In September this year we were able to start our project to open up the back of the church by removing two rows of pews and their associated plinth. This will make a valuable open area for coffee after church as well as providing a much better space for family christenings and many other events in church.
Linda Carter has been working as part time Children and Family Worker for St. Paul's and St. Nicholas' churches for the last five years, and is retiring at the end of August 2013. At the All Age Service on July 14th the church took the opportunity to thank Linda for all her hard work and present her with a lovely bunch of flowers. She is seen here cutting her celebration thank you cake.
The Director Revd Paranjyothy Sedala (Paran) and his wife Krupa Devi stayed in Derby from 15th – 28th May. During that time, they enjoyed a varied programme visiting local groups and activities as well as attending the AGM of the Church of North India in Ashbourne. Here Param gave a presentation on the work of the Social Services Institute in Nagpur.
It may have been cold and snowy outside, but it was warm in our church today as everyone came together for Mothering Sunday, to remember our mothers and give thanks to a loving God for them and for all he gives us. It was an enjoyable morning with songs, a drama, puppets and a talk about God's mother-like love for us. Every lady in church got at least one potted Primula (those with more than one child did well) to brighten up the home or garden - just the job on a dull day. Afterwards there was coffee and tea with Simnel cake - a special tradition in St. Paul's on Mothering Sunday.
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The scent of pine trees filled the air as visitors came to see our first Christmas Tree Festival at St Paul’s and “Wow !” was the sound most frequently heard throughout the weekend. The church was filled with Christmas trees, twenty-nine in total, all beautifully decorated on different themes ranging from ‘Angels’ to ‘Derby County’.