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.