We are a group of ordinary people who aim to be open to God. We want to be real rather than phoney and welcoming not cliquey. We trust God’s word, the Bible and try hard to link our faith with the real world. We love communicating how fantastic we think Jesus is to those in our community.
The people who attend our Community Church are made up of different age groups, so our services reflect a mix of old and new styles of music and worship patterns. One of our aims is to develop authentic ways for people of all ages to be able to connect with God.
We are part of the Dronfield and Holmesfield Team (5 churches: St Andrew’s Community Church, Dronfield Woodhouse LEP (Anglican/Methodist/URC); St John the Baptist Church Dronfield (Anglican); St Swithins Church, Holmesfield (Anglican); St Phillips Church (Dronfield) and St Mary’s LEP (Methodist/Anglican) Unstone)
Our church is outward looking and has had strong links with other churches from the beginning. In addition to our work within the Parish, we are an Ecumenical Partnership within the Anglican, Methodist and United Reformed Churches. We also support and share in the activities of other Christians in our town through Churches Together in Dronfield and District.
'KNOWING AND GROWING IN CHRIST
SERVING AND SHARING CHRIST'
Hi there, my name is Dave Walker and I am the curate here at St Andrew’s Community Church.
Born in October 1969 and raised in Sheffield, I was baptised at Christ Church Hackenthorpe, Sheffield in February 1970. That was my very first experience of Christianity and, although I don’t remember it, apparently I was very well behaved!
Growing up I wasn’t what you’d call a conscientious academic student but after I left Frecheville Comprehensive in 1986, I went to college in Stannington to study electrical and electronic engineering. Unfortunately, it was also a secretarial college and I spent the first year not taking part in the lessons I should have been attending preferring to sneak into secretarial classes (for obvious reasons!). The only skill I learnt that year was how to write “I Love You” in shorthand!
In my second year, I applied myself much more and I also met my wife-to-be, Andrea, after she started on the secretarial course. I did eventually complete my course in engineering and came away with the qualifications I needed to get a job within the UK water industry.
Andrea and I married in 1993, we had our first child, Christopher, and we bought a house. Shortly after Christopher was born, when I was working on a project in Valencia Spain, I had the second religious experience of my life. I’d had a call from a colleague saying it was likely that I was about to lose my job. I was distraught as I now had a family to support and a mortgage to pay! I stepped into the cathedral in Valencia and prayed for the first time ever: “God, I can’t lose my job, please help me.”
This is when I discovered God has a plan and a wicked sense of humour as I indeed lost my job, but it was the trigger I needed to set up my own environmental consultancy business. It was a huge success and I sold the business in 1999 and then I went on to build another company in 2002. In between, Andrea and I had two more beautiful sons, William and Thomas, and I, along with two work colleagues from 1994, formed my latest company venture Detectronic Ltd in 2007 where I still find myself today working as the commercial director.
After deciding one day to attend my auntie’s church (St Polycarps Stannington), I later stumbled upon workplace chaplaincy which spurred me on to enquire about Jesus and what Christianity was all about. Then following a visit to a Christian bookshop in Broomhill and having someone pray for me, things really started to happen that led me to embark on my hugely rewarding journey to gaining a BA (Hons) in Theology and becoming ordained deacon at Derby Cathedral in June 2016.
I am really looking forward to continuing on the journey that God has set before me and sharing this experience with the people of Dronfield and Holmesfield.
Just before my ordination I was asked the question: - What would you say to anyone else considering taking this step? My reply is simple: “Be brave and let God do the rest!”
Revd. Dave Walker
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From the Church Wardens
We are the St Andrew’s church wardens and find ourselves in the unenviable position of overseeing the interregnum.
Ruth left us in the middle of July and so we are now looking for a new minister. We will miss Ruth, her leadership and her wonderful giggle very much and pray for her as she settles in to a new life in London. 23 of us travelled down to Battersea on the 4th September to attend her licensing service. It was a wonderful day and good to be able to see where Ruth will be living and working. Ruth is joining Battersea Fields Parish at a very exciting time; it is an energetic and diverse parish, home to numerous well-established communities and host to London’s largest regeneration project. The urban regeneration in the parish is dramatically changing the place in which Ruth is going to minister. Ruth will therefore be sharing in the work of growing the local church in area experiencing huge change. It will be an exciting but challenging job so please keep her in your prayers. (Take a look at the photographs of the event in the Gallery)
We have both been involved at St Andrews for many years and have been so encouraged to see how the Church has developed in the time Ruth was here. We are daunted by the task but have been wonderfully supported by the church family as we all seek to continue to be a blessing to the community of Dronfield Woodhouse.
Jenny Whittaker and Keith Brook