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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  • Marathon Chaos Due to the road closures in town tomorrow (14/09/14) we will be meeting at the vicarage 
    Posted 13 Sep 2014 03:51 by Mark Broomhead
  • 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
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What's happening?

  • Blue Like Jazz Friday 19th September - film night at the Gates - 7:30pm Bring drinks and nibbles
    Posted 15 Sep 2014 01:13 by Mark Broomhead
  • Annual general meeting part 2 Change of venue!!! Next sunday sept 14th will be the second part of our AGM - we will be voting for roles to help us to move forward. the food will be italian. we ...
    Posted 13 Sep 2014 03:54 by Mark Broomhead
  • Chatsworth This Sunday (17th aug) we will be meeting up at Chatsworth - Carlton lees car park at 12:30. Next Sunday Lots of us will be a green belt - if you ...
    Posted 13 Aug 2014 12:40 by Mark Broomhead
  • 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
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