St Andrew's Church

Bluebells in church gardenThe churchSt Andrew's Church
187 Newbold Road,
Chesterfield S41 7BE

A local congregation in Chesterfield
belonging to the United Reformed Church

We are situated on Newbold Road,
between the junctions of Tapton View Road and Hawksley Avenue. 

It is on the number 10 bus route and there is a bus stop outside the church. The church and halls are fully accessible and there is an accessible toilet.picture of St Andrew's Church showing access

St Andrew's Church operates under the umbrella Registered Charity Number, 511712, of the United Reformed Church East Midlands Synod.

Come and join us!





SUNDAY WORSHIP  at 11.00am each week.   Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of alternate months, from January, and also on Easter Sunday and Christmas Eve.  Our minister leads worship on three Sundays each month and we have a variety of visiting preachers on the other Sundays. 

St Andrew's Church Safeguarding Policy.

Children join in worship for the first part of the service and then go to their own activities in Junior Church. New children are always made welcome and invited to share in Junior Church.  All leaders are DBS checked.

Short service of prayer for healing and wholeness on Wednesday morning monthly

Two Bible study groups in homes

Monday Club and Wednesday Guild - monthly speaker on a wide variety of topics

Social and Fundraising events

See the Calendar for details

Pastoral Care A group of Elders, elected at the annual church meeting, provide leadership for the church.  With members of the pastoral care group they ensure that everyone connected with St Andrew's has the pastoral support and friendship of a named church member. 

Food Bank Worshippers are invited to bring supplies weekly to help the Chesterfield Food Bank.  Scouts Parade at the Harvest Service at St Andrew's and the Scouts, together with the congregation, bring forward food stocks to replenish those of the Chesterfield Food Bank.


1st Highfield (St Andrew's) Scout Group

Beavers, Cubs and Scouts meet on Fridays. Nearly a hundred children participate in the various groups and engage in a wide variety of activities.  Dedicated leaders with a wide range of skills help make this the largest and most popular Scout Group in Chesterfield.

See for more information. 

Scout parades are held three or four times a year when they join in Sunday worship for a family service.  On the first Friday in December the parade is a Christingle service at 6.30pm when parents and families join  Beavers, Cubs and Scouts for a family celebration.

The Scouts have their own scout hut with new annexe in the the church grounds, used for extra activities and storage.                                                                                                                                                                                                           


In the halls we host Badminton Clubs, Winter Indoor Bowls, Slimming World, various groups for children, polling station and private parties.

We welcome enquiries from new users.

In the Church Hall we also have an annual Summer Fair and Christmas Bazaar.



Worship at St Andrew's

Sunday Morning at 11.00am - 12.00noon Family Worship

Click here to see who is next leading worship.

What happens in worship at St Andrew's?

You will be made very welcome at this typical URC service which includes Hymns, Bible Reading, Prayers, Sermon, a talk with the children.  Members of the congregation take part, for example reading the Bible or leading prayers. Occasionally the 'sermon' will take the form of a discussion. 
Usually after the second hymn the children go to their own group (junior church), but from time to they stay in for an 'All Age' Service. The Sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated at the first Sunday Service of alternate months from January and additionally at Easter.

Following the Sunday Service we enjoy tea, coffee and fellowship together.
Several times each year is a Scout Parade service and the dates are given on the calendar.
There is of course a full range of festival services at Christmas and Easter.

The church is fully accessible. Wheelchair users and baby buggies are welcome.  There is a loop system for the hearing impaired. We are trying to be a Dementia Friendly church and have pictures to illuminate the words of information signs.

Please read Notes for Visiting Preachers for a description of our morning services.


St Andrew's Regular Events

St Andrew's Church Safeguarding Policy

Organisations who hire our building do so with the agreement to operate under the St Andrew's Church Safeguarding Policy.


Junior Church

Every Sunday morning for children of all ages.  Come to church at 11.00am and after 15 minutes the children go to their own class with their leaders.  Bible stories, prayers and craft work.  All leaders are DBS checked.

Bible Study

Two house groups meet usually on a Wednesday
one in the morning at around 10.30am
the other in the evening at 7.30pm

The venues (and often the dates) do vary, so please check these from the church magazine and the website.

Prayers for Healing

We meet at 2.00pm in the Elizabeth Michael Room on 2nd Wednesday of the month, except in December.

Monday Club

Informal gathering of local people on the second Monday of the month at 7.30pm with a wide variety of speakers.  All welcome.


The Guild

Afternoon meeting on the last Wednesday of the month at 2.30pm.  Speakers and activities.  Mainly church members but all are welcome, including men as well as women.


1st Highfield (St Andrew's) Scout Group 

Friday evening in term time

6.30 - 7.30pm Beavers (6 - 8 years)

Friday evenings in term time

7.30 - 9.30pm Cubs and Scouts  combined (Cubs 8 - 10 years) (Scouts 10 - 14 years)

Young Leaders

Church Parade Services at 11.00am 4 times a year, including Harvest Festival, Remembrance Sunday and a special Christingle Service at 6.30pm in December.



Jelly Beans Parent/Carer and Toddler Group

The Group meets on a Wednesday morning 9.30am until 11.30am.


Badminton Clubs

There are 4 - two groups for ladies and two mixed!  All will welcome new members.  Come on a day and time to suit you:

Monday evening 7.15 - 9.30pm

Thursday morning Ladies 10.00 - 11.00am

Thursday evening 7.00 - 9.00pm

Friday afternoon Ladies 1.30 - 3.30pm


Indoor Bowls 

The group meets in St Andrew's Church Hall in October to March and play outdoors on the green behind the Highfield pub in the summer.

Friday mornings 9.30am - 12.00noon

Monday afternoon 1.30pm - 3.30pm


Slimming World

There are two sessions: Tuesday 5.30 - 7.30 and 7.30pm - 9.30pm. They meet every week throughout the year.

New members are welcome at either session


Summer Fair and Christmas Bazaar

The Summer Fair and Christmas Bazaar are when we throw the church open for a festival of stalls!

In the Hall are
Home Made cakes, Books, Bric-a-Brac
Plants, Games, Bottle Stalls and at Christmas - Santa Claus!

stalls  stalls

In the church - a Café!

Cafe in the church



1st Highfield St Andrew's Scouts

1st Highfield St Andrew's Scout Group


St Andrew's Church Safeguarding Policy

Organisations who hire our building do so with the agreement to operate under the St Andrew's Church Safeguarding Policy.


The Scouts meet at St Andrew's Church Hall at the back of the church and the premises are fully accessible. They have their own Scout Hut which provides facilities for activities such as Archery and rifle shooting which are shared with other groups.

Beavers (aged 6 - 8 years) Friday 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Cubs (aged 8 - 10 years) Friday 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Scouts (aged 10 - 14 years) Friday 7.30pm - 9.30pm

The Leaders arrange a good balance of activities and adventure as the child grows up through each section of the Scouts.

Scouts participate in rock climbing and pot holing and have several camps each year including going abroad, most recently, Denmark and Switzerland, with the Beavers going to France.

Scouts attend Church on Parade including Harvest and Remembrance Sunday also attending the War Memorial Service at Newbold.

 Picture of a Christingle

Each year in December the Scouts Parade at the Christingle Service at St Andrew's Church.  Read about the Christingle Service held on Friday 2 December 2016 at the News and Picture Gallery for St Andrew's item in the Sections Menu centre left, and read also that on 21 February 2016, Commemorating Founder's Day at St Andrew's Church.

Scouts on St Georges's Parade



The Scouts also join with other Scouts on the St George's Day Parade in Chesterfield as shown here.


 All Leaders are trained and are all DBS checked.


Girls are welcome in the Scouts as well as boys and all train and enjoy activities together.

Scouts raft making



Here they can be seen building a raft.

Scouts cooking in the wild


Scouts learn new skills of cooking in the wild, how to light fires safely and cook their food.



1st Highfield St Andrew's Scout Group was registered on 1st June 2007 following the successful merger of two well established groups 24th Chesterfield (Christchurch) registered in 1943 and 27th Chesterfield (St Andrew's) registered in 1949.

Nearly one hundred children participate in the various groups and engage in a wide variety of activities. Scouts are presented with all sorts of new experiences which they might not otherwise meet.

Scouts learn valuable skills in life such as working as a team as well as being able to work on their own, gain leadership skills and enjoy the wealth of knowledge and experience from a committed group of Leaders and committee members. Young people of today are encouraged to become good citizens of tomorrow with better job prospects.

Dedicated leaders with a wide range of skills help to make this the largest and most popular Scout Group in Chesterfield.

World Jamborees are restricted in numbers that can attend, only allowing a couple of Scouts from each District, so 1st Highfield St Andrew's Scouts prefers the International Camps so that all the Scout Group may be involved in attending.

picture of wooden bust of Lord Robert Baden-PowellWooden bust of Lord Robert Baden-Powell, who started the Scouting movement in 1907, temporarily on display at St Andrew's Church.

The wooden bust is one of two commissioned in Sierra Leone and transported to the United Kingdom. One resides at Spitewinter Scout Camp Site and the other at Chesterfield Town Hall.

'Life without adventure would be deadly dull' - Lord Baden-Powell.














Hall Bookings

The hall can be booked by contacting Dorothy Graham on 01246 270619

If she is not in, leave a message and she will get back to you as soon as she can.

News and Picture Gallery for St Andrew's

Scroll through the teasers below to discover what has been happening at St Andrew's


Jars of Change for Water Aid

During Lent St Andrew's is asking people to save their small change for Water Aid.  Jars and a leaflet about the project will be handed out in church on the Sundays before the start of Lent.

More information to follow!

Collections for Christian Aid and the Children's Society

The collection at the Christingle Service raised £71 for the Children's Society.

The collection at the St Andrew's Carols by Candlelight service raised £236 for Christian Aid.  

Thank you to everyone who donated to these charitable causes.


Food Bank Appeal

Chesterfield Food Bank is appealing for 'Christmassy' items.  Add a few things to your basket when you are shopping which will bring joy to a family or an individual.   Leave them in the box in your church.

Replacement of the church hall roof


The church hall roof has been leaking again, so Church Meeting agreed that a full repair was essential.  Scaffolding has been erected around the hall and a temporary roof will be installed. This will enable the builders to work whatever the weather. The whole roof will be removed and new insulating boards installed before the whole is covered with waterproof  rubber sheeting. Tiles fitted around the exhaust pipe for the gas heating will prevent the rubber from melting and allowing rain to get in.

Looking to the Future

Revd John Cook retired at the end of September 2018.  He and Ann have moved to Felixtowe where we pray they may enjoy a happy and fulfilling retirement.

Holymoorside and St Andrew's are moving into interesting times.  Our two churches are joining five others to form the United Reformed Church North Derbyshire Resource Area.  The other churches are Rose Hill URC in the centre of Chesterfield, Calow URC, West Derbyshire URC Wirksworth, Fountain Square Church Tideswell (Methodist/United Reformed), and Buxton URC.  

St Andrew's Summer Fair

Thank you to everyone who came to the St Andrew's Summer Fair on Saturday 23rd June and made it such an enjoyable occasion.

The grand total of £706 was raised.

The Plight of the 'Windrush' Generation

Thousands of men and women who arrived in the UK as children during the first wave of Commonwealth immigration after the second World War, now face being threatened with deportation. Read about their plight here.


Should anyone in your churches be affected by the Government's failings in regard to the Windrush generation - themselves, or someone they know or are asked to help - you may wish to let them know of this resource, of which we have been advised by Churches Together in England.

The Home Office has set up a dedicated web page to help Commonwealth citizens confirm their status in the UK:

There is also a freephone number: 0800 678 1925.  This line is open Mon-Sat 9am - 5pm, Sun 10am - 4pm

This is a useful link, letter from Home Office Minister to Caribbean High Commissioners laying out action the government is taking


ECO Church - Birds - continued

picture of a swan on waterWith a warming climate, and birds and wildlife are facing a perilous future.

To help the birds as much as possible, we could try to make our gardens bird friendly; providing bird feeders,bird baths,plants, hedges and trees that will provide food and shelter.


Who's Who

Minister:  Vacant

Church Secretary:  Ms Liz Sharples

To Email, click: Contact Form

Pulpit Supply Secretary: Ms Liz Sharples

To Email, click: Contact Form

Treasurer: Revd Patrick Lidgett

Tel: 01773 590585

If you would like to enquire about holding baptisms, weddings or funerals at St Andrew's, please contact the church secretary.

Hall Bookings: Miss Dorothy Graham Tel: 01246 270619

If Miss Graham is not available, leave a message on her answerphone and she will get back to you.

1st Highfield Scouts

See website:

What We Believe

The people of St Andrew's United Reformed Church Chesterfield is a Christian community which seeks through worship, prayer, learning and service to experience and witness to the Good News of God's love revealed in Jesus Christ.

We believe we are called to.....

  • be followers of Jesus, inspired by his words and actions, to make a difference in today's world
  • bear witness to the grace of God, which surrounds every person, and seek to value each and everyone
  • encourage the exploration of the Bible together under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, believing that Scripture testifies to many and varied insights about the nature and actions of God 
  • express our faith through worship which draws on contemporary insights as well as Christian tradition
  • be ecumenical in outlook, believing that life for the churches will be enriched as Christians work together and share each other's insights
  • engage fully in the life of the local community forging partnerships with all who work for the common good, offering love and service to people in need
  • be wise stewards of the environment and care for people in the wider world.

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