Junior Church Camp 2015

Our annual Junior Church camp was one of the wettest on record, but it didn’t stop us doing anything and didn’t stop the fun.

Volunteers, including some of the young people, had the camp set up on Friday evening just before the rain started and everyone was careful to keep the sleeping area of our tents dry.

We had all the usual activities on Saturday, even though it rained until the evening. Somehow our rafting activity didn’t seem much wetter than usual! In the evening we had our barbecue and a disco. There were a few spots of rain while we were in our marque for worship on Sunday morning, but it was dry for our game of rounders.

Camp 2015

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

May Fair 2015

Our May Fair street party on 10th May was a very happy affair.

Those present enjoyed a lovely tea and entertainment in the form of May Pole dancingg by our Junior Church and music from our ukulele group.

There were games and activities and we had a May Queen and attendants.

May Fair

Posted by gdjjennings in 2015, Junior Church, Outreach Activity, Report

Rededication of our extended and refurbished halls

We had a special service to rededicate our halls following the building our our extension and refurbishment of our halls block.

Revd. David Grosch-Miller, Moderator of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church will be the preached an inspiring sermon as part of joyful service before all moved through to the halls for the act of rededication. We were also joined by Helen Lidgett, clerk of our East Midlands Synod.

After the service and coffee, we had lunch together in the Large Hall.


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2015-04-19 13.10.09

Posted by gdjjennings in 2015, Report, Worship

Easter 2015

Thank you to everyone who lead and contributed to our special Easter services and events…

to Ian for our moving services on Palm Sunday morning, our Tenebrae Service, the Service of the Nails and our Easter morning Celebration;

to the Goldsmith Players for their Palm Sunday evening dramatic presentations;

to the choir for the Passiontide music and reflections on Good Friday evening;

to the flower arrangers for decorating the church so beautifully for Easter Day

and to Liz, Mark and everyone else who organised the Easter Breakfast.

Thank you to you all.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2015, Easter, Forthcoming Events

Light Night – Junior Church Winners

We were delighted to hear the news that our Junior Church are joint winners of the Light Night recycled art competition run by Nottingham City Council.

scrap heap band

Organisations and community groups were able to enter art installations created from recycled materials and,, on Light Night, these were enjoyed by members of the public who then voted to produce the winning creations.

The Junior Church entry – Scrap Heap Band – was an interactive music experience with a range of musical instruments created by our children and young people from recycled materials which people played as they passed by.

At the awards ceremony attended by Jill, Richard, Ian and nine of our young people, Jill said, “The children from St. Andrew’s with Castle Gate Junior Church have really enjoyed taking part in the competition. They learned some new skills using tools to make their Scrap Heap Band and despite the cold they were very keen to play it on the street for Light Night.”

Congratulations to everyone involved.


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Scrap Heap Band – Junior Church entry into the Nottingham City Council recycled art competition


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

30 years of the Child Contact Centre

Happy birthday to our Child Contact Centre!

Thirty years ago this weekend, one of our members (a local J.P.) opened up the church halls to provide a safe space for children to keep in touch with parents following separation. Originally know as the “Access Centre” this idea so clearly filled a need, other centres were opened and, from this acorn, grew the National Association of Child Contact Centres, which now numbers about 350 centres across the country.

This was their birthday cake today, where it all began.

Contact Centre 30th Birthday Cake

Contact Centre 30th Birthday Cake

The Contact Centre will have a more significant celebration later in the year.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2015, Nottingham Child Contact Centre

Nottingham City Light Night 2015

Our church was, once again, fully involved as a Light Night venue, with many different activities being based at our church.

In addition to providing meals (from a family-friendly menu), the church hosted a group of illuminated runners, a belly-dancing troop, a display by the Nottingham Interfaith Council, the Nottingham Ukulele Orchestra which was joined by the Westdale Junior School Ukulele Club and, later, singers from our own Junior Church. The church presented a display and activities about Peter Pan and J. M. Barrie (who worshiped in our church for the period during which he was living and working in Nottingham), our choir had an open rehearsal in the church and Richard, Michael, Neil and Jacob also played and sang.

Outside, our Junior Church “Scrap Heap Band” (an interactive music installation) was our entry into the city competition for a street installation made out of recycled materials.

Here are some photographs of our activities:



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Posted by gdjjennings in 2015, Junior Church, Photographs, Report