St Peter and St Paul’s Church News


Posada is an old Mexican tradition where young people dressed as Mary and Joseph travelled from house to house asking for a room for the night, and telling people about the imminent arrival of Jesus in the weeks leading up to Christmas. On Christmas Eve they would visit the local church to re-enact the nativity and place figures of Mary and Joseph in a crib.

During Advent, the weeks before Christmas, members of the Syston congregation will host, for a night, Mary and Joseph in the form of knitted characters. All the characters for this year’s nativity have been hand made by members of the congregation.

On Christmas Eve these will be placed in the Nativity at the Parish Church ready for the afternoon Crib Service at 4pm and Carol service at 6.30pm.

The School’s Advent Service and Edwardian Day

The children from St Peter and St Paul’s School will be coming into the Church for their Advent service on Thursday 5th December. We hope it will be a beautiful and memorable occasion for them all.

We’ve also invited them to bring the children on the day after to have a taste of Edwardian life. We won’t be offering the children mulled wine and mince pies, but they will have the opportunity to stir the pudding, see the old-fashioned games and toys, to see the Edwardian-style tree, to meet an Edwardian lady and to see what Syston was like 100 years ago. So wish us luck with this new venture!

Ladies Friendship Circle

On November 11th Cynthia, one of our members, arranged a music quiz for us.

There was something for everyone in the different categories such as a list of ‘Songs from the Shows’, name the musical they came from, unscramble the composers and two sections on hymns.

Thanks were given to Cynthia for a most entertaining evening.

On the 28th October we were introduced to ‘Sound Therapy’ by Petra Galligan. She has a wonderful collection of implements, from a huge gong to a tiny bell and various bowls.

The sounds were quite amazing, when we all closed our eyes while Petra used some of them we were transported to many different places.

A most interesting and unusual evening.

Sheila Borderick


We have welcomed a considerable number of new families in the last few weeks and we are getting to know them. If you have children or grandchildren aged 0-12 why not come and join us on 1st and 3rd Sundays at 11.30am in church. You will be sure of a very warm welcome. We don’t mind if babies cry or toddlers want a little walk. We aim to provide you with an informal atmosphere where we can listen to a story from the Bible, perhaps act it, sing together and learn new songs, do craft together, eat and drink, chat and make new friends. There are other things that happen in the church that you may want to join in with. Quite a few belong to [email protected] which meets on Tuesday mornings in the Church Centre. Eleven30 dates coming up are Sunday 1st and 15th December.

Make a date too for the CRIB and CHRISTINGLE Service at 4.00pm on Christmas Eve. It’s for all the family and a lovely start to Christmas.