2022

Palm Sunday 2023

Palm Sunday 2023

Thank you to the Goldsmith Players for their superb production telling the story of Holy Week and the path to the cross in our Palm Sunday service.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2022, Easter, Goldsmith Players, Worship
Eco Church Award

Eco Church Award

Eco Church is a way that we can celebrate ways that our congregation has been engaging with caring for the earth as a key part of our Christian faith.

Having followed the “Eco Congregation” scheme some years ago, we have now looked at the Eco Church criteria to find that we already fulfil all the criteria for the Bronze Award. We have a little work to do on the “Lifestyle” section and then we will be able to apply for the Eco Church Silver Award.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2022, Christian Education, Eco Church, notices
Christmas Services 2022

Christmas Services 2022

Thank you to everyone who prepared, lead, joined and shared in our special Advent and Christmas services and activities this year, including our Minister, worship leaders, Junior Church, Youth Group and Choir.

We especially want to thank those who set-up and put-away, those who baked, made tea/coffee and washed-up, gave flowers or Christmas gifts and took them to deserving recipients. Thank you for helping to make this a special Christmas celebration.

 

Toy and Nativity Christmas Festival Service – 11th December

Junior Church/Youth Group Christmas Parties and Pantomime – 17th December

Carol Service – 18th December

Christingle Service – 24th Decemeber

Midnight Communion Service – 24th December

Christmas Day Service – 25th December

Advent Meditations – four Mondays leading up to Christmas

 

Posted by gdjjennings in 2022, Christmas, Worship
Carols in the Courtyard 2022

Carols in the Courtyard 2022

Thank you to all the instrumentalists for their wonderful playing to support our singing of carols in the courtyard at church on Sunday evening – a great sing!

Thank you, also, to everyone who provided, prepared and served our refreshments.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2022, Christmas, events, Photographs
Junior Church Showtime

Junior Church Showtime

The Junior Church celebrated twenty years of Junior Church Shows with a concert performance of favourite items selected from the musicals theur have presented over the last twenty years.

Thank you to all our young people who performed so well and thank you, also, to those of our previous casts who we able to join us to help “compere” the show or create videos to introduce items and reflect on their “time in the spotlight”.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2022, Junior Church, Photographs, Report
Church Entertains Church 2022

Church Entertains Church 2022

Thank you to all who took part in or supported our Church Entertains Church evening on 4th November.

It really was entertaining!

Thank you to the Ukuleles, The Goldmsith Players, Gravity, Mark H and the Church Choir for their contributions.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2022, Junior Church, Photographs, Report
Harvest 2022

Harvest 2022

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make our church look wonderful for our Harvest Service on 16th October.

Thank you, too, to everyone who brought gifts which will be donated to The Friary in support of their work with homeless people.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2022, Harvest, Photographs, Worship
Prayers on the occasion of the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth Il

Prayers on the occasion of the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth Il

Almighty and Eternal God, we give you thanks and praise for the life and example of Her Majesty, Elizabeth. We give thanks for her devotion to the life of our nation, our commonwealth and our world. We give thanks for her wisdom, for her example of Christian faith and discipleship and for her dignity and integrity at all times and in all situations. We give thanks for her long and untiring service and for her example of duty and commitment.

Almighty and Eternal God, we commend her into your sure keeping, praying that she may now know your eternal love and peace. We pray for her children, her grandchildren and her great grandchildren, for all the extended royal family as they mourn her loss and grieve for her passing. We pray that you will strengthen them and comfort them in these difficult days, as they prepare to honour very publicly one whom they have loved dearly and privately.

Almighty and Eternal God, we offer our prayers in this time of national transition, praying for those who must now step up and shoulder the burden of national leadership and in particular for he who now must serve as king. We pray that you will sustain and keep them in their new roles and grant them the wisdom and insight that will enable them to lead our nation in the ways of justice and peace. We offer all our prayers in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and our Redeemer. Amen.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2022, events, news, Prayer
Special events

Special events

On Saturday 10 September, many of us are attending the East Midlands Synod celebration to mark the 50th Anniversary of the formation of the United Reformed Church. (The URC was formed with the union of the Congregational Church in England and Wales with the Presbyterian Church in England. In 1981, most of the Churches of Christ in the UK also joined the union.)

On 2nd October, we have a special service followed by a congregational lunch as our own celebration of this milestone in the life of our denomination.

We have our Harvest Festival Service on 16th October and our Commitment for Life service on 30th October.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2022, Forthcoming Events, notices, World Church
Baptism – September 2022

Baptism – September 2022

It was with joy that the family of the church welcomed Arthur John Rudy Jennings on the occasion of his baptism, 4th September 2022. We wish him and his family all blessings for the future.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2022, news, Photographs