Monday, 15 October 2018


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.

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


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


Monday, 8 October 2018


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:  call 01246 498204 (Mon - Fri, 10am - 3pm)
Kind regards

Tuesday, 2 October 2018


You may be interested in the programme The Debt Saviours  on BBC 2 next Friday at 21.00. It features Christians Against Poverty

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


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)

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.

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

Monday, 24 September 2018


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,uk with his/her contact details.

Thank you and kind regards,

Rev. Daniel Cooke

Tuesday, 18 September 2018


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

Paul K.

Monday, 17 September 2018


Revival Kids – Raising up a spirit filled, extraordinary generation”
 A Conference to inspire church teams in leading transformational Children’s Ministry.

With Emily Phelps Jones, Jarrod Cooper and the Revive Church team.
Saturday 20 October 2018

Children are central to God’s heart for revival.  As Children’s leaders, we are here to raise ‘Revival Kids’; children who know their Father, who are filled with the Holy Spirit and change the world by representing Jesus in their homes, schools and cities.  We’re being called to raise up a generation of holy ‘freedom fighters’ who pray for the sake of the world and burn with the fire of God so that wherever they go, God’s glory is released.

Join us on Saturday 20th October for a day of envisioning and practical teaching on equipping children’s leaders to step out in Kid’s Ministry. It’s an opportunity for your leaders to build vision and explore approaches for seeing kids released in worship, prayer and the prophetic. 

At Revive Church we have a passion for children to know God deeply, see miracles and prophecy as a part of normal life, to encounter Jesus in worship and be filled with the Holy Spirit. Join us as we seek to become outstanding children’s leaders, raising an extraordinary generation, born for revival!

At this day conference you will enjoy:
-          Worship, prayer and prophetic ministry.
-          Inspiring keynote sessions
-          Teaching & equipping
-          Children’s ministry networking
-          An opportunity to be envisioned, empowered and equipped as we seek God for this generation.

Price: £5 per person

Venue:  Revive Church
Bridlington Avenue


Friday, 14 September 2018


100-Days-Peace-Hope-logo 14 September
59 days to go
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
John 14:27 (ESV)

History has recorded many statements and quotations relating to peace. As we meditate on the events of 100 years ago we might recall those promises and commitments made to building a world that lives in peace. Ronald Reagan said, ‘A people free to choose will always choose peace’ and that is surely so. Each of us who enjoy freedom can choose a peace that passes all understanding. When we accept Jesus into our lives we receive God’s Holy Spirit; he brings a deep and lasting peace. Unlike worldly peace, defined as the absence of conflict, this peace is confident assurance in any circumstance. With Christ’s peace, we need not fear the present nor the future. In commemoration, choose that peace.

Father, thank you for your gift of peace, freely given. Help us to trust wholly in you and your will for our lives. May our actions be rooted in love for you and our neighbours and may we be instruments of your peace in the world. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Michael Cooper is CVM’s National Director for England & Scotland.

100 Days of Peace and Hope is available with Bible readings, reflections and prayers for each week to download at

Friday, 7 September 2018


Ragged School Chapel Markham Road 

Harvest Celebrations 

 Saturday 22nd September 7.30pm 
 Staveley & District Churches united Choir
Followed by refreshments 

Sunday 23rd September 6.30pm 
Harvest Service Speaker – Sam Bown

Monday, 3 September 2018


100-Days-Peace-Hope-logo 2 September
71 days to go
At one time you were far away from God. But now you belong to Christ Jesus. He spilled his blood for you. This has brought you near to God. Christ himself is our peace.
Ephesians 2:11-18 (NIRV)

Around the world God is working through his children who, as advocates for peace, bring healing to those whose lives have been damaged by war. Some wounds are still raw and sensitive since the conflicts may be recent or continuing. In those cultures, without a Christian world-view, the call for revenge has to be replaced with a desire to forgive. The process begins with those who are willing to take a first step towards forgiveness.

One of my friends conducts ‘Healing the wounds of ethnic conflict’ workshops in war-torn areas. Another is writing reconciliation songs in culturally-sensitive ways and training young people from such areas to sing them. Another has had to be moved out of a war-torn zone for her own safety. Another is bringing aid to refugees and orphans in war-torn Iraq and seeking to disciple them. Some address the historical nature of continuing antagonism in order to dismantle ongoing prejudice and foster reconciliation. Others are seeking to follow God’s leading in restorative justice, in dealing with past genocides, as in Rwanda.

As we pray today for the victims from the various wars, let us pray particularly for women and girls. They are the ones who face the trauma of losing their fathers, husbands, brothers, sons. They are the innocent victims. Their grief is seldom recognised, but God sees, knows, and empathises. Can they learn to forgive also?

Father, thank you that forgiveness is always available from you. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Please help all those who need to forgive their enemies to do so with grace and love, and to embrace all that is involved, with Christ’s help. Amen

Fill a shoe-box with children’s goodies and take it to a refugee family who have fled a conflict zone. Listen to their story, and respond with love and understanding.

Brian Mills is a British-based, international prayer leader and author, and helps lead the international reconciliation movement.

100 Days of Peace and Hope is available with Bible readings, reflections and prayers for each week to download at

Thursday, 30 August 2018



Each meeting is in the hall at the rear of Central Methodist Church on Saltergate (S40 1UH) starting at 8.30 am with cooked breakfast and finishing by 10.00 am. 

All are welcome to come to enjoy food and fellowship.

Sat 15 September - John Bown - 'British Bobby on International Beat - Nigeria and Jamaica - the story continues'
Sat 20 October - Mark and Rebekah - the work of the Elm Foundation with victims/survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence.
Sat 17 November - Glyn Wildman - Dementia Lead Nurse, Chesterfield Royal Hospital
(No meeting in December)
Brian Offiler   
01246 234707 / 07791 346140  

Friday, 17 August 2018


Dear Friends,

I have just received from the local Chesterfield Local preachers’ meeting secretary a remarkable offer:

the Diocese of Derby is offering ‘Study for a certificate in Theology, Mission and Ministry’ with an initial occasion at St Barnabas Danesmoor on September 11th!   The course will be delivered at Wingerworth Parish centre on Monday evenings 7.15 to 9.15. (or st Peter’s  Derby on Wednesday evenings, also 7.15 to 9.15.

And it’s free!  

Apply to or phone 01332 388674

Or  to or phone 01332 388670

In the blurb there is also reference to study days on September 22nd, 12th  January and 18th May.

This is all I know, but it looks like a wonderful offer….

Paul King.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018


100-Days-Peace-Hope-logo 15 August
89 days to go
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:5 (ESV)


Jesus, the Prince of Peace, invites us to stay close and connected to him. In some of his final words before his own death, he speaks tenderly to his closest followers in the Upper Room. Using the metaphor of a vine and branches, Jesus explains that we can receive his life of love, joy and peace, just like branches that bear fruit because they receive sap from the vine. Without the sap, they will dry up and die. Even in the midst of life’s challenges, pressures, anxieties and fears, it is possible to know confidence and security. If we abide in Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit we can experience what the apostle Paul calls the ‘fruit’ of peace, joy and love (Galatians 5. 22- 24).

Lord Jesus, amongst the many distractions challenges and fears in our lives, help us to draw near and stay connected to you so that we may receive your peace, joy and love. May these fruits grow and increase in our life.

This reflection and prayer is contributed by Rob Hare, a Project Manager for Bible Society.

100 Days of Peace and Hope is available with Bible readings, reflections and prayers for each week to download at


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Trinity was first and foremost our private holiday home.
We would love to share it with other Christians. Please tell your Christian friends about us.
We supply Christian books and dvds to make it the perfect environment for fellow lovers of Jesus.
Our rates are much lower than all the others on the site, as we are not a business but aiming let others enjoy a rest and just cover costs.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018


Dear Friend
What does freedom really look like? We try and maintain the momentum, but life keeps adding yet more challenges! From home, family and work pressures – it’s difficult to know what’s worth keeping up and what to let go.
However many plates you’re spinning it’s easy to get distracted and lose sight of who God has designed you to be. Free to Be is an event where you’ll leave feeling inspired with practical ideas and a renewed vision to step out into the life God has called you to.
Join Cathy Madavan and Bekah Legg to explore what freedom in Christ really looks like.
We hope to see you there!
The Care for the Family Team
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Monday, 13 August 2018


Chesterfield Street Pastors were happy to lend support to a campaign launched by Yvonne Henchcliffe in memory of her son Chris.  He was out in Chesterfield in July 2016 when an alcohol fuelled incident lead to one punch which caused his death.

Yvonne H says “We aren’t telling people don’t drink,” she said, “We’re just saying to take it steady and dilute in between drinks rather than pre-loading. Enjoy the night and make sure that your children come home, rather than what happened to Chris."

Chesterfield Street Pastors carry bottled water which helps to rehydrate people and counteract some of the effects of alcohol - including the morning after hangover!

The campaign is supported by the police, taxi firms and local MP Toby Perkins.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018



7 August 2018
97 days to go 
‘The Lord said, ‘I will go with you and give you peace’. 
Exodus 33:14 (CEV)

‘Rest in peace.’ It’s a phrase commonly spoken over a loved one who has passed away. Often we say it because the person may have experienced many battles during their earthly life. A huge part of our Christian hope is that when we step into eternity with Jesus, all suffering will end. But we don’t have to wait until eternity to experience something of God’s precious peace. In Exodus 33, Moses is looking for some assurance from God as he leads the Israelites from slavery to freedom. In this moment God makes a beautiful promise – I will go with you, giving you peace and rest. It’s the amazing promise he makes to all of us.

Jesus you are the Prince of Peace who has promised to be with us always. Help us every day to be more tuned in to the reality of your presence and, as we do, may we experience your peace and rest, here and now – even on this side of heaven.

This reflection and prayer is contributed by Matt Summerfield who served as Chief Executive and President of Urban Saints for 18 years and is now Senior Pastor of Zeo Church, Hitchin.

100 Days of Peace and Hope is available with Bible readings, reflections and prayers for each week to download at

Wednesday, 1 August 2018


Church on the Bus needs new volunteers for Chesterfield and Matlock

  • Volunteers (18+) to support homeless and vulnerable adults on the bus
  • People to fill flasks of boiling water and bring milk
  • People to drive the bus (training given)
  • People to make sandwiches for the guests
If you are interested, please pick up an application pack from St Thomas' Church, Brampton or phone/text John Phillips on 07585 153 369 with your contact details or download the forms from our website.

Thursday, 19 July 2018


We have a stall at the Medieval Market in Chesterfield on Tuesday 24th July 10 am - 4 pm to raise funds for the terrific work that our volunteer Street and School Pastors do.  If you are coming into town for the market please look us out and show your support.  Many thanks.


Monday, 16 July 2018


Men's Breakfast - Saturday, 21 July
All are welcome to share food (cooked breakfast available, but not compulsory!) and fellowship at the next Men's Breakfast at Central Methodist Church, Saltergate on Saturday 21 July at 8.30 am. 
Our speaker will be John Bown who will be sharing his experiences of policing work in other countries. He will have copies of his book 'British Bobby on International Beat' available for sale if people would like to know the full story! 
It would be helpful, but not essential, for catering purposes to notify Brian Offiler (01246 234707) if you are planning to come. We look forward to seeing you.
Many thanks for your help. Best wishes.
Brian Offiler
01246 234707

Thursday, 12 July 2018


It has been a busy couple of weeks during the World Cup with lots of people coming in to town on the last two Saturdays.  Between the last week in June and the first week in July :

  • 7 volunteers gave a total of 36 hours volunteer time
  • We cleared 64 glasses and bottles from the street to prevent them causing injuries
  • We gave out 11 pairs of flip flops & 9 bottles of water
  • We had significant conversations with 31 people one of whom asked for prayer.
  • One person was accompanied to safety and 3 more were observed until they were safe.
We also searched for a lost mobile phone, cheered on the Sparkle walkers, received lots of grateful thanks and heard 'It's Coming Home' sung more times than we care to count!

All that in just two Saturdays!  Our team will be out there again this week on the day of the battle for 3rd and 4th place in the World Cup.  

Please support our Street Pastors in whatever way you can especially in prayer but also financially or by putting yourself forward as a volunteer.  For more information contact Jacky on

Monday, 2 July 2018


Ragged School Chapel

Markham Road

140th Aniversary Celebrations

Saturday July 14th 7pm
Swallownest United
Churches Choir

Sunday July 15th 6.30pm
Anniversary Service

Speaker:- Ken Paskin

The Ragged School chapel will celebrate its 140th anniversary this month with a concert by Swallownest United Churches Choir on Saturday 14th July at 7pm and a service on Sunday 15th July at 6.30 pm, led by Ken Paskin. We would be very pleased if you could join us for either of these events.

Thursday, 21 June 2018


Grace Chapel invite you to join them in 24 hours of prayer for Chesterfield.  It begins on July 6th at 7.30 am and ends on July 7th at 7.30 am.  There will be a time of worship between 7 pm -  9 pm.

Anyone is welcome to join in at any time during the day or night or wee small hours.  Various church leaders from across the town will be leading sessions during the day.

As in the story Jesus told of the persistent widow, we know that God will respond when we faithfully petition him in prayer for our town.  We know much is accomplished unseen in the heavenly realms when we pray and believe through this event over the last few years lives in Chesterfield have been transformed.

Please support if you can.


You’re all invited to come along to have fun! 

Where?: Langer Fields, Langer Lane, Birdholme 

When?: Saturday 23rd June anytime from 12.00 – 4.00pm 

There will be a churches together stall and Umbrellas stall - doing crafts; games for children; opportunities to discover more about the Umbrellas project; prayer if people ask; just us being Jesus in the community! 

There is a gala being held all day with a fun fair, lots of different stalls, time of prayer and blessing for the new playground equipment, refreshments etc. 

Please come along and show your support!