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.

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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.


More FREE fun and games at Community YoungStars Starburst this Sunday afternoon 3-5pm at The Ragged School on Markham Road.  Join Mike Dalby and the team for story, quiz, craft - and maybe some magic tricks.

Open to children in school Year 1 to Year 6

Everyone welcome. 
For more information contact us on 01246 345750


HBVC are hosting the next prayer meeting tomorrow night 7.30pm.  We will be praying for the west side of Chesterfield, the schools, businesses and churches in that area and the people who live and work there.  Please come along and join with us as we pray for God's protection and blessing.

Thursday, 13 June 2013


Inspiring Christian Community Engagement   Saturday 22 June   10.30am - 3.45pm

Lady Mannners School, Bakewell.
This event will bring together lay and clergy people from across the Diocese to learn and share stories of local community engagement. It’s not going to be giving simple answers to complicated questions, rather it’s an opportunity to hear ideas and reflect with others on what we do in our churches and why. The day will include input from people from our Diocese who have agreed to share from their experience. I hope and pray that the people who participate will leave encouraged and more able to be imaginative about their own church or churches mission and ministry. We are working with a national mission resourcing organisation called HOPE and will offer each parish a free copy of their resource ‘HOPE-The Heartbeat of Mission’. Many of our churches are significant in the services they offer to members of the local community and we want to support and celebrate this mission and ministry during the day.
For further details and the application form go to http:/

Please see below for a list of workshops which will be available on the day:

1. Community mission and learning disability: how to welcome and engage spiritually with adults with learning disability.  Pete Winmill, Assistant Director of Ministry, Prospects for People with Learning Disabilities
Pete Winmill works for Prospects a national Christian Charity which supports churches in their mission outreach, discipleship and inclusion of people with learning disabilities.  He believes if we make our services accessible to people with learning disabilities they become accessible to all.

2. Leading in society:  Simon Cartwright
This workshop looks at the role of priest, chaplain, community development worker, working in partnership, influencing policy and campaigning. It will give you a chance to reflect on your approach in community engagement with insights from an experienced practitioner. Simon is a priest and employed in Derby Diocese as a Community Minister in Normanton, Derby. This workshop will involve presentation and the opportunity for discussion.

3. Schools, a place for mission?  Dave Channon
Dave Channon is Director of the Derby Diocese Board of Education. He has a particular responsibility for ensuring the delivery of advice, support and training for 110 church schools in the Diocese and for children’s and youth work in the parishes. This workshop will be a presentation including discussion.

4. Changing the atmosphere with Environment group members Graham Truscott, John Beardmore, Richard Henderson-Smith, Terry Thake and Rosy Townsend
Terry is the Diocesan Environment Officer and all his fellow contributors are part of the ecumenical Environment group. This workshop will be an interactive session and a chance for you to reflect on your engagement within environmental justice.

5. Taking music into the community: Singing for the brain/ choir on wheels with Hazel Platt and Eileen Balch; Mark Powell and Aileen Dixon.
Hazel and Eileen are from Walton (Singing for the brain reg. The Alzheimer’s Society) and Walton Charis group members. With Mark Powell (priest in Melbourne representing the new Singing for the Brain group in Melbourne) and Aileen Dixon (The Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Support worker for South Derbyshire).  In this interactive workshop the Walton group will describe, demonstrate and encourage you to sample how they engage people with dementia and/or life limiting illness through music. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.

6. ‘Engaging with children and families in small rural churches’ Andy Larkin:  and ’Engaging with a need for developing resources for local children starting with the Children’s Society Good Childhood Conversation’. Janet Quick.   Facilitator Tony Kaunhoven, Rural Dean of  Bakewell.
In this workshop you will be able to hear how Andy, priest in Ashbourne Deanery, started up children’s work in the villages where he ministers and how Janet, curate in New Whittington, and her colleagues consulted and then developed what is offered to local children. This may be a valuable workshop for people from smaller rural churches.

7. Experience messy church: Chris Rees, Diocesan portfolio holder for Messy Church. An example of local fresh expression shared by an experienced practitioner and trainer, Chris Rees. This workshop will be offered so you can experience messy church for yourself and not just hear a presentation about it. It may therefore BE MESSY.

8. Occasional offices – a mission opportunity? Lee Townend: Diocesan Church Growth Officer. Lee will share 15 quick, practical ideas to use at funerals, weddings and christenings to help your church grow.

9. Engaging with older people: a lunch club and a holiday club. With Mike Tye St Albans, Holmewood lunch club and Nanette Sanderson, St Thomas’s Rendevous an older peoples holiday club. Few of our churches describe their activity with older people as fresh expressions or think of it as ground breaking community activity so come to this workshop to hear from 2 group leaders whose work has been recognised for their quality and innovation - facilitator Alun Rowlands, curate in Mickleover.

10. Engaging with children and young families: led by Sara Brown, Diocesan Children’s adviser: with Linda Carter (Allestree Holiday Club) and Ruth Attwood (Repton Open the Book). There is a wealth of knowledge and experience about engaging with children available from these workshop leaders. This workshop is useful for people who want to develop or refresh their engagement of children and young families. Linda and Ruth will describe their experience of engaging children through Holiday Clubs and Open the Book and Sara will share a number of other relevant ideas as well as leading a discussion and an opportunity to answer your questions.

11. Terrifying Teenagers: Lindsay Pearson. Lindsey is a former inner city secondary school teacher and now works for Illuminate as a schools worker in Littleover paid by the local churches. She loves teenagers and wants to see the church engage with them. This workshop is aimed at people who are developing or interested in developing their work with teenagers.  Facilitator- Geraldine Pond (tbc)

12. Food glorious food: Engaging through hospitality, Kara Werner, Team Vicar Wirksworth team - Soup and Surprise, Wirksworth, Sian Benson- Manager at St Thomas’s cafĂ©, Chesterfield and Norman Thomas and Trisha Eaton, Project Manager and Project Assistant at Long Eaton Foodbank. Facilitator Gareth Greenwood, Diocesan Community Project Development Officer.

A number of people are contributing to workshops and because of the voluntary nature of this contribution and because peoples circumstances may change we could find the need to amend this list nearer to the event in which case if it effects your choice you will be informed.

Sunday, 2 June 2013


Chesterfield Palestine Solidarity
and Stop the War Group
are organising a  

Sunday 9th June

to raise money for children’s projects in Gaza

Meet 10.45 am
in the Haywood car park on the A625, 200 metres below the Grouse Inn, near Froggatt Village, nearest post code S11 7TZ

Bring a picnic for a midway picnic lunch
The walk is about 8k but there is a shorter route if you prefer.
The walk will end in the Grouse Inn for anyone who wants.
Sponsorship form available or make a donation.

Contact Sue Owen on 01246 271650
or email for more information


The moment I finished an epic 220 mile bike ride from Leicester to Southampton with Dean Andrews - for Hope for Justice; a charity committed to seeing human trafficking end in our nation.
In case you missed it yesterday: the moment I finished an epic 220 mile bike ride from Leicester to Southampton with Dean Andrews - for Hope for Justice; a charity committed to seeing human trafficking end in our nation.
You can still show your support by giving via your mobile phone.  Text BENB50  followed by the amount you would like to give (BENB50£5) to 70070.
Congratulations Ben on such a heroic effort!