“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
—Martin Luther King Jr
High Peak Partnership welcomes you.
Welcome to the High Peak Partnership which is the amalgamation of the Buxton Methodist Circuit, High Peak Methodist Circuit and Whaley Bridge Uniting now with a total of fourteen churches. It was formed in September 2019 and is part of the Manchester & Stockport District of the Methodist Church in Britain.
It is a large, mainly rural area with Churches in Derbyshire, Cheshire & Staffordshire a number of which are also in the Peak District National Park. The churches are also interestingly in three separate government regions these being East Midlands, West Midlands & North West England.
While the majority of our churches are in the Methodist tradition the Whaley Bridge Uniting Church includes Baptist Union & United Reformed Church members.
Our worship is varied and with each of our churches you are assured of a warm welcome. More details about our churches can be found on this website.
For more information about each church and how to find us go to the Churches pages above.
EARLY 2020 EVENTS
A message from Rev Keith & Rev Andrew. December 2019
Dear Partnership family,
Advent is one of the most treasured periods of the Christian year. It follows a long stretch of Sundays after Pentecost and precedes the joyful season of Christmastide. The four weeks in this season represent more than just a Christmas countdown though. Advent is a season all to its own and invites us to explore themes about past promises of a future hope that can be lived in the present moment. These promises instill hope, peace, joy and comfort to our world. The message directs the church to slow down, wait and listen for God to speak to us about how to make these promises real for others around us. For that reason, Advent resonates with our human story and is very much part of the Christian message that in all times Christ remains a constant presence ready to renew and refresh our lives.
I trust that this season of Advent will be a deeply meaningful time for you, your church and your communities.
From Rev Andrew. Playful imagination.
Tom, our 4 year old, often leaves nursery with an empty bread stick box (they go through a lot of bread sticks at nursery!) and this empty box – with perhaps a few bits stuck to it – becomes a train or fire engine or rocket.
A few days ago as we ‘steamed’ our way back through the Pavilion Gardens we met a friend who asked Tom, ‘what do you have there?’ Tom replied ‘a steam train’ our friend teasingly said ‘that can’t be a train, it hasn’t got any wheels’ to which Tom pointed at the plain side of the box and confidently said ‘yes it has, they’re there’ as if to say ‘can’t you see them?’
I’m having to re-learn that an empty box is not just for the re-cycling but can be repurposed as a train or fire engine or rocket or…. It takes imagination to see these things in the common everyday items.
2,000 years ago, Jesus might have been walking along with his friends and saw someone making bread and said ‘look, the Kingdom of heaven is like yeast…’; they might have seen a farmer sowing seed and Jesus said ‘look the Kingdom of heaven is like a farmer who went out to sow his seed…’; they might have seen a shepherd anxiously looking for one of his sheep and Jesus told them about a God who in love anxiously seeks to restore the relationship with his people.
By making these insights, Jesus seems to be saying that the Kingdom of Heaven is not just a destination after you die, rather it is to be enjoyed and celebrated in the everyday and routine of daily life. As Jesus saw these things and related them to the Kingdom of heaven, maybe he was a bit like Tom and just wanted to say ‘can’t you see it?’
I’m also reminded that Jesus said something about learning from little children…
Every blessing to you as we seek to follow,
Is it a train? Is it a plane? Is it a fire engine? One of Tom’s creations...
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The bringing together of the three circuits Buxton, High Peak & Whaley Bridge Uniting each with its own Superintendent Minister changing to one large circuit with just two ministers has not happened automatically.
It is in the main thanks to the willingness of the members of the three circuits to endorse the concept and for our two ministers Andrew and Keith and our two Circuit Administrators enthusiastically to make it happen. It is a developing project and there are still many parts of it to be completed. It was only in July 2019 at the Methodist Conference in Birmingham where it was agreed that the project should be endorsed.
While the three circuits have followed generally the same principles there is also a significant difference in the ways these were understood and much of the preliminary work is about bringing these together in an acceptable and shared way.
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The calling of the Methodist Church is to respond to the gospel of God's love in Christ and to live out its discipleship in worship and mission.
It does this through:
The Church exists to increase awareness of God’s presence and to celebrate God’s love.
The Church exists to help people to grow and learn as Christians, through mutual support and care.
The Church exists to be a good neighbour to people in need and to challenge injustice.
The Church exists to make more followers of Jesus Christ