St Peter and St Paul Church News

The parish church of St Peter and St Paul holds its regular services on Wednesday mornings at 9.30 and Sundays at 10am. Everyone is welcome to attend. We ask that you wear masks while you are in the church (unless exempt) and sanitise your hands on entry to the church. The Parish Parochial Council held its meeting in January. The following points were noted – the rope holding the flag to its flagpole had become damaged during bad weather earlier in 2021. It has proved to be extremely difficult to get anyone to repair it. The church appeals to the people of Syston as to how it can be replaced.
End of Year Catch-up
The four weeks of Advent each Thursday there was an opportunity to find how to use art for prayer. These were well received and much was learned from the colours used to the symbolism in each of the pictures.
There was an open church and Coffee Morning on 12th December for people to look at the window decorations as they had been ‘greened’ for Advent. There were carols playing and places to stop and chat. It was obvious that people enjoyed the opportunity to socialise in a spacious, safe place. There were also memories of Syston and an opportunity to buy the wonderful book about Syston in the 20th century written by Felicity Austin. The flower team once again excelled in their decorations for Christmas.
The traditional carol service was held the Sunday before Christmas and the congregation sat appropriately distanced wearing masks. It was agreed by many who attended that it was wonderful to raise one’s voice and celebrate the story of Christ’s birth.
At 11.30pm there was a Midnight Mass to celebrate the true beginning of Christmas. This service was led by Reverend Biddy Saunders. Many of the Church’s traditional elements were used for this service including incense.
At 10am on Christmas Day there was a joint Communion Service with Barkby Church. Reverend Biddy noted that many people who attended the various opportunities for worship over the Christmas period were delighted by the variety on offer. Something for everyone!
4th December – families invited into the church to explore more about advent. Pausing at 4 different stops around the church, children and their families or carers, were invited to engage in an activity and encouraged to reflect on the significance of the idea in their own lives.
Advent being 4 significant Sundays, the first station was for hope. A tea-light holder was decorated here whilst considering hopes for ourselves, families, the community and the world. Love for our outdoor world was station 2, a simple apple bird feeder creation sparked discussion of how we can show love. Week 3 of advent is the pink candle on the churches advent wreath, representing joy. For this station, a pipe cleaner was artistically bent into the shape of something that bought joy. A star was given out at station 4 to encourage thinking about peace, representing the wise men who followed the star to search for Jesus. At the final station families were given an advent bag to take home to continue to reflect and pray about the things they had experienced during the trail.
On Christmas Eve the group then organised a ‘walk through’ Christingle. This started from Upper Church Street with a walk with the stages of the birth with short Bible passages to read.
There was a pause next where Revd John Leonard did a splendid job trying to get the children to explain what they knew about the story. The families proceeded into church where they were encouraged to look carefully round and spot three stars before looking at the knitted soldier who, at present is being housed at the back of the church. They left by the south door collecting a bag in which was all that was needed to make a Christingle at home.
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! Through the year they continued their baking and selling and for Christmas 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 £460 for church expenses. A most amazing result from 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!
Tots at Ten, the popular meeting opportunity for babies and toddlers, returned on the 11th January 2022 at 10am in the Church Hall. Sue Measures – an experienced child minder – is now organising the bookings for these delightful sessions. Paul will continue to meet and greet those for story and sing time in the Church. If you wish to help out in anyway please contact Rev Biddy – your help is needed especially to help with refreshments and setting up.
Something New
Beginning in February we will be examining ‘Women in the Bible’. We will be hearing about the women you don’t usually ‘see’ or hear about but have such an impact on the whole biblical story and beyond. This will begin on February the 24th at 7pm in Barkby Church. There will be guest speakers and light refreshments. All are welcome! You are welcome to just turn up or contact Reverend Biddy for more details 0759 792 1051.
We are continuing with morning prayer on most Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 9am, live on Facebook.
We also invite you to our evening service of compline at 8pm on Wednesdays. If you would like to join us via zoom please contact Reverend Biddy who will forward the link. where you will also find contact details as well as news and information regarding Syston and Barkby Churches.