God of hope,
We thank you for the many healthcare professionals, teachers
and other key workers in our local community
currently placing themselves at risk as they tend to the needs of others.
As we thank them for their courage and compassion,
we pray your blessing, protection, support and encouragement
upon them and their families;
be close to them, and give them strength,
especially those weary in body, mind or spirit.
May they know love beyond measure,
hope beyond circumstance,
and peace beyond understanding.
In Jesus’ name.
In September 2019, we started gathering at
St Matthew's Primary Academy,
on Peregrine Road, Derriford,
twice a month on Sunday mornings.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, we have instead been meeting online for coffee catch-ups, prayer and Bible study.
Meanwhile, we have continued to serve the school and local community, assisting with local deliveries and key calendar events.
We hope to restart gatherings at the school sometime in the middle of 2021, depending on how soon restrictions become more relaxed.
In the meantime, do get in touch if you would like to join us for Bible study - no matter what your level of experience is with the Bible, you can be sure to find the discussion impactful and engaging.
Use the form below if you would like to join us.
BUILT ON ROCK
There are big dreams and plans for Britain’s Ocean City. Plymouth is undergoing major development - particularly to the north - with several new neighbourhoods being created. Two of these neighbourhoods are in the Derriford area.
It so happens that the geology of Derriford is slate. In other words, all these new houses are being built on rock.
Some 2,000 years ago, on the side of a mountain, Jesus said this to a crowd of people:
“Whoever hears these teachings of mine and obeys them is like a wise man who built his house on rock. It rained hard, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house. But it did not fall because it was built on rock.
“Whoever hears these teachings of mine and does not obey them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. It rained hard, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house. And it fell with a loud crash.”
(Matthew 7:24-27 ERV)
Imagine being part of a community to the north of Plymouth who are putting Jesus’ teaching into practice:
Living with unshakable hope.
Responding with courageous faith.
Motivated by selfless love, that defies impossible odds.
In an age where it seems the only thing that’s certain is uncertainty, imagine what an impact such a community could make in the region: a community of people whose lives, as well as their houses, were built on the rock-sure foundations of the hope of Jesus Christ.
These are our big dreams and plans. Because Jesus is our hope. It’s a hope that really is like the difference between building on rock or sand.
Keith and Annette Murphy
Keith heads up The Rock Community with his wife, Annette.
Keith and Annette met through attending St Paul’s Ealing and married in 2009. After a 20-year career in music as a guitarist, bassist and vocal coach, Keith trained in Theology for Ministry at St. John’s College, Nottingham, and was ordained in the Cathedral and Abbey of St Alban in 2012.
He served his curacy at Christ Church, Ware and now serves as Associate Minister for Church Planting, Evangelism and Discipleship in the Forder Valley Mission Community.
Equipped with invaluable experience of women’s ministry in London, Annette left her City career as an HR director to partner with Keith in ministry. She also works locally as a qualified Body Control Pilates coach and together they have a son, aged 7.
Keith also works as a volunteer for Hospital Radio Plymouth, presenting The Sunday Show every week at 8pm.
…And all those years playing blues guitar licks still live on... You can take the man out of music, etc. etc.
We'd love to hear from you! Send us a message to say hi!
You can also use the form below if you have a prayer request, and if you would like us to pray with you, leave a telephone number and we'd be glad to give you a call.
Phone: 01752 316021
Meeting Address (outside of Covid-19 regulations):
St Matthew's Church of England Primary and Nursery
1 Peregrine Road,Derriford, Plymouth, PL6 5FN
If you have a concern about the safety of someone or the actions of someone working with children or vulnerable adults, please speak to:
Acting Parish Safeguarding Representative:
Julian Payne 01752 344 632
or contact Diocesan Safeguarding Team (details)
Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: Charles Pitman 01392 345909
If you are a young person and you feel unhappy about something happening to you, you can call Childline on 0800 11 11.
You can find our Parish Safeguarding Policy here
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