Wednesday, 6 March 2019


Procession of Witness 2019 
Jesus the Servant King

Look above and there are no prizes for guessing the colours for this year’s ‘Whit Walks’ or to be more correct Procession of Witness: yellow, white, orange and perhaps a dash of red thrown in for good measure. So search those wardrobes and drawers and get your outfit ready for Procession 2019 on Spring Bank Holiday : May 27th

It will be great to see the Whitsuntide colours in the crowds filling the space in front of Chesterfield Town Hall ready for the short opening service which begins at 9.45am.

 Once again we have to thank the Mayor and Chesterfield Borough Council for allowing us to have the freedom of the streets as we bear witness to our belief in Jesus Christ. Let us all, whatever our usual style of worship, come together to seize this opportunity to reach out to the people of Chesterfield and to visitors with a message of hope grounded in the love of Christ.

 ! Additional help is needed for the marshalls who have many jobs to do before the churches arrive in town, during the Procession around the route and afterwards clearing the front of the Town Hall . Please ask for volunteers from your church and contact John Tranter, Chief Marshall and a member of Whittington Moor Methodist Church as soon as possible by e-mailing:

Wednesday March 20th – 7.30pm Rose Hill URC. Please send representatives from your church – as many as you like - so that you get all the up to date information you need and also so that your church has a say in the planning stages. Above: Crowds gather in front of the Town Hall in readiness for The Procession to be led by The Mayor and The President of Christian Education: Chesterfield.

We all respond to visual images and the crowds on Bank Holiday Monday are no exception. Please have a go at producing a tableau . You don’t have to be a brilliant artist or to have a degree in product design as you will find out at the Launch Night (March 20th ) when experiences will be shared. It is good to have the tableau on a lorry or van but if your church can’t get one why not try a walking tableau as several churches have done in recent years. Again there will be people at the Launch Night who have done both and will offer advice.

This year’s theme gives maximum scope in terms of what you choose to portray. It could be a biblical scene showing Jesus as a teacher or healer or a modern day version showing the work that is done through the Holy Spirit in His name. The hope is that those watching will be made to stop, think and ponder about the ways in which Jesus, the ‘servant king’, shows us how to live.

Questions, suggestions, ideas etc. please e-mail: We should love to hear from you. There will be an update on preparations and a report from the Launch Night ( March 20th ) in the next newsletter in April. Please let us know what you are planning so that we can include your church in the programme.

Friday, 1 March 2019


Men's Breakfast - Saturday, 16 March - 'From Derry to Derbyshire'
Our speaker at the next Men's Breakfast 
at Central Methodist Church, Saltergate 
on Saturday 16 March at 8.30 am 
will be Rev Sean Adair, 
Superintendent Minister of the Bolsover and Staveley Methodist Circuit.
Please come along to enjoy cooked breakfast and a friendly welcome. 

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

Tuesday, 12 February 2019


 Organisers were delighted that 40 people turned up for the initial planning meeting for this year's Whit Walk.  Such is the heart of the church in Chesterfield to make this event a terrific witness to our Saviour.  Many ideas were put forward to make this the best procession of witness ever.  We want it to be joyful, full of bright colours and music - a true reflection of the abundant life we have in Jesus.  If you missed the meeting and would like your church to be involved this year contact Chris with your details so that you can be kept in the loop.

Could your church music group get involved?  We need more music!  Playing and singing on the back of a lorry is an experience that awaits. If you have never tried it how about giving it a go?

Could your Sunday School, Messy Church, Youth Group get involved in producing a walking tableau demonstrating what Jesus means to them?  It can be a lot of fun and a good team building exercise to work together on a project.

Please encourage everyone you know to get involved.  This will be the 169th consecutive year that we have had occasion to witness in this way.  Help us to make the most of this opportunity.



Derbyshire Voluntary Action Connect 2 Self Care vacancy
Are you a dynamic community worker with a real asset-based approach to tackling loneliness and social isolation?
Can you make a real and long-lasting difference to the lives of people living in Chesterfield? 
Are you passionate about creating positive opportunities for people? 
If so, we want to hear from you!
The Connect to Self Care Service (C2SC)* will support clients who are lonely, isolated or are at risk of developing, or living with a long-term health condition. This unique service will work holistically to increase people’s social and physical activity; and help increase emotional and practical support within the community of Chesterfield. The C2SC team will work as part of an integrated system to improve people’s social connectivity, health and wellbeing. The service will also enable GPs and other health and care professionals to connect their patients to a range of non-clinical and community support services.
*Connect to Self Care (C2SC) Chesterfield is an enhanced social prescribing and self-care service, which includes:
1.         Community Navigators - based in the community, providing social prescribing support in local hubs and GP practices and face-to-face support to individuals to access social, community and voluntary services.  
2.         Social Connectors (volunteers) - provide support by directly assisting clients to engage with existing community activity and identifying opportunities for community-based social contact. Supported and managed by a Community Coordinator.
3.         A Support and Outcomes Officer.
The Community Coordinator will be passionate about reducing loneliness and isolation, increasing physical activity, building resilience, increasing financial stability and supporting the development of social networks.  They will do this by recruiting local people to a team of volunteer Social Connectors, and support them to change lives by making best use of their personal qualities, skills and experience to inspire and support local people to achieve their goals.
This post is subject to an enhanced level DBS check. 

Contact below for application pack:
Derbyshire Voluntary Action
Offices 2a - 2c, The Market Hall
Chesterfield, England S40 1AR
United Kingdom
01246 555908

Closing date for applications: 12.30pm Friday 1st March
Interview date: Monday 11th March



Reflection and Celebration of Life 

We wish to invite you to the Reflection and Celebration of Life event
on Wednesday 27th February 2019 at 6.00pm
at the Crooked Spire, Church of St Mary and All Saints, Church Way, Chesterfield S40 1XJ

Names of victims of over 100 victims who have died of asbestos related diseases from the East Midlands will be projected onto the Archway of the “Crooked Spire” as a poignant remembrance and awareness-raising event.

Following the projection, there will be a reflection in the Crooked Spire, with speeches, poems and music.

Refreshments will be served.

Nearest Car Parks are • Best Car park St Mary's Gate, Chesterfield S41 7TJ – the Crooked Spire is opposite this car park. • Alternative Spa Lane Car Park, Chesterfield S41 7XB

Please send completed Booking Form to DAST, 34 Glumangate, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 1TX. Alternatively you can email us at or call us on 01246 380415 to let us know you are coming

The event has been sponsored with thanks to UNISON, UNITE, GMB and FBU



The Presentation of our Lord in the Temple Sunday 17th February 6.30pm
at Hasland Methodist Church

Thursday, 31 January 2019



Recruiting Apply now! Deadline for applications midday 31st January
Derby City Mission's 'SAFE SPACE'
Derby City Mission is recruiting for ‘Safe Space’, a new initiative providing a place where we will welcome a cohort of ‘known’ entrenched rough sleepers and encourage engagement to address the causes of their homelessness and seek positive change.  We believe in providing a high quality service to our homeless guests, many of whom have a range of support needs such as alcohol/drug dependency and mental health issues, based on a Christian ethos of love and compassion.

Safe space will operate from one central location 7 days a week, 24 hours a day covered by various shift rotations and, as Derby City Mission employees, you will be working in partnership with two other key agencies in the city who also value this vulnerable people group.
Roles available
There are different roles available and you can access all the details of each role, including responsibilities and pay by clicking on the links below:
application form for all roles 
To apply for any of the roles, you can access our standard application form by clicking on the link below:
Next Steps
Key Dates
  • Application closing date: 31 January 2019 12pm
  • Expected Interview dates: 6 & 7 February 2019
  • Initial mandatory training date: 1-2 days week commencing 25 February 2019*
* We appreciate that you may still be serving your notice period, please inform us at interview
Phil Morton
Head of Relief of Poverty
Derby City Mission Limited
25 Charnwood Street, Derby, DE1 2GU
Tel - 01332 460346
Mobile - 07870 737183


Men's Breakfast - Saturday, 16 February - 'Welcome at the Table'
Our speaker at the next Men's Breakfast at Central Methodist Church, Salergate on Saturday 16 February at 8.30 am will be Ian White who will update us on some of the Micah 6:8 projects providing practical support for the peoples of the Middle East. Ian will have some Micah 6:8 olive wood materials for sale.  
Please come along to enjoy cooked breakfast and a friendly welcome.
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.


There is to be a collection on behalf of Christian Aid on 22nd February 8am to 6pm at Tesco Extra (by Chesterfield Football Ground). Volunteers are sought for one hour/2 hour shifts. If you can help please could you contact the organisers, Graham or Alison Wells, at  or 01246 566257. 

Tuesday, 29 January 2019



Lighthouse Homes is a local charity working with homeless people. We are looking to recruit to two full time positions of
 Project Manager

Based at Rotherham and Chesterfield- Salary to be agreed
We are looking for resilient managers to lead our staff teams at Rotherham and Chesterfield Lighthouse projects.
We are a faith based organisation accommodating homeless people, with a focus on those facing substance misuse issues. We are offering more than a bed to our residents. We support people in the stabilisation, change and growth process.
Are you able to lead a project, working alongside people with multiple needs? We are looking for committed Christians, with a care background, able to work within all traditions of the church.
If this sounds like you, we would like to hear from you.Informal contact/discussion welcome with Geraldine Pearce, Chief Executive, Lighthouse Homes 01709 364600 or 07534 653229 Application pack from Maggie Morris
Closing date for applications Thursday 14th February. Interviews Tuesday 19th February. 

Thursday, 24 January 2019


Hello All,

I am writing on behalf of Christian Education: Chesterfield Secretary Mavis Plumtree who is recovering from illness. Please remember her in your prayers.

There will be a forum to discuss plans for the 2019 Procession of Witness (Whit Walks), on Monday February 11th  at 7.30pm at Rose Hill URC. Members of all the churches in Chesterfield and district are welcome.

Please come along and help us to shape this year’s celebration. Feel free to invite anyone that you think might be interested. The aim is to involve as many people as possible in the planning stages so as to make sure that we make an effective Act of Witness on the day.  We hope that The Procession will once again be an effective celebration of God’s love and that it will benefit from large numbers walking , many decorated floats on lorries & trailers , some walking tableaux and indeed spectacle of any kind . 

The CE:C need your help tho give the occasion a  vibrant feel that can convey,  through the power of the Holy Spirit,  a clear message to the people of our town and to visitors who turn out and watch.

Please do your best to invite members of your church to come along at 7.30pm to Rose Hill URC

Best wishes and thank-you in advance for your help and support.

Chris Townsend  ( Ex-Officio Member of CE:C )

Monday, 21 January 2019


We have advanced ticket bookings now that will fill the available seats Ballroom for this concert.

Monday, 14 January 2019

Event Cancelled - JEFF LUCAS TOUR

***Sorry this event now cancelled***

Hi Everyone,

Just giving you a heads up that speaker and author Jeff Lucas is appearing in a theatrical production of the story of Barnabas called “There Are No Ordinary People" on Saturday 30 March 7.15pm at Outwood Academy Newbold.  Open to all, can buy tickets online £10.50pp.  See link below for more details and to book in.  Doors will open at 6.55pm.

Please advertise amongst your churches.  I will be receiving more details next week in the form of flyers etc that I can get out to you.