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Lundie Medal and Award for Marrissa and Poppy

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!

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 17th October 2020

Chesterfield goes into Tier 2

St Andrew's meets as usual at 11.00am for worship on Sundays, as permitted for churches in Tier 2 areas. The congregation are reminded to wear masks, keep social distance and sign in with the NHS Covid 19 app at the door on arrival. Do not mix with people who are not part of your own household or support bubble before or after worship. You can meet in the garden so long as there are not more than six people in a group. No one need feel pressured to attend worship. If you feel unsafe we understand and support your preference to stay home.

Silver Eco-Church Award for St Andrew's!

The story continues!  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.

St Andrew's has achieved a Silver Award from Eco-Church for its achievements in becoming an environmentally friendly church and congregation.  Click 'read more' to follow the story of our journey.

Jars for Change for WaterAid

We are once again appealing for your small change for WaterAid

Jars for Change will be available at St Andrew's from 9th February for your donations.  Bring them back on Easter Sunday.

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.

Recycled biscuit wrappers sent to TerraCycle

We have finally broken through the 1 kilogram barrier enabling us to comply with the rules that all shipments must be one kilogram or more, in one parcel.  It took three large cardboard boxes, all taped together, to accommodate that amount of plastic wrappers.  Very many thanks to Denise who collected the wrappers, packed them and sent them off, saving all that amount of plastic going into landfill.

Tree Planting

On the first Sunday in August, worship at St Andrew's focused on the climate emergency and what we can do in response.  Actions replaced the sermon as we each wrote a promise on a label and hung it on a 'promise tree'  at the front of the church.  

After worship we gathered to plant a rowan tree in the front garden. The rowan, or mountain ash, is a native of the UK, and found particularly on northern hills.  Its leaves and flowers host insects and its bright orange berries provide welcome early autumn food for birds.  We also hung a bird feeder on one of the trees already in the garden and plan to place bird boxes on the sides of the building and create a wild flower garden. We hope these actions will help St Andrew's achieve an Eco-Church Award.

Summer Fair

Thank you to every one who contributed to the Summer Fair by providing goods to sell, serving teas and serving on the various stalls.  Thank you too to everyone who came and spent their money.  A grand total of £503 was raised for church funds.

North Derbyshire Resource Area

The Elders of St Andrew's and Rose Hill are working hard to complete their Pastorate Profiles and combine them into one document.  The Call Group with representatives from all the churches in the Area is meeting and gradually working their way through the various questions which need to be resolved.  They hope that everything will be ready by the end of October 2019 so that we can ask the Synod Ordained Ministry and Churches Group to declare the vacancy at their meeting in November.  The search for a minister can then begin.

It has been a long wait, especially for Rose Hill whose minister retired on Palm Sunday 2018.  However lot of work was needed to create the new pastorate.  Please pray for all those involved in the preparation, including our pastorate consultant, Revd Camilla Veitch, as she starts her sabbatical.  Revd Marcus Hargis will cover for her while she is away. 

Procession of Witness- 'Whit Walk'

Chesterfield's famous Whit Walk, a procession of witness through the town on May Bank Holiday Monday, set off under cloudy skies and showers.  The event began at Chesterfield Town Hall with a short service of hymns and prayers and the mayor welcomed people taking part.  The procession set off down Rose Hill into the town, with Holymoorside URC at the front behind the band.  St Andrew's brought up the rear with their new banner, carried by Shelley and Jon.  As the procession passed through the town, shoppers paused to watch it pass.  After returning to the Town Hall, participants gathered in Rose Hill URC for a welcome cup of tea or coffee.  All four of the Chesterfield Area United Reformed Churches took part - Calow, Holymoorside, Rose Hill and St Andrew's.

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