St. Martin's Church Desford

  • Welcome to St. Martin's Desford


    Desford Encounter service – Sunday 25th Oct 

    This week it’s our Encounter Service, and so we’ll be doing things in a slightly different style… café.  As we can’t provide refreshments at the moment, please bring along your own drink and some biscuits/cake for yourself.

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    Remembrance 2020

    Remembrance Day is soon approaching and with things as they are this year we’re encouraging our community to do things a little different.  Please join us online on Sunday 8th November at 10:45am for our Remembrance Service, you’ll find it on the Desford Remembrance 2020 YouTube channel here

    Please do share this link with as many people as you can and pass the word onto your neighbours and friends in Desford.

    Within the service, at 11am, we will be asking viewers of the online service to go outside their home and stand in silence for one minute, then clap for one minute.  This is a way of pausing together as a community and encouraging one and other in these difficult times.

    Remembrance Window Poppies

    We have created a poppy worksheet for the local school, the idea being that people can colour in the poppy picture and put it up in their window.  Please do feel welcome to participate in this and again share it as widely as is possible, here is the worksheet…

    Poppy Picture Worksheet

    (you will need Acrobat to view this)

    Remembrance Day (11th November)

    For Remembrance Day itself, an act of remembrance will be at the War Memorial at around 10:45am.  This will be in partnership with Desford Primary School and we hope to live stream it to the school classrooms.

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    Indoor Sunday Services Continue

    We are very excited to be continuing our weekly Sunday service.  Here are the details…

    St Martin’s – 11.15am – due to the space and resulting capacity we do not currently envisage a need to book a seat, but please turn up early to avoid disappointment.

    1st Sunday – Holy Communion

    2nd Sunday – All Age Service

    3rd Sunday – Holy Communion

    4th Sunday – Encounter 

    Facemasks MUST BE WORN in church, please remember to bring one with you.  More details will follow next week in relation to the pattern of services (Holy Communion, All Age, etc…).  If you have any questions do get in contact with Gareth, Rob or one of the Wardens.

    Book of Common Prayer (BCP) Holy Communion

    We are continuing our weekly BCP service in each church on Tuesdays.  These services will last around 30 minutes, in line with government requirements a facemask must be worn.  

    St Martin’s, Tuesdays at 8am

    Due to Covid-19 restrictions we will not be able to give out books for use, but will instead seek to project all of the words.

    Monday Night Prayers – 

    We are continuing to meet on Monday evenings from 7:30pm to 8:00pm for prayer, please do join us on Zoom… 

    APCMs (AGM)

    It’s that time of year, this Sunday after the morning service (12.15approx) in the church building.  Documents will be sent out via email as due to covid-19 we’re not handing out hardcopies.  If you’ve not received them by Thursday 22nd Oct do get in touch.

    Regular links

    Sunday Online Service – each week from first thing Sunday Morning, here is a link to our YouTube channel…

    Thank you,

    Kind regards,

    Rev Gareth Hutchinson

    Mobile: 07739585150


    A message from Bishop Martyn

    Please watch this message from Bishop Martyn thanking parishes for their
    contributions in 2019 and 2020 along with some thoughts for offers for 2021

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    Indoor Sunday Services Pictures


    Our first Indoor service since lockdown was well supported within the Covid-19 guidelines.

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    This Weeks Online Services Can Be Found
    On Our YouTube Channel

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    Parish News

    As we are unable to get the Parish News sent out to people in the usual way a copy can be
    found here free of charge for all on the link below.

    May Parish News

    June Parish News

    July Parish News

    August Parish News

    September Parish News

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    St Mart’s & St Bart’s KIDS ONLINE 

    We will be doing a bi-weekly Kids Online service.  As with our regular online service, this will be found on our YouTube channel
    When? Every other week on Sunday… 
    30th Aug, 13th Sep, 27th Sep
    What is it? a 10-minute, child-oriented service, with worship, story and activity
    Please do spread the word and let us know what you think.

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    Online Sunday Zoom Social at 11:30am
    for 30-45 minutes

    A chance to catch up informally and chat with people from St Martin’s and St Bart’s.

    Meeting ID: 886 3834 1733
    Password: 649832

    Rev Gareth Hutchinson
    Mobile: 07739585150

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    Online Weekly Monday Night Prayers

    From Monday 6th July we’re starting up weekly online evening prayers.  This will be from 7:30pm for 20-30 minutes. It’s a chance to come together to pray for our communities and for those further afield. Please do join Gareth and Rob as we gather to pray. This will be hosted on Zoom, which is a free videocall platform, so if you’ve not used Zoom before please do let Rob or Gareth know and they’ll be happy to offer some advice.
    These are the login details…

    Meeting ID: 881 9851 0430
    Password: eveprayers

    Rev. Rob Marsh 07557 536926

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    Users of the Church Hall 2020

    Pre Diabetic Clinic every Monday 9am – 1.30pm (except bank hols)
    Table Tennis – January 6TH – March 30th 7.00pm – 10.00pm

    Coffee & Chat: weekly 10.30am – 12 noon
    Lunches: 2nd Tuesday in month 12.30 – 2.00pm 
    Loving Hands: 4th Tuesday 1pm – 4pm

    Rainbows (5 – 7 year olds) 4.45pm – 5.45pm term time
    Brownies (7 – 10 year olds) 6pm – 7.30pm term time
    Guides (10 – 14 year olds) 7.30pm – 9pm term time

    Ladies Group 2nd Wednesday 2.30pm – 5pm
    Rainbows (weekly Mums & Toddlers) 9.30am – 11.30am term time
    Living Sober 6pm

    Forget me Not - 3rd Thursday 10.30am – 12 noon
    Community House craft/cooking weekly 12noon – 3pm (term time)


    ccasional bookings for parties etc

    Messy Church: 4th Sunday in month 4pm 
    Awesome Youff in church 4pm

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    P.Stokes (Website Editor)


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  • Safeguarding

    Safeguarding At
    St. Martin's

    If you have a safeguarding concern,
    then please contact our local Safeguarding Officer Kay Smith
    07928 657736.

    If you wish to speak to the
    Diocesan Safeguarding
    Team, or to someone outside the church, their contact details are
    available here