Thursday, 29 December 2016


Congratulations to Emma and Gaz on their wedding yesterday.  A lovely service at the Crooked Spire followed by a splendiferous reception at Alfreton Hall.  So lots of love and best wishes to Mr & Mrs Owens from all of us at NLC for a very special honeymoon cruise and a wonderful Jesus-centred marriage to last a

Monday, 19 December 2016


In case you missed it on Sunday.

Friday, 25 November 2016


We have a real treat this weekend with George Jarvis coming to speak at our whole church meeting this Sunday.  Those who have been in the church for as long as Dave & Alison will remember George who was leader of the church in the early days when we met in Matlock.  George and Pat were my home group leaders at one time.  So now you know who to blame!
George has a teaching gift that means I can still remember some of his preaches from over 20 years ago and these have been significant words for my life.  George and Pat are a lovely couple with a real heart towards people and a love of God's word.  Please make sure you are there as we believe this will be a significant time for us all.
Sunday 27th November 10.30am Winding Wheel, Chesterfield

Monday, 14 November 2016


 Last Saturday we had our usual stall at the Clay Cross Health and Healing Festival which ran through the day 10am - 4pm.  There were lots of colourful stalls offering a variety of ways to find peace and healing.  At NLC we believe the only way to find true peace is in a restored relationship with God through Jesus Christ his Son.  We also believe that in Jesus' victory over death and sickness he made a way for us to live free from all disease.  So we were there in the midst of the festival offering to pray for people and handing out literature that explains that God wants us to live well.

Whilst the team on the stall talked to people and offered prayer, meanwhile a prayer team met close by covering the whole event with prayer.  Thank you to everyone who gave their time to make this event a success.


A big thank you to John Pickering for singing for us at Costa Coffee in Alfreton last Friday evening. The coffee shop was packed so there was a great atmosphere as we walked in and the lovely staff were doing a great job of keeping up with the demand for black forest hot chocolate and and ginger lattes.  John's songs were mixture of fun and real life testimony and always seasoned with the gospel. If you came along we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did and we hope to see you again soon.

Date for your diary - Carols in the Community Sunday 18th December at Firs Gardens Community Centre, Alfreton 6-7pm.  Join us for a mixture of carols and songs, poetry and quiz, traditional and festive, all served up with coffee and cake.

Friday, 21 October 2016


We know that not everyone can make it to an evening meeting so Dave will be starting a new afternoon home group on Wednesday 2nd November at 2pm at Ken and Di's home at Brimington.  If you are free during the daytime and would like to join the group contact Dave for directions 01246 200768.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016


This is the latest news from Andrew following his mission to Mexico.  There are some terrific testimonies of the miracles that God did during this visit so please take some time to read it all. Andrew will be back with us in 2017 - watch this space for details.

Mexico 2016 Mission Report  
In September 2016 Generation Builders ministered for two weeks in the nation of Mexico. This was our second trip to this nation and we once again partnered with Pastor Salomon Valdez of the Revival Christian Centre in Uruapan. Evangelist Andrew Murray (Generation Builders) travelled with Pastor Barry Ogdon (International Church, Tirana, Albania); Rachel Mallender (Bridlington); Helen Gill and Lillian Wamare (Hull).
Our ministry began working with a church based in the town of Taretan. This church has experienced real growth in recent months and had planted another church in a nearby town. It was in this town that we ministered in on our first day. This town was totally unreached by the gospel until a few weeks ago with the only churches being Catholic. Meeting in an outdoor stadium, many in the town will have heard the gospel as Andrew preached on “There Is Power In The Name Of Jesus” Dozens and dozens of people were gloriously born again, sick bodies were healed and many encountered the Holy Spirit. The following night we ministered in the main church in Taretan and once again we saw dozens respond to the gospel. On both nights a strange phenomenon took place. With the weather being warm and sunny, the very moment the crowd began to come forward for salvation the heavens opened and it began to rain heavy. This continued throughout the ministry time as people had to shout over the sound of rain to say the prayer of salvation. Once the meeting ended, so did the rain! It was a true supernatural sign that God was bringing the rains of revival!
As well as the meetings in Taretan we also ministered to a group of pastors and leaders. This was a group so hungry for God’s presence and we saw God move powerfully among them. We then held two days of services in Pastor Salomon’s church in Uruapan. We held a revival service, an evangelistic service and a meeting for leaders. Again souls were saved, sick bodies were healed and also demons were cast out.
Our first Sunday saw Andrew speaking at a large church in Patzcuaro. We had a glorious move of God in both services with so many giving their lives to Jesus. The evening service in particular was so powerful as people encountered God and received healing without anyone laying hands on them.
xMoving into our second week Andrew spent two days at a church in the large city of Morelia. This was a church that had gone through terribly tragedy with the death two years previous of the founding pastor. God really helped use the team to bring healing and restoration to this church and its leaders. Andrew also spoke to a group of pastors and leaders in the city in a very large mega-church and many were in tears as he spoke on the “Spirit of Adoption: Raising sons and daughters”.
Returning to Uruapan we spoke in a gathering of two churches that came together and saw a large response to the gospel. We then returned to Morelia the following day for another meeting with pastors and leaders and then ministered at a church in the evening. This service was an incredible outpouring of the Holy Spirit and certainly the sound of revival was in the air! Following this service, Pastor Barry returned home. Barry had spoken in several services separate to Andrew during the trip as God opened up so many doors we were able to split the team.
Our final weekend was spent in the town of Zamora where we ministered for Pastor David Rice holding two church services and a meeting for pastors. Once again souls came to Christ and people were refreshed by the Holy Spirit. Our final service was in a small rural community where God’s fire really fell. After the service God had one final miracle as a prostitute met us outside the church and was delivered from demons and gave her life to Christ.
This was a glorious trip where God opened up so many doors and demonstrated His power in such mighty ways. We thank God for all those who prayed for us and we look forward to returning to Mexico in the future.

Monday, 3 October 2016


Well done Ben and Paul!
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy that was set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." (Hebrews 12)

Monday, 19 September 2016


Apologies if you turned up on Sept 10th expecting a free BBQ.  We had to do a last minute postponement as the weather forecast was terrible.  So instead we set to on Saturday 17th and served over 700 free lunches on what was a nice warm sunny day.  Live music was provided by our own worship band with a guest appearance from Chris and Emily Horn. Lots of children and their parents tried out the circus skills.  If you came along we trust you had a good afternoon.

Pictured is our champion BBQ leafleter taking a momentary break to enjoy a burger!
Visit our Facebook page for more pictures from the day.

Thursday, 8 September 2016


Cafe Church returns after our summer break with a real treat in the form of singer/songwriter Jon Kendall who will be performing and telling his story this Sunday 6-7pm at the Compass on West Bars. The doors will be open from 17.30 if you want to grab an early coffee and cake and a prime seat!

"Jon is a gifted artist who not only plays well, but sings with such passion and heart, there is depth and real meaning to his music which allows people to identify with and connect with the Jesus he represents" 

"Jon Kendall brings a freshness and authenticity with his thought provoking song writing. He invites you to explore faith and life through his songs and in a genuine way shares his own journey with God. A natural performer and warm personality to match" 

Join us for Cafe Church every Sunday 6-7pm with worship and Bible teaching to suit all ages.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016


Join us this Saturday for a free BBQ in the grounds of the Crooked Spire.  We'll have 3 BBQs cooking burgers and sausages and will start serving at 12noon and keep going until it's all gone!  Relax with your free lunch and enjoy the musical entertainment while the children enjoy some free craft activities.  We also have Richard from Juggalubs with us who has all sorts of equipment for you to try out some circus skills.  Everything is free so come along and enjoy the great atmosphere at this family event.

Event postponed from 10th September due to the forecast of steady rain all day!


Sorry, but the holidays are over and it's back to school time.  Dave and Alison are back with us this Sunday at the Winding Wheel.  Dave will be leading the worship and preaching this week so lift him and the family up in prayer between now and Sunday.  How about we make his job really easy by coming prepared with something to share?  Ask God for a scripture or a word of encouragement for the church.  Spend some time before God preparing your heart so that when we gather together it is a very special time.

It's also food bank collection Sunday so if you would like to bring something to help local people in
crisis we will be happy to pass on your gifts.  At the moment the warehouse is particularly low on biscuits, small tins of vegetables and sweet treats for families with children.  These treats can be little bags of sweets, chocolate snack bars or things like jelly, angel delight, trifle sponges, dried fruit etc

See you at the Winding Wheel on Sunday!


As the weather improved on Sunday so did the number of people milling around Alfreton Park.  We had an open air service led by Richard and Hannah at 12pm and a prayer tent manned all afternoon for those wanting a quiet space or to be prayed for.  We had lots of activities for children from glass painting to mask making and a fabulous free dip for a prize for every child.Marvellous Martyn tricked us with his 'magic' and then right at the end of the afternoon we had sports races and a tug of war.

Lots of fun for everyone and lots of invitations to the new Alpha starting soon in Alfreton.  If you are interested in learning more about what Christians believe and have your own questions to ask then Alpha could be just the right thing for you.  Contact Martyn for details 01773 834708

Monday, 15 August 2016


Thank you to everyone who came to Scarborough last Sunday with us on the coach and to those who joined us on the beach.  We had a great day out, and, apart from one minor police diversion, the journey seemed to go very quickly so we had plenty of time in Scarborough.  Some went off to the shops, some headed for the arcades and the rest set up a camp on the beach.  A few hardy souls braved a swim in the sea but far more just went for a bit of a paddle.
 There was badminton, french boules and french cricket and the creation of a very fine sand tortoise!  We finished the day off with fish and chips before we headed home.  A lovely family time together - hope you all enjoyed it too.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016


Burt and Salome celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with the church after the meeting in Alfreton on August 7th.  Such a wonderful Christian couple, full of encouragement for others whether they themselves are experiencing good times or tough times.  A real blessing to anyone who preaches in Alfreton as they are so responsive and always have an encouraging word to share. A couple who make time to persist in prayer together every day.  Rich in God's word and with a lively sense of humour they are a delight to know and an amazing blessing to the church.

Congratulations on your diamond anniversary with love from everyone at NLC.

Thursday, 28 July 2016


Congratulations to Derek and Maria Hopkinson on their silver wedding anniversary.  Such a lovely family with George and Lucy becoming the sort of young adults that parents can be rightly proud of.  Sending lots of love and appreciation to you all from everyone at NLC.

Congratulations to Dave and Eileen Marpole as well who also celebrated 25 years of marriage last week.  Praise God for all he is doing in their lives too.

Monday, 25 July 2016


We all love our Sunday morning gatherings with time to worship, learn and share together. Those times are a priority for us.  However, to get to know people well we have our mid-week home groups which meet in homes across the town.  Friendships develop as we get to know each other better. Home group is a safe place to open up among friends who will support and encourage you. It's a good place to try something new and learn together. Whether it's a bible study or discussion over a meal, it is through interacting with others that we grow and mature in Christ.

Most of our home groups meet in the evening which is best for the majority of us.  But, there are some people who find coming out in an evening difficult or if childcare or shift work is an issue it may prove impossible.  If that's you, I have good news!  Dave is planning to start a new home afternoon home group at his home in Hady at 2pm on Wednesdays starting from September 14th.  
If you are interested please contact Dave to let him know 01246 200768

Wednesday, 20 July 2016


Teen Challenge UK is a registered charity and operates nationally to help young people who have developed life controlling problems, especially drug and alcohol addictions, and also to offer preventative help to those who may be in danger of doing so.

They started in the late seventies and now works in fifteen locations in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.  Teen Challenge London and Teen Challenge Strathclyde grew out of Teen Challenge UK and are now affiliated works.
The goal of Teen Challenge UK is to help people become mentally sound, physically well, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted and spiritually alive.

The charity is built on and driven by Christian values and beliefs, which clearly show how precious and loved each individual is.  They take this message to young people whose lives are messed up, who have lost all sense of self-worth, self-esteem and often the will to live.  Everybody deserves the opportunity to live free and to become everything they were created to be.

They have 12 local teams with over 500 workers made up from staff and volunteers, who work in multiple locations across the UK.  They have 6 residential centres across England, Scotland and Wales.

Ten Challenge UK provides a positive answer to the current drug epidemic in our country, and since their first residential centre opened thousands of young people with serious addictions have been through their programmes.

Come and hear the evidence first hand from men who have had their lives ruled by addiction and have found a way to live free.  

Sunday 24th July 10.30 am
The Winding Wheel, Holywell St, Chesterfield S40 7SA

info@newlifechesterfield  01246 200768

Monday, 4 July 2016


It's always a pleasure to welcome singer/song writer John Pickering to our events.  This week he came to Cafe Church with a mixture of songs and testimonies to the power of God to transform peoples lives.  Among my favourites is the story of a prisoner covered in tattoos who through John's ministry found God's forgiveness and freedom in Christ.
 Thank you to everyone who came along and to Dave and Alison's home group who did a great job of serving the refreshments.

Monday, 20 June 2016


Hi Everyone,

I would like to ask you to consider volunteering to help me set up a team of people for the vital work of evangelism.  Initially, I would like a team of people prepared to give just 2 hours a week to posting our church events leaflet through letter boxes.  Could you spare just two hours to serve in that way?

We all work so hard to make our Sunday mornings a special time with God and I want to spread the news to as many people as possible in the hope they will want to come and see for themselves.  If we cover the streets we are leafleting with prayer and step out in faith who knows what the Holy Spirit will do in those homes! Dave Bunting

Tuesday, 14 June 2016


Our celebrations may not have been on such a grand scale as those on the Mall this Sunday but we had just as much fun and stayed a whole lot drier! During our worship time, as the children made crowns, we heard some of the amazing statements of faith and affirmation of the gospel that the Queen has made in recent speeches. Like this from Christmas 2011:
God sent into the world a unique person – neither a philosopher nor a general (important though they are) – but a Saviour, with the power to forgive.  Forgiveness lies at the heart of the Christian faith.  It can heal broken families, it can restore friendships and it can reconcile divided communities.  It is in forgiveness that we feel the power of God’s love. 

We toasted her majesty's birthday with cups of tea, iron bru or ginger beer and enjoyed a magnificent picnic banquet provided by the church family. Even Clarence the corgi made an appearance on the buffet table.  Special thanks to Katie for the magnificent royal birthday cake.

The party (and the eating) continued later at Cafe Church with a good time of worship and fellowship together.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016


Last Saturday some of us had the privilege to witness the wedding of Peter and Susan Topliss' daughter Sarah to Ben at Jubilee Church in Hull.  A lovely occasion filled with joy, music, bright colours and celebration.

Congratulations to Ben and Sarah Kuria from everyone at NLC!

Friday, 27 May 2016


At the last AGM of CTfC I stepped down from the role of Chairman.  I was thanked for holding that position for 10 years and surprised with a lovely cake featuring me in a rocker!  I was thrilled and encouraged by the kind thoughts and appreciation.  Actually we have a great team of people who drive all our initiatives forward.  I have felt very privileged over all this time whether that has been accompanied by excitement and faith or the occasional frustration.

10 years ago, like many other leaders, I had little desire for joint church fellowship and ventures.  It wasn't any bad feeling or intent, it's just that you get so busy advancing the church you lead and sometimes you have all on keeping your head above the water!  Sometimes there's neither the time nor the inclination to consider anything else.

However in 2006/7 church leaders did come together to talk and plan outreach events for 2008. Faith arose and a new desire to work together found expression under the banner of Hope 08.  We evangelised out on the street with Cliff College and put on meetings such as 'Indescribable' and 'The Evidence'.

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! ..... 
For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life for evermore. Psalm 133

 It confirmed to me the truth of  Psalms that God blesses unity and that where one can defeat a 1,000, two can put 10,000 to flight!  We proved that we can do so much more together than we can do separately.  We are brothers and sisters advancing the kingdom together.

We saw the principles of  HOPE worked out in front of our eyes.
  • demonstrating God’s love as local churches work together, meeting needs in our communities
  • continuing to love and serve people whatever they choose to believe
  • inviting people to go further in their spiritual journey by sharing the gospel with words in culturally relevant ways
  • giving people opportunities to respond to the gospel, then connecting people who do respond into church life

Soon great ventures began which by the grace of God and the tireless work of his people have been a great success.  These include Street Pastors, School Pastors, ROC Cafe, 3 Foodbank distribution centres and warehouse, provision for the homeless and a soup kitchen every night of the week. 

Our God is a God of restoration, he wants to revive and refresh his church so we can revive and refresh our neighbourhood, town and indeed our world.  He transforms lives and communities.

You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,  
Restorer of Streets with DwellingsIsaiah 58 11:12

I pray that God's blessing, favour  and an anointing of the Holy Spirit will be on the church in Chesterfield and all that we do in the future together.  Remembering that we have one enemy, that we are one people with one kingdom to build and one Lord and one day the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Praise God!

Keep up the good work & God bless you all.

Dave Bunting

Tuesday, 24 May 2016


Ralph and Renuka will be arriving in Alfreton tomorrow afternoon ahead of our meeting with them in the evening.  Over many years we have supported the work they began in Agra, India.  We have raised money to help with the building work and regularly send people out there each summer to be a practical help and to minister to the children and students.

Ralph says there are new developments to tell us about and such testimonies of God's goodness and grace to share.  He also has a new video to show us of the work at Sharansthan and is looking forward to seeing you all.

We are meeting at Firs Gardens Community Centre, off Rodgers Lane, Alfreton DE55 7FU at 7.30pm Wednesday 25th May.  Open to everyone in the church - please contact your home group leader if you are in need of a lift and we will try to sort that out for you.

Drivers it's a left turn at the traffic lights, past the shops, left onto Rodgers Lane to park and the building is on your right.

Monday, 23 May 2016


On Monday June 6th 7.30pm at Central Methodist Church 
CTfC and Chesterfield Church Action are hosting a 
'Referendum Forum'
If you haven't made your mind up and would like to hear the case for and against leaving the European Union this is for you.  Lots of opportunity to ask your questions too.

Presenting the case for remaining in the EU : Prof Clive Archer
Presenting the case for leaving the EU : Ben Bentley 


There are lots of reasons why a Sunday morning meeting with the church may not be possible for you.  For some it's health issues, others have complicated family commitments, some are required to work by their employer and yes some of us are just not morning people!  We understand and we don't want you to miss out on the opportunity to meet with the church and hear what God has to say to you.  So we invite you to give Cafe Church a try.  We meet at the Compass, West Bars, Chesterfield every Sunday 6-7pm for worship, Bible teaching and time to chat with friends over a coffee.
Why not give it a try this week?

Friday, 20 May 2016


There will be no meetings in Stretton or Alfreton this week as we are all getting together in Chesterfield to welcome Tony Ling.  He has been a friend and encouragement to NLC over many years and we are delighted that he is able to come and bring God's word to us this Sunday.  Come prepared to hear a message that could change your life.

"Tony is an elder-statesman of the kingdom of God. He is received as a prophet by churches around the world, and continues to travel extensively." (City Church website)

Tuesday, 26 April 2016


New Life in Alfreton hosted a special community event in honour of our Queen's 90th birthday last Sunday.  After a celebration of 'The Servant Queen and the King She Serves' a wonderful buffet was enjoyed together with crafts and activities for children.  It is clear from what she has said that the Queen has a living faith in God so celebrating her life of service and her birthday within our church family meeting felt quite appropriate. 

Her Majesty was not able to join the party unfortunately - but Sylvia in her finery made a very good stand in!

Thursday, 7 April 2016


The final countdown is on until the Watoto African Children's Choir are with us in Chesterfield!

"Since 1994, Watoto children’s choirs have toured internationally as ambassadors for Watoto. The vision and mission are presented through music and dance, which is an energetic fusion of contemporary gospel and traditional African rhythm. These ‘Concerts of Hope’ are a lively demonstration of the life-changing love experienced by the children of Watoto. The experience benefits the children academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually and is designed to train and equip them as future leaders."

"Watoto is currently operating out of Uganda, East Africa where over 2,000 children and infants are cared for in three children’s villages and babies’ homes. 2,100 women are empowered through Watoto’s Living Hope initiative."

David Ochola (19) David, a former child soldier who came into Watoto in 2008 comments, “Life in captivity was unbearable. Because of the terrible things I did, I used to have nightmares. But in Watoto today, I’m no longer tormented by nightmares. Instead, I now have a dream to rebuild my country. I used to take life but now I want to give life.”

New Life Church presents Watoto African Children's Choir
Sunday 17th April 7pm - 8.30pm The Winding Wheel, Chesterfield

Tickets are free and available at the door.  
An offering will be taken during the concert for the work of Watoto.
There will be a variety of Watoto merchandise including CDs, T-shirts and jewellery for sale before and after the concert.
01246 200768

Watoto are

charming, engaging, inspirational, uplifting, joyful, energetic, powerful and unforgettable!


What are your summer plans?
Are you free this summer to change even more lives? We're looking for amazing people to volunteer at one of our summer events! Join us as a volunteer at Big Church Day Out and receive free entry, a daily food allowance and camping accommodation including a tent and airbed. We’ll also be at Soul Survivor, Momentum and !Audacious and are looking for volunteers to help run our Compassion stand at each of these events.

To volunteer for any of our summer events, email: for more information or to register your interest.

Monday, 4 April 2016


Congratulations from everyone at New Life Church on the wedding of Mick and Anita's daughter Lydia to Kye Reiss on Saturday.