September 2017


3rd 8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

2.00pm Holy Baptism

6th 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

7.30pm Evening Worship

7th 2.00pm Longmeadow Service

10th 8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

13th 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

17th 8.00am Holy Communion (1662)

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Service

6.30pm Choral Evensong

19th 2.00pm Valley Lodge Service

20th 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

11.00am Lilybank Service

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

7.00pm Anne’s Priesting

23rd 1.00pm Wedding

24th 8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

6.30pm Evensong

26th 7.30pm Transforming Faith 1 (Meeting Room)

27th 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

8.00pm PCC (Meeting Room)

30th 10.30am Joint PCC Meeting with the Area Dean (Hall)




6.8.2017 Frederick Shaw



12.8.2017 Patrick & Kim Devlin



2.8.2017 Mark Harrison (38)

10.8.2017 Sheila Cutt (72)




Dear Friends September 2017


From the top deck of the X17 bus as it grinds and speeds its way alternately up and down the hills towards Chesterfield, there are some wonderful views whatever the season. Just now the fields are ‘ripe for harvesting’, but the relentless sunshine followed by heavy rain we’ve experienced at different times through the summer remind us how fragile are our crops, how swiftly and easily they can be flattened by storm or shrivelled by drought, and how quickly shortages drive up prices in the shops.


Yet for us, these annual variations are not matters of life and death, unlike the extremes of weather suffered by millions in mainland Africa, in what Christian Aid describes there as ‘the worst humanitarian crisis since 1945’.


Scientific studies show that climate change is contributing to higher temperatures and the failure of seasonal rains. Climate change is neither fiction nor ‘fake news’, ‘but on the contrary ‘the most crucial issue facing our generation’ – not my words but of USPG who remind us of its spiritual significance citing the Fifth Mark of Mission of the Anglican Communion which calls us to ‘strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth’.


Far from the news headlines, in islands as far apart as Fiji and Madagascar, famine has hit, too. Sea levels are rising and washing away farmland, and rising temperatures are reducing fish stocks: there, drought is so severe that within a week of their christening last November, five newly baptised Malagasy children had died due to lack of food and drinking water.


All one in Christ, their suffering is ours, too. Through USPG, we partner our brothers and sisters in these Anglican provinces in their need. They call upon us to listen to one another as one community, to be globally aware, and work to ‘rebuild lives and face climate change together’.


This partnership in the Gospel will be a significant theme for us through the autumn, as we stand in solidarity with communities in these nations: and although our Harvest Appeal will be for financial contributions, it doesn’t stop (or even indeed start) there. We can make simple changes to our own lifestyles every day: I’m sure you know about the ‘butterfly effect’, how one tiny change locally can have huge effects globally.


As we give thanks for the abundance of our harvests, those we see from the bus or in our own gardens and allotments (even though those over-abundant courgettes can also be an embarrassment!), I pray that we will reflect, talk and act together – the USPG prayer diary, and their booklet ‘Faith in a Changing Climate’, give plenty of information and ideas. And please pray, as we shall at harvest time:

‘Lord, help us to share our abundance with those who are lacking, and work together to protect your creation’.


And while on the subject, I will value your prayers, too, as I’m ordained priest on September 20th (7 pm at All Saints). I look forward to seeing many of you there, and then to sharing more fully with Richard in ministry among you all – and anticipating that he will more often get his day off!


With every blessing,



CHORAL EVENSONG - Sunday September 17th 6.30pm

Musicwork Vocal Ensemble (director Andrew Marples)

Music by Reading, Purcell, Tallis & Lassus.

MusicWork Vocal Ensemble celebrated their 20th birthday in 2016 with a concert tour to Darmstadt in Germany. The ensemble was formed in 1996 and is based in Chesterfield , Derbyshire in the UK. They celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2006 with a concert tour to Troyes (a town twinned with Chesterfield) and in 2013 they visited Darmstadt to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the twinning link with Chesterfield. The singers are regarded as one of the finest a cappella ensembles in Derbyshire and have performed widely throughout the area. They specialise in unaccompanied music of all styles, both sacred and secular. They performed a Purcell anniversary concert in Chesterfield and Sheffield in 1998 and sponsored four Concerts of Youth from 1997 – 2005. In 2002 they performed at a fundraising Gala Concert in Chatsworth House, and also appeared at Buxton Opera House as part of the High Sheriff of Derbyshire's Charity concert. They made their debut at the Bakewell Arts Festival in the same year.

In 2003 they recorded their first CD – ‘Gaudete – the Christmas Collection’ which has received high praise. They recorded a second CD ‘Encore’ in 2008 and another in 2012 ‘Christmas Collection 2’ and this has been well received.

Their founder and director, Andrew Marples is a major musical figure in both the town and the local area. He has wide performing experience as conductor, pianist and singer. He toured Darmstadt in 1986 with the choir of the Crooked Spire on one of the early twinning visits.

The Ensemble consists of 8 singers and their repertoire covers several centuries including English madrigals, German vocal music, folksongs, sacred works and lighter music.


The Singers are:

Jane Palmer - Soprano Glyn Herron - Tenor

Delyth Girdler - Soprano Andrew Marples - Tenor

Paul Barthorpe - Alto Nigel Turner - Bass

David Mayo-Braiden -Alto Robert Girdler - Bass


Director: Andrew Marples


 Matlock Churches Together are planning another ‘Praise in the Park’ event for 2018. As preparation, each church has been invited to run a prayer and worship event in the lead up to next summer. All Saints’ will be hosting the first of these services, with a retiring collection going towards the expenses of running the event in the park. Come along to Evening Worship on Wednesday 6th September at 7.30pm


Harvest Festival 2017


Harvest will be celebrated at All Saints’ on Sunday 1st October at 10.45am with a Family service followed by a soup and roll lunch. The collection will support the work of our link mission agency, USPG. A resource booklet with stories about the church round the world and the effects of climate change is available from church along with collection envelopes for Harvest offerings.


Learning Opportunities


On Mondays at 1.30pm from October 2nd, the Pilgrim Group will be meeting for six sessions to think about the Eucharist. Course books cost £5.99 and new members are welcome

Transforming Faith resumes on Tuesdays at 7.30pm beginning 26th September looking at the Old Testament. Sign up sheets are in the vestibule.