Tuesday, 28 February 2017


Our Vision – That everyone in our community has a place they can call home

Post of Manager

Pathways is a Chesterfield based charity offering support and advice to people that are homeless and vulnerably housed.

Our mission is to prevent homelessness. We aim to eradicate rough sleeping within our community, and to support those without a permanent home to obtain and maintain one by providing clients with the help, skills and the confidence to resolve their issues of homelessness.

We are looking for an individual, with a commitment to addressing the issues of homelessness, to manage the service. You will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the service, managing a small team, supporting the Trustees in identifying and securing funding sources and ensuring that the needs of the clients are appropriately met. 

Salary up to £28,000 per annum.

Working 37 hours per week, operating over 5 weekdays

Application pack obtainable by emailing:-

Applications to be received by 17th March 2017

Wednesday, 22 February 2017


 Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia.  It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, talks and acts about the condition.  Dementia touches the lives of millions of people across the UK.  Dementia Friends was launched to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding that means many people with the condition experience loneliness and social exclusion. 

Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. 

Dementia Friends Information Sessions are run by volunteer Dementia Friends Champions, who are trained and supported by Alzheimer’s Society. Each information session lasts around one hour. You will learn more about dementia and how you can help to create dementia friendly communities.
7 March 2017
6.00 p.m.
Room 2 at the Town Hall

9 March 2017
10.00 a.m.
11.30 a.m.
Room 2 at the Town Hall

6 June 2017
6.00 p.m.
Room 1 at the Town Hall

9 June 2017
11.00 a.m.
12.30 p.m.
Room 2 at the Town Hall

12 September 2017
6.00 p.m.
Room 2 at the Town Hall

19 September 2017
10.00 a.m.
11.30 a.m.
Room 2 at the Town Hall

The training lasts around 1 hour

To book a place on one of the session contact Wendy Blunt, Health and Wellbeing Officer on 01246 345344 or wendy.blunt@chesterfield.gov.uk

Tuesday, 21 February 2017


What are Befriending Champions?
Befriending Champions play a key role as the ‘eyes and ears’ of the local community helping to identify lonely or isolated people and then supporting/signposting them to sources of longer-term assistance, such as befriending services. Anyone active in their local area, whether an employee or a volunteer, can attend training and become a Befriending Champion. 

Microgrant funding

There is also a small grant fund and practical support available to help local people to develop project ideas that reduce isolation and loneliness in Derbyshire. Support also includes assistance to access any other local funding that may be available. Project ideas may include setting up or developing a good neighbour initiative, a social group, or maybe a self-help group.

What does the training consist of?
The FREE half-day Befriending Champions training includes learning what it is to be a Befriending Champion, the skills needed and how to carry out the role.

Following on from the Befriending Champion training, there is also the opportunity to attend a session on how to develop project ideas that reduce isolation and loneliness, how to apply for the microgrant, and help to access other sources of local funding.

In addition to this training, there is the opportunity to attend a one-hour Dementia Friends session on the day. 

The next five training sessions are taking place in Ripley on Wednesday 8th March, Bolsover on Tuesday 14th March, Long Eaton on Wednesday 22nd March, Ashbourne on Tuesday 28th March and Glossop on Wednesday 29th March

All training sessions run from 9.30am until 3.15pm. There will also be more sessions running throughout 2017.

To book a place on the March training sessions please complete and return this booking form or for more information contact Richard Murrell, Befriending Champion Co-ordinator, on 01283 219761 or email champions@sdcvs.org.uk

Monday, 20 February 2017


CTfC - York Lent Bible Study Course - Receiving Christ

starting soon in a home near you!

We would like as many people as possible to get involved and we would love to see the groups as mixed as is possible so the discussions will be all the more interesting!  

Last year many people made friendships outside their usual church family which continue to enrich their experience of church life. 

So these are the venues, the nights and times when they will be run:

There will be groups on:     Monday evenings at 7.30 at 26 Elkstone Road,
                                                Tuesday morning at 10.30  at 58 St Helen’s St.
                                                Tuesday afternoon at 2pm  at 26 Swinscoe Way
                                                Tuesday evenings at 7.30  at Loundsley Green Church, at 74 Morris Avenue 
                                                and 10 Avondale Road
                                                Wednesday morning 10.30  at 22 Spencer St
                                                Wednesday afternoons at 2pm in Central Methodist Church
                                                Wednesday evenings at 7.30 at 26 Hady Crescent 
                                                 and at 4 St Chad’s way, Whittington Moor
                                                Thursday mornings at 10.30 at 6 Houldsworth Drive, Hady
                                                Thursday afternoon at 2pm at 8 Amesbury Close, Newbold
                                                Thursday evening at 7.30 at 91 Cutholme Road, Loundsley Green
                                                Thursday evening at 7.30 at 108 Norwood Avenue, Hasland

The five teaching sessions will be the same one in each venue each week and it would be best to choose a venue and stick with it but there is potential to catch up elsewhere if you miss your usual session. 

 To book yourself in or for more information contact Hilary Lyndon on 857846 lyndonfamily@hotmail.com or Paul King on 270936 and jpking@uwclub.net


Chesterfield TimeBank
 Part Time Charity Assistant 15 hrs per week 
(over 3 days, 5hrs per day 
– including one day field work in Bolsover) 
£8.00 per hour initially for a six month period.

A part time Charity Assistant is required to assist in the co-production of TimeBanking with members and potential members of Chesterfield TimeBank. Your administration and interpersonal skills will be essential to maintaining member relationships. The Charity Assistant would need to have the ability to travel independently within Bolsover, North East Derbyshire and Chesterfield, motivation and initiative. 

Please send your CV with a covering letter (no longer than 2 A4 sides) telling us why you are the person for this important post, by email: chesterfieldtimebank@gmail.com Closing Date 27th February 2017. 

Interviews to be held on Wednesday 2nd March 2017

Tuesday, 14 February 2017


Planning is well under way for the Procession of Witness 2017 and we have arranged a Launch Evening for 9th March 2017  -  7.30pm at Rose Hill URC,  Chesterfield.


We look forward to meeting a representative from your Church/Organisation.

Mavis Plumtree
(For Walk Committee)

Monday, 13 February 2017


CTfC are looking to get involved with these 11 days (25th May - 4th June) of prayer 'Thy Kingdom Come' with the aim that people will come to know Jesus as Lord.  If your church is hosting an event please let us know so we can advertise it in our calendar and encourage people to pray together.  To find out more visit the website:  https://www.thykingdomcome.global/
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. What started out as an invitation from the Archbishops’ of Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.
The hope is that:
  • people will commit to pray with God’s world-wide family - as a church, individually or as a family;

  • churches will hold prayer events, such as 24-7 prayer, prayer stations and prayer walks, across the UK and in other parts of the world;

  • people will be empowered through prayer by the Holy Spirit, finding new confidence to be witnesses for Jesus Christ.
"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses …to the ends of the earth. When he had said this…he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight…Then they returned to Jerusalem … and were constantly devoting themselves to prayer…
When the day of Pentecost had come they were all together in one place... All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit... and that day about three thousand persons were added." 
Acts 1,2
“In praying 'Thy Kingdom Come' we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities." 

Archbishop Justin Welby


Central Methodist Church:
Men's Breakfast - Saturday 18th February at 8.30 am

All men are welcome at the next Men's Breakfast on Saturday, 18th February at 8.30 am for cooked breakfast. After which Chris Briddon will speak on Fairtrade Issues in preparation for this year's Fairtrade Fortnight. 

If you plan to be there, it would be helpful (but not necessary) for catering purposes to let Brian Offiler know (01246 234707). 


For sometime now the Salvation army has been running a transport system for human trafficking to transport victims rescued to safe houses. I've been taking part in this and have been used a few times. 

Up till now it has been restricted to SA Officers but now it seems it is opening up to other church members to be Drivers or Escorts.
There is always a shortage of volunteers so could we put it out to churches together for anybody who wants to be involved in this to contact me.
Many thanks

TE Ray Baynes

Corp Officer

Chesterfield Salvation Army

01246 234627

Web address


Are you ready to have your heart – and horizons – expanded this year? Want to take a trip like no other?

Each year, Tearfund runs a series of Global Volunteering Teams (GVT) around the world. I’d like to invite you to join one of them.


While you’re overseas with us you’ll be offering practical help to one of our overseas partners as they do their remarkable work:

...And many more projects besides.
You can join a trip for just two weeks, or for a whole lot longer. There are trips for young and old, families and groups, as well as special gap year placements.

Watch out though; you will be changed – you’ll find your time overseas changing your whole outlook, even the way you live. In short, a Tearfund trip will expand your heart and your horizons.

So… how about it?
Want to know more? Just hit reply to this email and talk to our team.

With every blessing,

Ben Cohen
Web Editor, Tearfund

PS – Know any friends or family thinking of doing a gap year or wanting to volunteer overseas? Please pass this email on and do them a favour.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017


Starting 6th March in ecumenical home groups across the town we are getting together to study the brand new York Course called 'Receiving Christ.'  The groups meet on different days and at different times of day so there is bound to be at least one that fits around your busy schedule.  There are 5 studies to complete with input from some very interesting people.

To all who received him … he gave power to become children of God.’ (John 1.12.) 

This raises big questions: Aren't we all children of God anyway?

Just how can we receive Christ?  What does it mean to have a 'relationship with Christ'?

Session 1:    Receiving Christ: as children of God

Session 2:    Receiving Christ: in the stranger and the needy

Session 3:    Receiving Christ: in Holy Communion   

Session 4:    Receiving Christ: through prayer and fellowship

Session 5:    ‘Christ in you, the hope of glory’ (Colossians 1.27)

The participants on the course CD are:The Rt Revd Nick Baines, Bishop of LeedsMargaret SentamuRevd Dr Ken Howcroft, former President of Methodist ConferenceTheodora Hawksley, RC TheologianIn a course crammed with discussable questions, John Young teases out from the New Testament at least three different ways in which we receive Christ. John’s course booklet is supplemented by four leading Christians, from a variety of backgrounds, on the course CD. Together they demonstrate that St John’s theology in his Gospel has very practical implications for our day-to-day lives.

Interested?  Contact:
Hilary Lyndon on 857846   lyndonfamily@hotmail.com  

or Paul King on 270936   jpking@uwclub.net


What does freedom really feel like?

We try and maintain the momentum, but life keeps adding yet more challenges! With home and family pressures, workplace challenges, health and relationships – it’s difficult to know what’s worth keeping up and what to let go.
However many plates you’re spinning it’s easy to get distracted and lose sight of who God has designed you to be. Join us for Free To Be where you’ll leave with inspirational, practical ideas, and a renewed vision to step out into the life God has called you to.
Cathy Madavan and Bekah Legg would love you to join them to explore together what freedom in Christ really looks like.

Cathy Bekah Nicki
Cathy is a popular speaker, presenter and writer. She is part of the leadership team of Spring Harvest festival, writes regularly for Liberti magazine, CWR and Bible Reading Fellowship, and recently published her first book Digging for Diamonds. Cathy lives on the South Coast with her husband Mark and they have two teenage girls.
Bekah is Director of Mission at Maybridge Community Church in Worthing and the editor of  Liberti magazine. She is passionate about helping people to discover what freedom really looks like and how to live out their lives in glorious liberty. At home she is kept on her toes by a husband and five fabulous girls.
Nicki is a church leader, worship leader and songwriter. Juggling motherhood and ministry, she understands the diverse pressures facing women and is passionate about equipping, encouraging and championing them to thrive in all areas of life. She’s married to Pete and they have a beautiful daughter, Aria.
If you’re in Belfast, Cathy and Bekah will be joined by Zara Monteith! Zara is Mummy to Joshua, Isobel and Esther. She leads worship at Journey Community Church, Antrim and is passionate about helping people to encounter God in order to take his love out of the church building and into their communities. Zara has had the privilege of leading worship at New Wine Ireland events, Kingdom Women and Focusfest.

Cathy and Bekah will look at these four themes:                                     

Free to be me

How to be true to myself instead of letting others define who I am.

Free to love and be loved

How to set boundaries and build healthy relationships.

Free to be real

How to live authentically in the midst of life’s challenges.

Free to be brave

How to invest my life and make a difference. If not me, who?!

Follow the link to book tickets online: https://www.careforthefamily.org.uk/event/free-to-be-derby

or call 029 2081 0800

Venue in Derby is the Riverside Centre DE24 8HY 
(Near Pride Park)

Time 19.30 - 22.00

Early bird tickets £4