Friday, 13 April 2018


Refurbishment of Chesterfield Child Contact Centre, 

United Reformed Church, Soresby Streety, Chesterfield.

Thanks to generous donations to the Contact Centre we have recently had our premises upgraded and would like to invite anyone who is interested to come and see the great improvements that have been made.

To this end we are holding an open evening on Thursday, 3 May 2018, from 4 to 6 pm.  We do hope you will be able to come and see the Contact Centre as it is now.

Refreshments will be served, and if you have any queries we hope we can answer them for you.

We look forward to seeing anyone interested there.

Please express any interest to:

Thursday, 12 April 2018


‘Whit Walk’ 2018 ‘JESUS IS THE ANSWER’ 

Dear all 

Welcome to the newsletter for the Whit Walk 2018. This year we are covering the theme of ‘Jesus is the Answer’.  When people find themselves facing problems in their lives they will often ask ‘Does anyone understand what I am going through? In the stories of Jesus life on earth we find that He went through many experiences that we still see today. 

He was born in a stable with a makeshift crib (the animal’s food trough!) So he certainly understands what it means to have a humble start in life. Before long the family were refugees in a foreign land (Egypt) escaping from the death threat of King Herod. As we continue through His life we find Him weeping at the tomb of Lazurus. (Bereavement) He talks about the ‘birds having a nest’ but that ‘He had nowhere to lay His head’. (Homelessness). There were times when He was hungry. When He was in the Garden of Gethsemane his disciples fell asleep and He faced the night alone. (Loneliness) 

He went around helping others but often He was misunderstood and falsely accused by the Pharisees etc. The crowd who one week were greeting Him as a King (Palm Sunday) were within days shouting ‘Crucify Him’. With so many other instances that can be found during His life He certainly can understand when we suffer. This gives plenty of choice for a theme for your tableau. We aim to depict why Jesus is the answer by showing the situations He went through while on earth. We would like the Tableaux to set the question and show why ‘Jesus is the Answer’

Pray that our town will not just see a group of people who attend church, walking through the town, but a group of people who believe in a living God who can change lives if we just give Him the chance. 

Whether on a lorry, in a crowd or walking, one of the main sections of the Whit Walk are the tableaux. The more tableaux the greater the impact! 
This year we will have available on the Briefing Night – a few Balloons in the Procession colours (GREEN/WHITE/PURPLE). These will be plain so that you can attach a card with a suitable message of your choice. We are also purchasing some Torch/Pens with the words ‘Jesus is the Answer’ which will be available to collect from the bottom of the Town Hall steps on the day of the walk. (Collection Point). 
Please continue to provide your own items to give to those watching – Party Bags with sweets, Bubble Pots, etc. 



There will be a Taize-type service of Holy Communion at Hasland Methodist Church on Pentecost evening, May 20th.  Their usual time is 1800 hrs.
There are to be two preparatory occasions, the first on Thursday 26th April at 7.30, when  John-Charles Tanner will help us to prepare musically, and again on May 10th which is Ascension Day.
Some people with long memories may recall earlier tastings of Taize.  It is very helpful that John-Charles has taken this initiative and I will be happy to preside at Communion, when all Christians will be welcome to take a full part.

Paul King

Thursday, 29 March 2018


If we haven’t met, my name is Phil Morrton, and I work for Derby City Mission, we have been working mainly in the city of Derby for almost the last 30 years serving the poor and vulnerable of our city.  5 years ago we responded to a need in Derby and working with the churches in Derby we opened Derby Churches Nightshelter offering an emergency nightshelter for 4 months from 1st Dec-31st March and looking to support and help people find a more permanent solution to their situation.  As a result of the nightshelter mainly we have been asked to look at some of the issues around the county about homelessness.  Outside of Derby the main area of rough sleeping is Chesterfield and so after quite a few conversations in the town with various people involved in this work, it is felt a nightshelter would benefit the town.  So I am proposing to come and bring our 5 years of experience to help establish a nightshelter in Chesterfield. 
I know it may appear odd to being starting this conversation in Spring (although snow is forecast)  but if we want this to be well, and done right the conversation needs to start now.  With this in mind I would like to invite you to a consultation/presentation
I have decided to go ahead with two meetings.  The two meetings will be exactly the same so please don’t feel you need to come to both (unless you are super keen)  So the two meetings will be as follows:
Wed 11th April 2pm at Central Methodist Church, Saltergate, Chesterfield. S40 1UH. 
Wed 11th April 7.30pm at Central Methodist Church, Saltergate, Chesterfield. S40 1UH.
We will use the Cornerstone lounge, and access is via the pedestrian door half way down the right hand side of the building
There is a public car park on the large roundabout nearby. 
The plan at this meeting will be to share the vision for what we would like to see in Chesterfield, and to provide a specification of what we are looking for in potential venues, and what resource of finance, volunteers, staff, item donations we may require to deliver the shelter.  The plan is to aim for a 7 night a week shelter for a 4 month period from the beginning of December through to the end of March.  The meeting is an open invitation to anyone who is interested in the shelter, but will have a particular focus at this stage on the venue finding.  Please spread the word, and it would be great at this stage to get representation at the meetings from as many churches as possible to see if they could be a possible venue, but also how else churches may get involved in supporting the shelter, in some of the ways mentioned above.  So it maybe best to send someone with a leadership role in the church who is able to go back and help make a decision to be made.
If you have any questions prior to the 11th please come back to me
Many Thanks, and look forward to meeting you on the 11th
Phil Morton
Head of Relief of Poverty
Derby City Mission Limited
25 Charnwood Street, Derby, DE1 2GU
Tel - 01332 460346
Mobile - 07870 737183
DCM Ltd is a charitable company limited by guarantee Registered in England no. 7363967 Charity no.140235 (previously 702027 as DCM Trust)

Monday, 26 March 2018


Youngstars are back at Church in the Peak this Easter.

Parachute stuff Game stuffTeam stuff 
Giant Jenga stuff Snack stuffQuiz stuff
Art stuffCraft stuff

Tuesday to Thursday March 27th to 29th 10.00 am – 12.00 noon  Church in the Peak, New Street

 For all children in school years 1-6 
 Parents welcome to stay! 
 Details from Mike Dalby on 07940 150171 

Friday, 23 March 2018


John Bown has recently published a book; "British Bobby on International Beat - The extraordinary journeys of a very ordinary bloke". He is selling the book at £3.50 per copy of which 50p will go to the Fistula Hospital, Addis Ababa and 50p to the Saltergate Children's Home, Addis Ababa. 

He is willing to come to your church groups and talk about his experiences, bringing copies of the book with him. He can be contacted at or 01246 590831 or 07825 229415. 

You can also read about the book at

Tuesday, 20 March 2018


‘Aurora Children’ is a children's ministry training course designed for those involved in Christian children's work and is made up of three modules:

 • Children's Ministry and the Children's Leader;
• Understanding Children and Children's Ministry Practice;
• Managing the Ministry.

It is ideal for anyone who can commit to a number of training sessions over 8 months and who wants to develop their practice, gain new skills and grow in confidence.

Running from September to May each year, the Derbyshire Course is facilitated by Valley CIDS. The teaching schedule includes three Saturdays (two of which take place at Cliff College) and a monthly Tuesday evening at Holmebrook Family Centre in Chesterfield. Next Course starts 18th September 2018

Students complete a portfolio of learning to gain the Aurora Certificate in Children's Ministry, and may also work towards the Cliff College Certificate or a Diploma in Children's Ministry by completing a number of written assignments.

Some of the subjects covered will include:
 Children today and their context. Children’s spirituality and formation.
 Gifts and Skills of a Children’s Leader.
 Child Development, Faith development, Learning styles
 Practical approaches to Children’s ministry
 Collective Worship/assemblies, All age worship, Messy Church
 Program planning, Resources, aims, objectives and involving children,
 Making teams work, Recruitment, supervision and training
 Schools Work: Making connections, building relationships,
 Safeguarding and other policies

Cost: £250 per student. For more details, visit or
To book a place or register an interest, e-mail

Tuesday, 13 March 2018


Pardon me for going on about it but we are really excited to have Les Isaac and his wife Louise with us in Chesterfield this weekend.  I just wouldn't want you to miss out on the opportunity to hear such an inspiring speaker.  Les will be visiting our School Pastors in Parkside School on Friday and hopefully will have time to chat to staff and children.  He will pop in on the ROC Cafe on Friday evening.
You are invited to join us for our Commissioning Service at the Crooked Spire on Saturday 7.30pm. We will be celebrating 6 years of Street Pastors in Chesterfield and 3 years of School Pastors as well as commissioning our latest recruits.  Les will be the speaker and we will have refreshments served in the church afterwards.  It promises to be a great evening, do please come and show your appreciation for our Street and School Pastors.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018


I hope all our posters and leaflets have made their way to your church building and from there into your hands and you already have this event in your diary!

Chesterfield Street Pastors and School Pastors are delighted to welcome Les and Louise Isaac to Chesterfield for the Commissioning of our latest recruits on
Saturday 17th March 
7.30pm at the Parish Church.

Les was the co-founder of Street Pastors in 2003 and more recently launched School Pastors.  Please come and hear him for yourself.  He truly is a man of God's word with a heart for reaching out to the vulnerable and the lost.

If you can't make Saturday night Les will also be speaking at Central Methodist Church as part of their 10.30am service on Sunday 18th March.

For more information contact the Coordinator on 07849 073078

Friday, 2 March 2018



Central Methodist Church has invited Revd.Stephen Normanton of PEER SUPPORT
to lead a morning for its pastoral team

Saturday March 17th at 10.15

Others are very welcome to join this occasion