“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.
MP TO ATTEND COFFEE MORNING TO CELEBRATE REVAMPED DOVE HOLES METHODIST CHURCH FACILITIES. On Saturday 7th March we will welcome Robert Largan MP and Reg Gartside, Tarmac’s Tunstead Engineering Service Manager to a coffee morning to celebrate our finished project. This takes place between 10am and 12pm. Please come along and enjoy a bacon butty and other refreshments. Various stalls including cake stall and pound stall will be in operation. To read the full story go to Dove Holes Methodist Church page from the link above.
A message from Rev Keith & Rev Andrew. March 2020
From the Rev Andrew
The enthusiasm of my 4 year old son playing with Lego has meant that I have rediscovered the delights of Lego (of course it is just to help him out!).
The Lego of today is very different from the Lego of my childhood. When I was young we had a box of bricks with which you could build a house with a few windows, doors and a very fragile roof. Of course these basic bricks could be used for other things, add a couple of wheels and there was a strange shape car, train or an aeroplane. These creations were very simple compared to the elaborate and complex ones available today.
I guess Lego has in some ways adapted to the demands of an increasingly complex world, yet it still retains the essential basic building design from which everything is built.
Today our churches are far more complex than they might have been in past years. The requirements of charity law, safeguarding, health and safety all go to make sure we are responsible with our resources and that our churches are safe places for people to gather. We must never however lose sight of the fact that the basic building blocks of the gospel remain just the same for us as they were for Jesus and his followers.
The basic building blocks of love, joy, peace, justice and forgiveness underpin everything we do and are the foundation upon which we live out the gospel.
Although today Lego is as popular as it has ever been, this hasn’t always been the case. For many years it went out of fashion, yet it still retained it’s distinctive qualities. I pray that through all the ebbs and flows of church life we always retain that distinctive quality that marks us out as followers of the servant King and continue to build the Kingdom in his name.
Every blessing to you through this Lent and Easter season.
By the way, one thing that has never changed from my childhood….it still hurts as much when you accidentally kneel on an unseen piece!
From the Rev Keith.
Lent and Easter is a season of refreshing the soul. A season devoted to the life-giving Spirit of God that draws us to an inward pilgrimage faith that finds an outward expression of mission. Many traditions refer to the season as a time of greening the earth.
This makes perfect sense to me because the weeks leading up to Easter encourage us to cultivate our discipleship. In our modern age we are
becoming more aware of the impact we make in our community and on our planet. Perhaps this greening idea can move beyond just a metaphor for Christian living to an expression of social justice.
Perhaps we can examine what it is that God is calling the Church to do in this greening season. Alongside the study of who Jesus is and the profound impact his obedience and death on the cross means to us personally, it can also cause us to look at God’s broader purpose for the faithful to be stewards of the earth as described in Genesis. How are we caring for our planet? How are we nurturing an attitude of gratefulness for the gift of our natural world?
During the 50 great days of Easter, the world will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day; a global movement that took to the streets in the 1970s to advocate cleaner air and the preservation of endangered species. That advocacy resulted in every nation on the planet adopting the Clean Air Act that transformed the automobile industry.
Stewardship is at the heart of the creation story and should be considered and celebrated during this particular season.
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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