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  service elsewhere).  See ‘What’s On’ for more details.

Something’s Brewing is every MONDAY – do pop in  – any time between 9.30am and 11.30am. There are also activities for older children during August.

 You are very welcome at any event.


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

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What’s On

HEADLINES (see below for details):

  • Something’s Brewing  – Monday morning
  • WEEKLY AL-ANON Group – Wednesday evening
  • WEEKLY YOGA CLASSES  – Thursday morning.


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The Something’s Brewing event on Monday mornings (9.30-11.30am)

includes free coffee  – or tea or squash or hot chocolate.

The Chapel & Community Centre will be open from 9.30 to 11.30pm   

for coffee and other activities

See also our Facebook page


There are services taking place in Methodist Circuit churches, including those at Matlock, Matlock Moor, Cromford, Tansley and Holloway with some churches also doing services by zoom.

The service at Matlock Moor Chapel & Community Centre (in the main hall) normally starts at 10.30am. You can choose whether to wear a mask, we sing the hymns, but the seating is nrormally still socially distanced. You can stay behind after the service for a chat and refreshments are usually served.

Services at Matlock Moor in AUGUST at 10.30am.

7th   – Mr Pete Towlson              

14th  – Mr David Gent                

21st – Rev’d Helen Penfold (Communion and Church Anniversary)

28th  – United Service at Matlock Methodist and United Reformed Church, Bank Road.


There are also zoom services  in several churches: use ‘Contact us’ to request the zoom details.

We have a small notice board outside the Chapel which provides details of the services for the month and you can find out about any services in the Mid-Derbyshire Methodist Circuit by accessing this link.

There is also now a Circuit Facebook page


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The class on Thursday mornings is a mixed ability yoga class and held in the large hall.  Entry is by the front porch. COVID-19 requirements have been agreed with the church trustees.

9.30 – 10.45am with Rachael Claxton: 

She is a FRYOG Diploma Yoga Trained Teacher who qualified in 2013 and teaches Hatha Yoga.  Along the way she has also taken other courses and workshops and has integrated these into her classes too. Contact Rachael for further information at or 07901508708.

Everyone is welcome to attend these classes which cater for a wide range of abilities.



Saturday 10th September – Heritage Open Day (part of the national event). The Chapel and Community Centre will be open with displays about the history of the building from to 2pm with refreshments, including soup and a roll at lunch time. Then it will open 6.30 – 8.30 pm with an illustrated talk at 7-7.45pm.

See for full details.

Saturday 1st October – Barn Dance for all ages  

Sunday 2nd October at 10.30 am – Harvest Festival



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’!)”.

You might also be interested in these other ways to join in worship:

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 





Easter Sunday 17th April 2022 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.

Action for Children Sunday: 11th July 2021

The Rev’d Colin Smith led this lovely service with others taking part. And we sang outside at the end again!

MHA (Methodist Homes) SERVICE: 13th June

The Rev’d David Lindo led this service and the discussion afterwards. We are very grateful for the service and his work as Chaplain at the Maple Leaf House, Ripley.


We re-opened Matlock Moor church for a wonderful service at Pentecost on May 23rd, led by the Rev’d Colin Smith.  We are still not allowed to sing hymns  inside the church so we went outside for the last hymn and sang ‘The Spirit lives to set us free … Walk, walk in the light’.

Christian Aid service

Matlock Moor hosted a Matlock area by zoom on Sunday 9th May. The readings and prayers were read by friends and it included a short video from Christian Aid.

On the 11th  and 25th of April we had lovely services by zoom led by Mrs Geraldine Stamp and the Rev’d Colin Smith.


The Rev’d Helen Penfold led the service by zoom at 10.30am.


This was led by the Rev’d Helen Penfold from Matlock Methodist and United Refomed Church.


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.

On Sunday 14th March we had a Mothering Sunday service led by the Rev’d Helen Penfold.

The service challenged us and the chat afterwards was  full of laughter, much of it caused by our tehnical shortcomings!

On Sunday 24th January 2021 we held a METHODIST LOVE FEAST SERVICE led by the Rev’d Helen Penfold.

It was a joy and a good mix of worship and chat about our hopes and fears as well as evidence of God’s working amongst us.

This 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. Now it is suitable for a service via zoom.

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.


Methodist Guidance

For the latest guidance use this link.

Relevant Government guidance about the use of community buildings can be found here.  The latest advice to churches from the Methodist Church about community use can be found in guide-for-other-community-users-in-your-church-building-3820

Currently there are several services held locally by zoom and led by our Minister or a lay preacher (see the ‘Keeping in Touch’ tab under ‘Worship’).



The next service at Victoria Court would have been on Monday April 20th at 2.30pm.

A  Songs of Praise Service. This independent living complex is off Smedley Street East (DE4 3QB).


The next Quiz Supper would have been on Saturday May 2nd at 7pm

This has had to be cancelled. The suggested donation is usually £5.


The Tuesday coffee mornings 10.15am – 11.45am  

Wednesday: Thornberries Mothers and Toddlers

Wednesday evening: Al-Anon

7.30-9pm each week.  Al-Anon Family Groups  provide support for families and friends of problem drinkers. For more information call 020 7403 0888 or use ‘Contact Us’ for enquiries about access, parking etc.

Children’s Games & Craft Club 3.30pm-5pm

But we hope to open again before too long with our new family outreach worker helping us although the day of the week will change. This is for children aged 5-11 and includes a snack. There are great craft activities and  lots of games. There is no charge. but parents or carers must attend the first session with their children.




 Christmas Eve 2020

On Christmas Eve the church was open from 4-5pm with the organ playing carols and the church candle lit.  Wrapped cake was taken home after the visit and we enjoyed it.


 Saturday 15th February: Quiz Supper at 7pm. 

This was again a great success with a full house.

Sunday 29th December: a joint service with Matlock Methodist and United Reformed Church.   

The service led by Mrs Sue Sunderland was both joyful and challenging and it was great to have a packed house. Many thanks to all our friends who came from Bank Road.


Tuesday 24th December: Family Carols & Cake at 3pm. 

This Christmas Eve hour of singing and  – of course – cake has proved very popular in the last few years  – and did again this year.


Sunday 22nd December: Community Carol Service at 7pm.  

Well known carols, new poems by Jane Taylor, Bible readings by local residents and seasonal refreshments afterwards. A lovely service.

Thursday 12th December: CHRISTMAS CONCERT at 7pm

A very good concert from Darley Hillside Choir as usual.

Saturday November 9th: QUIZ SUPPER       

A full house and good food.

28th – 29th September: Harvest Weekend

On the Saturday evening 45 people – of all ages – enjoyed the Harvest Barn Dance. Thanks to Margaret Taylor for  organising the dancing and to all who prepared lots of food for the finger buffet.   On Sunday morning the Rev’d Paul Worsnop led a challening and fun Harvest Celebration Service.

A wonderful weekend.

13th – 15th September: Heritage Open Days Weekend.

A really interesting talk on the Friday evening Friday evening  – “What’s in a Name?”  – which took the names of the new estate roads and explained how they relate to the history of Matlock Moor and the Lumsdale valley. If you missed it and would like it to be put on again – use ‘Contact Us’.

On Saturday morning we met intersing people over coffee and Sunday we had a wonderful service followd by soup and cake.  Thanks to Alan for doing the displays about the history of the chapel and the area.

On the Sunday afternoon the Lumsdale section of the Arkwright Society led two groups down the Lumsdale Valley  –  also as part of the HOD weekend. Many people went to the Smithy for refreshments  – thanks to Rachael and her team.

Saturday 7th September 7pm: Quiz Supper

A full house again. Great quiz questions and super food cooked and organised by Gill.

Sunday 18th August: Church Anniversary service

A great afternoon service led by Mr Peter Wadsworth, followed by cake – as always!

Sunday 2nd June: Matlock Moor Big Lunch

Although we had to stay inside  because of the rain we had a really happy time  – everyone contributed lots of great food and we talked to new and old friends.

Sunday 12th May: A Proper Afternoon Tea!

We had good attendance and ate lots of scones and cake! £186 .50p was raised for Christian Aid and as several people gift-aided their donations Christian Aid will be able to claim back more. Many thanks to all who baked and/or came to tea.

Saturday 4th  May: Quiz Supper

As usual a great evening with good food and some interesting questions.  Over 40 people came and the teams were very competitive! Thanks to Betty, the cooks and bakers, the furniture movers – and the dishwasher.

EASTER DAY: 21st April

We had a continental breakfast at 9am, an Easter egg hunt and an informal Easter celebration service with Holy Communion. A really lovely morning.

Mothering Sunday Service: 31st March

All of us enjoyed making posies as part of a really interesting cafe style service – with, of course, cake!

Saturday 2nd March:  Quiz Supper

54 of us enjoyed great food, excellent questions, and had fun! Thanks especially to Gill (catering), Neil (Quiz Master) and Angie (gluten-free cakes) – as well as all the other makers and buyers of salads, quiches, bread and cake.

Tuesday 26th February:  Neighbourhood Natter.

We were joined by Gwen Emegbo from Christian Aid who told us about the background to new projects involving the production of tea, coffee and honey (which we all tasted). A really interesting morning.

Friday 25th January at 6.30pm  – Games Evening with Pie & Pea Supper.

The pies and peas supplied by Elizabeth Towe from the local Sandy Lane Farm were much appreciated and all the tables seemed to be engrossed in various board and card games.

Sunday 23rd at 10.30am:  Christmas Communion

A wonderful service led by the Rev’d Colin Smith.

FAMILY CAROLS & CAKE: Christmas Eve at 3pm

Mrs Jennie Binks persuaded young and old alike to build up the crib scene  – in between eating cake!

Candlelit Community Carol Service: Sunday 16th December at 7pm

Over 50 people came from the neighbourhood. Special thanks are due to Jane Taylor for the new poems.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Thursday 6th December 7pm.

Another lovely concert from Darley Hillside Choir.

QUIZ SUPPER: Saturday 24th November 7pm.

Forty of us enjoyed good food and questions which were a  nice mix of hard and easier!

CELEBRATION RE-OPENING SERVICE:  Sunday 18th November at 3pm

The wonderful re-dedication service was led by the Rev’d Helen Penfold (Minister for Matlock Moor) and the Rev’d Robert Foster (Circuit Superintendent) and a challenging address was given by the Rev’d Loraine Mellor (District Chair and President of the Methodist Conference 2017-8).  It was followed by far too much tea and cake!  We are very grateful that the Vice Chairman of Derbyshire Dales District Council, the Mayor of Matlock, and several councillors attended as well as a very large congregation of friends from churches in Matlock, and the Methodist Circuit and District.

The chapel is very grateful for all the support and help given by so many people over the past two years and particularly in the past week. We also thanks the builders, plumbers, painters, and electrician who have worked so hard, especially over the last two weeks.


Heritage Open Days:   September 14th -15th

Despite the rain on Friday we had two enjoyable walks starting at the chapel – and then lots of cake and tea at a nearby home!

Church Anniversary Service and Tea: August 19th

Not daunted by the lack of our building we celebrated at a nearby house the 115th Birthday of the chapel which had its opening service on August 20th.

Big Lunch: Sunday 3rd June

Another happy event where we met new friends.

Lumsdale Garden Party: 26th May 

Almost £2000 was raised for the Arkwright Society’s upkeep of the valley. A really happy and sunny community event.

Lumsdale: a different view: 7pm Wednesday 2nd May

Local premiѐre of a unique laser scan fly-through of the nearby Lumsdale valley by Terra-Measurement and an update on the latest research about the industries that used to operate in the valley. A full house and much enjoyed. Many thanks to Andy Beardsley and Alan Piper.

Community Quiz Supper 24th March: again a great success.

SNOW:  the cafe style service on March 4th took place – boots, wellies, sticks and all!

Community Quiz 20th January: 50 of us had a great evening. Many thanks to our quiz master Neil, and to Betty and all those who helped with food and clearing away.

Family Carols and Cake  Sunday 24th December: a wonderful hour of singing, sticking, unwrapping and cake! Many thanks to Jennie Binks.

Candlelit Community Carol Service Sunday 17th December

Many thanks to Andrew Spolton and all the readers.

Candlelit Christmas Concert Thursday 14th December

Darley Hillside Choir: great evening as usual.

Quiz Supper Saturday 11th November  2017

Fantastic evening!

Harvest Weekend 30th Sept – 1st October 2017

As always the Harvest Supper went down well whilst the Harvest Festival Service was interesting and challenging.

The Heritage Open Days Weekend 8th – 10th September 2017.

Ten of us enjoyed the “Stone, lead and brick” walk  and several other people also called in on the Friday afternoon.The chapel was also open on Saturday morning and most of Sunday with a steady stream of interested visitors. In particular we enjoyed the 11am ‘Heritage Service’ when several members dressed in Edwardian costume (see ‘Photos’ tab).   A great – and fun – weekend!

The Church Anniversary Weekend  August 12th-13th

The Darley Hillside Choir gave its Summer Concert on the Saturday 12th evening and a celebration service was held on the Sunday morning, followed by a light lunch. Both events were really joyful occasions.

Quiz Supper: Saturday 4th March 2017 at 7pm 

Thanks to Keith Bamford for setting and asking the questions, to those who made the preparations, and to all who attended and gave generously.

Christmas Eve 2016 at 4pm: Family Carols and Cake

Many parents, grandparents and children attended and enjoyed this new venture.

Christmas Carol Concert:  8th December 2016

Once again we are very grateful to Darley Hillside Choir for their very enjoyable programme of music and seasonal stories.

The Harvest Celebration weekend: 1st-2nd October 2016

We enjoyed a Pea and Pie Supper on Saturday evening; on Sunday morning we thought about our duty to share God’s goodness.

The Heritage Open Days 2016: September 8-11th 2016

The theme was Matlock Moor: Past, Present and Futurewith ramble, talk and displays – all well attended.  It was also great to meet members from churches in the other parts of the Circuit on Sunday afternoon.

Church Anniversary concert:  Saturday July 16th 2016

Many thanks to Darley Hillside Choir and to those who provided refreshments.

Big Lunch 2016: Sunday June 12th 2016 Big Lunch 2

We again enjoyed this get-together of the local community: thanks to everyone who contributed.  

The Christmas Candlelight Concert:  10th December 2015.

We had a full church for this concert presented by Darley Hillside Choir: many thanks to them.

Harvest Supper: Saturday 3rd October  2015

We had a great evening with a pie & pea supper and home-made entertainment! Many thanks to Eileen.

Heritage Open Days weekend: 11th-13th September 2015

About 60 people came to hear Julian Burgess talk about the Lumsdale Project and others came on Saturday and Sunday afternoon to find out about the history of the chapel.  We were delighted to meet so many  new friends and make links between family histories.