Communications and Publicity Fairtrade Fortnight <p>Fairtrade Fortnight has just begun but we are now in Lent. Instead of giving up chocolate this year <strong>why not take up Fairtrade chocolate? </strong></p> <p>We have a range of Fairtrade chocolate in the shop at St Peter's by Divine. We also have exciting Easter Eggs such as Popcorn Chocolate newly arrived in preparation for 16th April, Easter Sunday.</p> <p>Come to see the range of Fairtrade products in the shop.</p> Thu, 02 Mar 2017 11:32:16 +0100 Saturday Matinee at All Saints' Church - Christmas Special <p><em><strong>All Saints’ Church presents…</strong></em></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><a href="">THE SATURDAY MATINÉE - Christmas Special<br/><br/></a></p> <p>All Saints’ Church<br/>Raleigh Street<br/>NG7 4DP<br/>Saturday 17th December, 2pm<br/>Admission free, with donations invited for Emmanuel House. Refreshments available.</p> <p> </p> Thu, 24 Nov 2016 16:42:52 +0100 Works at St Mary's Church - update <p><strong>The scaffolding has melted away….</strong></p> <p>This quote from a member of the congregation at St Mary’s seems to summarise the extensive but unobtrusive works that have taken place at the church over the winter and early part of 2016.</p> <p>So what’s been going on? In a word, we’ve been trying to make the main roofs watertight. Very early on we decided that the church would not be closed during the work and that we would try and minimise disruption.</p> <p>With regard to the nave, we decided to prop the aisle roofs internally so that they could support an immense custom-made marquee covering the main working area above. With this structure in place the 1840s lead was taken away for recasting. It was interesting to watch the process as molten metal ran swiftly over a carefully prepared bed of sand followed immediately by careful skimming to ensure uniform thickness. The ‘new’ sheets were then cut to size, rolled up and returned to site to be fixed in place by expert lead-worker, Nick Turner, assisted by his sons. Minor but ingenious modifications were made to the rainwater system during associated work on the guttering and, whilst the lead was away, the roof timbers were inspected and thankfully found to be in good condition.</p> <p>Taking advantage of the external scaffolding in place at the west end we were able to commission urgent conservation to several stained glass panels. The work was undertaken by Derek Hunt in his Medbourne studios and Yvonne and Chas Harriss joined Paul and Deborah Sibly for a visit to view Derek in action. This element of the works programme was funded by the parish and two generous individual gifts.</p> <p>Talking of funding, when our bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund was initiated in 2013 we had hoped to undertake a wide range of roof repairs, but it was made clear by the architect from English Heritage that we should make renewing the whole of the nave roof a top priority: in the event this absorbed the whole of our HLF grant.</p> <p>But there were other matters to attend to! We felt we should at least try to locate and fix other roof leaks and also make it easier (and safer) to access the roofs and gutters for inspection. Some stonework was also in need of urgent repair.</p> <p>We appealed for funds and were very encouraged by generous support from the Forman Hardy Charitable Trust, the Lady Hind Trust, the Jones 1986 Trust, the Nottinghamshire Historic Churches Trust, , the Jessie Spencer Trust and the Garfield Weston Foundation. The Parish Treasurer, Peter Moore, also unearthed a fund held by the diocese restricted in application ‘to keeping the chancel of St Mary’s Church wind and weatherproof’.</p> <p>Repairs, some permanent and others exploratory were then made to the transept and chancel roofs, and the grants mentioned above also enabled us to install new high level roof ladders, a link bridge and tower access steps. We also repaired the upper section of the tower access turret. Badly decayed stone stair treads in the north turret were renewed, (these, incidentally, may have become damaged when the turret was in use as a chimney for a long-vanished heating system).</p> <p>Who did the work? Our architect, Peter Rogan (who is based above the Kean’s Head pub) drew up all the plans and specifications and supervised the work. The contractor was MSM of Loughborough, with Derek Park in charge of a highly skilled team. Nick Turner [lead] and Derek Hunt [glass] have already been mentioned. Roger Freeston was invaluable in getting the project started and in making suggestions for funding. Louise Hodder (mainly employed as our Heritage Education Project co-ordinator) and Wendy Pearce kept us on track with HLF paperwork and Paul Sibly was the project co-ordinator.</p> <p>What did this ‘invisible’ programme cost? The total spend was around £350,000; the parish contribution was about 5%; for the rest we are hugely grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Charitable Trusts and individual donors mentioned above. Our inspiration throughout was the work of those who, over many centuries, have loved, looked after and developed our amazing building for the greater glory of God.</p> <p>Please see the pdf <a href="">Works 2015/16</a> at St Mary’s for some photos of the project.</p> <p><em>Paul Sibly, Project Co-ordinator</em></p> <p> </p> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:40:06 +0200 St Mary's Events <p>'St Mary's Events' now has its own website!  For more information about hiring St Mary's for your special occasion, meeting, corporate event and much more, please click <a href="">here</a>.</p> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 12:10:59 +0200 Light Night success <p><strong>Light Night at St Mary’s Church – Friday 5th February 2016<br/></strong></p> <p>St Mary’s buzzed with activity for the best part of two days ahead of Light Night, then, between 5 and 10 pm, 5,000 people came to visit. The Choir sang ethereal music and the Friends provided copious refreshments. There were art displays and ‘Meet the Maker’ tables showcasing superb creative work. For children, the hands-on make-a-lantern area proved exceptionally popular. The Thurland tomb glowed with hundreds of night lights: ‘a memory, a wish, a prayer’.</p> <p>Many visitors – both first time and those returning from previous years – commented on the warmth of welcome and focus on values other than the commercial. Through their generosity we raised nearly £1,160 for Emmanuel House and a further good sum for the Friends.</p> <p>A very special thank you to Daniel, Holly, Ed, John and Duncan for their excellent planning, meticulous attention to details and sheer hard work, supported by over twenty organisers and volunteers from all three churches.</p> <p> </p> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 14:14:50 +0100 Living Stones History Day <p><strong>Living Stones History Day </strong><br/><br/>Last month, a very successful History Day was held at St Mary's for 150 Key Stage 2 children from across the city.  An article about the day can be found <a href="">here</a>.</p> Tue, 08 Dec 2015 11:51:12 +0100 Christopher Harrison - Nottingham Post articles <p>Reverend Christopher Harrison writes a monthly column for the Nottingham Post.   <br/><br/>In his latest article, Christopher writes about <a href="">climate change</a>.<br/><br/><br/><a href=""> </a><br/>Links to earlier articles are also given below.<br/><br/><a href="">It's a tough job market for young people</a><br/><br/><a href="">Are the elderly just like the police or fire service? </a></p> <p><a href="">Racism in nursing care</a></p> <p><a href="">A real effort must be made over housing</a></p> <p><a href="">How can we help recent graduates find work</a></p> <p><a href="">Do we all need to work such long hours? </a><br/><br/><a href="">Could Alliance Boots contribute more?</a></p> <p>St Mary's service to commemorate Rwanda genocide: Christopher Harrison has written this <a href="">article</a> in the Nottingham Post about St Mary's involvement in the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide in 1994<a href=""><br/><br/>What has happened to the Big Society?</a><br/><br/>Reverend Christopher Harrison was asked by the Post to give a <a href="">New Year Message</a></p> <p><a href="">Do we need more museums to attract visitors?</a><br/><br/><a href="">Faith and Science can exist together</a><br/><br/><a href="">Why we're still largely in the dark</a><br/><br/><a href="">Are we being fair to our carers?</a><br/><br/><a href="">Have we lost the art of small talk?</a><br/><br/><a href="">Wasting Food</a><br/><br/><a href="">Christopher Harrison: Why I'm wary of my online profile</a><br/><br/><a href="">Cricket can still be a game for gentlemen</a></p> <p><br/><br/></p> Wed, 02 Dec 2015 14:50:40 +0100 St Peter’s Lecture – Tuesday 20th October, 6pm <p><strong>St Peter’s Lecture – Tuesday 20th October, 6pm<br/></strong><strong>Bishop Peter Selby, 'Instrument or tyrant: do we use money, or does it use us?’</strong></p> <p>Admission free, refreshments available from 5.30pm</p> <p>This year’s St Peter’s Lecture is being given by the Rt Revd Peter Selby, former Bishop of Worcester and a special adviser to St Paul's Institute in the City of London.</p> <p>In advance of the 2007/8 banking crisis Bishop Peter Selby identified in his book Grace and Mortgage many of the dangers facing a world relying on debt. His most recent book, An Idol Unmasked, shows how far our whole monetary system is debt-based and identifies the issues that have become, if anything, more likely to generate crises in the future.</p> <p> </p> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 12:44:40 +0200 St Mary's Floor project - BBC coverage <p>Tess Jaray, designer of the new floor at St Mary's Church, has a new exhibition at the Lakeside Art Gallery (based at the University of Nottingham). To highlight this exhibition and the work inside St Mary's, BBC East Midlands Today did a feature on the floor on Friday 21st February.  To watch the piece, please <a href="">click here</a>.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:39:25 +0100 Nottingham Light Night <p><strong>Nottingham Light Night<br/>Friday 28th February</strong><br/><br/>On Friday 28th February, 6-11pm, Nottingham will be once again enjoy Light Night.  The city will be full of activities for all the family to enjoy, and many businesses and organisations will remain open throughout the evening.  Among them will be St Mary's &amp; St Peter's, and the Coffee Room.  St Mary's choir will sing in church throughout the evening, and there will be a ceramic installation in the church yard.  St Peter's will host a number of childrens musical groups, and the Coffee Room will be staffed by members of the Workplace Chaplaincy.    <br/><br/>For more information about events taking place across the city on Light Night, please <a href="">click here</a>.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:44:51 +0100 All Saints' Coffee Mornings <p><strong>‘Come in from the cold for a cuppa’</strong><br/><br/>Coffee Mornings at All Saints’, Raleigh Street’<br/>Tuesdays in January, February and March from 11.00 – 12.30 Coffee and tea: 30 pence<br/>Cakes etc to suit your taste as well as your pocket<br/>All welcome.<br/>This initiative is aimed at encouraging those from the area around All Saints' church to feel welcome in the church, and to provide an opportunity from people from the neighbourhood to meet one another. Help with providing coffee and cake etc will be welcome - please contact the vicar or churchwardens.</p> <p> </p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:46:41 +0100 Licensing of Reverend Stephen Morris <p>Members of all three churches in the parish are invited to attend the Licensing of Reverend Stephen Morris as Priest-in-Charge of the Newark-on-Trent with Coddington Team Ministry, at the parish church of St Mary Magdalene, Newark, on Tuesday 21st January 2014 at 7.30pm. The licensing will be carried out by the Bishop of Sherwood, the Rt Rev'd Tony Porter. Light refreshments will follow the service at Newark Town Hall.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:45:31 +0100 New Year Letter to the parish <p>To read the New Year letter to the parish from Christopher Harrison, please <a href="">click here</a>.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Christmas Tree Festival <p>St Mary's church, High Pavement, invites you to its first ever Christmas Tree Festival.</p> <p>The Festival runs from Tuesday 10th - Saturday 21st December, from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm each day (not including Sundays 15th and 22nd December, although the church will be open for services at 10.45 am and 6.30 pm on those days).<br/><br/>Sixteen local organisations are decorating trees in styles of their own choice, so do come and experience this celebration of seasonal creativity. Admission is free, but with donations invited towards the work of Emmanuel House in support of the homeless.</p> <p> </p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 13:46:15 +0100 Craft in the City <p>On Saturday 23rd November, St Peter's Church will host 'Craft in the City'.  Some of the finest local artists and makers of jewellery, glassware, textiles and ceramics will have their goods on sale.<br/><br/>In addition to the superb craft stalls, 'Cards for Good Causes' are currently based at St Peter's, selling Christmas cards on behalf of many different charities. There will also be a St Peter's Church Traidcraft stall, with Fairtrade branded food, jewellery, toys and crafts.<br/><br/>For more information about Craft in the City, visit their <a href="">website</a>.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 10:51:18 +0100 Sunday Evening Services - St Peter's Church <p>Please note that from now on, Sunday evening services at St Peter's Church will take place at <strong>5pm</strong>.  The change of time will be reviewed following a trial period of 6 months - your views would be very welcome!</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:59:00 +0100 Nottingham Event City - launch <p>St Mary's Church hosted the launch of Experience Nottinghamshire's latest venture, 'Nottingham Event City'.  For more photographs, <a href="">click here</a>, and for information about the event, please see the article below from the Nottingham Post.<br/><br/><a href="">Nottingham Event City launch</a></p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 17:01:59 +0200 Looking forward to a busy summer <p><strong>This summer is going to be anything but quiet as Rev’d Christopher Harrison explains</strong></p> <p>The Church has now entered the long season that follows Pentecost, when we celebrated the coming of the Holy Spirit. Although liturgical festivals are now relatively scarce until the autumn, June and July are in fact very busy months for this parish, with several special services. It would be wrong to see the Lord Mayor's service on June 2nd at St Mary's as being of no interest to regular churchgoers - Cllr Merlita Bryan, the new Lord Mayor, is a councillor for the All Saints' area of the parish, and the new Sheriff of Nottingham, Cllr Ian Malcolm, was until recently churchwarden in Clifton. The High School celebrates its 500th anniversary in St Mary's on 15th June; our diocesan bishop, Paul Butler, will be present, and a commemorative plaque will be dedicated (many thanks for this to David Jackson).</p> <p>On 30th June, St Peter's celebrates its Patronal Festival, and I am delighted that Andrew Wallis will be back from New Zealand and preaching at that service, which will be followed by a bring and share lunch. Sadly this clashes with the ordination of deacons in Southwell Minster, but we wish Bruce Rienstra every blessing for this event and for his ministry as curate in Warsop. We will miss him greatly, along with all that he has given to this parish.</p> <p>St Peter's Songs of Praise Service on 7th July happily coincides with the weekend when past and present members of the choir will be coming together to present a feast of music on both Saturday and Sunday. On the 14th, Richard Leaper, chaplain to the Sea Cadet Corps in Nottingham, will be our guest preacher at St Mary's morning service as we celebrate Sea Sunday. In the evening of that day, an event which we are describing as 'Songs and sounds of the Spirit' is planned for All Saints' church. The plan is for a variety of individuals and groups of musicians, singers, poets etc to come together and present an informal evening of items which reflect different aspects of spirituality and faith. These will include the Rainbow Choir from Hyson Green and the 'Psalm Drummers', as well as some individuals - anyone else who would like to contribute should contact me.</p> <p>We are already experiencing the versatility of St Mary's church now that the new floor is complete, and the sense of freedom and spaciousness in the areas which are currently kept clear of chairs is tremendous. Discussions are developing as to how we can enable the church to serve the city and wider community most effectively, while maintaining the sacredness of the building and enhancing its beauty in new ways. When the new sound and lighting systems are in place, later in the year, we hope to celebrate the refurbishment more fully. <br/><br/>Do tell your friends and neighbours about all that is happening in our churches, and encourage them to come to church. The gospel of Christ is spread most effectively by personal word of mouth as well as by the witness of our lives as Christians; let us not, therefore, be deterred by the negative publicity which regularly affects the Church at large, but instead renew our efforts to show others the love, care and compassion of Christ, as he works through us.<br/><br/>Wishing a pleasant summer to all readers.</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 11:08:54 +0200 Job Vacancy - Verger <p>The parish of All Saints, St Mary and St Peter in Nottingham city centre have a vacancy for a Verger. 20 hours per week. Duties to include care of church buildings, welcome to visitors and preparation for services and events. Previous experience would be preferred. Details and an application pack can be requested from the parish office preferably by emailing or phone 0115 948 3658.</p> <p>Closing date for applications is Monday 25th February.<br/><br/>Interviews will take place on Thursday 7th March.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 16:32:04 +0100 Harvest Festival Supper - *change of venue* <p>Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Harvest Festival Parish Evensong on Sunday evening, and the supper afterwards, has had to be relocated to St Peter’s Church and the Coffee Room. We apologise for this last minute change of plan. Please be assured that there will be cars at All Saints’ on the evening to transport those who were planning on taking advantage of the easier parking. Also, there is a lot of disabled parking outside St Peter’s, for those who are able to make use of it.</p> <p>If you have any worries about transporting people, food etc, please contact the parish office - 9483658.<br/><br/>We look forward to seeing you there.</p> <p> </p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 15:58:50 +0200