St Peter and St Paul’s Church News

The Sunday Lunch Club

The third Sunday lunch was held in the hall on 9th June. After a welcome by Sandra Burgin, the delicious buffet was enjoyed by thirty six people. If you’d like to join us, the lunches are scheduled for the second Sunday of each month at 12.15pm for 12.30. The dates for the next two lunches are July 14th and August 11th. It’s a very friendly lunch, so do please tell anyone that you think might enjoy it about the club; it’s open to everyone, not just church members.

It’s a ‘bring and share’ lunch, so you need to either sign the list at the back of the church or telephone one of the organisers to say what you’re going to bring. This way we can be sure of having a nicely varied buffet. Sandra Burgin is the main organiser, and you can reach her on 0116 260 6144 or 0775 199 8209, or phone Avril Derrington on 0116 269 7467 .

Coronation Party

Sadly the weather meant that plans to have the party in the Rectory garden were spoiled and we had to move to the church hall. However that didn’t spoil the enjoyment of those who came along.

To start there were parades of decorated hats and special costumes from both adults and children(see picture). Everyone who entered received a prize!

Then there were several games to play, some more physical such as throwing bean bags into a bucket, skittles, hopscotch and so on, as well as some paper and pencil quizzes for the less active. The final activity in the hall was to play some singing games such as The Farmer’s in His den, Oranges and Lemons, and the Hokey Kokey.

It was time then to move to the church to find a table for a picnic after which the afternoon ended with some ‘Community Singing’ of songs from times past, How Much is That Doggy in the Window, There’s a Hole in My Bucket, Que Sera Sera as well London’s Burning and Row Row Your Boat and many more!

Christian Aid Week

The final result for all the Churches Together In Syston was £1730.50 and our church total was £372.08 rather down on last year but, nonetheless, a good effort and every penny raised will be put to good use. The coffee morning raised £230.

Ladies Friendship Circle

As May 27th was a Bank Holiday we didn’t have a meeting.

Unfortunately our speaker for 10th June was taken seriously ill at the last moment so we had a relaxing evening chatting with our friends and planning our meal out.

P.C.C. Meeting

The church committee met on 30th May.

One of the discussions was on the replacement for the Vicar of Thurmaston. The Fosse Team has to ‘lose’ half a post by 2020 and it must be decided if the new post should be a full time one, or move to half post now.

The committee are looking at the challenges lying ahead and the implications of working in the new Mission Partnership.

There are plans to improve the welcome area of the church to create more space at the entrance of the church. The work will cost about £1000.

Visiting Deacon

The Reverend William L. Ogburn comes from New York City where he is in his final year at The General Theological Seminary of The Episcopal Church (Anglican). Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Fr William studied Sacred Music and trained as a countertenor at university in South Carolina and in graduate school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For six years he served as Organist-Choir master at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Pittsburgh and also worked at Duquesne University in the School of Music. Feeling a call to ordination, Fr William, endorsed by The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, moved to New York City to pursue the Master of Divinity degree at General Seminary. He has completed two years of the three year programme. During the academic year, Fr William serves at The Church of the Incarnation in New York City (Madison Ave and 35th). In his free time, he enjoys travel, card games, cooking, reading, music and Scottish Country Dance. On placement this summer with Fr David White in the Fosse Team, Fr William, who lives in Quorn, is mainly serving the parishes of Syston and Barkby. He would love to make your acquaintance, so please introduce yourself to him.