2015

Christmas events 2015

We thank Mark Hodgson, Richard Gaunt, the Junior Church members and leaders, Phil Hodgson and the choir and all those who lead or took part in our our busy programme of advent and Christmas services this year.

Many thanks indeed.

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Minister

Our former minister, Revd. Ian Wiseman, has moved to Scotland to take responsibility for a Church of Scotland parish in Ayrshire.

We wish him and his wife, Suely, well for the future.

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Strollers 2015

The Strollers have not been walking together so often in the last couple of years, but do still meet up from time to time.

 

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Advent and Christmas Services

Everyone is, of course, welcome at any and all of our special services over the festive season:

Sunday 13th December at 11 am: Junior Church Festival Service
Sunday 20th December at 11 am: Service of lessons and carols
Christmas Eve at 5.45 pm: Crafty Christmas Eve service – craft fun for all ages
Christmas Eve at 11.15 pm: Watch Night service with communion
Christmas Day at 10.30 am: Christmas Day family service

There is no service at our church on Sunday 27th December.

We wish everyone a happy and peaceful Christmas season.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2015, Worship

Carols in the Courtyard 2015

For the first time, we held our community carol singing in the new courtyard of the church and we were delighted to be joined by a number of visitors.


This was a super location for this event and the singing and refreshments were very much enjoyed by all who attended, The new venue enabled some to remain sheltered, just inside our Fellowship Room whilst still being able to hear and join in the carols. Perhaps because we were not quite so spread-out as we had been when we used the car park, the singing seemed to be even better than usual.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2015, Christmas, Students, Worship

A little entertainment 2015

The Goldsmith Players joined the Belgravians to present an evening of entertainment for members of the congregation.

The evening was well-supported and the audience enjoyed a range of short, humorous sketches, recitations and musical numbers, ending with a short selection of items from Les Miserables from the choir.

Thank you to everyone involved.

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Harvest 2015

Our Junior Church and Youth Group led our Harvest Service this year on the theme of Food in the Bible. Presentations included thoughts and reflections about bread, olives, honey, figs and apples among others.

Thanks to everyone who prepared and participated in the service and to everyone who helped to decorate the church so beautifully again this year.

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Posted by gdjjennings in 2015, Junior Church, Report, Worship, Youth Group

Lace Exhibition at church

The Nottingham Bobbin Lace Society celebrated its 40th anniversary by holding an exhibition of bobbin and Nottingham machine lace in our church.

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The exhibition ‘Lace in the City of Lace’ which was held in the church as a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Nottingham Bobbin Lace Society attracted more than a 1000 visitors to our church. Each one enjoying the amazing display of the different types of bobbin and needle lace, there were over 300 pieces of lace.   The exhibits of antique machine lace panels included the facsimile of the ‘Battle of Britain’ panel, as the original is becoming very fragile this has been made so it can be seen for many generations to come, and sample books of lace from the archives. There were lace dresses including Dorothy’s Witchcraft lace wedding dress.

So many visitors had travelled from all parts of the country in fact visitors to Nottingham from all over the world coming to see the exhibition all remarking about the beautiful exhibits and lovely friendly atmosphere the church had. Thank you to Lorna R and everyone whose hard work made this exhibition possible.

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Junior Church Show 2015

The Junior Church and friends offerred us a wonderful, joyful production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat this evening (Saturday 11th July).

The excellent singing and acting was set off by a simple but effective set and an array of amazing costumes, quite apart from Joseph’s coat.

Thanks to the Junior Church for a fantastic evening’s entertainment which was enjoyed by a large audience in the church and thanks to all the adults who helped in whatever way with the preparations as well as on the night.

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Honour for Nottingham Child Contact Centre

The Nottingham Child Contact Centre, which uses our church premises, has been given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Our Child Contact Centre, which celebrates its 30th anniversary of service to the community this year, was established by Mary Lower with the support of our then Minister, Rev’d Hamish Baillie, and the congregation. It opened for the first time on 4th February 1985 (under its original name of the Access Centre). Its success led directly to the establishment of similar centres elsewhere in the country and then to the formation of the National Association of Access Centres (now National Association of Child Contact Centres). NACCC offers support for Centres throughout the UK providing safe, neutral places for children to meet the parent who no longer shares their home.

The pioneering work that took place in Nottingham has been very influential, receiving widespread national acceptance and is reflected in the provisions for parental contact with children in the Children Act 2004. The Nottingham Child Contact Centre, supported by some 50 volunteers remains the largest of its kind in the country.

It is fitting that in its thirtieth year the Centre has been given this prestigious award which was presented to our team of Contact Centre volunteers by the Lord-Lieutenant of the County.

 

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