News from St Thomas’s Road Methodist Church

News from St Thomas’s Road Methodist Church

Our ‘Simply Worship’ service on the 4th Sunday of the month aims to be accessible to people with learning difficulties or dementia.  Here is the story of how it started:

On one particularly poorly attended Sunday at St Thomas’ Road Methodist Church in Derby, Revd Jenny Dyer found herself preaching to about a dozen people, two of whom had learning difficulties.  “I was preaching about the Chilcot Report,” she says, “and thinking what on earth are they making of this.  Not only did two of the worshippers have learning difficulties, but another had left an adult son with learning difficulties at home.  Others on our membership list have either learning difficulties or dementia.  It was a lightbulb moment.  I thought: we have to change our worship to be more accessible to these people.”

It was the beginning of a new initiative.  The church got together with Prospects (now part of Livability), an organisation that promotes worship groups for people with special needs.  Prospects came and led a training day, attended not only by the faithful few from the church but by Local Preachers and Worship Leaders from around the circuit, and people from other churches in Derby and beyond.

Then the services started.  Since February, St Thomas’ Road has been running a service it calls ‘Simply Worship’, at its usual service time, once a month.  ‘Simply Worship’ aims to be accessible to everyone, including people with special needs or dementia.  “It is a bit of a challenge though,” says Revd Jenny, “because it also needs to have enough meat in it for our other worshippers.  But so far everyone seems to enjoy it.”

The congregation sit café-style round tables, and tea, coffee and squash are served as people arrive.  There is always something on the table for people to do and help each other to do, as they settle in.  Sometimes it has been craft, and once it was a puzzle.  Once it was baking: “It was a Sunday soon after Easter and we made ‘empty tomb marshmallow croissants!’”  The worship is informal, interactive, visual, colourful.  “We aim to keep it simple, but with depth,” says Revd Jenny.  And it always finishes with the Lord’s Prayer with actions.

Future challenges?  “We need to get it better advertised,” says Revd Jenny.  “So far we have not been successful in attracting people who are not already connected with us, but we hope that will change soon.  And also I’d like us to learn some simple Makaton signs to go with some of the songs.”

News from Mickleover Methodist Church

Walk of Gladness and Generosity

What a year! A year like no other. A year that has affected everyone in so many different ways. It’s a year which had brought a lot of sadness and difficulty. But, are there some things we can be glad about? It’s a year when people have done some remarkable things to help others, being generous in using their talents, money, ideas, possessions and time for others.

Fancy a walk? Fancy a walk where you can think about things to be glad about and think about generosity? To think about Christmas, the year just gone and hope for the times we have ahead? If so, you’re looking for the Walk of Gladness and Generosity! “Gladness and Generosity” is one of the marks of the early church, as we read in Acts chapter 2 verse 46.

There is a booklet (link below) to guide you to think about gladness and generosity as you walk. There is a version of the booklet which you can print out (using appropriate printer settings, such as “print on both sides” and “flip on short edge”). There is also a version which is suitable to have on your mobile phone or other mobile device. It has interactive links from the Map to each of the pages of the booklet.

The walk starts where Station Road meets the cycle tracks (number 54 and 68), just across the road and across the bridge from the Great Northern pub. We suggest that people can do the walk some time between 1:30 and 4:00 on Sunday 27th December, so it is roughly the same time as we would have the 4pm service. But you can do it any time! The walk is around 1 mile plus the distance you need to travel to get there and back. Take your time, you don’t have to rush it! Neither do you have to do all that is suggested in the booklet.

If you want to share any photos, thoughts or experiences you can do so on the Mickleover Methodist Church Facebook page or email the church office at

At the end of the walk you will have the opportunity to put a decoration on a fir tree. Maybe you have one at home? Maybe you want to make one? Maybe you want to put a message of hope on the tree, for others to read? If you don’t go prepared, maybe you will see something along the walk that you could turn into a decoration?

So, enjoy your walk!

Mickleover Christmas Walk of Gladness and Generosity Booklet Mobile Version

Mickleover Christmas Walk of Gladness and Generosity Booklet Print Version


For the latest Sunday Service sheet please click here

or visit our Worship page

If you would like to join our regular Zoom services please email

These services include Messy Church, Spark to a Flame, prayers and chat, coffee and chat and Sunday Worship

Follow us on Facebook at

Mickleover Methodist Church


Shop and support Mickleover Methodist Church and Preschool and The Hardy Group at AmazonSmile

Follow the link to shop and raise funds for these charitable causes at no extra cost to you

Thank you!


  • Our Spark to a Flame Service of Alternative Worship is held at 10.00am on the Third Sunday of most months. This provides an informal worshiping and learning environment for both children and adults. It runs in the large hall in parallel with the morning service in the Chapel and normally attracts about 60 people.  The next service will be 17th Jan 2021 via zoom
  • This was a recent service.

  • Messy Church is held monthly on the first Tuesday in the month from 4 – 6 pm. Come and share in play, games, worship, teaching, craft and a meal together. The next service is 2nd Feb 2021 via Zoom. This was a recent Messy Church

  • Women’s Fellowship meets at 2,15 pm on Tuesdays. The meeting starts with devotions, followed by speaker each week. The meeting ends with a cup of tea, biscuits and a chat. it is a very friendly group and would be delighted if you joined in. Our Autumn Programme is being prepared
  • Wesley Guild meets at 7.30pm on a Wednesday. It has a wide range of interesting speakers and an opportunity for a chat over coffee. Our Autumn Programme is being prepared
  • Funtime. Do you like to relax and chat over tea or coffee, play games, puzzle over quizzes together and have fun? Then why not come along to Funtime at the Methodist Church on alternate Wednesday mornings.
  • If you want to relax and have a chat for a while on a Friday morning, come along to the Mickleover Methodist Church for Coffee and Cakes. It is open from 9.00 am to 12.00 every Friday but will not be open until September.  You could also join in the Scrabble Club at the same time on the last Friday of the month from 10 am.


If you want to know more about what we are doing, see our website at



Daily (Weekdays):

9.15 am. Morning Preschool. Also afternoons on Thursday and Friday
10.00 – 12.00 am. Church office open.


12.15 pm.Chat ‘n’ Play.

1.30 pm. Little Mickler’s Baby and Toddlers Group.
5.30 pm. Derwent Beavers.


2.15 pm. Women’s Fellowship.
4pm to 6pm. (first Tuesday in Month during school term time) Messy Church
6.30 pm. Red Fox Cub Scouts.


12 noon Communion followed by Soup and Roll (First Wed. in month)
10:00am Fun Time (1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays)
5.00pm. Dove Beavers
5.30 pm. Girls Brigade
7.30 pm. Wesley Guild


6.30 pm. Brown Bear Cub Scouts


9.00 – 12.00 am. Drop-in Cafe, refreshments and chat.
10.00 am (Fourth Friday in month). Scrabble Group
7.00 pm. Kinder Scouts


First Saturday in Month, 12.00. Lunches (open to all)
On occasional Saturdays, 10.00 am. FairTrade Cafe and Traidcraft Stall
Alternate Saturdays, 7.00 pm, Pathfinders (Ecumenical Group for school year 5 upwards)
Visit our website, for programmes and details of the events.