Monday, 21 May 2018

UMBRELLAS - A GATHERING PLACE

In 2015, God started prompting me to consider opening a coffee house with a dedicated play area in it for under 5’s.  This became a much stronger calling throughout the next year and having prayed about it and sought advice and counsel from a number of people, and with support from George and the family, I started exploring how this could become a reality.  There have been many ‘coincidences’ along the journey, that have just convinced us that God is totally behind and in control of this project.  I had an initial idea of where the café could be situated, but God had other ideas! 
I always knew that the Grangewood area of Chesterfield had a bad reputation, and God has opened up the way for the coffee house to be situated right in the middle of the estate, in a new development to be built there.  The Grangewood area is in the Rother Ward, in the bottom 8% of deprivation for the whole country, with no visible church presence on the estate. 
The vision has grown and changed – the coffee house will have a dedicated play area in it, so that
parents and carers can relax and have some quiet, relaxing time knowing that the children are enjoying themselves.  This area can be screened off and small groups can meet there, with activities such as story time, music time, simple cooking, messy play etc.  In addition, the partitioned area can be used to host small groups for the elderly, having social groups, memory café, music groups, to bring people together who are possibly isolated and fearful.
We will also use the premises for  more obvious church based initiatives, such as café church, Alpha sessions – both adults and toddler Alpha groups; a base for people to come back to after running children’s events on the nearby park area.  Although there will be a number of groups held there, the main aim is for Umbrellas to be a place where people can come to and feel accepted and welcomed – where there will be a friendly greeting and a shoulder to lean on, if they want it!  We want the presence of Jesus to fill the place - where people can meet Jesus through the volunteers who are serving them coffee, doing the washing up, cooking the food or just there to meet people.  Everyone has the opportunity to play their part. 
Umbrellas will be the building where the community know that they can go to for good food; advice; a hug; someone to pray with them; someone to listen to them; or somewhere where they can meet Jesus. It will be church – the family of God – in the middle of Grangewood Farm - a new expression of church, meeting the needs of the local community it is in the middle of.   It will be a hub for supporting people with other concerns, such as financial, emotional or spiritual worries - a place of sanctuary, helping people holistically – physically, mentally and spiritually. 

We are part of the charity Community Transformation, registered charity 1149268 and the website is www.umbrellascoffeehouse.co.uk.



For any further information email jane@umbrellascoffeehouse.co.uk .

WHAT DO YOU NEED?

On many occasions when people came to Jesus he asked them what might seem an obvious question.  What do you want me to do for you?  So I'm asking you the same question.  What do you need Jesus to do for you?
Some of us carry emotional hurts from the past. Others face a daily battle for their mental well-being.  Some have problems with their physical body whilst others are dealing with an attack from sickness or disease.  Some are just weary.
We carry pain and anxiety that God never intended for us to carry and he longs to set us free.  No matter how hard it looks to us, the truth is nothing is impossible for our God.
This Sunday Andrew Murray is coming to speak at our whole church meeting and he is bringing a car-full of his students with him.  God has blessed Andrew's ministry many times and in many countries with powerful healings and amazing miracles so we are believing for the same here in Chesterfield.

Come in faith this Sunday believing in the God of the impossible who sent his Son, Jesus, to pay the cost of your healing and receive the freedom God has for you.

Let's have our ears tuned to the Holy Spirit and be ready to be the means by which God sets someone else free too!

Thursday, 17 May 2018

MARTYN IN CHESTERFIELD THIS SUNDAY

This weekend Alfreton are going to be blessed by having Peter Topliss speaking there which releases Martyn to come and bless us with God's word in Chesterfield.
Come and join us as we celebrate our wonderful God in worship and then listen to his word.  Sunday 10.30 am at The Winding Wheel in Chesterfield, at Firs Gardens Community Centre in Alfreton and at the Village Hall, Stretton.
Everyone very welcome.  For more information about our Sunday meetings and mid-week home groups contact Dave on 01246 200768.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

YOUR KINGDOM COME

Last year we joined a national campaign to pray 'Your Kingdom Come' here where we live.  The main idea was to choose 5 people you know and pray for them every day for 11 days between May 10th and May 20th.  We think it is a fantastic idea, just imagine how many thousands of people will be prayed for during that period and what impact it will have in the heavenly realms!


So it starts in a weeks time - next Thursday.  Pick up a booklet on Sunday and spend some time thinking about who you will commit to pray for every day for 11 days.  Then pray for an opportunity to invite them to a Sunday meeting.  We have our very own Martyn Rowe speaking on Sunday May 20th and Andrew Murray on Sunday 27th.  A packed house for both would be wonderful!

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

YOU WON'T KNOW UNTIL YOU ASK


WHOLE CHURCH MEETING 29TH APRIL

 This weekend we will all be meeting together at the Winding Wheel in Chesterfield 10.30 am.  It's always a great time when we gather together to worship but on this occasion we have something special to celebrate.  Peter has been given the all clear and is feeling well enough to resume preaching duties.  We are so grateful to God for sustaining him & Susan through the period of his treatment and over the coming months we are trusting for an accelerated return to full health.  We are looking forward to hearing God's word from Peter this Sunday.

Monday, 16 April 2018

BAPTISM ON SUNDAY

For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.  Romans 6:4

This Sunday will be a very special one for Tom.  His baptism is a declaration to the world that he has chosen to leave his old life behind and move on with his new life following Jesus.  It would be good to have as many people there as possible to support him.

If you are interested in finding out more about baptism contact Dave on 01246 200768.

As timings are a bit close together we have decided to cancel Cafe Church just for this week but we will be back next week as usual.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

THIS WEEKEND

This weekend Cafe Church returns after a little break for Easter and the speaker is our very own Dave Bunting.  

Come and join us at the Compass on West Bars from 6pm until 7pm for worship and bible teaching followed by coffee and cake.  

Everyone warmly welcome.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

EASTER SUNDAY

We get excited about Easter at NLC but not just on the prescribed Sunday.  Every day has the potential for new life in Jesus and a fresh start whenever we need it.  Because he died all our wrong doing is forgiven; the mistakes we made in the past and the ones we made this morning.  Because he rose from the dead he made a way for us to have eternity with our Father in heaven.  We live in the resurrection power of Jesus and he reaches out to the lost world through us.


 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honour at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.  Ephesians 1:19-20

Join us this Sunday 10.30 am for a family celebration of what Easter is really all about.

Monday, 19 March 2018

WHOLE CHURCH MEETING THIS SUNDAY

After the return of the 'Beast from the East' all of our meetings had to be cancelled last Sunday because of the snow and ice. Police had advised people not to go out unless it was really necessary and the repercussions from a slip on the ice are too long term to risk.  So we hope you had a lovely cosy time at home or sledging for the more adventurous!
This coming Sunday we will all be gathering for a whole church meeting and our speaker will be our own Martyn Rowe.  Looking forward to a great time together.

Don't forget the clocks go forward this weekend

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

LES ISAAC IN CHESTERFIELD THIS WEEKEND!

Really excited that we have Les and Louise Isaac in Chesterfield this weekend.  On Friday he will be visiting the School Pastors at work in Parkside School and hopefully speaking with both staff and children.  On Saturday he is speaking at a lunch which is now fully booked with 80 people having tickets to hear him. But you can join us on Saturday for the Commissioning Service for our newest recruits at the Crooked Spire at 7.30pm where Les will be the speaker.  Grab the opportunity to hear this inspiring speaker.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

'AWAKENING' II


This Sunday Dave is bringing the second part of his word about the need for the Church to awaken, rise up and reach for everything God intends her to be.  How about praying for breakthrough for each other this week?  That we can all rise up, clothed in God's strength and dazzle the enemy with our, graciously given, garments of splendour.

Awake, awake, Zion, clothe yourself with strength!
Put on your garments of splendour, Jerusalem, the holy city....
 rise up, sit enthroned, Jerusalem.
Free yourself from the chains on your neck Isaiah 52


Friday, 2 March 2018

'SNOWMAGGEDON' HITS OUR SCHEDULE

The snow and freezing conditions mean that George Jarvis will not be able to be with us this Sunday. We will still be meeting on Sunday for as many of you as can make it but please make your safety a priority and if conditions are too treacherous stay at home in the warm.  For those that can make it Dave will be speaking briefly and we will worship and break bread together. 

Same for Cafe Church 6pm at The Compass - we'll be there if you can make it come and join us.


TRAINING TO HELP OTHERS WITH DEPRESSION


Central Methodist Church has invited 
Revd.Stephen Normanton of PEER SUPPORT
to lead a morning for its pastoral team 
Saturday March 17th at 10.15
 
Others are very welcome to join this occasion