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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.

WINDRUSH GENERATION RESOURCES

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: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/undocumented-commonwealth-citizens-resident-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

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/700533/20180416_CN_LA_letter_pdf.pdf

 

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.

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