Welcome to the website of St. Andrew’s with Castle Gate URC, Nottingham.

Our main service is on Sunday mornings beginning at 11 am.
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Harvest 2017

Our Junior Church presented a wonderful, informative and engaging service for our harvest thanksgiving this year on the theme of “recycling”. We learned about what can be done with plastic bottles, plastic bags and old jumpers!

We had an augmented Traidcraft stall and also enjoyed a “bring and share” lunch with an international flavour.

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Induction of Rev'd Chris Ford

The service to induct Rev’d Chris Ford as minister of our church took place on Sunday 3rd September. Led by the moderator of our East Midlands Synod, Rev’d Peter Meek, this was a well-attended and very happy occasion.

Chris will service as our minister and twenty percent of his time will be used to provide ministry to other United Reformed Churches in Nottinghamshire.

Induction Party

Rev’d Chris Ford (centre) with (left to right) Rev’d David Legge (Notts Pastoral Consultant), Rev’d Peter Meek (Moderator of East Midlands Synod), Dr. Noel Worley (Church Secretary) and Rev’d Terry Oakley (Past Moderator of East Midlands Synod)

 

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Crafternoon

The members of our Craft Club welcomed all-comers to a special “Crafternoon” on Sunday 23rd July.

Organised to raise money for CHICKS (Country Holidays for Inner-City Kids), the afternoon gave visitors the opportunity to try out a variety of crafts and to make a series of products including iris-fold cards, candles, wool brooches, glass garden lanterns, covered pencil pots, friendship bracelets and face-cloth animals. Apart from the crafting, another highlight of the afternoon was the chance to chat over a delightful afternoon tea.

Thank you to everyone who organised and supported the event.

Junior Church Show 2017

The children and young people of our Youth Group and Junior Church, together with their friends, presented a wonderfully entertaining evening to a large and supportive audience when they gave their performance of Return to the Forbidden Planet.

The musical, the plot of which is loosely based on The Tempest by William Shakespeare, includes a series of “pop” and “rock ‘n’ roll” songs mainly from the 50s and 60s and has a script including many references to well-known Shakespeare texts and amusing misquotes.

Congratulations to all the young stars and thanks to everyone who organised and supported the show in any way.

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Junior Church Camp 2017

About 35 children and young people had a very happy camp at Walesby Forest with our Youth Leaders this weekend. The weather was generally kind and everyone enjoyed a great variety of activities and the friendship.

Thank you to all the leaders and everyone who helped organise and prepare for this event. We look forward to the “report back” when the young people help lead worship on Sunday 18th June.

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Christian Aid Week 2017

We have marked both the beginning and the end of Christian Aid week this year.
To start the week, our children and young people collected coins from the congregation and used them to cover the Christian Aid symbol. Nicola and Anne led our service on the following Sunday – the end of Christian Aid week – using worship materials shared by Christian Aid.

Ministry

We are delighted that Rev’d Chris Ford has accepted a call to become the minster of our church. Chris will begin his ministry with us in September this year, with his induction being planned for the afternoon of Sunday 3rd September.

Easter services and activities

Passiontide and Easter were celebrated with a number of special services and activities at church.

Holy Week began with Sunday worship on Palm Sunday which incorporated a series of short dramatised scenes given by the Goldsmith Players (our church drama group) linked with bible readings.

On Thursday evening, we had a Tenebrae service and, on Good Friday, we had a Service of the Nails at 12 noon and a presentation by the church choir in the evening. This was a service of music for passiontide and readings linking Old Testament prophesies with passages from the New Testament which record their fulfillment.

Today we had a joyous all-age communion service after a lovely Easter breakfast.

Thank you to everyone who prepared, organised, led and contributed to these services and events.

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Light Night 2017

We had a busy and exciting evening on Light Night 2017.

Our church was one of the hubs of activities and about a thousand people stopped off with us at some point during the evening.

We served family friendly meals and refreshments throughout the evening and visitors and participants enjoyed a variety of activities and entertainment including:

  • a “Come and Strum” for ukulele players
  • a “sing-a-long” Bugsey Malone selection
  • the Nottingham Tuneless Choir
  • the church choir singing some anthems
  • a “come and sing” selection from My Fair Lady
  • local band The Theory
  • Nottingham Gamelan Orchestra
  • children’s craft activities

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