A warm welcome to

St Giles & St Matthew's Churches

Welcome to St Giles & St Matthew's Churches
“Love one another, as I have loved you...”  

[John 13:34]

Hello and welcome to all wanting to find out more about our two churches: St Giles Parish Church in Killamarsh and St Matthew's Parish Church in Renishaw.  

Our aim is to be friendly and open places of worship which welcome members of our community of all ages and to play an active role in the life of our villages.  We strive to 'Be Christ in Church and Community" as Jesus taught us to "Love one another, as I have loved you."














December Newsletter

Advent Prayer Booklet

COVID-19 - Church Update

St. Giles and St. Matthew’s Churches are open for public worship and for weddings, baptisms and funerals.  

Both churches are continuing to follow current public health advice regarding 

 hand-sanitising, social distancing and the wearing of masks.

Anyone wishing to discuss arrangements for services should contact Revd Helen on tel: 0114 2482769 or via email at revshmguest@gmail.com


All are most welcome to join our worship.

During your visit we ask that you follow the advice below: 

1. Sanitise your hands on entering and leaving the building

2. Keep socially distanced from other households inside the building

3. If you would like to light a candle, please first allow time for alcohol-based hand sanitiser to completely dry and then light the candle from an existing candle flame. Do not use matches.

4. Complete a Test and Trace sheet with your contact details which will be stored for 21 days or 'check in' using the Church QR code displayed.

Thank you for your understanding and keep safe.


Our church website contains details of how to join others online for prayer, worship, study, and community life (please see our Spirituality Resources page).  You can also find prayer resources at www.churchofengland.org

Revd Helen and Revd Michael are also available to receive calls between 9am and 11am weekdays and Saturday mornings, but please feel free to phone us at any time if we can be of any help whatsoever.

Please see our COVID-19 privacy policy regarding how information about you will be used temporarily by the Joint Parochial Church Council (PCC) of the United Benefice of St Matthew’s, Renishaw and St Giles, Killamarsh, Derbyshire during the Covid-19 pandemic crisis so we can put in place a list of clergy, staff and visitors to the church building, as requested by the Government in support of NHS Test and Trace.  

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Chris Beach

Below are two pictures from St Giles taken after the funeral of our dear friend and lay minister Christine Beach who sadly passed away on 6th July.  Revd Helen wrote in August's Newsletter about Chris's life and ministry.  She will be greatly missed by everyone.





With grateful thanks to John & Margaret Hall for the arrangements and photographs


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Chris prayer tree

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Chris altar flowers
Chris altar flowers

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Chris prayer tree
Chris prayer tree

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#Candle Of Hope at

the Rectory 

"I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit." (Romans 15:13)

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

1 Corinthians 10:13


Dear Lord Jesus,

as the government announces a new strategy to combat the trafficking of drugs and drug abuse, we pray for all those held captive to addiction and ask that they find the help they need to escape the insidious grip of drugs and drug dealers. May those involved with the sale of illegal drugs see the damage they cause and change their evil ways.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Revd Michael

                        Tuesday 7th December 2021 

Victorian Font relocated

As you approach the church, you will see a font erected near the memorial window. This font was installed in church in the 1840s by Revd E H Smith, the first Rector of Killamarsh who was Rector 1843-1887, to replace the original Norman font. The Norman font was found by his successor, Revd Francis Metcalfe, being used by a cobbler in Ashley Lane to soak his leather. It was bought back for 30 shillings (£1.50) and erected in the churchyard. It was subsequently re-installed in church in 1944 by Revd John Milner and the Victorian font stored in the church undercroft before being brought back during the incumbency of Revd Roy Bradshaw. In 2018 the Victorian font was removed from the church building during a refurbishment project and in 2021 we received permission to have it erected in the memorial garden adjacent to the memorial window. Tablets inside the memorial window list the names of all those who gave their lives in two World Wars, many of whom would probably have been baptised in the Victorian font. The font is a significant part of the history and heritage of St Giles Church and has been re-erected in memory of all those who were baptised in it for almost 100 years.


The font was installed in its new position by Daynes Monumental Ltd of Killamarsh, who are memorial masons, designing and installing new memorials, as well as refurbishing older ones. We are grateful to Gary Daynes for his generosity in making the arrangements for the installation

Father Georges in Madagascar

Fr Georges would like to extend his gratitude to those at St Giles C of E Primary School, Killamarsh Junior School and the donors at St Matthew’s Church, Renishaw and St Giles Church, Killamarsh who collectively donated £1,100 to the 2020 Harvest Appeal
Even though our joint parish Harvest Appeal has finished the needs of Father Georges' ongoing farming initiatives still need our support. To this end we shall continue to collect for him so that financial donations can be sent to him near Christmas time which can contribute to the cost of food for the livestock.
Visit our Harvest Appeal page to read the latest update email from Fr Georges and see photos of the farming initiatives supported.
If you would like to support Father Georges' Appeal please send your donation to Revd H.Guest at The Rectory, Sheepcote Road, Killamarsh S21 1 DU who will ensure that your donation is sent directly to Father Georges. 
Thank you for your generosity and support.  Revd Helen, Rector
Giving to Church during the Pandemic

Even though our churches are currently worshipping online rather than in the church buildings, there is still the facility to offer your donation by cheque or by the Parish Giving Scheme. If you wish to give by cheque please make your cheque payable to St Giles P.C.C. or Renishaw St Matthew's Church and post to Revd Canon Helen Guest, The Rectory, Sheepcote Road, Killamarsh, S21 1DU.  Please indicate whether you wish to Gift Aid your donation. Alternatively, you can give by joining the Parish Giving Scheme and giving by Direct Debit by calling the dedicated phoneline on 0333 002 1271 and quoting the following details: 

Killamarsh St Giles

Diocese of Derby

Parish Reference 120612068

St Giles Patronage Scheme Year 9 has been launched. If you are interested in becoming a patron of St Giles Church, please click here for details.

Thank you for your help

Heritage Project

St Giles Church, Killamarsh, has completed a major project to carry out a programme of repairs and refurbishment to the church building. This has involved renovation and redecoration of the interior, new external drainage and stonework repairs. In addition, new toilet facilities have been installed, which are easily accessible to disabled visitors. The main refurbishment work received financial support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, without which the project could not have gone ahead. Further financial support was received from the Derby Diocese Raymond Ross Fund towards the cost of the new toilet facilities. Completion of the project means that the church will continue to be a central part of the community in the years ahead.

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Upcoming Events

On hold
Messy Church - currently on hold due to Coronavirus Crisis

3:15 PM

St Giles Church Hall,

Sheepcote Rd,  Killamarsh

On hold
Monthly Prayer Meeting - currently on hold

3:00 PM

St Matthew's Church, Renishaw



Support our Churches

St Giles Church is pleased to announce the launch of our local small business Sponsorship Scheme 2020. 
With grateful thanks to J. & J. Crump & Son Ltd who have kindly become the first local business to sponsor our Church.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please contact Revd Helen on 0114 2482769 or by emailing revshmguest@gmail.com.
Both our churches also have patronage schemes for individuals to enable us to keep each church alive and open within the community for the use and appreciation of everyone. Click below if you are interested in becoming a patron.