posted 23 Jun 2015, 03:54 by Mark Broomhead

We are providing the welfare for Bloodstock again this year. please be in touch if you would like to volunteer. Full DBS check necessary. 

Welcome to our new Curate

posted 23 Jun 2015, 03:52 by Mark Broomhead

Hilary Moore will be ordained as deacon on 5th July in Ashbourne. She will be serving her curacy based at the OBS while she develops here own pioneering work amongst those struggling with addiction. Please come and support her, we will be having a welcome service on July 12th.


posted 23 Jun 2015, 03:46 by Mark Broomhead

we are planning a camp/retreat/festival/family hangout august 28-31st in King Sterndale near Buxton. Prices are £30 per adult £15 per child with a family discount available. camping is £7 per pitch per night. Lots more details to follow!! Check Facebook for ticket availability.

Article about the OBS

posted 21 May 2015, 01:12 by Mark Broomhead

May 2015

Welcoming the black sheep

The fourth issue of Snapshots – stories from the edge is now available to downloadfrom the Research Unit's website.

This edition entitled, Welcoming the black sheep, examines the founding of The Order of the Black Sheep (TOBS) in Chesterfield, Derbyshire and its rock music and heavy metal roots. The church provides a safe haven for those who feel they don’t fit in traditional church or refuse to “dress up” to attend it.

It takes a look at the life of TOBS founder, Mark Broomhead, and what led him to establishing TOBS. Mark describes The Order of the Black Sheep as: “a home for the marginalised, for members of the alternative community who feel a little bit like the black sheep in society… a community of people proud to wear their scars as a sign of God’s grace and healing.”

The booklet describes the wide mixture of people who attend, the style of their community and the way that they worship, making use of DVDs and YouTube clips and drawing on a diverse range of texts, such as Anglican, Celtic, Orthodox and popular culture.

Many thanks for your interest and support.
Church Army's Research Unit

Contacts Malfunction

posted 23 Mar 2015, 05:01 by Mark Broomhead

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 call or follow the face book link at the bottom of the page (probably quickest) and say hi.

Fire!! (don't worry we are all OK)

posted 13 Dec 2014, 01:37 by Mark Broomhead

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 Saint Mary's Gate Chesterfield, Derbyshire S41 7TD.

Bishop Humphrey appointed Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon

posted 19 Nov 2014, 15:04 by Mark Broomhead

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. He serves as Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education and has taken a leading role in developing the diocese's response to new opportunities and challenges in the world of schools. In addition to his involvement in the 110 Church Primary Schools in the diocese, he has a particular ministry of engagement with Sixth Formers across Derbyshire on issues of faith and faithfulness.

Bishop Humphrey has a strong interest in the wider Anglican Communion. He has served in Anglican Churches in South Sudan and Zimbabwe, and has studied Anglican mission in Australia and the United States. He chairs the Ecumenical Partnership of Churches in Derbyshire with the Church of North India and has recently been developing personal links with the Church of Pakistan. He has led pilgrimages to the Holy Land and is passionate about the plight of Palestinian Christians.

Bishop Humphrey says:

"I am both honoured and humbled to be invited to be Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon at such a pivotal moment in the history of the College and the Church.

"This is a time of great opportunity for the Church of England as we are challenged to grow in faithfulness, service and witness to our nation and communities, in numbers and confidence, and above all in the life of prayer and worship.

"Ripon College Cuddesdon has grown and developed so that it is uniquely well placed by the grace of God to rise to this challenge and to serve this vision for the Church. I look forward to being part of this and to the exciting times that are to come."

Bishop Alastair said:

Bishop Humphrey's appointment is good news for the Church of England. His outstanding gifts will help us shape the next generation of leaders in our church. In the Diocese we will be very sad to lose his colleagueship, and the enormous contribution he makes in so many areas of our life. We wish him every blessing as he prepares to take up this exciting post.

Marathon Chaos

posted 13 Sep 2014, 03:51 by Mark Broomhead

Due to the road closures in town tomorrow (14/09/14) we will be meeting at the vicarage 

New OBS t Shirts and hoodies on order

posted 11 Jul 2014, 14:57 by Mark Broomhead


posted 11 Jul 2014, 14:52 by Mark Broomhead

We will be at Bloodstock again this year looking after the welfare. Hopefully you won't need us but come and say hello anyway!

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