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St Helena's Austerfield and St Nicholas' Bawtry, both part of the same benefice, have recently received the A Rocha silver eco church award. Their curate, Liz Mack, shares some of their journey to receiving the awards below. "We are focused on changing culture across the churches, rather than simply ticking boxes to say we are doing certain things that make us eco conscious. We now have an Eco Team that regularly meets to help each other with our award submissions, and share ideas

Maundy ThursdayHoly Communion. Jonathan Smithurst led and spoke on the set bible passage from John 13 with its description of the events surrounding the Last Supper. Jonathan emphasised the importance of Jesus’ example in serving one another and his command to love our neighbour. Little Angels. After a very well attended session of little Angels in the Church Centre the toddlers and their carers spend some time in church hearing about the story of Easter Agapé Meal. In the evening, there

We had our easter holiday club with 58 children and 14 teenage junior leaders diving deep into the love of Jesus who went to the deep so we could be rescued forever. You can see more highlights of this on our video. https://youtu.be/CbFBT5MqinA We also had our Good Friday Walk - a day-long 15 miles walk visiting every church in the Benefice. 160 people and 9 dogs were involved in some way throughout the day, either walking bits or just popping in for some of the services. At each stop

On Maundy Thursday, a ‘Last Supper’ was held at a beautifully-decorated St Andrew’s Church in Langar. Participants washed each others’ hands before enjoying a simple Mediterranean-style meal followed by partaking of bread and wine. Good Friday saw the combination of a modern ‘Passion Play’ and the now traditional pilgrimage. The morning started with the trial of Jesus at St Giles’ Church, Cropwell Bishop. The forecast showery weather didn’t materialise but there followed a muddy trek across the fields to Colston Bassett,

We had a wonderful holy week here in Ravenshead parish which included a bumper attendance at our relatively new Sunday@Four children and family service on Palm Sunday when 66 adults and children came to worship through craft, games, prayer stations, bible stories, music and reflection, plus fun and food. This was followed midweek by Experience Easter when 180 Year 3 and Year 4 children from local primary schools had an immersive experience of the first holy week as part of

About 40 people gathered, a little bleary eyed, on Easter Sunday at 6.30am to celebrate what is now an annual event at Pusto Hill Farm.  As dawn broke, we celebrated the joy of Easter morning, thinking about how Jesus rolls our stones away, singing and praying together whilst being immersed in a full sensory experience of new life, complete with the birds and cows joining in! Afterwards, we were rewarded for our early rise with bacon and egg butties served by Jean

The Church started Holy Week open as members of the congregation had produced artwork for the Gedling Deanery Way of the Cross.  We celebrated a church family Passover style meal, where Robin Aldridge from the Churches Ministry among Jews came to explain all the elements and meaning. Afterward we shared communion in church.  Good Friday involved the Walk of Witness with an open air service at Mapperley Top. Despite the rain about 60 came together from local churches.  We held our annual

Holy week was a big week in the life of St Stephens. Children from St Stephens C of E School put together a Holy Week Pilgrimage and came to live it out in church at their Easter Service. Each class (year group) shared different aspects of the Easter Story. The whole school filled every seat in church including standing room at the back.  We then had Wednesday and Thursday as Retreat Days, sharing this time with Urban Abbey (House of Prayer

  2024 marks 30 years since the first women in the Church of England were ordained priest. In celebration of this the diocese are organising a gathering for female clergy and ordinands on Monday 24th June 2024, at 3:30-4:40pm. There will be tea in the garden with Sarah and Bishop Paul at Bishop's Manor, Southwell, followed by Festal Evensong with the Girls' Cathedral Choir at 5:30pm in Southwell Minister. Please save the date; further details and invitations to be shared shortly.

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