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...”
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."
COVID-19 - Church Update
We are pleased to announce that St Giles Church and St Matthew's Church will reopen for Sunday services from
Sunday, 6 December 2020
There will be one service at 10.00 am on Sundays.
A maximum of 30 people at St Giles and 20 people at St Matthew's may be present at any service. To ensure we keep to these guidelines, we ask that anyone who is not a member of our regular congregation and wishes to attend a service should inform the Rector, Revd Canon Helen Guest, beforehand on Tel 0114 248 2769 or by email: email@example.com.
All worshippers will be most welcome.
Anyone wishing to discuss arrangements for funerals or marriages in church should contact Revd Helen (as above).
Thank you for your understanding and keep safe.
During your visit please adhere to the following:
Sanitise your hands on entering and leaving the building
Keep 2m apart from other households inside the building at all times
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.
All attending for individual private prayer will be asked to fill in a Test and Trace sheet with their contact details which will be stored for 21 days or to 'check in' using the Church QR code displayed.
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.
Read our December Newsletter here
Here is our Advent Prayer Booklet written by Revd Michael
Learn about our Christmas Community Project:
Read Revd Helen's post about the project
#Candle Of Hope at
"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)
Therefore, once you have your minds ready for action and you are thinking clearly, place your hope completely on the grace that will be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed.” — 1 Peter 1:13
Dear Lord Jesus
We pray for all those people and their families whose hope of a happy Christmas has been devastated by the threat of unemployment. Many people who work in the retail and hospitality industries find themselves in the insidious position of facing an uncertain future. Dear Lord Jesus, may they put their hope and trust in you.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Prayer for the Day - Friday 4th December
Click here for the Advent Prayer Booklet
On Wednesday 4 November, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and Bishop of London called the Church of England to prayer for the nation throughout the month of November.
Read the Archbishops' letter here.
Click here for the resources to pray at 6pm each day this month.
Father Georges Harvest Appeal 2020
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 2020 Harvest 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
Window Wonderland - Light, Love, Hope
Christmas Community Project
Inspired by all the window decorating efforts of the people of Killamarsh during the pandemic we are holding a Christmas Community Project themed on Light, Love and Hope. 🌟💗🌈
The project is supported by Rev Helen Guest and Cllr Diane Charles through a grant from the Derbyshire County Council Leadership Fund which will provide electronic LED candles to our community.
To help spread the light around the whole village we are inviting the people of Killamarsh to decorate one or more of their windows and leave the lights on and curtains open from 4-8pm each day from Sun 13th-Sun 20th Dec. There are prizes to be won! 🏆
The theme ‘Light, Love, Hope’ is inclusive and open to all! 🌟🌈💗
The design can be anything you fancy! Be as artistic as you like: cut and stick paper, make shapes, paint the glass, be colourful- light up your window! Spread the magic! 💫
In the week beginning 23rd November the candles will be distributed to the children and staff attending the nurseries, the schools and at childminders within the village.
The residents and carers of the care home facilities will all receive one, as will members of the church congregations and youth groups.
There will also be further candles for other members of our community to collect (while supplies last) from Killamarsh Medical Practice Pharmacy or Peak Pharmacy.
We will be encouraging walks (within government guidelines) around the village to view the 🌟Window Wonderland🌟 and feel the 🌟💗🌈Light, Love and Hope🌈💗🌟
Prize winners will be announced on Facebook and on on 21st Dec. 🙌🏻🏆🙌🏻
Let us know if you are taking part with the street that you live on before the event and then nominate your favourite by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
💫For inspiration- check out the wonderful windows that were part of the Sheffield Streets of Light celebration this year! 💫
Giving to Church during the Pandemic
Even though our churches are now open, if you are unable to attend church for whatever reason, 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 recently been launched. If you are interested in becoming a patron of St Giles Church, please click here for details.
Thank you for your help
St Giles Church, Killamarsh, has recently 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.
Messy Church - currently on hold due to Coronavirus Crisis
St Giles Church Hall,
Sheepcote Rd, Killamarsh
Monthly Prayer Meeting - currently on hold
St Matthew's Church, Renishaw