Friday, 30 January 2015

PASTORAL CARE FOR THOSE WITH DEMENTIA


Ministry  in  the  “Vale of  Forgetfulness
“ Spiritual Care Of People With Dementia “

SATURDAY 7TH MARCH 2015 AT CENTRAL METHODIST CHURCH

TEA/COFFEE FROM 10.30AM

THE CENTRAL METHODIST CHURCH, SALTERGATE, CHESTERFIELD

INVITE ALL PERSONS WITH AN INTEREST IN THIS

TOPIC TO A TALK BY SHEILA KENNEDY
 

SHEILA KENNEDY IS A CHAPLAIN FOR
SHEFFIELD HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE TRUST

WITH SPECIALIST RESPONSIBILITY FOR DEMENTIA

  FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT EILEEN & EDMUND
ON 01246 853227 OR eande.hinch@gmail.com

Monday, 26 January 2015

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING CTFC SONGS OF PRAISE



Thank you to everyone who came along to CTfC Songs of Praise at St Thomas', Brampton on Sunday 18th January.  As you can see the church was packed as was the refreshments room afterwards!  A great event with updates from 7 local community organisations and a selection of their hymn choices for us to enjoy singing together.  Thank you to everyone involved in the organisation and those who served on the night.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

BOYS BRIGADE LOOKING FOR LEADERS


Re: The Boys’ Brigade in Chesterfield

Many thanks for allowing me to speak at your Churches together group on Thursday evening. As we discussed, the Boys Brigade has been operating in Storrs Road Methodist Church, Upper Moor Street, Brampton, Chesterfield, S40 3NR, for a number of years providing a detailed programme of activities for boys and young men aged between 5 and 18. Over the last couple of years, the group has reached out to around 20 boys and young men from the local community.

The Boys’ Brigade, or BB as more commonly known, is a uniformed Christian organisation committed to reaching out and engaging with children, young people and their families, especially those who may not normally come into contact with Church. The BB also now works with mixed gender groups depending on the needs of the Church.

A BB company is run by a Church whilst being supported by the wider ‘BB team’ to help run outreach for a local community. This support includes training, insurance, DBS disclosure checks, development support, local and national events and the benefits of being part of a wider network of children and young people.

Through the provided programme resources and wider BB network, BB groups offer adventure, physical, social and spiritual growth through fun, practical and physical activities whilst encouraging personal responsibility and teamwork. Integral to this is giving the children and young people opportunities to consider faith and a life committed to God.

During early 2014, the current BB Group Leader at Storrs Road Methodist Church felt that it was appropriate to retire from his role, along with his wife who also gave up many dedicated hours to the BB group. This was a very difficult decision for them both having served over 50 years each in the organisation. During this time, two other leaders, who gave up their time to work in the group felt that it was also time to “move on”, these decisions being made owing to increased work commitments.

 Throughout 2014, the retiring leaders promoted the opportunity for new leaders to get involved but unfortunately to date, we have been unsuccessful in our recruitment. Unfortunately, there are no people within the Storrs Road Methodist Church congregation that feel that they are able to lead the group.  We believe that this has therefore left both the BB and the Church with two options, these are:

·       Close the group.

·       Make one last concentrated effort to find a new leadership team that will continue to deliver the good work of the BB group in the Brampton community and who are Christians committed to sharing the values of the BB.    

 
I am therefore writing to you to ask if you would kindly relay this letter to members of your wider Churches together group in the hope that there may be Christians within Chesterfield who may feel that God is leading them to ministry with Children and Young People and who may be waiting for a new opportunity. Alternatively, perhaps a local Church may be interested in partnering with Storrs Road Methodist Church in delivering the BB group?

Both the Boys’ Brigade and Leadership of Storrs Road Methodist Church are committed to ensuring that whichever decision is made on the future of this group, it is done with the belief that we have tried our very best to continue the provision for local young people, and that it is done by God’s will, and not ours.

 Many thanks for your kind support on this matter.    

 
Yours sincerely

 John Myers

 John Myers

Development Worker

The Boys’ Brigade



Tel: 07930 859008

Friday, 9 January 2015

ST ANDREW'S CELEBRATE 60 YEARS


St Andrew’s 60th Anniversary Celebration

 

Invitation

 

 
This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the dedication of the St Andrew’s Church building, Chesterfield.  To celebrate, a number of events are being held.  The second of these events is a social evening to mark the birth of the Scottish poet Robert Burns.  You are invited to attend this celebration evening which will be held in:

St Andrew’s United Reformed Church

187 Newbold Road

Chesterfield S41 7BE

on Friday 13 February 2015 at 7.00pm

Price:  £12.50 per person

Cheques made payable to “St Andrew’s United Reformed Church

The evening will follow the traditional pattern of a Burns Night including appropriate (non alcoholic) toasts.   The menu, provided by an external caterer, is shown below. 


The Menu

Leek and Potato Soup

Haggis Neeps and Tatties

Trifle

Oatcakes, Biscuits and Cheese

Coffee or Tea

Special Dietary requirements can be catered for.

Please provide names of those attending, including any special dietary requirements, to reach Ian Gordon no later than 6 February 2015.

Contributions to the evening’s entertainment are requested.  Recitations, readings, or songs, however, items do not need to be Burns related.  If you are able to provide an item of entertainment please inform Ian Gordon who will prepare a programme for the evening.

Please note:  No alcohol is to be consumed on Church premises.  The non alcoholic toasts will be provided but please bring your own soft drinks for consumption during the evening. 

 
RSVP with remittance by 6 February to:  

Ian Gordon, 10 Birkdale Drive, Walton, Chesterfield S40 3JL

Telephone: 01246 270954.

 

Monday, 5 January 2015

IN MEMORY


Revd Douglas Harvey Cummins died in hospital in Chesterfield on Christmas Eve 2014 at the age of 92.  In 2014 he celebrated 60 years since his ordination.  After service in the RAF as a navigator during the war, he trained for the Congregational ministry at Paton College, Nottingham.  His ministries were in Australia, then at Broadstone in Dorset, Westfield (Bridgewater), Rose Hill Chesterfield with Calow & Carr Vale and in Wigston & Kilby in Leicestershire.  After retirement in 1988, he and his Dutch wife Gerda, settled in Chesterfield where he became an active member of St Andrew’s URC.  He preached regularly during much of his retirement and was well known and loved by many congregations in Derbyshire.   The funeral will be on Friday 23rd January with the committal at Chesterfield Crematorium at 12.30pm and a Memorial Service at 1.15pm at St Andrew’s URC, Newbold Road, Chesterfield, followed by refreshments.  Everyone is welcome to both services.