Matlock Moor Methodist Church

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Next Sunday (August 25th) the service at 10.30am is led by Mrs Marjorie Thoday who has recently celebrated 60 years as a lay preacher. There are refreshments at about 11.30am. Everyone is very welcome.

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See ‘What’s On’ and ‘Community News’ for details of the many events planned for September.

On Tuesday mornings the church is open for coffee; there is an Al-Anon group on Wednesday evening and, in term time, a  yoga class on Thursday morning and a Children’s Games & Craft Club on Friday afternoon.

Everyone is made welcome.

What’s On

See below for information about Sunday services, Tuesday Coffee, Al-Anon meetings, Yoga classes, the Children’s Games & Crafts Club, and special events.

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Our service of worship on a Sunday usually starts at 10.30am. You will be made welcome at all our services.

  • Where feasible it is preceded by a prayer meeting 10.10-10.20am: if you wish us to pray for you or anyone you know during that meeting or during our service please let us know (use the ‘Contact Us’ tab).
  • Our services usually last an hour and are followed by refreshments.



Sunday 18th August: Church Anniversary service 2.30pm.

This celebration service will be led by Mr Peter Wadsworth. It will be followed by tea and cake which will make it a 116th birthday party! The foundation stone for the Chapel was laid on April 13th 1903 and the opening service was on Thursday 20th August 1903 at 3pm. The Primitive Methodist Church in Matlock was instrumental in the building of this Chapel.


Monday 19th August: Service of Communion at Victoria Court

This independent living complex is off Smedley Street East (DE4 3QB). The service will be led by the Rev’d Colin Smith. We now arrange such services on the 3rd Monday of every month. Everyone is welcome to attend but use ‘Contact us’ if possible so we can ensure you can get in.


Saturday 7th September 7pm: Quiz Supper

There will be a buffet supper as usual about half way through the evening. The suggested donation is £5 and you need to book because places are limited: use ‘Contact Us’ or phone 01629 582753.


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

  • Friday evening 7pm – an illustrated talk entitled  “What’s in a Name?” which will take the names of the new estate roads and explain how they relate to the history of Matlock Moor and the Lumsdale valley.
  • Saturday 10am-1pm and Sunday 10am-3pm the church will be open with displays about the history of the chapel and the area. There is a service 10.30-11.30am and on the Sunday afternoon there will be activities for children, including the sort of games that children played in 1903.
  • There is no charge for entry or for the talk.

Home-made refreshments will be available on all three days, including soup and a roll on Sunday lunchtime, for which we would welcome donations. See the HOD national website for further details.

On the Sunday afternoon the Lumsdale section of the Arkwright Society will be doing a guided tour of the valley starting at 2pm  – that is part of the HOD weekend and so is also free. Meet at the layby opposite the entrance to Highfields School.


28th – 29th September: Harvest Weekend

  • Saturday evening: Harvest Barn Dance with buffet supper starting at 6pm. Adults and  children of all ages are welcome. Suggested donation for adults £5 (no charge for children).
  • Sunday morning: Mrs Emily Brailsford will lead our all-age Harvest Celebration Service. 


Events throughout the Mid-Derbyshire Circuit:  see the web-site.

A link to the Circuit June-August 2019 Magazine and Preaching Plan is not currently  available. If you would like a paper copy request one via ‘Contact us’.


Tuesday: ‘Neighbourhood Natter’ 10.15am – 11.45am

Put the world to rights, meet old and new friends, play board or word games or pool – or just enjoy a cuppa. 50p for unimited tea/coffee, biscuits – and sometimes cake!

If you live further down the hill into Matlock you can come by bus as there are bus stops near the church:  the X17 bus arrives at about 10.15am from Matlock and the bus from Chesterfield leaves for Matlock at 11.50am.


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.


Thursday morning 9.30 am: Mixed ability yoga class.

9.30 – 10.45am with Rachael Claxton in the large hall. Rachael is a FRYOG Diploma Yoga Trained Teacher who qualified in 2013 and has been teaching Hatha Yoga ever since.  Along the way she has also taken other courses and workshops and has integrated these into her classes too. Yoga is for all.  If you require any details please contact her on 07901508708. She welcomes you on the mat. £7.50 per drop in session. Classes start again on September 5th.


Friday afternoon: Children’s Games & Craft Club 3.30pm-5pm

This is for children aged 5-11 and includes a snack. Parents or carers must attend the first session with their children. There is no charge. Term time only: starts again on September 6th.


Coffee mornings  10.30am -12noon:

These occasionally take place at the homes of members and include a short ‘thought for the day’.


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.