CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 18th May 2021

WORSHIP

We will resume in person worship in church on 23rd May, Pentecost. Masks and social distancing will still be necessary and you will have to book in advance. You can find the list of worship leaders under 'Upcoming Events'. If you wish to attend any service, please inform the Church Secretary, Liz Sharples. You can find her details under 'Contact Us'.

HALL USERS

Hall users are gradually returning. Contact your group leader for the latest information.

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12th January 2021

St Andrew's Chesterfield & Holymoorside Churches

picture of the refreshed logo of the United Reformed Church showing a solid cross with rough ends and the Ichthus fish

 

St Andrew's United Reformed Church Chesterfield (left)

Holymoorside United Reformed Church (right)

You are invited to join us for worship and at our many events during the week.

St Andrew's morning service is at 11.00am.
Holymoorside's morning service is at 9.30am.

 

Go to the individual church sections and view the "News and Picture Gallery' pages for more news from the churches.

New Website for St Andrew's

We will shortly be moving to a new website, which will only contain St Andrew's information.  This has been created by the website provider iChurch which is supported by United Reformed Church.  The new website will be simpler and more informative.

Lundie Medal and Award for Marrissa and Poppy

Update on the Award

Lorraine Webb of United Reformed Church Children and Youth plans to visit Chesterfield to make the Award in person to Marrissa and Poppy once the lockdown is lifted and travel is possible.  Look out for news of the date!

August 2020

Congratulations to Marrissa and Poppy who have received an award from the United Reformed Church Lundie Fund for all they did to support members of the congregation during the coronavirus lockdown.  They delivered flowers on Mothering Sunday, helped to collect shopping and prescriptions for people shielding at home, took some of the elderly who could get out for short walks.  In between doing school work at home, they created lovely craftwork, bookmarks and butterflies, to give or send to members of the congregation with a little message of support.  They cheered everyone up during anxious times.

As well as a medal and certificate, they receive an award of £100 to spend on a church or charitable cause of their choice.

Thank you, girls!

 

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Donations for Chesterfield Food Bank                                                                                

Liz delivers the pallet of food and household goods collected at St Andrew's on 6th March to the Chesterfield Food Bank. Delivery to Food Bank 11 March 2021

Even through the three lockdowns we have been able to open the church to receive donations. We thank all our members, friends, neighbours and members of other churches for their generosity.

A date for another collection will be announced for a Saturday in June.

 

Wild Flower garden

As Spring approaches on 6th March we are plan to scatter wild flower seed in the patch of lawn we identified last year as a wild flower garden.  We hope this will bring not only colour but attract bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects.  We will ensure the bird feeders are topped up, as this is a hungry time of year for them.

Our gardener has had to cut back several trees around the manse and behind the scout hut which were blocking the light to neighbours' gardens.  This was done before bird nesting season.  We encourage everyone to make a donation to the Woodland Trust or a similar charity to help their tree planting programmes. 

 

Deaths of church members

It is with great sadness we report the deaths of Mr Norman Kinch, Mrs Dorothy Eyre and Mr Gordon Revill.

Norman died on 6th December 2020.  He had been in a care home for two years with dementia.  His funeral was held on 21st December, with a service for a limited number of people in the church.  His wife Ellen and their family remain in our prayers.  

Dorothy Eyre and Gordon Revill, both died on 30th December 2020.  Dorothy had been in a care home since late summer and latterly in hospital where she had been diagnosed with Covid 19. Gordon died at home after suffering from cancer for some time.   Both funerals will be at the Chesterfield Crematorium, and only family and household members may attend.  The families hope to arrange thanksgiving services later in the year when it will be possible for families and friends to meet together again.

We commend their souls to God and their families to God's loving care.

Silver Eco-Church Award for St Andrew's!

St Andrew's has achieved a Silver Award from Eco-Church for its achievements in becoming an environmentally friendly church and congregation.  

Despite the lockdown, we can report the latest stage in our Eco-Church journey.  We are developing a wild garden at the side of the church in front of the vestry.  Various grasses are waving elegantly and wild flowers are starting to appear.  Wild flower seeds will be planted in the winter so we look forward to a succession of blooms and bees next year.  The rowan tree planted last summer is thriving.

Click 'read more' to follow the story of our journey.

Advent - A Gift in Waiting

Advent commences on Sunday 1 December when we celebrate waiting and preparation for the coming of Christ and to give praise and thanks to God for sending to us His Son.

Waiting is not one of the points most of us are too good at, probably when in queues, and maybe we look to take a short cut to reach our destination more quickly. Advent offers us a gift in waiting – the gift of God in Jesus Christ.

Chesterfield Schools Art Exhibition

The great Schools Art Exhibition is coming up this weekend.  Make sure you are there!

The Mayor of Chesterfield with the Mayoress, Chesterfield's MP Toby Perkins, and representatives of Chesterfield Rotary Club and St Andrew's Church will welcome all the students and hand out certificates at 10.00am on Saturday.   There are two prizes, one provided by Hobbycraft and one by Turners Art Supplies in Rowsley, which will be awarded after the judges have studied all the art work.

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