Ladies Friendship Circle
Our speaker on April 28th was Joyce Langham on the subject ‘Lost in Translation’.
Joyce spoke to us on how she learnt sign language, which is difficult as each area has its own signs. She told us about different situations some emotional and some embarrassing. Joyce was an interesting speaker. We felt we learnt a lot.
Also a letter was passed round which had been received from Professor Sir Robert Burgess thanking us for our donation of £1,250 for the Heart Research.
On Monday 12th May, Russell Brickett spoke to us about Wishes4Kids. He showed us a DVD of children being granted their wishes.
Russell told us how wishes were granted to children from babies to eighteen year olds who live in Leicestershire and are terminally ill, abused or have HIV.
The children are asked to make three wishes, one of which will be chosen. The parents and children have a day they will always remember.
We were very impressed and look forward to raising money for this charity which is run entirely on donations.
Cake Break for Multiple Sclerosis
The final total raised at this event on 2nd May was £203.
A steady stream of people came to enjoy coffee and biscuits, buy a wide selection of cakes and explore the Bric-a-Brac as well as take part in the raffle.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to make this such a success.
Partners in Mission Church Weekend
What a weekend this was!
The weekend was the occasion to celebrate the first birthday of the creation of the Two Rivers Partnership. This covers the parishes of the Fosse Team (Syston, Barkby, Thurmaston, East Goscote , Queniborough, Rearsby, Ratcliffe and Thrussington) along with Birstall and Wanlip.
Well, what an amazing time this was!
It began with breakfast in Ratcliffe with the Bishop on Saturday, and continued with a seminar on change during the day. Saturday was rounded off with a Hog Roast and Ceilidh at East Goscote which included an entertaining question and answer session with the Bishop and the Rev’d Lorna Brabin Smith.
On Sunday Bishop Tim (pictured below) joined the eleven30 team in Syston for their service, and as the service was to do with Jesus the gatekeeper, he was put in charge of the ‘gate’ with children as sheep inside the ‘pen’ and others as the wolves and robbers trying get in!
After the service the Sunday Lunch Club and eleven30 had combined to organise a magnificent spread which everyone enjoyed. There was more than enough for everyone to eat themselves full.
The weekend concluded at Birstall with a chance of a cup of tea and several choices of delicious cakes and chat with others from the partner churches. This was followed by a service for all the churches in the Mission Partnership to celebrate their first birthday. The service was arranged by Jackie Bullen, curate of Syston, and was a time for reflection on our senses – touch, hearing, sight and taste. Their were four stations round the church with Bishop Tim, Tim Stratford, the Archdeacon of Leicester, Jonathan Kerry and Nikki McGinty from the Mission and Ministry Department of Leicester Diocese, leading the meditations.
The whole weekend was one to be remembered by all who took part.
Evatt family Coffee Morning
On Saturday 10th May the Evatt family held their annual coffee morning to raise money to install the St Aidan’s bell in the tower at St Peter and St Paul’s Church for chiming.
Despite some ‘difficult’ weather a great number of people came to buy the many cakes(all home made), a wide selection of plants, have a go on the mystery gift tombola, and purchase raffle tickets. Then there was time to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee and have a chat. It was even, at one point, dry and warm enough to sit outside!
A magnificent £652.14 was raised.