St Peter and St Paul’s Church News

The parish church of St Peter and St Paul holds its regular services on Wednesday mornings at 9.30am and Sundays at 10am. Everyone is welcome to attend. We are aware that face coverings are no longer mandatory in any setting but may be recommended in enclosed or crowded places, particularly where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet.
As the Bishop of London has said “As Christians we have a duty to care for one another especially those who are most vulnerable”. Let us each continue to have respect for each other and especially for those who are feeling more vulnerable.
In response to the damaged flagpole rope appeal, we have had one person step forward to help. We will update the people of Syston as to this progress. It would be wonderful to see the flag flying particularly in time for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The Parish Parochial Council held its meeting in January and is appealing for Church Wardens and a PCC Secretary.
Queen’s Jubilee
As a mark of respect and honour to commemorate the Queen’s Accession to the throne on the death of her father, we sang the National Anthem during the service on Sunday 6th February and concluded with Matthew, our organist, playing Crown Imperial, which was written by William Walton for the Queen’s father’s coronation service.
For the special weekend in June we are planning an exhibition, over the four days, to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. There will be much more detail as the date draws near especially on posters round the town and, of course, in Syston Town News.
Keep an eye out on Facebook as before and look at the April Syston Town News where there will be details of our service on Good Friday 15th April.
Tots at Ten, the popular meeting opportunity for babies and toddlers, returned in January. Booking is required for the time being. Please look at our Facebook page for further details.
World Day of Prayer
Friday 4th March 10.30am
Methodist Church, High Street
Each year a different country round the world writes a service. This year the service was created by a group of Christians representing England, Wales and Northern Ireland and is headed “I Know the Plans I Have For You”.
It is a Churches Together in Syston event hosted this year by the Methodists.
Something New
On 24th February at 7.15pm in Barkby Church we begin to examine ‘Women in the Bible’. Come and meet the women you don’t usually ‘see’ or hear much about but have such an impact on the whole biblical story and beyond.
Did you know that there are only 49 named women in the bible speaking just 1% of the words. Guest speakers will tell the story of a few. Light refreshments will ease our conversations. All are welcome! You are welcome to just turn up or contact Reverend Biddy for more details 0759 792 1051.
The season of Lent commences on Wednesday 2nd March with an Ashing service at 9.30am in Syston Parish Church. All are welcome to attend.
There will be two Lent courses running – 2pm in the Church Hall on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm as a home group. Please contact Reverend Biddy if you wish to attend either of these.
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.
Morning prayer is offered via our Facebook page during Lent on Tuesdays and Thursdays where you will also find contact details as well as news and information regarding Syston and Barkby Churches.
Memorable Wedding 
It was a special thrill on Saturday 12th February at 2.00pm for members of the congregation, with the couple’s family and friends, to witness the marriage of Matthew Jones and Fiona Harris. 
Any Systonians who have been to a Carol Service or remember The Last Night of the Proms will have heard Matthew playing the organ. He has also played for many weddings in the over fifteen years he has been part of the congregation. 
Matthew is also an accomplished bell ringer often ringing for many weddings over the years. The ringers gifted their services as a thank you to him. 
The church looked magnificent as the flower arrangers had fully decorated it as a gift.
We are delighted to welcome Fiona to the church community and look forward to getting to know her better.