Older People’s Service: a celebration in words, music and song

A warm welcome was given by The Revd Canon Nigel Coates, Acting Dean of Southwell Minster to the congregation in a service to celebrate older people in the Minster on June 22nd.

An opening prayer led by The Rev’d Sister Mary A’Herne-Smith, Assistant Curate Sutton-in-Ashfield, St Mary Magdalene Benefice was followed by a testimony given by Chris Manning, Reader, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, St Thomas Benefice, and Tony Wade, a local writer of poetry and music, performed some traditional folk songs.

The lesson was read by Dianne Skerritt, Diocesan Equality and Diversity Officer, and the Ven. Sarah Clark, Archdeacon of Nottingham gave the sermon.

Hymns included ‘Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord’ and ‘Guide me O thou great redeemer’ and a hymn led by David Colton and the New Cross Community Church based on Von guten Mächten wunderbar geborgen by Dietrich Bonhöffer.

Older Persons Adviser for the Diocese, Paul Howard, said: “Our celebration for Older People this year has been great, such an eclectic mix of talents combined with wonderful hymns and singing. Thank you to everybody who came along.”

The Blessing was given by The Rev’d Sister Mary A’Herne-Smith and following the service there was an opportunity to light a candle and/or leave a prayer request for someone which would be read out at services in the Minster during the coming week.

Holding Crosses made by the men of the ‘Men in Sheds’ Project based at St Thomas’ Kirkby in Ashfield were given out by Chris Manning and people were invited to make a small donation.

There was a retiring collection in aid of the Diocesan Older People’s Work, and refreshments were served in the crossing.

Watch a video of the service 


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