Friday, 26 October 2018

83/100 DAYS OF PRAYER

100-Days-Peace-Hope-logo 26 October
17 days to go
No one is really willing to die for an honest person, though someone might be willing to die for a truly good person. But God showed how much he loved us by having Christ die for us, even though we were sinful.
Romans 5:7-8 (CEV)

FORGIVENESS
Edith Cavell was a Christian who served as a nurse and matron in enemy-occupied Belgium during the First World War. She was executed in 1915 for enabling around 200 Allied soldiers to escape to neutral territory. The night before her execution she told the chaplain who shared communion with her: ‘Standing as I do in view of God and eternity: I realise that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hated or bitterness towards anyone.’ Edith understood that Jesus’ greater love commands us to love our enemies as well as our neighbours and friends.

PRAYER
Father God, help me to love and forgive as you love and forgive me. Amen

Catherine Butcher is communications director for HOPE. www.hopetogether.org.uk


100 Days of Peace and Hope is available with Bible readings, reflections and prayers for each week to download at www.remembrance100.co.uk/100-days

Monday, 15 October 2018

IMPORTANT UPDATES

PATHWAYS SLEEPOUT
Unfortunately this weeks Sleepout outside The Spire church to raise awareness for pathways and homeless people has been postponed to a future date, due to staffing issues.

WINTER NIGHTSHELTER
Due to public request the meeting on 24th October has changed from the afternoon to the evening at 7:30pm.

JOB VACANCIES


join the lighthouse team

Our faith based CHARITY, WORKING WITH homeless PEOPLE, is looking to recruit to relief part time

Project Worker Posts
Night and weekend shifts are available on a relief/ holiday cover basis

ThEsE ARE positionS based in rotherham, Chesterfield, shirebrook lighthouses-night shifts £7.83 per Hour- 16 hours
Day time hours also available  at £8.40 per hour

We are looking for resilient people to join our small teams at our mens lighthouses in rotherham and north derbyshire

at lighthouse homes we are offering more than a bed to our residents. we seek to support people in the stabilisation, change and growth process. 

have you A hopeful and positive attitude to working alongside people with multiple needs? 

we are looking for committed christians, with a care background, able to work with all traditions of the church

If so, we would like to hear from you this autumn please contact us for an application pack and informal discussion.

 Informal contact/discussion welcome with Geraldine Pearce, Chief Executive Officer, Lighthouse Homes 01709 364600 or 07534 653229 Application pack from info@lighthousehomes.co.uk

LUNCH ON JESUS 2018

Monday, 8 October 2018

PATHWAYS SLEEP OUT

Could you raise awareness and raise funds for Pathways by joining the 'Sleep Out' at the Spire?

Each person will need to register in order to sleep out, it takes just 1-2mins

Register to sleep out: 


Contactella.pathways@gmail.com  call 01246 498204 (Mon - Fri, 10am - 3pm)
 
 
Kind regards
 
Sian 

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

CAP CHANGING LIVES FOR THE BETTER

You may be interested in the programme The Debt Saviours  on BBC 2 next Friday at 21.00. It features Christians Against Poverty https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bmblny




The BBC website says

“Across Britain more than four million people have debts considered unsustainable. Responsibility for advising and helping these vulnerable people is increasingly falling to charities. One of the biggest is Christians Against Poverty (CAP), led by its charismatic founder, Dr John Kirkby CBE, pictured.
In this access all areas documentary, director Phillip Wood follows Dr Kirkby and some of the charity's debt coaches. CAP has more than 6,000 staff and volunteers around the country providing help to people who often face losing their homes. The film shows how the home visits often include an offer to pray with clients and asks whether the real motivation is debt relief or bringing people to Jesus, or both.
One of the debt coaches featured is Gaz, who has overcome homelessness, dependency issues and losing a marriage before becoming a born-again Christian. He now works for CAP, and in the programme travels to meet donors in Jersey to help raise funds for the charity and to share with CAP's clients the story of his road out of debt.
Holly has been in debt all her young life and lives alone. She can barely afford to heat her home and is desperate for a change in circumstances. Her debt coach takes Holly under her wing as she tries to transform her life.
Ronnie was on remand for over two years before he was found not guilty. When he was released from jail he found himself homeless and in debt. He now lives alone in a bedsit, suffers from mental health issues and thinks life in jail was better. His debt coach Neil introduces Ronnie to Christianity - but Ronnie isn't sure what to think.”

Julie Minns

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

DAY 52/100 DAYS OF PRAYER

100-Days-Peace-Hope-logo 25 September
48 days to go
‘Is your heart as true to mine as mine is to yours?’ Jehonadab answered, ‘It is.’… So he gave him his hand.
2 Kings 10:15 (NRSV)

GIVE ME YOUR HAND
The key text for John Wesley’s famous sermon on catholic spirit might appear at first to be a strange choice for Wesley’s sweeping account of Christian love, its generosity, and, as he puts it, ‘unspeakable tenderness’. He argues that diversity of opinion or belief need not prevent our walking together peaceably; ‘though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike?’ The joined hands of Jehu and Jehonadab provide a glimpse of ‘tenderness’ amidst an otherwise brutal catalogue of massacre and judgement. In a context of stark enmity in the house of Israel, Wesley identifies a moment of kinship, and its wider resonance for universal love. A truly catholic spirit, Wesley writes, is a heart ‘enlarged toward’ all humanity.

PRAYER
Loving God, you urge us to the way of peace and kinship. Enlarge our hearts towards those we find difficult to love. May your unspeakable tenderness be known in the world.

Owen Roberts is Heritage Officer for the Methodist Church.


100 Days of Peace and Hope is available with Bible readings, reflections and prayers for each week to download at www.remembrance100.co.uk/100-days

Monday, 24 September 2018

TREASURER NEEDED FOR CHESTERFIELD FOOD BANK


Our Treasurer, Peter Broomhead has decided to step back from his treasurer role later this year. Peter was the warehouse manager and the treasurer and he was part of the team that started the Chesterfield foodbank. Peter is a good man and he worked hard to develop the foodbank and we are very grateful to him for all his support and encouragement.

We are now looking for a new Treasurer to maintain the accrual based accounts and serve as a foodbank Trustee. If you are interested or if you know of anyone who might be interested, could you please contact our stand-in Chairman, Rev. Daniel Cooke, email address below, and copy info@chesterfield.foodbank.org,uk with his/her contact details.


Thank you and kind regards,

Rev. Daniel Cooke

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

CTfC FORUM THIS WEEK

A reminder that the Forum of Christians Together for Chesterfield is on Thursday at 7.30 at Central Methedists.  Do be there.

Paul K.