Wednesday, 19 December 2012


Chesterfield Street Pastors
would like to wish all our
friends and supporters a very
Happy Christmas & Wonderful New Year!

Monday, 3 December 2012

Can't see the wood for the Christmas trees!

If you fancy visiting a Christmas Tree Festival event to put you in a festive mood there are lots to choose from locally........

Whittington Moor Methodist Church December 2nd - 9th

St Thomas' Church, Brampton December 7th - 9th (9am - 8pm)

St Andrew's Church, Barrow Hill December 13th - 15th  (10-4pm)

Holymoorside URC December 15th (11-4pm) - 16th (11-3.30pm)

Central Chesterfield Prayer Meeting

CTfC Central Chesterfield Prayer Meeting

About 27 christians from across the town met at Cross St Baptist Church last Tuesday to pray for the central area of Chesterfield.  Barbara Harrison and David Botham did a superb job of leading us in a time of worship to begin with.  Paul King lead the prayer meeting providing us with lots of issues to focus our prayer.  We split into four groups so that as many people as possible could have the opportunity to pray.  In my group we prayed for those who work at and attend the Job Centre, for the all the town centre churches and schools, for those who work in the town centre and particularly for the families who will move into the new housing that is being built on Saltergate.

We are having a break in December as there are already so many church events planned leading up to Christmas.  The next prayer meeting will be at St Paul's, Hasland on Tuesday 29th January.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Central Chesterfield Prayer Meeting Tues 27th November 7.30pm Cross Street Baptist Church

Central Chesterfield Prayer Meeting

Join us on Tuesday 27th November 7.30pm at Cross Street Baptist Church to pray for all the christians and churches based in the centre of Chesterfield.  Amongst other issues we'll be praying for the families soon to move into the new housing on Saltergate, for church growth, for the soup kitchen and other projects based in the town centre.  Everyone is welcome to come and bring requests for prayer.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Advent Course at Storrs Road Methodist starts 26th November 2.30pm

 ADVENT 2012
A four week Advent course will be held at:

Storrs Road Methodist Church
on Monday afternoons at 2.30pm
 starting on 26th November

We shall be using the booklet

 “Another world is possible.
Another world is here”

 by Valerie Flessati and Bruce Kent

Week 1  Pick up your trowel
Week 2  Put on some new glasses
Week 3  Recognise what’s in front of you
Week 4  Be the good news you want to hear

The course will be led by Rev Diane Hare and friends in the Circuit and from other churches are most welcome to join us.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Bible Forum Thursday 29th November with Michael Mitton

Bible Forum

Thursday 29th November at 7.30pm
All Saints’ Church Centre, Longedge Lane
Wingerworth  S42 6PU

The evening will include a talk by Michael Mitton.

Michael is a freelance writer, speaker, trainer and spiritual director. He is also the Bishop of Derby’s Adviser for Fresh Expressions. He is Priest-in-Charge of St Paul’s, Derby and Honorary Canon of Derby Cathedral.

Michael’s latest book ‘Dreaming of Home’ explores the theme of homecoming as it applies to personal growth, vocation, church life in a post-Christendom world, Fresh Expressions, and the meaning of heaven as our final home.

He will use themes and extracts from this book to both talk to us and to lead a time of silent reflection.
More details from:
Gwyneth Armstrong
01246 233951
All Saints’ Church, Longedge Lane, Wingerworth.
Reg Charity No. 1130023

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Brimington Prayer Meeting Tues 30th October


Christians Together for Chesterfield Prayer Meeting in Brimington

Churches Together in Brimington played host this time to around 30 people from various local and townwide churches at Hall Road Methodist Church.  The prayer meeting was led by minister Richard Harris and included suggestions for prayer which had been raised by local church members.  We prayed for staff and children at the local schools, for the soon to be appointed enabling officer to develop youth ministry, for those who make decisions locally affecting services and facilities, for increase in each of the churches, for the flourishing ministry to young children and families, amongst many other things.  All finished off with a nice cuppa and the opportunity to chat to folk - a lovely evening so thank you, Brimington.

The next region we will be praying for is central Chesterfield and the meeting is at Cross St Baptist Church 7.30pm on Tuesday 27th November.  Everyone welcome. 

Monday, 29 October 2012

Christmas Lunch 25th December

Christmas Lunch

Wouldn't it be good if someone put on a Christmas Lunch for the homeless and needy of Chesterfield?

Well she did it last year with great success and this year Mydudu Gaven has risen to the challenge once more planning to do it all again but at Whittington Moor Methodist Church.

Can you help in any of the following?
  • help to provide food
  • give financially towards the cost of the food
  • help to prepare food in advance
  • help to decorate the room
  • help with the cooking
  • help to serve food on the day
  • come and talk to people
  • help with the tidy up operation
If you can offer any of the above contact Mydudu on

Thank you

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Christians Together for Chesterfield Forum Meeting Tuesday 16th October

Christians Together for Chesterfield

Forum Meeting

Representatives from churches across Chesterfield met this week to look back over the successes of this year and to look forward to what we can achieve together in 2013


Pictured you see tealight candles being lit for each area of Chesterfield to represent every church, chaplaincy or christain agency linked with CTfC.  An  image of how much brighter our light shines when churches work together rather than alone.

We heard feedback on the success of the Community YoungStars summer holiday scheme for children at Queens Park Annexe, that our Street Pastors are continuing to be welcomed on the streets of Chesterfield on a Saturday night.  Discussions are in progress for a new home for the soup kitchen, about the possibiltiy of school pastors in our area and also a food bank - amongst many other projects.

If your church is not already represented at CTfC you would be very welcome to come along to the next forum meeting and report back to your congregation all the great things God's people are doing together in Chesterfield.  The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 5th February 7.30pm venue (tbc) St Thomas', Brampton.  If you would like to receive an email reminder, message us with your address and we will add you to our mailing list for CTfC events.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Puppet Show Family Fun 31st October

Wednesday 31st October

At Central Methodist Church Hall

Puppet Passion and The Rising
Puppet Theatre Companies


An Evening of Family Fun

Starts at 6.30 p.m
Come dressed in


colours and ready to join in!

Friday, 12 October 2012

Chesterfield Street Pastors Invited to Derby Cathedral Celebration

Chesterfield Street Pastors are trained by the St John's Ambulance team to provide first aid to those that need it on a Saturday night in town. 

They invited us to join in their annual service of thanksgiving and rededication at Derby Cathedral last Sunday.  A special celebration this year as it marks 125 years for them.
Street pastors never miss an opportunity for a hug!  Here seen with Helen, who has served with St John's in Chesterfield at many local events over a number of years.

Unfortunately not captured on camera this time but the street pastors were unable to resist the temptation to dance along to the stirring tunes played by the marching band outside the cathedral.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Boys Brigade Need Your Help

Anchor Colour (New Style)  
Adult Helpers Needed
The 2nd Chesterfield company of the Boys’ Brigade (BB) which meets at Storrs Road Methodist Church Centre wants to increase their outreach to children and young people in the community by a recruiting drive in line with the +10% initiative of the brigade nationally.

To do this, the company is asking Churches in our circuit to circulate members, adherents and their circle of friends to locate any adults who may wish to get involved in the vibrant and enthusiastic team reaching out to children.  The BB caters for Boys and Girls from 6 year-olds (Y2) right through to 18 year-olds (Y13) in its various sections.

What would you be letting yourself in for, you may ask.  Briefly in the form of a Job Description is what would be expected:-

Skills                 Able to communicate with young people and be interested in them.

Attributes       Enthusiastic and willing to attend the regular Monday BB night in term time 1 hour (6 to 7 pm) or 1½ hours (6.30 to 8pm).  Regular attendance allows youngsters to get to know staff and trust them and the other members of the staff to be confident that there will be enough adults during the evening.

Training         All staff are asked to attend a Child Protection session and Youth Leader Training is available in addition for those who wish to become a registered officer.  All training is free; all we need is your time.

Safeguarding  An enhanced CRB (which is also free) is required to be undertaken via BB Headquarters for all who work with BB children.

Contact             John Cowie for further information or to apply; 
(  01246 – 274021 ) 07798 – 900123  8

Click here to find out about the Ten Percen in 2012 Campaign . . .

Monday, 1 October 2012

Coming Soon! Beauty for Ashes October 20th 2012

Beauty for Ashes
Ladies Conference Day
with Guest Speaker
Brenda Taylor
Saturday 20th October
at The Winding Wheel
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Come and hear inspirational teachings from people whose lives have been
transformed and restored.
Registration fee: £6.00 women /
£7.00 women with daughters
Buffet lunch and drinks included
Further information from Helen Walker  01246 208508 / email:

Brampton Prayer Meeting

Around 18 people gathered together at Storrs Road Methodist Church last Tuesday to pray for the Brampton area.  We heard about the many and various activities which are run regularly by churches in Brampton - Knit and Natter, TOOT, Thom's Blokes, Olive Branch, WOW etc - reaching into and meeting needs in the community.

We prayed for these activities and the local churches, schools and for everyone who lives in the area. Came away more informed and able to pray more effectively for Brampton in the future.

The next CTfC prayer meeting is focussed on Brimington and will take place on Tuesday 30th October 7.30pm at Hall Road Methodist Church, Brimington.  Hope to see you there.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

African Children's Choir at Tupton Hall School November 25th

African Children's Choir 

You may have see this choir singing with Gary Barlow at the Queen's Jubilee Concert or you may have heard them on previous visits to Chesterfield.  Either way you will not want to miss out on the opportunity to hear these wonderful children singing live.

Sunday 25th November 7.30pm at Tupton Hall School

Kenyan Children during the 2009 Choir selection weekend"The African Children’s Choir™ is made up of some of the neediest and most vulnerable children in their countries. Many have lost one or both parents to poverty or disease. The African Children’s Choir™ helps these children break away from the everyday cycle of poverty and hopelessness."

Children from Choir 31 dances during a training session
"Children selected to tour will spend approximately five months at the Choir Training Academy in Kampala, Uganda. Here the children learn the songs and dances, attend school, play and attend Sunday School at a local church.
It is at the Choir Training Academy where the real life-changing work of the African Children’s Choir™ can be seen. The children’s personalities and talents emerge like never before as they settle into their new routine with the knowledge that they are loved and cared for."

Don't miss out - this choir is a real treat!  Tickets are £10 - under 5's free. 
Tickets are going fast - to book yours ring 01246 852281

Monday, 24 September 2012

Reminder! CTfC Brampton Prayer Meeting Tues 25th Sept

Important reminderSchool Picture                                 

CTfC will be gathering at Storrs Road Methodist Church on Tuesday 25th September 7.30pm to pray for the Brampton area.  Everyone is welcome to join in as we ask for God's blessing on
those who live and work , those who come to school, and the churches in Brampton. 

Monday, 17 September 2012

Freshers' Fair at Chesterfield College

1,000 lollies given away at the Freshers' Fair! 

Chesterfield Street Pastors had a table at the Chesterfield College Freshers' Fair.  It was a great opportunity to introduce ourselves and explain the service we provide in the town centre on Saturday nights.  Some of the older students had come across us already and had been helped or knew a friend who had been helped by us.  For the younger students - who are too young as yet to be out drinking - we wanted them to know that if they needed help in the future or were ever in trouble Street Pastors would be there to help.  And yes, in two days 1,000 lollies disappeared from our table - you're never too old for a lolly!
Re-Light My Fire
Saturday 29th September 2012
at St John’s Church, Walton Back Lane
9.30am Coffee,
10.00am - 13.00pm Worship plus teaching from
Sandra Duffty
gifted worship leader and prophetic ministry

‘I believe God wants to re-light the fire of our passion for him’,
says organiser Gail Robinson, ‘My vision is that ladies from
churches all over Chesterfield come together to share in worship
 and encourage each other to fan into flame the gifting God has put
within them.’ As our lives burn bright for Jesus we will affect those
around us and see his kingdom come here in Chesterfield.
For more details contact Gail 07808 448746

Dr Sarah Houston Lecture 25th October Using Dance to Assist People with Parkinson's Disease

Lecture on Dance and Parkinson’s Disease

To be given by Dr Sara Houston on 25 October 2012 at 7.30pm at St Andrew’s United Reformed Church, 187 Newbold Road, Chesterfield S41 7BE.

Dr Sara Houston, University of Roehampton, will give an illustrated lecture on her research on using dance to assist people with Parkinson’s disease. Collaborating with English National Ballet, Dr Houston and her team are investigating the potential physical, social and mental benefits of dance for people with the movement disorder. Dr Houston’s research highlights remarkable success in helping people with Parkinson's with movement control, flexibility and balance.
Participants who even have difficulty walking are discovering they can dance and are gaining a new found confidence. The results also have highlighted the importance of dance as a means of enhancing social engagement and intellectual stimulation.

Taught by specialist teachers at English National Ballet, the weekly dance sessions in London emphasise dance as an artistic practice, rather than as a therapy. The results are all the more remarkable because of the artistic emphasis. Dr Houston won the prestigious Bupa Foundation Vitality for Life Prize 2011 for her work.

Dr Sara Houston

Dr Sara Houston is Principal Lecturer in Dance at University of Roehampton, London. She is a community dance specialist, working as a researcher with older people, young people at risk and adult prisoners, as well as people with Parkinson's. Dr Houston is Chair of the Board of the Foundation for Community Dance, the national support organisation for community dance artists.

If you require further information regarding Dr Houston’s lecture please contact Ian Gordon on 01246 270954.

Sat 6th October One Act Play 'One of That Despised People'

On Saturday 6th October at 14:30 Chesterfield Quaker Meeting will be hosting a performance of a one act play 'One of That Despised People' which will be performed by the Quaker Theatre Company. There is no admission fee, but there will be a retiring collection.
The play examines the depth of faith in a future world which is not only suspicious of all churches but views them with open hostility.
Writer and performer Alan Avery says that the play challenges all people of faith, not just Quakers. In an increasingly sceptical age, how far would we be prepared to suffer, both mentally and physically to stand up for what we believe or would the pressures the state can put on individuals make us retreat into compromise and denial. The play is not suitable for anyone under sixteen.
Further details are available from Teresa Holland at Chesterfield Meeting 01246 856802 or Alan Avery Quaker Theatre Company 01751 474043

Saturday, 11 August 2012


Street Pastors were invited to bid for a consignment of free Olympic badges being offered by a supporter. I put in a bid not seriously expecting to be successful but found a DHL lorry outside my house two days later with four large boxes of badges!

On Super Saturday as Team GB were winning 3 gold medals team street pastors were offering the badges to Saturday night visitors to Chesterfield.  They were well received with lots of people happy to associate themselves with the great achievements of our athletes.


Just over 20 people gathered to pray for Birdholme last Tuesday at Church in the Peak.  After worshipping together we broke into two groups - to give more people opportunity to pray.  We prayed for the local schools, for the staff who work there and for the children and for the Community YoungStars scheme which is successfully drawing children from that area.  We also prayed for all of the churches in the vicinity that God would bring increase as local people are added to their number.  Many thanks to leader David Newman and Church in the Peak for making us welcome in their church home.

Next is the BRAMPTON prayer meeting which will be on Tuesday 25th September 7.30pm at Storrs Road Methodist Church and will be led by minister Diane Hare.  Please put it in your diary and join us.  We believe much can be accomplished when we are united in prayer for our town. 

Monday, 6 August 2012


Please advertise in your churches the fact that there is a Prayer Walk on Saturday September 8th. The starting points, round the edge of the town are:

Walton St John’s Church
Junction of Langer Lane and Grangewood Road
St Paul’s Church, Hasland
Calow URC
Brimington Parish Church
St Mary’s High School
Homebrook Valley Family Church,Wardgate Way

The starting time is 10 a.m. in each place, and there is a rendezvous in town at Rose Hill United Reformed Church at about 11a.m.  The idea is to stroll along, pausing at anything of interest or concern for a moment of reflection and prayer, whether voiced or silent.  Experience suggests that, by walking, in company, with a prayerful intention, we notice things that we may have overlooked when passing by car or by bus…..  There will be a leader at each starting point with a route-map.
Paul King
Secretary to CTfC

Tuesday, 31 July 2012


Community YoungStars

Community YoungStars at Queens Park Annexe got off to a great start last week with a total attendance of 98 primary age children over the week and 78 in the 11-15yrs group in the afternoon. 

Feedback from parents has been really positive so ‘Well Done’ to the St John’s, and Stonedge Chapel team!

Zion have taken over this week so please pray for their volunteers and for ever increasing numbers of children to come along.  On Saturday Walton Evangelical in partnership with Grace Chapel will take over for week three.  Please keep prayer cover going.

Saturday, 21 July 2012


Community YoungStars

Summer Project

Very exciting that after such a frenzy of organising activity that next week sees the start of  Community YoungStars at Queen's Park Annexe.  This collaboration between many different churches in Chesterfield, Community Safety, Council, the Police and Fire Service is the biggest joint project we have tackled so far.

The club has been targeted particularly for children living in the Birdholme, Boythorpe and Grangewood area and advertising has gone into local schools through Mike Dalby.  Mike from Holmebrook Valley Community Church already works regularly in these schools,  taking assemblies and supporting the work of the teaching staff.

There will be three sessions per day: the morning for primary age children, the afternoon for 11-15yr olds and a youth club for 15-17yr olds in the evening.  A whole range of fabulous activities will be available from football coaching to street dance, craft activities and music and so much more.

Please pray for the christian volunteers, the coaching staff and that the children who come along will have a great time!

Watch this space for updates.

Friday, 20 July 2012


Stemming the Tide

Minister Diane Hare will be continuing with the second in her series of five talks on aspects climate change this Monday 2.30pm at Storrs Road Methodist Church. Everyone welcome.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012


Anniversary Weekend at The Ragged School

Everyone welcome to join in the celebrations this weekend.

Saturday 21st July Coffee Morning  10-12pm

Saturday 21st July Concert by the Chesterfield Male Voice Choir 7pm

Sunday 22nd July Special Anniversary Service 6.30pm

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Relight My fire! Saturday 29th September

Relight My Fire!

A ladies worship event on
 Saturday 29th September at St John’s Church, Walton.
 Meet at 9.30 for coffee and then the
programme will run from 10.00am – 1pm.

Includes teaching from visiting speaker, Sandra Duffty,
a gifted worship leader and established prophetic ministry.

Be encouraged to fan into flame the gift within you
and allow God to relight your fire as we worship together.
For more information contact organiser
 Gail Robinson from New life Church on 01246 591082

Prayer for Birdholme area 10th July

Big thanks to all who came to Derby Road Methodist Church last Tuesday to pray for the Birdholme / Grangewood / Boythorpe area of Chesterfield.  We prayed that all the local churches would be blessed and that God would add to their number.  We also prayed for the Community YoungStars holiday scheme that will be starting soon in Queens park Annexe and which we are hoping will draw children from that area.  

Date for your diary – the next Christians Together for Chesterfield  prayer meeting will be at Church in the Peak on Tuesday 7th August 7.30pm.  Everyone welcome and keep watching for details of a prayer meeting in your area of Chesterfield in the near future.