Welcome to St John the Baptist Church in Smalley, Derbyshire.

Thought for the Month

Join the global wave of prayer 25th May – 4th June

Last year the Archbishop of Canterbury invited people from across the Church of England to join a prayer movement between the festivals of Ascension and Pentecost. Justin Welby encouraged people to pray that others might hear and respond to the good news of Jesus Christ. Many churches and individuals in Derby Diocese took part – but not the churches of Morley and Smalley.

This year the Bishops of Derby and Repton have asked us to join in with Thy Kingdom Come. And this year we shall do so! In fact this idea has now been picked up by most other Christian denominations in Britain and by many Christians in other countries around the world.

Enclosed with this magazine is a bookmark. On it is space to write the names of people that you would like to pray for, and a simple prayer to pray each day between Ascension and Pentecost – Thursday 25th May and Sunday 4th June. Do you want help to pray during those 10 days? There are resources for each day at


We are also holding a special service at the climax of those days – at 6 pm on Sunday 4th June (Pentecost / Whitsun) at St Matthew‟s Morley. Please come and join us. It will be about prayer and prayerful; we will sing; we will move; and we will make things – perhaps prayeroplanes – what? Come and see!
You can find out more if you google the Thy Kingdom Come website, where you can also sign up to Pledge2Pray. If you enlarge the map of the world you will even find a white dot at Morley advertising our service!

I warmly encourage you to join with us in engaging with Thy Kingdom Come 2017.

The Very Revd Geoffrey Marshall