Tuesday, 22 December 2015


Ian Birchmore's photo.Happy Christmas and BIG thanks to all our volunteers, donators, and those recipients who benefitted from the foodbanks this year.
God bless you all!


Thursday, 17 December 2015


Chesterfield School Pastors are so proud to be part of the family at Parkside Community School.  Over the last couple of weeks staff and pupils have been bringing donations for the Chesterfield Foodbank wanting to help other people who are finding life difficult at the moment.  The donations were gratefully collected by John Kelly, Distribution Supervisor (& School Pastor) and Peter Broomhead, Warehouse Manager. 

On Tuesday we had another treat courtesy of Parkside when School Pastors went along to the Community Carol Concert. There were readings and carols led by Holymoorside Band and some wonderful performances by the children: solos, duets, choir and ukelele band.  It was a lovely evening and we really enjoyed being part of it all.

Looking forward to starting the brand new 'School Pastors Club' for students in January 2016.

Monday, 14 December 2015


Good Afternoon All
I’ve just been speaking to Einsteins (the new bar and restaurant near The Winding Wheel).
They are offering a free meal for 50 people on Christmas Day – two sittings – 12.30 p.m. and 1.30 p.m.
The meal would be for either the elderly / lonely / or vulnerable.
If you know of people in your area that might like to take up this very generous offer then please can you get them to contact Einsteins on 01246 767177 or Simone on 07967 702974.
Best Wishes
Wendy Blunt
Community Development Worker


 The Hallam Catholic Diocesan Choir will provide a Celebration of the Festive Season by way of appropriate music and readings , at the Holy Family Catholic Church , Derby Road , on Sunday 3rd January 2016 , commencing at 3 p.m.
( There is no entrance fee and tea / coffee / biscuits will be available afterwards in the Church Hall)

Monday, 7 December 2015


Old Whittington Gala Commitee host a time of carol singing and festive entertainment followed by coffee and mince pies at Swanwick Memorial Hall in Old Whittington 6.30pm - 7pm Sunday 13th December.


Join us next Sunday at Grace Chapel on Sunday 13th December @ 6:00pm at our International Christmas Carols! Come experience our rich culture as we render carols in English and other languages and our cuisine from all over the world.

See you there!!

Tuesday, 1 December 2015



The problem with parenting is that normally by the time we get the hang of it – we’re redundant! Parenting is a mixture of highs and lows … and everything in between. It can bring some of life’s biggest joys, but also its greatest challenges. For most of us, a bit of encouragement and a reminder that we’re not alone can make a real difference.
The aim of this brand new event is to have you leaving inspired and empowered as a mum or dad. During the evening we’ll share practical tips that you can take away and put into action at home straight away. It certainly won’t be dull – there will be lots of humour and you may even shed a tear or two.
Hope to see you there!
Oxford - 1 March
Milton Keynes - 2 March

Bath - 3 March

Leicester - 8 March

Sheffield - 9 March

Colwyn Bay - 10 March


In France, massive planned marches of over 500,000 people were cancelled for security concerns, but people rallied to collect and display over 20,000 shoes of people who wanted to march -- including the Pope’s and the UN Secretary-General’s! -- placed at the Place de la Republique, right on the doorstep of the climate talks:

In Chesterfield, the numbers at the rally were smaller but the commitment to see our government
make wise decisions regarding climate change and be good stewards of the beautiful world God gave us is just as passionately held.

In his opening address to world leaders, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed: “The peoples of the world are also on the move. They have taken to the streets, in cities and towns across the world, in a mass mobilization for change… They expect each and every one of you to show leadership equal to the test. History is calling.”

Monday, 30 November 2015


Lighthouse Charity shops support the valuable work of Valley CIDS in our area.  Visit their website to see the great work they are doing in schools, in supporting children's ministry in churches and the Blend youth project.

The shop on Chatsworth Road is in urgent need of volunteer helpers. 

Could you offer some of your time? 
Call in and have a chat with manager Kim or contact Jonathan Brook by email.

E: jonathan@valleycids.co.uk
W: www.valleycids.co.uk   /   Facebook: /ValleyCIDS   /   Twitter: @ValleyCIDS 

Thursday, 26 November 2015


Message from: Dave Bunting, Chair of Christians Together for Chesterfield

To: All Christians in Chesterfield

Hi Everyone,
We are really looking forward to everyone joining together for the CTfC Songs of Praise on Saturday 23rd January 6.30pm at Annunciation Church in the new year. Judging by the hundreds of you have ventured to join us over the last few years, you have enjoyed the evening too.
This time we would really like to give opportunity for people to give glory to God for what he has done over the last year in the lives of local people. Have you got a story of God's power at work in your life? It might be healing or a change in circumstances in response to prayer? Has something amazing happened that you know could only have been God at work? Have you found a relationship with God in this last year that has transformed your life? Have you got a story to tell that will encourage and inspire?
Please get in touch with us we would love to hear from you.
Chair: Dave Bunting on 01246 200768 | E-mail: chair@ctfchesterfield.org.uk
Secretary: Paul King on 01246 270936 | E-mail: secretary@ctfchesterfield.org.uk
Admin: Jacky Kendrew on 01246 455320 | E-mail: jacky@ctfchesterfield.org.uk

Monday, 23 November 2015


Chesterfield Modern Slavery Conference

The Bishop of Derby, the Rt. Revd Dr Alastair Redfern

Saturday, 5 December 2015 from 10:00 to 14:30

St Barnabas Centre
Pilsley Road
S45 9BU Danesmoor

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 has placed new obligations and responsibilities on the public, private sector and individuals to stop human trafficking and to support the survivors. Unfortunately modern slavery and human trafficking will not stop unless there is more awareness raising and partnership work.
The Chesterfield Modern Slavery Conference will provide an opportunity for guests to learn about modern slavery and human trafficking from both a national and local perspective. There will be presentations from David Kennedy of Stop the Traffik; representatives from the local statutory agencies; and Rachel Mullan-Feroze - a victim support charity based in Sheffield; and DI Harry Dick of Derbyshire Police. There will be a number of workshops. Refreshments will be provided and there will be space for networking.
The event is open to all.
Tickets are free but need to be booked in advance using this link:

Do you have questions about Chesterfield Modern Slavery Conference? Contact The Bishop of Derby, the Rt. Revd Dr Alastair Redfern




Ashgate Hospice Carol Service
Monday 21st December, 7pm
at Central Methodist Church, Saltergate, Chesterfield

Featuring traditional carols, readings and items by ‘Plague o’ Bells’
Refreshments including mince pies will be available after the service
Come along and join us in the run up to Christmas
For enquiries, please call 01246 568801 or email paul.bettison@ashgatehospice.nhs.uk
  No admission charges - donations welcomed.




Order of Service for Candlelit Vigil

To remember victims of domestic violence and abuse
Church of St Mary and All Saints, Church Way,
Chesterfield S40 1XJ
Wednesday 2nd December 2015        5.00 – 6.00 pm 

·       Opening Address - Detective Inspector Mark Hipkiss                                                 5 mins

·       Address -  Reverend Simon Robinson                                                                           5 mins

·       Medley of Carols - Inspirations Theatre Company Junior Choir                                 10 mins

·       Address - Reverend Patrick Coleman                                                                            5 mins

·      Poem Reading - Jackie                                                                                                   5 mins

·         Prayer and laying of flowers - Reverend Patrick Coleman and Jackie                            10 mins

·         One minutes silence to remember the two women per week who die as a result of domestic violence                                                                                                              

·         Medley of Carols - Inspirations Theatre Company Junior Choir                                    10 mins  

·         Let free balloons from crooked spire - Detective Inspector Mark Hipkiss

Tuesday, 17 November 2015


Women's Ministry Event -Christmas Marketplace
7.30pm Wednesday 18 November,
St Thomas' Church Centre
Stalls include: 

Traidcraft, Harlequin Arts, 10ofthose Books,
Avon, Phoenix Cards & more.

Refreshments provided.
For more information see Emma Atkinson. ec_atkinson@yahoo.com

Friday, 13 November 2015


3rd Brampton Badge Logo There has been little change in the leader situation for both the Cubs and Beaver sections. The Group is still in desperate need of leaders, and this situation must be resolved by Christmas. The long standing plea to parents from the Group, for more volunteers to help across the sections and help with the general running of the Group, still stands.

Cub Scout Leader and Group Scout Leader.

The Cub section will shut at Christmas unless new leaders are found to run the section. If you think that you might be able to fill either of these roles, or would like to discuss further, please speak to our current GSL (or Cub leader) as soon as possible. They will be available this Friday night, or can be contacted here. Please also take a look at the volunteering post here.


Thursday, 22 October 2015



Chesterfield Methodist Circuit: 
    Post of:   Circuit Administrator
              10 Hours per week (flexible) but at least over
       a minimum of 2 days with occasional evening work
      £8.30 - £8.80 per hour (depending on experience)
This is a new post and the person appointed will be initially employed
from 1 Feb 2016 until 31st Jan 2017
The circuit is looking for a suitable person to
·         Support the Superintendent Minister staff and circuit leadership team with  
      administrative duties
·         Establish and run a new circuit office at one of the existing Chesterfield Methodist churches.
·         Establish sound IT systems, with the ability to maintain and develop them
·         Coordinate and support other administrative gifts from around the circuit and its churches
·         Ensure that all necessary data, statistics and reports are completed as requested by the Superintendent Minister
Mission Statement: The calling of the Methodist people in Chesterfield is to respond to the gospel of God’s love and, inspired by the Holy Spirit to live out their discipleship in worship and mission. Therefore the person appointed would be expected to support this ethos and have some understanding of Methodist discipline and structures
Job description and application forms are available on request from the Superintendent Minister: Rev Julie Minns 5a Gladstone Rd Chesterfield S40 4TE julie.minns@methodist.org.uk    
Applications should be returned to Rev Minns by Monday Nov 16th 2015
           Interviews will take place on Thursday 26th Nov 2015

Tuesday, 20 October 2015


 Conversations under the Spire
All Saints’ Tide – November 2015

A series of talks at Choral Evensong, followed by refreshments,
questions and discussion, finishing around 9.00 p.m.

Saint Mary & All Saints, Chesterfield (The Crooked Spire)

6.30 p.m. Sundays 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd November


There is ample public parking in the vicinity of the church and hourly trains from and to most major centres (the church is five minutes’ walk from the station) Church postcode S40 1XJ
Email: contact@chesterfieldparishchurch.org.uk Telephone: 01246 206506

Richard Coles,   Steven Croft,  Sarah Rowland Jones, Andrew Nunn

Sunday 1st November Anglicans in the world, among other churches and other faiths
Revd Canon Dr Sarah Rowland Jones

Sarah has had a distinguished career in the diplomatic service, and since ordination has been among other things research adviser to the previous and current Archbishop of Cape Town. Sarah is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion’s Standing Commission that advises on matters of theology, doctrine and church order, and convenes its working group on relations with other churches. Sarah is currently the Vicar of the City of Cardiff.

Sunday 8th November Diversity – pleasure or pain? Anglicans in a diverse society

Very Revd Andrew Nunn

Andrew is the Dean of Southwark, where he is foremost in taking on issues of race, sexuality and other matters of diversity within the Church and its outreach.

Sunday 15th November The Reform and Renewal Process: The future of the Church of England

Right Revd Steven Croft

Bishop Steven is the Bishop of our neighbouring city, Sheffield. Bishop Steven was the first Team Leader of Fresh Expressions and also Archbishops’ Missioner. He is currently heavily involved in the present Archbishops’ Reform and Renewal initiative, upon which much of the future shape of the Church of England depends.

Sunday 22nd November Communicating Faith: the Image of the Church of England

Revd Richard Coles

Richard is the ex-Communard who celebrates this year his tenth year of ordination. He appears regularly on Radio 4 in his own programme as well as Pause for Thought on Radio 2. Other highlights of his media career include last year’s title of Celebrity Mastermind. Fathomless Riches, the first volume of his memoirs, is a bestseller. Richard is the Rector of Finedon in Northamptonshire.


Wednesday, 14 October 2015


Creative Arts Retreat





…on the edge of the beautiful Peak District


February 19th – 21st, 2016

@ St. Thomas’, Brampton church & Centre,

Chesterfield, S40 3AW


… a weekend to refresh your creative & spiritual journey


 art workshops led by experienced artists from across the UK, working

with wood, textiles, print, paint & more

 encouragement in your faith, art & outreach

 artful prayer & worship

 delicious lunches of home-cooked soup, bread & cake


£78 per person


Chesterfield is a historical market town, famous for its Crooked Spire and on the edge of the beautiful Peak District. It is near to Bakewell, Chatsworth House, Hardwick Hall & Bolsover Castle which are just 20 minutes away. Chesterfield is centrally placed near to the M1; has easy access by road and rail and plenty of accommodation for visitors.

This event is run by Harlequin Arts. For more information contact Karen Herrick

on 07980039647 or email karen@harlequinarts.co.uk



Probable Weekend Timetable:


Friday 19th

7pm meet the team over wine & cheese & begin your retreat journey with a creative activity.

Saturday 20th

9:00 – 9:30 refreshments

9:30-10 artful reflection

10-12:30 workshops (you can choose different ones nearer to the retreat from a list which includes Painting, Textiles, Printing, Wood Turning…)

12:30-2:00 lunch followed by time to explore

2:00-2:30 artful reflection

2:30-5:00 workshops

7:30 optional evening meal out!


Sunday 21st

Join St. Thomas’ 9.30am traditional service or enjoy some unguided creative time, inside or outside!

10:00 refreshments

10:30-1:00 workshops (some of these may be off site)

1:00-2:00 lunch

2:00-2:30 final artful reflection

2:30-3:30 finishing off & departures!!!

Booking form:

(booking is essential, the deadline for bookings is 31/01/16)

Name: __________________________________Email____________________________

Address: _________________________________________________Tel______________


£78 (retreat only- you will need to book accommodation) enclosed


Please complete booking form & send cheques payable to Harlequin Arts, c/o St. Thomas’ Church, Brampton, Chesterfield, S40 3AW