St Peter and St Paul Church News

Christmas
This was a very different time this year with all the restrictions. However, on Christmas Eve we were able to have a ‘Walk Through’ Christingle and Crib Service.
Christingle
The eleven30 Team organised a very successful ‘Walk Through’ Crib and Christingle. They welcomed over 110 people of all ages to this outdoor event on the afternoon of Christmas Eve. Each family was given a timed slot and began with creating chalk stars on the candle lit pathway, before moving on to visit the crib for a time of prayer and reflection. There was a Christingle bag for each child containing all that is necessary to learn about and create a finished Christingle. It was a joy to meet up with the families all in a very Covid safe environment, and generous donations collected during the event were given to the Children’s society.
There was no Carol Service but there was a well attended Midnight Mass.
Christmas Morning there was a Communion Service at Barkby.
A statement from the Rector Revd Lee Francis-Dehquani
PUBLIC WORSHIP
In the Government Guidance which has the force of Law people are required to stay at home except for permitted reasons (exercise once a day, essential shopping, medical assistance, work that cannot be done from home, childcare etc). The principle is that we need to stay at home whenever possible. The guidance for public worship does allow for in-person worship. However, after consulting clergy colleagues and the Churchwardens of both Syston and Barkby Parishes we have decided to cease in-person worship for the initial duration of this lockdown. This will be until mid February at the earliest.
We sincerely regret that this decision is necessary and it is taken with reluctance. Considering the age profile and vulnerabilities of our regular worship and the current extreme pressure on our local NHS, we believe it is the most sensible decision. It is our fervent prayer that this sacrifice we are making will both be prudent and also show our commitment to the steps the Government have decided are now necessary.
Meanwhile the church will be open for private prayer every Wednesday from 9.30 to 10.30am.
We will keep this under constant review in line with Government announcements as well as guidance from the Diocese of Leicester and the national Church. Meanwhile any parishioner who has views that they would like us to hear should be in touch with either Revd Biddy or myself. leet.ft@gmail.com or revbiddysaunders@gmail.com
Cake Bakers Supreme!
As the church has been unable to hold its usual fund-raising events for many months now, Anne and Joanne Kemp, who normally run a home-made cake stall at the Christmas Bazaar, decided that they would carry on as normal in this abnormal time we are living in! They took orders for mince pies and Christmas cakes in the months leading up to Christmas and got busy! Very busy indeed as it turns out! They were recently able to present the church Treasurer with a cheque for £400 for church expenses. A most amazing result of all their hard work.
Many congratulations to the hard-working Mother and Daughter baking team! We reckon they’d stand a good chance of winning a prize on a well-known television programme!