Sunday, 15 December 2013


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

Well she’s done it the last two years with great success and this year Mydudu Gaven has risen to the challenge once more planning to do it all again at Whittington Moor Methodist Church. But she will need your help.

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  or 0758 555 4976.

Thank you

Wednesday, 4 December 2013


The Christmas Tree Festival doesn't open to the public until Friday - school visits only on Thursday. But here's a sneak preview of the School Pastor and Street Pastor trees that you can see amongst 34 other beautiful ones.  Well worth a visit and great for families to enjoy together.  Runs until Sunday evening but some of the trees will be staying up over the Christmas period.

Thursday, 14 November 2013



The Marriage Course


Get more out of your marriage.  Give your relationship an “MOT”.  Invest time in your couple, from a Christian perspective.”
St Thomas’ Centre, Brampton
Chatsworth Road, Chesterfield S40 3AW
Saturday evenings at 7pm
15 February, 22 February, 1 March, 8 March, 15 March, 22 March and 29 March
Includes Marriage Course DVD material and a romantic meal for two.  All discussions are private between the two of you with the focus of how the issues raised could positively affect your marriage.

What does it cost?  £75 per couple - includes meals and course materials
(course booklet to keep).  Drinks include tea /coffee, but you can bring your own alcoholic drinks

Email or phone 01246 279916
for more info or to sign up.

Monday, 11 November 2013


Pastoral Care and Families Training

 7.30-9.30pm on Tuesday 26th Nov 2013
at St Thomas, Brampton, Chesterfield.
 Free of charge.

With Julian Hodgson, Safeguarding Adviser and Stella Collishaw Community Action Officer from Derby Diocese.
This is a repeat of the course run at Derby Church House earlier this year. It is an interactive stand-alone course suitable for lay and clergy especially those involved in community engagement, family work and or pastoral care or visiting. We aim to increase both your competence and confidence through working through a case study example in a small group setting.

 Booking is required, contact tel: 01332 388684 or email to book your place or for more information. Please leave your name, parish, your role in your church (where applicable) and a day time contact number or email address for each person booked. Bring your Safeguarding Policy with you. We welcome multiple bookings from a given project or parish/church.


Job Vacancy- Part time Coffee Bar Supervisor
St Thomas' Coffee Bar is a key part of the ministry of St Thomas' Church. It is situated in the St Thomas' Centre behind St Thomas Church, Chatsworth Road and is open 7 days a week serving light meals, snacks, cakes and hot and cold drinks. It is staffed by a combination of paid and voluntary workers.
We are now looking to appoint a part time supervisor who will promote our values and be responsible for the smooth running of their shift. This will include being responsible for opening and locking the Coffee Bar, as well as overseeing and motivating your team to ensure customer expectation is always exceeded. The successful applicant will initially work a minimum of 14.5 hours per week (2 shifts per week from 8.45am to 4pm). The rate of pay for this post is £7 per hour.
For more information please contact Sian Benson on 01246 279916 or email
Closing date for applications is 22nd November

Wednesday, 6 November 2013


Peak FM Feature:

Police patrol Halloween night out in Chesterfield

Streaking, fighting and public urination were on the cards for Derbyshire police as they patrolled the streets of Chesterfield town centre last night.
Heading out at 10pm the streets were slowly filling with people covered with blood, bandages and black eyes before the night's begun.

Sgt Lee Welsby told me that Halloween and fancy dress pose problems for the police on nights like these. "You can't tell if someone's hurt or it's just part of their costume. All the make up, wigs and costumes makes it a lot harder for the doormen to work out if people are under-age or using someone else's I.D. to try and get into the bars and clubs."
Sgt Welsby's role last night was the night time economy manager for Chesterfield town centre. Over the evening he liaised with the door staff, people manning the CCTV, officers spread throughout the town, street pastors and ambulance service.

"Going out in plain clothes is important as well as having a highly visible presence on the streets. You become invisible and tend to see things you might not have done if you were in uniform."
At the start of the night the team of officers discussed possible problems for the town; drunkenness, anti-social behaviour, public urination, under-age drinking and traffic offences.

"We close the road leading down a bar strip in the town centre to try and stop people getting run over. People walk straight out the bars to the taxi or food shops and they don't look when they're crossing the road. I'm really surprised more people aren't hit by cars in Chesterfield, when they've had a few to drink."

Intoxicated people take up a lot of time and resources for the emergency services. Each time the ambulance is called out it costs in the region of £250 and then you have the equipment and time spent by the paramedics and hospital staff.

For party goers who don't need to go to hospital but have left themselves vulnerable, Street Pastors assist the police on busy nights out.
The Christian organisation is called by police to help people by offering water, blankets and organising travel home.
John is a retired police officer and was part of a team of three street pastors out on Halloween. The team will be out from 10pm until around 4am on the main nights out (weekends and holidays).
"We try to help by giving out water, doing first aid and giving out flip flops to young ladies who can't walk in their heels any more. We also give out lollipops, you would be amazed how quickly people calm down when you give them a lolly.
Have a good time but don't get too drunk, you can leave yourself very vulnerable to getting hurt; either because you've fallen down or because someone else can hurt you."

Street Pastors John and Sophie from Chesterfield

1 person arrested for being abusive in the street under a public order offence.
1 person arrested for being naked in the street under a public order offence.
1 male absent without leave from the army
1 failed to stop after reversing into two taxis, drove off and hit a third car.
2 people arrested for fighting
2 people arrested for being drunk and disorderly
4 people ordered to leave the town centre- section 27
4 people issue with a £60 fine for public urination- shop doorways and churchyard

Monday, 4 November 2013


An early diary date for 2014. On 26th and 27th April 2014 New Life Church will be hosting the
Watoto African Children's Choir in Chesterfield.
We hope to get permission for an acappella perfomance in the town centre on Saturday afternoon. Then they will be in concert at the Winding Wheel on the Saturday and Sunday evenings as well as leading our Sunday morning meeting. All performances are free but with the opportunity to donate towards the work of the choir.

We'd love churches across the town to make use of this outreach event to invite friends and neighbours along to hear what God is doing in the lives of these children.

We will also be looking for host homes to take care of the children while they are here. If you are interested please contact Jacky for more information 01246 455320.

Watoto is excited to present a brand new choir tour entitled Beautiful Africa: A New Generation. The dynamic, vibrant production is indicative of the new generation of leaders emerging out of the programme.
Beautiful Africa: A New Generation features vibrant, original music; dance 
routines; stories of transformation; exciting audiovisual effects; and EVEN music 
videos – all produced to celebrate the beauty of Africa and the transformational power of the love of Jesus.
Watoto Children’s Choirs present Concerts of Hope as a voice for the cry of the African child, many who have suffered some of the worst atrocities known to man. But whose lives have been restored by the love of Jesus.


Thursday, 31 October 2013


Yvonne was somewhat type-cast as a street pastor in this lovely Puppet Praise production called 'Shine' at Central Methodist tonight.  She is pictured discussing with the aliens the strange sources of light they have spotted from their space craft. She explains these are Christians shining the light of Jesus. Not too dissimilar to what she does for real on Saturday night in town!

An enjoyable performance with lots of great music, dance and so many different puppets and puppeteers.  Watch out for their next event and invite your friends - they really are very good.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013


Our next regional CTfC prayer meeting will be at St Thomas' Church Centre off Chatsworth Road at Brampton on Tuesday 19th November 7.30pm.  There is ample car parking space in front of the building. 

As before we will be praying for the Brampton area and those who live, work and worship there.  Everyone is welcome.


The second teaching session on the Worship Central Course takes place this Saturday 2nd November at St John's Church, Walton Back Lane, Walton.  Join us at 9am for a light breakfast followed by a time of worship and Peter Topliss speaking on 'Encountering God'.  Everyone welcome.

For more information contact Gail at New Life Church on 07808 448146


 We're halfway through our half term week at Community YoungStars and everyone is having a good time.  Whether trying out creative craft ideas, playing games, pool and table tennis or being baffled by Mike's tricky tricks.  Volunteer helpers are drawn from more than half a dozen local churches and the team is working well together.  It has been lovely to have some parents stay and join in the fun too.

Just two days left, but it's not too late to come and join in.  You'll find us at Church in the Peak at the end of New St, off Park Road from 10am - 12 noon.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013


 Remember all the fun we had at YoungStars in the summer?  YoungStars is back for half term next week.  All the same fun and free activities but a new time and a new venue.  Church in the Peak off New Street have kindly offered us the run of their building which is perfect for YoungStars.  We'll be there Mon to Fri next week Oct 28th - 1st Nov 10am - 12 noon.
If anyone can offer to help out with either one or all of the mornings we would be most appreciative of your support. 01246 345750

Sunday, 13 October 2013


Were you there, when……..?

I quote Martin Gage, Regional Officer for Christian Aid: ‘If we meet in a Catholic church, with an anglican speaker, a Catholic musician, a Methodist organiser and an Independent Chair, we are getting something right.’.

That is how it was on Wednesday October 9th, when Christians Together met for business at 6.30, there was wine (and soft drinks)and cheese at 7.15, worship at 7.45, an address from Bishop Martin with Q&A at 8.15, concluding with ‘Thine be the Glory’, played on the Fr Willis organ.

Bishop Martin Njaboho is from Burundi, where he is very involved in aspects of development and reconciliation.  He had primary education in French (Burundi having been a Belgian colony, alongside Congo), speaks Kiyarwanda (the main vernacular), but addressed us in fluent, idiomatic English.

This was the second time that CTfC has collaborated with Christian Aid.  We heard earlier in the year of the IF campaign. 

So Christians Together is doing its best to cover ‘the total Christian enterprise’ in the borough.   Ideas as to how it can do even better will be welcomed before the next Enabling Group on November 27th.  In particular, will you help with launching School Pastors – a close relative of Street Pastors, but in the daytime and only for an hour or two at a time….? The present cohort of volunteers needs a little boost.

Paul King (secretary, CTfC) 01246 270936

Tuesday, 1 October 2013


This is a call first and foremost to people in the Birdholme area, but to anyone else who likes to share in our neighbourhood prayers cycle.

A late arrangement has been made with Terry Norman at Derby Road Methodists on Jawbones Hill for a prayer gathering on Monday 7th.  We shall meet at 7.30, the hallowed hour.  Friends from Holy Family RC parish and from SS Augustine’s will be specially welcome, but also anyone who has a heart for that area, from wherever, is welcome to come.   Plenty of parking.

Paul K.

Thursday, 26 September 2013



The Assistant Church Secretary will work with the Secretary to provide secretarial support to the Incumbent/Wardens and to St John’s and will provide some cover for the Secretary during holidays or sickness. The role is for 6 hours per week, split between Thursday and Friday with a requirement to provide cover for the Church Secretary during holiday and sickness.

Application forms may be obtained from the Church Office ( or the Church Wardens (Marje Shaw and Ian Macleod).  The closing date for applications is 20th October 2013 with a view to a start date as soon as possible after that.  

For informal enquiries please contact the Office on 01246 566205.


"The Worship Central Course
has been 6 years in the making, gathering input from top theologians, leaders, worship pastors and songwriters.  We hope it will be a great blessing to your worship team."

Tim Hughes
Worship Director
Holy Trinity, Brompton, UK

From HTB the home of the Alpha Course comes this new Worship Central Course co-written by Al Gordon and Tim Hughes.  It is a free 7 session course which runs in a similar vein to Alpha with some teaching, practical workshops and discussion.  Some of the sessions are geared specifically to those who lead worship as part of a worship team but all would be beneficial to anyone who wants to grow in worship.

New Life Church is hosting this course at St John's, Walton 9am - 12noon on the first Saturday of the month for the next 7 months.  It's a relaxed, friendly setting and you can listen or join in with the discussion as you wish.  The first session on Sat October 5th is entitled 'Why is Worship Central?' and looks at why worship is a vital part of our relationship with God.

Everyone is welcome to come and if you would like more information contact Gail on 07808 448746

The rest of the course is as follows:

Sat 2nd Nov Encounter God
Sat 7th Dec Leading Worship
Sat 4th Jan Releasing Creativity
Sat 1st Feb The Effective Team
Sat 1st Mar How to Play Together
Sat 5th April The Authentic Leader

Friday, 20 September 2013


Christian Aid partner in Chesterfield

Rt Rev Martin Nyaboho

from The Anglican Diocese of Makamba in Burundi

Wednesday 9th October

Church of the Annunciation,

Spencer Street,

Chesterfield, S40 4SD
Reception at 7.15, Worship at 7.45
and Bishop Martin will speak at 8.15.
Bishop Martin is Chair of The Provincial Development Committee of the Anglican Church of Burundi. This valued partner is exploring microfinance, community development and beekeeping among other exciting work. By reaching and bringing together all sectors of Burundian society, it sets out to repair relationships damaged in the war.

Before becoming Bishop, Bishop Martin was a
community development officer and has hands on
experience of delivering development projects in Burundi. His particular areas of expertise are community development, HIV/AIDS, peace building and reconciliation and elections.

In conjunction with

Christians Together for Chesterfield

Monday, 2 September 2013


Chesterfield School Pastors will begin their training on 10am Saturday 7th September at Grace Chapel.  Our first session is 'Roles and Responsibilities of a School Pastor' which will be taken by a representative of Ascension Trust.  If you have been thinking about finding out more about being a school pastor this is a great opportunity and the training and lunch are free!
Just contact Jacky asap at

                                                                  01246 455320


After the summer break, the Food Market returns to St Thomas, Brampton this coming Saturday 7th Sept 10am-1.30pm. We are expecting some new stall holders plus lots of the old favourites.
We are also acting as a drop-off for the Chesterfield Food Banks during market opening hours, so if you have tins or dried foods that you can donate, then bring them along. The food stuffs will be taken to the Banks straight after the market so please only bring foods before 1.30pm on Saturday.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013


We are approaching the end of week 6 at Community YoungStars which has been great again this year thanks to all the wonderful volunteers from Chesterfield churches and support from local families. 

When John has finished his number crunching we'll be able to give you some facts and figures about those who have attended and volunteer hours put in but our success is really measured by smiles on the faces of children many of whom have returned day after day this summer.

Everyone involved is invited to our Grand Finale BBQ on Friday 30th August at The Annexe from 5-8pm. 
Come and celebrate another fun year of YoungStars.


Well it’s August already and the two Trussell Trust Foodbanks have made an impact in Chesterfield, both at The Gates and the Loundsley Green Community Centre.
Since opening just a couple of months ago we have
fed over 90 people and distributed over half a tonne of food. 
Many thanks to those of you who have signed up to be volunteers, those that have already given their time at one of the two venues and those who helped at the Asda food collection on 3rd August.

ASDA Collection
The Asda collection brought in nearly 0.5 tonne of food from the generous shoppers at the Sheffield Road branch. This was thanks to their Community Coordinator Bev ably helped by her young daughter.  Although not always so well off themselves the customers contributed generously, some even handing in bags of food.
Special thanks to the collectors who gave up their time, especially Naomi’s son who will make a great future salesperson, but also Tim and Naomi for organising.

The warehouse has now been cleared, its awaiting renovation work, decorating and a new security system to fit in with the owners premises. The cost of this will be borne out of the grants applied for amounting to
nearly £1,000. Hopefully this will be helped by future donations.

Ben Martin our coordinator is now a married man and living in Newbold with his new wife Kelly and stepson Levi.

Yvonne and Ben have been invited to a couple of churches for their services plus a Men’s Breakfast. Any other organisations doing anything?  Contact us if you would like a speaker to come along and present to
your group or organisation.

Volunteers Rota
Work in progress, please send your dates into Ben.

Volunteers Social
You are invited, with your families, to a get together at St Marks Vicarage
in Brampton on Saturday 14
th September 2:00 – 4:00pm.
It will be a Bring & Share event with plenty of garden space for everyone.
New Volunteers
There are some of you still waiting to take part in the volunteers training
and those of you who have gone through training for whom we haven’t
received your agreement forms. If you could let us know if you want to
be a trained volunteer for the future we can add you to our list.
NEW Phone
A deal has been struck with a local phone shop so our new contact
number is;
07984 589456
Are you a Secretary/Notetaker or a future Volunteers Coordinator?
These roles are not arduous and need filling.
Contact: Ben Martin – Coordinator -
07984 589456
Personal Twitter: @BenMartinBass
OBS Twitter: @OrderBlackSheep
DIARY Warehouse paint and set up in August
Stocking of Warehouse ready for winter
Tuesday & Fridays Food Distribution
Volunteers Social 14
th August
Join us on Facebook
August 2013

Monday, 12 August 2013


Since opening just a couple of months ago we have fed 73 people and distributed over half a tonne of food.  In order to keep doing this we are currently in desperate need of the following items: 
Tinned vegetables
Instant mash
Tinned fish
Thanks for all your support

Monday, 5 August 2013


We are now into week 3 at Queen's Park Annexe and YoungStars is going really well. The children are having a great time, mums and dads are getting a break and the volunteers keep coming back for more!  But we have 3 more weeks to go and we would appreciate some more volunteers to lend a hand.  Morning sessions are 10-12 noon and the afernoons are 2-4pm.
Contact me via the street pastors email address if you can offer a morning, a day or more.

Thursday, 1 August 2013


Chesterfield Food Bank will be collecting donations of food from the lovely customers of Asda on Saturday 10am - 3pm.  Volunteers are needed to hand out the shopping lists as people arrive and to collect their donations as they leave.

If you could help for an hour please contact Tim at: 

Tuesday, 30 July 2013


I have to admit it wasn't looking promising when the rain begain to fall this evening as folk were gathering for the CTfC outdoor prayer meeting for Whittington in Brearley Park.  But as we huddled under a big oak tree God put the most beautiful rainbow in the sky arching between New & Old Whittington reminding us of his covenant promise.

Our time together was opened by local curate, Janet Quick reading from Matthew 9: 36-38
"Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.  When he saw the crowds he had compassion on them, because they were harrassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."

Our prayer for Whittington focused on three areas - for the schools with all their pupils and staff, for families in the area experiencing real hardship for a variety of reasons and for the local churches to be a blessing in their community and to see increase in the family of God.

Such a good time with 30 people from at least 6 churches with very different backgrounds but joined in heart to see the blessing of God in Old Whittington, New Whittington and Whittington Moor.  As we prayed, we believe the scripture that says where brothers dwell in unity God commands a blessing.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013


Great start to YoungStars this morning with twenty children coming along to the morning session at Queen's Park Annexe plus those who met up with the mobile unit at Brimington.  This afternoon was a little quieter at the Annexe but there were also events on at Parkside School and football training on the astro pitch at the Sports Centre.  Our mobile unit went out to Stand Road Park and provided activities for nine children there.

We have a Youth Club at the Annexe 7-9pm tonight and then we will be back in the morning at 10am for more fun and games.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013


A work party consisting of christians from at least 6 local churches set to at the beginning of the week to make good some damage done to Queen's Park Annexe by vandals and to restore the field after some exploratory work on site by engineers for the proposed Sports Centre.  Hard work on a hot day but great fellowship in working together.

So now we are ready and we will open our doors to the children tomorrow (Wednesday) morning.
5-11s          10am - 12 noon
11-15s         2pm - 4pm
Youth Club  7pm - 9pm (Mon, Wed,  Fri only)

Everyone welcome to come and join in the fun, helpers and children.  Children can be registered on arrival and it's all free!

Thursday, 18 July 2013


Hi there

We thought it was time to share what has been happening since the start of the first two Trussell Trust Foodbanks here in Chesterfield. Many thanks to those of you who have signed up to be volunteers, those that have already given their time at one of the two venues and those who helped at the Tesco food collection. So, first of all we opened on Tuesday 25th June at The Gates with a surprise two clients on our first day whom we sent on their way with three days supplies of food.

The second foodbank opened on Friday 12th July with an immediate need of food by four clients. So far we have had fourteen client visits with food distributed to them and their families. Thanks to all the agencies involved who brought them. The collection over Friday 5th and 6th of July at Tesco supermarket, here in Chesterfield, brought in 1.5 tons of food which was delivered to one of our collection points before our warehouse was ready.


We are currently awaiting the vacation of the warehouse premises so that we can prepare it for the storage of our food supply. We are looking for volunteers to help clear the premises and make it ready to move the food in. Anyone with warehouse experience would be warmly welcomed and a working party formed to make it happen. Got a van?

Wedding bells

Congratulations to our volunteer coordinator Ben Martin who gets married this Saturday 20th July may he and his new wife be very blessed now and the future.


I know a few churches are thinking of making financial and food contributions this Harvest time, could you let us know who and when?

Volunteers Rota

We will be putting a rota together for the two distribution points and the warehouse starting September. Please could you mail us with your availability, Tuesdays at The Gates and Fridays at Loundsley Green Community Centre plus other days in the week when you could help out in the warehouse.

New Volunteers

There are some of you still waiting to take part in the volunteers training and those of you who have gone through training for whom we haven’t received your agreement forms. If you could let us know if you want to be a trained volunteer for the future we can add you to our list.

ASDA Collection

Saturday 3rd August we join the national Trussell Trust collection at Asda stores including our own here on Sheffield Road in Chesterfield. If you could spare a minimum of an hour between 10:00am and 3:00pm to hand out leaflets and receive the food donations we would appreciate it. Other volunteers for the Tesco collection found this a very moving and satisfactory experience.


Are you a Secretary/Notetaker or a future Volunteer Coordinator? These roles need filling. Contact: Cpt Tim Rourke - 01246 463523 -
Yvonne Birchmore - 01246 201416 -


ASDA collection Saturday 3rd August
Warehouse clearance in August
Tuesday & Fridays Food Distribution

Tuesday, 16 July 2013


The Gates had been open for three Tuesdays as a distribution point prior to the launch of the second one at Loundsley Green last Friday.  It's early days and take up at the Gates has been very different each week.  So the volunteers were set up in the Community Centre and raring to go without knowing how many people had been given vouchers for that week.

The place was soon buzzing with teas and coffees being offered as people came in and waited while bags were being packed for them to take home.  In the event we provided food for three days for 7 local people who are having a tough time at the moment.

If you have donated food via your church or at the recent Tesco collection in Chesterfield - a big thank you!  The final total collected at Tesco was 1.5 tonnes of food to which Tesco will add the value of  30% which in effect is a total of around 2 tonnes of food.  Amazing.


We have reached the last of our prayer meetings around the different areas of Chesterfield as we arrive at Whittington this month.

Ever up for a challenge we have decided to hold our prayer meeting al fresco in Brearly Park, Old Whittington on Tuesday 30th July at 7.30pm.

Come and join us as we pray for those who live, work and go to school in the Whittington area and especially for Rev Jo Morris who takes over at St Bartholomews and St Barnabas on 11th September.

Friday, 12 July 2013


Do you have good people skills?                          
Could you cope with a variety of people and behaviours?
Can you demonstrate tact, respect and sensitivity to others?
Are you a good team player?
Could you provide reassurance and a sense of safety by listening, caring and helping?

Yes?  Then School Pastors needs you!

If you would like more information or an  application form contact us on 01246 345750 or


Community YoungStars begins this summer on Monday 22nd July at Queens Park Annexe.  The project is manned by volunteers from Chesterfield churches and lasts for the whole 6 weeks of the school holidays. The session times Monday to Friday are:         
10am - 12 noon primary age children
2pm - 4pm 11-15 year olds
7pm - 9pm Youth Club on Mon & Wed
(Friday Youth Club at Grace Chapel 7.30 - 9.30pm)

More volunteers are needed.  Could you spare some time to help this Summer?  Contact Jacky 01246 345750


Chesterfield Food Bank
Our food bank has been up and running at The Gates in town on a Tuesday afternoon for a few weeks now.  Today we launch our Friday distribution centre at Loundsley Green.  Watch this space for an update on how we get on.......



Caretaker / Cleaner
We require a Caretaker / Cleaner to take over from our current job holder later this Summer, preferably on a work share basis.
This is a remunerated position within our Church.
Applicants from within St John’s or further afield would be most welcome.
If you should know of anyone to whom this position may be of interest would you please alert them.
The job requires a flexible attitude, since the scope covers many facets of the Church and Centre activities.
For further details and job description or a chat, please contact David Jarvis, Estates Manager (Tel: - 01246 56 66 79)

Monday, 8 July 2013


This summer we are holding an exciting holiday club for primary aged school children! It will be all about Space!
The holiday club will be held from Tuesday 27th until Friday 30th August (10:00am – 12.30pm). We are having a Family BBQ on Friday (5:00-7:00pm) and a Family Service on Sunday (10.30-11.45am). Please join us for these events!

For more information about the ‘Space Academy’ Holiday Club please contact the Church Office 01246 231002 or visit the website


Have you got a regular club, activity or event that you would like to promote?

From: Positve Activity []
Sent: 03 July 2013 20:29

Subject: Fw: Positive Activity Guide info share

Hello, it’s the time of year when we start to collect information about what’s on in the area for the Positive activities guide, last year we held open sessions and compiled a booklet but for some people they were unable to make the sessions and didn’t get a booklet so we have decided to produce this years info all online for you to share with all your contacts. We hope that this will make the process easier for everybody.

 We are now in the process of collecting information for this years guide. If you know any groups running activities and are unable to access facebook please ask them to get in touch and we will be more than happy to include their information.

 As a guide information will include the event name, location, date, times, contact details, age range, cost, number of people allowed and any special instructions such as lunch provided, disability access, consent forms etc.

 It’s also handy to include a link to your website or facebook page if applicable.

 Could you try to circulate this email to at least 2 or 3 local groups that would benefit from free advertising e.g. Scouts, local church groups, brownies?



Sunday, 7 July 2013


Chesterfield Food Bank

We have a very urgent request. We are in need of someone with a van to help us pick up Saturday's collection (53 large crates) from Tesco. If you can help or know of someone who could help in the next couple of days please contact Ben on 07969422685

Saturday, 6 July 2013


Been really blessed by the generosity of the people of Chesterfield today.  We've been collecting food donations for Chesterfield Food Bank at Tescos. Some handed over two great heavy bags of shopping that they had bought for the food bank.  Others apologised that their budget only really stretched to one tin but they gave it willingly. Some gave even though they were in need, on very low income and the desire to support those in our community who need help was wonderfully evident.  Most of these people don't know God but they are still made in his image and displaying his character.  I believe that what they have sowed today they will reap in blessing into their families and work situations.  God remains no mans debtor.

We won't know the final figures until later today but whatever weight in food we have collected Tesco will add another 30% of that weight in whatever foods we need most. The guesstimate at the moment is that we will have been given 1.5 tonnes of food to distribute to those who need it.

Saturday, 29 June 2013


This coming Friday and Saturday, 5th & 6th July, Chesterfield Food Bank has the opportunity to make a food collection at Tesco in Chesterfield.

Volunteers will stand at the entrances to the store and give out shopping lists for items needed by the food bank.  People will be asked to consider buying one extra item from the list with their shopping and to pop it in our trolley on the way out.  All the food collected will be given to help people in crisis in Chesterfield.

Please would you consider if you could offer some time to help?  It doesn't matter if you are not completely up to speed with information about the food bank - there will always be someone there who can answer questions as they arise.

 The day has been divided into 90minute slots starting at 9.30am but any offers of help for any length of time would be greatly appreciated.  The last such collection yielded 1.8tons of food for Chesterfield food bank.

Contact Ben on

If you're out shopping and spot the team, please give them some encouragement!

Thank you.


Thursday, 27 June 2013


Christian Day Nursery, out of school & holiday clubs
Chesterfield, Derbyshire S40 4SL
Salary up to £30,000 including bonus

Promises is a 40 place day nursery with associated out of school club and holiday club operating from an attractive, modern, purpose built family centre situated at the heart of a mixed residential area close to the Peak District. Our aim is to provide families in the community with the best of early years’ child care, gently shaped by Christian faith and values.

After 10 successful years, we are now recruiting a new manager to lead the nursery into a period of development which includes responsibilities to further:-
• develop a culture of care where the individual needs of children are met alongside a daily programme of stimulating activities to meet and surpass EYFS requirements
• build, organise, support and mentor a strong team of caring staff who are committed to the highest professional standards
• form close relationships of co-operation with parents and/or carers and develop a range of services to meet their needs.

The manager will be expected to secure and maintain high occupancy levels as well as comply with Ofsted and all relevant regulatory requirements. The manager will be supported by an experienced, multi-disciplinary, volunteer management team and a strong financial administration resource.

We are seeking a manager who:-
• is able to combine the provision of high quality child care and early years’ education with the ability to work relationally with families in the community
• is a graduate/NVQ level 4 in early years/teaching or has NVQ Level 3 in Childcare or a related subject or preferably EYPS or QTS in Early Years’ Education
• has a minimum of two years’ experience post qualifying as a deputy or manager in a child care setting working with the O to 5 age range
• is a person with a sincere and committed Christian faith evidenced in their values and lifestyle
• is looking for a challenging but very fulfilling role which makes a difference to people’s lives.

This role carries a GOR (Genuine Occupational Requirement) for the post holder to be a committed Christian.

Email Andrew Evans, Director, Family Centres Ltd: for an application form which should be returned with a CV. First review of applications 10th July 2013.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013


What a good evening of prayer we have just had!

Mike Dalby hosted on behalf of Holme Brook Valley Church and 22 people gathered to pray.  We split into groups of three and each of the groups was given a clue to something we would pray for. As each topic was revealed we had 5 minutes in our group to pray around that area so everyone was able to pray for every subject.  Can you work out from the clues we were given what we prayed for......




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Monday, 24 June 2013


Some of the Chesterfield volunteers were able to visit the Trussell Trust Food Bank in Clay Cross last week to see how it all works first hand.  We were made welcome and very quickly put to work!  The set up was so polished that everything was ready to go in 10-15minutes of our arrival. Some of us landed on their first anniversary which was last Friday and so we were able to enjoy home made bithday cake with everyone who came in. 

People who came in are in crisis for a variety of reasons but the most common is simply that they have begun work, all support benefit had been stopped and they have to work one or two weeks before getting any salary.

Chesterfield's Food Bank will open tomorrow to those who have been issued with vouchers from various crisis support agencies across the town.  They will be welcomed and offered a cup of tea or coffee and the chance to chat, if they want to, while their bags are being packed.  They'll go home with enough food for three days to see their household through the immediate crisis situation they are facing while various agencies work to get them the ongoing support they need.