St Aidan's Church will host a Musical Entertainment on:-
Saturday, 14th May 2022 at 7-00pm, starring our own Katharine Dryden, as well as others.
This is a fund-raising event to support both the Anglican and the Orthodox communities that use St Aidan's Church.
Our family and friends will also participate in a fund-raising concert in support of the victims of the war in Ukraine.
The concert will be this coming Saturday, 14th of May, in the beautiful old church of St Andrew in Eakring, North of Southwell,
and will start at 7 pm. Tickets will be £5 each.
It's a shame that it clashes with the other concert but perhaps those who can't get to St Aidan might be able to get to Eakring?
The programme is below.
Everyone is welcome, and we'll be very happy to see you there and please do tell more people, print out the programme and announcement if you can!
After two years of absence, the Young Peoples Camp for those aged 9-16 will be held in Wales near Brecon Beacons from 24 July to 6 August, 2022. The Camp is led by Fr Alexander Fostiropoulos. Fr David and Fr Julian have pamphlets with details. Applications to Alexis Martinowsky: firstname.lastname@example.org (07966 198 770).
Deanery Conference & Festival 2022
6 p.m. Friday, 27th May to 2 p.m. Monday, 30th May at High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Herts
'How to be the Church: learning from our past, discerning our calling.'
I am sure that many of us are hoping and praying that this (much delayed) annual event will take place next May. We have all experienced to some degree the disruption, disorientation and stress that the pandemic has caused, not forgetting the bereavement and continuing health issues being suffered by many in our communities.
As members of the Church, we have also been made to face particular challenges, not only in our parishes/communities, but also in our personal and family lives, as well as in the wider worlds of work and society. We hope that our event next May will be an opportunity to come together, to share our experiences and learn from one another, 'How to be the Church ...'.
If you have somewhere to display a poster (advertising this event) please download a copy (link here). We will be circulating regular Newsletters by email as and when further details have been confirmed.
Deanery Conference & Festival: what is it?
Deanery Conference and Festival 2022 web-page
Please click on the pdf document below to read information about:-
Please click on the link below to read the notice about the cancellation of the Children’s Summer Camp 2021.
From the time following the decision to postpone the May 2020 event, our small team of organizers have been aware that the circumstances around an event in May 2021 would not necessarily be 'situation normal': our best information from our venue was that - come May - there might well be restrictions in order to minimize the risks of transmitting Covid-19.
Our booked venue, High Leigh, has actually been mothballed since November of last year, with a reopening planned for the Spring of this year. But it was the worsening situation in the UK (second/third wave of infections, new variants of the virus, the NHS being close to being overwhelmed) that considerably increased our fears that staging an event with social distancing, masks etc. was not going to be an attractive possibility.
The decision was taken to talk to the staff at High Leigh about cancelling/postponing this year's Conference & Festival, and they have agreed to move the booking to the 27th - 30th May 2022 - so please mark those dates on your year planner!
Our current thinking is that we will attempt a fresh start in planning for next year's event, with a new theme/title (possibly a reflection on what the pandemic has taught us!) - please keep a look out for further newsletters later on in the year.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I am sure you will all join me in congratulating Fr David on this joyous day and in offering sincere gratitude for the love and commitment he has shown both to the parish of St Aidan & St Chad and his flock.
Many Years, Fr David!
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It is good that the Holy Liturgy can be served again and I am please to have good report and appreciation of this blessing. Sadly, some of us are advised not to be present but we continue to be with you in Spirit. The great blessing of Our Lord is that we have a second priest and Fr Julian has been able to serve the liturgy and provide good pastoral care during these strange times. I have been most grateful for his help, support and assistance, and indeed the help and support of so many of you. I am also grateful to all of you for keeping a good community fellowship and rallying to the Church now that it is open again after such a long 'lockdown’.
As Fr Julian has already explained, we have decided that it will be best, in the months ahead, to arrange for Liturgy on Saturdays of the first and third weekends of each month. St Aidan's is not used on these days so that we are able to start at the reasonable time of 10.30 am. This gives lots of time for preparation which is usually a rushed affair. If we remained with Sunday, we should have to wait for the St Aidan's congregation to vacate the Church, then there would be cleaning to do as well as setting up before we were able to begin. This would mean that the beginning of the or service would be greatly delayed. In fact, it is against canon law to serve the Liturgy after 12 noon. Even in usual times we are barely able to head this.
I will soon join you in Church; indeed I hope to be there on the third Saturday of September. During most of my attendances I will not officiate but it will be good to be with you. I shall hope to serve the Liturgy on St Thomas Day, Tuesday 6th October and on other occasions but Fr Julian will continue as principle celebrant for the foreseeable future. We hope and pray that this present Coronavirus will become a milder infection for all, and that a vaccination will be soon available so that we can return to full normal life. Viruses are not new, we have coped with equally severe epidemics in past years. We have to learn to live with this one as we have learned to live with others. May God grant us His guidance, healing and His help. Above all we must not be fearful for there is nothing that can separate us from the loving care and protection of God
We live with God’s Blessing, may we be open to its greatness.
In Christ Our Lord,
(click on document to download)