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Nottingham Light Night 2024

Nottingham Light Night 2024

Our church was an Entertainment Hub for Nottingham’s Light Night on 2nd February 2024.

During the evening there was a wide range of musical and other entertainment with family meals and refreshments available. Music sessions included ukulele Come and Strum and Disney Musical sing-a-longs, performances by choirs (Djanogly Primary School Choir, the Church Choir and Phoenix Signing Choir), bands (Ravenshead Swing Band, Retro band “Gravity” and a Beatles tribute band), the Nottingham University Dance Society and over a dozen other groups, trios, duos and solists. In addition there were displays about some of our church activities and significant people connected with our church in the past, activities for children, a chance to contribute to an embroidery and to add a prayer, wish or promise to our prayer tree.

The event 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 our Light Night Coordinator, Jill, everyone who worked so hard to prepare for the evening and all our hard-working stewards ensuring visitors’ safety and helping them find their way around our five entertainment and refreshment areas.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2024, Current, events, Report
Area gathering

Area gathering

Friends from all our South Nottingham Area United Reformed Churches met at Gregory Boulevard URC to join the 200th anniversary celebratations of the church on Sunday 29th October 2023.

It was a joy to be with them on this special occasion, to share food and worship together.

The South Nottingham Area is The Dales URC, Gregory Boulevard URC, Keyworth URC and St. Andrew’s with Castle Gate URC.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2023, events, Report, South Nottingham Area URC
Harvest Festival Service 2023

Harvest Festival Service 2023

Thank you so much to everyone whose time and preparation contributed to such a wonderful time of worship for our Harvest Festival this year.

The service, which was led by members of our Junior Church and Youth Group was thoughtfully constructed, imaginatively presented and very well delivered by our young people. We thank them and their leaders very much indeed.

We also thank our flower arranging team for creating such wonderful displays of flowers and harvest produce and everyone who brought harvest gifts to present.

The harvest goods have been donated to The Friary in West Bridgford to support their work with those struggling with homelessness.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2023, Blogroll, Harvest, Photographs, Report, Worship
Coronation Celebrations

Coronation Celebrations

Thank you to Jill G, Elaine S and everyone who helped make today’s celebration lunch such a success.

Thank you to those who helped set up the halls yesterday and for the display of photographs, to all who provided food and to the musicians.

It was lovely to share together.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2023, events, Forthcoming Events, news, Outreach Activity, Report
A Prayer for the King and Queen

A Prayer for the King and Queen

The United Reformed Church shared this prayer for the new King and Queen:

Eternal God,
You order and govern our world and all that is therein,
bless, we pray, Charles and Camilla
that they may feel your loving presence,
and fulfil faithfully the roles prescribed for them,
and that we may, in this kingdom, be better governed,
and always reminded of your eternal Kingdom which is to come. Amen.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2023, news, Prayer, Report
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
150th Anniversary Service

150th Anniversary Service

Our special Anniversary Service took place on Sunday, 5th September 2021 to mark the end of our anniversary year, celebrating the 150 years since our building opened on the corner of Goldsmith Street and Chaucer Street in Nottingham.

Worship on 5th September was led by our minister, Rev’d Chris Ford, and the preacher was Rev’d Geoffrey Clarke, Moderator of the East Midlands Synod of the URC.

A year ago, our service to mark the beginning of our anniversary year had to be a video because of government restrictions consequent on the Covid-19 pandemic so it was good to be able to celebrate this occasion “in person”, in our building… and with cake!

 

 

 

Posted by gdjjennings in 2021, Report, Worship
January Church Meeting

January Church Meeting

Our postponed 2020 Church AGM was a virtual meeting, held on the Zoom platform on Wednesday 27th January.

Over forty members attended (virtually) and, after adopting the URC Rules for Procedure of virtual meetings, we received the 2019 Annaul Report and accounts, shared some pastoral news and conducted other essential business.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2019, 2020, 2021, Report
VE Day anniversary

VE Day anniversary

Friday, 8th May, was the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

Out member, Ruth N, shared recollections of her experiences on VE Day with our members through our eNewsletter and, with her permission, the article is reproduced here:

“It is almost impossible to find words to describe the feeling – the War had ended. It was joyous beyond belief…

With my sister Margaret and friends, we walked in the evening from our home in Sherwood to the Arboretum. We joined a long line of people doing the Conga all around the Arboretum grounds and then the line snaked down the road all the way to the Market Square and you just went with the flow. There were such vast numbers of people we had to hold hands to make sure we could keep together.

The Market Square was literally heaving with people singing and dancing. Such a great outpouring of relief – Church bells were ringing again, having been silenced during the war as they were to have been our warning sign that an invasion on our shores had begun – fortunately never needed. There were lights everywhere – no black-out restrictions. People were smoking their “ciggies” after dark OUTSIDE.”

 

Ruth, who was 15 at the time of V.E. Day, said it was difficult to describe the experience but it is one of those moments that you carry in your heart.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2020, Report