Thursday, 26 March 2020


We hope that we find you, your church/organisation and it's members are safe and well.
There was a noticeable uptake on video services going on across town last Sunday in most churches as well as nationally.

Message from The chair Rev Paul King

Some Christians at different times have had to learn to function almost privately. We are having to do something similar at present, but now with the aid of technology.  Thank goodness for face book, for streamings, for the good old telephone, and, as I am learning, for ZOOM.  But a lot of people do not have these modern aids, so let us be as thoughtful and caring as we can be in old-fashioned ways.   And well done, Walton St John’s, together with Walton Evangelical church, for making a door to door offer of practical help to us lucky people in their parish. I cannot be sure that we can make a similar offer for the whole town from Christians Together, and there’s hoping there is not going to be a ‘next time’.
And prayers penetrate walls and lock-downs…
Paul K.

Due to the shut down of organisations and people being socially isolated there are a list of closures/cancellations;
The Good Friday Walk across town has been cancelled.
As well as the 170th Walk of Witness on Bank Holiday Monday
Cliff Festival is cancelled along with Spring Harvest and possibly other festivals.
The Jonathan Veira evening has been postponed to 31st October, all ticket holders have been informed.
The Chesterfield Churches Nightshelter reluctantly closed Tuesday on official instruction of people meeting in one place, plus volunteers being not able to continue working. Please pray for Pathways and the local councils to find shelter for those still homeless.
Pathways Big Bake and Sleepout are not happening this week.
The Chesterfield Foodbank is continuing with two venues: The Compass (Tuesday) and Loundsley Green (Friday) with pre packed (yesterday in the warehouse) provisions being handed out to voucher holding requirements.
Pray for our Soup Kitchens who have been stretched and closing due to restrictions.
Both Pathways and Foodbank are in need of monetary and food donations, please see their Web and Facebook sites.
Street Pastors had to abandon their patrol last Saturday and along with School Pastors are temporarily standing down.
Hopefully Lent Courses have continued either in person or via computer links.
Please pass any information you wish to share for the next newsletter for distribution.

1 Cor: 13vs 13. And now these three remain: Faith, Hope & Love.

Quote Gideon Heugh
Not even death can defeat love.
So all the sorrow and the loneliness, all of the anger and bitterness and confusion and brokenness will be outflanked, outdone, outmatched and overcome by love."
God bless
Ian Birchmore - Secretary of CTfC
Christians Together for Chesterfield

Wednesday, 18 March 2020



Unfortunately in these disrupted times we have to bow to pressure from disease, government, out of social decency and see events and services stop.

Central Men's Breakfast is cancelled until further notice.

This Saturdays Gardeners' Tea Time at Loundsley Green Community Centre is cancelled.

Many of our churches will be closing their buildings due to the Corona Virus.

Pathways, The Soup Kitchens, The Nightshelter (till 31st March) and our Foodbank’s are still operating at a limited capacity to serve those in need. Look out for their need of food, sleeping bags, toiletries and respond accordingly.

But God is still in charge, he is still there for each one of us in isolation or within family groups.
His love for us never wavers and wants us to share His love with those still seeking him.

If there is anything we at CTfC can do to pass messages, get projects moving or just be used as a post box please don’t hesitate to contact us by email, Facebook

With God we are In it Together!

God bless you

Ian Birchmore
Secretary of CTfC

Saturday, 14 March 2020


Newbold Parish Church, 
St John’s Road, 
S41 8PA. 

10 hours per week
Salary £5,330 per annum (equivalent to £10.25 per hour)
5 weeks holiday plus bank holidays (pro-rata).

 An opportunity is available for a highly skilled and experienced administrator to work at Newbold Parish Church. The hours of work need to be mutually flexible (ideally spread over three week days).  The successful candidate will be required to provide high quality support in all aspects of day to day administration, including bookkeeping and managing accounts. They will be producing letters, reports, booklets, leaflets and parish advertising material. They will also provide a key point of contact when the new Parish Centre is completed.

Candidates must have empathy with the ethos and mission of the Church of England and a commitment to the work of the parish. Applicants must have: experience of working in a similar role, dealing with a broad range of administrative tasks, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and an ability to work unsupervised. Experience of implementing new administrative processes and knowledge of the local parish community would be advantageous.

Closing date: 17th April
Shortlisting: 24th April
Interview Day: 1st May

Successful applicants will be invited to interview.  This post is subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.

For a full job description and an application form please see the church website: 

Monday, 2 March 2020


Free Floral Workshop
with Helen's Trust
Saturday 4th April 10am for 10.30am start
Ragged School, Markham Road, Chesterfield, S40 1TA

To book a place contact Jo or 01629 812759

Wednesday, 26 February 2020



March Edition – For further info e-mail:

 Launch Night – a success !

Launch Night was well attended and there was a real buzz in the air as members of a wide variety of churches anticipated what a successful act of witness this will be.

As ever, the whole idea is to show something of Jesus’ love for all . For this 170th Anniversary the team has decided to convey some of the major moments during our Lord’s time on earth . We hope for twelve tableaux or more to convey a short, visual account of Jesus’ life on earth ( see below ).

The power to spread our message widely will be helped by those who are attending as our guests. The High Sheriff of Derbyshire, Tony Walker, with his wife as his consort, The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield, The Roman Catholic Bishop Ralph from the Hallamshire Diocese, The Anglican, Archdeacon Carol representing the Derby Diocese and  Methodist Chair of District  Gill Newton. We look forward to hearing from representatives for The Baptist Union and The United Reformed Church Synod

In order to reach a wider audience still, it is pleasing to report a positive reaction from the local media who seem only too pleased to give coverage to Procession 170. The Derbyshire Times will cover The Procession as usual, ‘Reflections’ will run an 800 word article prior to the Procession in its May edition and ‘Derbyshire Life’ are considering doing likewise. In addition more localised magazines, such as S40, Twist and Wings, are to be approached to include articles.

As for the BBC,  Radio Sheffield will interview the new CE:C President – The Ragged School’s David Botham – and the ‘Songs of Praise’ team are considering whether they can fit The Procession into their schedule.

Do pray for Procession 170 . It is our hope to convey the life & love of Christ  to those who see and hear our Procession of Witness  whether it is by being in town on Spring Bank Holiday Monday    (May 25th ) or through the press and social media. Remember, start time is 9.45am in front of Chesterfield Town Hall.


 This year the tableaux will portray the life of Christ from  birth  to  resurrection.  Please select a title from the list and let us know which you have chosen as soon as possible ( e-mail address above) . Choices will be on a first come first served basis. Four have already been chosen).

1) The Nativity ( Central Methodist); 2)  Mary and Joseph find Jesus in the temple 3) John baptizes Jesus in the River Jordan; 4) Jesus calls His first disciples (Rose Hill URC); 5) The Sermon on the Mount; 6) ‘Feeding the 5,000’ ( Holy Trinity/Christ Church ); 7) Mothers bring their children to Jesus; ( Church of the Annunciation)  8) Palm Sunday; 9) The Last Supper; 10) The Crucifixion; 11) The Empty Tomb 12) Christ appears to His disciples ( New Life Church ).


We shall open our brief Act of Worship at the Town Hall with the hymn ‘Joy to the World’, which reminds us of the joy open to all because of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem .  At the end of the Procession we shall gather in front of the Town Hall and our final hymn will be  ‘Thine Be The Glory’ .

Other songs to be sung at the Town Hall were chosen by a vote at the Launch Night:  ‘ Bless the Lord O My Soul (10,000 Reasons) ‘ , ‘Crown Him with many crowns’ and ‘Lord I lift your name on high’.

There will of course be music as the Procession winds itself around town. The Carlton Brass and The Ashover Brass Band will be taking part & we are hoping that some churches will be equipped to take amplified music with them en route. Let us know if you can do this. E-mail address above.

Tuesday, 25 February 2020


Come and Celebrate Chesterfield Street and School Pastors

Thursday 27th February 7.30pm

St John's, Walton Back Lane, Walton

You are invited to join us to celebrate the wonderful work of Chesterfield Street Pastors and Chesterfield School Pastors.
There will be worship, a free buffet and first hand accounts from some of our volunteers.

(We will have to fit in a few mins of AGM business while we are all together but that will be kept to a minimum!)

If you don't know what we do - come along and find out.
If you are interested in finding out more about what's involved - this is the evening for you.
If you are a supporter we would love you to be there and please bring your friends!


Monday, 17 February 2020


On Monday, 24th February 2020 at 2.00 p.m.

there will be an illustrated talk entitled

“Poetry of the Peak”

Featuring Simon Mold’s recently published book of that title

as endorsed by Ian McMillan (The Yorkshire Poet)

The venue is the old Ragged School Chapel,

Markham Road, Chesterfield, S4O 1TA

The guest speaker will be the book’s illustrator,

David Botham

All proceeds in aid of this year's Procession of Witness


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, Chesterfield & shirebrook lighthouses-night shifts £8.21 per Hour- 16 hours
Day time hours also available  at £8.71 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 attitute 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

Tuesday, 11 February 2020


You are invited to lunch 

Where: The Eyre Chapel, Newbold Village (behind the Nags Head Pub)

When: Tuesday 25 February at 1pm

We will share soup, bread and cheese.

£5 per person

All profits will go to support the work of Church Action on Poverty

For more information:

Wednesday, 5 February 2020


Half Term Holiday Club
Tuesday – Thursday February 18th-20th 
 10.00 am – 12.00 noon 
Church in the Peak, New Street 
Parachute stuff 
Game stuff
Team stuff
Giant Jenga stuff
Snack stuff
Quiz stuff
 Art stuff
Craft stuff
All top stuff

For all children in school years 1-6 
 Parents welcome to stay! 

Details from Mike Dalby on 07940 150171 

Totally fun - totally free!

New Street Centre, New Street,  Bottom of Park Road, Chesterfield

Tuesday, 4 February 2020


“We tried so many new things and laughed such a lot”
"We had the most fantastic holiday"

Dear Friend
For over 25 years we have been offering single parent families the opportunity to spend quality time together. This year, we’re excited to be hosting our first adventure weekend for single parent dads and their children.  They'll enjoy a variety of activities from canoeing to campfires, archery to abseiling, together with other families.
If you know any single dads (they don't need to be the primary caregiver) with children aged 8-15, please can you let them know about our 'dads only' weekend. We'd love to have them join us for two days full of adventure.
Over the years, many families have said the Take A Break Action Holiday was the best time away they’d ever had.
It would be great if you could share this with any dads who'd benefit from it.
Kat Seney-Williams
Single Parent Support Coordinator