St Andrew's Church

Bluebells in church gardenSt Andrew's Church

187 Newbold Road,
Chesterfield S41 

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. There is parking for up to 12 cars on site.

The church and halls are fully accessible and there is an accessible toilet.

St Andrew's Church operates under the umbrella Registered Charity Number, 511712, of the United Reformed Church East Midlands Synod.  Photographs courtesy of Keith Sharples and John Cook.

Come and join us!

Photograph of inside of church facing towards communion table and lecternPhotograph of church hall, showing badminton lines, noticeboard and cross on back wall

 

 

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WORSHIP AND ACTIVITIES

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.  Services are led by visiting preachers and by elders and members of our own congregation.

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.

Baby Bank Supplies for new mothers and babies are also donated for distribution to families in need.

SCOUTS

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 www.1sthighfieldscouts.co.uk 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.                                                                                                                                                                                                           

OTHER ACTIVITIES in the CHURCH HALLS

In the halls we host Badminton Clubs, Winter Indoor Bowls, Slimming World, Jelly Beans for carers and toddlers, children's parties and use as a polling station..

We welcome enquiries from new users.

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

There is parking for up to 12 cars on site.

GO TO THE ST ANDREW'S NEWS AND PICTURE GALLERY FOR ST ANDREW'S IN THE SECTIONS MENU FOR NEWS OF CHURCH EVENTS AND PEOPLE.

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.

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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.

 

Scouts
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.

See www.1sthighfieldscouts.co.uk

 

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

 

 

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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.

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.

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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: www.1sthighfieldscouts.co.uk

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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