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’.