Tuesday, 31 May 2016

CONGRATULATIONS BEN AND SARAH

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

CTFC CHAIR STEPS DOWN AFTER 10 YEARS

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

COME & MEET RALPH AND RENUKA IN ALFRETON

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

MAKING YOUR MIND UP

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 


NOT A MORNING PERSON?

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

WHOLE CHURCH MEETING WITH TONY LING

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)