This took place over the weekend of 14th and 15th September. Twenty seven people made their way to Walsingham to meet up for the first meal at 6.30pm followed by a talk by Father David.
The rest of the weekend was filled with a variety of opportunities for prayer and reflection but also time to enjoy the surroundings, including the bar! The facilities are excellent and every effort was made by the staff to ensure our stay was comfortable. We were certainly well fed!
The last service of Benediction and Last Visit was very moving and we were sorry to be leaving after such a good time together.
We were all very grateful to Lesley Middleton who made all the arrangements and dealt with any problems so calmly and cheerfully. Thank you, Lesley.
Church Open Day
On Saturday 21st September a steady stream of people visited the church. There were several displays to see; Sue Essex and her husband put up photographic displays and Janet Burgin had arranged a display of beautiful vintage and antique christening and baby gowns. Other displays included one about ‘Friends of St Peter and St Paul’s Church’ explaining to people that we need local support to keep the building in good repair, and inviting people who are interested to leave their contact details. A special attraction was a PowerPoint presentation of Syston now and 100 years ago, which has been put together by Felicity Austin and Biddy Saunders and has been produced as a CD to sell. We sold sixteen CD’s! Proceeds from the sale will go towards any expenses that the new ‘Friends of St Peter and St Paul’s Church’ incurs. The tower was open for several hours, and as ever was a popular attraction with about 60 adults and several children visiting and spending a long time on the roof since the weather was so good and the views amazing!
Ladies Friendship Circle
Our meeting on the 23rd September was a talk by Janet Bishop on the ‘Work of the Gideons’.
I think we all knew about the Gideon bibles that are found in hospitals and hotels, but Janet gave us an insight into the work of the Gideons and the more unusual places they visit, such as prisons.
Her talk was very eye-opening and most interesting, she is a warm and sincere speaker and we enjoyed her visit very much.
The traditional Harvest Festival service was held on Sunday 6th October followed by a bring and share lunch in the hall which was attended by about 35 people. The church was decorated with beautiful displays of flowers, fruit and vegetables, and parishioners were invited to bring gifts of all sorts of packets of dried cereal products such as rice and pasta. This was formed into a large pile in front of the altar, and these packets were taken to ‘The Carpenter’s Arms’ hostel in Loughborough for distribution to needy people. At the lunch children were catered for with an activity table, to give them something fun to do when they had finished eating.
The children of St Peter and St Paul’s Primary School celebrated their Harvest Festival in the Church on Thursday 10th October. Some of the window displays had been designed specifically with the children in mind, as they represented different types of harvest such as the harvest of the sea, eggs and poultry, varieties of grain, dairy produce, as well as fruit and vegetables. It is lovely that the school is situated so close to the church and that this ancient building can be used by the school for traditional services such as Harvest Festival.
The churches of the Fosse Team met together at St Michael and All Angels, Rearsby on Sunday 29th September. A packed church heard a sermon preached by the Archdeacon of Leicester, The Venerable Tim Stratford, on when heaven and earth touch. In the simplest moments we can feel heaven close. Afterwards there were refreshments kindly supplied by the congregation of Rearsby church.
Edwardian Christmas Fair
We are starting to plan for our Edwardian Christmas Fair, to be held in the church on the afternoon of Saturday 7th December; more details of this in next month’s issue of the Stn. We are also planning an Edwardian day for all the children at the school to participate in on Friday 6th December. There will be a Christmas tree decorated in the Edwardian style, Edwardian board games to play, a Christmas pudding to stir and a chance to see what Syston looked like 100 years ago!