Tuesday, 28 May 2013

CEC WHIT WALK 2013

My personal favourite tableau this year.

Jesus is alive in Chesterfield!

We're following Jesus too.

If anyone is in Christ he is a new person, the old has gone and the new has come.


Thanks to everyone at CEC who worked so hard to put on yet another great event.

(Photos by Jacqui Smith)

STREET PASTORS JOIN WHIT WALK

Chesterfield Street Pastors had a very busy Bank Holiday weekend with patrols early evening on Friday, Saturday night and Sunday night.  You wouldn't have blamed any of them for thinking they had earned a lie in on Monday morning.  But here they are outside the Town Hall ready to join the procession of witness around the town carrying their banner and giving away lollipops.  Well done Street Pastors!

WALTON PRAYERS

Around 20 people gathered tonight to pray for the Walton area in the Walton Village Hall.  After a short time worshipping God we prayed for the schools that surround Walton and especially for the new School Pastors project at Parkside which will hopefully get underway next September.

We prayed for the two churches in Walton; St John's and Walton Evangelical as well as the churches in Holymoorside and Stone Edge Chapel.  We trust you will know the blessing and encouragement of God.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 25th June 7.30pm at Holmebrook Valley Church when we will be praying for Chesterfield West,

Saturday, 25 May 2013

URGENT! CHANGE OF VENUE FOR THIS TUESDAY

Big apologies for a last minute alteration but the venue for the monthly CTfC prayer meeting has had to be changed.  We will be meeting this Tuesday to pray for the Walton area at Walton Village Hall on Walton Back Lane.  It is a few hundred yards up the road from the entrance to Walton St John's.

We will meet for 7.30pm but please take extra care when you are parking as 'Rainbows' will be heading home as we arrive.  We'll be serving teas and coffees on arrival and Dave Bunting will lead the prayer meeting.

Please pass the word around your church, although with this venue if anyone doesn't get the message in time we can easily redirect them from St John's.

Friday, 24 May 2013

CHRISTIAN AID - THE BIG IFAST ON THURSDAY 6TH JUNE

The Big IFast

How much do you want to end hunger?  Worldwide, one in eight people can't get enough food.  Ever wondered what that feels like?

As part of Christian Aid's IF campaigning in the run up to the G8, we're asking you to make hunger personal, just for one day, by choosing to go without food.  That way, the leaders of the world will see how hungry we are for change.


Is this not the fast I choose:
to loose the bond of injustice,
to undo the thongs of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?.....
....If you offer food to the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the afflicted,
then your light shall rise in the darkness
and your gloom be like the noonday.
(Isaiah 58 v 6ff)
 
 

Prayers and worship resources are available from the Christian Aid website which you can use to support this campaign with your church.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

PUPPET PRAISE PARTY SUN 23RD JUNE 3.30PM CENTRAL METHODIST

Puppet Praise Party!

At Central Methodist
Sunday 23rd June 2013
Arrive at 3.30 p.m to make Air Guitars

Or 4.00 p.m (prompt)
For the puppet performance

Stay for pizza and nibbles afterwards
Admission Free

EVOLUTION OR BIBLICAL CREATION: DOES IT MATTER? 12 JUNE 7.15PM WEC

creationministries

Thursday, 16 May 2013

GOOD TURNOUT FOR FOOD BANK

Pretty full house at Church in the Peak tonight with those wanting to know more about how our Food Bank will operate starting next month.

It looks as though we will have two distribution centres.  One at The Gates in town on a Tuesday and the second at Loundsley Green on a Friday.  People in crisis, who have been given a voucher by one of the statutory agencies, will come and be given enough food to last them for 3 days whilst the agencies work to sort out a long term solution to their problem.  Food is only given out to those who have a voucher from professionals who know their situation.

The distribution centres will be open for a two hour time slot (probably in the afternoon) once a week in each venue.  So, allowing for set up and tidy up, a volunteer's commitment per session would be around 3 hours but the number of sessions they do per month will be dependant on what they want to offer.

We need:

Welcomers - able to offer a warm welcome with a smile, prepared to make and serve drinks and biscuits as people arrive
Talkers - well actually, good listeners who will engage with people to find out how we can best meet their individual or family's particular food requirements. Most importantly they will be able to listen if someone wants to talk and offer prayer if it's requested.
Packers - those who will take the information given to them and will pack up food to provide 3 balanced meals a day for 3 days for everyone in that family.

If you might be interested in volunteering to help there is a training session on June 4th at Central Methodist Church, Saltergate 10am - 3pm (drinks provided but bring some lunch).  It would be helpful if you are planning to attend if you could contact Ben by email on ben@theorderoftheblacksheep.com .  There are plans to hold another training session in an evening in a few weeks time for those who are not able to make this day time training.

There are lots of other ways to help if your gifting is in admin, warehousing, transport, prayer, fund raising, persuading people to consider donating food, communicating to your church, PR or whatever. Consider contacting Ben and see if your talent could be put to good use.

Please pray for the Food Bank, for those who will run it and those who will use it.

4 DAYS TO GO!

Just 4 days until the launch of Chesterfield School Pastors at the Town Hall 7pm Monday 20th May.  Take a look at the national website for more information about school pastors and the important work that they do.
www.schoolpastors.org.uk

UPDATE ON CHRISTIAN AID CAMPAIGN

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I would like to update you on activities leading up to the G8 summit on 16 and 17 June.

Saturday 8 June – London
We have a bus calling at Nottingham – Loughborough – Leicester – London. The bus will leave Nottingham Trent Vineyard around 7am, The Moseley Complex Loughborough 7.45am and All Nations Church, Frog Island,  Leicester LE3 5AG,  8.30am to arrive in London for the ecumenical service at Westminster hall at 11.30am. Pick up points and timings tbc. Seats on the bus are £20 per passenger (which includes a £10 deposit to secure your seat).

Saturday 15 June – Belfast
We will put on a minibus calling at Nottingham – Derby - Stoke on Trent to meet an IF coach from Stoke to Belfast. The minibus will leave Grangewood Methodist Church, Nottingham mid-afternoon on Friday 14 June to reach Stoke in time for the 6.45pm bus. The cost of this Belfast journey is £40 and includes coach, ferry and overnight accommodation (church hall) with £20 of this as a deposit.

Events in the East Midlands:
Monday 3 June
“IF Faith can move mountains” Prayer and Proclamation evening for the IF Campaign, 7.30 at All Nations Church, Frog Island,  Leicester LE3 5AG
Friday 7 June
Derby Cathedral Hunger Event
3.30-8pm
Derby Cathedral, 18-19 Iron Gate, Derby DE1 3GP
You are invited to join us for a day of action and reflection on a local, national, and international level at Derby Cathedral. Featuring contributions from:
  • The Rt. Hon Andrew Mitchell MP, former Secretary of State for International Development
  • Jahangir Malik OBE, Islamic Relief
  • Barry Johnstone, Christian Aid, ,
  • Fiona Twycross, ('hunger tsar' to the London Mayor),
  • Fair Shares UK and launch of Fair Shares Derby and Derbyshire
3.30pm programme begins, 5.30pm summit reception, 6pm-8pm evening lecture & discussion with Andrew Mitchell MP.
You are welcome to come to one or all parts of this event and refreshments will be available.
For more information or to book you free place please visit www.hungersummit2013.eventbrite.co.uk or contact Martin Gage on 01509 754767, mgage@christian-aid.org.
Plus
Thursday 6 June
I hope to see you at one of these,
All good wishes,

Martin
Martin Gage
Legacy and Regional Coordinator
East Midlands
 * Christian Aid Office, Suite 2, Ground Floor,
Block A, The Moseley Complex, Derby Road, Loughborough, LE11 5AH. 
( 01509 754767 (direct line)
(01509 265013

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Wednesday, 15 May 2013

LOUNDSLEY GREEN CELEBRATE 50 YEARS

Think of a world without any flowersFlower Festival and Church Anniversary

Loundsley Green Church, Pennine Way

Saturday and Sunday 18th & 19th May

1963 -       50years      - 2013

Saturday 10.30am Coffee Morning
Lunch from 12.30 Stalls - Display
Sunday 9.45am Songs of Praise
18.00 Festival Eucharist
 

The Church will be open all weekend



Monday, 13 May 2013

FOOD BANK INFORMATION MEETING


Chesterfield Food Bank will be launching next month and there are lots of ways you can support and help.  Join us at Church in the Peak on New Street on Thursday 16th May 7.30pm to find out more.  You'll hear not just how the food bank will operate but also the ethos behind it.  If you know what is happening you will be able to pray more effectively and maybe you'll discover there's a practical way in which you could help too.  Please show your support by coming along.

COULD YOU BE A SCHOOL PASTOR?


Saturday, 11 May 2013

9 DAYS TO SCHOOL PASTORS LAUNCH

School Pastors provide a reassuring presence around the school as the children arrive and leave when they can feel vulnerable. They need to be good listeners and easily approachable. Could you be a school pastor? Find out more at the Civic Launch on Monday 20th May at The Town Hall. This is the programme for the evening: 7.00 : Tea, coffee and cake & welcome from Chris Collard, Co-ordinator of Chesterfield School Pastors 7.20 : Brief introduction to what School Pastors are all about from Tony Winter (Representative of Ascension Trust) 7.30 : Brief Chesterfield / Parkside specific introduction (Chris Collard) 7.35 : Watch Parkside School DVD 7.45 : Chris introduces Anne Fothergill from Newcastle School Pastors and she talks about her experiences etc. 7.55 : Watch Newcastle School Pastors DVD 8.05 : Open Q and A session with Chris, Anne and Tony. 8.30 : Last word on recruitment, training etc. Anyone interested please come and chat. 8.40 : More tea and cakes and chat.

WHAT AN AMAZING EVENING!

Last month Street Pastors launched an experiment with an early evening patrol around the market place and New Beetwell Street. They have been out with litter pickers tidying up as they go around,looking for people to chat to and armed with plenty of lollipops to give away. Each week Grace Chapel has opened up between 7.30 and 9.30pm with an open invitation for under 18's to come along for a free hot drink and some sandwiches or cake. Up to last night small groups have accepted the invitation and popped in for a short while each week. This week 30-40 young people came in and enjoyed the hospitality of Grace Chapel the last one's leaving at 9.30pm. Some just enjoyed chatting with their friends over a coffee, they played table tennis or table football or had a chat with the street pastors. Very exciting - and next week we will have a pool table to add into the mix. If anyone would like to be part of the welcome team at Grace Chapel contact me at chesterfield@streetpastors.org.uk

Friday, 10 May 2013

10 DAYS TO GO TO THE CIVIC LAUNCH OF CHESTERFIELD SCHOOL PASTORS

You are invited to attend the Civic Launch of Chesterfield School Pastors at the Town Hall on Monday 20th May 7pm. Come along and and hear what it is all about.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

STREET PASTORS - WHY DO THEY DO IT?

This is the question we posed to a few of our street pastors during our AGM last night. We know what they do but what motivates them to be out in all weathers and until the early hours if the morning. For one it was seeing the effect of long term alcohol abuse in the extended family that made him want to help young people putting themselves at risk. Our role is not tell people what they should or shouldn't do; each of us must make our own choices. He wanted to be out there to help make sure people stayed safe and were able to get home at the end of their night out. For another she felt it was a privilege to be able to serve people in this way. As she cared for someone either distressed or being extrememly ill she said she felt closer to Jesus than she had ever done anywhere else. She talked about a number of times when they had a sense that a vulnerable young woman was in danger and had intervened. It may well be that she would have been fine if left alone but we will never know whether that intervention actually saved a life or prevented an attack. For the third it was all about the people who regularly work in the night time economy of Chesterfield. Getting to know those who work in the shops and who work on the doors of the various clubs or for the taxi firms. Taking an interest in people and building relationships. Whatever the reason, we are grateful to our team of 33 volunteers and look forward to celebrating our second birthday this autumn. Keep up the good work Street Pastors!

GREAT TURNOUT FOR AGM

Thank you to everyone who made it to St Thomas' last night for the AGM of both Street Pastors and CTfC. You are an amazing group of people and a joy to work with. We as the Church in Chesterfield are achieving so much together by God's grace and may we continue to know his wisdom & provision as we reach out to do even more. Visiting speaker, Martin Gage from Christian Aid, encouraged us to support the 'Enough food for everyone IF' campaign which will lobby the leaders of the G8 to reconsider their approach to dealing with poverty in our world. To find out more and to register your support visit christianaid.org.uk/if This is what Martin thought: "Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to speak at the meeting last night. I was very pleased with the response. But I also have to say what wonderful meetings (I sat in on half an hour of the street pastors agm) – attendance, atmosphere, content, enthusiasm, presence of God…… The only way I could describe it to colleagues this morning was “exhilarating!” Such an encouragement. Thank you again, All good wishes, Martin"

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

AGM FEST TOMORROW! BOTH STREET PASTORS AND CHRISTIANS TOGETHER FOR CHESTERFIELD HOLD THEIR AGM

Join us at the church hall at St Thomas, Brampton for the Street Pastors's AGM at 6.30pm immediately followed by the CTfC AGM at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome to come along and hear all the good things we are accomplishing together.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

ENOUGH FOOD FOR EVERYONE IF...

Join us for the CTfC AGM this Wednesday 8th May at St Thomas Church Hall 7.30pm and hear Christian Aid representative, Martin Gage talk about the launch of their latest campaign 'Enough food for everyone IF...' as well as hearing what has been accomplished by churches working together in Chesterfield. Everyone welcome - make sure your church is represented and by as many as would like to come.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

WARM WELCOME IN STAVELEY

Around 35 people gathered at The Salvation Army building on Wharf Lane last night to pray for the Staveley area. Thanks to the leaders of many of the local church congregations who were able to join us which gave a true reflection of the heart of the church community towards those who live in Staveley. A particular welcome to Father Steven as he takes responsibility for the anglican church there. We received such a warm welcome from Pam and all of the church and I believe much was accomplished in the heavenly realms as we prayed together and for each other's work. A very enjoyable evening. Thank you all. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 30th May at St John's when we will be praying for the Walton area.