This year we were delighted to welcome Quarndon Brownies to join us in our Remembrance Service. As part of teh worship, everyone was invited to make a large poppy and label it with either one of the names in our Book of Remembrance or teh name of a lost loved one. These were then displayed round the Remembrance Area.
On October 31st, Halloween, as an alternative to the usual 'scary' goings on, St Paul's held a Light Party where, with lots of pretty fairy lights all round the church, everyone was invited to join in lots of fun and games.
On Sunday June 30th 2019, at a service in Derby Cathedral, Dawn Knight was ordained as deacon in the Church of England by Bishop Libby Lane. Dawn will be joining St Paul's and St Nicholas' as curate. You can find out more about Dawn on the Diocesan website
This was followed by a welcome lunch in St Nicholas' church hall.
Open the Book is an organisation providing access for schools to bible stories provide by local volunteers. In 1999 a small group of church volunteers started going into primary school assemblies in Bedford to read and act out stories using The Lion Storyteller Bible. After being inspired by this, the project spread into Gloucestershire in 2001, and shortly after that the idea was taken up by the Duffield Deanery in Derbyshire. Later, in 2007, a national charity was formed. With increasing growth of volunteer numbers into the thousands, OtB joined Bible Society in 2013 and the national organisation is 20 years old in 2019.
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.