Mothering Sunday 15 March 2015

Mothering Sunday 15 March 2015


Both churches will be holding services to celebrate Mothering Sunday on Sunday 15 March 2015.

Holymoorside Church service starts at 9.30am and St Andrew's service starts at 11.00am.





Women's World Day of Prayer - Friday 6 March 2015

Women's World Day of Prayer -  Friday 6 March 2015


Women's World Day of Prayer is a worldwide movement of Christian women who come together to observe a common day of prayerPicture of purple daisies held on the first Friday in March each year.

Women's World Day of Prayer Coffee Morning Friday 6 February 2015

Women's World of Prayer Coffee Morning Friday 6 February 2015

The Women's World Day of Prayer Coffee Morning will take place on Friday 6 February 2015 at Rose Hill URC from 10.00am to 12.00 noonPicture of teapots for tea, coffee and cakes for only 50p.




Daffodils'May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit'

Romans 15. 13 NRSV


The Christian Aid's Christmas Appeal will run until 6 February 2015 and for this year, every pound that is raised will be matched by the UK Government up to £5 million. That means your donation will be DOUBLED.


Both churches hold Christmas Bazaars this month. Come along, bring your friends and join in the fun. Picture of a Christmas tree branch covered with lights and baubles


2.00pm Saturday 22nd November 2014 at St Andrew's URC, 187 Newbold Road, Chesterfield S41 7BE

2.00pm Saturday 29th November 2014 at Holymoorside Village Hall, Holymoor Road, Holymoorside.

St Andrew's Armistice Service Tuesday 11 November 2014

PoppySt Andrew's will be open on Tuesday 11 November, from 10.00am.  The church will be available for quiet reflection on war, peace and remembrance on this anniversary of the Armistice.  There will be material to assist your thinking and praying.  WeWorld War 1 soldiers will conclude with a short service at 11.00am.

You are invited to come along at least for a part of the time before 11.00am to help build an atmosphere of prayerful reflection.


The service is open to all.


16th October UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Our Minister's Blog joins many thousands blogging on 16th October in support of the campaign to eradicate poverty.  At St Andrew's, worship on Sunday 19th October will celebrate Commitment for Life, the URC's programme in support of the work of Christian Aid partners in Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Israel and the Occupied Territories and Central America and the work of the World Development Movement.   Three weeks ago, harvest gifts of dry and tinned goods were donated to the Chesterfield Food Bank, supporting local people experiencing severe poverty.

Dance for Parkinson's

Over 30 people attended a lecture at St Andrew's given by Dr Sara Houston, University of Roehampton, on her research on using dance to assist people with Parkinson's disease.

People suffering from the disease, health professionals and members of St Andrew's were warm in their appreciation of the presentation.  Dr Houston was joined by her colleague, Danielle Jones, Learning and Development Officer for English National Ballet, who demonstrated some of the movements and encouraged the audience to participate - which they did with enthusiasm. 

Dr Houston explained that dance is experienced as artistic practice not as therapy or treatment. Participants focus on the dance experience rather than their illness.  The research also highlighted the value of dance as a means for enhancing social engagement and intellectual stimulation. Results from the 12 week pilot project in 2011 gave indications of improvements in the quality of life, confidence, movement capability and stability for participants in the project.  The pilot study is now being followed up by a 3-year research project, led by Dr Houston in continued partnership with English National Ballet.

Dr Houston won the prestigious BUPA Foundation Vitality for Life Award 2011 for her work.



Holimoor Flower FestivalHolymoorside well Dressing

  Holymoorside Flower Festival                           Holymoorside Well Dressing                      


Holymoorside URC celebrated the Flower Festival and Well Dressing at the bank holiday weekend with many visitors - and much rain! 



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