St. Martin's Church Desford 

Tel: 07739585150
Rev. Gareth Hutchinson


We are a welcoming, open and inclusive church, meeting in the centre of the community. Whether you are looking to join the church family on a regular basis, or are enquiring about becoming part of the church for a special event, such as a wedding or a baptism, these pages should give you all that you need to know.

Lent Course – The King’s Speech

This year for our Lent course we will be watching the film ‘The King’s Speech’ and then over 5 weeks working our way through the accompanying discussion guide ‘Finding a voice: a lent course on the King’s Speech’.  The course explores the ways in which fear holds us back and examines how we, like Bertie (from the film), can face and overcome our fears and begin to find our authentic voice.

•    Film evening - We’ll being watching the film a St Martin’s Desford on Sunday 18th February at 7.30pm
•    Weekly Discussion Groups - Our weekly discussion groups will be every Tuesday at 7.30pm, starting on Tuesday 20th February.

Our Lent course is running on Zoom to enable those who find it difficult to attend a physical course to participate, but there’s no reason you couldn’t go to a friend’s house to join in on a shared computer if you don’t have access at your own home.  We’ll be running this between St Martins, St Barts, Kirby Muxloe Free Church, and Desford Free Church, but it is open to anyone you’d like to invite. If you’d like to join in, please let Gareth know so he can arrange discussion groups.  

Gareth does have a few physical copies of the discussion to sell at £5.99 each, or you can buy it online here: 

Ash Wednesday – 14th February
On Ash Wednesday there will be a 8am Benefice Holy Communion service in St Martin’s, please feel welcome to join us.  There will be no mid-week communion on Thursday 15th Feb.

Good Friday Benefice choir

We will be holding as 6pm Benefice Good Friday service at St Bart’s on 29th March.  This will be a quiet reflective service as we recall and give thanks for the sacrifice of Christ on the cross.  For this service we will be putting together a choir from St Martins & St Barts, which David Williams will be overseeing.  

The Big Plastic Count

Nearly 100 billion pieces of plastic packaging are thrown away by UK households every year, and just 12% is recycled in the UK. 

For one week in March, thousands of schools, households, community groups and businesses will be coming together to count their plastic waste. And we want you to join them.  Almost a quarter of a million people took part in The Big Plastic Count in 2022. Together we revealed that almost two billion pieces of plastic packaging are being thrown away a week. This year you can help build even more evidence to convince UK ministers to lead the way at the global talks that could finally phase out plastic pollution for good.

As a way of raising our own awareness on the plastic that we use, could you take part and count your plastic for one week from 11th to 17th March 2024?
Register here…


Easter Service details 

Details for our Easter services are as follows, all in March…

  • Friday 29th– 6pm – Good Friday service at St Bart’s Kirby Muxloe
  • Saturday 30th– 9am – Easter vigil service – outside St Martin’s Desford
  • Sunday 31st – 9am – Easter Day – Holy Communion at St Bart’s Kirby Muxloe 
  • Sunday 31st – 10.30am – Easter Day – Holy Communion at St Martin’s Desford, with a light breakfast before at 9.30am
    Breakfast will consist of toast, croissants and drinks.

    There is a sign-up sheet at the back of church, please sign up so we can get an idea of numbers.

Today's Bible Quote

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
Joshua 1:9
Tuesday 5th March
10:30 am -
Wednesday 6th March
9:30 am -
Thursday 7th March
8:00 am -
10:00 am -

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Just a brief note to state that our APCM will be held on Sunday 19th May at 12pm (mid-day) in church following the morning service.

Craft Group

Thursdays at 10.00am
Location: in St Martins Church
What happens: bring your own craft of any sort, we have homemade cakes and friendly conversation


Encounter Café Style Service

On the 4th Sunday of each month at 4pm, we hold an informal church service gathered around small tables.  It’s a bit like going to a café, only we sign some worship songs, have a short Bible talk, and a variety of activities.  It’s an informal service, please feel welcome to come along a join us if you’re free.

Users of St. Martin's Desford Church Hall 2023

Table Tennis – January – March 10.30am 11.30am, 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

Rainbows (weekly Mums & Toddlers) 9.30am – 11.30am term time
Living Sober 6pm

Zumba 10am on 1st, 2nd & 4th Thursday
Forget me Not, on the 3rd Thursday 10.30am
Exercise Class 5.30 - 7pm
Yoga 7.30pm  on 1st, 2nd & 4th Thursday
Desford Wine Circle on 3rd Thursday 7.30pm

Tai Chi 2-3pm

Occasional bookings for parties etc

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