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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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