A Message from the Vicar of Syston
Dear People of Syston,
As regards church services we are still in the period of restricted worship while we await a release from Lockdown.
For Holy Week and Easter we will be providing on-line services and Syston Church will be open for Private Prayer on Good Friday. We will Live-stream a Service of Easter Communion from the Church and all the details will be on our website and Facebook pages.
We eagerly await the day when we can once again be in our Church Building and hope this will be early in May.
Meanwhile it has been announced that I will be leaving the Parish at the end of June following my wife’s appointment as Bishop of Chelmsford.
We will move in early July.
May I wish all of you a happy and holy Easter.
We at Syston, St. Peter and St. Paul’s church have a tradition on Mothering Sunday whereby the ladies receive a small floral tribute. Present times have been particularly challenging in many ways for many people.
This year we offered a small gift of a sunflower seedling for you to take home for your Mum or for yourself. All the sunflowers were collected from the memorial area outside the church.
We hope the seedlings have been put on a windowsill, to keep watered and planted out when all frosts have finished.
‘Enjoy my sunny face all summer and let the birds enjoy my seeds.’
For Mothering Sunday members of the eleven30 team hand delivered a sealed envelope asking the recipients to wait until Mothering Sunday to open them. Once opened there was a small design in wood with mum in the middle. These were to be coloured in and hung in the window. A photo could be taken and posted on the eleven30 Facebook page. We chose one to show you.
We are sure that as we, hopefully, get near the end of the pandemic, that everyone will have HOPES and PRAYERS for the future.
We invite you and your family (keeping social distancing guidelines) to come into St. Peter & St. Paul’s churchyard on Upper Church St. where we are going to transform one of our trees into A TREE OF HOPE.
We will provide all the materials for you to write or colour and we will ask you to take off a white story card and replace it with your coloured HOPE or PRAYER…with your own words or pictures. The card you take off will remind you about the special week we will be in leading up to Easter Sunday.
So that we don’t get crowds of people, you can come MONDAY-FRIDAY March 30th-April 2nd between 10am–4pm. Come on your own or with your family. Hand sanitizer, distancing rules and materials will all be there for you. We look forward to seeing you and seeing the TREE transformed by Easter.
As the pandemic rolls on and we remain closed for public worship we are looking forward in HOPE that within the next few months we will be able to return to full worship and be comforted for what we have suffered and lost during this past year, and to rejoice in the risen Christ. We must also, as Christians, be hopeful for the future where community friendships can grow once again and awareness and kindness for others will flourish.
The photo illustrating this article is the centre panel of one of the beautiful old stained-glass windows in the Parish church depicting Hope.
Perhaps you might like to visit the church at some future date and you will be able to see this window! The church is open for private prayer each Wednesday from 9.30am until 10.15am. All are welcome (please wear a mask).
We look forward to seeing you some time.