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Church Magazine, 'Spearhead'/'Ploughshare'

Our Church Magazine was first published c1870. It has been in its present form 1976 and initially was called 'Spearhead'. It was renamed 'Ploughshare' at the end of 1992. Find out here about the history of the magazine and the logos on the covers.

The magazine is published bi-monthly in Feburary, April, June, August, October and December.
We also publish 'Spotlight' (previously called Mustard Seed) at Easter and Christmas which is distributed free throughout the parish.

Past years' editions of the magazine.
Each complete magazine can be viewed or the articles can be viewed by topic/subject listed below.
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Rector's Letter from the magazine.
2015  2014  2013  2012  2011  2010  2009  2008  2007  2006  2005  2004  2003  2002  2001  2000  1999  1998  1997  1996  1995  1994  1993  1992  1991  1990  1989  1988  1987  1986  1985  1984  1983  1982  1981  1980  (No Rector's Letter in the 1979, 1978 or 1977 editions of the magazine)

Clergy 1977-2008
Our Archbishops, Bishops, Rectors and Curates, Non Stipendary Ministers and their families.


Clergy 2008 onwards
Rector and family, Non Stipendary Minister, Archdeacon, Curate, The Speaker's Chaplain (1), Andy and Tina Broom, Local Ministers, The Bishop of Lima, Ben Harding, The Speaker's Chaplain (2), James Durrant (Intern), New Archbishop of Canterbury, New Pope, New Canon, New Rector.


Lay Readers and Church Army Members
Our Lay Readers and Church Army Members and their families.


Church Wardens and Deputies
Our Church Wardens and Deputy Wardens.


Church Staff
Our Administrators, Pastoral Worker and Children and Youth Work Co-ordinators, Worship and Parish Assistant.


Mission and Ministry Teams
Leadership at and running of St Thomas' is via 'Mission and Ministry teams which are accountable to the Parochial Church Council.
The teams are: Worship and Teaching, Caring and Sharing, Mission and Ministry, Children and Youth, Finance and Fabric, Communication and Co-ordination.
Articles written by the team leaders.


Volunteers
People carrying out roles on a voluntary basis.


In Remembrance
People we remember.


About People up to 1991
Up to the 1991 editions. People who have connections with our parish and churches.


About People 1992-1996
From the 1992-1996 editions. People who have connections with our parish and churches.


About People 1997-1999
From the 1997-1999 editions. People who have connections with our parish and churches.


About People 2000-2009
From the 2000-2009 editions. People who have connections with our parish and churches.


About People 2009-onwards
From the 2009-onwards editions. People who have connections with our parish and churches.


Visitors
Visitors to our parish.


People and Jesus 1
Interviews with Church members to find out more about how Jesus impacts on their their daily lives.


People and Jesus 2
Interviews with Church members to find out more about how Jesus impacts on their their daily lives.


Favourite Bible Bits
Church members write about their favourite Bible verse or passage.


Readers' Bible Thoughts
Our Lay Readers write about particular parts of the Bible they have thought about.


From St Peter's
Articles particularly about St Peter's and Holymoorside people and events.


From St John's Walton
Articles particularly about St John's, Walton people and events. St John's was a daughter church of St Thomas' until 2000.


From the Parish
Articles particularly about our Parish including the Parish Centre, Brampton Food Market, Chatsworth Road Festival.

From Chesterfield and Derby Diocese
Events in our town including HOPE 2008, Queen distributes Maundy Money


The Vacancy 2002-2003
Change of Rectors, Christopher Frith leaves and David Mouncer arrives.


Services
Confirmation, Baptism, Remembrance, 9.09, Easter Sunrise, Petra Owen's Ordination, David Mouncer's Induction and observations about services, Furnace, Scouts at Pentecost, Community, Children's Talks, Father's Day, Cafe Church, Harvest, Christmas.


Children's Events and Activities
Summer Club, Beach Party, Lighthouse Party, Parents and Tots, After School Club and Totzone, Higher Games, Messy Church.


Youth Events and Activities
For Pathfinders and CYFA, (secondary age children). Includes weekends away and local, diocese and other events.


Adult Events and Activities
Confirmation Course, Drama, Agape, Bread with Nowt Taken Out, Day of Prayer and Fasting, Study Group, Lunch plus, Communion and Cuppa, Men's Breakfast, Rendezvous, the 18-25 Group, Pampered Chef and Beer Festival, Marriage Course, Knit and Natter +.


All Age Events and Activities
Church Teas, Blue Peter Appeal, Millennium Events, Fetes and The Big Draw, Celebrating St Thomas' Day, Community, Christmas 2008, The Treat, 3Fs Walks, Christmas 2009, Prayer and Play, Musical Showcase, Barn Dance, Jubilee Picnic, Olympic Torch Procession.


Church Family Days and Weekends Away
The church has been away as a family a number of times. Venues have included Cliffe College, Blackpool, York, Willersley Castle, Scarborough, Scargill House and Birchover.


Spring Harvest, Greenbelt, Soul Survivor and The Gathering
Reports from people who have been.


CYFA and Pathfinder Camps
Christian holidays for our young people at Blaithwaite, Gaines, Sparkford, and St Anne's on Sea.


Marches, Rallies and Stadium events
Including Billy Graham' Mission, Champion of the World, March for Jesus, Anti Nuclear Weapons, Procession of Witness Reports from people who have taken part.


Meetings and Seminars
Womens' World Day of Prayer, reports, reflexions, quiet days and comments on meetings and seminars that people have attended.


Lent Courses, Holy Week, Drama, Easter etc
Happeneings during Lent, Holy Week Easter.


PCC, Strategy, Finance and Administration
'Administry', ‘Initiative in Giving 1990’, PCC Away Days, Five Year Plan and Child Protection Matters, Annual Church and Parish Meetings, Financing the Church


St Thomas' Re-ordering and Organ Overhaul
St Thomas' was re-ordered and the Garden of Rememberance made in the 1990's and the organ overhauled in 2001.


St Thomas' Development Project -'Living Stones'
Updates on the progress of our Development Project and at St Thomas' including Fun'd raising.


Outreach
Outreach through The Decade of Evangelism, Millennium events, Alpha, Easter Eggs and to the elderly, Year of Mission, Hospitality, CVM Partnership, Mission Giving, Roof Tops Night Shelter, Church on the Bus, Street Pastors, Order of the Black Sheep, Church on the Bus, Scouts working with Smiles Foundation. Bearevement Group


About Mission Work
Articles about the mission work, Mission Prayer Weekend


Mission Activities up to 1991
Mission activities of some of our Church members.


Mission Activities 1992-2000
Mission activities of some of our Church members.


Mission Activities 2000-2004
Mission activities of some of our Church members.


Mission Activities 2005 onwards
Mission activities of some of our Church members.


Link Missionary: Alison Hawksley
Alison was our link missionary in Peru until 2004.


Link Missionaries: Andy and Mandy Lines working for SAMS
Andy and Mandy Lines were our link missionaries in Paraguay until 2000.


Link Missionaries: Paul and Sarah Tester working for CMS (formally called SAMS)
Paul and Sarah Tester are our link missionaries in Peru.
Team from St Thomas' going to Peru


Link Missionaries: Johnny and Ann McClean and now Brian and Laureen Powell working for OMF
Johnny and Ann and family are our link missionaries in Thailand from 2006 to 2012, Brian and Laureen Powell from 2012.


Novimost
One of the mission organiastions that St Thomas' supports.


Tear Fund
One of the mission organiastions that St Thomas' supports.


Samaritan's Purse/Operation Christmas Child
A mission organiastion that people of the parish and the wider community support.


Hope for Life Ministries
A mission organiastion that St Thomas' supported. (Includes Hope for Eastern Europe.)


Touchstone and Treasures Neighbourhood Nursery
An organisation started at St Thomas' which provides work opportunities for enemployed people in Chesterfield and nursery facilities in Staveley.


Charities Update
Various Charities, both home and abroad that members of our churches have an interest in.


Holidays, Journeys, Retreats Courses and Study
Articles about holidays oportunities, journeys, Retreats, Courses and Study


Bible Study and Theology 1989-2000
Bible studies from our Church members in the 1991-2000 editions.


Bible Study, Theology and Sermons and 'Musings' 2001 Onwards
Bible studies from our Church members in the 2001 onwards editions.


Book, Poem and Film Reviews
Church members review selected books and films.


Biographies
Biographies published in the magazine.


Prayer and Reflection
Articles on prayer and reflection, People @ Prayer, 1000 Days of Prayer, Grateful Heart Challenge, 'My Lent', Time for God, STEPS Prayer Time, Sugar or Salt?, Journaling Evening.


Letters and Replies
To the Editor.


Topical Issues
Redundancy, The New Age Movement, Industry's Pursuit of Money, Keep Sunday Special, General Election Forum, Christian Healing, the Family, the Ordination of Women and Legacies, the Date of Easter, Mental Health Awareness, Lambeth Conference, Decline in the number of men in church, God in Parliament, Street Pastors, The Church in today's culture, 66 Books in 66 Cities, IF campaign, 'The Bible' on TV, Mateship.


Sport
Reports on church cricket and football matches.


Art, Music, Tapestry and Flower Arranging
Paintings by Ray Hearn and Peter Rolfe.
Music by The Aardvarks
Banner by Karen Herrick
The Church of England Flower Arrangers’ Association
St Thomas' Choir
A Gift (of an Altar Front) to San Juan Evangelista, Lima


Green and Sustainability Issues
Christian attitudes to theses issues.


Recipes
Provided by our Church members.


History
History of our Town, Parish and 50 years of Scouting in Brampton, History of the King James Bible, History of Church Schools


Other
Rescue of Chilian Miners, St Barbara, Patron Saint of Miners, Shahbaz Bhatti, Pope John Paul II, St George's Day, Indaba, New Logo and Strapline 2012, Remembrance on the Dark Peak, God at Work, Church of the Oval Ball, Dan Walker, The Madonna Del Ghisallo, Patron Saint of Cycling, New Bells in Notre Dame in Paris, Billy Graham, God Created [Heaven] and Earth (including your Laptop), The Cardboard Cathederal.

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