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


On Remembrance Sunday there will be a simple Memorial Service in Smalley Parish Church (for Morley people too) for all who have been bereaved – that must be nearly all of us.

This Memorial Service will be on Sunday 12th November at 4.00 pm.

This is quite separate from our morning 10.30 am Remembrance Sunday services, which are geared towards those who died or have been bereaved or injured in war.

We are sending invitations to the next-of-kin for each funeral held in Smalley and Morley over the last year or two. But you and your family and friends will also be very welcome.

During the service I shall read the names of those whose funerals have been held in one of our churches since this time last year; but when you arrive you and anyone else can add to the list the names of others to be remembered – however long ago it is since they died.

There will be a chance to light a candle in memory of your loved one(s) and receive Communion if you wish to do so. After the service there will be the chance to have a cuppa with people who know what you have been going through.

We all need our memories. It is so sad when someone loses their memory. Of all the things we might lose in a fire or a burglary, it is most terrible to lose photos and similar memorabilia. We have memorials and remembrance services in order that, to quote Psalm 112, “The righteous shall be had in everlasting remembrance”. But do you think they will? If a public figure spends time visiting housebound old people you won’t hear about it on the 10 o’clock news. Let him be suspected of having once smoked pot or spent a night with a woman who wasn’t his wife, then the tabloids will have a field day. Evil people remain longest in the memory. Who remembers the name of the train driver left for dead in the great train robbery in 1963? Jack Mills. But everyone remembers Ronnie Biggs. “The righteous shall be had in everlasting remembrance.” Is this true or only wishful thinking? Of course it’s wishful thinking. But let’s make it happen – not to be prisoners of nostalgia but to encourage us to make the future better.

The Very Revd Geoffrey Marshall