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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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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Dates and locations

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!

Tuesday, 19 June 2018


Chesterfield Interfaith Forum proudly presents…

Understanding Islam How Islamic is Islamic State?

By Dr Chris Hewer
Tuesday July 10th
2:00pm to 5:00pm

The Ragged School Evangelical Church, Markham Road, Chesterfield, S40 1TA
with an optional visit to the Barker Lane Mosqueto observe prayers at 5:44pm and then…

The Three Abrahamic Faiths By Dr Chris Hewer

7:30pm to 9:15pm St. Thomas’ Brampton Chatsworth Rd, Chesterfield S40 3AW 
with the option to observe prayers at 9:35pm
Dr Hewer is a fellow of St Ethelburga’s Centre in Christian/Muslim relations.
His book Understanding Islam, was published by SCM press in 2006.
I want to understand Islam as Muslims do and not through the lens of a Christian perspective. ~ Chris Hewer

Tuesday, 12 June 2018


Care for the Family are putting on this tour which comes to Sheffield 
on Tuesday 16th October at Network Church, Gilpin Street, Sheffield S6 3BL.  
Doors open at 7pm and the event runs from 7.30pm - 10pm.

Book your tickets before August 21st and get the early bird rate of just £4.

For more information watch this video:

WHAT DOES FREEDOM REALLY LOOK LIKE? We try and maintain the momentum, but life keeps adding yet more challenges! With home and family pressures, workplace challenges, health and relationships – it’s difficult to know what’s worth keeping up and what to let go. But as Christian women our identity lies not in the season of our lives, nor in our roles and responsibilities – but in Christ.

You will come away with.

The confidence to be who you were designed to be.
Tips on how to impact others right where you are.
A deeper revelation of how loved you are.
An understanding of the power of vulnerability
A fresh perspective of how God sees you.

Is it for you?

This event is perfect for all women at any stage of life whether you are a high-heels or wellies person, a Netflix fanatic or a coffee shop lover. We hope this event will be a huge encouragement to you.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018


Dear Friends,

You will know, I hope, that Christians Together for Chesterfield are partnering the local Stand up to Racism group in welcoming Syrian refugees locally .

The secretary of SutR, Jeannie Robinson has recently asked if people can help in providing the following items:

Tall freezer
Snall table/desk
Garden table
Children’s football net
Garden games

If you can help, ring Jeannie on 0791 948 6101

Alternatively, money is useful in buying all sorts of necessary and useful items to supplement the basics provided by the local authority.  We have a facility to receive and to pass on donations through our treasurer, Jeff Kitts, who is at 46 Alexandra Road West, S40 1NP.  Cheques payable to Christians Together for Chesterfield, but adding a covering note ‘for support of local Syrian refugees@.

Thank you,

Paul King
Secretary for CTfC


                     Feeling stressed?  
              Need to relax and unwind?
Come along to our FREE

Time 4U Cafe Event

Lots of people will be on hand to help you keep healthy in body and mind - whoever you are, whatever your age!

Beauty treatments by qualified therapists
Cook and eat sessions
Lunch and refreshments
Relaxation sessions
Seated exercise sessions
Free creche

Information and Advice about benefits, debt, healthy lifestyles and lots more...

IT'S ALL FREE!  Absolutely no catch!

All we ask is that you come and enjoy what's on offer and chat with people on the stalls.

Staveley Methodist Church, Chesterfield Road, Staveley S43 3XD

Thursday 21st June 11am - 2pm

Please arrive early to book beauty treatments.

This project is carried out in conjunction with DCC, CBC and other partner agencies


Have a listen to Philippa here:

Friday, 1 June 2018


Men's Breakfast - Saturday, 16 June
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 16 June at 8.30 am. Our speaker will be Andy Callow talking about being a worship leader. 
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, 17 May 2018


Sunday 27th May 2018
New Life Church
10.30am The Winding Wheel,
Holywell Street, Chesterfield

Andrew Murray
                               Also at Cafe Church 
                                             6 - 7pm The Compass
                                                 West Bars, Chesterfield

"Andrew is a preacher and teacher of God’s Word who ministers with a fiery passion and prophetic anointing. He has a burning desire to lift up Jesus Christ and see Him save, heal and deliver.  In his meetings many people have been blessed and encouraged as he preaches a message of faith and hope. Hearts are stirred and challenged to seek God’s presence and give their all to Him.  Along with the preaching of the Gospel, Andrew’s ministry is often accompanied with healings and miracles and times of encountering the Holy Spirit."

If you have church commitments on Sunday morning please take the opportunity to come and hear Andrew at Cafe Church. Everyone welcome and bring a friend!

Tuesday, 8 May 2018


Come and enjoy a gentle walk around one of Chesterfield’s finest parks. Walking is a great way for those living with dementia, their carers and loved ones, or indeed anyone who would like to join in, to enjoy gentle exercise, friendly company and some fresh air. Walk at your own pace for 20 – 60 minutes then maybe join us, in returning to the village hall for free refreshments and some fun activities.

Wed 23rd May at 2.30 pm 
Meet at the Village Hall, 
Eastwood Park, 
Hasland S41 0AY 

Car parking and toilets available  If you need someone to support you, please invite them along too, as we are unfortunately not able to provide additional support. The walk is wheelchair accessible 

For more information please contact:
Tina Hensey, Community Lifestyles Officer 01246 345669 or Wendy Blunt, Health and Wellbeing Officer 01246 345344

Organised by CBC in partnership with:
Alzheimers Society, Age Concern UK, Ramblers & Walking for Health.

Saturday, 5 May 2018


Chesterfield Christian Action
Christians Together for Chesterfield
North Derbyshire Unite Community

jointly present…..


Tuesday May 22nd at 7pm

Central Methodist Church, Saltergate

What is it? Who can get it?   
PAUL MORRISON of the (national) Joint Public Issues Team of the (Free) churches
COLIN HAMPTON of the (local) North Derbyshire Unite Community
GAIL WARD    Newcastle Disabled People’s Action on Cuts

In the Chair:  Revd. Paul King

Thursday, 3 May 2018


(Ways of Worshipping)
An evening of  reflection and worship
Come and join us for a breath of fresh air, 
be still and breathe

Friday 18th May 7.45 - 9pm
Refreshments available from 7.30pm

Storrs Road Methodist Church, 
Upper Moor Street , Brampton S40 3PY


Men's Breakfast - Saturday, 19 May
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 19 May at 8.30 am. Our speaker will be John Gascoyne sharing his recent first hand experience of 'The Queen's Gift of money for relief of the poor on Maundy Thursday'. 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

Friday, 13 April 2018


Refurbishment of Chesterfield Child Contact Centre, 

United Reformed Church, Soresby Streety, Chesterfield.

Thanks to generous donations to the Contact Centre we have recently had our premises upgraded and would like to invite anyone who is interested to come and see the great improvements that have been made.

To this end we are holding an open evening on Thursday, 3 May 2018, from 4 to 6 pm.  We do hope you will be able to come and see the Contact Centre as it is now.

Refreshments will be served, and if you have any queries we hope we can answer them for you.

We look forward to seeing anyone interested there.

Please express any interest to:

Thursday, 12 April 2018


‘Whit Walk’ 2018 ‘JESUS IS THE ANSWER’ 

Dear all 

Welcome to the newsletter for the Whit Walk 2018. This year we are covering the theme of ‘Jesus is the Answer’.  When people find themselves facing problems in their lives they will often ask ‘Does anyone understand what I am going through? In the stories of Jesus life on earth we find that He went through many experiences that we still see today. 

He was born in a stable with a makeshift crib (the animal’s food trough!) So he certainly understands what it means to have a humble start in life. Before long the family were refugees in a foreign land (Egypt) escaping from the death threat of King Herod. As we continue through His life we find Him weeping at the tomb of Lazurus. (Bereavement) He talks about the ‘birds having a nest’ but that ‘He had nowhere to lay His head’. (Homelessness). There were times when He was hungry. When He was in the Garden of Gethsemane his disciples fell asleep and He faced the night alone. (Loneliness) 

He went around helping others but often He was misunderstood and falsely accused by the Pharisees etc. The crowd who one week were greeting Him as a King (Palm Sunday) were within days shouting ‘Crucify Him’. With so many other instances that can be found during His life He certainly can understand when we suffer. This gives plenty of choice for a theme for your tableau. We aim to depict why Jesus is the answer by showing the situations He went through while on earth. We would like the Tableaux to set the question and show why ‘Jesus is the Answer’

Pray that our town will not just see a group of people who attend church, walking through the town, but a group of people who believe in a living God who can change lives if we just give Him the chance. 

Whether on a lorry, in a crowd or walking, one of the main sections of the Whit Walk are the tableaux. The more tableaux the greater the impact! 
This year we will have available on the Briefing Night – a few Balloons in the Procession colours (GREEN/WHITE/PURPLE). These will be plain so that you can attach a card with a suitable message of your choice. We are also purchasing some Torch/Pens with the words ‘Jesus is the Answer’ which will be available to collect from the bottom of the Town Hall steps on the day of the walk. (Collection Point). 
Please continue to provide your own items to give to those watching – Party Bags with sweets, Bubble Pots, etc. 



There will be a Taize-type service of Holy Communion at Hasland Methodist Church on Pentecost evening, May 20th.  Their usual time is 1800 hrs.
There are to be two preparatory occasions, the first on Thursday 26th April at 7.30, when  John-Charles Tanner will help us to prepare musically, and again on May 10th which is Ascension Day.
Some people with long memories may recall earlier tastings of Taize.  It is very helpful that John-Charles has taken this initiative and I will be happy to preside at Communion, when all Christians will be welcome to take a full part.

Paul King