Friday, 29 November 2013

BACK TO THE EIGHTIES


It's 80's night at the Compass this Saturday 7.30pm.  There will be music, a quiz and unfortunately some fashion all from the 1980's.  Don't remind me please!  What did we look like!  It'll be lots of fun and very entertaining with Nick and Bev at the helm so bring your friends along for a good evening.



Thursday, 28 November 2013

WE LOVE BAPTISMS!

It's just so wonderful when someone takes Jesus as Lord of their life and wants to be baptised.  A practical demonstration of their decision to leave their old life behind and choosing to live in the resurrection power of Jesus.  For Amy and Matthew this was a really special time and it was a privilege to be there to share it with them.
'If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone and the new has come.' 2 Corinthians 5:17
 
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Monday, 25 November 2013

SHINE A LIGHT

We had a table at the Health and Healing Fair in Clay Cross on Saturday.  In amongst all sorts of alternatives being offered, we wanted to give people the chance to choose to come to Jesus for their healing.  We gave away free literature and DVDs, were able to pray with some people on the day and others put a prayer request in the box for us to pray afterwards. There were also interesting chats with some of the other stall holders. Big thanks from organiser, Joy, to all those who came and manned the stall and to those who covered the event from 10am - 5pm with prayer. We had a good day and very worthwhile.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

YOU ARE IN SAFE HANDS 24/11/13

God was really wanting us to know our security is in him this morning.  Peter brought a word that we are safe in God's hands.  Jesus does not plan to return for a church that is broken and hanging on.  He plans to return for a beautiful, radiant, spotless bride who has made herself ready.  We shouldn't be afraid or take offence when God brings correction or adjustment into our lives, it's part of the process.  We are in safe hands and we can trust in his love for us.

Dave reminded us there's more to life than what we can see with our natural eyes.  Jesus, the King of Kings chooses to live in us when we accept him as Lord, continually interceding for us before the Father and working in our lives to bring him glory.  The Holy Spirit becomes our teacher and guide, developing his fruit in our lives and gifting us supernaturally to accomplish our mission.

There is a whole spiritual realm which we are not normally able to see with our natural eyes - though some have.  The Bible tells us God instructs his angels to minister to those who will inherit salvation.  Elisha's servant saw just the powerful enemy army surrounding them until God opened his 'spiritual eyes' to see the armies of heaven, far more numerous, far greater who were protecting them.

‘Don’t be afraid,’ the prophet answered. ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’   2 Kings 6:16

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.  1 John 4:4

We really are in a very safe pair of hands - the hands of our loving Father God.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

WHOLE CHURCH MEETING TOGETHER IN CHESTERFIELD SUN 24TH NOV


Reminder that we will all be meeting together in Chesterfield this Sunday 10.30am at The Winding Wheel.  Looking forward to a great time worshipping God together and hearing the message Dave has for us.
Jane will be setting up a bookstall with a selection of items from Cornerstone bookshop in Matlock.  Emma will also have her cards, Christmas and birthday available for sale.
See you there!

Then just as exciting, in the afternoon, we have two baptisms, Matthew and Amy.  Everyone welcome at 3pm Clay Cross Baptist Church, Market St.

CURRY NIGHT IN SUPPORT OF MATT'S MISSION IN RWANDA

Matt Bunting is going to work on mission in Rwanda for 3 months early next year.  He needs our support in agreeing to sponsor him financially.  He will have a form with him on Sunday and will be happy to receive whatever you are able to give.
Nick has organised a Curry Night at Bilal's in Eckington for Thursday 12th December 7.30pm.  Tickets for the meal will cost £15 out of which £4 will go directly to Matt in sponsorship.  There will also be an auction - rumour has it  for one auction lot Jane has offered to make one of her fantastic cakes for the highest bidder.
Contact Nick & Bev Levick to book your place 07725 082126 

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

SUNDAY 8TH DECEMBER IS SHOEBOX SUNDAY


We've been doing this for a few years now and it nevers fails to impact on us how much our little shoe box of gifts means to the children who receive them.  For many it is the first ever Christmas present they have received, for most it is the only one they will receive.  The children's faces just light up as they delve into their boxes and see what treasures they have received.

 There are restrictions on what you can include so pick up a leaflet which will tell you what to do.  Then choosing the contents of your box can be good fun making sure you write on the label if your box is for a boy or girl and which age group.

Don't forget to wrap the box and lid separately in brightly coloured paper and to include £2.50 towards admin costs

On Sunday 8th December at both the Chesterfield and Alfretom meetings we will collect in the boxes and have a great time together looking at the work of Operation Christmas Child run by the charity Samaritan's Purse.

HELP NEEDED WITH FOOD BANK COLLECTION AT TESCO EXTRA

It is that time of year again, our Christmas Tesco collection is coming up at the end of this month. On Friday 29th and Saturday 30th of November we will be collecting in Chesterfield Tesco Extra from 0930 - 1700 and need your help! This year's operation is a big one, aiming for upwards of 2 tonnes and we need you to help us achieve this.

We have 90 minute slots (0930 - 1100, 1100 - 1230, 1230 - 1400, 1400 - 1530, 1530 - 1700) but if you can only do an hour or indeed can do a half day or even a whole day then all help is appreciated! Please contact Ben Martin if you can give some time to this valuable collection before the Christmas distributions either by replying to this email ben@theorderoftheblacksheep.com  or by calling 07984 589456. If you know others who may be able to help please do urge them to contact us.

Kind regards,

Ben Martin

Sunday, 10 November 2013

LOVELY FAMILY TIME AT CALEB'S DEDICATION

 Caleb celebrated his first birthday surrounded by a great crowd of friends and family today at his dedication.  A lovely family time together as his parents made a public commitment to pray for him, to bring him up to know the love of God and in their lives to set a good example for him.  Family, church family and friends committed to uphold them in this task and to give their support and encouragement.

The birthday feast that followed was splendid - thank you to everyone for making and bringing so many nice things that made the buffet really special.