New ‘Friends of St Peter and St Paul’s Parish Church’

Have you ever been inside St Peter and St Paul’s Church? It’s magnificent! And do you know that parts of the building actually date back 800 years, which is to the reign of King John and the Magna Carta?

Even if you rarely attend church services, it’s your local church and part of your heritage. In fact the church is by far Syston’s oldest building and is Grade 1 listed. It belongs to the people of Syston and is open to all. Here we celebrate all year round and the traditional times of the year, Easter, Harvest, Advent and Christmas, just as people have done for centuries.

The church is not just used for services. It’s used regularly by staff and children of St Peter and St Paul’s Academy. In the past two years it’s also been used for concerts, (Last Night of the Proms and ‘Let’s Rock and Roll’ to name just two), to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and by fund-raising groups for charity events such as ‘100 Years of Fashion’, which raised money for Rainbows Hospice and Leukaemia Research.

And now we are appealing to local people to support this wonderful building financially.

We have recently formed a ‘Friends of St Peter and St Paul’s Church’ in order to raise money for improvements to the church that would not otherwise be possible. Does your family have historic connections with St Peter and St Paul’s? Were you or your parents or grandparents married here? Were your children baptised here? Do you run a business in Syston? Or would you simply like to help?

Who can join the Friends? Anyone who would like to help support Syston’s beautiful ancient church and is willing to commit to giving a minimum donation of £10 each year. We’re holding a launch party in the church on Sunday February 9th from 3.00pm until 5.00pm. All are welcome, so please come and meet us, enjoy some cake and a cup of tea, learn about our plans and have a look around Syston’s wonderful historic church.

If you can’t make it on 9th February, you can email us for more information at: [email protected]