Tuesday, 22 December 2015


Thank you to everyone who put such a lot of hard work into making our Christmas events so special this year.  It's a busy time of year with lots to do preparing for vistors and entertaining at home so we do appreciate you giving your time and money to make these events happen.  Praying that you will have a lovely Christmas and find time to relax and enjoy time with friends and family.  Remember to set some time aside to spend with your heavenly Father too, to sit at his feet (or go for a walk with him), just enjoying his presence and to hear what he has to say to you.

Clay Cross are meeting at Stretton Village Hall on Sunday 27th December 10.30am but for Alfreton and Chesterfield the next meeting is Sunday 3rd January 10.30am.  Cafe Church also relaunches at The Compass on Sunday 3rd Jan 6-7pm.

Thursday, 17 December 2015


Alfreton New Life Church invite you to join us for some festive fun with a good news message.  This Sunday (20th) we have Carols in the Community 6-7pm at The Firs Community Centre, off Rodgers Lane, Alfreton. There will be carols, of course, plus poems, readings and a fun quiz with prizes and maybe a nice surprise for the children all served with tea/coffee and cakes.  Everyone welcome.
For more information contact Martyn and Gill 01773 834708
Carols, quiz and prizes, poems and readings

With tea/coffee and cake

Everyone warmly welcome


It's not too late, you can still come and buy your ticket for the Christmas Party (£5) at the door on Friday (18th)
.  We will start with the buffet at 7pm and party on until 11ish. If you could bring a contribution towards the buffet that would be appreciated.

Sunday morning (20th) we will be together celebrating the birth of our Saviour with worship songs and carols, special presentations and a delightful performance by our children.  10.30am at the Winding Wheel.

Then on Monday (21st) come and join us for our Christmas Concert 7.30pm at the Winding Wheel.  There will be video presentations, music from our worship band and special solo performances.  After coffee and mince pies we will be treated to a performance by ladies choir 'Local Vocals' and some fun sing-a-long songs from our band.  Tickets are just £2.50 at the door.

Saturday, 12 December 2015


We had a great time in November when Andrew Murray came to speak at our Sunday meeting.  He had just returned from Mexico where God had done a lot of amazing things amongst church leaders, in healing and salvation.There follows a report with more details for you to enjoy.  We have Andrew back with us on Sat 5th and Sun 6th March next year.  Please pray towards that weekend and get to work thinking about who you could invite along.

Mexico 2015 Mission Report  

In November 2015, Generation Builders partnered with Revive Church for a week long mission trip to Uruapan in Mexico. Evangelist Andrew was joined by members of Revive Church plus campus pastor Jonathan Whitehouse as well as Pastor Rene Rocha from Heritage Fellowship in the USA. 

We saw God do incredible things with many lives changed by the power of the Holy Spirit. Here is Andrew’s report:

Our host was Pastor Salomon Valdez and our first service in Mexico was in his church: Uruapan Revival Center on a Wednesday night. 

I spoke on pursuing the anointing from the life of Elisha and we had a great time in God’s presence, with the Holy Spirit touching many people. It was especially amazing to see many young people and even unbelievers having encounters with God.

On Wednesday and Thursday morning we held pastor’s conferences in a hotel suite that had been hired. These two mornings were the undoubted highlight of the trip as God did incredibly significant things.

 We had been told prior to arriving that historically there had been a lot of division among churches, with pastors very rarely coming together to meet or work with each other. It was in this backdrop of hostility that we were ministering. Over 100 leaders gathered from all kinds of denominations and backgrounds from very strict conservative type churches, to churches that were much more liberal. It would need a true outpouring from God to break through all these different groups.

On the first day I spoke on “joy” sharing on how God’s joy is our strength and then prophesying over the city that they would rejoice as men rejoice at harvest time. As I invited people forward for prayer, there was a rush to the altar as the vast majority of the pastors were desperate for God to touch them. The fire of God began to fall on these leaders with many being refreshed, healed, set free and restored.

The second day was described by Pastor Salomon as “historic” and later he said he felt like he was dreaming because of what God did. As I ministered, the altar was packed as pastors and leaders lay weeping in repentance and rededicating themselves to God’s service. Afterwards, in a powerful form of unity the leaders ministered to each other, but I encouraged them to pray for those who were from different denominations or church affiliations. God did an amazing work of healing in this city, bringing true unity and restoration. It was an honour to see God at work.

The evening gospel crusades were done within the shadow of the “Day Of The Dead” festival which had taken place just days before. As the nation had come together to celebrate and worship death, we stood on the promise of God’s word that “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the shadow of death a light has dawned.” (Isaiah 9)

On the first evening around 700 people gathered, with around 100 of those responding to the gospel. There were many healing's including a woman who had had pain in her knees for 5 years being instantly healed, people throwing away walking canes and demons being cast out.

The second night was another incredible service with many salvations, impartations and encounters. One amazing testimony was that of a blind lady who was instantly healed during the ministry time. The woman was in total shock. She had been blind for over 2 years because of diabetes. Remarkably the woman was from California, USA and was only in Mexico on holiday!

On the Saturday we held a conference for youth and teenagers. Pastor Jonathan Whitehouse shared his testimony of deliverance from drug addiction and around 30 young people came forward to receive Christ as Saviour. Then another 200 or so young people came out wanting the power of God. The fire of God fell on these hungry youth and the meeting was extended as God’s presence was just touching lives.

On the Sunday, the team split up, with the ladies from Revive church ministering in one church and Pastor Jonathan ministering in 3 different churches. I spoke in 2 churches. The church I spoke at in the morning was led by Pastor David Rice, who translated in many of the services. His church were holding a “Bring a Friend Sunday” and many new people responded to the gospel. The altar was so full at the end of the message, that I couldn’t physically get to everyone to lay hands on them. We trusted that the presence of God would minister and it did.

We had an incredible few days in Mexico with God moving in such power. Already we are planning to return in 2016 but this time doing a tour of the region, with a repeat of the format (day time Pastors meetings, evening gospel crusades) in several different cities. Please continue to join us in prayer as we contend for a great harvest of souls in these days.

Monday, 7 December 2015


This Sunday God called us again to simply spend time sitting at his feet and enjoying his presence.  We don't have to come with clever prayers and all the right answers or with a list of problems for him to solve to give us a reason to be there. 
He just wants us to come and enjoy being with him, a special kind of intimacy where no words are needed.  Jill spoke about special times sitting hand in hand in silence with Viv but just knowing that he loved her and she loved him. 
Ann Marie had a picture of a beautiful Christmas tree, you want to dim the lights to give it centre stage, to enjoy the light and warmth it brings.  Our Father wants us to dim the other distracting lights in our lives and just enjoy being in his presence. 
Bev talked about slowing down and appreciating the shoebox full of gifts that God gives to us every moment of every day. Then at Cafe Church Trev spoke about learning to listen to 'our friend' the Holy Spirit and to hear what he has to say into every situation in our lives.
Make time to enjoy God and hear what he has to say to you this week.


Today we have taken 125 filled shoeboxes down to the warehouse in Chesterfield from New Life Church, staff at the Magistrates Court and Hasland Primary School.  So thank you to everyone who contributed to that number.  We have seen over the last couple of weeks how one of these gifts can transform a life for the better and open the way for the gospel.  We prayed on Sunday that each one will have a positive impact on the children who receive them but also on their families and communities

Tuesday, 1 December 2015



WHERE & WHEN   Sheffield - 9 March

Monday, 30 November 2015


Can you help?  The Lighthouse Charity shop on Chatsworth Road in Chesterfield is in desperate need of volunteer helpers. 
Money raised through the shops supports the work of Valley CIDS working in our area. 

Visit their website to see all the fantastic projects they are involved in working with children and young people www.valleycids.co.uk
Could you spare a few hours to help? 

Call in at the shop and speak to manager Kim or contact
Jonathan Brook by email: jonathan@valleycids.co.uk

Facebook: /ValleyCIDS   /   Twitter: @ValleyCIDS

Tuesday, 17 November 2015


We had a fantastic time with Andrew Murray last Sunday talking about the importance of coming to the feet of Jesus and yes we did get to hear the full story about the blind eyes that were healed the week before in Mexico.

In one of the team's meetings a lady had come forward for prayer during the meeting and Jesus healed her blind eyes so that she could see.  Andrew was talking to her afterwards and asked how far she had travelled to come to the meeting.  She said she was from California so he wondered where in Mexico there was a place with that name. But no, she meant California, USA and she was there on holiday. He joked that as well as the compulsory sombrero and donkey - she went home with the best holiday gift ever, her sight.  God just loves to do extraordinary things in the most unexpected of places!

Friday, 13 November 2015


Amazing story of blind eyes opening from the team in Mexico last week! Wow!

I hope we hear more about that tweet when Andrew comes to speak to us on Sunday fresh from a mission to Mexico with a team from Revive Church, Hull.  God was certainly at work.

This Sunday come in faith expecting to receive from God - but be prepared to be challenged and inspired too.  We are praying that everyone there will have an encounter with God in some way and will go out different.  It's an exciting opportunity for us all.

This is how his ministry is described on the generation builders website:

"Andrew is a preacher and teacher of God’s Word who ministers with a fiery passion and prophetic anointing. Andrew has a burning desire to lift up Jesus Christ and see Him save, heal and deliver. In his meetings many people have been blessed and encouraged as he preaches a message of faith and hope and also stirred and challenged to seek God’s presence and give their all to Him. Along with the preaching of the Gospel, Andrew’s ministry is often accompanied with healings and miracles and times of encountering the Holy Spirit." http://ukrevival.net/ministry-overview/

Monday, 2 November 2015


Can you remember what it was like the last time you went somewhere on your own for the first time?  It doesn't matter how confident a person you are, it can be daunting to walk into a place you have never been to before and into a group of people that you don't know.  We really don't want anyone to feel like that when they come to NLC. 

We have a wonderful team of Stewards who are ready with a friendly smile to welcome people as they arrive and direct them to our meeting room. They can answer questions about the meeting, point out the facilities and introduce them to someone from our Welcome Team.  It's an important job and that first impression can make all the difference to how quickly someone feels at home with us.

So, have you been wondering how you could serve?  Well if so, being a Steward is a very good place to start and a great place to learn how to serve others.  If you can be ready with a smile and take an interest in people you can do this job and it's a great way to get to know people in the church better too.

If you would like to volunteer or would like more information let us know. info@newlifechesterfield.co.uk

Thursday, 22 October 2015


Don't forget to make the most of the extra hour this weekend as clocks go back an hour at 2am Sunday morning.  Join us at 10.30am for a great time worshiping together and Dave will be sharing God's word with us. 
We'll also have the leaflets for your shoeboxes and a few spare boxes if you need some.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015


We are very excited to have been able to book evangelist Andrew Murray to speak at a special whole church meeting on Sunday November 15th in Chesterfield at the Winding Wheel. A few of us had the privilege of hearing him speak recently at the One Event and this clip from the 'Generation Builders' website is a fair description of what we heard...

"Andrew is a preacher and teacher of God’s Word who ministers with a fiery passion and prophetic anointing. Andrew has a burning desire to lift up Jesus Christ and see Him save, heal and deliver. In his meetings many people have been blessed and encouraged as he preaches a message of faith and hope and also stirred and challenged to seek God’s presence and give their all to Him. Along with the preaching of the Gospel, Andrew’s ministry is often accompanied with healings and miracles and times of encountering the Holy Spirit."

Between now and when he comes to speak to us he is preaching in the USA, Manchester, Buxton, Mexico and of course in his home town, Barnsley. I am sure he will have lots more exciting stories to tell us of the things God has done. 

We are expecting God to do great things here in Chesterfield - could this be the weekend for your miracle?

Monday, 5 October 2015


Congratulations from everyone at New Life Church to Tom and Ellie Foster on their wedding this weekend.  May you have many happy years serving God together.

Friday, 2 October 2015


Cafe Church continues to be very popular and new visitors are always welcome to come and give it a try. We meet at the Saints Coffee Shop off St Mary's Gate. Arrive from 5.45 and chat over coffee and tea before we begin at 6pm.  Then a time of worship lead on acoustic guitars gets our hearts and minds in the right place to receive God's word.  This week Martyn Rowe (aka Tigger) is our speaker. At the end we have time to talk over a coffee and some very nice cake.  Give it a try.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015


Alpha is a great opportunity to ask your questions in a relaxed, friendly setting over a meal. We begin in Alfreton on Wednesday 14th October with a FREE meal and an introductory talk. Is the Church and Christianity relevant to life today? Hear what Martyn has to say and tell us what you think or just listen to the discussion. Book your place by ringing Martyn & Gill on 01773 834708


A special event for ladies on Saturday 3rd October at North East Derbyshire Christian Fellowship, Market Street, Clay Cross

The guest speaker is Marj Rossol whose heart is to see all women fully and powerfully released into the incredible freedom which is theirs through Jesus.

Arrive between 9-10am for tea and coffee.
Session 1 10am - 12.30 followed by lite-bite lunch
Session 2 14.00 - 16.00.

 Cost is £12.50 including lunch. Payment can be made at the door but please book yourself in to help the caterers with numbers. Gail Slater 07859 050659

Monday, 28 September 2015


 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.’  (Luke 6:38)

Our God is always generous towards us in every way and he expects us to be just like him with everything he gives to us.  We are blessed to be a blessing to others.  Why?  Because God just wants to be even more generous to us.  As we give to others he is finding creative ways to give us everything we need.  As the scripture says above we even get to choose how blessed we are!

This has nothing to do with the amount we have to give.  Remember, Jesus said in God's eyes said the poor widow who gave her last coin into the offering gave more than the rich man who gave loads of money that he could easily spare without any sacrifice on his part. It's about worshipping God and honouring him in our giving not about how much we can give.

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed finances towards the expenses of the BBQ this year.  I know you responded to the prompting of God in your giving because through you God provided exactly what we needed to cover all the costs associated with this event - not too much and not too little which is a miracle when so many people were involved.

So stand by to be blessed because you have sowed into the Kingdom of God there will be a harvest in your lives......

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.  (Philippians 4:10)


Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make our BBQ 2015 a success.  There was a lovely atmosphere in the church grounds and lots of people came and had lunch while enjoying the entertainment on offer.  We were able to share the gospel in song and word and actions.  We will keep praying that all the 'seeds' that were sown will bring a harvest for God in transformed lives.

Thursday, 24 September 2015


We will be in the grounds of the crooked spire from 12-3pm this Saturday cooking 700 burgers and 300 sausages to provide 1,000 free lunches.  Why? We want to demonstrate in a practical way the extravagant love and generosity of our God. Come along and enjoy a free lunch on us, sit and enjoy live music and free craft activities and facepainting for children.  You can also try out some circus skills with Richard from Jugalubs.  It's forcast to be a warm sunny afternoon and a great family event.

Monday, 21 September 2015


The Whittington Home Group enjoyed a fun evening out together at Matlock Bath last Saturday.  We parked on the second level at Gullivers Kingdom car park then negotiated the path down with the agility of your average mountain goat!  Believe me the walk back to retrieve the cars was considerably slower - at least for some of us. A wander around the shops found Ivan was delighted with his purchase of his favourite aniseed rock and Tom with some home-made strawberry jam.  We met up outside the Riverside Cafe for a lovely fish and chip supper and then walked to the river to watch the firework display. Lovely time being church family together. 

Wednesday, 16 September 2015


Proud Grandad Dave and Grandma Alison are thrilled with the latest addition to their family. 

Eden Grace Cousins weighed in at 8lb 9oz this week. 

Congratulations to Richard and Rachael on the birth of their beautiful daughter and we can't wait to meet her.

Monday, 14 September 2015


Alpha is a great place to get your questions about God and the Christian faith answered in a relaxed setting amongst friends.  Join us for a free, two-course meal followed by a alpha taster session titled 'Is the church dull, boring and irrelevant to life today?' There will be opportunity to ask questions or just listen to the discussion.  If you have enjoyed it you can sign up for the rest of Alpha and join us for a meal and after dinner talk for the next few weeks.  Give it a try. Book in by contacting Dave on 01246 200768 or Martyn on 01773 834708 or email us on new_life_church@hotmail.co.uk


On Wednesday 30th September there will be a partnership meeting for anyone who is interested in finding out more about what is involved in becoming a part of New Life Church.  Dave will be outlining the blessings and benefits of being a partner with us at NLC but also the responsibilities and expectations of you as you become part of our church family.  If you would like to be there please get in contact with Dave on 01246 200768
or contact us by email new_life_church@hotmail.co.uk

Tuesday, 1 September 2015


This Sunday you will find us all at
Alfreton Party in the Park. 
Visit us at the New Life Church Tent from 10am

Free Face Painting **  Free Craft Activities ** 
Free Glass Painting ** Music **
Listening Point ** Prayer requests

*12.00 Open Air Service -sing praise with us.

*1.45pm Marvellous Martyn! – fun & tricks to enjoy & amaze!

*2.00pm Children’s races, egg & spoon, sack, skipping & flat races
 *3.00pm Tug of War Fun!

Thursday, 27 August 2015


The Crackpot Company have been working for many years bringing the gospel to schools through songs and stories, plays and puppets. Right now they are in need of some new volunteers. If you are interested and would like to know more pop in on this workshop morning and have a word with the team.

12th SEPTEMBER 2015 from 9.30 – 12 noon
Loundsley Green Church, Pennine Way, Chesterfield, S40 4NF 

Telling the next generation the praise-worthy deeds of the Lord.’        Psalm 78 v4

Are you a Christian?

Do you have any free time on Tuesdays?

Do you enjoy being part of a team?

Do you like to have fun but also like to work hard?

Do you have a heart to tell children the Good News of Jesus?                                                                                               

Why not pop in for free coffee/tea and cake to see what we do and have a chat.
 For more information call Jayne: 07988220440.

Monday, 24 August 2015


I would like to say a big 'THANK YOU' to all of you who came to Scarborough yesterday.  It was a brill day of sun and beach, of swimming, rounders and of course - fish and chips.  Praise God, not a drop of rain until after we started home and beautiful blue sky.  All very different to last year!

The thank you to all who came is for demonstrating your maturity in keeping a positive and good heart in all that travelling time.  First of all the Alfreton pick up was forgotten, so they had to wait while the Chesterfield folk travelled back on the coach to fetch them.  Then the coach broke down and we spent over an hour in a layby not knowing if another coach would be found to take us on.  We left at 8.30am and got there at 2pm.  Then coming back we had delays due to holiday traffic.

So well done everyone for keeping a smile on your faces and making the best of the situation.  I've had texts from people to say they had a brilliant time despite it all.  That's real kingdom for all to see.

Dave B

Monday, 10 August 2015


Yes it is the silly season with a lot of people away on holiday and all manner of activities going on over the summer.  The diary on our website is kept up to date so that is a good place to check if you're not sure where we are meeting on a particular week.  Cafe Church will be on at the Saints Coffee Shop every Sunday 6-7pm so if you can't make one of the other venues drop in there for worship, fellowship and chat over a coffee.  So what is happening? 

Well this Sunday 16th August Chesterfield will be meeting at the Assembly Rooms over the new Market Hall 10.30am. This is a temporary change of venue to allow for some painting and refurb at the Winding Wheel. Dave will be back from his holidays but Jayne's home group are taking the meeting.  Joan is leading the worship and we have been promised some drama so it will be a good time together.

Sunday 23rd August we have no Sunday morning meeting at the Winding Wheel because we are off to sunny Scarborough for the day but you can go to Cafe Church at 6pm.

Sunday 30th August there will be a Sunday morning meeting at the Winding Wheel at 10.30am but some of us will be off to the ONE Event at Lincolnshire Showground for the day.

Sunday 6th September there will be no morning meetings in Alfreton, Stretton or Chesterfield because we will all be together at Alfreton Party in the Park.  You will find us on site 10 -4pm with all sorts of free activities for children, live music and of course the tug of war competition.

Sundays 13th and 20th September Sunday meetings are back at our usual venues and times in Chesterfield, Alfreton & Clay Cross.

Sunday 27th September in Chesterfield will be a special celebration meeting following our free BBQ the day before in the grounds of the crooked spire.  Great worship as always followed by a message that could change your life for ever!

Monday, 3 August 2015


Thought you would like to see these photos of the team from NLC and Airedale Church out in India.  We are looking forward to hearing all their stories when they return and to see lots more pictures of what they have been up to.  These are the children who will benefit from the money you gave in bike ride sponsorship, at the curry night, auction of talents etc.

Monday, 27 July 2015


We all appreciate how hard Dave and Alison work in serving the church and how often they sacrifice family time to be available to help us.  So you will understand, I trust, how important it is for them to have a proper summer break and to dedicate time to relaxing on holiday and having fun with their family. So can I ask that you respect their summer holiday this year from Sat 1st - Sat 15th August.  Please for this fortnight, would you refrain from phoning or texting them or turning up unannounced as they may not be there or may have something arranged with their family.

So, what do you do if I need help?  First of all pray and ask God to show you what to do - that demonstrates maturity as a Christian.
But can I get some support?  If you are in a home group you could contact your home group leader and they will help you. 
What if I'm not in a home group or my home group leader is on holiday?  Well, you could ring one of the other home group leaders; Ben, Jacky, Jayne, Gwen, for example.  Plus we have a fantastic Pastoral Care Team - the ones who wear the yellow badges on a Sunday.  This team is headed up by Trevor and Janet Wright, so you could ring them and ask for someone to help you (01773 590301).

There is loads of pastoral care available to you over the summer, if you need us please ask.

(07849 073078)

Tuesday, 7 July 2015


Everyone at NLC was delighted when Hannah announced that she and husband Damian were expecting their first child.  What most of us didn't realise was the story behind her joy until she shared her story with the whole church a couple of Sunday's ago. Last year they had the delight of discovering Hannah was pregnant twice then the heartbreak of two miscarriages. 

Hannah readily confessed she had struggled with her faith at that point to understand why God would allow it to happen.  Her pain was bottled up and shared with just her closest friends and it was a horrible time for them as a couple. She said she wished she had done then, what she later did, in sharing it with the church leaders and church family so that she could have been comforted and supported.  But it's not easy to share when the emotions and pain are so raw.

She enjoyed her pregnancy and they were both so looking forward to meeting their baby boy.  'I now know why they call it 'labour', Hannah said talking about the delivery as baby Asher was born.  His name means happy or blessed and that about sums up how they feel about him.

Bleary eyed and exhausted she wondered why the midwife was insisting that she look at the placenta.  There in the umbilical cord was a knot - the midwife called it a 'true knot'.  She told her that when there is such a knot it takes a miracle for the baby to survive the delivery, they very rarely did. Their baby was their own little miracle. 

Dad calls him 'Smasher' and 'miracle baby' and although at the moment they just wish he would spend a little more time asleep at night they are enjoying family life together.

Monday, 22 June 2015


Ephesians 4:11-13
"So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service,
so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

As a pastor my great delight is to see people blossom and be fulfilled and fruitful.  That they may feel valued and needed, enjoying serving God.  Please feel free to chat through anything you might like to be equipped in, or to serve in or anything you might like to explore to be fulfilled and serve the purposes of God.  It's so exciting to know we are his plan for our world - the fragrance of Christ.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015


NLC joined Christians from over over 30 Chesterfield churches in the traditional Whit Walk or Procession of Witness through the town centre on Bank Holiday Monday.  The town comes to a standstill for an hour as the joyful procession weaves it's way through Chesterfield and this year around 2000 local people gathered along the roadside to watch the mixture of decorated floats, walkers and marching bands go past.  This year's theme was 'Love your neighbour' and we walked with the street pastors who were in their element.  We hope that Chesterfield feels that love of God through us all year long! Take a look at our facebook page for more pictures.