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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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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Posted by gdjjennings in 2015, Belgravians, Choir, Goldsmith Players, Photographs, Report

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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Junior Church Christmas Festival Service 2014

Thank you to everyone who prepared and participated in our Christmas Festival Service.

In the service, the Junior Church unpacked a giant-sized Christmas shoe-box (like the ones we sent with Operation Christmas Child again this year) to make links and explore the real meaning of Christmas with the congregation. The service included an anthem by the young people and a nativity.

Here are some photos of the service:

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Craft Fair 2014

We held a Craft Fair at church for the first time yesterday.
Here are a few photographs:

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Bonfire Party 2014

We had a happy time at our bonfire and fireworks party again this year, enjoying fireworks together as well as the soup, sausages, baked potatoes and bonfire toffee.

Grateful thanks to our hosts and to everyone who helped organise the evening.

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Posted by gdjjennings in 2014, Junior Church, news, Photographs, Report, Youth Group

Harvest Festival 2014

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We had a delightful and joyful Harvest Festival service lead by our Junior Church and Youth Group on 12th October.
They led our thoughts focusing on the theme of “bread” and we all had the chance to taste some of the wide variety of breads that are available to us these days.

Thank you to everyone who took part and to all who decorated the church so beautifully.

Thanks too, to everyone who brought gifts for harvest – these were donated to The Friary (formerly the Friary Drop-in Centre).

Posted by gdjjennings in 2014, Harvest, Junior Church, Photographs, Report, Worship, Youth Group

Light Night 2014

Our church took part in the city centre Light Night again this year.

This was a very successful event with many visitors coming to enjoy the huge variety of activities available in the different spaces with our building.

We had a ceilidh in our large hall; circus skills displays every hour in the church; the choir sang in the church; there was a chance for people to write their prayers or wishes for light to bring more light into the world; the Nottingham Ukulele Orchestra played in our new fellowship room (and were joined by young players from Westdale Junior School for the early part of the evening); there was candle making; the outside of the building was illuminated; family meals were sold in the small hall and tea/coffee and cakes were available in the vestibule.

Here are some photographs of the evening:

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Carols in the car park 2013

The weather was very kind and attendance was good for our annual “Carols in the Car Park” on the evening of 8th December. Members, friends and students alike enjoyed singing a mix of traditional and modern carols as well as the refreshments – mince pies and various cakes, coffee and mulled wine.



Posted by gdjjennings in 2013, Outreach Activity, Photographs, Report, Students

Junior Church Camp 2013

The Junior Church camp was at Walesby again this year. Walesby also appears to have its own micro-climate. The forecast for the weekend was rain, rain and a bit more rain! Peoplecame out to visit us with reports of monsoon type downpours in both Nottingham and Mansfield that would be with us at any moment.But they never arrived and we even had to get the sun-cream out!

Each year at camp we have our Sunday service at the same time as the service at St Andrews with Castle Gate. This year, 35 of us sat in a circle under the pine trees, with birds singing in the background. The group included some who have grown up coming to camp and now come as leaders, others who were away from mum and dad for the first time, children we see each week at Church, some new faces who became friends over the weekend and the leaders who each year give their time to plan and run the camp so successfully.

Over the weekend we had some great activities:

We worked in teams to build rafts from oil drums and rope. Some people were brave (or foolish!) enough to push the finished boats into the middle of the lake and then stand up on them – not everyone fell in!

We supported each other and cheered as we went down the zip wire. Some were initially nervous about climbing the tower to the start of the ride but with reassurance and encouragement they zoomed down the zip wire.

The cave maze is a series of pitch-black, narrow tunnels that you have to crawl through to find the exit. Some needed the help of older children to overcome their fears but by the end everyone had conquered the maze.


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Posted by gdjjennings in 2013, Junior Church, Photographs, Report