Friday, 2 February 2018


Cafe Church is at the Compass Coffee House, West Bars this Sunday 6-7pm.  Everyone welcome.

Our speaker this week will be Martyn Rowe.

It's church but not in the morning!


This Sunday there is a Beer Festival at the Winding Wheel all day.  So we are meeting with our friends at Holmebrook Valley Church in the Family Centre off Wardgate Way at Holme Hall at 10.30am.  Bus 39 from town stops almost outside.  It's going to be a good morning together so please come along.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018


Our first whole church meeting of 2018 is on January 28th at the Winding Wheel.  Our three groups will come together for a time of celebration . The kettle is on by 10 am so come early and get a cuppa before we start the worship at 10.30 am.  Our speaker is our very own Dave Bunting and his message is titled 'AWAKENING'.  Get a good night's sleep because there will be no dozing off this week.

Wake up, wake up, O Zion (Church)!
    Clothe yourself with strength.
Put on your beautiful clothes, O holy city of Jerusalem,
    for unclean and godless people will enter your gates no longer.
Rise from the dust, O Jerusalem.
    Sit in a place of honor.
Remove the chains of slavery from your neck,
    O captive daughter of Zion.  
(Isaiah 52)

Monday, 8 January 2018


Yes, Cafe Church returns this Sunday after our festive break.  Lots of people have been asking, so I guess you have been missing the times of worship and Bible teaching - ideal for those who for whatever reason cannot get to the Sunday morning meeting.  Ben is back from visiting family in Brazil and will be speaking this week.                                                                                      See you at the Compass at 6-7pm.


Happy New Year
Dear friends,
We trust that you all have had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!  

God has given us a scripture for 2018: He is wooing you from the jaws of distress to a spacious place, free from restriction (Job 36:16) 

Sometimes we want to serve God but feel restricted by finance, by time, by our health or by our circumstances. We believe that in 2018, God is breaking the restrictions off of people. God wants all the limits to be taken off as He enlarges us and our effectiveness. We believe that for Generation Builders and our family, God wants to set us free from all restrictions. We believe that you can claim the same promise! The Holy Spirit is leading you to spacious places this year as you feel truly free to move into the things God puts on your heart
Many blessings in Christ
Andrew & Laura Murray

Wednesday, 3 January 2018


In spite of having her own wedding to organise at the end of November Mydudu and her team went ahead with providing Christmas lunch for those who would be alone or hungry on Christmas Day. 

She is very grateful for all the support she received......

Dear All,
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 thei kindness will reward them. 
Please forward my thanks. 


It's a New Year and usually a time when we focus on what we want to change about ourselves.  Our New Year resolutions.  I've been thinking about how grateful I am that God does not need to make them.  That as Big Ben chimes in the new year, God's love for each one of us is unchanged.  He couldn't possibly love you any more in 2018 than he did in 2017 because he already loves you with a perfect love and you can't get better than perfect!

God has good things planned for you individually and for us as a church.  No doubt we will have our battles but Jesus has already overcome the world in order to give you victory in every situation.  Let's make the goodness of our God our confession and encourage one another with testimonies of what he is doing.

How about letting some of these scriptures lead you in thankfulness and praise........

Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.

Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me.

But as for me, how good it is to be near God! I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.

Psalm 31:1
How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world.

He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!

For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things

Wednesday, 20 December 2017


Christians Together for Chesterfield have been putting on a 'Songs of Praise' in January for a few years now and each time the church building is packed with Christians across the town coming together to give thanks and praise to God.  The music reflects the diversity of our styles of worship and the speakers reflect the diversity of ways in which we serve.  There are people doing good works all over our town that we never get to hear about save at such events.  So a diary date for 2018:

Saturday 20th January 6.30pm at Holy Trinity Church

Songs of Praise

Everyone welcome

Tuesday, 12 December 2017


Friday 15th December - Alfreton New Life Church hosts Carols at Costa, High St, Alfreton 7pm.  A mixture of fun and festive, traditional and modern.

Saturday 16th December - Carols and Bible Readings hosted by Holmebrook Valley Community Church at the Family Centre off Wardgate Way 6.30pm

Sunday 17th December - Family celebrations of the birth of Jesus in Chesterfield, Stretton & Alfreton at 10.30am

Monday 18th December - New Life Christmas Concert 7.30pm at The Winding Wheel, Chesterfield.  Tickets £2.50 at the door (children free) which include refreshments during the interval.
A mix of traditional carols, performance songs and fun sing-a-long classics.


Cafe Church is taking a break over Christmas. One reason is that we have such a great programme of events taking place that we need to free up some time somewhere but also Ben and Talita will be visiting family in Brasil over the holidays.

So mark it in your brand new diary:

Cafe Church is back 
on Sunday 14th January 2018 
at The Compass, West Bars 6-7pm


Have you thought about maybe becoming a School Pastor?  If yes, then there is an opportunity to find out more.  On Saturday 20th January we have the National UK Coordinator of School Pastors coming to do the first training session, 'Roles and Responsibilities of a School Pastor.'

It is a full day's training 9.30am - 3.30pm at the Compass on West Bars.  Drinks will be provided but you would need to bring a packed lunch.  No strings attached, you are not committing yourself but if you are interested please come along.
Jacky 07849 073078

Tuesday, 5 December 2017


Dear friends and partners,
This week I am flying to Kenya with a team for a week of mission in Busia, close to the Kenya / Uganda border. We will be partnering with One by One ministries and spending time with all the beautiful children and King's Children's home in the village of Bumala B as well as speaking in churches. Our main evangelistic efforts will be three nights of gospel crusades in the nearby village of Mauko. A new church plant has recently started here but no gospel crusade like this has taken place before. Mauko is known for murder, crime and withcracft. We need people to stand with us in prayer that the gospel will break chains and we will see a mighty harvest of souls in this area.
Yours in the mighty Name of Jesus,
Andrew Murray

Monday, 13 November 2017


New Irrigation in Zimbabwe
Your generosity and giving this term has enabled us to buy a new Irrigation system for the thriving farm in Gweru, Zimbabwe. To ensure that that farm continues to be a blessing to the local people and area, the irrigation system of more than 10 years needed replacing. 
Through your giving Help International has enabled this to happen. 
Charles Kudzerema reports on how your giving has enabled lives to be transformed in the local area:

' I am happy to share with you that then project has been and still is a great blessing to my family and the surrounding community.  

The bore hole and the new irrigation system is a great blessing to the community.  Being the deepest borehole in the area, it boasts a lot of water underground, even during the hottest months when the other boreholes have dried up.  Due to this the and the local city council failing to supply water to the local people, we have many from the local area come to draw water from our borehole.

Friends, this last winter was one of the hottest we've had for a long time, we were the only people in the local area being able to grow tomatoes in Gweru.  What a blessing it was to be able to supply to the whole of Gweru!  The irrigation project enables families to meet all the basic human needs.

Every year Gladys and myself help ten orphaned families with 10 kg of maize seed using the money from the irrigation project and when the need arises the farm provides food for those who cannot afford.  The project employs three full time persons and hires more than ten casual workers to assist in season, providing employment to local people.'
We would like to extend a  big thank you to all that gave to enable this project to continue, your giving has helped to provide basic needs for food and water and provided employment for many families in the surrounding areas. 

Thursday, 2 November 2017


Earlier this year Cerys (Gareth & Sandra's daughter) sent us a message on behalf of the charity Help
International.  She identified several projects that they are supporting and asked us to consider doing something in the run up to Christmas to help.  We recognised one name straight away - Charles Kudzerema in Zambia who has been to visit us in Chesterfield a few times.  This request had come directly from him:
"The Maize Production Project is the Project Gladys and myself have initiated to help the most underprivileged poor of the poorest in the communities we serve.  We are supporting these people with the proceeds from our Irrigation Project.  The setback we are facing to run our Irrigation project is that our Irrigation equipment is 15 years old and is no longer performing effectively.  We have had a lot of breakdowns repairing it time and again.

The permanent solution is to replace with new irrigation equipment. Forster in Bulawayo is a specialist in Irrigation has recommended us to have new equipment quoted on the list attached.    I have also included the cost of the 40 x10 kgs  bags of maize seed for the Maize Production for the poor.

If I can have the New Irrigation now I should be in a position to buy fertilizer to help some of the poor families before the rain season in November.   I will also teach these poor families how to plough and plant their maize crop.   I will also encourage them to use humous and anthill mature to enrich their soil.

My passion is to see people free from hunger and poverty."    Charles K

Last Sunday we asked you to bring in your copper coins to make a trail around the meeting room.  We had so many we could probably have gone from Alfreton to Chesterfield! I had to borrow the projector case on wheels in order to be able to get the coins into my car because the bags were so heavy!  I took it to the bank on Monday and it took several fillings of the coin catcher to get it all through.  They are certainly not short of change at Nat West now.  The grand total including silver coins and folding money was £295.42 which we have rounded up to a nice round £300 which is on it's way to Charles.

This is the message we have received back from Cerys:

Dear Jacky, 

This is wonderful news! Thankyou so much for your email and all of the church generosity. Mum and Dad came back with a video of the copper trail from last weekend - such a great idea! I may post this on our next newsletter to encourage others to give and think creatively. 

Charles and the people in Zambia will be thrilled, 

Thankyou again! 
God bless you all,