Thursday, 28 January 2016


As we look to serve the poor and save the lost in 2016, we feel extremely aware of our complete dependency on God. This week, staff in Bradford have been coming in early and staying late to cry out to God for the year ahead.
Today, Thursday 28 January, we are really excited to be holding a 24 hour prayer-athon. Many of us will be fasting and staying awake late into the night (and even the following morning!) to pray together.
Will you pray with us? You don’t need to be here in Bradford to stand with us in prayer over these 24 hours. We will be praying for:
  • 198 new churches will join us on our mission to open debt centres, job clubs, release groups and our new initiative, CAP Life Skills.
  • 1,000 people come to know Jesus.
  • £3.5 million in one off income.
  • People who need our help to find the strength to contact us.
  • 2,850 people to go debt free this year.
  • 400 people to find work this year.
  • CAP Life Skills to have a fantastic first year.

Knowing that your prayers are joining ours is such an encouragement as we acknowledge that, without God, we can do nothing – but that we can do all things through him who gives us strength.
Thank you for your support!
Matt Barlow
UK Chief Executive

Tuesday, 26 January 2016



Come and hear this wonderful, harmonious, enthusiastic and inspiring

Christian band


a group of musicians and singers who will lead an evening of praise

Friday, 19th February, 7.30p.m.

Brimington Methodist Church

Hall Road, Brimington, S43 1GH

Free entry and refreshments

Donations to the work of Macmillan

Monday, 18 January 2016


Credit Unions - community banking for all

This event is aimed at people living or working in Chesterfield, Bolsover and North East Derbyshire who want to know more about Credit Unions.

Run by Derby Diocese in partnership with colleagues from Financial Action and Advice Derbyshire, and chaired by Karen Hamblin, Rural Dean of Chesterfield Deanery.

Beginning with short presentations from colleagues at 2 Shires Community Bank and Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Credit Union at 1pm followed by a buffet lunch.

There will also be displays and information stands.

Monday 25 January 2016

at 12.45pm or join in spoken Mass 12.15—12.45pm first

At the Crooked Spire Church (St Mary and All Saints, Chesterfield, S40 1XJ)
 Book by Friday 15 January 2016 (or asap). Go to or tel Rita Brierley on 01332 388684.

Beginning with short presentations from colleagues at 2 Shires Community Bank and Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Credit Union at 1pm followed by a buffet lunch.

There will also be displays and information stands.

This event is aimed at people living or working in Chesterfield, Bolsover and North East Derbyshire who want to know more about Credit Unions.

Run by Derby Diocese in partnership with colleagues from Financial Action and Advice Derbyshire, and chaired by Karen Hamblin, Rural Dean of Chesterfield Deanery.

Thursday, 14 January 2016


Little Gems Nursery
Unit 2 South Place off Beetwell St
Chesterfield S40 1SZ
Tel 01246 555705 / 07585 554976

Job Vacancy

Relief Nursery Nurse (to start immediately)

A nursery nurse needed to work 20 contracted hours a week
Hours of work: Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm
Salary: would be discussed
This position is for 3 months only

About Little Gems
Little Gems is a 20 place day nursery.  We aim to provide a happy, secure, loving environment where parents and children can feel at home.  In the nursery we aim to treat each child as an individual, where right from the beginning, we recognise that every child is precious and has unique strengths and gifts to offer.  We will be providing a place where each child is valued, and where parents can feel secure that their child is being cared for to the highest standard.
A loving environment, the character of which is gently shaped by Christian faith and values.  The nursery is a partnership between parents and us as providers, purely for the benefit of the child.

How to Apply
If you have experience working with children aged 3 months to 5 years please request an application form by sending an email to:

Note - checks will be made with the Disclosure and Barring Service before the job can be confimed.


Thursday, 7 January 2016


Christians Together for Chesterfield
Our big occasion of togetherness is on Saturday January 23rd, 6.30 at Annunciation RC Parish Church in Spencer St.   Please make sure your church is represented.
A combined choir is rehearsing on Friday 22nd, at 7.30 also at Spencer St and would welcome additional singers.   They will sing a simple anthem composed by Roger Jones and certain verses of the chosen hymns.
Queries of any kind to me, Paul King, on  or to James Dickinson on   


We’re running a brand new style of evangelistic day.
view online
We’re running a brand new style of evangelistic day.

As an alternative to the seated, indoor events that we run, CVM are launching something very different.

Check out this video

Code Unleashed is a chance to get out into the open, have a laugh with some other guys, ‘walk on the wild side’ in the great outdoors, but more importantly  spend time connecting with God, maybe for the first time! Oh and of course... eat!

As Christian men, by nature we take our place fighting in a ‘greater battle’. So at the Code Unleashed day, along with your men’s group, mates or just by yourself, we’ll look to deepen our understanding and commitment to serving God side-by-side as a ‘band of brothers’.

It’s also an event you can bring a ‘not-yet-believing’ mate to, who may be ready to: 
  • Take that next step in his journey closer to Jesus.
  • Build a fire with you.
  • Both!
The first Code Unleashed day will be held in Chesterfield and will be a packed and memorable occasion. You’ll get ‘tooled-up’ to stand stronger in the spiritual battles that take place in our families, work places, communities and churches. Even in our own lives.

Code Unleashed 
Saturday 27th February 2016
Time: 10am – 3pm
Venue: Bolehill Quarry, Bolehill, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S42 6RG
Cost £25 each (includes lunch & hot drinks)
  1. Save the date
  2. Get a group of guys to come along
  3. Book them in
  4. Come and have a great day
Book for the Chesterfield Code Unleashed day here

Watch the Code Unleashed promo video here


Monday, 4 January 2016


Happy New Year!

Oh what a busy Christmas, right up to and including Christmas Eve the foodbanks have been feeding clients, distributing food and taking in generous donations from all sources. The phone calls and emails have been flooding in from individuals, companies, charities, agencies, all donating products and financial donations. Our warehouse has now over 18 tons of donations.

It has been good to meet many people as I’ve been speaking at groups in various places all amazed at what we do and the people that we feed, I’m afraid there is still an ignorance of the types of people
we feed and look after. Whatever some of the red top papers may say there are people in all walks of life living in all of our communities in crisis.

Please read on and see what has been going on…

God bless

Ian Birchmore – Project Manager

For more Trussell Trust information and latest News see

New Agencies coming on board!  We are training up and talking to new distributors from the social
sector as well as charities dealing with social issues. The Christmas Day lunch organized once again by Mydudu at Whittington Moor church was helped out with excess biscuits and chocolates given by some of our suppliers and individuals. This annual event not only supplied a cooked meal but entertainment and presents, all part of the day to make people living alone welcome.

Thanks to some of the towns estate agencies and building societies who had collections for us. Thanks especially to Frank Innes, Blundells & Bradford Building Society for their grand efforts. Thankyou!

Maya & Jackson, two children under the age of ten went around their family and friends to collect food delivered to one of the foodbanks. There was enough food to feed at least 5 people for three days, well done guys! Thankyou!

Teddy Bears from a large manufacturer/store have been distributed to individuals as well as through CBC Neighbourhoods Team. Thankyou!

Colouring Books & Pens from an unknown donator at The Gates added to clients Christmas for their children. Thankyou!

A fantastic amount of Chocolate from the Chesterfield Guides Carol Service added to treats. Thankyou!

Chesterfield Labour Club Many thanks for the coffee morning organized by the members who
raised £100 on the day plus food donations. This is apart from their ongoing contributions. Thankyou!

If we have left anyone out please forgive us, and thankyou!

Every little helps…

The question “What happens to food that you cant give out?” is often asked…  Well, excess food either not required or about to expire in date is regularly donated to one of our homeless food providers here in Chesterfield. We receive a lot of surplus products from local stores and suppliers, most cant be given to clients because of weight or type of product. The soup kitchen and other local providers are recipients to keep their clients fed.
Floods Support
Trussell Trust foodbanks nationally offered to help those in flood hit areas around the country, because of local generosity at present this hasn’t been required.


Once again our team of volunteer staff have succeeded in keeping up with the ongoing donations of
food and sundries.  We enjoyed the official opening of the warehouse on Sheepbridge by Toby Perkins MP for Chesterfield who with his staff have always shown support and interest. Rev Mark Broomhead, who initially came up with the idea of starting the foodbank along with Ben Martin,
opened with a prayer.

Tesco National Food collection

What a brilliant turn out for this collection, I want to thank every one of the volunteers who gave up their time to hand out leaflets and collect in the donations as they arrived. We took in over 3.5 tons into the warehouse and a special thankyou to Peter and his valiant team of volunteers who transported, stacked and processed all the donations including those coming in all the time from other areas.
Chesterfield people are so generous, this year we had more understanding of the issues and who the goods were going to. Not only food but toiletries and treats of chocolate, people were even asking what extras were needed such as female hygiene products (not luxury items!).

National Trussell Trust News

"You've helped me, I'm proud I can now give back..."
That's what one woman told us when donating food during last week's Neighbourhood Food Collection with Tesco. She was grateful for the help she had received from one of our foodbanks in the past, and now she was back on her feet, she felt she was able to give back and was proud to do so.
Public generosity was incredible as ever, with 3.7 million meals collected nationally over the three-day event, which will help to support people struggling with food poverty this Christmas.This means that since the collection began in 2012, more than 30 million meals have been collected for people in crisis. It was inspiring to hear so many stories of generosity; from people donating trolley loads of food to giving gift cards of money. View some of the highlights from the three-day collection in the social media round-up.
If you donated food or gave up your time to volunteer – thank you. You’ve helped to make a difference to someone in crisis this festive season.

(we echo that, several of the people helped over the last 2.5 years brought bags of donations to us to say thank you for helping them)

To help with the ongoing running costs of the foodbanks we are always ready to accept financial donations, however large or small, by Gift aiding we can recoup the tax to add to it. Forms are available and can be posted or emailed out. Our on line giving is being overhauled at present on the website.
If you are able to help then please contact Ian on

07984 589456 or and he will arrange for direct debit
information to be forwarded. Thank you!



Everybody is welcome at
Christians Together for Chesterfield
Spencer St, Chesterfield
SATURDAY JAN 23rd  6.30 pm
with refreshments to follow