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Carols by Candlelight

Our annual united Carol Service was as lovely as ever. The seasonal floral displays, Christmas tree, Advent wreath, crib tableau and, of course, the candles really helped set the scene for this special service that sees both congregations come together to listen to readings of the birth of Our Lord, sing carols and share fellowship afterwards with tea, coffee and mince pies.

 

 

 

 

Thank you to everyone who was involved in organising the service.

Local Schools Collaborate on our Church Crib

A huge thank you to three local schools who stepped up to the challenge of creating our Crib figures this year. They look absolutely stunning and demonstrate excellent imagination and creativity. Each of the schools was asked to make three figures, with the only guideline being a height restriction of 80cm.

Christingle

Today we celebrated our annual Christingle service in aid of The Children's Society. The money raised goes to support runaway children, child carers and disabled children - a staggering 1 million pounds is raised nationally each year and forms the bulk of the income of this excellent charity.

 

 

 

Thanks to Our Open the Book Team

The Morning Congregation took the opportunity to officially express our thanks to the 'Open the book' team who each week visit local primary schools to act out Bible stories for the children.

'The Big Sleep Challenge' - a message from Becky Tomlinson

For those who are not aware, this Friday (8th November), I have volunteered to 'sleep rough' in Asda's car park as part of Asda's Big Sleep Challenge that has been organised to raise awareness and money for Derby Churches Night Shelter.

Harvest Supper with some sax appeal!

Tonight's Harvest Supper celebration was a real musical treat - the 'Saxophonix' a talented group of young saxophonists entertained us with a wide repertoire of tunes from many different artists including Scott Joplin, Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder, Maroon 5, the themes from the Benny Hill show and the Pink Panther, Disney songs and many others. It was a revelation to know that so many tunes can be adapted to a saxophone only ensemble.

Good Luck and Heartfelt thanks to Diane

The Catholic congregation are saying farewell to our Parish Administrator, Diane Williams. Diane has been with us every since Fr Paul joined the parish, and had worked with him for several years prior to that.

Diane is leaving us for a Diocesan post as 'Courses and Events Coordinator for Adult Formation', we wish her every success and know that our loss is very much the Diocese's gain.

Clare Boyle will be taking over from Diane from October 4th, please keep Diane and Clare in your prayers.

A Gift from the Holy Land

Fr Paul purchased a beautiful mosaic style bowl with fish and bread patterns for the Catholic congregation's credence table at Mass. It was bought in Bethlehem, and replaces the plastic container that used to hold the bread for those attending Mass to add to the paten to indicate that they will be receiving Communion.

 

 

Holy Land Pilgrimage - Final Day Thursday 29th August 2013

Our final day in the Holy Land saw us rising early, as the suitcases needed to be down in the lobby for 7am. Though many of us were happy to be returning home to family and friends, it will also be a wrench to leave this beautiful and inspiring land. The coach left just before 8am, and we began the journey with our customary 'Prayer for Travellers.' Today is the memorial of the beheading of John the Baptist, and Fr Mervyn talked about how John is the "bridge" between the Old and New Testaments.