Tuesday, 14 August 2018

EARLY BIRD TICKETS UNTIL 21ST AUGUST

Dear Friend
What does freedom really look like? We try and maintain the momentum, but life keeps adding yet more challenges! From home, family and work pressures – it’s difficult to know what’s worth keeping up and what to let go.
However many plates you’re spinning it’s easy to get distracted and lose sight of who God has designed you to be. Free to Be is an event where you’ll leave feeling inspired with practical ideas and a renewed vision to step out into the life God has called you to.
Join Cathy Madavan and Bekah Legg to explore what freedom in Christ really looks like.
We hope to see you there!
The Care for the Family Team
 
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NATIONAL 100 DAYS OF PRAYER

100-Days-Peace-Hope-logo 14 August
90 days to go
As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace…’
Luke 19:41-42 (NIV)

HE HIMSELF IS OUR PEACE

If you’ve ever sat with a human being as they grieve desperate loss, you may find that words fail as you try to bring peace. But if a deeply trusted friend comes close, then very often peace begins to return without the need for words. When the depth of pain in a fresh wound is met by a greater depth of love, peace becomes possible. When God wanted to bring peace to the most troubled city in the history of our planet, he didn’t send words or ideas. He stepped through its gates with tears in his eyes. The Bible tells us that ‘he himself is our peace’. His desire is to come close enough to touch our troubled lives.

PRAYER
Lord Jesus, Prince of Peace, where there is pain, please come close. Where I need you, please come close. Where my people need you, please come close. Where my world needs you, please come close. Please open our eyes to ‘the things which make for peace.’

This reflection and prayer is contributed by Joel Goodlet who lives in Birmingham with his wife and three children, seeking the welfare of local neighbourhoods from a foundation of prayer.

100 Days of Peace and Hope is available with Bible readings, reflections and prayers for each week to download at www.remembrance100.co.uk/100-days

Monday, 13 August 2018

CHURCH PICNIC IN THE PARK

This Sunday (19th August) there will not be a meeting at the Ragged School instead the church will be meeting in Queen's Park for a picnic.  Come and find us near the bandstand from 11am onwards and remember to bring your picnic and something to sit upon.  There will be games for those who want to be sporty or time to relax and chat for those who don't..  Come and enjoy spending time with our church family.


PS Teddy Bears are very welcome at our picnic

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

CHURCH IN SUNNY SCARBADOS!

This Sunday there will be no meetings in Chesterfield and Alfreton because we are off for a day at the seaside.  There are a few places left if you haven't booked your seat already.  The coach will leave Chesterfield at 8.30am bound for Scarborough.  I believe we may well have bus bingo again this year to speed the journey along. 

We have lunch together on the beach and then people choose how they want to spend their day.  Some like to wander round the shops while others prefer a ride on the Pirate Ship.  There's usually a sandcastle competition and the opportunity to beat Dave at rounders!  Whatever you choose to do it's a fun church family day out together.

Thursday, 26 July 2018

THRIVING IN GWERU, ZIMBABWE

Thriving Farm
Report from Gweru, Zimbabwe

Charles Kudzerema reports that the new irrigation system and electric motor that was installed in the spring has allowed a good harvest of tomatoes on the farm in Gweru, Zimbabwe. This has enabled the farm to provide food and income to families in the local villages and sell produce in the local markets, along with providing food for the poor in the local area. 

(Thank you to everyone at NLC who brought in their pennies to contribute towards this project)





Thursday, 19 July 2018

YE OLDE STREET PASTORS


If you happen to be visiting the Medieval Market in Chesterfield on Tuesday 24th July have a look out for the Street Pastor and School Pastor stall. 

We will be raising funds for our work and need the generous support of all our friends please.

WHOLE CHURCH MEETING AT RAGGED SCHOOL

This Sunday we are delighted to welcome Rob and Marion White to our whole church meeting at the Ragged School, Markham Rd.  We are temporarily meeting at the Ragged School while building work takes place to put in a new coffee bar at the Winding Wheel. 

We are looking forward to another great time together as we worship God and to hear the word Rob has prepared for us. 
Recently a couple of our home groups have been using his book 'Teach Us to Pray' which is based on the prayer Jesus taught his disciples.  Rob and Marion's have taken a lead with Youth for Christ and Hope for Justice and have a wealth of experience of walking with Christ to share. 

If you can't make Sunday morning they will also be at Cafe Church at the Compass, West Bars on Sunday 6-7pm.  All welcome.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

SUMMER HOLIDAY SCHEME

A few years back a lot of volunteers from NLC got involved with
Community Youngstars.  We had a great time and a lot of families were blessed.  Please read on to find out about a project that is running this year that needs your help...

The RAY (Rother Action Youth) project is set up to provide activities for children throughout the summer holidays.  It’s run by a group of different people from a variety of backgrounds who want to provide a fun time for children from the Grangewood, Birdholme, Boythorpe and St Augustine areas of Chesterfield.

We need people to help with different things, from making sandwiches, sorting food provided by Fairshare, to helping ‘hands-on’ with activities.  There are different needs on different days, but the main need for help is:

Tuesdays 3pm-6pm  (helping with activities); 
Wednesdays and Fridays 11am -2pm  (making sandwiches); 
Fridays 2pm -4pm  (helping with activities).  

You don’t need to be there the whole time, just an hour or so would be appreciated.  The activity sessions are taking place on Tuesday in St Augustine’s church (Derby Road) and on Fri on the Langer Field Park. 

This is a great chance for us to get to know some of the families who potentially will be coming to Umbrellas in the future, and also to really get to know some of the people who are already working here, from local councillors to Children’s Centre staff, to volunteers.

If you want to know more, or are interested in coming along to help, then contact Jane Bentley.  This is our way of being salt and light to the community.

Monday, 9 July 2018

DAVE'S MESSAGE THIS SUNDAY

Isn't it just like a man to change his mind at the last minute!  To be fair, the message Dave had planned for this week was relegated to 'coming soon' as God made it grow into something else.  If you missed it, here are a few of my notes...

Who said: I've had enough! (1 Kings 19)
No one is bothered about me.  They don't care! (2 Timothy 4)
If God is really is with us, why has all this happened to us? (Judges 6)

No matter what circumstances brought us there we have all shared these feelings at some time.  We need to do what each of these people did and draw on the refreshing and revitalising power of God.

If we have lost our "va va voom", God can REVITALISE
If our vision has grown old, God can RENEW
If we feel stale, God can REFRESH
If we started well but have ground to a halt, God can RESTART
If our batteries are flat, God can RE-ENERGISE
If our strength is sapped, then God can RE-INVIGORATE
If we lack vitality, God can REVITALISE
If our lives seem to have lost shape, God can REFORM
If we feel lost, God will help us to REDISCOVER

In 1 Kings 19 Elijah seeks refuge under the shade of a broom tree because he is so weary of life that he wants to die.  The broom is seen as a symbol of invigoration.  It can survive all kinds of harsh conditions in the desert and provides shelter for others.

In that place God provided food to nourish Elijah's physical body, he gave assurance that the problem was being dealt with to renew his thinking and finally God reveals himself to Elijah in a new way to fire up his spirit. The process began with Elijah sharing with God how he felt and then listening and receiving from God.

It is God who does the refreshing but sometimes he will use us in the process.  Paul speaks very highly of Philemon:

Your love has given me much joy and comfort, my brother, for your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God’s people.  Philemon 1:7

The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.  Proverbs 11:25


Be a refresher of God's people and see how God will refresh and revitalise you too!



Monday, 2 July 2018

JESUS TRANSFORMS LIVES

This Sunday (8th July) the title for Dave's message is 'Restoration Unlimited' 

I watched a programme yesterday where a designer rescued items that were going to be thrown on the tip.  She saw potential in the grottiest of things and took them away to restore and renovate them for a new life with new purpose.  God is the ultimate restorer.  He created us for a purpose and no matter how much the world has misused us, how scruffy and stressed out we are, how much of the dirt of sin has spoiled us, when he looks at us he sees the beautiful unique person he created and remembers the plan he has always had for our lives. 

The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength.
You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.
12 Some of you will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities.
Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls and a restorer of homes.  (Isaiah 58 11-12)


Isaiah prophecies that those who have been restored can become restorers in the lives of others where they live.  Who do you know that you could invite to hear the good news about the Jesus who can restore lives?  This is a powerful message that will transform lives - who do you know who needs to be at the Ragged School with us this Sunday?

24 HOURS OF PRAYER

Grace Chapel have faithfully organised a day of prayer for Chesterfield for quite a few years now.  They invite church leaders from across the town to come and take a one hour slot during the 24 hours between 7.30 am on Friday 6th July to 7.30 am to Saturday 7th July.  You are welcome to join the prayer at anytime during that period. 
Dave would appreciate anyone who can support him when he leads the prayer between 11 am and 12 noon on Friday.

Imagine the defeats being inflicted on our enemy and the victories being won when the body of Christ comes together to pray with one voice for our town.

Thursday, 21 June 2018

SUPPORT THE GALA AT LANGER FIELDS


You’re all invited to come along to have fun – and help out!!!! 

Where?: Langer Fields, Langer Lane, Birdholme 


When?: Saturday 23rd June anytime from 12.00 – 4.00pm 



Doing what?: Helping to serve on the churches together stall and Umbrellas stall - doing crafts; playing games with children; talking to people and telling them about the Umbrellas project; offering to pray with people if they ask; being Jesus in the community! 

There is a gala being held all day with a fun fair, lots of different stalls, time of prayer and blessing for the new playground equipment, refreshments etc. 
Please come along and show your support!

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

WHOLE CHURCH MEETING

Sunday 24th June we will be having a whole church meeting in Chesterfield so no meetings at our other venues.  It's always a great time when we gather to celebrate God and worship together.  This month our speaker is our very own Martyn Rowe. 
Take the opportunity to invite someone to come to the church meeting with you this week.

CONGRATULATIONS MR & MRS GREVESON!


Many congratulations to Tom and Claire on their wedding yesterday. 
We had a fabulous time both at the Registry Office and the evening blessing celebrations. 
A beautiful day for a lovely couple.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

LADIES EVENT WITH CARE FOR THE FAMILY

This ladies event is coming to Sheffield on Tuesday 16th October 7.30pm - 10pm at Network Church, Gilpin Street, Sheffield S6 3BL.  Book your ticket before August 21st and you get the early bird rate of just £4 (as opposed to £7 on the night).  Book your tickets direct on www.cff.org.uk/freetobe  or let me know and I will get them for you.
Watch the video for more information: https://youtu.be/FkvhvpawRVk
WHAT DOES FREEDOM REALLY LOOK LIKE? We try and maintain the momentum, but life keeps adding yet more challenges! With home and family pressures, workplace challenges, health and relationships – it’s difficult to know what’s worth keeping up and what to let go. But as Christian women our identity lies not in the season of our lives, nor in our roles and responsibilities – but in Christ.
We’re delighted to be going on tour again in partnership with Spring Harvest. Join us as we unpack more about what freedom really looks like.

The Speakers.

Cathy Madavan is a popular speaker, presenter and writer. She is part of the leadership team of the Spring Harvest festival and writes regularly for Christian publications. Cathy lives with her husband Mark and they have two teenage girls.
Bekah Legg is Director of Mission at her community church and the editor of Liberti magazine. She is married to Steve and together they parent a blended family of five children.

You will come away with.

The confidence to be who you were designed to be.
Tips on how to impact others right where you are.
A deeper revelation of how loved you are.
An understanding of the power of vulnerability
A fresh perspective of how God sees you.

Is it for you?

This event is perfect for all women at any stage of life whether you are a high-heels or wellies person, a Netflix fanatic or a coffee shop lover. We hope this event will be a huge encouragement to you.

CONGRATULATIONS!

What a glorious wedding day for two wonderful people!  The smiles say it all.  
Many congratulations to Richard and Jill Kuzniarz on their wedding last Saturday from all the family at New Life Church. 

This was the Bible reading from the wedding service:  Ephesians 5:21-33


 And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
 For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord.  For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church.  As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything.
 For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault.  In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church. And we are members of his body.
 As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.”This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

Friday, 1 June 2018

COME AND SHARE

God is good! Have you got a testimony about his goodness to you? It's a sharing meeting this Sunday so be thinking about what you could share that would be an encouragement to the church. Tell us about what God has done for you or bring some verses from the Bible that have blessed you. It's all up to us this week!

Friday, 25 May 2018

JOIN US THIS SUNDAY

We are delighted to have Andrew Murray and his team with us at our whole church meeting this Sunday and at Cafe Church in the afternoon.  Andrew's ministry is accompanied by transformed lives and God moving in miracles and healings.  We are in faith that God is going to do some amazing things this weekend.

Is there something you would like God to do in your life? 
Maybe you need a fresh start a chance to put the past behind you and become the person God intended you to be? 

We'd love to see you at the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield on Sunday morning at 10.30 am (10am for coffee) or at Cafe Church 6pm at the Compass on West Bars.  A warm welcome is waiting for you.

Monday, 21 May 2018

UMBRELLAS - A GATHERING PLACE

In 2015, God started prompting me to consider opening a coffee house with a dedicated play area in it for under 5’s.  This became a much stronger calling throughout the next year and having prayed about it and sought advice and counsel from a number of people, and with support from George and the family, I started exploring how this could become a reality.  There have been many ‘coincidences’ along the journey, that have just convinced us that God is totally behind and in control of this project.  I had an initial idea of where the café could be situated, but God had other ideas! 
I always knew that the Grangewood area of Chesterfield had a bad reputation, and God has opened up the way for the coffee house to be situated right in the middle of the estate, in a new development to be built there.  The Grangewood area is in the Rother Ward, in the bottom 8% of deprivation for the whole country, with no visible church presence on the estate. 
The vision has grown and changed – the coffee house will have a dedicated play area in it, so that
parents and carers can relax and have some quiet, relaxing time knowing that the children are enjoying themselves.  This area can be screened off and small groups can meet there, with activities such as story time, music time, simple cooking, messy play etc.  In addition, the partitioned area can be used to host small groups for the elderly, having social groups, memory café, music groups, to bring people together who are possibly isolated and fearful.
We will also use the premises for  more obvious church based initiatives, such as café church, Alpha sessions – both adults and toddler Alpha groups; a base for people to come back to after running children’s events on the nearby park area.  Although there will be a number of groups held there, the main aim is for Umbrellas to be a place where people can come to and feel accepted and welcomed – where there will be a friendly greeting and a shoulder to lean on, if they want it!  We want the presence of Jesus to fill the place - where people can meet Jesus through the volunteers who are serving them coffee, doing the washing up, cooking the food or just there to meet people.  Everyone has the opportunity to play their part. 
Umbrellas will be the building where the community know that they can go to for good food; advice; a hug; someone to pray with them; someone to listen to them; or somewhere where they can meet Jesus. It will be church – the family of God – in the middle of Grangewood Farm - a new expression of church, meeting the needs of the local community it is in the middle of.   It will be a hub for supporting people with other concerns, such as financial, emotional or spiritual worries - a place of sanctuary, helping people holistically – physically, mentally and spiritually. 

We are part of the charity Community Transformation, registered charity 1149268 and the website is www.umbrellascoffeehouse.co.uk.



For any further information email jane@umbrellascoffeehouse.co.uk .

WHAT DO YOU NEED?

On many occasions when people came to Jesus he asked them what might seem an obvious question.  What do you want me to do for you?  So I'm asking you the same question.  What do you need Jesus to do for you?
Some of us carry emotional hurts from the past. Others face a daily battle for their mental well-being.  Some have problems with their physical body whilst others are dealing with an attack from sickness or disease.  Some are just weary.
We carry pain and anxiety that God never intended for us to carry and he longs to set us free.  No matter how hard it looks to us, the truth is nothing is impossible for our God.
This Sunday Andrew Murray is coming to speak at our whole church meeting and he is bringing a car-full of his students with him.  God has blessed Andrew's ministry many times and in many countries with powerful healings and amazing miracles so we are believing for the same here in Chesterfield.

Come in faith this Sunday believing in the God of the impossible who sent his Son, Jesus, to pay the cost of your healing and receive the freedom God has for you.

Let's have our ears tuned to the Holy Spirit and be ready to be the means by which God sets someone else free too!

Thursday, 17 May 2018

MARTYN IN CHESTERFIELD THIS SUNDAY

This weekend Alfreton are going to be blessed by having Peter Topliss speaking there which releases Martyn to come and bless us with God's word in Chesterfield.
Come and join us as we celebrate our wonderful God in worship and then listen to his word.  Sunday 10.30 am at The Winding Wheel in Chesterfield, at Firs Gardens Community Centre in Alfreton and at the Village Hall, Stretton.
Everyone very welcome.  For more information about our Sunday meetings and mid-week home groups contact Dave on 01246 200768.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

YOUR KINGDOM COME

Last year we joined a national campaign to pray 'Your Kingdom Come' here where we live.  The main idea was to choose 5 people you know and pray for them every day for 11 days between May 10th and May 20th.  We think it is a fantastic idea, just imagine how many thousands of people will be prayed for during that period and what impact it will have in the heavenly realms!


So it starts in a weeks time - next Thursday.  Pick up a booklet on Sunday and spend some time thinking about who you will commit to pray for every day for 11 days.  Then pray for an opportunity to invite them to a Sunday meeting.  We have our very own Martyn Rowe speaking on Sunday May 20th and Andrew Murray on Sunday 27th.  A packed house for both would be wonderful!

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

YOU WON'T KNOW UNTIL YOU ASK


WHOLE CHURCH MEETING 29TH APRIL

 This weekend we will all be meeting together at the Winding Wheel in Chesterfield 10.30 am.  It's always a great time when we gather together to worship but on this occasion we have something special to celebrate.  Peter has been given the all clear and is feeling well enough to resume preaching duties.  We are so grateful to God for sustaining him & Susan through the period of his treatment and over the coming months we are trusting for an accelerated return to full health.  We are looking forward to hearing God's word from Peter this Sunday.

Monday, 16 April 2018

BAPTISM ON SUNDAY

For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.  Romans 6:4

This Sunday will be a very special one for Tom.  His baptism is a declaration to the world that he has chosen to leave his old life behind and move on with his new life following Jesus.  It would be good to have as many people there as possible to support him.

If you are interested in finding out more about baptism contact Dave on 01246 200768.

As timings are a bit close together we have decided to cancel Cafe Church just for this week but we will be back next week as usual.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

THIS WEEKEND

This weekend Cafe Church returns after a little break for Easter and the speaker is our very own Dave Bunting.  

Come and join us at the Compass on West Bars from 6pm until 7pm for worship and bible teaching followed by coffee and cake.  

Everyone warmly welcome.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

EASTER SUNDAY

We get excited about Easter at NLC but not just on the prescribed Sunday.  Every day has the potential for new life in Jesus and a fresh start whenever we need it.  Because he died all our wrong doing is forgiven; the mistakes we made in the past and the ones we made this morning.  Because he rose from the dead he made a way for us to have eternity with our Father in heaven.  We live in the resurrection power of Jesus and he reaches out to the lost world through us.


 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honour at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.  Ephesians 1:19-20

Join us this Sunday 10.30 am for a family celebration of what Easter is really all about.

Monday, 19 March 2018

WHOLE CHURCH MEETING THIS SUNDAY

After the return of the 'Beast from the East' all of our meetings had to be cancelled last Sunday because of the snow and ice. Police had advised people not to go out unless it was really necessary and the repercussions from a slip on the ice are too long term to risk.  So we hope you had a lovely cosy time at home or sledging for the more adventurous!
This coming Sunday we will all be gathering for a whole church meeting and our speaker will be our own Martyn Rowe.  Looking forward to a great time together.

Don't forget the clocks go forward this weekend

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

LES ISAAC IN CHESTERFIELD THIS WEEKEND!

Really excited that we have Les and Louise Isaac in Chesterfield this weekend.  On Friday he will be visiting the School Pastors at work in Parkside School and hopefully speaking with both staff and children.  On Saturday he is speaking at a lunch which is now fully booked with 80 people having tickets to hear him. But you can join us on Saturday for the Commissioning Service for our newest recruits at the Crooked Spire at 7.30pm where Les will be the speaker.  Grab the opportunity to hear this inspiring speaker.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

'AWAKENING' II


This Sunday Dave is bringing the second part of his word about the need for the Church to awaken, rise up and reach for everything God intends her to be.  How about praying for breakthrough for each other this week?  That we can all rise up, clothed in God's strength and dazzle the enemy with our, graciously given, garments of splendour.

Awake, awake, Zion, clothe yourself with strength!
Put on your garments of splendour, Jerusalem, the holy city....
 rise up, sit enthroned, Jerusalem.
Free yourself from the chains on your neck Isaiah 52