January 2018


3rd 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

4th 2.00pm Longmeadow Service

6th 11.00am Holy Communion (Lady Chapel) [EPIPHANY]

7th 8.00am Holy Communion [BAPTISM OF THE LORD]

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

10th 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

14th 8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

4.00pm Messy Church (MMURC)

16th 2.00pm Valley Lodge Service

7.30pm Transforming Faith 1 (Meeting Room)

17th 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

11.00am Lilybank Service

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

8.00pm PCC (Meeting Room)

18th 7.30pm Christian Unity Service (Tansley Chapel)

21st 8.00am Holy Communion (1662)

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

4.00pm Christingle Service

23rd 7.30pm Transforming Faith 2 (Meeting Room)

24th 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

28th 8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

30th 7.30pm Transforming Faith 3 (Meeting Room)








30.11.2017 Dorothy Rice (90)



Thy Kingdom Come is a global movement, led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, to encourage Christians to pray for others to respond to the Good News of Jesus, particularly during the period between Ascension and Pentecost.


As in previous years, we’d love to encourage every church in the Diocese to get involved in any way they’re able; to help churches to do that, we’re running a launch event at three different times and venues:

Saturday 27th January 2018, 10.00am-3.30pm Bath Road Church Centre, Bath Road, Buxton, SK17 6HJ

Saturday 3rd February 2018, 10.00am-3.30pm St Alkmund's Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby, DE22 1GU

Saturday 10th February 2018, 10.00am-3.30pm St Barnabas Centre, Pilsley Road, Danesmoor, Chesterfield, S45 9BU

At each event, we’ll be outlining the plans for Thy Kingdom Come 2018 and offering ways that you can get involved. We’ll be showing you the resources available and we’re planning to have some of those resources ready for you to take away. We’ll also be offering creative and imaginative ideas on encouraging the Church to pray – as congregations, as individuals and as families – that we can all use not only for Thy Kingdom Come, but to enrich our prayer lives and those of our churches.

The events are FREE and OPEN TO ALL; however, to help with organisation and administration, if you would like to attend please REGISTER by contacting:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01332 388691


DOROTHY RICE (1927-2017)

At the end of November, the Mother’s Union banner was placed at the front of church as we bid farewell to Dorothy Rice. Dorothy, along with her husband Derrick, were faithful members of this church for many years till they both went into Valley Lodge.

Dorothy was from Timperley, outside Manchester, and met Derrick at a dance in Masson Mill. They were married at Matlock Bath in 1947 and were devoted to one another for 68 years. They had 3 sons, 11 grandchildren plus great grandchildren. They lived over the years in Matlock Bath, Cromford, Middleton, Appleby in Westmoreland & Wyvern Close in Matlock.

Dorothy was variously a member of Inner Wheel in Appleby and part of the Matlock Young Wives & then Mother’s Union. In latter years Dorothy was increasingly affected by Alzheimers. May she now know healing & wholeness in God’s presence & rise in glory.

Dear Friends,

 On behalf of our Rector Richard, our Curate Anne, my fellow Reader Roger and myself, may I wish you all a happy, healthy and fulfilling New Year.

    There will be many notable anniversaries to mark during 2018 including the centenaries of Votes for Women and the formation of the Royal Air Force, the 70th birthday of H.R.H. Prince Charles and, perhaps the most poignant, the one hundredth anniversary of the Armistice which brought to an end the First World War, the war which was supposed to end all wars but, as we sadly all know, did not. Remembrance Sunday this year will be very special.
     We shall also have much to commemorate in our two parishes but please put in your diaries now Wednesday, 4th July when at All Saints' we shall have another great celebration. As I have mentioned previously, Richard was ordained priest and Bishop Jan was ordained deacon on the same day in 1993 in the same wonderful building, namely Lichfield Cathedral. Bishop Jan readily accepted Richard's invitation to preach and to preside at a Celebration Jubilee Eucharist to which you are all warmly invited.
      Charles Wesley, the great Anglican priest who, with his brother John, another Anglican priest, started the Methodist denomination wrote two great hymns for the turn of the year. One of them starts like this:-
                            Come, let us anew
                            Our journey pursue,
                            Roll round with the year,
                            And never stand still till the Master appear.
       Each one of us needs reminding from time to time that our tasks are never done and that we can never do enough "to praise the Lord for all his benefits towards us". As Charles Wesley writes later in the same hymn:-
                            O that each in the day
                            Of his coming may say:
                            'I have fought my way through,
                            I have finished the work thou didst give me to do!'
        It is a cause for great rejoicing that, at last, we appear to be making progress on a national level with our Covenant with the Methodist Church, echoing the very close co-operation which exists locally, both in Matlock and Tansley. Not for the first time, we are setting the trend!
        Our Archbishops again encourage us this year to greater commitment and deeper spirituality, not least with the 'Thy Kingdom Come' initiative with which Richard is now much involved at a Diocesan level because of his Chairmanship of the Spirituality Group. Richard took on this role at the express invitation of Bishop Alastair to whom we shall bid a very fond farewell when he retires on 31st August after such inspiring leadership of our Diocese and his nationally and internationally important lead on modern slavery and human trafficking. We hope and pray that a way will be found for Bishop Alastair to remain in the House of Lords and continue such vital work.
        The other hymn of Charles Wesley which I mentioned above includes the following verses which are so apt as we prayerfully consider how we may use our God-given talents during the clean, unspoilt New Year which stretches ahead of us:-
                          God's providence has brought us through
                                  Another various year;
                          We all with vows and anthems new
                                   Before our God appear.
                           Our residue of days or hours
                                  Thine, wholly thine, shall be
                            And all our consecrated powers
                                  A sacrifice to thee.
                            Renewed love and greetings to you all from JOHN PAULSON