Archive for Covid 19

Resources while church buildings are closed

Although our church buildings are closed, the Church remains still alive and active in our homes and communities. Some ways of getting involved include…

  • In Tideswell Parish, we pray for our communities, nation and wider world at 12noon every day. Join in from your own home, a simple order of service is available if it would help you.
  • Text prayer requests to 07976 920603, these will be included in daily prayer at the Vicarage
  • Explore reflections on Easter themes on our Facebook Page (St John the Baptist Church, Tideswell).
  • Find out more about our weekly Zoom Service for Tideswell Parish held at 12noon each Sunday.
  • Details of other local, online services can be found at  
  • Prayer and worship resources are also available at especially if you are isolating at home.
  • Ring 0800 8048044 for a free telephone line which offers favourite hymns and prayers with a short daily reflection.
  • Don’t forget resources on the BBC, including Songs of Praise.

Contact the Vicarage for more information (01298 871317) or


Covid 19 Update: Tideswell Church Open Daily again from 22nd June 2020

Following recent government guidance, St John The Baptist Church in Tideswell image006will now open every day from 10am-4pm. A welcoming space for anyone needing sanctuary, a quiet moment or private prayer. 

Private prayer poster

Other Churches in Tideswell Parish, at Cressbrook, Miller’s Dale, Litton and Wormhill, remain closed for the moment. Our worship of God and our care for each other continue but cannot happen inside our Church buildings. 

July 2020: Letter from Up Russia!

During my ministry in the Oxford Diocese a small group of monks came to set up house in a neighbouring parish. They were Anglican Benedictines and I got to know them quite well and was frequently refreshed by spending time in their lovely chapel. July 11 is the feast day of St Benedict of Nursia, founder of the monastery of Monte Cassino and recognised as the Father of Western Monasticism. It was Benedict’s Rule that became the pattern for monastic living and still today it is the rule-book by which Benedictines order their lives.

Benedict’s Rule is well worth a read. It is short and simple and full of common sense and practical wisdom. It is tolerant and understanding of human nature as it aims to lead us to a deeper experience of God and a closer relationship with one another and with the world in which we live. Though written for monastic communities, do not think it has nothing to say to those who are not so enclosed. A good introduction to The Rule of St Benedict is a little paperback entitled “Seeking God” by Esther De Waal, which I heartily recommend.

What then has a monk who lived many centuries ago have to teach us today?  Well, we are living through changing times where the pattern of many lives has been seriously disrupted.  Our regular worship meetings are gone both on Sundays and mid-week. Our places of worship are closed and unavailable for prayer. Our pattern of life with its work and play has been challenged. Benedict realised the importance of having a rhythm of life. He set about demonstrating the importance of having set times to pray, to study, to relax, to engage in manual work and to worship. Living in an orderly manner helped his followers to live in harmony with nature, with each other and with their God.

Can we practice some new rhythms in our lives today? Maybe starting each day with a reflection and seeking a purpose; turning our exercise time into a prayer; if we are walking past houses or fields bringing neighbours to mind before God, finding on web-sites fresh opportunities to engage in worship, keeping in regular touch with friends and family; establishing fresh patterns of living- a new Rule of Life! Benedictine monasteries once dominated much of our landscape; today we have only their ruins at places like Fountains Abbey, Tintern, Whitby and Rievaux . But Benedict’s influence lives on and we can all be his beneficiaries.

 May you be blessed in finding new rhythms and fresh patterns of life at this time!  Brian