St Peter and St Paul’s Church News

Ladies Friendship Circle
Our speaker on Monday 9th February was Mrs C Birch who with her husband keeps Alpacas.
With the use of slides Mrs Birch told us the story of how they have about sixty alpacas on their farm.
They use wool, which is very soft, for knitted goods. Mrs Birch also makes very stylish hats.A very interesting talk enjoyed by all!
On Monday 23rd February we had a lot of fun playing ‘Call My Bluff’.
Janet was in the chair and the panel comprised her husband Brian, her daughter Petra and friend Dorothy.
The ladies did a great job of guessing whether the obscure words were true or false getting most of them right.
A friendly and enjoyable evening

Sheila Borderick

The 9th of March saw the members of the group bring “Household Tips To Share”!
This proved to be a very entertaining evening with lots of tips, some useful, some not quite so useful!For example Coca Cola was recommended for cleaning things – one can only imagine what it does to our insides! Salt to clean teeth was another suggestion. How about whitening your teeth or polishing shoes with the inside of a banana skin!
It was very apparent that it is good to have plenty of vinegar and lemons around the house! A good social evening

Diane Mee

Quiz Night
Quiz night hall view 2A sell out of tables, with pretty well all tables full, made for an enjoyable evening!
There was a good deal of laughter and some furrowed brows as the teams tackled the questions set and presented by David and Cynthia Springthorpe, especially a round devoted to King Richard the 3rd!
Halfway through everyone tucked into sausages, faggots, mash, beans or mushy peas followed by an amazing selection of sweets, most of which had been donated. There were even seconds!
At the end of the evening while the calculations were made the raffle took place with prizes including a large basket of fruit and one of vegetables, as well as one with a selection of items with a seaside theme brought back from France!
The winning team received bottles of wine and the losers a tube of Smarties!
The end result was that a magnificent £672 was raised for church funds.

Friends of St Peter and St Paul’s Church
At their recent AGM the committee of the Friends were all re-elected. The committee comprises Sue Essex as Chair, Brian Austin as Treasurer, Felicity Austin as Vice-chair, Averil Derrington as Minutes Secretary, with Tim Garner, John Gamble and Cynthia Tooth as committee members.
Various committee members spoke about the progress the Friends have made during their first year. Their main aim at present is to raise money for a disabled toilet at the back of the church, together with a small kitchen area. At present, whatever the weather, and even in pitch darkness sometimes, people must go out of the church to the hall for toilets and even drinking water. Friends have been actively fund-raising over the past year and outlined their plans for events during the next six months. These plans include a concert on May 2nd, a weddings festival, ‘A Hundred Years of Weddings’ in mid-May and a family event to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of WW2 in September. Do look out for these events; they are all to be held in the church!
Felicity reported that she had been approaching local businesses for support for the ‘Weddings’ event in May and that there is a lot of goodwill towards the church locally. It was thought that although not all people use the church regularly for worship, it is always there for everyone when they need it and at special festivals throughout the year. We hope that local people might like to support the church and our appeal in some ways, and that they might attend some of our events.

Mothering Sunday
2015-03-15 12.09.49 Mothering Sunday craft groupThis service, with combined congregations of the 10.00am and eleven30 congregations, was a joyous celebration and thanksgiving for our mothers and our mother church. The church was full with children, parents and grandparents enjoying a combination of old and new songs.
The service was led by Revd David White with the help of Neil Bullen, trainee priest, and Helen Adair and Theresa Morgan, two of the eleven30 leaders. The meditation involved shaping a piece of playdough into god’s world, a person, a symbol of love. The young people led the prayers. During the service the children gathered to create a small token gift for their mothers. Afterwards there were refreshments in the hall.

Good Friday 3rd April
There will be a Children’s and Families’ Time with songs, prayers and activities for all the family at 11.00am in St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Syston.