Thursday, 31 March 2016


It's just a fortnight from this Sunday until the wonderful Watoto Choir are with us again at the Winding Wheel in Chesterfield.  Briefly we had considered having a break this year but there was a near riot in the church when people found out such is the affection that these children hold in our hearts!
Watoto Choir 76 is made up of children who have been orphaned or abandoned and even at such a young age have battled through some terrible circumstances.  
You cannot fail to be touched by some of the circumstances these children have found themselves dealing with as they tell their story.

Without Watoto many of them would not be here to tell the tale. The charity has set up villages in Uganda, a series of houses with a house mother and 8 or 9 children who are raised together as a family.  They are loved, fed and cared for, given education opportunities and taught about God's love for them. They currently look after over 3,000 children.  The choirs represent a small percentage of the children who are being helped.

“After losing my parents I felt alone, with no one to love me. Now I know that God is my father. He loves and cares for me. As I travel on the choir, I am going to show people that God loves them too,” says six-year-old Jackie Nakku.

The singing and dancing is energetic and full of African colour and rhythms but with a modern twist. You cannot fail to be inspired by these wonderful young people.

For your free tickets either email us at: and we will send them to you by return or call 07849 073078 leaving your name and address and we will post them to you.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016



Welcome to Festival 2016, and to Holy Ground here at Cliff College!

Hi, I am Ian White, one of the tutors at Cliff, and I am the 2016 Festival Co-ordinator, working with a creative team to put on a great weekend especially for YOU here at Cliff College.

Holy Ground? Yes, ‘Holy Ground’ is our theme for 2016, and we want you to come and join us for a weekend of teaching, worship, laughter and friendship as we tread across the Holy Ground of this incredible site, and explore what it means to encounter a Holy God, be a Holy People, and live a Holy Life. It’s a weekend for everyone. We want the place buzzing with new friends discovering God’s blessing here on site at Cliff, but also want to invite old friends back (I know most of them, I’ve been here so long!) to revisit the place of God’s blessing in their lives.
This year we have changed the pricing structure. Many people have already taken advantage of the Super Early Bird and Early Bird Rates. These offers have now closed, but we would still love to welcome you on site, and we still have space left on the camping site. Almost all our indoor accommodation has now sold but, but do still get in touch if you wish to go on the waiting list, or if you want details of alternative indoor accommodation in the local area. There are still deals on campsite groups, and subsidies on the entrance fees are available for those on benefits.  Book NOW while there is still space!
What is happening at Festival 2016? Well, speakers so far invited include Steve Wild, Steve Chalke, and Mark Dunn-Wilson. Nomad & Stance from YFC will be on site bringing the football cage, and their dance skills, as will our old friend Bob Hartman, the Master Storyteller. The Awesome kids work will be headed up by Lianne Smith from Scripture Union, and of couse Funky Sunday and the famous Festival Sing-a-long will be in the programme, courtesy of Pete Sheath and Helena Kittle.

 Ignite and Pulse will be rocking in a new Youth Zone, and we are developing a new Storytelling venue headed up by Laura Smyth, where stories will be shared throughout the day. Play it by Ear will be being dramatic again, and look out…..the One Way UK puppet team are coming! And of course for the active we will have Adventure + taking us to new heights on the climbing wall! 
This year we are also planning a big fundraiser for those less fortunate than ourselves, and we are going to be working with a local homeless charity and Food Bank to ensure nothing is wasted. 2016 will see the return of The Bog Squad, and we have plans for a reflective labyrinth around the Cliff Cross. We have invited 35 Chapel Walk to host a dramatic art installation across the orchard, and the programme is going to include a Prayer Mountain session on Monday led by Ashley Cooper, one of the new Festival Pastors. 
The Market Village is expanding – so lots to be inspired by, and also to spend some of your money on! As always, lots of great preaching, worship, seminar teaching, coffee, ice-cream – yes, there will be music, and dancing, and lights, and fun – but above all this will be the place for a real encounter with God. Holy Ground – a weekend that could change your life.
Want to know more? Then keep an eye on this page to see Latest News, sign into Cliff Fest Facebook page and ‘Like’, or contact Cathi Thacker, the Festival Administrator on to be added to the Festival email list.
Looking forward to seeing you here at Festival 2016!
God Bless, Ian
Flip flop flyer                                     Wellie flyer


His Church Charity specialise in providing robustly secure, ethical, sustainable solutions
for food, clothes and supplies companies and in doing so are able to meet the needs of
the underprivileged and vulnerable, not just in the UK, but in many countries worldwide

Jan-Feb 2016: During this Time

We have distributed 208 pallets of food, clothing and supplies, 104 of which were distributed to UK charities.   We have also sent out full lorry loads overseas to We Care Too (Syria), ADRA Hungary, and Dungannon Vineyard (Northern Ireland).

Breakfast for Winners!
We are excited to announce a brand new project for 2016, ‘Team up to be Champions, School
Breakfasts for Winners’. This aims to improve educational attainment and social inclusion through the provision of healthy, good quality breakfast cereal to school Breakfast Clubs in partnership with Football Clubs. Cereal giveaway events will take place at the football grounds, where school breakfast clubs will be invited to collect. A newly-acquired bus is currently being prepared ready for the events, the first of which will take place on 15th April at Sheffield United FC.

Contact HIS Church
Tel 03000 117700

Reg charity: 1097667

Tuesday, 22 March 2016


You are invited to join the Good Friday Walk of Witness through Chesterfield.
Gather at the Town Hall for 11.00am.  The walk concludes with a service at the Spire at 12.00noon.

Monday, 21 March 2016


PART 1 of a great week of Christian Concern in Chesterfield, April 4-9th
   PART 2 is a DEMENTIA DAY on Saturday 9th same venue………….


On….. Tuesday April 5th

At……. 4pm  to 5.30 or 7pm to 8.30 (or both)

At……. Central Methodist Church, Saltergate

 Why? Because he is a team member of   JPIT!

 And what is that?  The ‘JOINT PUBLIC ISSUES TEAM’.

 Who is their Manager?   Several national churches, working together.

 Who is in charge here?  CHESTERFIELD CHRISTIAN ACTION, part of

                                            CHRISTIANS TOGETHER for CHESTERFIELD

Even before the resignation of Ian Duncan Smith from his post in the cabinet, we had lots of questions about how things are going in our country?

 And do we want to tell someone in London how much is going on here to care for the disadvantaged?


The Joint Public Issues Team works on behalf of the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church, the Baptist Union and now the Church of Scotland, researching and advising the churches on aspects of ‘public issues’ – covering a wide range.  The leader of the team, Rachel Lampard, will be vice president of the Methodist Conference for on July. 

More info or queries: Paul King on or on 01246 270936


Central Methodist Church
Chesterfield, S40 1UH
10:00 – 13:00 (coffee from 09:30)

No parking at the church, public car parks nearby

Is your church Dementia-Friendly?
Come & explore resources & ideas to help churches respond to those living with dementia, & their carers


Any queries, & to give an idea of numbers attending, please contact Jill King
01246 270 936


Pastor Toyin welcomes all to come for as long as you can and go as you need to throughout the 7 hours of worship.  She recommends you don't miss 5-6pm for an hour of worship African style!!

Tuesday, 15 March 2016


Dear friend,

At Christian Vision for Men (CVM) we are working to introduce men to Jesus...
...and the church to men.

Church attendance stats in recent years have indicated that less and less men are coming along than ever before. However, we have also seen that when a husband/dad becomes a follower of Jesus, nearly every time the rest of the family follow.

CVM have resources, initiatives and events to help Christian men introduce their ‘not yet believing’ mates to Jesus.

One such event coming up near you, is our Quickfire ’16 training day so why not bring the men in your church and come and join us?
Quickfire ’16 will be informative, fun, relevant and, we believe, life changing.
Featuring short, sharp, timed 15min ‘TED’ style talks from different speakers on the subjects of male culture and men’s ministry, the content is created to inspire you in your walk with Jesus, share that journey with your mates with more confidence and tool you up to stand as men of God.

Saturday 16 April 2016
£25 (inc hog roast)
Tupton Hall School, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S42 6LG
More information here

Speakers & talks

Dave Hearn (U.S. Air Force/Global Adventure) - 'Building Dangerous Boys'
Traditionally boys were challenged by their fathers to learn what it means to be a man on a daily basis, but our current lifestyles means we are disconnecting with our sons at an alarming rate. How do we reconnect and call out our boys to a life of faith?

Jonathan Sherwin (Chaplain/Apologist) - 'Sharing the truth in love'
Going after the heart through the engagement of the mind.

Mark Chester (Who Let the Dads Out?) – 'What makes a dad a great dad'
Ever wish you were as cool as 007 - courageous, a risk-taker, a survivor and irresistible? You are; you're a dad!

Jason Royce (Souster Youth Trust, Director) – 'When prudishness passes for purity'
We totally miss the point of 'purity' if it all boils down to "don't have sex before you're married.

Justyn Rees-Larcombe (former gambling addict/author/speaker) - 'Secret habits and their dangers'
Is gambling morally wrong? Or.....

Mark Tate (Worship creative) - 'David the Giant slayer. David the worshiper'
David was a mans man, he slew a giant, fought off bears and lions - he knew how to take care of business. He also had his ups and downs in life. despite this, the Bible calls him a man after Gods heart. What can we learn from the giant slayer and his attitude towards worship?

Nathan Blackaby (CVM Exec. Director of Ministry) - 'Faith & Fear'
Stepping up and stepping out of our boats.

PLUS One more speaker to be announced
See website later this week for details.

Venue: Tupton Hall School, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S42 6LG
Price: £25 (inc hog roast)
Find more information and booking here

The CVM Team

Monday, 7 March 2016


Staveley & District Churches United Choir Present

“The Last Week”

An Easter Cantata by John W. Peterson 

at St Mark’s Church, Brampton

on Friday 18th March 2016 at 7.30pm

There will be a Retiring Offering for The Contact Centre 

Church Address: St Mark’s Road, Chesterfield, S40 1DH