Wednesday, 22 January 2014

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CHESTERFIELD WHIT WALK 2014 LAUNCH MEETING

Christian Education: Chesterfield
Procession of Witness
Monday May 26th 2014
 
Launch evening
Tuesday 25th February
                                  7.30pm Rose Hill URC
 
Come along and join us as we announce the theme for this year.  Find out how your church can get involved and join in the discussions regarding different aspects of the day.
 
Refreshments will be served during the evening.
 
If you have any queries contact Chris Townsend at cechesterfield@gmail.com


 


COMMUNITY YOUNGSTARS STARBURST

Can anyone support Mike Dalby with either of these projects? 


Hi everyone! Happy New Year to you all and thank you for your ongoing commitment to the families in our area of responsibility!

Just a quickie to let you know that Dave Newman and the folks at Church in the Peak have offered us use of their great facilities for another Community Youngstars Starburst Holiday Club during the coming half term; Tuesday February 18th to Thursday February 20th from 10.00-12noon. 
  • If you or any of your congregation are available for any or all of that time, could you let me know during the next week or so, then I'll be able to ensure that we're covered for staffing.
  • We're also looking to start a weekly Community Youngstars Starburst in the same venue every term-time Wednesday from 6.15-7.15pm so that we can increase the momentum as we serve those terrific families!
All exciting stuff - I'll keep you posted!

Bless you all,
 
Mike.

WHAT A FABULOUS TURN OUT FOR SONGS OF PRAISE!

A big thank you to everyone who came last Tuesday.  Those on car park duty did a great job in finding places for everyone to park as even the big car park was soon full.  St John's was packed to the rafters with extra chairs having to be fitted in wherever there were spaces and standing room only at the back in the end!





It was a good evening featuring a double act between CTfC Chairman Dave Bunting and, using his own words, 'his lovely Secretary' Paul King who told this history of CTfC thus far.

We heard about: Community YoungStars, Street Pastors, School Pastors, Annunciation's Bereavement Group, Samaritan's Purse, CCA, Chesterfield Food Bank and methodist minister Julie Minns first impressions of Chesterfield since her arrival.

The choir did us proud with the many and varied song choices from each representative as well as a lovely performance of 'O Holy Night.'  A thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

SONGS OF PRAISE 6PM TONIGHT

Last minute reminder to join us at St John's, Walton 6 pm tonight for our 'Songs of Praise'. A celebration of the wonderful things God is doing through his church across our town.

Monday, 6 January 2014

CHRISTMAS LUNCH ON JESUS DEC 25TH 2013


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Dear All,
Thank you so much for your prayers, financial support and food donations for the Christmas meal. The day was a success and we had 80 people or more. There was plenty of food to go round and for people to take home. God provided transport for everyone who needed it. It was a good day. God really showed up and He was very kind to us. 

Thank you so much for everything. Thank you from my heart. God who sees your labour of love will reward you.   I will be doing it again this year :) unless He tells me otherwise.

Mydudu

Click this link to see more pictures from the Christmas Lunch


Sunday, 5 January 2014

CTFC PRESENTS SONGS OF PRAISE

Come and be part of this annual event where we celebrate the great things that are happening in Chesterfield.

Songs of Praise

Sunday 19th January 6.pm

St John's Walton,

Walton Back Lane


Hear about the progress of Christians Together for Chesterfield and from many organisations across our community working to meet the needs of others all interspersed with favourite hymns and songs for you to sing and enjoy.

STREET PASTORS AID DROP IN CRIME

Derbyshire Times 2nd February 2014 article by Sam McCaffrey:

Chesterfield town centre has seen violent crime 
and anti-social behaviour drop by 20% - thanks to patrolling Street Pastors.

The initiative was set up in August 2011 with Christians Together for Chesterfield to help police deal with drunk and vulnerable people in the town centre on Saturday nights.  Statistics show that since the group started violence is down in the town centre by 15% and anti-social behaviour by 20%.

Pastors help people who are drunk avoid going to hospital or into police custody - and say their secret weapon is an endless supply of lollipops.  A spokesman for the pastors said: "Many a situation that could have escalated, getting really silly, ending , with the police involved and people being taken off in a police van to be locked up, is diffused  by the offer of a lolly from the pastors."

Street Pastors also clear glass to stop people getting injured and since they started in August 2011 they have cleared more than 3,000 glass items from the town centre.

The programme is made up completely of volunteers from town churches that work in teams of three or four and patrol the centre on a Saturday night between 10pm and 4am.  The youngest street pastor in Chesterfield is 19 and the oldest is 76.

They help distressed revelers by calling their friends or family, by giving them water or waiting with them until they are sober enough to make their way home.  They talk to people try to calm situations down, give out bottled water, blankets and first aid.  They are also armed with bright pink flip flops to give to women who can no longer walk in their heels.

Their contribution to Chesterfield was acknowledged by the High Sheriff who invited them to his legal service as his guests.

Steven Ball, Section Inspector for Chesterfield Borough said:"I've nothing but praise for them since they have been working in the town centre.  They effectively filled a gap that we'd got in terms of vulnerable people who go out within the night time economy.  There are invariably three or four incidents that they'll report where someone has been found in a drunken state or has no way of getting home, and they will have dealt with that person.

Find out more about Street Pastors at  www.chesterfield.streetpastors.org.uk