Wednesday, 20 December 2017


Three times a year Christians Together for Chesterfield call a forum meeting asking every church to please try and send a representative.  The next one is coming soon at the end of January.  There are always important decisions to be made and we would like as much feedback as possible from the churches.  Each church can be represented by as many people as would like to come.  Is your church represented?

CTfC Forum
Tuesday 30th January 7.30pm
Parish Centre at Annunciation RC Church
(Use back door near Queen St Car Park)


Chesterfield Mission Stories
Saturday January 20th
(Marking the Week of  Prayer for Christian Unity)
6.30 p.m.
Holy Trinity Parish Church
Newbold Road

FREE PARKING for Chesterfield Residents
on the Donut (with your permit)
(300 yards walk)

Thursday, 14 December 2017



Victoria House, Victoria Road, Buckhurst Hill, Essex, IG9 5EX
Samaritan’s Purse is a global evangelical Christian relief and development organisation providing emergency relief, development assistance and church and community support to suffering people around the world while sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Regional Volunteer Manager – North East England
Full time                                                         £27,000 - £28,800 per annum + benefits
Permanent                                                     Home-based                                                 
Operation Christmas Child UK (OCC) has implemented a strategic volunteer ministry, investing in teams of volunteers who will multiply themselves and hugely extend the reach of OCC’s mission.

OCC is the world’s largest shoebox appeal where Samaritan’s Purse, together with local churches here and overseas, distributes from the UK over 800,000 gift-filled shoeboxes to children in need overseas and in so doing demonstrates God’s love in a tangible way while sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.

A resourceful and energetic Regional Volunteer Manager is needed to recruit, select, equip, and lead teams of volunteers throughout Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire, Durham and Northumberland.

You will be passionate about developing others towards highly effective ministry, teamwork and increased personal competency. You will be confident to take initiative with people and projects and also have good administrative and organisational skills. You will also enjoy envisioning the numerous volunteers who participate in the OCC shoebox appeal each year.

You will enthusiastically support the Christian purposes of OCC and Samaritan’s Purse and be committed to the value of well-equipped volunteers and to developing them further. Candidates will have proven people and project management and administrative experience in the workplace and be educated to A levels or ideally Degree level.

This role is based in region and so prospective candidates should currently live in the region and provide their own transport for which defined expenses will be paid.

Due to the nature and context of this role the successful candidate will need to be a committed Christian able to fully commit to our Statement of Faith. For more information see the Christian Ethos Statement below.

ALL applicants are required to submit a completed application form, together with a covering letter highlighting their relevant experience.  Please note we are only able to consider applicants who are currently fully eligible to work in the UK.  For an application form and full details about this role, please view our website by clicking on the following link:

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 3 January 2018 (12 noon).

Tuesday, 12 December 2017


Don't forget the Carol Service at 

Hasland Baptist this coming 

Sunday (17th December 6pm). 

Put Christ back in Christ -Mas!

                                                           John Pickering

Monday, 11 December 2017


If you or anyone you know might be interested in becoming a School Pastor then this is an opportunity not to be missed.  We have National UK Coordinator of School Pastors, Bejoy Pal, coming to deliver this training for us and you are very welcome to join us to find out more.

Roles & Responsibilities of a School Pastor
Saturday 20th January 2018 at the Compass, West Bars, Chesterfield
9.30am - 3.30pm
Drinks will be provided but please bring a packed lunch

No strings attached, attending does not commit you to anything but this is a chance to find out more about the role of a School Pastor.

07849 073078

Tuesday, 5 December 2017


Will Nightingale, Methodist local preacher, invites you to stop by and visit his prayer tree in the market, Friday mornings of Advent 9.30 to 11.30.  It is near the pump and the caravan café in the centre of the market.

Will has a regular presence in the market on Fridays.

Thursday, 30 November 2017



“Helping hurting people cope during the happy season”   
Not everyone finds Christmas season to be “jolly.”   
For various reasons, people may find themselves feeling lonely, wistful, grief-laden or sad in the season of gladness and cheer.  
Please join in this reflective Service with music and readings 


Tuesday, 28 November 2017


Lighthouse Homes Brimington: 
Request for furniture etc.

“Lighthouse Homes provide immediate, medium and long term accommodation for homeless men and women, in a safe and structured environment. Our homes are Christian-inspired residential communities providing opportunities for change in both lifestyles and values”.

Lighthouse, which has established centres in Rotherham and Shirebrook, has recently acquired the 36 bed Brockhill Court in Brimington, and has started to take in new residents including those homeless in Chesterfield. They are working closely with other agencies, particularly Pathways, and are a very welcome answer to prayer!

They are in need of further furniture and equipment, as listed below, for this major and exciting project. The items offered should, please, be in good condition and meet current standards (notably fire regulations for soft furnishings). The test should be that you would be very pleased to receive and use them yourself.

Items required are:

Double beds                  Wardrobes           Drawers     Double sofas            TV stands
  Small tables and chairs     Pots and pans        Cutlery          Bedding

If you can help, please contact Darren Jones at Lighthouse directly. His mobile number is 07807 048441, e-mail

Lighthouse has a van that could be available for collection of donated items.

Thank you.

Friday, 24 November 2017



Chesterfield Foodbank has the opportunity to collect much needed food donations in Tesco Extra next week but we desperately need more helpers.  Could you give 90mins of your time to help collect the donations from the generous people of Chesterfield?  You don't need training or experience of the foodbank just a warm smile as you ask people to buy an extra item with their shopping for people in crisis in Chesterfield and a ready 'thank you' when they do.
We also need lifters and shifters, so if that is your gift, you too would be very welcome.

We have 1.5 hour time slots on

Thursday 30th November 9:00 - 10:30am
12:00 - 13:30pm
13:30 - 15:00pm
15:00 - 17:00pm

Friday 1st December 9:00 - 10:30am
12:00 - 13:30pm
13:30 - 15:00pm
15:00 - 17:00pm

Saturday 2nd December 9:00 - 10:30am
10:30 - 12:00pm
12:00 - 13:30pm
13:30 - 15:00pm
15:00 - 17:00pm

With Universal Credit hitting Chesterfield again this month we will need to collect as much food/toiletries as we can for the next year to feed Chesterfield people in crisis.

Please reply to the Project Manager if you can help us, as soon as you can.

Thankyou so much.

Ian Birchmore

Jim Hopkins
Chesterfield Foodbank
Project Manager
Mob: 07984589456

Wednesday, 15 November 2017


We are looking for a new Kitchen Assistant at St Thomas' Coffee Bar, Chatsworth Rd, Brampton.  It would be a full time role, but job share would be an option for us. Normal working hours between 8am - 4.30pm.

 If anyone would like more information, please can they email  

Monday, 13 November 2017


                                    Can You Help Us?
Following the recent retirement of our pianist, we are in need of a replacement to join us.

We are a group of 12 Christians of mixed traditions, who are engaged in singing the Gospel in Song to wherever we are invited, be it church, chapel, meeting rooms, hospitals etc

If you, or anyone else you might know can help, please contact Alan Smith for more information (01246 274775) or e-mail

Friday, 3 November 2017


Come and find out more about Taizé
A joint Anglican and Methodist Event
Thursday 16th November at 19h30
Hasland Methodist Church
followed by refreshments at our home.

Some of you will have already read in the August and September editions of The Lichgate, the St. Paul’s Hasland magazine, about how God is working throughout the world through the prayer and music of the Taizé Community .  Now is your chance to find out more. Why not come along to Hasland Methodist Church on Thursday 16th November at 19h30 to hear John-Charles and John  from St Paul’s talk about meeting Brother Roger at Taizé, their experience of leading Taizé worship groups and then watch a 50-minute DVD “Praying with the songs of Taizé”?  In this film, Brother Roger’s words, views of community prayer and testimonies of young adults from across the world take us to the heart of the mystery of prayer in a discovery of songs of Taizé, from their beginning until today.

You are most welcome to join us at home in Kent Street afterwards for refreshments and fellowship but please sign the list at the back of the Church so that we have an idea of numbers.
For more information, feel free to contact me:
So put it in your diary now !  Thursday 16th November at 19h30 at Hasland Methodist Church.  We look forward to seeing you.

John-Charles Tanner and John Rivers

Wednesday, 1 November 2017


The next Men's Breakfast at Central Methodist Church is on Saturday November 18th at 8.30am.  A full English breakfast will be followed by guest speaker Bob McKittrick, a semi-retired engineer, with experience in this country and in Hong Kong, will speak on getting younger people into engineering.   
Please book in if you can with Brian Offiler ( )

Thursday, 26 October 2017


Tesco National Winter Food Collection 

Tesco once again are letting us do a Christmas Food Collection in their Chesterfield Extra store. Volunteers(friends/family/colleagues) are required to hand out leaflets and collect in the donated food on:

Thursday 30th November,
 Friday 1st December and 
Saturday 2nd December. 

We try to provide about six people throughout the hours of 9:00am – 5:00pm every day in shifts of 1.5 hours or more.

Please let a distribution manager know. (Yvonne 07988 124941 or John 07703 134757)

We normally get about 3.5 tons of food and toiletries donated which is now vital to get us over the winter period into Spring.

Monday, 9 October 2017


The Parish Centre, Stonegravels 

We are currently looking for two new admin workers 

Mornings & Afternoons on a weekly rotation, each 20 hours per week, £8.77p per hour

Provide clerical and administrative 
support in the Parish Centre

Set up rooms as required for clients, involving moving 
and arranging tables, chairs & presentation equipment

Create and maintain a welcoming environment, 
ensuring the Centre is ready for use at all times

Closing date for applications:  5pm Friday 20th October 2017

For an application form & job description, please contact,

The Parish Centre, 91 Sheffield Road, Stonegravels, Chesterfield,

Phone:  01246 209433

Tuesday, 3 October 2017


We are looking for a new Coffee Bar Assistant at St Thomas' Coffee Bar, Chatsworth Rd, Brampton.  It would be a full time role, but job share would be an option for us. Normal working hours between 8am - 4.30pm.

If anyone would like more information, please can they email  

Many thanks 

Sally-Anne Beecham

Parish Office  (Usually open weekdays 9am-3pm)
01246 558461

Thursday, 28 September 2017


Celebrate A New Beginning

You are most warmly invited to join Hasland Methodist Church
 in celebrating the opening of the newly refurbished church on
Saturday, 30th September at 3.00pm

Speaker – Rev Gill Newton,
Chair of Sheffield Methodist District

Followed by a buffet tea.

Thursday, 21 September 2017


We need your help....
It's going to be all change at our Stay and Play groups, at the end of this year, our play leader Donna is leaving for pastures new which will mean that we need volunteers to help keep the groups going. This is where you come in...
Can you spare an hour or two a week, or know someone who could? Please spread the work (and this email) so that we can get the word out.

For more details, contact:

Staveley Area Toy Library
Tel: 0770 7547950

We're looking for people to help out at our Stay and Play groups to their parents/carers a place to meet old and new friends. give children the opportunity to play, learn and have fun, and give same time, benefit you! 
You have skills and talents that can benefit others and at the the opportunity to: Whether you can spare 1, 2 or even 5 hours a week, we can offer you - Learn new skills - Share a particular skill or professional expertise - Access training - Meet new people and make new friends We know that volunteering means work and commitment, BUT, we also hope it will mean fun for you too!  

Tuesday, 19 September 2017


Christians Together for Chesterfield

Open Forum Meeting

Tuesday 26th September 7.30pm

Cornerstone at Central Methodist Church

Please make sure your church is represented


Wednesday 18th October 2017

7 – 8.30pm

St Thomas’s Centre
                                                    Chatsworth Road
   S40 3AW

What is modern slavery and human trafficking?
What is the scale of it abroad and here in the UK?
What is the response of the British Government and The Medaille Trust?
What can you do to help?

T Medaille Trust, is a charity which offers safe housing to women, men and children victims of modern slavery and human trafficking, will be delivering a presentation and fiilms about the modern slave trade and human trafficking.
 For further details, contact Sheena Field

Monday, 18 September 2017



Advance Notification of A Study Day
for Preachers and Leaders of Worship 

The study day will be led by The Rev Dr Kate Bruce Deputy Warden,
  Tutor in Homiletics and CODEC Research Fellow in Preaching, Cranmer College, Durham

On Saturday 27 January 2018 at Whittington Moor Methodist Church, Chesterfield 

Details of the day remain to be agreed with Dr Bruce, but the invitation was inspired a review of her recent book, Igniting the Heart: Preaching and Imagination:

“It has been said that the day of the sermon is over. Kate Bruce argues that the day of the poorly conceived, ill prepared, dull, disconnected, boring, irrelevant, authoritarian, yawn-inducing, patronizing, pontificating, pointless and badly delivered sermon, is indeed over. Imagination can help to engage the hearer in a sermon which seeks to evoke rather than to inform.”

Wednesday, 13 September 2017


 Feeling stressed?  

Need to relax and unwind?

 come along to our FREE

Time 4 U Café Event

Lots of people will be on hand to help you keep healthy in body and mind
 whoever you are, whatever your age!
Beauty treatments by qualified beauticians.
Cook and eat sessions
Lunch and Refreshments
Relaxation sessions
Shabby Chic crafting
Seated exercise sessions
Information and Advice about benefits, debt, healthy lifestyles and lots more! 
IT’S ALL FREE! Absolutely No Catch! 
All we ask is that you come and enjoy what’s on offer and chat with people on the stalls 
At Staveley Methodist Church,Chesterfield Rd, Staveley S43 3XD 
Thursday 28 September 2017 11.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m. 

Please arrive early to book the beauty treatments 
This project is carried out in conjunction with DCC, CBC and other partner agencies 


I wanted to bring to your attention the fact that our Foodbank Project Manager, Ian Birchmore is retiring from working for the foodbank. Ian has worked tirelessly, and served us extremely well and there will be an opportunity to thank Ian for all his work at a future event. We are now however looking for someone to replace Ian as a paid foodbank Project Manager and we need your help.

If you, or someone you know, might be interested and wants to know more please contact myself (Tim Rourke) on 07853 167061 or email me

Foodbank Project Manager

Job Description
Responsible to: Foodbank Project Trustees Responsible for: Directing and managing the Chesterfield Foodbank

Salary: £1025 per month (Including annual cost of living increase each year) Based on three-day week, flexible to fit duties Permanent after 6 months probation period

Overall responsibility of the job:  To lead a team of volunteers to ensure that all areas of the foodbank centres for Chesterfield Foodbank are run efficiently and to a high standard, in accordance with The Trussell Trust franchise model and statutory requirements.

Key dates for the Interview Process Job Descriptions and Application Forms available from 13th Sept 2017

Final Application Date : Sunday 1st October

Shortlisting : Week beginning Monday 2nd October Interviews : Thursday 12th October

Monday, 11 September 2017


Yes it is that time of year again when New Life Church put on their free BBQ in the grounds of the crooked spire 12 noon - 3pm.  This year is bigger and better than ever. Just a few highlights:

  • Free lunch - we'll be cooking around 1,000 burgers and sausages served in a bread cob with or without onions & cheese, your choice of sauce and a cold drink.
  • Tables and chairs set out for you to relax while you eat your lunch and listen to the live music.
  • Richard from Jugalubs will be there to teach you some circus skills.
  • Marvellous Martyn will do some illusions for the children.
  • Craft activities and colouring for the children
  • Glitter tattoos (you know you want one.)
  • Books and leaflets and an opportunity to sign up for Alpha
  • Everything is free - it won't cost you a penny for lunch and an afternoon's entertainment for all the family.
Please come along and bring your friends and neighbours and get in there before he does!


A brand new innovation to the UK, The Compassion Experience offers you the chance to visit another world without leaving your own. See with your own eyes how sponsorship transforms lives through this interactive, mobile experience; visiting churches, schools, and other venues across the country.
The Compassion Experience is housed in a Compassion-branded truck. When deployed the structure allows guests to take an immersive tour through replicas of the homes, environments and stories of two children who have been a part of Compassion’s programme. Though the use of an iPod and headphones guests have the opportunity to hear from Sameson or Shamin, who share first-hand what daily life was like growing up in extreme poverty.
As you enter the Experience, you’ll be instantly transported to Uganda and Ethiopia— visiting homes, markets and schools as you experience sights, sounds, and events from the lives of Sameson or Shamin. Witness with your own eyes the impact one caring sponsor can have.
Each tour takes approximately 20 minutes and guests are welcome to experience one or both stories.
Through the experience visitors will witness the help, new life and hope that transforms a child’s life when Compassion is able to help through the generosity of a personal sponsor. At the end of the tour, guests enter a room where they can view photos and information about children of all ages who are waiting for sponsors.
The Experience is a free, family friendly event which gives you a tangible way to share the realities of daily poverty with your own children, family, friends and community.
Hosted by Redeemer King Church at Outwood Academy, Highfield Road, Chesterfield
Sat Sept 30th 1 pm -  6 pm   &  Sun Oct 1st 12 pm - 4 pm
Hosted by Christian Life Church, Vanguard Trading Estate, Britannia Road, Chesterfield
Fri Nov 10th 5.30 pm - 7.15 pm
Sat Nov 11th 1.00 pm - 2.30 pm   &  3.45 pm - 6 pm
Sun 12th Nov 10.30 pm - 2.30 pm  &  4 pm - 6 pm

Wednesday, 6 September 2017


Hi Paul,
Could you circulate this to members of the Christian Together Community

A young couple moving into their own home urgently needs:
1- a wardrobe
2- at least 4 dining chairs
3-and a washing machine

If you have any of these, please email Alexis or ring on 07707158992

Thank you 
Alexis S Diouf

Tuesday, 5 September 2017


Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning 

Saturday 30th Sept

10am to 1pm 

Spire Funeral Services

95 Derby Road Chesterfield S40 2ER
Call 01246 221555 or email


Ragged School Chapel
Markham Road
Harvest Celebrations

Saturday 30th September 7.30pm

“An evening with
Moody & Sankey”

Staveley & District Churches united Choir
Collection in aid of ‘Romanian Rescue & Hope for Life Ministries Safe House’
Followed by refreshments

Sunday 1st October
6.30pm Harvest Service
Speaker – Jim Titterton