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!
We had a great day, and much better weather than the pessimistic forecast warned. Thank you everyone who came and made it such a great day. Altogether we raised £750 which will be a great help towards the impending costs of repairs.
The winners of the various games and competitions were:
Picture competition: First prize: Joseph Hindmarch, second prize: Chloe M.
Marble game: Samuel Taylor, runner up Ruth Taylor (sibling rivalry?)
Spice Game: Suzie from Allestree (sorry, don't have a surname)
Feely Game: Benjamin Sellars
This year saw the second Christmas Tree Festival at St Paul's, our first was in 2012.
We are very grateful for the generous sponsorship and help with decoration from wide range of individuals, organisations and local businesses. We were able to secure sponsorship for 26 trees, and the standard of decoration was impressive.
Despite the poor weather, plenty of people came to see the trees, vote for their favourite tree and participate in the various events:
From October 18th to October 25th the church was open daily with various Prayer points around the church. In addition there were a number of special events: a Prayer and Praise service on the Wednesday evening, a coffee and cake time on the Friday morning and also a Prayer Walk on the Saturday evening. On two mornings the church was manned by volunteers available for prayer ministry. The Curzon School also visited on the Thursday morning.
In the summer of 2015, Janet Frymann competed her curacy in North Wingfield and will shortly take up the post of vicar to the Roughton Group of Parishes in Norfolk. Her induction will be at St. Mary's Church Roughton on 22nd November.
On Sunday October 4th she presided at holy communion at St. Paul's, together with her husband Peter. William Bates, who was also present, conducted a brief interview with Janet on her journey in service to God.
William also thanked Peter for his continuing support for St. Paul's during Janet's curacy which has been greatly appreciated by all.
This year for the first time, St Paul's held its own Summer Fair. Both the Church Hall and the church building were involved to provide more space. Two competitions for children were organised: 'how many different things can you get in a matchbox' and 'veggie beasts'. Although the number of entries were small, the standards were high; the winning matchbox had 180 different items in it. Mrs Nancy Bird of Quarndon Hall very kindly agred to judge the competitions - not an easy task - thank you Nancy.
We are currently in the process of appealing for donations to enable us to repair, renovate and redecorate the church in tme for it's 150th anniversary.
Over the last 5 years we have spent some £37,500 on such work, but there is much remaining to be done.
The most important issue we now have relates to the guttering. There is a video presentation going though the threat to the building and our proposed solution. This is the target for our Appeal 150 programme.
The staff and pupils of the Curzon School have recently formed a link with The Good Shepherd School In Uganda.
In August our holiday club looked at the adventures of Joseph - someone in the bible who was betrayed by his own brothers, his employer's wife and a fellow prisoner, but who came out on top and was able to forgive and be reconciled with his family. The children who came helped us act out each part of the story.
There was also lots of fun things, including games, songs, crafts, puppets, refreshments and the (mis)adventures of PC Percival who wasn't the brightest on the force, but got his man in the end.