Thursday, 28 September 2017


We have Cafe Church at the Compass on West Bars every Sunday evening 6-7 pm .  Why Cafe Church?  It's an opportunity for those who can't make a Sunday morning meeting to get together for worship and bible teaching.  It's real church but in a more relaxed setting.  Everyone is welcome and there will be plenty of cake!  This week it will be Ben Bentley speaking.

Come and give it a try.

Monday, 25 September 2017


This Sunday in Chesterfield our J Team children are taking over our meeting.  They are going to remind us to be thankful for all the good things God provides for us - including our food.  If you would like to bring a harvest offering we will be donating all suitable items to the food bank.
If you would like to bring fresh fruit or vegetables - maybe something from your allotment? - these will be sold in the meeting and the money donated to the food bank.

Monday, 18 September 2017


Wednesday, 13 September 2017


I wanted to bring to your attention the fact that our Foodbank Project Manager, Ian Birchmore is retiring from working for the foodbank. Ian has worked tirelessly, and served us extremely well and there will be an opportunity to thank Ian for all his work at a future event. We are now however looking for someone to replace Ian as a paid foodbank Project Manager and we need your help.

If you, or someone you know, might be interested and wants to know more please contact myself (Tim Rourke) on 07853 167061 or email me

Foodbank Project Manager

Job Description
Responsible to: Foodbank Project Trustees Responsible for: Directing and managing the Chesterfield Foodbank

Salary: £1025 per month (Including annual cost of living increase each year) Based on three-day week, flexible to fit duties Permanent after 6 months probation period

Overall responsibility of the job:  To lead a team of volunteers to ensure that all areas of the foodbank centres for Chesterfield Foodbank are run efficiently and to a high standard, in accordance with The Trussell Trust franchise model and statutory requirements.

Key dates for the Interview Process Job Descriptions and Application Forms available from 13th Sept 2017

Final Application Date : Sunday 1st October

Shortlisting : Week beginning Monday 2nd October Interviews : Thursday 12th October

Monday, 11 September 2017


This year the Compassion Experience was available at Spring Harvest and at The One Event and I was disappointed that I didn't get a chance to go in.  But God is good and the experience is coming to Chesterfield twice before the year is out.

What is The Compassion Experience?

This free event features an interactive journey through the true stories of children living in two African countries: Uganda and Ethiopia.  In more than 2,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space, visitors will step inside homes, schools and markets — without getting on a plane. Each child's story starts in poverty but ends in hope.
A brand new innovation to the UK, The Compassion Experience offers you the chance to visit another world without leaving your own. See with your own eyes how sponsorship transforms lives through this interactive, mobile experience; visiting churches, schools, and other venues across the country.
The Compassion Experience is housed in a Compassion-branded truck. When deployed the structure allows guests to take an immersive tour through replicas of the homes, environments and stories of two children who have been a part of Compassion’s programme. Though the use of an iPod and headphones guests have the opportunity to hear from Sameson or Shamin, who share first-hand what daily life was like growing up in extreme poverty.
As you enter the Experience, you’ll be instantly transported to Uganda and Ethiopia— visiting homes, markets and schools as you experience sights, sounds, and events from the lives of Sameson or Shamin. Witness with your own eyes the impact one caring sponsor can have.
Each tour takes approximately 20 minutes and guests are welcome to experience one or both stories.
Through the experience visitors will witness the help, new life and hope that transforms a child’s life when Compassion is able to help through the generosity of a personal sponsor. At the end of the tour, guests enter a room where they can view photos and information about children of all ages who are waiting for sponsors.
The Experience is a free, family friendly event which gives you a tangible way to share the realities of daily poverty with your own children, family, friends and community.
Get a taster here:
It's an experience that will change you.  So bring your friends and families and lets spread some compassion and find out how we can help children like these.
Hosted by Redeemer King Church at Outwood Academy, Highfield Road, Chesterfield
Sat Sept 30th 1 pm -  6 pm 
Sun Oct 1st 12 pm - 4 pm
Hosted by Christian Life Church, Vanguard Trading Estate, Britannia Road, Chesterfield
Fri Nov 10th 5.30 pm - 7.15 pm
Sat Nov 11th 1.00 pm - 2.30 pm   &  3.45 pm - 6 pm
Sun 12th Nov 10.30 pm - 2.30 pm  &  4 pm - 6 pm

Friday, 8 September 2017


Emma used to love coming out with our Street Pastors in Chesterfield as an observer and was a valued part of any team.  At the time she was suffering with regular non epileptic seizures and was frustrated that she did not feel able to be more fully involved.

What a transformation in less than a year.  She is now happily married to husband Gareth and settled in Devon.  With the support of her husband and the local Street Pastor Coordinator she has now completed the training. I think the smiles on this photo taken at their recent commissioning service show what it means to both of them.

Please take some time to pray for the Street Pastors up and down the country who will be out on patrol this weekend.  That God will guide them to the vulnerable and those in need and give them his wisdom to handle every situation they face.

Monday, 4 September 2017


Can't believe it is 2 months since our last post!  I could make out that we have spent the last month recharging our batteries on some remote sun-kissed desert island but that wouldn't be honest - although Dave did make it to Brixham for a short break with Alison which comes pretty close!

In reality a lot of NLC folk have been working very hard over the holidays on various projects as well as trying to fit in some much needed R&R.   I'll try and catch up on some of those projects for you this week .  Hope you had a good summer break too.