Thursday, 25 May 2017


We are having a special time of prayer tonight at Hasland Baptist 7pm. We will be praying for the victims in the Manchester atrocity and for their families.

John Pickering


Report from: Doncaster Street Pastors
One of our Response Pastors stayed in Manchester until late last night. This is part of what he had to share:
"There were so many people needing compassion. Many were willingly accepting prayer from us – several requesting prayers. Response Pastors helped many to find a way through the media scrum to lay their flowers alongside the others in the growing display of the public’s response to this awful tragedy – and to stand with them – pray with them.
We held many in our arms as they wept. They had been through such harrowing experiences."

The Response Pastors spent time yesterday afternoon talking & praying with individuals in St Anne's Square.  They attended the vigil in Albert Square in evening, working alongside and supporting the local Street Pastors.
There was a strong feeling of community spirit - everyone was united - we will not be cowed. It was especially great to see people of all faiths, and those of none, standing together in solidarity.


I have received news that a memorial hour of prayer is planned at Old Brampton Parish church on Saturday 6-7pm.  We are grateful to Peter Green and the Parish there for this initiative.   Can I suggest that as many people going there as possible car-share, because parking near the church is limited? And the road is not very wide.

I would also suggest that we take this initiative as a trigger to do likewise in other churches as well.  This will be within the ten-day period of Thy Kingdom Come prayers.   The original motivation of the prayer period was evangelistic, I think.  Then the General Election was announced and gave the prayer period an additional content.  Now we have a third component – love and concern for Manchester and people who attended the concert and opportunity to express ourselves and our feelings at this time.

If another church sees fit to arrange  a period of prayer as I suggest, then I can make that known by this same method….  And let us remember our Moslem friends on Friday at their Juma prayers in both mosques.

Paul King

Tuesday, 23 May 2017


A team of specially trained Response Pastors will be on Manchester streets for the next couple of days to help with the aftermath of the tragedy at the 
Arena. Please pray for them.

(Response Pastors are Street Pastors who have completed an extra series of training sessions by the police and emergency services in order to support and help those affected by major incidents such as this one.)


There is be a silent vigil in sympathy with the people of Manchester just below the civic war memorial, below the town hall, at 6.30 this evening for 30 minutes.  This will be in company with Sheffield and elsewhere.

Come if you can.

Paul King

Monday, 22 May 2017


Circuit Youth Work Facilitator (for 12 months, from Sept 2017-Aug 2018)
The Chesterfield Circuit is seeking to appoint someone with the passion and expertise to consolidate, facilitate and evaluate the youth work across our Circuit. They will be co-ordinating an emerging team which is delivering specific elements of youth work that has been developed over the last six years.
As our youth work facilitator, you will work with others to:
·         facilitate the youth activities within our Circuit’s Churches, promoting youth participation at every level
·         evaluate the status of our youth work provision
·         formulate proposals for future youth work engagement within the overall review of our Circuit’s mission priorities and activities.
This work will be for 40 hours per week (worked flexibly to accommodate events and meetings).
The salary is in the region of £23,000 per annum subject to qualifications and experience plus automatic enrolment in a pension scheme.
Closing date for applications is 14th June 2017.
Interviews are being planned in June/July (subject to negotiation and candidate availability).
For further information and an application pack, please contact Agnes Tranter on 01246 452 303 or the Circuit Treasurer via email (


General Election Hustings at Central Methodist Church, Saltergate Tonight! Monday 22nd May 7.30pm

Made your mind up?  If not, come and hear the candidates who have put themselves forward to represent you as MP.  Bring your questions and hear what they have to say.  Make your decision an informed one..  The debate will be chaired by Rev Patrick Coleman.

Thursday, 18 May 2017


Sunday 21st May 6-7pm
 New Life Cafe Church hosts 
Crimson Cascade

A Christian band from Matlock who sing and talk about their faith which has transformed their lives.  Free Admission.  Everyone welcome. 

Get a taster here:

Wednesday, 17 May 2017


Reminder to make sure you have a representative for your church at the final briefing for the Whit Walk.  Thursday 17th May 7.30pm at Rose Hill URC.

Hear the latest and make sure you know where to be for when when the walk takes place on Bank Holiday Monday 28th May.

The procession is colourful, fun and bright,  full of good news messages and a great witness to the town that the Church is very much alive in Chesterfield. Make sure you're a part of it!

Tuesday, 9 May 2017


New Life Church are delighted to have evangelist Andrew Murray and his family with us this weekend.  On Saturday 13th May he will be taking a day of training designed to inspire and encourage us to evangelism and mission.  Everyone is welcome to join us at Rose Hill URC from 10am to 3pm.  Please bring some lunch with you or nip into town for a sandwich.

Andrew Murray is a fiery and passionate preacher of God’s Word, with a burning desire to lift up Jesus Christ and see Him save, heal and deliver. In his meetings many people have been blessed and encouraged as he preaches a message of faith and hope and also stirred and challenged to seek God’s presence. Along with the preaching of the gospel, Andrew's ministry is often accompanied with healings and miracles and times of encountering the Holy Spirit.
Andrew has been in full time Christian ministry since the age of 18, originally based at a Church in Barnsley in the North of England where he was on staff for 15 years. In 2014 Andrew launched “Generation Builders” ministries and began to travel full time as an evangelist. He travels extensively around the UK as well as overseas.
Andrew is married to Laura and they have one child, Judah (and another on the way). They are members of Revive Church, a multi-site church in East Yorkshire.

Monday, 8 May 2017


Christians Together for Chesterfield AGM is next week, Tuesday 16th May 7.30pm at Grace Chapel, New Square, Chesterfield.  It would be lovely to have as many churches in the town as possible represented but you can send as many representatives as you like.  Catch up with what has been happening and discover some of what lies ahead.   Everyone welcome.

Friday, 5 May 2017


Men's Breakfast at Central Methodist Church

The next Men's Breakfast is on Saturday 20th  May when our speaker will be Richard Minns (Chairman) on the work of Pathways to support those who are homeless in our community. Cooked breakfast available at 8.30 am - all are welcome. 
It will be helpful (but not essential) for catering purposes to let Brian Offiler (01246 234707) know if you intend to come.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017


Is anyone available to help with a street collection for Ashgate Hospice in Chesterfield on Saturday 13th May?

Contact Gill Ashton to offer your services at