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COVID-19: the Methodist Church updated its guidance on July 28th ( but the Methodist Circuit has advised us not to open our  Chapel & Community Centre for services of worship or mid-week activities yet. In the meantime the Property Steward has been issued with guidance on risk assessments and the necessary cleaning before re-opening.

The nearby Lumsdale Valley is also closed: see ‘Community News’ for more details.

May you stay well during these challenging times.


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Do use ‘Contact us’ to let us know of any worries, queries, events – good or bad – or other matters to share. As you will see, some of the material below has been sent to us.

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



The National Methodist Youth Brass Band streamed a concert on Saturday 20th June which is still available. The concert should have been held at the Methodist Church in Lichfield, but in the current situation the members have recorded if from their homes. The link is here.

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

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

Andrew Lloyd Webber is sometimes streaming musicals for free at weekends but there hasn’t been one for  a month: see ‘The Shows Must Go On’ YouTube 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 31 July.



The main Matlock FoodBank is organised by Jigsaw and is located at the Church in the Peak. Their foodbank has had to scale up their operation in response to the increasing need. See this link.  If you wish to donate money use this link. (You can ask that the money goes specifically to Jigsaw.)  The nearest Trussell Trust food bank is at Clay Cross.  The interdenominational Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) has produced a guide on supporting foodbanks: JPIT foodbanks-and-covid-19.

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.

Charity Shops in Matlock: the British Red Cross shop has re-opened but asks us to call 01629 56253 to check they are open on any particular day/hour. The British Heart Foundation shop on Firs Parade is now open but with restricted hours.

Matlock Library has been open since July 6th with limited opening times and restrictions: phone 01629 533 837 or email: [email protected]


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.

This funny piece about Facebook was sent by George Smith:



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 Garden Scheme now has a page where you can make ‘virtual visits’ to private gardens in the scheme: click here for the link.

The four RHS gardens have been open since June 1st. For example, 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) which also includes how the World Mission Fund is helping Methodists around the world.

There was a service on MHA Sunday (link to come) which was very moving: it is stil 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: 

“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.”

In her live-streamed sermon on Palm Sunday at Wesley’s Chapel, London, the Revd Canon Dr Jennifer Smith read a poem attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, the New England poet:

“What is success?
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate the beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch Or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!”



Judith, a lay preacher, has compiled a sheet of  Prayers and Readings for the Summer (2020) which can be accessed from the link. Earlier in the lock-down she also put together 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.)




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.

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 service for Sunday 2nd August is Helen 2.8.2020 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.

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 July 19th it comes from Eyam with the Rev’d Kate Bottley. Click here for details.

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.