Rehearsal in the hall.


10.30am – 11.30am Cuppa & chat in the hall. Fairtrade Stall. All welcome.

Lunch at 12.00   To book lunch ring Monica 732935 or Janet 55932.

First Thursday Praise & Prayers, a short time of worship before lunch.

Dates for your diary

Tuesday 19th February

7.30pm Buddies at the home of David & Brenda, 27 The Parkway. All welcome. 

Monday 25th February

10.00am Monday Group (session 2) in the hall.

7.30pm Monday Group (session 4) in the church. 

Friday 1st March

2.00pm World Day of Prayer Service.

Monday 25th February – Sunday 10th March, Fairtrade Fortnight

Saturday 2nd March 10.00 – 12.00

Fair Trade Coffee Morning, Imperial Rooms, Matlock. 

Sunday 3rd March

1.00 – 5.00 Traidcraft Big Brew & judging of schools ‘chocolate wrapper’ competition in the Whitworth Gallery room. 

Friday 8th March

10.30 – 12.30 Traidcraft Big Brew, Darley Dale Methodist Church Hall.

Saturday 16th March

10.00am – 12.30 Coffee Morning in the hall in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

We would value your presence and support at any of these events.



Come – Everything is Ready!

Everything is ready and the invitation is for everyone - men, women and children of all ages to join this Day of Prayer. Women of Slovenia, one of the smallest and youngest countries in Europe, have prepared this year's service and they encourage us to reflect on the barriers they have faced since the end of the Second World War when their country was a part of Yugoslavia, a Marxist socialist republic. They share the challenges they have met and the hopes they have for the future.

World Day of Prayer is an international, inter-church organisation which enables us to hear the thoughts of women from all parts of the world: their hopes, concerns and prayers. The preparation for the day is vast. An international committee is based in New York and there are national committees in each participating country. Regional conferences meet to consider the service and then local groups make their plans. Finally, at a church near you on Friday March 1st 2019 people will gather to celebrate the service prepared by the women of Slovenia.

The Day of Prayer is celebrated in over 120 countries. It begins in Samoa and prayer in native languages travels throughout the world --- through Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas before finishing in American Samoa some 38 hours later.

Come and join with us here at Darley Dale Methodist Church at 2.00pm on Friday 1st March. Be part of this global day of prayer.

All welcome.

Jean Yates has been the World Day of Prayer Rep for Darley Dale for many years and wishes to retire from this position. If you think you might like to take on this role please speak to Jean and she will be able to tell you what it involves.

Ecumenical Events

First Monday Holy Communions have been planned as follows:

March 4th at Darley Dale Methodist Church.

April 1st at St. Mary’s.

May 13th (as May 6th is a Bank Holiday) at St. Helen’s.

June 3rd at Darley Dale Methodist Church.

July 1st at St. Mary’s.

August 5th No service

September 2nd at St. Helen’s.  

Lent Groups using the York Course called Daring to see God now

Mondays from 11th March to 8th April, 7.30pm at Darley Dale Methodist Church.

Tuesdays from 12th March to 9th April, 10.15am at St. Helen’s.

Fridays from 15th March to 12th April, 10am at St. Mary’s.

Care Home Worship

Rev Stephen Monk is looking for help in going into the nursing homes once a month – ideally people who can help to lead singing hymns from the large print books. This happens on the third week of each month at Ivonbrook (Mon, 2pm), Meadow View (Tues, 1.30pm) and Darley Hall (Fri, 2pm). Contact Stephen on 734257 or email if you wish to get involved.

Robert holds a Communion Service at Underhall on the first Wednesday of the month at 6.00pm. This is open to other people and will be offered to those who come to Thursday lunches. If you know of anyone else who may be unable to get to church on a Sunday morning to take part in Communion but who may appreciate joining others for Communion at Underhall please let Robert know.

If you plan on going please be at the door at the front of Underhall, opposite the chemist, by 5.55pm at the latest as you need to be let in through the security door. 

Circuit & Other Events

Friday 8th February

7.00pm Action for Children Support Group meeting, The Boat, Cromford. 

Sunday 17th February

Circuit Walk. Meet at the Park Head, Matlock (the end of the park near Crown Square & the road bridge) at 1.45pm for a circular walk up Masson & along to Matlock Bath and back along the same hillside. Walk leader Gail Spolton 01629 582008

Saturday 2nd March

Spring District Day, Ashbourne Road Church, Derby 10.30am coffee followed by business meeting at 11.00am. Speaker: Dr Jill Barber, Englesea Brook Chapel & Museum. Fish & chip lunch available, to be organised on the day. Booking not necessary. All welcome.

Nottingham & Derby District Days of Fellowship

Monday 25th – Thursday 28th March

Willersley 10.00am – 3.45pm cost £16.50 which includes coffee, lunch and conference expenses. The day will be led by Jill Baker, former Connexional MWiB President and former Vice President of Conference. If you would like to go please take a booking form and send it off with payment or if you would like to go as a group on Wednesday 27th please write your name on the sheet in the entrance to the church and give payment to Monica by 17th February (cash or cheque made out to MWiB Nottingham and Derby District). Transport will be arranged when numbers are known.

The church on the bus


  1. Volunteers (18+) to support homeless and vulnerable adults on the bus.

  2. People to fill flasks of boiling water and bring milk.

  3. People to drive the bus (training given.)

  4. People to make sandwiches for the guests.


  1. People with experience of legal aspects of running charities.

  2. People with creative and computer skills to help with publicity.

  3. People with experience of Personnel, Data Protection, Finance or general administration.

  4. People with good communication skills able to talk to interested groups.

If you are interested, please phone or text John Phillips on 07585 153 369 with your contact details or download the application forms from our website which is

How do you see God? 

Paul Strange asked us this question. The first thing that came to mind was Michelangelo’s ‘Creation’ on the Sistine chapel ceiling in Rome. Whitehaired and majestic, God is the ‘Ancient of Days’, putting life into Adam, the first man.

Then I thought of Elijah. In the cave on Mount Horeb, at the end of his tether and ready to die, some alarming incidents drew his attention to God. The whirlwind, the earthquake, the fire: perhaps God would speak through them? But God chose to communicate in the still, small voice.

God was so real to St Paul that he told the terrified sailors, tossing for 14 days on the Adriatic and heading to be wrecked on the island of Malta, that, though the ship would be lost, all 282 people on board would survive. So they did.

Yes, God can be all powerful, unfathomable, but Jesus gave us a different angle. In the wonderful story of the Prodigal Son we see an elderly man looking down a dusty road, shielding his eyes from the sun. He has seen someone coming, ragged and barefoot – his son. Whatever the lad has done, as he stammers out his excuses, the old man is only ready to forgive. Rembrandt, that most sensitive of artists, captured the scene movingly.

This God is Our Father.                                                                                

Di Priestly

Why is it important to read and study the Bible both individually and together?

The Methodist Church website states the following:-

Deeply engaging with Scripture is important for all Christians, and Methodism is no exception. John Wesley described Methodists as a people who had been raised up to spread 'Scriptural Holiness' throughout the land, and recognised that immersion in Scripture was one key way in which the people of God grew into maturity and faith. Historically Methodists discovered that meeting in small groups helped people to become better followers of Jesus. Intentional conversation together helps form 'whole life, lifelong and world transforming discipleship.' If we are serious about our faith and being disciples of Jesus then bible study and prayer should be an integral part of our daily life.

Personally I am grateful to my mother who read the Bible and prayed daily with my siblings and me from an early age and then encouraged us as we got older to read the Bible for ourselves using appropriate bible reading notes. In adult life I have been blessed by being a member of a Bible study group or house group at various times and in various places e.g. at college, when working abroad and here in Matlock and Darley Dale.

It is particularly helpful to read the Bible and discuss in a small group as we all have different life experiences and viewpoints to bring to our understanding of what God is saying to us through the Scriptures.

So do come along to one of the Monday groups or to Buddies. Everyone is very welcome and all contributions valued.


Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105

All We Can – 80 years of making a difference.

All We Can has its roots in a response to the refugee crisis in Europe, pioneered by Methodist Minister Henry Carter in 1938, who founded the Methodist Refugee Fund. His goal was to raise money for supplies to relieve hunger and improve conditions among refugees in Austria and Germany. Since then, All We Can has helped millions of people round the world in finding solutions to poverty, reaching some of the poorest and most disadvantaged communities.

All We Can also continues to support those who have fled their homes in search of safety. One example of this is the support being given to the Rohingya people in refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Nearly 700,000 people are living here in cramped, squalid conditions and the monsoon season is likely to make the situation much worse.  All We Can  is providing food aid, hygiene kits and psychological support.

Another example is the work being done with Syrian refugees in Jordan. Special classes help children to make new friends, handle difficult emotions and overcome their fear and trauma. All We Can also supports vulnerable women by helping them to work together to develop new skills and training them in how to start their own enterprises and co-operatives.

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A copy of the Circuit Calendar is on the notice board at the back of the church.