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Donations for Chesterfield Food Bank                                                                                

Liz delivers the pallet of food and household goods collected at St Andrew's on 6th March to the Chesterfield Food Bank. Delivery to Food Bank 11 March 2021

Even through the three lockdowns we have been able to open the church to receive donations. We thank all our members, friends, neighbours and members of other churches for their generosity.

A date for another collection will be announced for a Saturday in June.

 

Lundie Medal and Award for Marrissa and Poppy

Update on the Award

Lorraine Webb of United Reformed Church Children and Youth plans to visit Chesterfield to make the Award in person to Marrissa and Poppy once the lockdown is lifted and travel is possible.  Look out for news of the date!

August 2020

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!

 

Wild Flower garden

As Spring approaches on 6th March we are plan to scatter wild flower seed in the patch of lawn we identified last year as a wild flower garden.  We hope this will bring not only colour but attract bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects.  We will ensure the bird feeders are topped up, as this is a hungry time of year for them.

Our gardener has had to cut back several trees around the manse and behind the scout hut which were blocking the light to neighbours' gardens.  This was done before bird nesting season.  We encourage everyone to make a donation to the Woodland Trust or a similar charity to help their tree planting programmes. 

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 15th April 2021

VIRTUAL WORSHIP

15th April 2021

We hope to resume in person worship in church on 23rd May, Pentecost. Masks and social distancing will still be necessary. Until then we continue to worship every Sunday by Zoom. 25- 30 people join these services each Sunday morning, not all of them from Chesterfield - such are the wonders of Zoom! You can find the list of worship leaders under 'Upcoming Events'.

12th January 2021

Silver Eco-Church Award for St Andrew's!

St Andrew's has achieved a Silver Award from Eco-Church for its achievements in becoming an environmentally friendly church and congregation.  

Despite the lockdown, we can report the latest stage in our Eco-Church journey.  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.

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.

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