Autumn Fair

The Autumn Fair, held on Nov.18th in the Village Hall, was buzzing from the word go.

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Pie & Pea Quiz Night

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Quiz night


Garden Party

The garden party started rather wet. . .

but the hoop-la was popular.

Plant stall Hoop-la

So was Roger's scary apparatus . . .

and refreshments were all the more welcome.

Roger Refreshments


Salmon and Strawberries

The Salmon & Strawberry Lunch on August 19th was much enjoyed by all who came. 



Strawberries Lunch


Tea at 213

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Congratulations, Katie & Barnaby!

B&K outside church
B&K - bench


Plant Sale and Coffee Morning

The fine morning of June 17th saw a buzz of activity in the Community Garden and the schoolroom. £158 was raised for the garden from plant sales.

Plant Sale 1
Plant Sale 2


The roses were looking lovely . . .


and the bench in memory of Peter Anderson had arrived that very morning

Roses 1 Bench
Roses 2


Dedication of Easter Offerings


Over Easter, like other Methodists in Britain, we made offerings to the World Mission Fund, which supports 65 Partner Churches overseas. At the end of April, we joined with other churches in the circuit to dedicate the offerings at a "Shine like Stars" service at Woodseats Methodist Church.

Many of the stars on the tree were created by five-year old Daisy Dabbs.

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Eyam Barn


In April, a contingent from the Boys' Brigade went camping near Eyam.


At the barn          

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Out and about    

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Spring Fair

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Boys' Brigade Caterpillar Walk

"Caterpillars" in the shape of Anchors and Juniors enjoyed outdoor play and walking round the field before repairing inside for the cake competition.

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The cake competition attracted some delicious entries.

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Around £140 was raised for Action for Children.


USA - Dave

The Methodist Recorder recently had an article on its front page about how USA Christians were responding to recent political developments in their country. Part of the article was based on an interview with our minister Dave, who comes from New Jersey.

Dave first commented that, for many Christians in the United States, patriotism and faith had long rested alongside one another without serious critique. He went on to say:


The next few years may provide the Church with a opportunity to re-evaluate the way it listens to Caesar while ultimately staying faithful to its true King. The contrast – especially on issues concerning the poor, the environment, the immigrant and our global connectedness – will become more pronounced. Christians with prophetic voices will become more necessary; Christians who have preferred to remain quiet may be offended into finding a new voice. I do not foresee an easy time ahead for those who seek to follow the Jesus way, but we may just discover what it means to be the Church.

('Sanctuary in Trump's US', Methodist Recorder Jan 27, 2017)



Valentine Lunch

The Valentine Lunch was much enjoyed by all who came . . .

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V lunch helpers  

. . . and raised £250 for Parkinsons UK


Boys' Brigade Presentation

At the morning service on February 12th, members of the Boys' Brigade were presented with the badges and certificates they had won. These included the most prestigious Boys' Brigade awards, the Queen's Badge and the President's Award, as well as the Duke of Edinburgh's Silver and Bronze Awards. Captain Tony gave a presentation to explain the hard work which was necessary to achieve these awards.

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Group of award winners


The service was led by David Harris and the awards were presented by Ian White, Senior Tutor at Cliff College, who described what his own experience as a member and officer of the Boys' Brigade had meant to him.

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Matthew Alesbrook and Josh Wainwright receive the Queen's Badge award


Ian gives Josh and Matthew the Boys' Brigade salute

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The Leprosy Mission - Service and Lunch

We were delighted to welcome Pam Levens back at the end of January, to lead our service and tell us about the work of Purulia Hospital in West Bengal. This was TLM's first hospital, and it still deals with 3,000 outpatients a day. Many of them have to walk through the night to get to the hospital. TLM is looking to build a new Outpatients Department to provide better facilities for this huge need.

Pam Levens 29-01-2017

First Anniversary of Games and Pastimes

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The new Games and Pastimes group enjoyed their first birthday on January 10th.


Festival of Village Carols 2016

Village carol enthusiasts gathered at Grenoside Community Centre on December 3rd for this biennial festival. The occasion culminated in a Grand Sing where the Coal Aston Carollers occupied one of the three guest spots. They sang seven of the village's traditional Christmas carols, which were greatly appreciated by all present. More about the carols

Carollers at Grenoside
Some of the carollers relax after their sing

Remembrance Service

After a shortened service in church, we walked up to take part in the United Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial. Boys' Brigade laid a wreath.   BB wreath laying
War Memorial    
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CAMC Hot Lunch

CAP lunch - table  

The lunch for Church Action on Poverty was a great success and raised a whopping £425.


Read more about what the charity does at the link on our Charities page.

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CAP lunch - kitchen  

150th Anniversary





The church was full on the afternoon  of Saturday, September 10th for the crowning of Ophelia Tilly as Anniversary Queen.

After prayers, hymns and readings, Ophelia was crowned by Sylvia (her grandmother).


The band (front row) delighted the congregation with several numbers ranging from Henry VIII to the Beatles.

Garry, Sylvia & Ophelia   Visiting preacher Garry Ogden touched on some aspects of life in 1866, when the church was founded (which made us all feel glad we had been born in the present age). Garry said that there was a reason for the church's endurance within our community throughout the years between. This was the message of love which ran through all its activities – of God's love, of Jesus' love, and of our love  for one another. Garry went on to speak movingly of his experiences of growing up in the church, and said that this love also held the key to the future.
      Garry with Ophelia and Sylvia    

A lavish tea followed in the schoolroom, at which memories were shared and an exhibition of photos and other memorabilia was viewed with interest by members old and new.

At the Communion service on Sunday morning, our minister Dave Markay continued the theme of building upon what is best in the past as we travel into the future.


Coralie's Baptism

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