Tuesday, 23 December 2014


Tesco National Food Bank Collection November

BIG thank you to all the volunteers who spent time between Thursday 27th and Saturday 29th November handing out leaflets in Tesco and receiving the gifts from generous members of the public.

We received 3085 kilos (approx 3 tons) of food to stock up our warehouse.  We received three trolleys of food from three individuals, one lady spent over £170 and didn't want thanking so asked a member of staff to bring the food over to us. We received single gifts and bags of food items, some people came with donations saying we had either fed them or a relative in the last year.  It's good to see that our work is being appreciated.

Thursday, 18 December 2014


Have we got a busy few days ahead!  We begin with our Christmas Party tomorrow at the Winding Wheel 7pm.  Tickets are available at the door - £3 for adults, children free.

On Sunday morning in Chesterfield we have a few treats in store including a great time worshipping God together, a special performance from our children, carols, a sketch by Toni and input from Bev and Nick as well as the Chocolate Gospel' from Dave (health and safety recommend PPE to protect from flying chocolate bars!).  Only joking, it will be a lot of fun and there may well be a nice surprise for the children too.

We finish with a crescendo on Monday with our annual Christmas Concert.  Our worship teams will be performing, there will be video clips, a little bit of magic from Martyn, a look back at 2014 and some festive fun songs.  We are delighted that John Pickering has accepted our invitation for a guest appearance too.  Tickets are available at the door £3 for adults, children free. It will be a great start to Christmas week.  See you there.


New Life Church Clay Cross are joint hosts for this very special event:
God's Kingdom - His Church and the Scriptures
An opportunity to hear established speaker, author and broadcaster
Gerald Coates

Saturday 7th February
at North East Derbyshire Christian Fellowship 
85-87 Market Street, Clay Cross S45 9LS

3pm Worship and Seminar
(Followed by light refreshments)

6pm Evening Celebration

Admission is by ticket only Price £10

For tickets please contact Peter Topliss as soon as possible please
01246 204655 or 07955 091656

Friday, 21 November 2014


This Sunday in Chesterfield our time of worship will include the dedication of Richard and Emma's daughter Hallie.  They as her parents and family make a promise to bring Hallie up God's way, to demonstrate his love to her and teach her to know him for herself. We as a church promise to support them and their family.  It will be a special time for them.

Please stay after the meeting for a buffet lunch in the Function Room to celebrate the dedication. Food contributions towards the buffet would be very welcome.

Monday, 10 November 2014


NLC are hosting the next Christians Together for Chesterfield prayer meeting at the Winding Wheel on Thursday 20th November 7.30 pm.  We want to be good hosts so we are closing down all home groups just for that one week and asking that as many as is possible from the church to be there.

It will be a celebration of worship lead by our band followed by prayer for Chesterfield town centre including ministers from the other town centre churches and their congregations.  We have a lot to thank God for and a lot of concerns for our town that we need to cover in prayer.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014


This Sunday could be an experience of a lifetime for you.  Yes, we will spend time remembering those men and women who gave their lives for us but we will also honour the one who went to the cross that we might have eternal life. 

Jesus said, 'I have come to give you life and life to the full.'

The experience of pleasing and warming the heart of God by our sincere, heartfelt worship is amazing and the great thing is that the Bible says that God is no man's debtor.  As we honour him the experience we enjoy can be life shaping and amazing.  I believe this Sunday tears of love may be shed, laughter and joy could burst out, hands raised, knees bowed, and so much more.

Whichever of the many ways we may choose to express our love, I pray our hearts might feel like exploding.  The Psalmist puts it this way: 'I will BURST into jubilant song'

God honours faith, expectation and enthusiasm.  Come ready to meet God.

I think it was John Wesley in 1738 who said when he encountered a touch from God: 'My heart was strangely warmed.'  This Sunday may OUR hearts be strangely warmed as we have a new encounter with God.

So excited!


Monday, 27 October 2014


Start collecting and filling your shoeboxes ready for Operation Christmas Child this year.  A little bit of time and effort put in by you now can make the world of difference to a child this Christmas.  For some a pencil and notepad mean they can go to school, for others it is the joy of having toys of their own and the sense that someone somewhere really cares about them. If you have spare empty shoeboxes please bring them along to a Sunday meeting for others to fill.
How to Pack a Shoebox
Operation Christmas Child has delivered 113 million gift-filled shoeboxes to needy children in the last 23 years and we are trusting God for another 100 million.
  • SHOEBOX Find an empty medium sized shoebox and wrap box and lid separately.
  • BOY OR GIRL? Decide if your gift is for a Boy or a Girl and the age category: 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14. Fill in the appropriate boy/girl label. Mark the correct age category and stick the label to the top of your shoebox. Get the Label
  • FILL WITH GIFTS Fill your shoebox with a variety of new gifts that will bring delight to a child. See gift suggestions below or have a go at making your own.
  • Remember to pray for the child who will receive your shoebox gift.
Please fill your box with a selection of new gifts from the following list, or similar items:
TOYS: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls or stuffed toys (with CE label), toy trucks, harmonica, yo-yo, skipping rope, ball, small puzzles etc.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Pens, pencils & sharpeners, crayons or felt pens, stamps & ink pad sets, writing pads or notebooks & paper, solar calculators, colouring & picture books etc.
HYGIENE ITEMS: Toothbrush and toothpaste, bars of wrapped soap, comb or hairbrush, flannel.
OTHER ITEMS: Hat, cap, gloves or scarf, sunglasses, hair accessories, jewellery set, wind up torch, wrapped sweets (sell by date must be at least March of the following year).
DO NOT INCLUDE: used or damaged items, war related items such as toy guns, play soldiers or knives; chocolate or other food items; liquids or lotions of any type including bubbles; medicines; hand-made or knitted stuffed toys; anything of a political, racial or religious nature; marbles or sharp objects; glass containers, mirrors or fragile items; clothing other than as listed above.
 INCLUDE £3 DONATION PER BOX We ask for a minimum £3 shipping donation to cover UK transportation, overseas shipping and promotion for each box you prepare. You can give online to discover the destination of your shoebox. You can also write a cheque to Samaritan’s Purse, place it in an envelope and put it inside your shoebox, then secure the box with an elastic band. If you do more than one box, just make out one cheque to cover all your shoebox donations, put it in an envelope and place it inside one of your shoeboxes. 
 See more at: http://www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/how-to-pack-a-shoebox/#sthash.GwrMPIYp.dpuf

Sunday, 26 October 2014


 What a privilege to be present when so many people made a public declaration of their faith in Jesus and their decision to put the past behind and enjoy life to the full in God.

"If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation, the old has gone and the new has come" 
2 Corinthians 5:17

See our Facebook page for more pictures.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014


Praise God we were delighted to hear such good news from George and Jane whose daughter Naomi had been diagnosed with a tumour in her bowel that was too large to operate on. The consultant had said she would have to have radiotherapy in the hope of reducing the tumour but even then it was possible she may have to live with using a stoma (colostomy bag) for the rest of her life.

The church family as well as friends and family from all over the world have stood with them all praying and believing that Naomi had been healed by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. The family asked us to pray that God would protect her body from the harmful side effects of the treatment too.

"He himself bore our sins" in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; "by his wounds you have been healed." 1 Peter 2:24

This is Naomi's story in her own words...

Hi all,

Following is a brief update re: my treatment so far and next steps... As most of you will know in June and July I underwent 25 sessions of radiotherapy at The Christie in Manchester. Whilst these sessions were tiring, overall my side effects were limited and I soon started to feel normal again once they finished.

In recent weeks I have had scans and an examination under anaesthetic (EUA) to see how effective the treatment has been and to decide the next course of action. At the pre-op before my EUA I met with one of my nurses to have a conversation on speaker phone with my consultant about the results of my scans (he is currently off sick but wanted to tell me my results).

The good news is the radiotherapy has been very effective-praise God!! The tumour has virtually disappeared and no longer shows up on the scans and also there is no sign that the cancer has started to spread. Also most of the affected lymph nodes have shown good response to the treatment. Following the initial concern that one of the lymph nodes was in such a position that would make surgery too difficult to do, at an MDT meeting today they actually decided that the surgery was possible and so I won't have to undergo an initial course of chemotherapy as they had suggested last week-this is also good news!

I am also under the impression that there is no plan for a permanent stoma at the moment although I will know exactly what surgery I am having on 24th October when I meet a consultant at clinic. As a result of the delay in decision over immediate surgery vs chemo my surgery will be pushed back by a few weeks- I'm hoping to have an idea about dates sometime next week.

So... For those of you have been praying, a MASSIVE thank you, as I know it is these prayers which have not only caused the radiotherapy to be so effective but also have given us a peace throughout this time which has enabled us not to be overwhelmed by everything but to trust in God for everything.

We know there is still a long way to go, but we are living in faith that God will be with us throughout and we are truly grateful for the amazing support we have received from all our friends and family at this time- we are truly blessed! We are now praying for a successful surgery and also that a permanent stoma can be avoided at this time. I will update you again when we know any more. Thank you for taking the time to read this email and for continuing to keep us in your thoughts and prayers, much love from us all :) xxxxx

Monday, 20 October 2014


Loads to look forward to this Sunday! 
- an extra hour in bed as clocks go back
- we're back at The Winding Wheel 10.30am
- bookstall and Emma's cards to browse in Chesterfield
- 6 baptisms 3pm at Clay Cross Baptist Church
- Cafe Church at The Compass, West Bars 6pm

Thursday, 16 October 2014


I know we said we were back at the Winding Wheel now until Christmas but a small admin blip meant that we'd overlooked an event there this weekend.  So just for this Sunday (19th October) we will be at the Chesterfield Hotel 10.30 am.  It'll be a great time together so make sure everyone knows please.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014


Martyn spoke at the whole church meeting last Sunday reminding us that we are made in the image of God. To look into the mirror of God's word and recognise who he made us to be.  When we take our eyes away from the mirror we can forget and slip back into our old way of thinking about ourselves and our old habits. It is the truth that sets us free to live life to the full as God intended.

In the evening at Cafe Church Ben spoke from Ephesians 2: 1-10 on a very similar theme.  Once we were in effect dead in our sin but God made us alive in Christ by his grace and mercy.  Now we are seated in heavenly places with Christ with the authority and blessings that he paid for on the cross. We will only be truly effective when we grasp who we are and what we have and that understanding can only come form immersing ourselves in God's word - the mirror.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. James 1:22-25

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

Wednesday, 24 September 2014


Our autumn Alpha Courses are just about to get underway in both Chesterfield and Alfreton and it's not too late to register and book your place 01246 200768.

The Alpha Course is for those who are interested in investigating Christianity and what Christians believe.  It's a great place to ask all your questions in a relaxed, friendly environment.  We will do our best to answer your questions based on what the Bible teaches and we have had some very interesting discussion times.

We begin each evening session by sharing a meal together and follow up with a short talk and an opportunity to ask questions or just sit back and listen to the discussion. 

These courses have proved so popular that we run
them regularly and booking in advance is essential
 to help our catering team.


This Sunday there are no meetings at Stretton or Alfreton because we are all gathering together to meet at The Winding Wheel in Chesterfield at 10.30am.

There is always something special about these meetings when the whole church comes to worship God together.  This Sunday we are being led in worship by the worship team from Clay Cross and our speaker will be Martyn Rowe from Alfreton.

If you want to see what church is really about and experience church family in action this would be a great Sunday to come along and join us.  Everyone welcome.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014


Technology!!!  Well, as you know, me and all that stuff go together like a horse and carriage, like pie and peas, caviar and champagne.  We were made for each other, a marriage made in heaven - or perhaps not!

For many years I resisted the onslaught of technology like the old man that you think I am, the proverbial dinosaur.  With great reluctance I stepped into it simply because, like many others of my generation, I found it so difficult.  I knew the need and advantages of what could be achieved but there were others who could do it for me - why have a dog and bark yourself! ("Woof" said the typist!)  It left me free to do what I do best. But it turns out you can teach an old dog like me new tricks.

Now I live off my mobile, texting and emailing in droves.  I recognise the value of it all, great websites, quality productions.  I can contact a whole home group with the touch of a button and I can send a continuous stream of work to my secretary. ("What a blessing!" said the typist).

The conversation texting is more difficult.  I'm not that fast still and when I'm bombarded by different people at the same time some have to go on hold. Sorry.  Oh for the ease of a telephone call!  I'm so much better at chatting.

Texting is great but sometimes you can't read intention or motive of heart.  Oh for the time when we just talked.  You could hear the intonation of the voice, see the glint in their eye, the tongue in their cheek, the smile or the scowl and all the other gestures that make it clear what is really being said and how we are meant to take it.

Texting and the like can be for cowards.  I hear that people have broken relationships with a text, bullied others by email and Facebook or it can be used for posting loads of drivel about, well about nothing.  Unless you really need to know when someone is going shopping or needing the toilet! Only joking, I'm sure that's all fun.

Seriously, I realise texting, emails and Facebook can be used for great good.  I know people who put testimonies, encouraging verses of scripture and uplifting quotes on Facebook.  It's great for those who are lonely or those wanting to catch up with friends all over the world.

However Facebook can be used to pour out all our grumbles, negative feelings, moans and groans, even used to attack others.  If we feel bad isn't it better to talk to someone who will help.  It's good to talk.

When I was young, many,many moons ago, I was taught two things, one by my mum..."Don't air your dirty linnen in public.".  In other words don't spill it out your private business to everyone.  Some people would involve the whole street if they could and get as many people joining in as possible.  Then they wonder why the problem just grows and grows.

The other thing I was taught was "Don't wee on everyone else's strawberries."  That means don't put out stuff that discourages others.  They may be having a great day and then I come along and put paid to all that by enveloping them in my cloud of gloom and rain on their parade.  We all have bad days.  Call me old fashioned if you like, but let's instead go to God, to a friend, a leader but not on Facebook.

So let's use all this social media but in a positive way.  Facebook can be used in amaziing ways for good, to share your love and kindness, to spread good news and the gospel, to encourage and lift up everyone around you, giving them the courage to face life.  That's all great.

If that chapter in James had been written today it wouldn't just say that the tongue is a power for good and evil but Facebook too.  So use it as Jesus would for the glory of God.  Then, who knows, you might even find me on Facebook next!  Miracles do happen.

Thursday, 18 September 2014


Sandra Duffty will speaking at this ladies event in Clay Cross. You can register directly for yourself or let Jacky know.  You can pay at the door but you do have to register before the day.

               Open Heaven invites you to: Woman in Love

with guest speaker Sandra Duffty
Saturday 4th October
at North East Derbyshire Christian Fellowship
85-87 Market Street, Clay Cross, Derbyshire S45 9LS

9-10am Tea and coffee on arrival

10 - 12.30 First session

12.30 - 2pm Lunch (sandwiches provided)

1.30 - 2pm Pamper Room open or time to Soak in God in Main Hall

2pm - 4pm Second Session

4pm - 5pm Prophetic Ministry or Pamper Room

Cost per lady is £12.50 which can be paid at the door but please contact  Gail Slater 07859 050659 in advance to register and book your place.
Event hosted by Tokkie Haywood
ALCC Holmewood, NEDCF and New Life Church Clay Cross

Saturday, 13 September 2014


If, like Ben, you have to miss The Evidence at our morning meeting in Chesterfield you don't have to miss out altogether.  The team will also be coming to Cafe Church at The Compass on West Bars 6-7pm.  They will be leading a short worship time followed by some testimonies about the power of God and how he has transformed their lives.  You will be amazed to hear how impossible situations have been turned around and these are first hand accounts from the men themselves. We'll have refreshments afterwards and an opportunity to talk with members of the team.  An hour that could change your life forever!


Yes NLC Chesterfield are back at the Winding Wheel from this Sunday (14th September) and we are celebrating in style with a visit from The Evidence from Teen Challenge UK.

The first ever Chesterfield Marathon is also on this Sunday. There will be a knock on effect for us as many of the roads around the Winding Wheel will be closed first thing in the morning and opening up again through the morning from 9am onwards. To allow for a bit of extra travelling time we will start the meeting at 11am tomorrow.

Please go the extra mile (literally!) to be there.  Your reward will be an excellent time with the Teen Challenge team and lunch together afterwards.  We will provide jacket potatoes but if you would like to bring something to go with them or a dessert that would be great.  Plates and cutlery will be provided.

Diversions will be in place but if you can approach from Brimimgton side of town, towards the railway station, and come to the car park behind the WW that way you shouldn't have any problems. Hopefully by the time we've had lunch the roads will pretty much be clear.

Ben is running the half marathon for charity - please pray! 

Monday, 1 September 2014


This Sunday there will be no meetings at our usual venues in Alfreton, Chesterfield and Stretton because we will all be joining together at party in the Park in Alfreton.  We will be there with live music and free children's activities from 10am to 4pm and a short open air service at 11am.  Our prayer tent will be available all day for anyone who would just like some quiet space or would like to receive prayer.  We will also be advertising the Alpha Course that will be starting this month in Alfreton.

Around 2pm will be setting up the course for our sports day races and inviting children of all ages to come and take part.  Bev is ready to take on challengers for the Ladies Egg and Spoon Race!

It's a great family event with lots of free activities to enjoy.

Friday, 29 August 2014


Congratulations from
everyone at NLC to
 Patrick and Faye Sherwood
on their wedding
on Saturday 16th August.

Sunday, 10 August 2014


We are back at the Chesterfield Hotel this Sunday and for the following two weeks.  See you there!

Our new Alpha Course starts on Wednesday 28th September.  If you are interested in finding out more about God and what Christians believe book your place on this popular course asap.



 We are a resilient bunch at NLC so the small matter of Big Bertha and a yellow weather warning were not going to put us off our annual trip to Scarborough this Sunday.  Almost from the moment we all got on the coach it began to rain but Bev and Nick had all sorts of  'in flight' entertainment in store. Every child was given their own goodie bag and for the adults Bus Bingo proved very popular.  The cryptic quiz from Toni simply proved that Jacky know the names of far too many chocolate bars (who'd have thought it?).

When we arrived at Scarborough the rain was pretty torrential but the forecast had said that there may be a break around 3 pm so Dave was still hopeful for a game of rounders.  In reality that was when the thunder storm started! We squelched between coffee shops and shopping centres, more coffee shops and ended the afternoon with a sit in restaurant for fish and chips.

It may not have been the sunny afternoon on the beach that we were hoping for but there was lots of time for fellowship over a cuppa and comparing who had the worst wet patches! Bus Bingo was back by popular request on the way home followed by Dave and Alison's TV Trivia Quiz which was fiercely contested by two teams at the back of the bus.  We were back home before we knew it with sunshine breaking through the clouds as we drove into Chesterfield.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014


Congratulations from everyone 
 at New Life Church
to Dave and Alison's daughter
Christina on her marriage to Josh
last Sunday at Shottle Hall, Belper.

A beautiful day for a lovely family occasion.

Monday, 28 July 2014


Sooty and Freddy want to remind you that there will be no meetings in Chesterfield, Alfreton or Stretton on Sunday 10th August because NLC is having a day out in sunny Scarborough.  We'll enjoy a picnic lunch together on the beach. The energetic will play rounders or football on the beach, the creative may build sandcastles, the adventurous will explore, the curious will explore the shops and the rest of us will just chill out on the beach for the afternoon!

Sunday, 27 July 2014


Dave and Alison Bunting will be on holiday from Saturday 16th August until the end of the month.  Please respect their need for a break and some family time and don't try to contact them during these two weeks. 

If you need help or would like some support there are lots of people you can ask.  If you are part of a home group you can contact your group leaders.

Even if you are not in a group you can still get in touch with one of the hg leaders.  We will always try to help.

As leaders of the Pastoral Team, Janet and Trevor Wright are also available to you and will give you support and advice if needed.

Enjoy a wonderful summer!


Well we did it!  We cooked and gave away over 1000 burgers and sausages this Saturday.  The sizzling hot weather brought people out into town and around the crooked spire our tables were filled with people enjoying their free lunch.

A big THANK YOU to everyone at NLC for all your hard work.  We couldn't do a big event like this without everyone pitching in to help.  We appreciate all of you from those who got red noses from leafleting out in the sunshine to those who went home smelling of onions and BBQ smoke! Everyone's contribution is appreciated.

We have some people from Saturday who have expressed an interest in our Alpha course this autumn. If you (or anyone you know) have an interest in finding out more about God and what Christians believe why not book in now for the introductory session with free two course meal?

Tuesday, 22 July 2014


The bible is full of transformers.  Not the kind that change from cars to robots but real people whose lives were transformed by the power of God.  

We believe God is still doing that amazing work today.  Taking people in despair and giving them a hope and a future, taking those bound up in addiction or burdened with sickness and setting them free to live a full life, taking those ashamed and full of guilt into the liberty of God's grace and forgiveness.

If you need a change in your life join us for Transformers Sunday 27th July at the Chesterfield Hotel 10.30am. If you would like to talk to someone about the change you want to see in your life contact us on 01246 200768.

"If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old is gone and the new has come." 2 Corinthians 5:17


This Saturday 26th July 
12noon to 3pm 
in the grounds of the crooked spire
Grab yourself a free BBQ lunch
              Take a seat and enjoy the live music.
Bring the children for free craft activities
or for the more energetic
learn how to spin a plate, juggle or walk on stilts.
Lots of family fun.

Saturday, 12 July 2014


Chesterfield Street Pastors were honoured with an invitation from the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire to a reception hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire in the Painted Room at Chatsworth on Thursday.  We were told there would be two special VIP guests.  Imagine what a delight it was to find out those guests were
Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip! 

Jacky from NLC was able to speak briefly with both of them about Chesterfield Street Pastors - a day to remember.

Friday, 11 July 2014


On Sunday Alfreton are meeting as usual in Firs Gardens Community Centre at 10.30am.   But this week they are planning to stay after the meeting to enjoy a picnic lunch together.  Invitations have gone out locally offering an opportunity to meet the folk from NLC and to enjoy some family fun time together. Everyone welcome.

Sunday, 6 July 2014


That's right, the NLC free BBQ in the grounds of the crooked spire is just 3 weeks away.  We will be cooking burgers and sausages to give away 1,000 free lunches on Saturday 26th July 12noon - 3pm.  Live music, children's craft activities and this year you could also learn some circus skills - all for free!
Make sure the date is in your diary.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014


You will find us at the Old Whittington Gala this Saturday 12 - 4pm on the green near the Revolution House.  We'll have the urn on so you can have a cuppa on us and maybe even a biscuit!  There will be free craft activities to keep the children entertained and seating so you can relax for a while.  A lovely family event with all sorts of stalls by local organisations for you to browse around.  Come and find us for a chat.

Sunday, 22 June 2014


Thanks to everyone who made the canal boat trip from Whaley Bridge this Saturday such a good church family time together.  Lots of time to chat as the boat cruised along at a steady 4 miles per hour whilst we enjoyed a lovely meal as always.  A NLC Grace Award to Angie who was teased without mercy by the boat owner who remembered she had locked herself in the toilet on the last trip!

After our BBQ at the Spire on July 26th the next big NLC outing is our trip to Scarborough on August 10th.  We are taking bookings for the coach now (£10 adults, £5 school age children).  Open invitation to join us - so invite you friends and neighbours to come for a day at the seaside but booking in advance is essential please.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014


Eyong Enoh played in Cyprus and South Africa before getting his break with Ajax in Amsterdam then after six seasons moved to Antalyaspor in Turkey this year.  He will be playing for the Cameroon national team tonight against Croatia in the World Cup in Brazil...

His faith in Jesus is an important part of Enoh's life. 'I did not grow up in a Christian family background.  My parents did not go to church, but a friend of mine in school spoke to me about the Lord Jesus.  His words touched my heart and the gospel became very real to me.  Ever since that day I have just been in love with Jesus.

Once I gave my heart to Christ I knew I found the thing I needed because I felt peace in my heart - that peace that cannot be traded for anything.  The second thing that came to me was that I understood I was living with a purpose.  There was a reason I was alive - to talk about Jesus.

I realised God had given me a talent and football was part of it.  Through football I could preach the gospel also....

In Romans 10:9 you read: 'If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord' and believe in your heart God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.'

It is in confessing the Lord Jesus Christ that you can receive that eternal life that he paid for on the cross.  That is how I got it.  That is how anybody can get it.

When you recognise that Jesus died on the cross, paid the price for you and has taken care of your sins and you accept him into your heart, you automatically become a child of God.  It's not up to you.  It is up to him.  He has already done it.'

Cameroon may not be one of the favourites for the World Cup... but whatever
the outcome Eyong Enoh's relationship with Jesus will make him a winner!

(Taken from an article by Stuart Weir, Inspire Magazine June 2014)

Thursday, 12 June 2014


If you are working or you can't make Sunday morning this week - there's a second chance to hear Ralph and Renuka at Cafe Church.

Join us 6.00pm at The Compass (West Bars) for a great worship time lead by our live band, followed by a short talk by Ralph with coffee and cake to finish off.

Everyone welcome!


For many years NLC have supported Rays of Joy which is the ministry team set up by Ralph and Renuka Gloeckner.  They live and work near Agra in India where they have built a series of children's homes to help deal with the large number of children who have no one to care for them.

Each house is looked after by a couple who run it as a family home caring for a dozen orphaned children as well as their own children as one large family.  They have facilities for education and the children become part of the wider church family.

Their ministry reaches far beyond this one project - looking to train Christian leaders, working with women, helping children in slum areas, supporting children from poor families in their education....

Our support was initially financial to help build the first homes, but we have since sent NLC folk (alongside some from Airedale Church in Keighley) to work on building projects and to get involved with teaching adults and children.

We are looking forward to hearing all the latest from Sharonsthan and to catching up with this lovely Christian couple.

So no meetings in Alfreton or Stretton this week as we will all be meeting together at the Chesterfield Hotel.  Teas and coffees from 9.50 for a 10.30 start.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014


Tuesday, 3 June 2014


Book now for a leisurely cruise on the Judith Mary canal boat with us. 

The Judith Mary is a family run 72 foot long canal boat which has been running for 30 years.  She seats up to 40 passengers, has a licensed bar which also offers tea and coffee and there are toilets on board.

The cost at £16 includes your meal and up to two and a half hours cruising along the beautiful Upper Peak Forest Canal, situated in Whaley Bridge, High Peak, only 6 miles from Buxton.

For your meal you can choose from: Premium local sausages and mash, Beef Hotpot or Broccoli and Stilton Bake all followed by home made Apple Pie & Cream for desert.

We will aim to meet at the Whaley Bridge Canal Basin in time to set off at 6.30pm.

To book your place contact Jacky (with your meal choice please) 01246 455320

Tuesday, 13 May 2014


On Sunday May 25th our church family will be meeting together in Chesterfield at The Chesterfield Hotel and our guest speaker will be Gareth Duffty.  So there will be no meetings at Stretton Village Hall or at Firs Gardens Community Centre in Alfreton that week.

When we all get together there is so much to catch up on and so many people to catch up with that you will notice a terrific buzz from the minute you walk through the door.  There is an extra dynamic to our worship time when we gather together as God delights in unity and promises to pour out blessing.  We enjoy singing and declaring his praise and hearing his word to us.

This Sunday is extra special because after the meeting everyone is invited to stay and enjoy The Big Church Lunch with us.  How about giving church a try this week?  (Lunch will begin around 12.30 pm.)

For more information contact us on either 01246 200768 or 01246 455320.