Tuesday, 21 January 2020


This Sunday is our first 'whole church meeting' of 2020.  A chance for us all to catch up and the opportunity to join in worship together.  Dave is excited about what God is showing him for this new year and he will be sharing some of that with us .  Remind everyone you see to be there and you are very welcome to invite someone to come along with you.

Cafe Church will be on as usual 6-7pm at the Cosy Hub, Burns Close, Grangewood.

Wednesday, 8 January 2020


Come and Celebrate Chesterfield Street and School Pastors

Thursday 27th February 7.30pm

St John's Church,
Walton Back Lane, Walton

You are invited to join us to celebrate the wonderful work of Chesterfield Street Pastors and Chesterfield School Pastors.
There will be worship, a free buffet and first hand accounts from some of our volunteers.

(We will have to fit in a few mins of AGM business while we are all together but that will be kept to a minimum!)

If you don't know what we do - come along and find out.
If you are interested in finding out more about what's involved - this is the evening for you.
If you are a supporter we would love you to be there and please bring your friends!


Monday, 6 January 2020


We're Ready For You 2020
We’ve got muscles, talent, passion, singers, dancers, faith, entrepreneurs, footballers and much more.  However, before we kick off the new year, we just have to congratulate our students on their achievements in 2019. We had 15 graduates in year 9 and record pass rates from our students in their state school exams.
Well done to our arts students who performed a spectacular Christmas musical called ‘The Mystery of Christmas’, starring Jane Blonde, a curious reporter trying to unravel the story of the birth of Jesus.
There are 260 students and their families all looking forward to the opportunities The University of Life has to offer this new year.
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Congratulations to our all students who participated in our Christmas musical. Watch on You Tube.
New Staff
We are in the process of making a few changes to our line up of teachers. We have staff stepping up into new roles and new challenges. Lisiane is moving from year 3 to be our year 4 teacher and Raquel is moving from year 4 to a completely new position in administration and accounting.
In addition we are recruiting and training some new staff and are excited to see our young teachers growing into a strong professional team.

You can support this team by setting up a standing order to UNiViDA this January. Set Up Now
Revision and Review
The University of Life offers an additional 20 hours per week of quality Christian education to children aged 7-14. The needs of our 11-14 year olds are constantly changing as they face instability in the state school system where they study for 4 hours a day.
When they arrive with us, they want help with their homework but also need support to negotiate life as a teenager in the complicated social world of the slums. We are looking at how we balance academic support with the need for character, skills development and discipleship.
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January is Celia’s last month with us because she is retiring and taking up another important role of caring for her mother. We will dearly miss her strength, matriarchal love and vibrant faith.
As you can imagine this role has been no small task and Celia has competently brought stability, management and organization into the main office ever since!
Celia began working for Marc as a teacher almost twenty years ago. She quickly fell in love with the work of The University of Life but not so much with the role of being a teacher. In 2002 she became the secretary, working with parents, registering children, bookkeeping and keeping up with all the other administration required by the project.
Thank you Celia for your years of dedication and service,
we wish you a wonderful retirement.
Olaf in the Tropics Photo Competition
This little chap arrived at The University of Life in December and he’s been stoically spending Fortaleza’s non-winter with the kids.
He became the subject of a very emotional (this is Brazil!) photo competition where entries had to represent the different activities and services UNiViDA provides in Brazil. This was the winning entry from our year 3 class.
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Climate Change In Our Back Yard
The picture below you how close the favela is to our classrooms. This kind of construction against the main perimeter wall of the project is having a significant impact on the circulation of wind and average temperature of the compound. We have an urgent need to plant trees that will provide privacy and shade.
We have proposals from local business' for tree planting and for the installation of solar panels to help reduce our growing electricity bills. 
If you think you can help by giving, fundraising or helping UNIVIDA with grant writing, please let us know.

For more information email ruth.marques@univida.org.
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Friday, 3 January 2020


We hope you had a fabulous Christmas and that you are raring to go at the start of a new year.  Our Sunday meetings will be taking place in Chesterfield, Alfreton and Clay Cross at 10.30 am.  Ignite will be joining us in Chesterfield just for this week.

In Chesterfield we will be celebrating the goodness of God in worship and in testimony.  If you have some encouragement to share come prepared. 

Cafe Church also restarts today 6-7 pm at the Umbrellas Cosy Hub, Burns Close, Grangewood.

Looking forward to a great new year adventuring with Jesus together.

Tuesday, 17 December 2019


This Sunday 10.30 am at the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield we will be celebrating the true meaning of Christmas with bells on!  There will be video presentations, a special performance from our children, festive carols a-plenty, a quiz and a selection box for every child. 
The event will be all the more special if you accept our invitation to join us.  Come and celebrate the best gift ever - Jesus, the baby born to save the world.


Thanks to everyone who helped with the preparations for our Christmas Concert yesterday and to the lovely Amy Faith Morley for coming to sing for us and to share her story.

Amy Faith Morley  recommends New Life Church Chesterfield.
I went to sing at their Christmas concert last night and I must say what a friendly, warm community of people! Thy were so encouraging and sang along! They know how to celebrate and I look forward to visiting their church someday too!

Tuesday, 10 December 2019


We have our meeting as usual this Sunday morning at the Winding Wheel.  Well, I say usual, but it is Christmas Jumper Sunday so there may well be some unusual outfits to behold.  It is all in a good cause - raising funds for Save the Children.

The very next day, Monday 16th December, we will be back in the Winding Wheel for a very special concert by our guest Amy Faith Morley.  Doors open at 7pm and the tickets on the door will be £2.50 for adults (children free) including refreshments at the interval.

"Amy Faith Morley is an independent British singer-songwriter of contemporary country/folk style music.  Amy is passionate to share her Christian faith, through her uplifting songs and personal testimony.  She also has a desire to uplift and encourage the church in Mission and understanding the wider picture of 'The Kingdom'.  It is evident that wherever Amy plays, people are not only inspired by her warm, comforting vocals but also encouraged by her testimony from a life of brokenness, fear and Identity-struggles, to finding faith, healing and ongoing freedom. Her uplifting debut album ‘Morning Star’ was released in 2014, followed by a tour ‘The Journey’ where she travelled from place to place with her acoustic guitar and a vintage suitcase filled with message-in-a-bottle style postcards which she gave out to her listeners!   This included churches, cafes, bars, homeless soup kitchens, youth groups and elderly nursing homes."


Monday, 18 November 2019


Shoebox Sunday

What a lovely meeting filled with worship, good news stories and a huge pile of shoeboxes!

Liz testified about getting the all clear from cancer.  Nick shared about the amazing intervention of God in three situations in answer to prayer.  Praise God on all counts!

Then there were the shoeboxes which we know will bring such joy to the children who receive them. Alison gave the wonderful children and staff at Hasland Infant School the opportunity to join in and over 40 boxes came from there.

There were around 80 boxes in Chesterfield plus those from the other venues will probably take our total over 100.

We watched the videos that show how God's love demonstrated by you in packing shoeboxes can transform the lives of children.  How God brings the right box to the right child and amazes them with his provision.  Praise God all the more!

Well done to Bev and Nick for providing the 'White Elephant' stall as a means to raise some money towards the admin costs for the shoeboxes.  Their efforts raised a champion £150 - enough to send 30 boxes.

Wednesday, 13 November 2019


This is one of our favourites.  It's time to bring your filled shoebox to the meeting next Sunday so we can take them all down to the distribution centre.  The volunteers will check the boxes and get them ready to be loaded on to the lorries.  Then off they go and somewhere a child will know the love of God because you took time to send them a gift.

Feedback from those who have received the boxes often states how much the children are delighted to receive a note or photo from the sender.  So give that a thought.

On Sunday morning we will have videos showing the impact of these boxes in the lives of children around the world.  Many of these children have never received a gift like this before and it is a life changer.

Remember to bring your box or a contribution to go in a box or a donation towards the admin costs and be part of something wonderful.

Monday, 4 November 2019


I Could Really Be A Doctor?

Ellie is a beautiful little 7 year old, in her first year at The University of Life.
Each morning she arrives with her big smile and big personality which brings us all plenty of fun!
Ellie has not grown up with story books or toys to stimulate her imagination or  teach her about the world.
However, thanks to The University of Life, she is now discovering the world of literature and what it means to be able to read and write. Ellie’s world is coming alive and it’s a privilege to be apart of the process. 
Ellie says that her favourite lesson is on the computers with our new IT teacher Abner.
She is not afraid to ask questions and share her thoughts as she connects what she is learning with her immediate reality. Recently she suddenly exclaimed out loud in the middle of the classroom, “Do you really think I can manage to be a doctor?”
Ellie is honest and genuine and we are so happy that she is a part of our daily lives. Please pray for her as she grows in wisdom and knowledge.

Abner, The University of Life's new IT Teacher

Meet Abner

My name is Abner, I’m 24 and I have just got married. It’s only in the last few months that I found out about the work of The University of Life here in Fortaleza, but I have fallen in love with the vision of this organisation.
When I arrived, I felt an immediate connection to the team of staff who demonstrated to me how they work together and provide such a great opportunity to children like Ellie.
As the IT teacher, my role is to familiarise the younger students with a computer and then use it to support  their maths, Portuguese and general learning.
I feel comfortable in this work environment where I can ask questions, learn and use my initiative to help.
Even though we have some difficult students, I am enjoying this new challenge and the amazing opportunity I have to make a difference in the lives of these children.
Thank you for your warm welcome and support.


It’s with tremendous gratitude that we can report back to you about our campaign for a new oven at The University of Life.
Thanks to your generosity and action we have been able to purchase a  new cooker in the kitchen!
The process of installing the extractor fan has also begun, so that the kitchen will be a more comfortable place to cook in and eat in. This requires a little more work and the adjustment of the adjacent work surfaces.
We wish to thank everyone who has made this possible.
UNiViDA is funded by generous individuals and churches. Thanks for your support.
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Cristina with the new oven in The University of Life's Kitchen.

Searching For Sustainability

One month ago we leaned of the impressive efforts of one of our year 9 students, who, of her own will used social media to organise a clean up day in her community. Impressed by the contrast between the clean grounds of The University of Life and the dirty streets immediately outside, Lana successfully mobilised over 30 friends and family members to help. Our congratulations to her and all those who participated.

Solar Power

Talking about the environment, the project has recently received two bids for the installation of solar panels to produce clean energy for The University of Life.
If you would like to know more about this, or help us find funding sources for the investment required, please email Ruth Marques. ruth.marques@univida.org

Countdown to Christmas
With rehearsals for our Christmas Cantata already underway, it’s time to get ready for our busiest time of the year.
Upcoming events include the arrival of another mission team on the 10th November, our family lunch on the 15th November, and our Christmas concert on 13th December.

Safeguarding Training
Ben and Talita Bentley (top middle without certificates) delivered a day of Safeguarding Training to staff at The University of Life. The training was developed by UNiViDA in partnership with Anti-slavery charity Hope For Justice, based in Manchester. Talita is Brazilian and lives in Chesterfield with her husband Ben and their two children.
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