A place of calm



Welcome to our Website!

Derby Resignalling works

As part of the Midland Railway Line upgrade, onward journeys from Matlock Railway Station will be affected between Sunday 22 July 2018 and Friday 24 August 2018 .  There will be no trains to/from Matlock between Saturday 25 August and Sunday 7 October 2018.  Replacement buses will be in operation.  For more detail see - Network Rail - Midland Railway Line upgrade

Due to essential maintenance you may experience some disruption when phoning Call Derbyshire on the morning of Tuesday 10 July 2018. If you need to contact Call Derbyshire you can email contact.centre@derbyshire.gov.uk. We apologise for any inconvenience.





Well Dressing





Church Roof 

Great news! The last of the Terne Coating has been applied and the tiles . Now this insidsd have to be allowed to dry 'naturally' which means no heating until it is thoroughly dry.The drapes have been removed. The organ will remain draped until all the work has been done in order for it not to be damaged by these activities.  It is wonderful to see the church restored to some degree of normality and even be open for visitors, as long as they don't mind no heating and full usage as a place of worship for the whole community. 

Our thanks go out to those involved with all the work over the past months and the coming months as well. Thank you, everyone.

It will be summer before the internal damage can be assessed.                                                            

All services will continue to be held in the Needham's Chapel for the foreseeable future. 

Mopping up at Peak Forest Church





Well Dressing 2017 


 This the Adult well demonstrating how good the world is that God has given to us, it's richness and fullness.This is the Children's well and their theme is Water and they emphasize that without water there is no life. They designed and participated in its completion. This is another view of the adult well, designed by Sally Baker who lives in Peak Forest, and it was completed by her, her family and people from the village and church.



Welcome to Charles King and Martyr 

Peak Forest

 We are the other part of a United Benefice, sharing a vicar and a Local Ordained Minister. Their Names are Rev. Carl Edwards and Rev. Mary Washbrook. We also have a Reader, Pam Bateman, who is the oldest member of the team! 


On this website we hope you will find links to local activities, places of interest and some idea of what is going on in this Parish and surrounding areas.


The other part of the Benefice is St. Paul's Church, Dove Holes, which is the next village towards Buxton. They have a Facebook page at https://www.facebook/stpaulsdoveholes



We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, gay, confused, filthy rich, comfortable or dirt poor. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying new-borns, skinny as a rake or could afford to lose a few pounds. You are welcome if you are from Peak Forest, visiting or just passing through.


We welcome you if you can sing like Pavarotti or can't carry a noise in a bucket. You are welcome here if you are 'just browsing'. just woke up or just got out of prison. We don't care if you are more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury, or haven't been to church since  little Jack's christening.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome keep-fit mums, football dads, starving artists, tree huggers, latte sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you are having problems or you're down in the dumps or if you don't like 'organised religion'. We've been there too!

If you blew all your money on the horses, you are welcome here. We offer a welcome to those who think the earth is flat, 'work too hard,' don't work, can't spell, or because grandma is in town and wanted to go to church.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid or got lost on the road and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts .... and we welcome you.

adopted with permission from the notice board at St. Peter's Church, Fairfield.


 Archbishop of Canterbury's visit

We were proud to host the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby and the Bishop of Derby, Alastair Langden, at Evening Prayers on Wednesday, 22nd June. It was a quiet visit lasting only 30 minutes, but it was a great honour for him to take time from his amazingly busy schedule to share the evening office with us. This picture is of the Archbishop, Bishop, Clergy, Readers and Wardens of the three churches represented, Charles, King and Martyr, Peak Forest, St Paul's, Dove Holes and St. Peter's, Fairfield.


Services and meetings

Weekly services are held at 11.00am on Sundays in the Needhams Chapel in the church. Enter by the small door facing the road. 


Home Fellowship Meetings are held at Pack Horse Farm, SK17 8EG. at 1.30 - 3.00pm fortnightly. Next meeting will be on Wednesday 12th July.



To contact Church of England website  https://www.churchofengland.org/    You will find testimonies, prayers and Bible Readings here.



A place of community and blessing

Priest In Charge: Rev. Carl Edwards                     Curate: Rev. M. Washbrook                 Reader: Pam Bateman



Sundays at 11.00am

1st Sunday of the month is one of Morning Praise.

2nd and 3rd Sundays are Holy Communion services. the remainder are Morning Praise services at the moment.



As a congregation we wish to serve the community of Peak Forest in any way we can. We meet to praise God and regularly pray for the community as a whole and for individuals in the village as their need becomes known. We collect newspapers or shopping for those in the village who wish us to do so.