Thursday, 29 December 2016


CARETAKER for CHURCH PREMISES – Enhanced DBS required.
Currently £8.48 with review in April 2017. Optional 2 bedroom flat to rent on premises.
Central Methodist Church, Chesterfield is recruiting a Caretaker to carry out caretaking, security, and cleaning duties – normal weekly hours will be a minimum of 27 hours per week in split shifts on 5 or 6 days per week. The post-holder will need to work well with volunteers and have some flexibility in their available time.
Please email Mr John French at: or phone Mr French on 078313 09534 or 01246 207930 to request an application pack.
Closing Date for applications: 31 January 2017.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016


JOB DESCRIPTION Job Title Children’s Worker - Bamford 

Accountability The Children’s Worker will be employed by The Peak Circuit and will report to the Presbyter in pastoral charge of the church Aim To maintain and develop provision for children in Bamford, so that they may hear the Christian Gospel and grow spiritually.

Main Responsibilities Working collaboratively with the Presbyter and members of the church, the Children’s Worker’s responsibilities will be:  During term time, carry out development work with primary school-aged children on a Wednesday afternoon: o In particular to provide assistance and leadership in a Godly play session in the local chapel and o provide assistance and leadership in the development of the ecumenical after school club  During term time lead some RE lessons and assemblies  Lead young church activities on a Sunday  In the school holidays, set up and lead a holiday club at the chapel

Management The Lay Employee will have a Management Team whose responsibilities will be to:  Become familiar with the work of the Lay Employee.  Work with the Lay Employee to encourage the church to respond to new challenges and opportunities in Mission.  Determine priorities of work.  Enable the employee to appraise and review existing activities, and change where necessary the action and focus of work.  Ensure good communications between ‘Stakeholders’ groups and networks involved.  Monitor and evaluate progress with the Lay Employee on a regular basis – meetings taking place quarterly.  Act as a ‘sounding board’ to the Lay Employee


JOB DESCRIPTION Job Title Youth Worker – Bakewell Initial 12 month fixed term contract for 10 hours per week Accountability

The Youth Worker will be employed by the Peak Circuit and will be line managed by the Superintendent Minister.

Aim The role has two distinct areas of focus. The first is to carry out an assessment of youth activities in Bakewell, which is anticipated to take no longer than 3 months. The second is to provide recommendations based on the assessment. These will then form the priorities for the remainder of the year.

Main Responsibilities Working collaboratively with the Presbyter/s and members of the church, the Youth Worker’s responsibilities will be:  To carry out an assessment of youth activities in Bakewell both from a church and secular perspective  Implement agreed priorities with line manager and members of the church  Connect with the Seekers group and establish positive relationships  To build relationships with the families of the youth who attend our established activities.  To establish mutually beneficial links with existing organisations working with the youth in the town  Liaise ecumenically with the work carried out at the local Secondary School  To play a leading role in the encouragement of good practice and development of creative approaches in youth work  To ensure that the Church's Safeguarding policy and procedures are implemented in all work with young people  To build networks of those involved in youth Work in the town.  To keep accurate records of contacts and work undertaken  To attend, when appropriate meetings of the Church Councils and other Church teams as agreed with the line manager.  To appraise and review activities undertaken, and where necessary change the action and focus of work with the agreement of the Management Team.

 Management The Lay Employee will have a Management Team whose responsibilities will be to:  Become familiar with the work of the Lay Employee.  Work with the Lay Employee to encourage the church to respond to new challenges and opportunities in Mission.  Determine priorities of work.  Enable the employee to appraise and review existing activities, and change where necessary the action and focus of work.  Ensure good communications between ‘Stakeholders’ groups and networks involved.  Monitor and evaluate progress with the Lay Employee on a regular basis – meetings taking place quarterly.  Act as a ‘sounding board’ to the Lay Employee

Monday, 28 November 2016


My name is Carol Cleary; 

One of my working responsibilities is to recruit single  people or couple’s that have a spare room and are in the position to offer their room to a Care Leaver, young adults. My vision is to hopeful have people from all back grounds, social classes an abilities offering young people this opportunity, I’m contacting you to ask where you believe would be useful to advertise this in order to get to my bigger vision-encompassing a diverse group of Host/providers.  

As said above they would need a spare room, in a position to offer support towards young people’s independence this could be; washing, cooking, being a good lodger skills etc.

We would offer provider some financial support and support from the Supported Lodgings Worker, also training. 

Carol Cleary - Project Worker
Barnardo’s Leaving Care Derbyshire
9 Mundy Street
DE75 7EB
TEL; 01773 717 212

Friday, 25 November 2016


Reminder that there is a dramatisation of the Gospel of Mark at St John's Walton at 7.30pm tonight. Free admission. Looks really good.

Monday, 14 November 2016


TESCO Collection

Our next Foodbank Collection at Tesco Extra is on Thursday 1st,  Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd December between 9:00am and 5:00pm.
Giving out leaflets and asking for food donations.

Please could you consider helping us? Perhaps you have a friend or colleague who could help also?

If you can join us for any of those dates it would be most appreciated.

As usual we book people in 1.5 hr slots with breaks, and it would be great to have you and any friends you know.

Let me know ASAP so that I can put you on the rota.

God bless


Ian BIrchmore
Chesterfield Foodbank
Project Manager
Mob: 07984589456

Thursday, 10 November 2016


Chesterfield Churches Housing Association Ltd
Has a single person, first floor studio flat available to rent at Harehill Court from 14th November 2016.
Suitable for people aged 60 or above.
There is a resident manager and tenancy support staff to assist tenants on a daily basis and facilitate activities. A mid-day meal is freshly prepared and served daily.
For those tenants who require some support with domestic or care needs, there is an independent care provider based at the scheme, which tenants may access if they wish between 7am – 10pm.
All flats are maintained to a high standard, with repairs undertaken quickly, they are wheelchair accessible, with a cooker and fridge provided. Individually controlled gas central heating and modern fire alarm and 24 hour call system is also provided as part of the rent and charges.
There are communal rooms for tenants to socialise in, a quiet lounge where church group services are held and a hairdressing salon.
An information pack is available by contacting the manager Denise Jones on 01246 230172 or via the website:
Denise will gladly answer any questions you may have or make arrangements to show you around.

Applications welcomed from both in and outside Chesterfield Borough.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016


Help Needed

Thursday, 27 October 2016


St Thomas' Coffee Bar currently have a vacancy for a full time Coffee Bar Manager

The job description and further information is available from or 558461. 

Closing date for applications is 12pm on Monday 14 November.

Please forward to anyone you think may be interested.

Many thanks 

Parish Office 
Usually open weekdays 9am-3pm
St Thomas' Brampton and St Peter's Holymoorside Churches 
Chatsworth Road
S40 3AW
01246 558461

Tuesday, 11 October 2016


We had a great meeting last Thursday at Hasland Baptist Church. This week (Thursday 13th Oct.7pm) Rex Brassington is speaking about the first book in the Bible - Genesis. Is this a true account or just a myth? Put your brain in gear and come along. You will be very welcome no matter what your views are.

Monday, 10 October 2016




·     Tuesday to Thursday 
   October 25th-27th    
·     10.00 am – 12.00 noon
·     Church in the Peak, New Street

ªParachute stuffª
ªGame stuffªTeam stuffª
ªGiant Jenga stuffª
ªSnack stuffªQuiz stuffª
ªArt stuffªCraft stuffª

·      For all children in school years 1-6
·      Parents welcome to stay!
·      Details from Mike Dalby on 07940 150171

total fun; totally free!

New Street Centre
New Street
Bottom of Park Road

Tuesday, 4 October 2016


We are having a special presentation on Thursday night at Hasland Baptist Church. Rex Brassington is doing an audio/visual talk on Creation versus Evolution.
It starts at 7pm and everybody is welcome no matter what you believe!

John Pickering

Friday, 30 September 2016


Mark Ritchie took this production to the Edinburgh fringe last year and we have been lucky enough to get one of his UK tour dates this year.

Mark is a Christian comedian and talented story teller.  His show will entertain but also carries a powerful gospel message.  Tickets will be on sale at the door and for such a quality performance are a real bargain at just £3 each.

Please come along and bring your friends for a great evenings entertainment.
New Life Church 01246 200768



Men's Breakfast at Central Methodist Church, Saltergate Saturday 15 October

Our speaker in October will be Paul Furbey, Regional Coordinator for Christian Aid in South Yorkshire, who will be updating us on Christian Aid's current work, including the Christmas appeal around the refugee crisis.

 Christian Aid's vision states "Poverty is an outrage against humanity. It robs people of dignity, freedom and hope, of power over their own lives. Christian Aid has a vision - an end to poverty - and we believe that vision can become a reality." 

Arguably that vision is needed as much now as ever. We hope that as many men as possible will be able to come along on Saturday, 15th October at 8.30 am to find out more. 
Cooked breakfast is provided and we aim to finish by 10.00 am - if you hope to come, it would be helpful (but not necessary) for catering purposes to let Brian Offiler know (01246 234707   

Tuesday, 27 September 2016


Christian couple offer 2 bedroom detached retirement bungalow in Brimington, available to rent from October. Detached garage & workshop, gardens to 3 sides. Easily managed & low running costs, £500pcm. 

Pictures & plan can be seen at

Phone David & Sue on (01246) 239505 or email for more information.

Monday, 19 September 2016


Thank you to everyone who supported and helped with the BBQ last Saturday and especially to everyone at the parish church for letting us invade their grounds. The decision to postpone for a week proved to be a wise one as rain made way for a lovely afternoon this week.

There was a great family atmosphere and the queue for the BBQ was pretty constant as over 750 free lunches were served. Parents and children alike tried out the circus skills and craft activities and hopefully enjoyed their afternoon in town.

Thursday, 8 September 2016


The well dressing at the crooked spire will be on display in all its glory in the church porch after the service of blessing 9.30am on Sept 10th for a week.  Pop any day in before 5pm (4pm Sunday) to admire the detailed work that goes into producing these wonderful pictures.

Any donations given will be used for the upkeep of the church building.


A Women's Ministry Event at St Thomas' Church
Wednesday 21st September 7.30pm

The ladies at St Thomas' are delighted to welcome Sheffield based singer/songwriter and worship leader Jenny Pegg to share her beautiful music and powerful testimony.  She is driven by a passion to see people inspired, encouraged and uplifted.

"Jen's music is uplifting and heartfelt.  It comes from a wealth of experience with God in her life and, despite physical health challenges, she keeps her eyes on Jesus and continues to praise him.  I play these songs at my place of work so that others can enjoy the music and, hopefully, be drawn to Jesus" Wendy H (60)

For more information contact Emma on 07505 000972 or


We've had a bit of a rest over the summer but Cafe Church is back on Sunday this week at the Compass on West Bars 6-7pm.  Doors will be open from 5.30pm if you want to grab an early coffee and a prime seat. This week we are pleased to announce that singer/songwriter Jon Kendall will be performing and sharing his story.  Entry is free and everyone is very welcome.

Cafe Church will be open on Sundays every week for worship and bible teaching 6-7pm.  Church in a relaxed setting at a time to suit you.


Yes it's that time of year when we fire up the BBQs and serve free lunches to anyone who would like to join us at the Crooked Spire on Saturday 17th Sept.  We will start serving at 12noon and keep serving until 3pm or until all the food is gone, whichever comes first! There's live music from our band and Gateway Church as well as entertainment from our resident DJ Nick.

Richard from Juggalubs will be there to teach you some circus skills - can you spin a plate?  We will have lots of free craft activities for children.  So come and soak up the relaxed family atmosphere while you enjoy a free lunch on us - bring your friends!

There will be opportunity to sign up for the taster session of our new Alpha.  We invite you to a free two course meal with a short introductory talk.  If you enjoy it and want to sign up there are eight more sessions but there's no pressure you can just come to the first one and find out what it's all about.  For more info contact Dave on 01246 200768

Wednesday, 17 August 2016


Join us on 24th Sept for the Derbyshire Recovery Walk and Event

Starts 11am at the Chesterfield Town Hall steps, Rose Hill
Ends at The Proact Stadium, Sheffield Road

Family fun for all to enjoy - activities starting at 12noon
Lots of Stalls, Food & Refreshments

Guest Speaker Shane Nicholson 
(retired professional footballer for Chesterfield Spireites & Derby County Rams)

Please join us in celebrating recovery from drug and alcohol use.
All welcome to come along - family, friends and children

Supported by DHcFT, Derbyshire Alcohol Advice Service, Addaction, 
Phoenix Futures, SPODA, Hope Springs Recovery Centre, 
Chesterfield FC Community Trust, Intuitive Thinking Skills and other local recovery projects; 
Nitelite, Wash Arts, Zink Employability & Beardwood Natural Living Centre.

For local recovery support ring Hope Springs 01246 540431 or

Tuesday, 26 July 2016


 A New Vision for Ecumenism 

A day to explore where ecumenism is heading and 
what that means for us in our local churches and communities 

Speaker: Revd. Dr. David Cornick 
General Secretary Churches Together in England 

Saturday 22nd October 11.00 am to 4.00 pm 
Matlock Methodist/United Reformed Church Oak Road, Matlock, DE4 3FJ 

No charge but bring a packed lunch. Drinks will be supplied.

 It would help with our planning if you could let us know that you are coming. 
Please email Tony Harvey

Monday, 25 July 2016


New Life Church have a coach day trip to Scarborough booked for Sunday 14th August. We have a few spare seats if anyone would like to come with us.  The coach picks up from the Donut roundabout at 8.30am and sets off back from Scarborough at 5.30pm.

Once there you are welcome to join us for a picnic on the beach and a game of beach cricket or rounders or if you prefer to browse the shops or visit the Peace Gardens the choice is yours as long as you are back in time for 5.30pm.

Tickets are £12 for adults and £6 for children and the latest day to book in & pay will be Sunday 7th August.  Please contact Jacky on 07849 073078 if you are interested in coming along.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016


Teen Challenge UK is a registered charity and operates nationally to help young people who have developed life controlling problems, especially drug and alcohol addictions, and also to offer preventative help to those who may be in danger of doing so.

They started in the late seventies and now works in fifteen locations in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.  Teen Challenge London and Teen Challenge Strathclyde grew out of Teen Challenge UK and are now affiliated works.
The goal of Teen Challenge UK is to help people become mentally sound, physically well, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted and spiritually alive.

The charity is built on and driven by Christian values and beliefs, which clearly show how precious and loved each individual is.  They take this message to young people whose lives are messed up, who have lost all sense of self-worth, self-esteem and often the will to live.  Everybody deserves the opportunity to live free and to become everything they were created to be.

They have 12 local teams with over 500 workers made up from staff and volunteers, who work in multiple locations across the UK.  They have 6 residential centres across England, Scotland and Wales.

Ten Challenge UK provides a positive answer to the current drug epidemic in our country, and since their first residential centre opened thousands of young people with serious addictions have been through their programmes.

Come and hear the evidence first hand from men who have had their lives ruled by addiction and have found a way to live free.  

Sunday 24th July 10.30 am
The Winding Wheel, Holywell St, Chesterfield S40 7SA

info@newlifechesterfield  01246 200768


St Thomas' Coffee Bar are recruiting. 
They have a vacancy for a Coffee Bar/Kitchen Assistant, 
35 hours per week, working over 5 days, 
including one day at a weekend.  
For more information, please email 

Friday, 8 July 2016


Youngstars Summer 
Holiday Club

AUGUST 2nd-4 th, 9th-11th, 16th-18th, 23rd-25th 
 Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 
10.00 am – 12.00 noon 
Church in the Peak, New Street 

Parachute stuff * Game stuff * Team stuff * Giant Jenga stuff * 
Snack stuff * Quiz stuff * Art stuff * Craft stuff 

 New Street Centre, New Street, Bottom of Park Road 
For all children in school years 1-6 
Parents welcome to stay! 
 Details from Mike Dalby on 07940 150171 

Totally fun, totally free! #WOW!

Thursday, 7 July 2016


"... I am really keen to go into local churches and to inform them of the work that Pathways is doing in the local community.  We still receive a lot of support from the churches in Chesterfield, and I feel it is very important to keep our supporters informed and involved in our work."  Emma Galpin, Manager

If you would like Emma to come and give a talk to your church or small group about the terrific work of Pathways here in Chesterfield she would love to hear from you:

Wednesday, 6 July 2016


RHUBARB FARM Community Interest Company

Hardwick Street
NG20 9DR
Main contact number 01623 741210

Sunday 10th July: Open Day. Rhubarb Farm will be open for the National Gardens Scheme (Yellow Book). You can turn up at any time from  10.00-4 pm. There will be tours of the site at 10.30, 12.30 and 2.30. These will take about an hour each. Cream teas will be served in our 'cafe' and on the Village Green.

What is Rhubarb Farm?

•  In October 2010 Rhubarb Farm was a couple of weed-tangled fields. Community Payback teams started hacking back the brambles and have not stopped coming since then.

•  Work started on site in January 2011, and a car park was laid and two containers placed on it for office and storage. Water, electricity and phone were installed.

•  With an award from the Working Neighbourhoods Fund, through the Bolsover Local Strategic Partnship, we were able to employ a Farm Manager and an admin/finance worker. Vegetables were grown that Spring and 3 local unemployed young men were taken on as Gardeners through the Future Jobs Fund.

•  Volunteers started coming to Rhubarb Farm from the very first month, and up to March 2013 we have had nearly 200 volunteers come.

•  We managed to fence about a third of our site in 2011, and then complete the fencing of that area in May 2012. This gave us security and we were able to site a café cabin, a composting toilet and another cabin for youth work and mess room. In 2012 we were awarded funding from Tesco to erect a large polytunnel.

•  In November 2011 we employed a Youth Worker under a contract with Raising Aspirations to provide activities for young people who have not been attending school for a while. This was extended in 2013 to involve younger children in the transition period from primary to secondary school.

•  In March 2012 we employed two ex-offenders as Cropshare Workers through a contract with the Home Office.

•  In 2012 we employed 11 young people aged 16-18 years old as apprentices under the National Apprenticeship programme for them to get an NVQ2 in Horticulture.

•  In July 2012 we began supplying customers with veg bags, under a community supported agriculture (CSA) scheme, whereby customers come to site weekly to collect their bags.

•  In 2012 we installed a pond with a dipping platform in our wildlife area, and organised a Corporate Challenge Day for 25 Sainsbury's store managers and HR managers.

•  In October 2012 we employed a Drug and Alcohol Worker through a contract with Derbyshire County Council Drug and Alcohol Team to provide services to recovering substance misusers, and support them towards employment.

•  In November 2012 we won an award from the Big Lottery Fund for a BUDDIES Project aimed at intensive support for people with long term issues. This has enabled us to employ three staff to run the Project.

•  In March 2013 we won a tender from Leicestershire Probation Trust's regional REACH programme, for a GREEN CHANCES Project to support 20 ex-offenders into work between April 2013 and December 2014. This will enable one of our ex-offenders to continue as mentor for the ex-offenders on the programme.

•  We have held four events - a Soup on Site event , a Hearty Harvest event, a Family Fun Day and, in Sept 2012, the Langwith Community Show.

•  We have run or hosted 37 courses - cookery for parents, cookery for people with mental ill health, wood working, wood carving, compost toilet making, pizza oven making, willow weaving, gypsy crafts, bird box making.

•  We have taken 9 people on individual placements paying off Community Service Order hours, through Derbyshire Probation Trust.

•  We bought a small tractor in 2012.

•  We have organised three Corporate Volunteering Days for DWP when Job Centre workers from across the region gave a day to volunteer at Rhubarb Farm.

•  We have had major funding support from two charities, The Henry Smith Charity, and Lankelly Chase Foundation, for the salaries of our Farm Manager and Finance and Monitoring Officer.