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."
Church Open in Killamarsh
Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.
1 Corinthians 16:13
Dear Lord Jesus ,
The people of Killamarsh have experienced a catastrophic event in the murders of a young mother her two children and the children’s friend on Chandos Crescent. It will be a long time before our community fully recovers from this tragedy and we pray that you give us the gifts of patience and strength as we look to move forward together, each understanding the needs of the other, recognising that we will all deal with this time of communal grief in different ways. Help us to stand firm in our love for each other and in our faith in you.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer
Read our October Newsletter
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 email@example.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.
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
#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)
And Jesus came and said to them 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always , to the end of the age. Matthew 28: 18- 20 NRSV
We bring before you this day all parents , godparents or sponsors who have responded to your call upon their hearts to enable the newly baptised to grow in the Christian faith. Each baptised child/adult is precious in your sight and we all need to play our part to enable effective Christian disciples for the future.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Sunday 10th October 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
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.
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