Rededication of our extended and refurbished halls

We had a special service to rededicate our halls following the building our our extension and refurbishment of our halls block.

Revd. David Grosch-Miller, Moderator of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church will be the preached an inspiring sermon as part of joyful service before all moved through to the halls for the act of rededication. We were also joined by Helen Lidgett, clerk of our East Midlands Synod.

After the service and coffee, we had lunch together in the Large Hall.


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Christmas Services

Thank you to everyone who was involved in organising and leading our various Christmas services and activities of Christmas week – Sunday Worship, Carol Service, our Crazy Crafty Christmas Christingle, Watchnight Communion, Christmas Day Service and Morning Worship.


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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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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).

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Passiontide and Easter events

Our special Holy Week and Easter events began on Palm Sunday evening when the Goldsmith Players (our drama group) presented three short dramatic scenes from “The House at Bethany”, by Alan Poole, “Disciples in Secret” by Don Mueller, and “Two Mothers” also by Don Mueller. These presentations were repeated the following Monday, 14th, April. Refreshments, provided by the Belgravians, were enjoyed after the productions on both evenings.

On the Thursday evening of Holy Week (17th April) our minister led a Tenebrae Service during which candles were successively extinguished zs the narrative of the Passiontide story was told through Bible readings. The service, which included communion, concluded with one candle being re-lit, recalling the hope of Easter Day.

At 12 noon on Good Friday we had a Service of the Nails (including Holy Communion) and, at 7.30 on that evening, the choir led a service of Passiontide Music and Reflections.

On Easter Sunday we had an Easter Breakfast together at 9.00 am followed by a short service of Holy Communion. We were hoping that this would be held outside in our new garden area, but the cold, wet weather meant that we stayed inside, using our new fellowship space instead. This was followed by our all-age celebration of Easter at our normal worship time of 11 o’clock. This was a joyous service including thoughtful readings and an Easter egg hunt!

Thanks to everyone who prepared for and led our wonderful Passiontide and Easter services and activities.

goldsmith players Easter 2014

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Orchestra Sunday 2014

It was a pleasure to welcome many friends on Orchestra Sunday when the church orchestra accompanied the hymns for worhip.


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Christmas Services 2013

Christmas poster 2013

We had a full programme of Christmas events and activities again for Christmas 2012.

We supported others through our “Toy Service” following which gifts were taken to a local women’s refuge, a party for international students and raising money for Framework – our local charity for the homeless – at our carol service.

Santa at Junior Church Christmas Party 2013

The children and young people were an important part of the celebrations, leading a festival service telling us about the history of Christmas carols and having their own parties (including the chance to watch a pantomime and have a visit from Santa Claus). There was also an extra service for children of all ages on Christmas Eve – a crazy, crafty Christingle service.

panto cast 2013

We also had a range of other services, including a service of readings and carols led by our choir and family worship on Christmas Day.

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Mark Hodgson – lay preaching accreditation

Our member, Mark Hodgson, successfully completed a three-year programme of study and training to become a Lay Preacher in the United Reformed Church last year.

At the meeting of the East Midlands Synod of the United Reformed Church yesterday (19th October 2013) Mark received his General Assembly Accreditation (National Accredition) from the Moderator of our Synod, Revd. Peter Meek.

Mark Hodgson - lay preacher - general assembly accreditation

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Harvest Festival Celebrations 2013

Our harvest festival celebrations began with an augmented choir singing the John Rutter anthem, Look at the World and the verses of this anthem provided the structure for our service, with each section being introduced by the reading of the next verse of the anthem. Here are the words:

Look at the world, everything all around us
Look at the world and marvel every day.
Look at the world: so many joys and wonders,
So many miracles along our way

Chorus: Praise to thee, O lord for all creation.
Give us thankful hearts that we may see
All the gifts we share, and every blessing,
All things come of thee.

Look at the earth bringing forth fruit and flower,
Look at the sky the sunshine and the rain.
Look at the hills, look at the trees and mountains,
Valley and flowing river, field and plain.

Think of the spring, think of the warmth of summer
Bringing the harvest before winter’s cold.
Everything grows, everything has a season,
till it is gathered to the Father’s fold:

Every good gift, all that we need and cherish.
Comes from the Lord in token of his love
We are his hands, stewards of all his bounty
His is the earth and his the heavens above.

The service included contributions from many of the children and a short dramatic dialogue and a variety of music.

The church and vestibule were beautifully decorated and afterwards pot plants were taken out to some of the more elderly members of the congregation and the harvest produce shared between Framework and The Friary.


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Special Pentecost Service

We had a special Pentecost on Sunday 19th May 2013 when we had the privilege of welcoming Revd. Áureo Rodrigues de Oliveira, moderator of Independent Presbyterian Church of Brazil to preach.

We were also pleased that John Ellis, Moderator of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church, and Revd. Dr. Deborah Baird, Deputy Moderator of the East Midlands synod, were able to be with us for this service, which was led by our minister, Revd. Ian Wiseman.

Revd Áureo Oliveira brought greetings from the Christian community in Brazil and thanks for the support our church has given to the ‘Cristo é Vida’ (Christ is Life)  ‘before and after school’ project run by the Independent Presbyterian Church of Brazil in the Pirambu neighbourhood of Fortaleza.

The service was followed by a congregational lunch. Presentations were made to the moderators and Revd Rodrigues de Oliveira presented the church with the gift of a lace communion table cloth made in Fortaleza, capital of the Ceara State of northeast Brazil which specialises in the production of intricately designed hand-made lace.

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