Matlock Moor Methodist Church

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There are Sunday services at Matlock Moor each week  at 10.30am (unless there is a joint or Circuit service elsewhere).  See ‘What’s On’ for more details.

We have many special services for Advent and Christmas: see ‘What’s on’ or ‘Family Focus’.

Something’s Brewing is every MONDAY 10am-12noon (except Bank Holidays) and Kids’ Club is every WEDNESDAY at 4pm (except in the school holidays). There are also yoga classes and Al-Anon meetings.

 You are very welcome at any event.

We are happy to respond to any query or concern you may have: please use ‘Contact Us’.

Please also visit our facebook page


 Family Focus


The Kid’s Club is taking part in the Community Carol Service: see below.


Something’s Brewing

a Cuppa and …  EVERY MONDAY  10am until 12 noon. 

Drop in anytime for a FREE drink. 

There will always be another activity that you can join in (we’ve had making hearts for Valentine’s Day, painting pebbles, crochet, knitting) but you can just sit and chat if you wish. 





We have several family events planned for the rest of this year:


December 17th: Community Carol Service at 6pm

Those taking part will be people from the community (young and old) and everyone is welcome. And the Kids’ Club is taking part in this Community Carol Service. Please do come. It lasts for no more than an hour and then there are mincepies and other refreshments.


December 24th: Carols, Crafts and Cake at 3pm.

With lots of cake, crafts and carols! Do come – it’s a lovely way to spend Christmas Eve.


December 25th – Christmas Day 2023

The service is at 10.30am – about 3/4 of an hour: carols and the Christmas story.

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Past Events

Christingle Service 3rd December 2023 4pm

This was brilliant!  Lots of people came and everyone was happy.

Barn Dance: Saturday 30th September at 6pm.

The suggested donation was £5 but there was NO charge for children.

Harvest Festival: Sunday 1st October 10.30am

The Rev David Glasson led the service with traditional harvest hymns.


HERITAGE OPEN DAY: 9th September 11am – 3.30pm – we had about 60 people and all the professional and ‘amateur’ stalls were very busy.

We had a lovely time at the CORONATION BIG LUNCH on 7th MAY.

On PALM SUNDAY (2023) we had an event at 3pm which was great and we had many families. (And we ate quite a lot of food.)

Many families also attended the GAMES EVENING on March 25th (2023) The first half was games of Beetle and after the food there was a very highly contested Scavenger game with lots of running around!



These events are now annual ones –  CANDLELIGHT COMMUNITY CAROL SERVICE

and this year it will be on 17th December (2023) at 6pm.

on 11th December at 6.30pm was really well attended – thanks to all those taking part. (The non-alcoholic punch also seemed to go down well.)




at 3pm on Christmas Eve 

with lots of cake and crafts.


If you want to add anything to the items below just use ‘Contact us’ to send us an email.


You might wish to have a go at this cake!  If you feel brave you can hide the list of ingredients on the right hand side of the list and then try and work them out from the Bible passages.

The  Scripture Cake!

1.  225 g (8oz)   1 Kings 4: 22             (flour)

2.   100g (4 oz)   Judges 5.25               (butter)

3.   100g (4oz)   Jeremiah 6; 20          (sweet calamus = sugar)

4.  75g (3oz)    1 Samuel 25: 18            (fruit)

5.  75g (30z)   Nahum 3: 12                 (figs)

6.  25g (1oz)    Numbers 17. 8            (almonds)

7.  2                Jeremiah: 11                 (eggs)

8.  1 pinch       Leviticus 2: 13            (salt)

9.  2 tbsp         Judges 4: 19                 (milk)

10.  1 tsp            2 Chronicles 9: 9         (spices)

Answers to the Biblical references are given above in brackets.

If you want to make the cake see, for instructions,  SCRIPTURE CAKE



If you want to encourage the children to learn how to conduct music – watch this!

It is a video of a toddler conducting Borodin! See this link. (You need to scroll down to the video.)




This video is very short but is worth every second every second! When the video was taken the two people were the Prince of Wales and Camilla but are now the King and Queen Consort.



If someone in your family writes poems do send it to us.

The poem below is by Amanda Gorman, Youth Poet Laureate in the USA: she read her own poem at the inauguration of President Biden. You can watch it HERE .  The poem ends with the following words:

We will rebuild, reconcile and recover
and every known nook of our nation and
every corner called our country,
our people diverse and beautiful will emerge,
battered and beautiful
When day comes we step out of the shade,
aflame and unafraid
The new dawn blooms as we free it
For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it.




It was led by the Rev’d Helen Penfold. It is a service with a long history: John Wesley and the early Methodists celebrated it and so did those Methodists called ‘Primitive Methodists’ in the 19th century but then it fell into disuse.

The Love Feast, or Agape, is a Christian fellowship meal recalling the meals Jesus shared with disciples during his ministry. Cake and  drink is shared. By zoom of course everyone has to provide their own cake or biscuits and a drink of tea or coffee or similar. Here is an old recipe if you want to have a go at making it:

A traditional Love Feast Cake Recipe
Adapted from the Middlesmoor Lovefeast Bread used in the Yorkshire Dales at the time of
John Wesley
• 1lb (400g) plain flour
• 1oz (25g) baking powder
• 5oz (125g) butter
• 8oz (200g) sugar
• 2oz (50g) mixed peel
• 4oz (100g) sultanas
• 2 eggs
• About half a pint (280ml) of milk
• Mix the flour and baking powder together, rub in the butter, then add the sugar, sultanas
and peel.
• Beat the eggs together with a little milk and add to the dry ingredients.
• Add the rest of the milk to make a soft consistency.
• Pour the mixture into two loaf tins or a large cake tin.
Cook at 180°C (350°F) or gas mark 4 for at least 45 minutes for the loaf tins, or 1 hour for
the large cake tin.

This works fine if you use half quantities and put it in a loaf tin. You can also substitute 6 oz (3oz) mixed dried fruit for the peel + sultanas.



This was led by the Rev’d Colin Smith and you can access here the Passover Order of Service for Maundy Thursday 2021  by clicking on it.


Past family events

1st – 2nd October: Barn Dance and Harvest Festival

4th June Platinum Jubilee Big Lunch Sunday 8th May – the service included a Christening.

Please contact us if you want a Christening for your baby.

The Chapel is also available for weddings and funerals. Contact us via the website and we wil direct you to the appropriate Minister.

Easter Sunday 17th April 4-6pm

A Family Party: we had a great time with lots of crafts and food. Many thanks to everyone who came and to all those who helped.


The Light Trail

This free treasure hunt at half term 2021 was good fun and many people took part. We also had a good open house on Thursday 28th at the Matlock Moor Chapel & Community Centre: all children got sweets and a book.