A place of calm



Welcome to our Website!


Church Roof 

Great news! The last of the Terne Coating has been applied and the tiles . The architect is coming round this week to inspect the work done. If he passes it then we start  waiting for the internal walls and stone work to dry out. This has to be allowed to happen 'naturally' which means no heating until it is thoroughly dry. However, it does mean we can remove the plastic drapes and water collectors throughout the church and look at the organ to see what damage may have been caused. It will be wonderful to see the church restored to some degree of normality and even be open for use by visitors, as long as they don't mind no heating and full usage as a place of worship for the whole community. No doubt there will be substantial costs over and above any monies we receive from the insurance company and any contributions  to this would be very welcome. Our thanks go out to those involved with keeping the damage  to the minimum over the past few weeks. We are very grateful for all they have done. They have worked long and hard hours to achieve all that they have. They have been stirling workers. Thank you, everyone.

It will be summer before the internal damage can be assessed. Considerable stone staining and, in some, places, flaking, has taken place as well as damage to walls etc. The Church Architect will come and inspect the internal damage as soon as the church is deemed to be internally dry. Only then will we be able to set about rectifying the damage internally.                                                           

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

Mopping up at Peak Forest Church



 Hopefully Sally will be designing new well  dressings for us again this year. So far her designs have been spectacular and very successful. Prepare yourself to join in again in the first weekend in July and come to the Well Blessings the first Wednesday in July.


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.