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 10.00am. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Easter is considered the most important time for the Christian Church here in Syston. It includes the 40 days of Lent which includes the Holy Week leading up to Easter Sunday. Starting on Palm Sunday on the 10th April through to Easter Sunday we have a packed programme of services to suit all ages.
* Palm Sunday service begins at 9.45 in the church hall processing to the church for the main service.
* Monday through to Wednesday from 7.30 are the stations of the cross led by Sue Essex.
* Thursday Evening at 7.30pm will commemorate the last supper Jesus had with his friends known as Maundy Thursday.
* Good Friday sees
o Parents and children having fun together with worship and crafts at 10.30
o Hour of Devotion at 2pm
o Good Friday service at 7.45pm
o At Barkby Church – a service on the hill at 2pm and compline at 6pm,
* Holy Saturday Easter Vigil at 7pm
* Easter Sunday
o Dawn Service at 6am
o Easter Service at 10am
Throughout Holy Week Reverend Biddy will be reading and chatting live around 8.30am on our Facebook page about Women of Holy Week.
As we celebrate Easter this April, we are mindful of the events unfolding in Eastern Europe. Our prayers, intentional and otherwise reflect our concern and hope for a peaceful resolution. As we worship, we are fortified by the Holy Spirit to mirror that glory into our world for which Jesus died and rose again. There is much talk about ‘carrying your own cross’ perhaps we can help those people, our brothers and sisters whose lives have been torn by war, to carry their burdens. Sometimes looking at others, our own burdens become less.
As we have always done, we open the doors of the church and welcome those who are to be married and those who come for baptism. Both celebrate the coming together in God’s love to be part of a larger community for a life commitment.
Are you ready for such a commitment? A church wedding is such a special event especially in a place where many have gone before to make their vows and pledge their love for one another. You will receive a warm welcome in response to any inquiry. Please contact Rev Biddy – revbiddysaunders@gmail.com
As restrictions continue to ease and people emerge from isolation be assured that your church will continue to have respect for those who are feeling vulnerable and continue to wear masks.
Tots at Ten, the popular meeting opportunity for babies and toddlers. Please look at our Facebook page for further details.
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 on Tuesdays and Thursdays
https://www.facebook.com/Syston-and-Barkby-Churches-105704911345624
https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/5257/ where you will also find contact details as well as news and information regarding Syston and Barkby Churches.
Breaking news!
The sharp eyed among you will have spotted that the flag is flying once again thanks to continued diligence and determination of the Church Wardens, Brian Middleton and John Tooth. They found the company C D L Steeplejacks of Grantham who sorted out the pole (which is in fact a lightning conductor) and got the flag flying. The flag was taken down as we are in the season of Lent but will fly again on Easter day 17th April!
Eleven30
At last we can meet in church!
Accompanied children can enjoy the whole service inside the church…a Story…Craft…Prayers…Songs…DVD.
Hot cross buns!
Please bring your own drinks.
Choral Evensong
The congregations of Barkby and Syston churches and many visitors were privileged to enjoy a service of Choral Evensong led by the Revd. Biddy Saunders and hosted in Barkby Church. The preacher and Cantor (lead singer) Revd. Emma Davies led the singing with Senior Girls and Songmen from the Leicester Cathedral Choir conducted by Dr Christopher Ouvry-Johns, the Director of Music. The Cathedral organist David Owen played the organ.
Afterwards there were refreshments and a chance to enjoy some fellowship.
Churches Together in Syston
World Day of Prayer
As part of this Ecumenical movement the Methodist Church hosted this years’ service with representatives of the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of England. Each year the service is created by Christian women in different countries of the world. This year it was the turn of Wales, England and Northern Ireland.
The theme of the service was one of hope. The art work on the front of the leaflet showed Freedom- an open door to a pathway across an endless open vista; Justice- broken chains; God’s Peace and Forgiveness- the dove of peace and a peace lily breaking through the pavement. Over all a rainbow a reminder of God’s covenant given to Moses and everyone since of unity between different sections of our modern community.
The service was well attended and was followed by refreshments in the church Link.