Welcome to St. Martin's Church Desford

  • Easter 2021

    In light of the Government’s recent announcement to gradually ease the lockdown, we’re currently reviewing what this will mean for our Easter plans.  We’re also aware that there have been reports of Covid-19 infection rates rising in the Leicestershire area.  With all this in mind we hope to be able to provide you with a clearer picture in the next week or two as to what our Easter plans will be, so please do watch this space.

    Lent 2021 – The Wellbeing JourneyThe Wellbeing Journey

    Lent this year begins on Ash Wednesday 17th February running through to Ash Wednesday on 31st March.  Lent tends to be a time for reflection, self-examination, and preparation ahead of celebrating Easter.  This past year, during which we’ve experience the Covid-19 pandemic, has been very trying on our wellbeing.  

    So, for our Lent Course in 2021 we are going to be running The Wellbeing Journey via Zoom.  We will meet each Wednesday on Zoom at 7:30pm, starting from 17th Feb, and watch a short (20mins) video clip and then break into small groups for discussion.  The subjects we’ll be covering include…

    Physical wellbeing, Emotional wellbeing

    Spiritual wellbeing, Relational wellbeing

    Financial wellbeing, Vocational wellbeing

    We will be looking at these from a Christian viewpoint, but the course is open to and accessible for all, so please do feel welcome to invite others.  If you want a preview, here is a short video clip that may help… https://vimeo.com/481288953

    Here is the Zoom link for the course, starting 7:30pm 17th Feb, every Wednesday…


    Meeting ID: 844 8403 9544
    Passcode: 252011

    If you know someone who doesn’t have internet access but you think may find this useful, there is a book available that the course is based upon which they could read… https://hopetogether.org.uk/Shop/Products/500841/Hope_Together/Books/_God_s.aspx

    Shaped by God Together – Our Diocese

    We are living in a time of both exciting opportunities and significant constraints upon us as a Church as we seek to be ‘Shaped by God Together.' In response to this we are seeking to gather information and involve our whole diocese in discerning the way ahead.

    We are inviting anyone from the diocese to be a part of the Conversation about the future shape of our Ministry, our care for and use of our Church Buildings, and the principles that guide how we raise and best use our diocesan Finance.

    This invitation is extended to everyone, for more information on what’s going on and how you can join in the conversation, please visiting the diocese website here and book to go along…  https://www.leicester.anglican.org/about-us/sbgt/shaped-by-god-together-conversations-.php

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    National Lockdown

    Tuesday Morning BCP services and our Sunday Services in the church building will not be taking place.  We anticipate that this will be the case until there is a significant change in the current situation (for example a lifting of the Lockdown), but will continue to review things as time goes on.  We will be holding our online Sunday service via our YouTube channel and we will also have a Kids Online Service.  Both of these online services will be available from first thing (by 1am) Sunday morning, so please do join us for worship in this way.

    Link to our YouTube channel

    Finally, we would like to encourage you to continue to keep in contact with others, to take time to ask God if there is anyone who may need a phone call, and to hold on to the words of John 1:5…

    ‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.’

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    Saturday Private Prayer

    St Martin’s (Desford) will be open from 10:30am to 12:00pm (mid-day) on Saturday 16th January for Private Prayer.  This will be an opportunity for a person, or single household, to enter the church and pray on their own.  Please be aware that due to current Lockdown restrictions aimed to stopping the spread of Covid-19, facemasks will be required and we are not able to pause of socially ‘mingle’ in the church. 

    Online Weekly Monday Night Prayers 7.30pm (20-30min)

    This is a chance to come together to pray for our communities and for those further afield. Please do join Gareth and Rob as we gather to pray. This will be hosted on Zoom, which is a free videocall platform, so if you’ve not used Zoom before please do let Rob or Gareth know and they’ll be happy to offer some advice.
    These are the login details…

    Monday Night Prayer Link

    Meeting ID: 881 9851 0430
    Password: eveprayers

    Wednesday Prayer During The Day

    Each Wednesday at 12:00pm (mid-day) we will be hosting Prayer During The Day, which is a more liturgical style of prayer (similar to Anglican Morning Prayer).  These will be hosted on Zoom live at 12:00, you don’t need to bring anything, just come yourself via the following link…

    Wednesday Day Prayer Link

    Meeting ID: 846 4970 9272
    Passcode: 967799

    A recording of these prayers will then be available on our YouTube Channel on Wednesday by 1pm for anyone who wants to take time to pray with us but cannot make the live service.  Here’s the link to our YouTube Channel where the recording will be available…


    This recording will only show the ‘leader’ (i.e myself or Rob) so if you’re planning to come along to the live service on Zoom, don’t worry you won’t be recorded. 

    Thursday Social 

    Join us on Zoom at 7:30pm with your own drink and nibbles and we’ll do the rest (no need to arrange a team or anything).  Here’s the link…
    Thursday Social Link
    Meeting ID: 869 9998 1971
    Passcode: 072086

    Sunday Service

    Our online Sunday services will continue via the Benifice YouTube Channel.  These will be available from first thing Sunday Morning (before 1am), and can be accessed by visiting our YouTube channel on the following link…


    Keep watching this space for further updates!

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    St Mart’s & St Bart’s KIDS ONLINE 

    We will be doing a bi-weekly Kids Online service.  As with our regular online service, this will be found on our YouTube channel
    When? Every other week on Sunday… 
    What is it? a 10-minute, child-oriented service, with worship, story and activity
    Please do spread the word and let us know what you think.

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    Parish News

    As we are unable to get the Parish News sent out to people in the usual way a copy can be
    found here free of charge for all on the link below.

    January 2021 Parish News

    February 2021 Parish News

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    Users of the Church Hall 2021

    (Times may vary due to changing Covid-19 rules)

    Pre Diabetic Clinic every Monday 9am – 1.30pm (except bank hols)
    Table Tennis – January – March 7.00pm – 10.00pm

    Coffee & Chat: weekly 10.30am – 12 noon
    Lunches: 2nd Tuesday in month 12.30 – 2.00pm 
    Loving Hands: 4th Tuesday 1pm – 4pm

    Rainbows (5 – 7 year olds) 4.45pm – 5.45pm term time
    Brownies (7 – 10 year olds) 6pm – 7.30pm term time
    Guides (10 – 14 year olds) 7.30pm – 9pm term time

    Rainbows (weekly Mums & Toddlers) 9.30am – 11.30am term time
    Living Sober 6pm

    Forget me Not - 4th Thursday 10.30am – 12 noon
    Community House craft/cooking weekly 12noon – 3pm (term time)


    ccasional bookings for parties etc

    Messy Church: 4th Sunday in month 4pm 
    Awesome Youff in church 4pm

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    Online Giving – Just Giving

    Since the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in lockdown back in March, it has been harder for St Martin’s to receive funds via fund-raising activities or collections during services.  This has had quite an impact upon the finances of the churches and so we wanted to setup a temporary giving page for each church on Just Giving.  These Just Giving pages will remain active from now through to the end of December…  

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    P.Stokes (Website Editor)
    Email: webmaster@stmartinsdesford.org.uk


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  • Safeguarding

    Safeguarding At
    St. Martin's

    If you have a safeguarding concern,
    then please contact our local Safeguarding Officer Kay Smith
    07928 657736.

    If you wish to speak to the
    Diocesan Safeguarding
    Team, or to someone outside the church, their contact details are
    available here

    St Martin's Church Desford PCC has adopted the Church of England's Safeguarding Policy Statement when putting into place measures to Safeguard Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults. Promoting A Safer Church