Holymoorside Church


Holymoorside United Reformed ChurchHolymoorside United Reformed Church
Cotton Mill Hill
Holymoorside S42 7EJ








We are a local congregation in Holymoorside belonging to the United Reformed Church.

We are situated on Cotton Mill Hill, in Holymoorside  which is the road which runs from the centre of the village, past the Bull's Head and up by the cemetery.   Our church is on the north side of the road by the bridge over the river.

We are joined in morning services (9.30am) by members of the village Methodist church which sadly closed in 2012.  The church is open to everyone – new friends are always welcome!

Flower festival 2012

A wide variety of activities go on at our church:
Sunday worship, Bible study, Church Meeting, Cotton Millers Club, as well as a variety of social events.

We share in ecumenical activities with other churches in the village, including a monthly Wednesday ecumenical communion service.


We run lots of community events, including the bi-annual flower festival (pictured right), concerts, talks, lunches and an autumn fair.   These events are valued in the village and are well attended.  We participate in the annual village well dressing service and activities, including serving teas in the village hall.


We were formed in 1852 and have served the people of Holymoorside for over 150 years.  We still bear witness to Christ in the village and welcome all who come to join us for worship and our events.

Holymoorside Church operates under the umbrella Registered Charity Number, 511712, of the United Reformed Church East Midlands Synod.

Worship at Holymoorside

Sunday Morning at 9.30am - 10.30am Family Worship

Click here to see who is next leading worship.


What happens in worship at Holymoorside

We have a fairly traditional service including Hymns, Bible Reading, Sermon, a Children's Address

Several times each year is a Scout/Guide Parade service.

And of course a full range of festival services at Christmas, Easter and Pentecost.
These, with the "Well Dressing Service" on August Bank Holiday Sunday, are usually arranged by "Churches Together in Holymoorside" .

There is a monthly "Coffee and Communion" which takes place in the hall.  See the Calendar for time and dates.

Unfortunately the church is not accessible as there is a flight of steps to the main door.  However the hall is fully accessible.

Please read Notes for Visiting Preachers for a description of our services.


News and photo gallery from Holymoorside URC



Holymoorside Holiday in the Lake District

10 people from Holymoorside took a holiday in Kendal for a few days in July.  Stopping at Skipton on the way there, they discovered an eco-stall in the market.  After a night in the hotel in Kendal, they set off to explore the town, wandered by the river and visited the Lakeland Life Museum, giving an insight into the past.  After lunch the group split up to visit different places in the town.

Coffee Morning for Papyrus raises £1800!

Nearly £1800 was raised at the coffee morning held at Holymoorside URC in an amazing show of solidarity and support for Papyrus, a charity supporting children and young people with suicidal thoughts.  Raffle tickets were sold to local groups and the coffee morning was advertised widely including on the Facebook page of Holymoorside past and present.  Offers of wine and cakes flooded in.  Harold Wibberley, a wood carver of birds donated 10 of his birds to sell and eight were sold on the day raising £400.  Ju Bramley warmly thanks everyone who supported the coffee morning. 

North Derbyshire Resource Area

The Elders of St Andrew's and Rose Hill are working hard to complete their Pastorate Profiles and combine them into one document.  The Call Group with representatives from all the churches in the Area is meeting and gradually working their way through the various questions which need to be resolved.  They hope that everything will be ready by the end of October 2019 so that we can ask the Synod Ordained Ministry and Churches Group to declare the vacancy at their meeting in November.  The search for a minister can then begin.

It has been a long wait, especially for Rose Hill whose minister retired on Palm Sunday 2018.  However lot of work was needed to create the new pastorate.  Please pray for all those involved in the preparation, including our pastorate consultant, Revd Camilla Veitch, as she starts her sabbatical.  Revd Marcus Hargis will cover for her while she is away. 

Food Bank Appeal

Chesterfield Food Bank is appealing for 'Christmassy' items.  Add a few things to your basket when you are shopping which will bring joy to a family or an individual.   Leave them in the box in your church.

Waterfall of Poppies


Holymoorside commemorates the centenary of the Armistice which ended hostilities in the First World War on 11th November 1918 with this waterfall of poppies.   

Looking to the Future

Revd John Cook retired at the end of September 2018.  He and Ann have moved to Felixtowe where we pray they may enjoy a happy and fulfilling retirement.

Holymoorside and St Andrew's are moving into interesting times.  Our two churches are joining five others to form the United Reformed Church North Derbyshire Resource Area.  The other churches are Rose Hill URC in the centre of Chesterfield, Calow URC, West Derbyshire URC Wirksworth, Fountain Square Church Tideswell (Methodist/United Reformed), and Buxton URC.  

The Plight of the 'Windrush' Generation

Thousands of men and women who arrived in the UK as children during the first wave of Commonwealth immigration after the second World War, now face being threatened with deportation. Read about their plight here.


Should anyone in your churches be affected by the Government's failings in regard to the Windrush generation - themselves, or someone they know or are asked to help - you may wish to let them know of this resource, of which we have been advised by Churches Together in England.

The Home Office has set up a dedicated web page to help Commonwealth citizens confirm their status in the UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/undocumented-commonwealth-citizens-resident-in-the-uk

There is also a freephone number: 0800 678 1925.  This line is open Mon-Sat 9am - 5pm, Sun 10am - 4pm

This is a useful link, letter from Home Office Minister to Caribbean High Commissioners laying out action the government is taking



Military Action in Syria

The United Reformed Church condemns the military action in Syria


Holymoorside Regular Events

Morning Worship

9.30am every Sunday in the Church upstairs..
except on the Third Sunday when we share communion downstairs in the Hall


The Cotton Millers Club

A monthly social group for adults with learning disabilites.
We usually meet at the church, on the last Wednesday at 7.00pm
but sometimes take trips out into the community. 


Coffee and Communion

10.00am on the first Wednesday of the month in the downstairs meeting room. Led by local clergy in turn.



Holymoorside Flower Festival

Flower Festival 2012


Diamond JubileeWell Dressing 2012Golden Wedding

    Diamond Jubilee                                           Well Dressing                                                 Golden Wedding


Simeon Manlove's ParlourWell dressing -detail Holymoorside URCOlympics

    Simeon Manlove's Parlour in 1862               Well dressing detail - Holymoorside URC        Olympics and Paralympics


ChristeningChristmasCharles Dickens

Christening                                                        Christmas                                      Charles Dickens


A selection of the displays at Holymoorside URC Flower Festival 2012 celebrating Anniversaries and the Olympic and Paralympic Games





front of church

Flower Festival 2009

Characters in the Bible

On the Gala weekend the church was crammed full of the most beautiful flowers,
fantastically arranged by our team of experts.

Each arrangement was sponsored (usualy 'in memory' of someone), and depicted a character from the Bible. Over a thousand pounds worth of flowers were used and the quality showed.

I have select a few photo's so that you can see what you missed if you did not manage a visit, and can be reminded of what you saw if you did! 


joseph ??

?front of church Moses



What We Believe

The people of Holymoorside United Reformed Church are a Christian community which seeks through worship, prayer, learning and service to experience and witness to the Good News of God's love revealed in Jesus Christ.

We believe we are called to.....

  • be followers of Jesus, inspired by his words and actions, to make a difference in today's world
  • bear witness to the grace of God, which surrounds every person, and seek to value each and everyone
  • encourage the exploration of the Bible together under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, believing that Scripture testifies to many and varied insights about the nature and actions of God 
  • express our faith through worship which draws on contemporary insights as well as Christian tradition
  • be ecumenical in outlook, believing that life for the churches will be enriched as Christians work together and share each other's insights
  • engage fully in the life of the local community forging partnerships with all who work for the common good, offering love and service to people in need
  • be wise stewards of the environment and care for people in the wider world.

Who's Who

Contact Form
Minister  Vacant    
Church Secretary  Mrs Judith Bramley    Yes
Church Treasurer  Mrs Janette Ward    Yes
Pulpit Supply  Ms Paula Samson  01246 567733  
Hall Bookings  Ms Jill Durrant  01246 569226  
Cotton Millers  Mrs Barbara Turrner  01246 566109  

The Cotton Millers Club

- a monthly club for adults with learning difficulties.

The Cotton Millers Club:
a monthly club for adults with learning difficulties

The Cotton Millers club was set up in October 2000 as part of the community work of Holymoorside United Reformed Church.

It is a monthly club for adults with learning difficulties in Holymoorside and Chesterfield which meets in the United Reformed Church Hall in Holymoorside. In the summer months extra activities are organised away from the Church Hall.

The aim of the Club is to provide a friendly atmosphere for up to twenty such people to 'get out of the house' and mix with other people, to offer them a variety of stimulating and enjoyable activities.

The club is led by the 'members' as much as possible . In October each year we hold a club AGM at which we summarise the years events, present the accounts, and decide on future events for the coming year.

The club is managed on a month to month basis by the Club Secretary and Club Treasurer, with volunteer 'helpers' on each night. The minister of the church is 'ex-officio' chairman.

The 'helpers' (who are all volunteers) and 'members' are not restricted to church people.

The club is expected to be financially independent of the church, and to pay for the use of the premises. The Clubs accounts are examined alongside the Churches accounts according to the requirements of the Charities Act, and as such are approved by the Church's AGM.

The club reports regularly to the Church Meeting of the church, and is expected to adhere to the Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities, and Child Protection policies of the church.

What's on

The Cotton Millers Club

- a social club for adults with learning difficulties
which meets from 7.00pm - 9.00
on the last Wednesday of the Month
(and sometimes in between!)
at Holymoorside United Reformed Church
where we enjoy
a variety of crafts and games
on a programme chosen by the members themselves.



Sample Programme

Line Dancing / Games

Domino / Boules Night

Easter crafts and Cards

Computer and Crafts/Pet Shop

Ten Pin Bowling **

Walk and Pub

Barbecue at Barbara's

Mablethorpe **

Pet Shop visit/ Computer and Crafts

A.G.M. & Concert ????

Christmas Crafts/flower arranging

Disco / Party **