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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.