CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 18th February 2021

VIRTUAL WORSHIP

18th February 2021

We continue to worship every Sunday by Zoom. You can find the list of worship leaders under 'Upcoming Events'. We do not know when we will be able to worship at the church in person yet, but the website will be updated when we do.

12th January 2021

St Andrew's Chesterfield & Holymoorside Churches

picture of the refreshed logo of the United Reformed Church showing a solid cross with rough ends and the Ichthus fish

 

St Andrew's United Reformed Church Chesterfield (left)

Holymoorside United Reformed Church (right)

You are invited to join us for worship and at our many events during the week.

St Andrew's morning service is at 11.00am.
Holymoorside's morning service is at 9.30am.

 

Go to the individual church sections and view the "News and Picture Gallery' pages for more news from the churches.

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.

Deaths of church members

It is with great sadness we report the deaths of Mr Norman Kinch, Mrs Dorothy Eyre and Mr Gordon Revill.

Norman died on 6th December 2020.  He had been in a care home for two years with dementia.  His funeral was held on 21st December, with a service for a limited number of people in the church.  His wife Ellen and their family remain in our prayers.  

Lundie Medal and Award for Marrissa and Poppy

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.

Silver Eco-Church Award for St Andrew's!

The story continues!  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.

St Andrew's has achieved a Silver Award from Eco-Church for its achievements in becoming an environmentally friendly church and congregation.  Click 'read more' to follow the story of our journey.

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.

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.

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. 

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