Matlock Moor Methodist Church

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We hope you had a joyful Easter Sunday.


Our next zoom service is on April 11th .

See ‘What’s On’ for other  ‘real’ or zoom service in Matlock churches. (Use Contact Us to get the zoom details). 


Our ‘Keeping in Touch’ page is still active in finding prayers, services you can access, videos to make you laugh and much more.


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


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


Please also visit our facebook page

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.


All links were live at 1.2.2021.

Checkhov’s Uncle Vanya was filmed in an empty Harold Pinter Theatre, with the same cast except for Roger Allam, who replaced Ciarán Hinds. It was broadcast on the BBC in December 2020, and will remain on iPlayer for one year. UK audiences can watch it here.

The new ‘National Theatre at Home’ is a streaming service of their past recorded plays. You can pay for one play or subscribe. If you take out a subscription it is £8.32 a month or £83.32 a year. For details look here.

For a great piece comprised of 34 members playing in their own homes see Woodley Concert Band’s rendition of ‘Thank you for the Music‘. Remember Abba?

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. Again, the 20 singers filmed and recorded it separately at home.

The Sixteen are performing streamed concerts in their ‘Choral Odyssey ‘ series. The cost is £10 per household/concert. For more information click here.

The National Methodist Youth Brass Band streamed a concert in June which is still available. The members also separately recorded their part at home. The link is here.

You can still access for free past concerts from/via the Royal Albert Hall (London): see this link


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.

Matlock Library is open but you need to book to use the computers: phone 01629 533 837 or email:

On-line and telephone shopping: 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.  Sauced Here (Ashford in the Water) delivers to Matlock.  Sainsburys still seems to be prioritising access to the over 70s and disabled between 8am and 9am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.


Jane Taylor sent us this video in which the Phoenix choir in Vancouver, Canada, put the tune of Billy Joel’s ‘The Longest Time’ to new words. The video features 36 individual webcam videos of each singer.  Click here to watch it.

Our Minister, Helen Penfold, has forwarded the first one. It was 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. 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.)



The next video has come from Julia Edwards. It is very short but will have you in stitches:



Jackie recommends the Blue badge Tours: contact  She says they are excellent.

The National Trust has now opened more than 135 of its gardens and parks. You need to book to access all the parks: every Friday tickets are released for the following 7 days.   See this link for more information.

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 and we are not local so we will have to wait to go there.  See this RHS link.


Our friends at MHA (Methodist care homes) are amongst those on the frontline doing amazing work in very difficult circumstances. Currently they are appealing for ‘fidget blankets’ for their residents with dementia. Click here for details.

There was a service on MHA Sunday which was very moving: it is still available to watch here. 



Amanda Gorman, Youth Poet Laureate in the USA, read a wonderful poem that she had written 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


All Saints’ Church, Matlock used this poem in their notices in February 2021:

Love: George Herbert

Love bade me welcome; yet my soul drew back,

Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning,
If I lack’d anything.

A guest, I answer’d, worthy to be here:
Love said, You shall be he.
I, the unkind, ungrateful? Ah, my dear,
I cannot look on thee.
Love took my hand, and smiling did reply,
Who made the eyes but I?

Truth, Lord, but I have marr’d them: let my shame
Go where it doth deserve.

And know you not, says Love, who bore the blame?

My dear, then I will serve.
You must sit down, says Love, and taste my meat:

So I did sit and eat.



George has forwarded this message from Pope Francis:


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 in Difficult Times (2020)

On a lighter note the prayer section of the Methodist Church web-site has this suggestion for fridge prayers: “Stick a favourite prayer up on the fridge door, then each time you visit the fridge, you can say that prayer. (It need not be ‘Please help me to choose the slimline yoghurt, not the cream cake’!)”.

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.

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.)



On Sunday 24th January there was a Methodist Love Feast by zoom for Matlock Moor friends led by the Rev’d Helen Penfold and on Sunday 21st February the Rev’d Colin Smith led another wonderful service by zoom.

The next zoom service is on March 14th (Mothering Sunday).

See ‘What’s On’ for more details but everyone is very welcome – just email via ‘Contact Us’ to get the zoom details. 

Unfortunately, there are now few options for watching live services on the television but there is a service of worship on Radio 4 at 8.10am each Sunday and also Songs of Praise on the TV (see below). However, 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

Most local Methodist churches have again had to close their doors for services.

On-line services

Several local churches have organised services using zoom. With the larger churches there are ‘break out’ rooms at the end for people to chat in small groups. If you want to join a local service by zoom 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 a Word version of weekly services: ask us via ‘Contact Us’ to add you to the weekly circulation list. The Methodist Church is also providing typed services each week: see this site to access them.

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. 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.


The Methodist Church:

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

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