Friday, 13 April 2018

CONTACT CENTRE

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: chesterfieldchildcontactcentre@yahoo.com

Thursday, 12 April 2018

WHIT WALK 2018 NEWSLETTER

‘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. 

Tableaux 
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! 
Giveaways 
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. 

 PLEASE HELP US TO MAKE THIS A BRIGHT AND COLOURFUL OCCASION.  

TAIZE STYLE

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