Surprise for the Rector
Members of the congregation were able to give a real surprise to Fr. David and Jane White when they celebrated their Ruby wedding on Sunday 20th July. They were presented with a bouquet of flowers and a cheque at the end of the service by the oldest member of the congregation, Muriel Gibson, and the youngest, Faith (3) and Hope, who was just three weeks old! This was followed by an enormous bring and share lunch to which most of the congregation came. The look of astonishment from Jane and David gave delight to all who contributed.
These will be on the weekend of 5th October. The morning service will be a combined 10.00am and eleven30 service at 10.30am.
Ladies Friendship Circle
There were no meetings in August but the group is looking forward to the start of the new season when on 8th September there will be a Quiz.
A Service to Commemorate all those who gave their Lives during WW1, Sunday 10th August.
A special service was held in St Peter and St Paul’s Church on Sunday 10th August to commemorate all those who died serving their country during the First World War. This was part of a nationwide series of events to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, and was attended by nearly fifty people.
The church was open during the afternoon from 4.00 until 6.30pm for private prayer. During that time visitors had the opportunity to make a poppy and label it in memory of a particular person, whether that was a local man named on the memorial in the church or a relative of theirs from elsewhere. These poppies were displayed on a board in the church during the service.
Standard Bearers and other members of the Syston British Legion took part in the service, and Chris Moore, bugler with the Syston Town Band, played The Last Post and the Reveille during the Act of Remembrance. Also during the service people were invited to remember those who died by lighting a candle in their memory, and three thought-provoking poems written by First World War poets were read.
Slides of the war graves and battlefields of Flanders which were taken by Stephen and Suzanne Gamble of Thurmaston Parish Church were shown before and after the service in the Lady Chapel. The names of all the local soldiers who died During The Great War are recorded on the wooden panelling in the church, under the tower. This memorial was paid for with money raised locally by public subscription after the end of the war.