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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.

Thoughts

  • 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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News

  • New OBS t Shirts and hoodies on order
    Posted 11 Jul 2014 14:57 by Mark Broomhead
  • Bloodstock We will be at Bloodstock again this year looking after the welfare. Hopefully you won't need us but come and say hello anyway!
    Posted 11 Jul 2014 14:52 by Mark Broomhead
  • Greenbelt We will be at this years festival - breathing space - geochurche -Family gathering. Come and say hello (look for the sheep) You may even spot mark on a stage helping out ...
    Posted 11 Jul 2014 14:50 by Mark Broomhead
  • 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
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What's happening?

  • Family Gathering 13th JULY This week we will be meeting as usual but the focus will be dreaming of the future - our last gathering before the silly season of the summer. this is part ...
    Posted 11 Jul 2014 14:43 by Mark Broomhead
  • Family Gathering - Sunday 22nd June We are meeting for our next family gathering this coming Sunday at (roughly) 12PM until (roughly) 3PM at The Gates. The food theme is picnic with the hopeful intention of ...
    Posted 18 Jun 2014 03:23 by Ben Martin
  • Family Gathering - 6/6/14 Do join us this coming Sunday at The Gates from 1200 when we will be having our fortnightly gathering. All are welcome, if you are able then please bring either ...
    Posted 6 Jun 2014 03:01 by Ben Martin
  • Camping We are going camping to barlow - why not join us? 23rd of May until we decide to leave. The Sunday gathering will be there that week. to book phone 0114 ...
    Posted 13 May 2014 02:17 by Mark Broomhead
  • Breathing Space A chance to take some time out, relax, de-stress, tone-up, and contemplate.This month we will be looking a new breathing meditation and focusing on slowing down our ...
    Posted 13 May 2014 01:43 by Mark Broomhead
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