Wednesday, 27 May 2015

NLC JOIN CHESTERFIELD CHURCHES IN PROCESSION OF WITNESS

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.
 




Tuesday, 26 May 2015

WHOLE CHURCH MEETING TOGETHER THIS SUNDAY

This Sunday is a whole church meeting when our groups from Alfreton, Clay Cross and Chesterfield come together as one.  We are always looking for ways to bring the church together, whether that is by evangelistic events such as Alpha, BBQ or Party in the Park or by organising social events like the seaside day trips, Big Church Day Out, Saturday night socials and Christmas events.  Also by preaching and teaching in the different venues and by going around the home groups.  BUT nothing compares to the importance of our regular gatherings for worship and word together.

When we gather together as one church there is something special and dynamic about the occasion.  So please come along, take your place as part of the church, enjoy the fellowship, catch up with friends and perhaps find new friendships.  Set out with the aim of encouraging and building up the body.  Let's unite to glorify God together.

Please encourage others to travel.  I know people travel similar distances for work, shopping and leisure and this is so important. Could you encourage someone to come by offering them a lift?  I believe we will have a very special dynamic time, I trust life changing time for some, and I don't want anyone to miss out.

So I'm looking forward to a powerful celebration of the greatness of our wonderful God and with those who can stay afterwards I'm looking to enhance our fellowship further as we share lunch together.  Jesus came to give life - new life to the full.

Dave Bunting


P.S. I would love to hear from you if you have any ideas for bringing the church together in particular ventures or for particular events.  I am currently considering a monthly prayer celebration alternating across the three venues.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

A TRIBUTE TO KEN CALTON

Ken was a tremendous man of God and a wonderful example to us throughout his life.  It is good to imitate the Godly qualities we see in others and to honour Ken would be to follow his example.  So what would he want us to learn from his life?
  • First, the Church was his love and his life.  Over 20 years in faithful fellowship, he would come rain or shine and I don't just mean the weather.  Just like a stick of Blackpool rock commitment to the church family ran through the core of his being. Such was his dismay when the fickle nature of others did not show that same commitment.


  • Jesus was always number one and he constantly talked about how great God was and what he had done for him - a great lesson for us all.
  • Ken was steadfast.  Whatever happened you could trust him to remain faithful.  I know if he had been offended in any way he would never let it affect his covenant with God and the church.
  • Ken was an encourager.  He never grumbled or moaned.  In this last year when it was very difficult for him and even in his last days in hospital he was praising the nurses and doctors who in turn referred to him as 'an angel'. How refreshing.
  • He was a man of the Spirit.  His concern , reflected in the last letter he wrote to us all, was that everyone should experience the baptism of the Holy Spirit and move in the gifts of the Spirit.
  • Ken was loving and considerate and very generous in every way.
  • He was always upbeat and in faith.  He didn't entertain any negative approach to his life or gossip about others.
  • He was a man of integrity.  You could trust him completely in his motives and his loyalty.
  • Serving in the RAF in the war Ken was in 635 Pathfinder Squadron whose motto is, "We lead, others follow," He was a leader and a great example to follow.
  • He also served in 156 Squadron whose motto is "We light the way." and Ken truly shone as an ambassador for Jesus.
I would encourage you to remember and honour Ken by seeking to be like him in these ways:
  1. Keep being filled with the Holy Spirit
  2. Keep Jesus as your Lord, as number one in your life, always and not just in the good times.
  3. Be totally committed to the church.  Whatever happens have the backbone to be stick at it and not an 'okey cokey christian' - in, out, in, out, shake it all about when things don't go your way!
  4. Be steadfast and faithful
  5. Be faithful, an encourager not one who gossips and tears down.
  6. Be loving,considerate and generous
  7. Be upbeat and full of faith in every circumstance
  8. Be loyal, a person of integrity who can be trusted by everyone.
  9. Be a good example for others to follow and shine the light of Jesus so that others might see him in you.
We saw all of this in Ken didn't we?  With God's help and the power of the Holy Spirit at work others will see Jesus in us too.

Monday, 11 May 2015

NEW WEBSITE FOR CHESTERFIELD STREET PASTORS

At NLC we have a strong link with Street Pastors and School Pastors in Chesterfield with four of our number patrolling regularly as Street Pastors, one as a School Pastor and Coordinator for both projects.

Last year Ascension Trust's computers were hacked and many of the Street Pastors across the UK lost their websites. As a result the whole system was shut down and it has taken a while for the new service provider to get round all 350+ initiatives. We are now back up and running so if you would like to find out more about what we do visit our brand new website for local and national news stories about Street Pastors and School Pastors: http://streetpastors.org/locations/chesterfield/

We are recruiting now for training in September!

chesterfield@streetpastors.org.uk

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

AMAZED AT WHAT GOD CAN DO

Last night Dave presented our financial report for the year August 2013 - July 2014 at an open meeting.  The topic of accounts doesn't fire the enthusiasm of many but I have to say I have always enjoyed these meetings.  Not because I'm a number cruncher but because we look back over all the things that we have achieved in a year - or to be correct what God has done through us - and I never cease to be amazed at how much that is. With a slightly reduced income we have managed to increase our spending on Evangelism and resourcing Children's Ministry, paid all the bills and put on some amazing events.

The closing paragraph of our report sums up: "It is clear that we do not have money stored up in the bank but we have been able to fulfil our obligations to the staff and the Church and we have been able to invest much into people's lives both in the Church and in the community. Our desire is to show the love of God to all."

We owe a debt of thanks to Heather who has fulfilled the role of Treasurer for the church for seven years and is now stepping down.  She has faithfully watched over our bank balance over that time and tried her level best to reign in Dave's generous nature - not an easy task!

A big thank you from Dave, Peter and Martyn for your generosity and giving hearts with encouragement to continue sowing your lives and your finances into the kingdom of God.  God remains in debt to no man and he will reward your giving according to the measure you choose.

"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

Jacky

CURRY NIGHT WAS A BIG HIT

It was a packed house at Bilal's in Eckington  for a Curry Night to raise money towards the costs for some of our young people to fly out and work in the childrens' orphanage in Sharansthan, India this summer.  Everyone paid a little extra for their meal as a donation and there was an auction of terrific talents.  More than £400 was given on the night.  Well done to organisers Nick and Bev Levick and to everyone for their generosity and thank you to the staff at Bilal's for joining in too! 

(http://www.bilalsrestaurant.com/)

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

NO HALFWAY HOUSE

From 1 Thessalonians Chapter 1

Paul begins his letter by greeting the Thessalonian church in his usual manner speaking grace (the favour of God) and peace (wholeness) over them. He commends them as an example to other believers and details why in vs 9-10.

1.  They turned, they were converted, left something to gain something, they made a decision to change and take a new path.  Faith will not work as a bolt on to your old life.  When Peter spoke to the crowd at Pentecost they were cut to the heart and cried out asking what they should do.  They knew they needed to change, to turn away from their old life.

For the Thessalonians the old way of life was the worship of man made idols.  They chose to get rid of them and worship God and him only.  These days we may not have a carved image on our mantlepiece that we bow down to but we must understand that anything that takes the place of God in our lives is an idol.  Ask God to show you the things in your life that take the place he wants to occupy.  There is no halfway house - either Jesus is Lord of your life or he is not.

He says they received Christ with joy and affliction. Why affliction?  Because they changed and that impacted on those around them and some won't have liked that.  Whilst we don't reject those whom God loves we have to make a choice about the company we keep and whose influence we accept and choose to turn from our old ways. "Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character." (1 Corinthians 15:33)  We choose to worship God and fellowship with Christians so that we are built up and able to touch the world with the gospel that lives in us.

2.  They served the living God.  Their lives were not 'me' centred always looking to have my needs met but looking outward to serve God by serving others.  To be a servant of God is a high calling.  Jesus tells us to seek first the Kingdom of God and God will sort out everything else.  How do we do that?  First rather than looking to others to meet your needs, choose to look to the needs of others before yourself.  Look for ways to serve one another and not just in meetings. We serve by being friends and family to each other by building loving caring relationships. We lay down our lives for our friends when we choose to sacrifice what we want to do in order to give them what they need.

Bryn Jones wrote:
"The Kingdom is here but not in it's fulness. It is time for Christians to live in the immediate in the light of the ultimate."

3.  They waited not like the grumpy impatient patients in my doctor's waiting room but instead they waited with expectancy and a great hope for the future.  They knew Jesus and were confident in his return. We need security and our hope stretches right into the throne room of God and is rooted in a promise of God that is for always. We are not hanging around to see what happens we have a purpose and work to do in our waiting.  It's important that we work hard so that we can contribute and help build what God has put in our hearts. Our waiting is purposeful and there is much to be done.
"We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure." (Hebrews 13:19)

Peter Topliss (Chesterfield 4/5/15)

Saturday, 2 May 2015

BIKE RIDE FOR INDIA

Here is the evidence that the intrepid team of bikers gathered at Carsington Water this morning ready for a 44 mile sponsored ride to Tibshelf and back.  The team from NLC and Airedale Church, Keighley are raising money to take out to the children in the orphanages at Sharansthan, India this summer.  Some of the bike riders will be part of the team who go out to work with the children.  In the past they have combined hard physical work such as helping with building projects, with working with the children in school, teaching in the leadership training programme, leading worship and having a lot of fun. 


If you would like to give towards this valuable work contract Martyn Rowe 01773 834708.






Hear more about the work of Rays of Joy Ministries and the work they do with orphaned children here:  https://youtu.be/L1KwDp2xniQ