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Our Junior Church presented a super service about the “harvest of the sea” for our festival service this year. They took us to the seaside, they reminded us that it is “not just the fishes” that we harvest from the sea, they talked about salt, power from the sea and precious pearls.
Thank you to everyone who planned and took part in the service.
Thank you, also, to everyone who helped to decorate the church so beautifully in readiness for the service.
Flowers were arranged on the communion table to make it look like a coral reef and there were further displays related to our theme in the vestibule.
The General Assembly of the URC took place in Southport.
The following link gives news of assembly: General Assembly 2016
The Junior Church (and friends) presented a lively and enjoyable performance of Bugsy Malone on Saturday, 2nd July.
After rehearsing hard at the Friday evening dress rehearsal and on Saturday afternoon, the children and young people put on a super show with some great singing and acting. Well done to everyone.
As usual, the children were supported by a large team of adults, providing wonderful costumes, props and sets as well as direction and musical support. And it was wonderful to have such a large and receptive audience for the performance. Again, well done and thank you to all.
The United Reformed Church, in partnership with the Baptist Union, the Church of Scotland and the Methodist Church, has made a document available which aims to encourage individuals and churches to think through Britain’s membership of the European Union in the light of the gospel command to love your neighbour.
This resource may be downloaded using the following link: http://dmtrk.net/1MV9-479IR-97YUQG-239JDA-1/c.aspx
At the start of Christian Aid Week, the children of our Junior Church used coins they that they and other members of the congregation had collected, to surround the church with a trail of coins.
We have been delighted to welcome new members at several of our communion services this year.
If you, or someone you know, would like to be associated with our congregation through membership, please speak with Mark H.
We had a wonderful service on Easter Day.
After some of us shared Easter Breakfast together, our interim moderator led a joyful service of worship and Holy Communion and we also had the pleasure of receiving two new members of the church by profession of faith.
Thank you to David for preparing and leading our service and to the flower arranging team which made the church look so attractive or the occasion.
There are plenty of other thanks due to those who made this Holy Week so special again this year:
- to Mark for leading our Tenebrae Service and the Service of the Nails
- to Phil and the choir for the Passiontide music and reflections on Good Friday evening
- to the Isobelle and the flower arranging team for decorating the church so beautifully for Easter Day
- to Rosemary and Bill for making the front garden look so attractive for Easter
- and to Liz, Mark and everyone else who organised the Easter Breakfast
Thank you to you all.
On Palm Sunday, worship at our morning service was led by the Goldsmith Players, our drama group. The service was a presentation of drama, hymns and incidental music shaped around extracts from the one-act play “No Name in the Street” by Edmund Murch. It concluded with a reflection by our member, Mark Hodgson, who is a nationally accredited lay preacher.
We are grateful to the Goldsmith Players for such a well-prepared and acted presentation and for providing a thoughtful beginning to Holy Week this year.
Light Night on 5th February was a great success.
It is estimated that well over 200 visitors came through the doors to experience the wide range of entertainment and activities on offer in the various spaces in our church and halls.
The choir had an open practice in the sanctuary and were then joined by visitors and friends to prepare and then perform a number of items from that musical which were well received by those who came just to listen. This practice was bounded by two presentations by our church Ukulele Group. Playing eight songs in all, this group (which has an age range of about seventy years) was encouraged by enthusiastic singing by the “audience” and, again was well appreciated. Earlier in the the church, Jacob G. had given a circus skills performance and then given tuition and advice to the many children who had watched him and were trying out the various activities including juggling, plate spinning and unicycle riding. Later, a good number of people stayed to hear Peter N. perform a number of rock classics and a self-penned song with friends with school friends.
In the halls the family-friendly cafe was busy all evening and good audiences supported the belly dancers and the gamelan group which performed and led workshops in the Fellowship Room.
There was a range of displays for visitors and friends to look at, including some in the church about significant past church members, about the history of our church (as the building celebrates it 150th anniversary) and about the Nottingham Interfaith Council. Visitors had the opportunity to post prayers on our prayer tree and these will now be shared with our prayer circle.
We are grateful to Jill G. who coordinated the Light Night event for us again this year, to all those who helped Jill in the organisation of the event and who prepared for and led activities and to everyone who assisted on the night or joined us to make this such a good evening. Thank you.
We are pleased that Rev’d David Featonby has agreed to become the interim moderator of our church and, following nomination by the Synod Pastoral Group has been duly appointed to this role by our church meeting.
We are grateful to David for being willing to serve our church in this capacity and look forward to working with him.