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. 
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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

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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