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

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

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
Junior Church Nativity and Toy Service 2019

Junior Church Nativity and Toy Service 2019

The children and young people of our Junior Church led an effective service for us today, focusing on the idea that we should not let the periferies of Christmas celebrations obscure the significance of the birth of Jesus into our world.

Thank you to everyone who took part and to everyone who was involved in the planning and preparation for the service.

This service was also our “Toy Service” and the gifts that people brought and donated will be taken to a local women’s refuge.

Christmas Tree with gifts for the Women’s Refuge
Posted by gdjjennings in 2019, Christmas, Junior Church, Report, Worship, Youth Group

Christmas Shoeboxes 2019

On Sunday, we dedicated fifty shoeboxes of gifts prepared by our Junior Church for children overseas.

These will be transported and distributed by the Teams4U charity which was set up by Dave Cooke, the originator of Operation Christmas Child.

Thank you to everyone who contributed items for the shoeboxes, to the children who wrote letters to the recipients and to the adults who helped them pack and wrap the shoeboxes.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2019, charity, Christmas, Junior Church, Report, World Church, Youth Group

John Muir Award for our Junior Church

The Junior Church was presented with the John Muir Award at our Harvest Service 2019.

John Muir (1838-1914) was an explorer, mountaineer, conservationist, botanist, amateur geologist and writer. Having been raised in Dunbar on the east coast of Scotland, he moved to the USA with his family aged ten and is remembered for his role protecting the Yosemite Valley in California and helping to establish the world’s first national park system.

The John Muir Trust was set up to defend wild land, enhance habitats for all and to help people connect with nature, even in cities. Its award scheme encourages people to enjoy and care for wild places.

Our Junior Church decided to work towards this award as a way of thinking about and responding to God’s world and our part in it. To earn the award members of the Junior Church have worked together and individually on a variety of activities including:

  • investigating the best wild flowers to grow in the city
  • find out what wildlife these will attract
  • planning a service about the wonder of creation
  • leading the service in people’s homes and in church
  • spending two nights under canvas at Walesby
  • producing a newsletter article about the project
  • litter picking at the Arboretum
  • undertaking other conservation activities

Congratulations to the children and young people of the Junior Church and to their leaders for earning this award.

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

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

Belgravians 50th anniversary celebration

The Belgravians celebrated their 50th anniversary in October with an afternoon tea at the Country Cottage Hotel, Ruddington.

Forty-five past and present members met up and a good time seemed to be had by all.   People had come from near and far – – – many locally, as expected but also from Lytham and Rochdale, Bournemouth and even as far away as Ireland.  There may have been other places too!   Having an afternoon gathering enabled many to travel from home and back in a day.

Messages and greetings from people unable to come were read out and cards from some former members were circulated.   A “memory” book was passed round in which we could all put our names and a message.

Belgravians remains a lovely way to meet up socially with church friends and the group is open to all.   We would love to see more people coming to our events.  

Posted by gdjjennings in 2018, Belgravians, Report

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

Induction of Rev’d Chris Ford

The service to induct Rev’d Chris Ford as minister of our church took place on Sunday 3rd September. Led by the moderator of our East Midlands Synod, Rev’d Peter Meek, this was a well-attended and very happy occasion.

Chris will service as our minister and twenty percent of his time will be used to provide ministry to other United Reformed Churches in Nottinghamshire.

Induction Party

Rev’d Chris Ford (centre) with (left to right) Rev’d David Legge (Notts Pastoral Consultant), Rev’d Peter Meek (Moderator of East Midlands Synod), Dr. Noel Worley (Church Secretary) and Rev’d Terry Oakley (Past Moderator of East Midlands Synod)


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Posted by gdjjennings in 2017, Report, Worship