Tuesday, 25 September 2018


100-Days-Peace-Hope-logo 25 September
48 days to go
‘Is your heart as true to mine as mine is to yours?’ Jehonadab answered, ‘It is.’… So he gave him his hand.
2 Kings 10:15 (NRSV)

The key text for John Wesley’s famous sermon on catholic spirit might appear at first to be a strange choice for Wesley’s sweeping account of Christian love, its generosity, and, as he puts it, ‘unspeakable tenderness’. He argues that diversity of opinion or belief need not prevent our walking together peaceably; ‘though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike?’ The joined hands of Jehu and Jehonadab provide a glimpse of ‘tenderness’ amidst an otherwise brutal catalogue of massacre and judgement. In a context of stark enmity in the house of Israel, Wesley identifies a moment of kinship, and its wider resonance for universal love. A truly catholic spirit, Wesley writes, is a heart ‘enlarged toward’ all humanity.

Loving God, you urge us to the way of peace and kinship. Enlarge our hearts towards those we find difficult to love. May your unspeakable tenderness be known in the world.

Owen Roberts is Heritage Officer for the Methodist Church.

100 Days of Peace and Hope is available with Bible readings, reflections and prayers for each week to download at www.remembrance100.co.uk/100-days

Monday, 24 September 2018


Our Treasurer, Peter Broomhead has decided to step back from his treasurer role later this year. Peter was the warehouse manager and the treasurer and he was part of the team that started the Chesterfield foodbank. Peter is a good man and he worked hard to develop the foodbank and we are very grateful to him for all his support and encouragement.

We are now looking for a new Treasurer to maintain the accrual based accounts and serve as a foodbank Trustee. If you are interested or if you know of anyone who might be interested, could you please contact our stand-in Chairman, Rev. Daniel Cooke, email address below, and copy info@chesterfield.foodbank.org,uk with his/her contact details.

Thank you and kind regards,

Rev. Daniel Cooke

Tuesday, 18 September 2018


A reminder that the Forum of Christians Together for Chesterfield is on Thursday at 7.30 at Central Methedists.  Do be there.

Paul K.

Monday, 17 September 2018


Revival Kids – Raising up a spirit filled, extraordinary generation”
 A Conference to inspire church teams in leading transformational Children’s Ministry.

With Emily Phelps Jones, Jarrod Cooper and the Revive Church team.
Saturday 20 October 2018

Children are central to God’s heart for revival.  As Children’s leaders, we are here to raise ‘Revival Kids’; children who know their Father, who are filled with the Holy Spirit and change the world by representing Jesus in their homes, schools and cities.  We’re being called to raise up a generation of holy ‘freedom fighters’ who pray for the sake of the world and burn with the fire of God so that wherever they go, God’s glory is released.

Join us on Saturday 20th October for a day of envisioning and practical teaching on equipping children’s leaders to step out in Kid’s Ministry. It’s an opportunity for your leaders to build vision and explore approaches for seeing kids released in worship, prayer and the prophetic. 

At Revive Church we have a passion for children to know God deeply, see miracles and prophecy as a part of normal life, to encounter Jesus in worship and be filled with the Holy Spirit. Join us as we seek to become outstanding children’s leaders, raising an extraordinary generation, born for revival!

At this day conference you will enjoy:
-          Worship, prayer and prophetic ministry.
-          Inspiring keynote sessions
-          Teaching & equipping
-          Children’s ministry networking
-          An opportunity to be envisioned, empowered and equipped as we seek God for this generation.

Price: £5 per person

Venue:  Revive Church
Bridlington Avenue


Friday, 14 September 2018


100-Days-Peace-Hope-logo 14 September
59 days to go
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
John 14:27 (ESV)

History has recorded many statements and quotations relating to peace. As we meditate on the events of 100 years ago we might recall those promises and commitments made to building a world that lives in peace. Ronald Reagan said, ‘A people free to choose will always choose peace’ and that is surely so. Each of us who enjoy freedom can choose a peace that passes all understanding. When we accept Jesus into our lives we receive God’s Holy Spirit; he brings a deep and lasting peace. Unlike worldly peace, defined as the absence of conflict, this peace is confident assurance in any circumstance. With Christ’s peace, we need not fear the present nor the future. In commemoration, choose that peace.

Father, thank you for your gift of peace, freely given. Help us to trust wholly in you and your will for our lives. May our actions be rooted in love for you and our neighbours and may we be instruments of your peace in the world. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Michael Cooper is CVM’s National Director for England & Scotland.

100 Days of Peace and Hope is available with Bible readings, reflections and prayers for each week to download at www.remembrance100.co.uk/100-days

Friday, 7 September 2018


Ragged School Chapel Markham Road 

Harvest Celebrations 

 Saturday 22nd September 7.30pm 
 Staveley & District Churches united Choir
Followed by refreshments 

Sunday 23rd September 6.30pm 
Harvest Service Speaker – Sam Bown

Monday, 3 September 2018


100-Days-Peace-Hope-logo 2 September
71 days to go
At one time you were far away from God. But now you belong to Christ Jesus. He spilled his blood for you. This has brought you near to God. Christ himself is our peace.
Ephesians 2:11-18 (NIRV)

Around the world God is working through his children who, as advocates for peace, bring healing to those whose lives have been damaged by war. Some wounds are still raw and sensitive since the conflicts may be recent or continuing. In those cultures, without a Christian world-view, the call for revenge has to be replaced with a desire to forgive. The process begins with those who are willing to take a first step towards forgiveness.

One of my friends conducts ‘Healing the wounds of ethnic conflict’ workshops in war-torn areas. Another is writing reconciliation songs in culturally-sensitive ways and training young people from such areas to sing them. Another has had to be moved out of a war-torn zone for her own safety. Another is bringing aid to refugees and orphans in war-torn Iraq and seeking to disciple them. Some address the historical nature of continuing antagonism in order to dismantle ongoing prejudice and foster reconciliation. Others are seeking to follow God’s leading in restorative justice, in dealing with past genocides, as in Rwanda.

As we pray today for the victims from the various wars, let us pray particularly for women and girls. They are the ones who face the trauma of losing their fathers, husbands, brothers, sons. They are the innocent victims. Their grief is seldom recognised, but God sees, knows, and empathises. Can they learn to forgive also?

Father, thank you that forgiveness is always available from you. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Please help all those who need to forgive their enemies to do so with grace and love, and to embrace all that is involved, with Christ’s help. Amen

Fill a shoe-box with children’s goodies and take it to a refugee family who have fled a conflict zone. Listen to their story, and respond with love and understanding.

Brian Mills is a British-based, international prayer leader and author, and helps lead the international reconciliation movement.

100 Days of Peace and Hope is available with Bible readings, reflections and prayers for each week to download at www.remembrance100.co.uk/100-days