Welcome to our site!

The Order of the Black Sheep is a Christian community based in Chesterfield UK, committed to exploring and living out the gospel together. We come from a variety of backgrounds but we are a part of, and accountable to, The Church of England.

Why the name?
Black sheep were traditionally considered undesirable, their wool of little value, even considered by some as a mark of the devil. We really want the order to be a home for the marginalised, those who feel maybe a bit like the black sheep of society, even the black sheep of the church. 
It is slightly tongue in cheek and we don't want to create a community of people moping about licking their wounds, more a community of people proud to wear their scars as a sign of God's grace and healing.  
We recognise that we are all on a journey and that we always have something to learn from one another. 
Even if you do not share our beliefs we hope you can find a place with us to feel at home, no obligation.

Please have a look around and if you have any questions please ask!

The Gates

This is our home, find it here. The cafe is not currently open for business, however feel free to contact us and pop in if you want a chat and a coffee. You are also welcome to join us in our chapel. Other events and groups will emerge; keep checking here for details.


  • Confession - from Darkness to light (Abwoom/Psalm 51) abwoom dbwahmayanethqadash shmakhteytey malkuthakhnehwey tzevyanach aykanna d'bwahmaya aph b'arhahawvlan lachma disunqanan yaomanawashboqlan khaubayn aykana daph khan shbwoqan l'khayyabaynwela tahlan l'nesyuna ...
    Posted 1 Apr 2014 06:56 by Mark Broomhead
  • illumine
    Posted 12 Feb 2014 07:06 by Mark Broomhead
  • A Prayer of Sir Frances Drake
    Posted 10 Nov 2013 13:36 by Mark Broomhead
  • Amos 8:4-7
    Posted 23 Sep 2013 08:50 by Mark Broomhead
  • Luke 14
    Posted 9 Sep 2013 11:16 by Mark Broomhead
  • John 21
    Posted 28 Aug 2013 13:12 by Mark Broomhead
  • A new heaven and a New Earth
    Posted 1 May 2013 13:07 by Mark Broomhead
  • Victory has defeated you *WARNING: SPOILERS FOR 'THE DARK KNIGHT RISES*I admit that this thought comes out of my geeky nature, but I am not ashamed. For those of you who are not ...
    Posted 5 Apr 2013 04:35 by Ben Martin
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  • Religious life and Renewal conference at Lambeth Palace The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby hosted a major gathering of Anglican Religious Communities at Lambeth Palace on Friday 28 March 2014. In this video, participants talk about the Religious ...
    Posted 9 Apr 2014 14:05 by Mark Broomhead
  • Greenbelt and Other Things Greenbelt is coming up again! We have some volunteer  forms if anyone fancies contributing to what is such a great festival. Greenbelt is an OBS highlight and we love spending ...
    Posted 24 Mar 2014 06:06 by Ben Martin
  • Geochurche This weeks geochurche is live!doubt if you will find the start unless you are canonised, but generally if you would like to put it together, you are looking ...
    Posted 15 Nov 2013 06:49 by Mark Broomhead
  • Sundays Livestream We will continue to stream live our services for those of you who wish to take part "as it happens" but we will post an easier to watch version after ...
    Posted 4 Nov 2013 06:22 by Mark Broomhead
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What's happening?

  • Breathing Space The Breathing Space on Wednesday 16 April will incorporate some of the Tenebrae meditations as we are meeting during Holy Week... all welcome even if you haven't been before
    Posted 15 Apr 2014 12:02 by Mark Broomhead
  • Good Friday
    Posted 1 Apr 2014 08:05 by Mark Broomhead
  • Passover meal
    Posted 1 Apr 2014 07:55 by Mark Broomhead
  • Easter Vigil
    Posted 1 Apr 2014 07:46 by Mark Broomhead
  • New Year! We are back to 'normal' now with Gatherings still every 2nd and 4th Sunday at 1200 (this weeks food theme is American!) and our more in-depth discussion group, Son ...
    Posted 6 Jan 2014 03:12 by Ben Martin
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