2020 January to June in the churches
We started the year with Epiphany in both churches. After All Age Worship with Wise Men and then a choral service, St Edmund's choir went to the Red Cow for lunch. Then they sang their pudding off with a Celebration in the Church Hall - 53 people came and enjoyed it. The following week St Matthew's had their Christingle Service (making the Christingles in the Vicarage the day before).
Children from Year 1 at Portway Infant School came to visit St Edmund's - it took three separate visits to get them all in - and Year 1 from Walter Evans came to St Matthew's. We also welcomed Walter Evans Year 2 who had visited a mosque and came to discuss how the buildings differed (and the similarities). On Friday 24 January several of our people enjoyed the Nagpur Link Curry Evening, and on Sunday 26 January we joined with other Allestree Churches for the Songs of Praise at Broadway Baptist Church. Toddler Group celebrated the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rat.
February started with Candlemas. The Communion service at St Matthew's included a procession, here the choir gather at the west end. Harris was baptised at St Edmund's in the afternoon (with parents Michael and Stephanie), and in the evening we had Choral Evensong with a procession, candles, and a glass to celebrate the end of the Christmas Season. (All the photos on this page are posted with permission).
Storm Ciara swept the country the following weekend. The railways closed down, the National Trust closed their properties, we had six services! On Monday there was a sudden snow storm - here is St Matthew's. An hour later St Edmund's looked lovely.