Running from July 31st to August 3rd, each morning, led by Anna (our children's worker), we had great fun exploring four ideas: Adventure, Courage, Obedience and Love with our group of school age children, while the preschoolers had their own fun with their carers. On the final day there was a picnic lunch in the wonderful sunshine.
This was a really memorable event, starting at 1.30 on Friday 8th December with 25 beautifully decorated trees sponsored and decorated by individuals, organisations and businesses in our area.
There was a competition to find the 14 decorated rocks showing characters from the Nativity story and parts of a quotation from a prophecy about the birth of Jesus hidden around the event,
On the Saturday evening we had a Candlelit Christmas Medley with the St. Clement's Singers and David Johnson, and on Sunday we concluded with Carols Round the Trees, when the winners of the rocks competition were announced, and also the result for the votes for the best tree, jointly won by Alison McGregor and Quarndon Brownies.
On The evening of September 5th 2017 in a service conducted by the Bishop of Derby, Becky Mathew was licensed as our priest-in-charge. These are a few highlights of a wonderful event, which involved Becky being conducted to various parts of the church and being given symbols of her many responsibilities. Afterwards everyone retired to the church hall for refreshments and cake.
On July 27th to 29th each morning we went on an expedition to find the best treasure ever, led by Indi-Anna. Lots of children from age 0 to 11 joined us and great fun was had by all.
On Sunday June 18th our new Sunday School started. It will be on the third Sunday of each month, and you can see more about it here.
The first Sunday we thought about the Garden of Eden and gates, and in July about the ark. Lots of creative fun.
Easter Sunday saw our usual communion service with the flowers, Easter Cross and Garden, splendid as always (a grateful THANK YOU to everyone who helped to make the church so festive). On this occasion there was sadness as well as we said farewell to the Reverend Jamie Mackay who has been helping with our services since last August, and in the course of doing so, made many friends. His Morning Praise service based on the music of Bob Dylan was especially appreciated. At the end of the service our churchwardens presented him with a small gift and a thank you card, then we all shared a celebration cake. We pray that Jamie will be blessed in his new ministry in the Vale of Belvoir and wish him every success.
This year out theme was 'Time Travellers'. A mysterious person took us back to 55AD to meet a man called Paul who told us his experiences with Jesus using her spacial time machine. There was lots of fun, games, songs and puppets and a few custard pies along the way.
At the end of the school year we hold our Messy Church Picnic. We start off with a short service in the Church Hall and then progress down the hill to the recreation ground. On the way there was a trail of clues with an Olympics theme. Once the picnic was over there was time for some games, and a great time had by all with really wonderful weather.
June 19th was the last time William took a service at St Paul's prior to his retirement in early July. At a special Morning Praise service, William was interviewed by Tony Glover about his time in St Paul's and the future. The service was followed by a presentation to William and Joy in the Church Hall, followed by refreshments including a special cake. William and Joy were given a picture, and a cheque in grateful appreciation of their service over the last 16 years.
On June 12th 2016, the day dawned dull and wet, but despite the clouds and rain we had a truly enjoyable day. It started with our All Age service which was really well attended, then everyone moved up to the hall where we saw all the cakes which had been made in celebration of the event. There was a prize awarded for the best decorated one - well done Simon - and also a prize for the best child's crown. Then it was tea, coffee, and of course, cake!