Tuesday, 16 October 2018

DAY 73/100 DAYS PRAYER FOR PEACE

100-Days-Peace-Hope-logo 16 October
27 days to go
He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

GOD’S POWER IN OUR WEAKNESS
One of the times I felt weakest in my life was when I had two babies and my husband was in Afghanistan. Sleepless nights and non-stop days left me feeling broken, physically and emotionally. Strangely, it was a time punctuated by happy moments. A postman promising to get my Christmas present to Afghanistan when I stood crying at the till, the children unwrapping Sellotape by my feet. A nanny scooping the children up for a day at her farm. A rat-catcher making it his mission to expel the rats from our garden. The same Bible verse appeared repeatedly. During that time, God showed me that his grace is sufficient, sending rays of peace and hope to shine through the clouds.

PRAYER
We pray for all military families during times of separation. We pray for marriages that are tested and children who may encounter uncomfortable emotions. May they know your grace and peace especially in times of weakness. Amen

Katie Kyle is a military wife, mummy to three children, and a desert-dweller (due to current posting).

Monday, 15 October 2018

LUNCH ON JESUS 2018

Thursday, 11 October 2018

ALL THERE BUT NOT WHERE YOU'D EXPECT

This weekend all of our three elders are preaching but not where you would expect to find them.  Martyn from Alfreton is speaking in Chesterfield.  Peter from Clay Cross is speaking in Alfreton and Dave from Chesterfield is speaking at Clay Cross.  Confused yet?  Rest assured whichever location you are heading for there will be a shared time of worship and the word of God will be brought.
                                             Make sure you are there to hear what God wants to say to you.

Monday, 8 October 2018

PATHWAYS SLEEP OUT EVENT AT SPIRE

Each person will need to register in order to sleep out, it takes just 1-2mins



Contactella.pathways@gmail.com  call 01246 498204 (Mon - Fri, 10am - 3pm)


 
 

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

DAY 59/100 PRAYER FOR PEACE

100-Days-Peace-Hope-logo 2 October
41 days to go
Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.
Hebrews 12:14-15 (NIV)

INNER PEACE
Peace comes from within; it comes when there is no cloud between us and God. Peace is the consequence of forgiveness and the hope that nothing will obscure his face and break union with him.

PRAYER
Father forgive us our sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us, so that we are able to live together in peace and harmony, releasing all our fears, woes and pain to you for your divine healing. Thank you Lord for your saving grace, through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen

Latifah Forrest works for the Peace Alliance, a charity that works in partnership with the police, government agencies, the corporate sector, and faith and voluntary organisations.



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

GOD IS CHANGING LIVES THROUGH CAP

You may be interested in the programme The Debt Saviours  on BBC 2 next Friday at 21.00. It features Christians Against Poverty https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bmblny

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The BBC website says

“Across Britain more than four million people have debts considered unsustainable. Responsibility for advising and helping these vulnerable people is increasingly falling to charities. One of the biggest is Christians Against Poverty (CAP), led by its charismatic founder, Dr John Kirkby CBE, pictured.
In this access all areas documentary, director Phillip Wood follows Dr Kirkby and some of the charity's debt coaches. CAP has more than 6,000 staff and volunteers around the country providing help to people who often face losing their homes. The film shows how the home visits often include an offer to pray with clients and asks whether the real motivation is debt relief or bringing people to Jesus, or both.
One of the debt coaches featured is Gaz, who has overcome homelessness, dependency issues and losing a marriage before becoming a born-again Christian. He now works for CAP, and in the programme travels to meet donors in Jersey to help raise funds for the charity and to share with CAP's clients the story of his road out of debt.
Holly has been in debt all her young life and lives alone. She can barely afford to heat her home and is desperate for a change in circumstances. Her debt coach takes Holly under her wing as she tries to transform her life.
Ronnie was on remand for over two years before he was found not guilty. When he was released from jail he found himself homeless and in debt. He now lives alone in a bedsit, suffers from mental health issues and thinks life in jail was better. His debt coach Neil introduces Ronnie to Christianity - but Ronnie isn't sure what to think.”

Julie Minns

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

GARETH & SANDRA DUFFTY

This Sunday we delighted to have Gareth and Sandra Duffty with us and you will have two opportunities to meet them. 
Gareth will be speaking at the whole church meeting in the morning 10.30 am at the Winding Wheel. 
Sandra will be speaking at Cafe Church at the Compass which runs 6-7 pm.
Be sure to take these opportunities to come and hear what God wants to say to you through their ministry.

WHOLE CHURCH MEETING THIS SUNDAY

'Better Together' was a slogan adopted by those campaigning for Scotland to vote to remain part of the UK.  They argued the benefits of remaining outweighed the reality of independence.  In recent meetings God has been speaking to us about the benefits of working together for the Kingdom of God. We can accomplish so much more when we work together than when we work alone.

Martyn spoke from 1 Corinthians 12 that we are all important parts of the body of Christ. It's a picture of the church as a human body with each person having a specific place and role to perform.  If the hand refuses to cooperate with the mouth to give it food it is the whole body that starves.  Conversely, when the hand takes food to the mouth the whole body is nourished and fed including the hand. It's when we all work together, fulfilling the roles God has given us, that the church will really flourish and grow.

What does all that mean?  It means you matter and it is important that you are there this Sunday.  Let's come together in worship and see victories in the heavenly realms made reality and lives transformed by the power of God as each of us does our part.

Thursday, 20 September 2018

BBQ IN HOLMEHALL WITH HBVC

On Saturday 29th September 12.00 - 3pm our friends at Holmebrook Valley Church are putting on a bbq for the people of Holmehall.  Invitations will be going out through the school and local advertising. They'll be offering a free lunch of burgers and sausages with a supply of cold drinks.  There will be free craft activities for children and the opportunity to learn some circus skills with Jugalubs. 
So come with your family and have a free lunch whilst enjoying the live music.

Monday, 17 September 2018

CONFERENCE FOR CHILDREN'S MINISTRY LEADERS


Revival Kids – Raising up a spirit filled, extraordinary generation”
 A Conference to inspire church teams in leading transformational Children’s Ministry.

With Emily Phelps Jones, Jarrod Cooper and the Revive Church team.
9.30am-4.30pm
Saturday 20 October 2018


Children are central to God’s heart for revival.  As Children’s leaders, we are here to raise ‘Revival Kids’; children who know their Father, who are filled with the Holy Spirit and change the world by representing Jesus in their homes, schools and cities.  We’re being called to raise up a generation of holy ‘freedom fighters’ who pray for the sake of the world and burn with the fire of God so that wherever they go, God’s glory is released.

Join us on Saturday 20th October for a day of envisioning and practical teaching on equipping children’s leaders to step out in Kid’s Ministry. It’s an opportunity for your leaders to build vision and explore approaches for seeing kids released in worship, prayer and the prophetic. 

At Revive Church we have a passion for children to know God deeply, see miracles and prophecy as a part of normal life, to encounter Jesus in worship and be filled with the Holy Spirit. Join us as we seek to become outstanding children’s leaders, raising an extraordinary generation, born for revival!

At this day conference you will enjoy:
-          Worship, prayer and prophetic ministry.
-          Inspiring keynote sessions
-          Teaching & equipping
-          Children’s ministry networking
-          An opportunity to be envisioned, empowered and equipped as we seek God for this generation.

Price: £5 per person

Venue:  Revive Church
Bridlington Avenue
Kingston-upon-Hull
HU2 0DU
England
[http://]TO BOOK IN CLICK HERE

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

CAFE CHURCH IS BACK!

We hope you enjoyed the summer break and are raring to get back to Cafe Church on Sunday evenings.  Starting from this Sunday 9th September we will be back at the Compass from 6-7pm every week.  Join us for worship and Bible teaching in a relaxed setting with coffee and cake.  This week our speaker is Ben Bentley.

Monday, 3 September 2018

DAY 30/100 PRAYER FOR PEACE

100-Days-Peace-Hope-logo 3 September
70 days to go
I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
John 14:27 (NLT)

A MAN OF PEACE?

As a young Christian, this promise from Jesus of inner peace became precious. Recently married, living in a new area, teaching in secondary school, was not conducive to such peace. But this gift was transformational. My inner life changed from ‘jagged black and white’ into a blend of beautiful colours. Since then this ‘inner peace’ has served me well. When I have lost it, it has been time to take stock of my life and sort out some issues. If big decisions have been required, the peace or lack of it has guided me. Faced with scary new challenges, this verse has set me on a calmer path, reminding me that I never face the future alone. What a gift!

PRAYER
Heavenly Father, Thank you that into a turbulent world you sent Jesus, the Prince of Peace, through whom we may have peace with you. Grant again today to your servant the gift of peace in mind and heart, through the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen

Kathryn Morgan is a Baptist minister and Company Secretary of the Christian Enquiry Agency which runs www.christianity.org.uk.


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

SUNDAY 9TH SEPT AT THE WINDING WHEEL

Yes we are back at the Winding Wheel this Sunday now that the refurbishments have been completed.  We're very grateful to the folk at the Ragged School for allowing us to use their building over the summer but it will be nice to be back home. 
We are planning a dynamic celebration so come prepared to be extravagant in your worship and to hear the word of God. 
Join us 10.30 am at The Winding Wheel this Sunday.

ALFRETON PARTY IN THE PARK

We had a great day in Alfreton on Sunday at Party in the Park.  The weather could not have been any better with beautiful hot sunshine all day.  Our musicians led a short time of worship -  looking cool in their sunglasses!  There were free craft activities for children making cards, painting glass jars and pebbbles.  Our face-painters had a marathon with a never ending queue of children.  Marvellous Martyn entertained the children with his illusions and Dave had them competing in the egg and spoon and sack races.  The afternoon finished with a battle over the tug of war.  Lots of fun had by all and the gospel shared for all to hear.

Thursday, 30 August 2018

STREET PASTORS BIRTHDAY


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.