Events Archive

This archive of events was begun in December 2010 and provides a record of many of our events since then.

Evening services

These follow a monthly pattern at 6pm, and tend to be more quiet and reflective. Some of these are Taize style whilst others based on Celtic worship. The next ones are  23rd April (Taize), 21st May, 18th June,23rd July.


Worship style and venues.

New worship styles are being trialled. These are intended to give people opportunity to develop their gifts, and introduce greater variety in our worship.  Coming ones include  family friendly "Worship for all"  (WFA) services on Mothering Sunday (March 26th), Easter Day (16th April), and 25th June. All incorporate  a range of activities.


 May Queen visit 2017

The village May queen  and her retinue attended church on Sunday 14th May. This was a happy  joyful occasion, when the church was near full. A selection of photos of the occasion can be seen  on our Recent images page. See slso the photo gallery of her last visit here-  May Queen visit 2014

Flower Festival

This is a major event in the life of both the village and the church. It coincides with the village wells Dressing. Images are on our Recent images page and on the  Wells/Flowers page

 Mothering Sunday

Always a favourite and moving service, ours was led this year by our minister - Rev Kerry Tankard. March 26th 10.45am.


Remembrance Day 2016


 We commemorate Remembrance Sunday on  13th November. 10.45am at the war memorial, followed by a service of remembrance at St Matthews, lewd by Rev Kerry.

Carol Service.   2016

A candle lit family Carol Service, with congregational participation, is at 6pm on Sunday 18th December.


Christmas Day 2016

There will be a short family service on Christmas Day at 10.00am, led by Rev Kerry, to calm the soul between opening the presents and eating Christmas dinner. Traditionally we each bring one of our presents to show others (Fun but not essential)


December - March 2016

Christmas Day.

We expect as usual, to hold a short relaxing service for all the family on Christmas Day at 10.00am.

Time to Talk

This  Circuit initiative continued on 24th January 2016, and 28th February at 4pm, at Town End Methodist chapel, Chapel-en-le-Frith.

 Circuit Covenant Service

We host this service this year on Sunday January 3rd at 10.45 with the Chair of the District, Rev. Dr Andrew Lunn leading it.

Mothering Sunday.

This will be led by our much respected former minister the Rev Dr Farthing at 10.45 on Sunday 6th March.


January -November 2015

Time to Talk

This promising new Circuit initiative began on Sunday 25th January and continues monthly. In February the topic related to Stephen Fry's recently publicised views on God and suffering.

Home Group

We  restarted after the Christmas holidays on Wednesday 8th December, and completed working through the gospel of Mark.  Lent groups organised by Hayfield Christians together took placeover during Lent. This year they followed a course based on two films "Babette's Feast and "The Shawshank Redemption".  The course was entitled "The power of small choices".

Easter events

The Palm Sunday "pilgrimage" to the top of Lantern Pike, and Good Friday craft workshops occurred as in previous years - but with less salubrious weather!

Prayer for Christian Unity

We met together for prayer at St Matthews at 12.00pm on Wednesday 21st January. A simple soup and bread lunch followed.

Hayfield Mayqueen 2015

The parade and main events were on Saturday 9th May. On Sunday 10th May we joined with St Matthews for a celebratory service at 10.45 in St Matthews Church. Photos from the 2013 service, held with us at St Johns are here May Queen 2013

Primrose court

We take worship out into the community by holding  a pre-Christmas service in the lounge of our local sheltered accommodation. This is on Sunday 6th December at 10.45am, led by Rev Kerry Tankard.


January 2014 -

Lent and Easter

An appropriately quiet and reflective Ash Wednesday service was led by our minister Rev Kerry Tankard. This marked the beginning of lent during which . We joined hayfield Christians together in following the course "Lentwise - Spiritual essentials for real life. This was followed on Maunday Thursday, 17th April by a meal, Holy Communion and a prayer vigil at 7pm in St Matthews church. On Good Friday children's craft workshops, on the Easter Theme, were held at St Matthews with a short midday, all age worship service - a Hayfield Christians Together event.


Palm Sunday, this year was a very busy day for us beginning at 9.45am with Messy Church immediately followed by an Easter Communion celebration led by Rev Kerry. At 2.00pm we met at St Matthews for a walk to the top of Lantern Pike where we erected a cross for the duration of Holy week and held a short service.

6 pm Rev K Tankard or Mr G Carrier.


Easter Day was marked by an uplifting celebratory service  led by Mrs Brenda Breese.

Covenant Service

The Methodist Covenant service goes back to the beginning of  Methodism and has been described as one of the jewels in our crown. It is celebrated annually near the start o the year. This year it is on a circuit basis, and was held this year at Disley Methodist Church on Sunday 12th January at 11.00am. A well attended and uplifting service.

Taize Service

This  peaceful, contemplative service for people of all traditions was held at 6.00pm on Sunday 16th February, led by Anne Mayo.

Rev Geoff Farthing.

This well respected, ex Superintendent of our circuit, led worship on February 16th at 10.45 am. He will return in May to lead one of our Home Group sessions

Contemplative Communion Service.

New to us, this style of worship is likely to prove popular in this church.  Kerry led us in this on the evening of Sunday 2nd March. Gently uplifting, the emphasis was on enjoying and experiencing  God rather than to think and learn about him. Feedback was good.

Hayfield Covenant Service

The Covenant Service is an opportunity to renew the local covenant between ourselves, St Matthews Anglican, and St Mary's RC churches. This took place this year on 8th June at 6pm at St Matthew's Anglican church. Each church was well represented. Naturally we also celebrated our togetherness.

Candlelit Supper

Candlelit suppers are an opportunity to relax together over a Faith Supper (i.e. Bring and Share food).  On 22nd May the speaker, Peter Igo addressed us briefly on his experience of being a Christian in the workplace - in his case a local garage. He gave us an insight  into how he worked out his faith in what initially was a hostile environment.

Flower Festival

This year's Flower festival  ran from July13th to the 19th,  on the theme of "Flower Power".  Admission was free. Refreshments were on sale throughout and there were a number of party bookings. Photographs of a selection of the arrangements Can be seen by clicking this link -  Wells/Flowers. During the week before the festival, a number of people came to view the Well Dressings as they are being made, and they were blessed on Sunday the 13th.  There was an enjoyable and uplifting Songs of Praise service in connection with these events. on Sunday 20th July at 6pm, led by Rev. Kerry with Ann Mayo  on the piano.

An amazing response.

 The response to this years (July 13th-19th 2014) Flower Festival on the theme of "Flower power" was very encouraging. There was a steady stream of visitors from both near and far, all of whom expressed their appreciation of the displays. By far the most admired was "Automobiles" featuring the Children's television character "Brum".

Musical Concert

Town End Troubador's of Chapel-en-le-Frith presented their concert at St John's on Friday October 17th at 7.30pm. Donations were in aid of a school in Jos, Nigeria.

Hayfield Christians Together

Candlelit supper

Following the success of our Candlelit supper last May, a further one was held on October 9th 2014 at 7.30 for 8pm, in St Matthews Church.  The speaker updated and inspired us about the High Peak night stop (including Food Banks in our area.)

Christmas services.

Our ever popular Carol service Was on Sunday 21st December at 6pm, and followed a similar pattern to previous years. Our traditional Christmas Day service at 10.00am gave an opportunity to meet together and share the joys of Christmas with our church family.

August - December 2013.

Rev Kerry Tankard.

RRev David has now moved to a new appointment in East Anglia. He has been replaced by the Rev Kerry Tankard. Kerry & his family have joined us from the Peterborough Circuit where they have been since 2004; prior to this they were in Ashton under Lyne and so they are familiar with the High Peak.

Kerry both writes and reads poetry.  He enjoys running and has completed several half marathons and two London marathons. He is a Manchester City fan (he clearly needs our prayers on this point)  and is reputably good

Messy Church

Following the successful launch, in June 2013, of St John's version of Messy church, these "crafty" services are planned for the second Sunday of each month at  9.45am. Some photos taken during the January service can be viewed on our Family events page.  They are followed by our usual service at 10.45am. (shared snacks/drinks etc being available). Children from 0 to80+ attend.

Carol Service

One of our most popular services of the year,  "Carols by candlelight", this year was on 22nd December. As usual this was very much a DIY affair, organised and led by volunteer members of our congregation. It incorporated a dramatised telling of the Christmas story. The photograph below was taken at the final rehearsal.

Our traditional Christmas Day service at 10.00am provided an opportunity to meet together and share the joys of Christmas with our church family.

January 2013 - June 2013

 Film Night.

The family film planned for Friday the 25th January. £1 donation had unfortunately to be postponed due to bad weather. The film concerned the further adventures of a pig in a city. This Babe surely has a swell time!

Celtic Worship.

The Rev David led us in an evening of Celtic worship on Sunday3rd February at 6pm.

Palm  Sunday -  Out door service

It has become a Hayfield custom to climb Lantern Pike on Palm Sunday (March 29th)to install a large cross there for the duration of Holy week. Unfortunately this had to be postponed until Good Friday, due to a heavy snowfall.

Good Friday workshops.

Art and craft workshops were held as usual in our Hall on Good Friday morning, from 10.00am until 12 noon. Around 30 children and young people attended, with a pleasing number of adults. It was followed by a short Family service in the chapel.

Candlelit supper

This popular event was held on Friday 19th April at 7.30pm.  The after meal speaker was our own Fiona Crook, who has just returned from a few years in Nigeria working, mainly as a physiotherapist with the ecumenical missionary organisation -SIM (Serving in Mission). An interesting and uplifting evening.

Harvest Festival

Harvest Services this year was the September 29th at 10.45 and 6pm. We were able to send a goodly amopunt of appropriate food o the New Mills food bank.

From Berlin to Broadway

Iain Jackson, James Stretton with their lovely new lady singer,  returned for the world premier of their cabaret style, concert entitled "From Berlin to Broadway".The performance started at 7.30pm on Thursday April 25th. Different to their usual fare, this proved nonetheless to be a good night out! Parts of their Christmas performance were recorded for their promotional video for which our beautiful Chapel provided a splendid setting. Approximately 3 of the 5 minutes are of St Johns. It can be viewed here:

Mayqueen service

The village Mayqueen service was held at St Johns  at 6pm on Sunday May 19th. The Preacher was Jeanette Saxby of Chapel  en le Frith. The Mayqueen and retinue were in attendance. This years Mayqueen, Sheridan Lomas has been connected with our church for many years.

Brasso Profundo

The world Premier of this new show was at St Johns on Saturday June 29th at 7.30pm . The musicians are a trio of Brass instrumentalists  and it  incorporated   chat about the instruments themselves. It is organised by James  and Iain who recently bought us the successful and highly enjoyable cabaret show. "From Berlin to Broadway". A flavour of the event can be seen here on YouTube here: was their fourth visit to us and the best yet. Our thanks to "Oricalchum".


The All age worship on June 23rd (9.45am) included specially invited puppeteers. This was a very special service that was appreciated by all who came.

Messy Church

Following the successful launch of St John's version of Messy church , We are planning our next  one for Sunday June 9th at  9.45am, to be followed by our normal service at 10.45am! (shared snacks/drinks etc will be available.) We would be grateful for any, who feel able to come along to ‘help’ (or simply be there). Children from 0 to99 year old are all welcome. Sunday July 14th is the one after that. 

Home group

We have completed  the book of Daniel - A difficult but rewarding experience see our "Home Group" page. We also successfully tried a different modus operandi, in that the leadership was shared amongst us. This went well and will continue.

Sunday School building.

At its meeting on October 14th 2012 St John's Church Council decided with great regret that it should plan for the closure of the Sunday School building and its subsequent disposal. A full report of implications of and reasons for this are given on the redevelopment page. This in no way affects the Chapel which will remain in use as it now is. Furthermore, our work with children and young people, is expected to continue and, we hope, expand. 

  Flower Festival

This year's Flower festival  ran from July7th to the 14th,  on the theme of "Books in Bloom".  Admission was free. Refreshments were on sale throughout and there were a number of party bookings. Photographs of a selection of the arrangements Can be seen by clicking this link -  Wells/Flowers

Beetle Drive

This fun event is always popular and enjoyed by all ages. It was held in conjunction with Hayfield Guides from 6.30 to 8.30 on Friday 23rd November. £1.00p per person. Refreshments were on sale. 

Film Night.

A family film night was held on Friday 16th November. The film "The Muppets", which was great fun.

Christmas Day

Our traditional Christmas Day service at 10.00am provided an opportunity to meet together and share the joys of Christmas with our church family.

Service of Lessons and Carols.

This traditional Christmas worship event was led by Rev. D Philo at 10.45 on Sunday 16th December, and followed by A Church Christmas lunch in the Sunday School building. A good turnout for an excellent meal

November - December 2012

Cradle roll all age service

This service included puppets and was most enjoyable for all ages. It was good to see a few new families present

It was held on Sunday 25th November at 9.45am, and led by Jeannette Saxby of Chapel-en - le- Frith Methodist Church.

 Carol service.

Arguably the most loved and best attended service of the year, This was held on Sunday 23rd December  at 6pm. Details to follow.

The church was looking lovely having been decorated for Christmas . We used a Nativity play suitable for all ages. Both adults and children had active parts, with a part for anyone who wanted to take part.

A brassy Christmas

Oricalchum - the versatile duo, Iain Jackson and James Stretton, who brought "Brassed Up" to St. John's last winter, was here again on Thursday 22nd November at 7.30 p.m. With flair and imagination they performed Seasonal favourites on 26 brass instruments from tuba to piccolo. Tickets were only £6 and £5 concessions. The performance was recorded for a promotional video. Our beautiful Chapel provided a splendid setting for the Concert.

Toy Service.

Our Toy service this year was at on 27th October 2013. It was be led by Rev Kerry in an all age style. Once 

again, we supported Samaritan's purse's "Operation Christmas child" through their shoebox appeal. A goodly 

number of boxs crammed with suitable gifts were bought to church for onward transportation to places of need.

Traidcraft evening

On Sunday 10th June at 6pm, we welcomed Dr Martin Hayes-Allen who gave us an  informative, illustrated talk on the work of Traidcraft.

Taize Service

On Sunday 18th November at 6pm a Taize service, was led by Sarah Ellson, Small numbers but thoroughly enjoyed.

Beetle Drive

This fun event is always popular and enjoyed by all ages. It was held in conjunction with Hayfield Guides from 6.30 to 8.30 on Friday 23rd November. £1.00p per person. Refreshments were on sale. 

Film Night.

A family film night was held on Friday 16th November. The film "The Muppets", which was great fun.

Christmas Day

Our traditional Christmas Day service at 10.00am provided an opportunity to meet together and share the joys of Christmas with our church family.

Service of Lessons and Carols.

This traditional Christmas worship event was led by Rev. D Philo at 10.45 on Sunday 16th December, and followed by A Christmas lunch in the Sunday School building. A good turnout for an excellent meal.

April - October 2012

Mayqueen Service

The village May queen service was held this year in our church on Sunday 20th May at 6pm. A good sized congregation, including the Queen and her entourage attended. The service was led by a former May Queen from Chapel en le Frith - Mrs Jeannette Saxby.


On Sunday Aug 12th at  6pm we held an outdoor Labyrinth service led by Sarah Ellson. which was both interesting and meaningful.

Hayfield Sheepdog Trials

On 16th Sept, we participated with Hayfield Christians together  to showcased aspects of our work for others at the "Hayfield Sheepdog Trials and Country Show" . Our contribution  centred on Fiona's work in Nigeria.

Celtic worship

On 4th October  at 6pm we held interesting and uplifting Celtic worship led by our minister.

Christian unity service

A service celebrating Christian unity took place on Sunday May 13th at 6.30pm at St Matthews Anglican church. Together with our Anglican and Roman Catholic friends we  renewed our local covenant and rededicated ourselves to it.

Shoebox appeal - AAW

Instead of our usual Toy Service this year we supported the shoebox appeal. This is an initiative by the Samaritans Purse Organisation entitled Christmas Child see: It was on Sunday October 28th at 9.45pm. Good quality small gifts were donated and help accepted for packing the boxes afterwards.

Harvest Festival

This years Harvest festival was held on Sunday 23rd September at 10.45am and  followed by an excellent Harvest Lunch and appreciated by about 20 people.

Flower Festival and the Blessing of Wells

Sunday 8th July  at about 3pm there was a short time  together in church following the Blessing of the wells. This was well attended by many visitors. The morning service, was led by Colin Smith, and themed around the topics of wells and flowers.

Home group

 We completed our biographical study of  King David,  and  followed up with the York course "Where is God?" . We also had a splendid evening out visiting the Community of the King of Love at Whaley Hall on Wednesday 20th June. A good filling meal and an interesting talk about the community were the highlights.Additionally we went to to see thoroughly enjoyed a professional and very enjoyable performance of "Joseph" on October 16th at the Buxton Opera house


January -April 2012

Covenant Service

The circuit covenant was held on the morning of 8th January at Chapel -en-le-Frith MC (10.45am). This special service is peculiar to Methodism and steeped in our history. It was both moving and challenging. On the same evening we had  a special meditative Own Arrangement service - equally moving though in a different way.

Soup Lunch

Last years successful event will be repeated this year on Friday 30th March at 12 pm. Proceeds went to Christian Aid

Church Council and AGM

Our Church Council  and the Annual General Church Meeting has decided that we begin our All Age worships at 9.45

Live and Local.

On Saturday 4th February at 7.30pm we had an evening of light entertainment given by the professional Music group "Brassed off". This was part of the "Live and local" initiative. Unfortunately the weather was very inclement and consequently it was not well supported. The shortened performance proved to be well worth coming out for, however.

Palm  Sunday

It has become a Hayfield custom to climb Lantern Pike on Palm Sunday (April 1st!)to install a large cross there for the duration of Holy week. A good few people attended this years event.

Lent groups

Our Village Lent groups, arranged by Hayfield Christians Together, held six sessions on "Words from the cross". Interesting and sometimes unusual points were made.

Home group

We recommenced on Wednesday 4th January by  embarking on the CWR Life issues studies on “Money”. This proved to be a challenging topic, but the general principles, of setting priorities and praying through our giving, were well aired. 

 Following our Lent course. biography of King David has formed the basis of our discussions.

Good Friday workshops.

Art and craft workshops were held in our Hall on Good Friday morning, 6th April, Around 40 children and young people  attended. It was followed by a short Family service in the chapel.

Book Sale

A well supported sale of donated books was held in our hall on Friday 2nd March and Saturday 3rd March. This was in aid of Playgroup funds.

June -  December 2011

Church Barbecue 24th June

This small but treasured event, held in the garden of one of our congregation, suffered from the weather this year. Consequently we  had happy fellowship together indoors with hot dogs and the like.

Home group

Prior to our summer break we followed through the York course on the Lords Prayer. Each of us received new or renewed insights into prayer as a result.

Over the years we have dropped into a pattern of having a trip out to round off our programme before our summer break. This year we visited the remote, but historically interesting Jenkin Chapel, just over the border in Cheshire. Evensong (in the afternoon) was a new, but rewarding experience for the non-conformists and Roman Catholics of our group.

Asking the questions

"True wisdom is asking the questions for and learning to live with uncertainty when there are no clear immediate answers". On Sunday 14th August we  tackled some of the questions using a DVD of the same name. It was led by Claire and Steve Crook, and produced some interesting discussions.

Organ recital

On Sunday17th July, 6 -8 pm, by Edward Simpson, a former music student at Chet's gave a recital of music mainly by Bach. This  new venture for St Johns and was well supported by an appreciative audience of 30 - 40 people. There was no charge but we were able to give Ed a respectable amount from the donations to help him establish a career in music.

Flower Festival and Well Dressing

Our successful flower festivals continued this year from Sun 10 Jul 2011 to Sat 16 Jul 2011 on the  theme of "Countries of the world”. A well dressing adjoined the church and wells throughout the village were dressed. No charge was made for viewing. Donations covered our expenses with a reasonable amount over for church funds. Light refreshments were available. We were pleased to welcome a coach party of ramblers on the Tuesday and we  were run off our feet on the Wednesday. Other days were variable but all were worthwhile

We opened weekdays 10 - 4.30. Saturdays and Sunday 2 -4.30.

 Blessing of "Gospel Well"

The blessing this year took place inside the chapel because of the weather. It was pleasant to see so many in the building - including  Thornsett Band, and the brief ceremony was performed by Local Preacher Colin Smith.

Hayfield Sheepdog Trials

As part of Hayfield Christians together we were up on the field on Sunday 18th September and involved in a service in the entertainment tent.Led by our own Colin Smith it incorporated drama and modern worship songs

Harvest Festival.

Our Harvest Festival service was on Sunday 25th September at 10.45am. It was led by our popular former minister, the Rev Dr Geoffrey Farthing, and followed by our church Harvest Festival lunch.

Home group

After our summer break we  used, an 8 session interactive Bible study booklet, published by Spring Harvest, entitled "The Sermon on the Mount." These "back to basics" evenings were affirming and challenging without being heavily intellectual.

Harvest Recital

Following his highly successful recital of classical music, mainly Bach, Ed Simpson, came back and did a further one in the Autumn. This  coincided with our Harvest Festival weekend - the evening of Saturday 24th September, His time at Chet's music school and as a cathedral chorister  resulted in an ability to produce enjoyable and moving music.

Puppet Show.

In conjunction with the " Live and Local" arts organisation, the professional company 'Lempen Puppets' came to present their show entitled "The Journey of Turtle" on Friday 11th November. A highly skilful and entertaining performance.

Taize evening

Further to the successful evening in May, we again had an evening of Taize music on Sunday evening the 13th November

Toy Service

This very special service was held on 27th November led by Colin.  We were able to send a large number of good toys to deprived children, including some to a mission hospital in Nigeria where Fiona Crook is currently working.

Professional Comedian

Tony Vino, a well known Christian comic was with us on the evening of Friday 9th December. He has a strong reputation for his clean, side splitting performances at many large Festivals such as Spring Harvest. An entertaining and funny performance from a great guy.

Carol Service

This year our Carol service on Sunday 18th December  took the form of a presentation of the Christmas story from the point of view of the angels. It was an ambitious undertaking for a small church, but went well and was enjoyed by all. It was great to see friends old and new supporting us.

December 2010 - May 2011

Carol Service

This is the most popular event of the year and was held on 19th December 2010 (Sunday) An interactive (ie audience participation) script  was used and presented the Christmas story in an enjoyable and interesting way. It also gave an opportunity for our budding actors/ actresses to practice the skills, they are developing

Children's Film night

 A Children's Film night was held at 6.30 pm on Friday 4th March. The recent film  "The Sorcerers Apprentice" was shown to give an enjoyable evening evening out for some of the young people of the village

Lent Course

We joined with Hayfield Christians together on Wednesday evenings, during Lent to follow a 5 week course entitled "Not a Tame Lion" Discussions on the stories and the Christian faith of C.S. Lewis, including clips from the Narnia and Shadowlands films.  Around 20 -30 people attended each night and overall we felt it well worth the effort.

March 27th .

Children's craft activities  (Craft Play)  followed the All age worship on Sunday 27th March. 10ish people had a messy time doing craft activities. Worth repeating.

Palm Sunday (17th April)

An entertaining and inspiring All Age Worship service,  was held on Palm Sunday 17th April.   At 2pm around 30 of us met at the bus station to walk up Lantern Pike together, to "plant" a cross for Easter week. There was a short outdoor service at the top at 3pm. NB We had permission!

The evening service at 6pm was Taize style - a new (for us) and uplifting change.

Super soup lunch

Our super soup lunch in aid of Christian Aid's campaign to help Bowl over Poverty was held on Friday 25th March, 12.15 to 2pm in St John's Hall. A decent attendance and we were able to send a three figure sum to Christian aid

Good Friday (22nd April) workshops

Children's craft workshops on an Easter theme were held in our hall from 10.00am until 12.30, with a short children's service in church at 12 noon. Lovely to see young children and their parents/ carers enjoying themselves in this way.

Gypsies - 8th May

Evening Service /Event

At 6pm Patrice Von Kleemput gave a talk on gypsies, as part of our new style Sunday evening services/events. We all went away enlightened to learn how many gypsies and travellers there were moving around the UK, and of some of the difficulties which they face.

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