@ a social distance 

Our Minister

A message from Rev Helen Penfold:

I feel like I am living in a foreign land, definitely inhabiting a place I don’t recognize. The churches have been told to hold no services or meetings of any sort for the foreseeable future and we are all learning how to ‘socially distance’ ourselves.

In these days as we are urged to keep ourselves to ourselves and only go out if absolutely necessary, can our new-found solitude really be a time of blessing?

For you, will it be a place of:

Godly encounter – through prayer and Bible reading, will you deepen your relationship with God and be refreshed?

Cleansing – will you take the time to examine yourself, confess things you have done wrong and ask for forgiveness?

Rest – we all do so much rushing from one thing to another, can we allow ourselves to take time out, a ‘sabbatical’ if you will, to rest and be renewed whilst we can?

I will miss being out and about amongst you. Please let us pray for each other, keep in contact by ‘phone or email and look out for those we know who would benefit from hearing a cheerful voice or receiving a helping hand.

God bless you

Rev Helen Penfold

Rev Helen Penfold

Our Church

Matlock Methodist & United Reformed Church, also known within the community as Bank Road Church, is a wonderful building, located on the hillside above Matlock Town centre.

During this uncertain time our Church is no longer within the four walls of Bank Road. We are offering this platform as a way of keeping in touch. 

Everyone is welcome here and we pray that they will find rest and peace in a caring, praying community and our Lord Jesus Christ.


Distanced but not unsocial

We will be updating the 'Stay in touch' page with notes from Rev Helen, aids for worship, words from our Stewards, prayers, words of encouragement, hymns and Church news.

If you are a regular member of the Church please sign up for access to our Forum 'Keep in 'Contact''  where we can share news with each other.
If you're in need of prayer or help please get in contact with us below.

This website is for use whilst we are socially distant and maybe longer. 

Information about the Church can be found at 



Please contact us with prayer requests or if you are a member of the Church and have something you would like to publish please let us know.

Oak Rd / Bank Rd, Matlock DE4 3FJ, UK


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