Matlock Moor Methodist Church

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Our  ‘Keeping in Touch’ page gives you information and ideas about worship and reflection, and other matters, including links to amusing videos.

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.

What’s On

COVID-19:  we have cancelled all  our services of worship and all the activities at the Chapel & Community Centre following advice from the Methodist Church and the fact that restricted gatherings only are allowed by the government.  See below for more information. 

In the meantime keep well.

Our Christian Aid Week in May was very  successful: adding together on-line and off-line donations and Gift Aid the total was £462.50. We are very grateful to all those who donated and also to the Rev’d Colin Smith who we sponsored in his Walking Marathon. He walked 26 miles around the grounds of his home in Tansley which meant 104 laps of 400 metres! 

Here is a 5 minute video about Christian Aid’s work in Nigeria and other parts of Africa to combat the spread of Covid-19. Click on It is well worth looking at 


Methodist Guidance

Currently the advice from the Mid-Derbyshire Methodist Circuit is that it is safer if churches are kept closed. However, extensive guidance has been given to the Trustees and Property Stewards of all Methodist Churches to enable them to complete the appropriate risk assessments and formulate policy and practce. This is in hand.

Relevant Government guidance about the use of community buildings can be found here.  We are contacting those who hire our property with a view to allowing those groups to restart on September 1st.

There will not be services of worship in the church In September but there are several services held locally by zoom and led by our Minister or a lay preacher (see the Keeping in Touch tab: Worship).


We are leaving all the information about ‘What’s On’ below so that we can look forward to them all eventually!

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Here you will find information about worship, Tuesday Coffee, Al-Anon meetings, Mothers and Toddlers, Yoga classes, the Children’s Games & Crafts Club, and special events.


When we are able to re-open the church premises our service of worship on a Sunday will usually start 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.



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). We currently arrange services there on the 3rd Monday of the month. Visitors are also welcome but ‘Contact us’ if possible so we can ensure you can get in.


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

This has had to be cancelled but another will be planned as soon as we are allowed to re-open. The suggested donation is usually £5.

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

The Circuit magazine is currently being produced monthly but is available only by email. If you would like a copy email us via ‘Contact Us’ please.

There is also now a Circuit Facebook page



Tuesday: Open for coffee and chat 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 unlimited tea/coffee and biscuits.

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: Thornberries Mothers and Toddlers

A new group which we welcome.


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.


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

This is for children aged 5-11 and includes a snack. There are great craft activities and  lots of games. Just turn up any week in term time: there is no charge. Parents or carers must attend the first session with their children.


Coffee mornings  10.30am -12noon:

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


 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.