Holy Week and Easter services 2021

Holy Week and Easter services 2021

All our Holy Week and Easter services were held virtually this year.

Worship for Palm Sunday was led by our drama group, the Goldsmith Players, the members of which videoed monologues/dramatised readings in which characters who witnessed the passion of Jesus Christ reflected on the events and their responses; the minister shared a series of meditations for Holy Week which were distributed using our members mailing system; on Maundy Thursday evening, Ron K led our Tenebrae service live on Zoom; our Zoom channel was also used for our Service of the Nails, led by Mark H at noon on Good Friday; the church choir led a service of Reflections and Music for Good Friday taking The Lamb of God as its theme and on Easter Sunday, our service of worship with Holy Communion was led by our minister.

We are very grateful to all those who planned and prepared worship for us, to all those who took part and to everyone who shared with us on YouTube and Zoom.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2021, Easter, events, Worship
We’ll meet again – Ukuleles

We’ll meet again – Ukuleles

By popular request…
The Ukuleles of St. Andrew’s with Castle Gate United Reformed Church, Nottingham
share their video of “We’ll meet again”

This rendition and the video was made under self-isolating conditions in May 2020 during the week of the 75th anniversary of VE Day.


Posted by gdjjennings in 2020, Current, events, news
Light Night 2020

Light Night 2020


Our church was an Entertainment Hub for Nottingham’s Light Night on 7th February 2020.

During the evening there was a wide range of musical and other entertainment with family meals and refreshments available. Music sessions included a ukulele “come and strum” sing-a-long, a jazz band with students from NTU, a dance workshop with NTU’s Hop Hop and Dancehall Dance Society, the Redhill Academy vocal group, instrumental recitals, Ravenshead Swing Band, the Teremok Russian School dance group, Kuderushki (a Russian Folk Group), anthems sung by the Church Choir and a “come and sing” songs from Les Miserables with our church choir.

The evening was very well-supported throughout the evening, with the many visitors providing good audiences for each of our entertainment groups.

Thank you to all the performers and to everyone who helped to prepare and serve the wonderful refreshments – cakes, teas, coffees and meals throughout the evening. And none of this would be possible without everyone who worked so hard to prepare for the evening and all our hard-working stewards, some of who braved the cold February evening outside the church to direct visitors.



Posted by gdjjennings in 2020, events, Outreach Activity, Students

Carols in the Courtyard 2019

Our Carols in the Courtyard was a super event again this year.

Thank you to all who helped set up and pack away, to our instrumentalists, to Richard (our compare), to our mince pie makers and mulled-wine warmers and to everyone who came along to sing.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2019, Christmas, events, Outreach Activity

Junior Church Show 2019

The Junior Church Show for 2019 – The Little Mermaid Jnr – provided another wonderful evening of entertainment and fun for a large audience in the church.

This junior version of the show included all the songs everyone was looking forward to, those who had lines seemed to be word perfect and the costumes and set, as always, were stunning.

Thank you to all the actors and actresses as well as all the adults who helped to make this such an impressive show. Well done to all!

Posted by gdjjennings in 2019, events, Junior Church, Report, Youth Group

Holy Week and Easter services 2019

Thank you to everyone who was involved in leading and supporting our special services and activities during Holy Week and on Easter Sunday this year including:

  • Worship on Palm Sunday which included contributions by our drama group, the Goldsmith Players
  • Tenebrae Service on Thursday evening
  • Service of the Nails on Good Friday
  • Service of Music and Reflections for Good Friday
  • Easter Breakfast and all-age family worship on Easter Sunday

Posted by gdjjennings in 2019, Easter, events, Worship

Light Night 2019

Our church was once again a very successful Entertainment Hub on Nottingham’s Light Night on 8th February 2019.

During the evening there was a wide range of musical and other entertainments with family meals and refreshments available

Attractions at St. Andrew’s with Castle Gate included:

  • a ukulele “come and strum” sing-a-long (for children and adults)
  • an Abba tribute band
  • Redhill School vocal group
  • local rock band
  • Belly Dance World performance
  • Russian School dance group
  • Nottingham Signing Choir performance and workshop
  • Church Choir anthems
  • “come and sing” excerpts from The Messiah with the church choir

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the evening and to everyone who supported it.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2019, events, Forthcoming Events

100th anniversary of the end of World War 1

WW1 & WW2 memorial plaques

Our service on Remembrance Sunday 2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1. We took this opportunity to rededicate memorial plaques which had come to us from Castle Gate and St. Anne’s Well Road churches which have been installed in the sanctuary of our church.

Our Junior Church marked this historic anniversary by researching and presenting a display about the lives of the men from the ten St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church who gave their lives during World War 1. They also made driftwood crosses for each of them to be placed in the front garden of the church.

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Posted by gdjjennings in 2018, events, Worship

The Wind in the Willows – Junior Church Show 2018

A large and appreciative audience was enthralled and entertained by a wonderful performance of the new musical The Wind in the Willows at church on 30th June.

Based on an adaptation by Julian Fellows, the well-known characters of Mole, Rat, Badger and the irrepressible Toad appear in episodes of the familiar story together with the Otter family (which has an expanded role in the plot) and the wild wood adversaries.

The acting and singing were a treat and we extend our congratulations to all the young people involved for their acting and singing and to all the adults who worked so hard over recent months to enable this ambitious production.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2018, events, Junior Church, Youth Group

Light Night 2018

Our church was a “hub of entertainment” on the evening of Nottingham Light Night, Friday 23rd February.

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We had a wide range of attractions including a ukulele “Come and Strum” sing-a-long session; the Nottingham Signing Choir, our Church Choir singing a selection of anthems; an open session singing songs from Les Misérables; Belly Dance World dancers; Redhill School a capella group; local band The Theory; Ravenshead Swing Band and Teremok -Nottingham Russian School Dance Group. opportunities to add a prayer request to our Prayer Tree; speak to members of the Nottingham Interfaith Council and look at our pew displays to find out about some of the people who were part of our church in years gone by.

We had a very good number of people through the doors will all our groups having good audiences and many also took the opportunity to have a meal in our small hall or to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and some cake.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2018, events, Report