Matlock Moor Methodist Church

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See the ‘What’s On’ page for the latest informatiom about re-opening and our   ‘Keeping in Touch’ page for prayers, videos to make you laugh and much more.

COVID-19:  For the latest guidance from the Methodist Church click this link.

Part of the Lumsdale Valley is closed: see ‘Community News’.

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

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May you stay well during these challenging times.


Please do send us something we can share here: use ‘Contact us’ to send an email.

Below is information (in alphabetical order) about how you can access worship on-line and also about food,  concerts to watch, prayers, poems, shopping and things to make you laugh. We will add other topics and links as we receive them.



If you are aware of any ‘real’ concerts taking place locally please let us know.

Sacred Songs – The Secrets of our Hearts is a selection of beautifully sung pieces sent to us by Hilary, a friend living in Harrow. It can be accessed here. The 20 singers filmed and recorded separately in their own homes.

The National Methodist Youth Brass Band streamed a concert on Saturday 20th June which is still available. The members have separately played and recorded the concert from their homes. The link is here.

The Royal Albert Hall (London) is still providing free concerts: see this link

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has 15 free online concerts from their archives: use this link.

Classic FM has collated a list of other orchestras who are livestreaming concerts: see music news. It was last updated 13th August.

Andrew Lloyd Webber has stopped streaming new musicals but see ‘The Shows Must Go On’ YouTube link for past ones which still seem to be available for free.

However, the National Theatre appears to have stopped streaming a play each week  – that is a great pity.



The main Matlock FoodBank is organised by Jigsaw and is located at the Church in the Peak.  See this link.  If you wish to donate money use this link. (You can ask that the money goes specifically to Jigsaw.)

Shopping in Matlock: Palins in Tansley deliver vegetable and fruit boxes and an assortment of groceries. See this link.    Figgshaws  (Cromford) do deliveries of meat packs. In Matlock the Maazi delivers take-away Indian food and Thailand No 1 delivers Thai food.  Sainsburys still seems to be prioritising access to the over 70s and disabled between 8am and 9am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Charity Shops: the British Red Cross shop has re-opened as has the British Heart Foundation shop on Firs Parade. However, the Age UK shop on Bank Road has, sadly, shut permanently.

Matlock Library is open with limited opening times and restrictions: phone 01629 533 837 or email: [email protected]


Jane Taylor, who writes our Christmas poems, sent us this video in which the Phoenix choir in Vancouver, Canada, put the tune of Billy Joel’s ‘The Longest Time’ (he was delighted) to new words. The video features 36 individual webcam videos of each singer and has drawn more than 1.7 million views on YouTube. It was written during their lockdown in April but is still relevant and with some funny verses. Click here to watch it.

Our Minister, Helen Penfold, has forwarded the first one. It is produced by Bethany Baptist Church who say, ” We are not making light of the current situation or the seriousness of this virus, we as a church have had people we love affected by this pandemic and also have incredible people in our congregation who have been on the front line. This video is simply meant to bring a smile to your face”.  And it certainly does – it is very funny.  To see it Click this link.

This one (sent to us by Carol Burgess) is a wonderful video of a toddler conducting Borodin! See this link. (You need to scroll down to the video.)

Alan Piper recommends this: Tico tico – anything one can do with a guitar, two can do better – click on this link. (Skip the ad.) It’s very clever – and funny.

George Smith has sent us two funny pieces – one on ‘Exercise for people over 60’ and the other about Facebook:

The next videos have come from Julia Edwards  who says, “I am sending this as I hope these things will cheer you up during these trying times.  I am a friend of Christine and Alan Piper.  I met them at Bristol University in the 1960’s where we were all members of the Methodist Society (or Meth Soc as it was known).  I was Christine’s bridesmaid at their wedding”. The first piece is four young women playing stringed instruments and a piano in a way you have never seen before!

The second one is very short but will have you in stitches:



The National Trust has now opened more than 135 of its gardens and parks although many do not yet allow entry to the house itself. However, the house at Lyme Park in Cheshire is now open. You need to book to access all the parks and properties: every Friday tickets are released for the following 7 days.  See this link.

Although the gardens are Hardwick Hall  have suffered from inevitable neglect it is still worth a visit as there are many short and longer walks you can do around the estate.  The House itself has recently opened. See the information here.   The houses at Lyme Park in Cheshire and Calke Abbey in south Derbyshire are also open. At Calke Abbey the walled gardens above the House are well worth a visit at the moment.

The National Garden Scheme has a page where you can make ‘virtual visits’ to private gardens in the scheme: click here for the link. There’s nearly 200 to choose from.

The four RHS gardens are open. Our nearest one, Harlow Carr (Yorkshire), is open to visitors but with advance bookings only. See this RHS link.

MHA and The Methodist Podcast

Our friends at MHA (Methodist care homes) are amongst those on the frontline doing amazing work in very difficult circumstances. Like many care homes they have lacked equipment. You can donate to help the MHA purchase the vital PPE needed – face masks, gloves, goggles, aprons and gowns, vital to limit spread and protect staff, residents and their relatives”. Click here to donate MHA’s Chief Executive, Sam Monaghan, has spoken on radio and TV about the challenges they face and he explains more about these on the Methodist Podcast (Episode 12).

For other Methodist podcasts click here for the link.

There was a service on MHA Sunday which was very moving: it is still available to watch here. September 6th has been designated for churches to hold a service and Matlock Moor Methodist Church had intended to hold a service with an MHA Chaplain as speaker.



Fergal Keane chose this poem on the radio soon after lock-down started. It is by John O’Donohue in a book of poetry called To Bless the Space Between Us. At this time of local ‘spikes’ and uncertainty over travelling abroad it is still very relevant.

“This is the time to be slow,

Lie low to the wall

Until the bitter weather passes.

Try, as best you can, not to let

The wire brush of doubt

Scrape from your heart

All sense of yourself

And your hesitant light.

If you remain generous,

Time will come good;

And you will find your feet

Again on fresh pastures of promise,

Where the air will be kind

And blushed with beginning.”

The next poem is just one verse taken from John Clare’s long 28 verse poem entitled ‘Summer Images’. John Clare (1793-1864) suffered from mental illness and ended his life in an asylum but he was able to evoke lovely images.

“Rich music breathes in Summer’s every sound;
And in her harmony of varied greens,
Woods, meadows, hedge-rows, corn-fields, all around
Much beauty intervenes,
Filling with harmony the ear and eye;
While o’er the mingling scenes
Far spreads the laughing sky.”

See this link for more of Clare’s poetry.



The Arthur Rank Centre is an ecumenical national charity, which resources, trains, and advocates for rural Christians, rural churches and the communities they serve. They have asked that we thank our farmers during this season of Harvest as they have had a very difficult year. Here is their prayer for Harvest 2020:

Loving God,

we give thanks for those who produce our food:

for farmers and fishermen, factory and shop workers.

We pray for those for whom this has been a difficult year:

farmers who have battled the weather to grow food,

delivery drivers and shop workers who kept working despite the pandemic.

Help us to value and support each other.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Eileen has sent this amazing statement by someone whose situation was very dire – worse than ours.

A well known declaration by a young Jew is on the wall of the Warsaw ghetto:
“I believe in the sun even when it does not shine.
I believe in love even though I do not feel it.
I believe in God even if I do not see Him.”


Judith, a lay preacher, has compiled a sheet of Prayers and Readings on the theme of Education (2020). (Click on the link.) One of them is the following:

Lord, thank you for the sound of children’s voices as they pass my door on the way to school or to the park or the shops. I pray for my local school; may it be a place of safety and somewhere children want to be. Bless the teaching staff with patience and understanding. Give them courage and tenacity when dealing with problems and difficulties and keep them safe.  Amen.

Earlier Judith also compiled a sheet of  Prayers and Readings for the Summer (2020) and  Prayers and Readings in Difficult Times (2020)

The Anglican Church has posted this prayer as part of its special prayers for this time:

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

To see more prayers on this site click here.

The Rev’d Barbara Glasson, former President of the Methodist Conference, wrote this prayer “for the Christian Community”:

We are not people of fear:
we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety:
we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.
We are not people of greed:
we are people of generosity.
We are your people God,
giving and loving,
wherever we are,
whatever it costs
For as long as it takes
wherever you call us.


We have received the following lovely reflection and prayer about hope; the soundtrack is ‘Amazing Grace’: here is the short video –


A church member has shared the following reflection with us:

“Imagine Jesus talking;

This is a time in your life when you must learn to let go; of loved ones, of possessions, of control.

In order to let go of something that is precious to you, you need to rest in My Presence, where you are complete.

Take time to bask in the Light of My Love.  As you relax more and more, your grasping hand gradually opens up, releasing your prized possession into My care.

You can feel secure, even in the midst of cataclysmic changes, through awareness of My continual Presence.

The One who never leaves you is the same One who never changes;  I am the same yesterday, today, and forever.

As you release more and more things into My care, remember that I never let go of your hand.

Herein lies your security, which no one and no circumstances can take from you.”

(Sarah Young: Jesus Calling (2004): reflection for March 24th. Sarah references the following Bible passages: Psalm 89; Hebrews 13: 8; Isaiah 41:13.)



Julia Edwards has sent us this story about a stork in Croatia. It raises issues about looking after our wild life:



There are now few options for watching live services on the television but there are are other options below.  Several of the options below have been used by those who usually worship at Matlock Moor Methodist Church. All have been found to be helpful.

‘Live’ services

Several local Methodist churches are re-opening their doors for services, starting on 6th September. There is one at Darley Dale Methodist Church that day. St Giles and All Saints Anglican churches are already open for Sunday worship.

On-line services

There are now several local churches doing services by zoom. If you want to join them please send a message on ‘Contact Us’ and we will get the information to you asap.

Our Minister, the Rev’d Helen Penfold, has been sending us weekly reflections and now services: past ones in July and August can be accessed here. The text of her next is Helen Service 30 August 2020

For those feeling the loss of communion, the Methodist Church has circulated a short act of ‘spiritual-communion.’  The Love Feast  is a Christian fellowship meal recalling the meals Jesus shared with disciples during his ministry.There is a Methodist site about this which also has a link to organising a love feast on-line. There is even a link to a traditional Love Feast cake recipe. See Love Feast.

TV and radio

The BBC: on Radio 4 at 8.10am there is a Sunday service: you can listen to this live on the radio or access later via iPlayer (access here) and BBC Sounds (sign in/register here).

On BBC1  there is  Songs of Praise at 1.15pm. On August 30th Aled Jones visits Blenheim Palace. See


The Methodist Church:

There is now an excellent site for accessing many services and worship resources. It can be accessed via the Methodist Church website under ‘Worship during the coronvirus pandemic’ or the Singing the Faith Plus website.

The links include the short ‘worship from home’ service sheet for each Sunday up to and including 26th July.  If you don’t have a hymn book links to YouTube versions are usually provided. (Also, if you use the Hymnary website you can find a list of all the hymnbooks that have in them a particular hymn.) The possibilities also include setting up a Methodist Love Feast using Skype or Zoom: download Faith and Order Methodist-love-feast-0320

Methodist Central Hall in London live streams its service at 11am: click here.

Wesley’s Chapel in London: the live streaming of Sunday services can be accessed via the Wesley Chapel website (which gives details of their daily morning prayer and Sunday services) or YouTube 

Wesley House, Cambridge: every weekday morning there are prayers at 10am via  (Resources for the prayers and readings are available here.)

Swan Bank Methodist Church in Burslem: studio based worship on Sundays at 10:30am. Click on YouTube or Facebook.