November 2017


1st 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

9.30am School Service

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

7.30pm Patronal Communion [All Saints’]

2nd 2.00pm Longmeadow Service

7.30pm All Souls’ Communion (St. Giles’)

5th 8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

6th 1.30pm Pilgrim 6 (Meeting Room)

7th 7.30pm Transforming Faith 6 (Meeting Room)

8th 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

7.30pm Deanery Synod (Ashbourne)

12th 8.00am Holy Communion [Remembrance]

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

2.45pm Civic Remembrance (Park Head)

15th 9.30am Morning Prayer (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

8.00pm PCC (Meeting Room)

18th 7.30pm Crimson Cascade Concert (Church)

19th 8.00am Holy Communion (1662)

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Service

3.00pm Memorial Service

21st 2.00pm Valley Lodge Service

7.30pm Transforming Faith 7 (Meeting Room)

22nd 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

11.00am Lilybank Service

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

25th 10.30am Autumn Bazaar (Hall)

26th 8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

4.00pm Taize Service

28th 7.30pm Transforming Faith 8 (Meeting Room)

29th 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)




15.10.2017 Arthur Crarer


Taize Service


A quiet reflective service of words and images enhanced by the beautiful music of Taize. A time to be still in the Divine Presence in the midst of the busy world. Sunday 26th November at 4.00pm in the Church Hall


Memorial Service


Everyone is invited to a special service at which the names of the departed are read out and candles lit. Sunday 19th November at 3.00pm. There will be a sheet in the Vestibule for names to be added for remembering in the service

Concerts Galore!

Crimson Cascade will be performing in church on Saturday 18th November at 7.30pm. An evening of Christian rock music. Free entry – retiring collection in aid of the Bishop’s Harvest Appeal

Matlock Gilbert & Sullivan Society will be holding a special concert to celebrate 25 years on Saturday 2nd December at 7.30pm. Tickets £8 including refreshments

Dear Friends,

It’s that wonderful time of the year as the leaves change into a kaleidoscope of colours before falling. Very swiftly it seems that the nights are drawing in and there’s a hint of bonfire in the wind. I don’t know about you but I have always loved the colours and smells of autumn (I don’t get hay fever during this season for a change). Autumn leaves always put me in mind of walking with my grandparents in Shropshire and kicking through piles of leaves on the ground.

There’s something about the autumn season that invokes memories of the past. The church’s calendar also reflects this idea of recalling to mind. We begin the month with the feast of All Saints when we recall people of faith through the ages, some well-known and others obscure, who through their lives have witnessed to God’s saving acts of love and care for creation.

The following day (2nd) is the feast of All Souls when the church invites people to remember with thanksgiving the lives of loved ones who have passed away, whether recently or many years ago. Contrary to any misconception, this is not about praying to the dead but rather recalling them to mind and commending them to God’s loving care and the promise of resurrection.

On the second Sunday in November (This year on the 12th), the church and secular calendars come together as we have special services for Remembrance, as we recall those who gave their lives in the service of the nation in the military; those who returned safely and to re-commit ourselves, under God, to work for lasting peace and understanding between nations.

Before entering the season of Advent, when we are invited to reflect on God’s saving grace revealed in the stories of the Old and New Testaments (Patriarchs, Prophets, John the Baptist and Mary), we first celebrate the end of the church year which is the Feast of Christ the King. We recall the truth that in each eucharist we remember the events leading to the crucifixion and we encounter Christ in the sacrament, not as a dead hero but as a living presence who guides, strengthens and inspires us. Each time we celebrate at the altar we proclaim that Christ is risen and that Christ will come again. The eucharist is the central act of remembrance but also looks to the future and the coming of the Kingdom in its fullness and the image of the banquet of the Messiah.

So November gives us plenty of opportunities to recall God’s love and the many gifts we receive at God’s hands including loved ones.

Every blessing