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Easter 2015


Both churches will be holding services for Easter.URC logo Cross with a fish

St Andrew's Church Palm Sunday Service is on 29 March 2015 at 11.00am and our Maundy Thursday Supper and Communion Service is on Thursday 2 April 2015 at 6.00pm.

Followed by our Good Friday Service on Friday 3 April 2015 at 9.30am, allowing time to join the Walk of Witness in Chesterfield town centre.

We will be celebrating the Risen Christ at our Easter Sunday family worship and Communion service on Sunday 5 April 2015 at 11.00am.

We are delighted that Holymoorside Church will join with St Andrew's Church for the Palm Sunday Service at St Andrew's Church on 29 March 2015 at 11.00am.

Holymoorside Church will hold a Good Friday Service on Friday 3 April 2015 from 2.00 until 3.00pm and Easter Sunday Communion Service on Sunday 5 April 2015 at 9.30am.

We look forward to welcoming you to our services.

Lent Lunches are being held at Rose Hill URC every Friday during Lent from 12.00 - 1.30pm.  Priced at £3.00 for Christian Aid

Mothering Sunday 15 March 2015


Both churches will be holding services to celebrate Mothering Sunday on Sunday 15 March 2015.

Holymoorside Church service starts at 9.30am and St Andrew's service starts at 11.00am.




Women's World Day of Prayer -  Friday 6 March 2015


Women's World Day of Prayer is a worldwide movement of Christian women who come together to observe a common day of prayerPicture of purple daisies held on the first Friday in March each year.

The Day of Prayer begins as dawn breaks over the islands of Tonga in the Pacific and continues across each continent until the last Service of this special day are held back on the islands of Samoa, circling the world in prayer for about 36 hours.  170 countries and islands uniting together in praise, worship and in prayer.  In England, Wales and Northern Ireland over 5,000 services will be held, focusing on the theme of 'Jesus said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you?" 

The Day of Prayer service for 2015 has been written by the Christian women of The Bahamas.

Details of services in Chesterfield are as follows:

Salem Chapel, Wingerworth 10.00 am
Hasland Methodist Church 10.30 am
Holymoorside URC 10.30 am
St Mary and All Saints   1.30 pm
St Marks, Brampton   1.30 pm
St Bartholomews, Old Wittington   1.30 pm
St Andrew's URC, Newbold   7.00 pm


 Everyone is very welcome to attend any of the services listed,       men, women and young people are all welcome.


 Women's World Day of Prayer is a Registered Charity Number        233242.


 Visit the Women's World  Day of Prayer website for more               information.










Women's World of Prayer Coffee Morning Friday 6 February 2015

The Women's World Day of Prayer Coffee Morning will take place on Friday 6 February 2015 at Rose Hill URC from 10.00am to 12.00 noonPicture of teapots for tea, coffee and cakes for only 50p.

All money raised will be sent to the Women's World Day of Prayer Head Office who will distribute it to various charities throughout the world.

Please do come and join us.  You will be most welcome.






Daffodils'May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit'

Romans 15. 13 NRSV

The United Reformed Church has joined with Christian Aid to deliver hope to women in Kenya. The Christian Aid Christmas Appeal will run until 6 February 2015.  Do something amazing and join us in delivering hope and the UK government will double your donation.

Text HOPE1 to 83080 to donate £3.00 to Christian Aid today and the UK Government will double your donation.picture of a single candle flame alight

£511 was raised at the St Andrew's Carols by Candlelight Service which would have been doubled by the UK Government to give £1,022 to the Christian Aid Christmas Appeal to help women and babies in Kenya

Christian Aid's 2014 Christmas Appeal, supported by the United Reformed Church, raised £3.6m for maternal and child health projects in Kenya, Malawi and beyond.







The Christian Aid's Christmas Appeal will run until 6 February 2015 and for this year, every pound that is raised will be matched by the UK Government up to £5 million. That means your donation will be DOUBLED.

Do something amazing and join us in delivering hope this Christmas timeChristian Aid Keynan baby

Text HOPE1 to 83080 to donate £3.00 to Christian Aid today and the UK Government will double your donation.

Not every baby born in a stable survives. The hope that shines through when a baby is born is a hope that can transform the world. Help us to spare women the anguish of losing a baby. In Kenya, 14,700 babies die every year on their first day life.

You can restore the joy and hope in childbirth by helping us get mothers the healthcare they need.







Both churches hold Christmas Bazaars this month. Come along, bring your friends and join in the fun. Christmas tree picture


2.00pm Saturday 22nd November 2014 at St Andrew's URC, 187 Newbold Road, Chesterfield S41 7BE

2.00pm Saturday 29th November 2014 at Holymoorside Village Hall, Holymoor Road, Holymoorside.


Stalls will abound with home made cakes, bric-a-brac, craft items, games, books, plants, tombola and raffle.

Santa will be visiting his Grotto at St Andrew's. Delicious teas and cakes will be served for your refreshment.

 A warm welcome is extended to everyone to come along for an enjoyable afternoon.















St Andrew's Armistice Service Tuesday 11 November 2014


PoppySt Andrew's will be open on Tuesday 11 November, from 10.00am.  The church will be available for quiet reflection on war, peace and remembrance on this anniversary of the Armistice.  There will be material to assist your thinking and praying.  WeWorld War 1 soldiers will conclude with a short service at 11.00am.

You are invited to come along at least for a part of the time before 11.00am to help build an atmosphere of prayerful reflection.


The service is open to all.
















16th October UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty


Our Minister's Blog joins many thousands blogging on 16th October in support of the campaign to eradicate poverty.  At St Andrew's, worship on Sunday 19th October will celebrate Commitment for Life, the URC's programme in support of the work of Christian Aid partners in Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Israel and the Occupied Territories and Central America and the work of the World Development Movement.   Three weeks ago, harvest gifts of dry and tinned goods were donated to the Chesterfield Food Bank, supporting local people experiencing severe poverty.

But our two churches know that it is not enough to give to the poor; they are committed to addressing the root causes of poverty.  As our minister says, the Bible teaches us that God is especially biased towards the poor and disadvantaged. Our Commitment for Life service will explore some of the ways the church can make a difference.




Rev Peter Meek, Moderator of the East Midlands Syning from the disease, health professionals and members of St Andrew's were warm in their appreciation of the presentation.  Dr Houston was joined by her colleague, Danielle Jones, Learning and Development Officer for English National Ballet, who demonstrated some of the movements and encouraged the audience to participate - which they did with enthusiasm. 

Dr Houston explained that dance is experienced as artistic practice not as therapy or treatment. Participants focus on the dance experience rather than their illness.  The research also highlighted the value of dance as a means for enhancing social engagement and intellectual stimulation. Results from the 12 week pilot project in 2011 gave indications of improvements in the quality of life, confidence, movement capability and stability for participants in the project.  The pilot study is now being followed up by a 3-year research project, led by Dr Houston in continued partnership with English National Ballet.

Dr Houston won the prestigious BUPA Foundation Vitality for Life Award 2011 for her work.




Holimoor Flower FestivalHolymoorside well Dressing

  Holymoorside Flower Festival                           Holymoorside Well Dressing                      


Holymoorside URC celebrated the Flower Festival and Well Dressing at the bank holiday weekend with many visitors - and much rain! 


Remembering the Great ejection of 1662


Members of Rose Hill and St Andrew's URCs and Elder Yard Unitarian congregation remembered the Great Ejection of clergy from the Church of England in 1662 with a Prayer Walk from St Mary's - the Crooked Spire - via Elder Yard, Froggats Yard and Rose Hill.  At St Mary's Canon Michael Knight praised the integrity of John BIllingsley who chose to leave the church on 24th August 1662 in obedience to the call of God.  Amid the rain, walkers gathered under a market stall canopy to pray at the location of Froggats Yard, where the first  Congregational Church in Chesterfield met in a barn.



Support for Youth Centre: In August, despite torrential rain, St Andrew's hosted Afternoon Tea for Churches Together in Newbold which raised £260 to purchase equipment for the Eagle Centre youth club in Newbold, initiated by the Community Police.




Meda performing

Meda Stamper

Wirksworth Town Hall

People from churches across North Derbyshire said how moved and challenged they were by Meda Stamper's performance of Mark's gospel in Wirksworth on 25th May.

Interviewed about the performance, Meda Stamper said "This is a piece of theatre with the biblical text itself as the script.  I am the narrator and act out the story as I tell it.  There is a gifted percussionist, Stuart Wood, who supports the movement of the story.  It's not like a reading in church - it's more accessible and engaging and audiences seem to feel it is wonderful to experience the sweep of the gospel."  Asked whether it would be interesting to non-Christians, she replied:

" One-person performances generally have a marvellous intensity and vulnerability. It is an interesting text and piece of theatre.  For me as the performer it feels as if there is more space opened up for grace and goodness and joy. It is a blessing."






Val following the serviceMrs Val Morrison, Moderator of the Geberal Assembly of the United Reformed Church led worship at Holymoorside United Reformed Church at 2.30pm on Sunday 20th May.  Her visit was part of the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the church which was founded in 1862.  Representatives of St Peter's Church of England in Holymoorside, St Andrew's URC Chesterfield and the URC East Midlands Synod were present at the service, which was followed by afternoon tea. 

 Val at tea with visitors

Mrs Morrison was elected nearly four years ago to serve as one of the two Moderators of General Assembly from 2010-12.  She has visited churches throughout England, Wales and Scotland, made visits to partner churches overseas, including the FJKM in Madagascar, and has represented the URC at national and ecumenical events.  Stories of her visits can be found in the Moderators Blog on the URC website:  She has planted a tree in Brockadale Nature Reserve in Yorkshire for Holymoorside as she has for every church she has visited.


Mrs Morrison's visit is one of a series of events organised by Holymoorside URC to celebrate the anniversary.  Details of the events can be found in the Events section of the website.




John Cook with Synod Moderator Rev Peter Meek and Church Secretaries, Gaynor Nunn and Helen Lidgett

Revd John Cook, second right, with the Moderator of the East Midlands Synod, Revd Peter Meek, and Church Secretaries, Mrs Gaynor Nunn, left and Mrs Helen Lidgett, right, following the service at St Andrew's on 3rd March 2012.

Up to 170 people crammed into St Andrew's Church to share in the Induction Service for their new minister, Revd John Cook.  Greetings were brought by civic guests, the Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Peter Barr, the Chairman of North East Derbyshire District Council, Cllr Brian Wright, and the Chairman of Walton and Holymoorside Parish Council, Cllr Martin Thacker.  Representatives of United Reformed Churches in north Derbyshire and ecumenical partners from Chesterfield, Newbold and Holymoorside also brought greetings.  The service was led by the Moderator of the URC East Midlands Synod, Revd Peter Meek and the preacher was Revd Chris Wood, minister of Clacton-on-Sea URC, Essex.  The service was followed by refreshments in the church hall.



We are delighted to report that Revd John Cook has accepted a call to be minister of the two churches. Photo of our new Minister Revd John Cook


John and his wife Ann have moved to Chesterfield in February and he took up his ministry here on 1st March 2012.  Please pray for John and Ann and for the churches as they move towards a new phase in their lives.