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.


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  • 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
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  • Article about the OBS May 2015Welcoming the black sheepThe fourth issue of Snapshots – stories from the edge is now available to downloadfrom the Research Unit's website.This edition entitled, Welcoming ...
    Posted 21 May 2015, 01:12 by Mark Broomhead
  • Contacts Malfunction It appears we have a problem with out contact application. We are working on rectifying this situation. In the meantime If you wish to get in touch Give us a ...
    Posted 23 Mar 2015, 05:01 by Mark Broomhead
  • Fire!! (don't worry we are all OK) The restaurant below the gates has had a serious fire and the gates has been damaged as a result. Our services over christmas will be relocated to the saints centre ...
    Posted 13 Dec 2014, 01:37 by Mark Broomhead
  • Bishop Humphrey appointed Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon In 2007 Humphrey became Bishop of Repton and has developed a particular interest in ministry and ministerial development, both of ordinands and curates and of longer established clergy and readers ...
    Posted 19 Nov 2014, 15:04 by Mark Broomhead
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What's happening?

  • Sunday service and BBQ This week (May 24th) we will have our service at the vicarage followed by a barbecue. Bring some stuff to eat and drink.
    Posted 21 May 2015, 01:32 by Mark Broomhead
  • Christmas - plan B! Revised Christmas plans due to fire:Monday 15th 7:30pm the vicarage SODN Christmas party - bring drinks nibbles and silly games. Wednesday 17th 1pm Breaking Bread communion (downstairs at the ...
    Posted 13 Dec 2014, 01:39 by Mark Broomhead
  • New mid week communion Service New weekly communion service - everyone welcome - Wednesdays (except Christmas eve) 1pm followed by hot dogs
    Posted 4 Dec 2014, 02:11 by Mark Broomhead
  • New Service - Offering Sunday The first of the new monthly service where we can come and share through an open mic style format. Bring something to share on the theme of new beginnings. I ...
    Posted 1 Dec 2014, 03:21 by Mark Broomhead
  • Sunday Gathering 23rd November Food theme - American (thanksgiving)
    Posted 19 Nov 2014, 15:16 by Mark Broomhead
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