Sunday 21st December 6.30pm Carols by Candlelight - at St Andrew's - followed by coffee and mince pies -candles, in sand-filled flower pots adorn the window ledges and the words to the Carols are projected onto the front wall. The service includes a collection for Christian Aid's Christmas Appeal and, for this year, every pound that we raise will be matched by the UK Government up to £5 million.

Do something amazing and join us in delivering hope this Christmas.

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 Keyna, 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.

Text HOPE1 to 83080 to donate £3.00 to Christian Aid today and the UK Government will double your donation. The Christian Aid Christmas Appeal runs from 7 November 2014 until 6 February 2015.

Christian Aid Keynan baby

Wednesday 24th December 11.30pm Christmas Eve Communion Service - at St Andrew's - A service to welcome Christmas Day.

Thursday 25th December 9.30am Worship to celebrate Christmas Day - at Holymoorside.

Thursday 25th December 10.30am Worship to celebrate Christmas Day - at St Andrew's.







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.  We 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.



Photo of Revd John Cook


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


John and his wife Ann will be 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.