Monday, 22 January 2018


Singin’ in the Rain Wednesday 7th February 2018 

Summer Holiday Wednesday 16th May 2018

Winding Wheel, 13 Holywell Street, Chesterfield, S41 7SA 

Cost £3 (incl. tea, coffee, biscuits, cake)
Customers with dementia may bring one carer, family member or friend for free.
 Doors open 1pm. Films start 1.30pm. Finish 4pm. Tea & cake. Fun film related activities and chat.
 Box Office: 01246 345 222 - This event is wheelchair accessible. Spaces are limited, please book in advance. Call in advance if you have transport needs. Some financial support is available for individuals using local community transport schemes.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018


Reminder that we are holding the initial training day for School Pastors on Saturday 20th January at the Compass on West Bars, Chesterfield.  The day runs from 9.30am to 3.30pm and is being led by the national coordinator for School Pastors.  If you would like to come along just to find out more about school pastors you are very welcome to join us.  Bring some packed lunch.  Drinks will be provided.


Frank Berry is this week's lunchtime recitalist at Chesterfield Parish Church.

Join Frank at 12.15pm this Thursday for 45 minutes of piano music.

Entry is free, with a retiring collection to support the church. All are welcome.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018


An Invitation to help develop a Community Hospice Chaplaincy Team – from the teams at the Hospice and at the Crooked Spire You will have noticed that Ashgate Hospice has been developing and publicising its Community Care service, and we have been in conversation about how we can ensure that local religious communities are enabled to offer chaplaincy services to those who are receiving terminal care at home.

The aim is to develop a group of individuals with the necessary skills, who can be the first point of contact for anyone who requests spiritual care. The Crooked Spire will act as a central contact place which patients or families can call or email to request a chaplaincy visit at home from their preferred faith or denomination. All religious communities in the town are welcome to be represented on this group. Where communities do not have members or ministers experienced or trained in terminal care, or new volunteers feel called to this particular ministry, training will be offered, so that there is some assurance that those visiting have appropriate skills in this area. In the same way, as representatives will be working with vulnerable adults, the Hospice team will wish to have evidence that suitable Safeguarding checks (DBS clearances, &c) have been carried out by their own religious groups.

It is our intention to commission this new initiative at the 30 years celebration of the Hospice in September 2018. In the mean time, we would like to operate a six-month pilot scheme, beginning in February 2018, so that we can evaluate and fine-tune our plans. All faith groups, communities and parishes are invited at this stage to nominate individuals, lay or ordained, who would wish to be involved in this work. The commitment will be entirely flexible, and we hope there will be lots of volunteers! By the end of January we will select a group of around ten, as widely representative as we can manage, to form the pilot group, and we will also contact all volunteers to ascertain how much training or support they might need (or indeed offer!)

The Hospice Chaplains will be contacting the inter-faith group directly; members of CTfC should offer names to Patrick Coleman ( - 01246 206406) in the first instance. The hope is that this initiative will enable and support all our faith groups in our ministry to those who are preparing for the most decisive event in their lives.

Many thanks, and we look forward to working together!

 Paul Bettison
Patrick Coleman


Thursday, 4 January 2018



A Study Day for Preachers and Leaders of Worship led by The Rev Dr Kate Bruce Deputy Warden and Tutor in Homiletics and CODEC Research Fellow in Preaching, Cranmer College, Durham on

Saturday 27 January 2018 at 
Whittington Moor Methodist Church Chesterfield, S41 8NA

09.30-10.00 Arrival & Coffee
10.00-11.00 Dipping our Toes In
11.00-12.00 Exploring the Deeps
12.00-13.00 Lunch
13.00-14.00 Hallmarks of Imaginative Preaching
14.00-15.00 Setting the Imagination Free
15.00-15.20 Break
15.20-16.00 Sample Sermon & Discussion

Please bring a packed lunch. Drinks will be provided.

To book: 01246 453651

The invitation to Kate Bruce 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.”

Kate was ordained in 2001, after seven very happy years as a secondary school English teacher in Yorkshire. Following a curacy in Ripon, she worked as Associate Priest at St Oswald’s Durham and was Chaplain to Van Mildert and Trevelyan Colleges. Following this she was appointed as Chaplain to St John’s College, a post she combined with PhD research as Fellow in Preaching with CODEC which included teaching, preaching and apologetics at Cranmer Hall. She took up her post as Deputy Warden and Tutor in Homiletics in April 2013. She was awarded her doctoral thesis on imagination and preaching last year, and is currently working to turn this into a book due out summer 2015.

Kate is the Fellow in Preaching at CODEC which is a research centre of Durham University, based at St John’s College, exploring the interfaces between the Bible, theology, the digital environment and contemporary culture ( As part of this she organizes and teaches on the popular Durham Preaching Conferences which are day conferences designed to inspire, support and enable preachers. Kate is often asked to lead days/weekends on preaching for new and more experienced preachers. Details of the next Durham Preaching Conferences can be found at: https:// In her spare time Kate enjoys skiing, clay pigeon shooting, stand-up comedy – and chocolate.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018


I would like to say thank you to everyone who made Christmas day a great success. We had a 160 people including volunteers. There were not enough tables to sit everyone . God was kind. I would like to say thank you to everyone who donated I  one form or the other to make it a great success. We are so thankful. I can't mention each person or church because there are to many but would like to say thank you and only God who sees their kindness will reward them. 
                                                                                     Please forward my thanks. 

Tuesday, 2 January 2018


Songs of Praise Saturday 20th January at Holy Trinity Church

The additional message is that we hope again to have a choir to lead the occasion, rehearsing the night before so that less-well-known items go well (and  possibly contributing a verse or two here and there or even a ‘solo’ item).

So singers in any parts would be welcome on Friday January 19th at 7.30, at  Holy Trinity Church.

Contact Paul King: