St Peter and St Paul Church News

St. Peter and St. Paul’s Friendship Circle
The speaker at our meeting on 25th March was Mr. Chris Watkins – subject ‘Fine Cell Work’. Chris is a member of an organisation who visit inmates in prison and teach them the art of embroidery. Each student begins by making a pin-cushion. They then progress onto working on various articles including cushion covers and even floor coverings. The designs are often intricate and colourful and when the inmate moves on the work is often continued by several people. The students often make up their own designs which makes for great variation. Some pieces have been included in exhibitions, as commissions and some have been sold with the student being paid a small percentage of the sale.
The speaker booked for our meeting on 8th April was ill so the ever popular Felicity Austin stepped in at short notice. Felicity told us about life in the Edwardian era beginning with life when Edward succeeded Queen Victoria. He was known as a fun -loving prince but during his reign the country underwent many changes, not only in lifestyle but also in transport, telephones and electricity, to name a few, but there was still a great divide between the social classes. Felicity entertained us with songs of the era (which we all joined in). She had many items of clothing (one lady was persuaded to don the apron and cap of a chamber maid). Felicity had obviously researched her subject and we all appreciate her coming along at such short notice.
Our meeting in May is ‘When Radio Ruled’ on 13th May. There is no meeting on 27th May as it is a Bank Holiday.
Doreen Payne
Mothering Sunday
The combined congregations from 8am, 10am and eleven30 were joined by members of Barkby congregation which made for a lively and full church.
This was a service of thanksgiving, not only for our own mothers but also for our mother church and our worshipping family. We also remembered those who may have wanted children but were unable and those who have lost children. Lengths of pink and blue yarn were handed out as the congregation arrived and these were added to a prayer tree by the recipients as a personal prayer for someone.
There was a combination of old and new songs and some accompanied by young people. During the service the young people constructed a small gift with a bible quotation from 1 Samuel 2.1 ‘My heart rejoices in the Lord; in the Lord whose strength is lifted high’ with a carnation attached which was distributed to all the members of the congregation.
Refreshments followed to conclude a warm time full of fellowship.