Events

Welcome to our events review page highlighting the special moments that we have enjoyed over the past months. Previous years events reports may be found using the link buttons at the end of this page.

As always a big thank you to everyone who supported these events.  Please take note of our NEWS PAGE for current meetings that are in our diaries for the next few months that may interest you and where you will be most welcome.  If we can help, advise or let you have more information about our events then let us know by contacting the appropriate person in the features below.

 

David Stranack
A Celebration of 50 years as a Ordained Minister

June 2nd 2019

Fifty years ago to the day David was ordained a priest, and this marvellous event was celebrated in St Gregory's church by his family, friends, the congregation of St Gregory's and  by  people from the other parishes he has ministered in over the years.The Archdeacon ,The Venerable Dr David Jenkins,presented David with a long service certificate from the Bishop, Cheryl  gave him a cheque from the congregation and Graham  handed over the card that he had made.  The choir sang an anthem in tribute before David led the service, giving  us a brief history of his life serving Christ Jesus. He especially thanked his wife Felicity for the support  she had  given to him in  his life as a priest. Afterwards there was  lunch and the cutting of the cake.

Walking for Unlock
Saturday April 27th 2019

A report from Mandy Turner

Margaret and I met up this morning and started our sponsored walk. We have covered 11000,steps so far and visited four of the churches. Very windy but pleasant otherwise. Now stopped at one for lunch before doing the second half. A man on a bike stopped us to ask what we were doing. When we told him and explained it was bringing God's word to those in inner cities without access to bibles or the knowledge of Jesus Christ. He offered to sponsor us and gave us £10 ! Bless him! There are around 2000 of us with our maps following round the route.

 

 

Easter Day April 21st 2019

On a lovely day we celebrated the resurection of Jesus. Following an 8 o' clock  service,  several  members of the congregation enjoyed a light breakfast before the Service of Light at  10.00am. The choir sang two anthems and  those present  placed  daffodils on the Cross.

 

 

Mothering Sunday Service
31st March 2019

A large, all age congregation joined together to celebrate Mothering Sunday. A "Songs of Praise" service  was held  with  hymns chosen  by the  some of the congregation  in memory of their mother.  During the service   bunches of flowers were  distributed and  people lit candles to in remembrance of  their  mothers.

 

Sunday  24th March 2019

 

The singles group enjoyed a lovely meal at their monthly lunch club. This month  they were at the Cock and Bell, Long Melford.

 

 

Who Dunnit Evening
3rd February 2019

The event was very enjoyable as well as a great success. £300 was raised for St Gregory's church Thanks to Sue Attride and everyone  who helped organise the event.

 

Christmas 2018

During the Christmas  period there were many services and activities at St Gregory's.

The  Christingle and crib service was well attended and there was even a real live baby as Jesus!

The  candles were all lit for Christmas Day and  on New Year's Eve many of the congregation who didn't want to be out late at night, attended  an early party with games,  quizzes and lovely food.

The New Year was welcomed in at 6pm, but as someone said it was NewYear somewhere in the world!

 

 

 

Tom, Helena and Elizabeth receiving warm applause after their concert.

 

Stabat Mater
by
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

On Saturday September 29th over 80 people attended a concert in St Gregory's Church to rise funds for Love Light Romania. "Stabat Mater" was performed by Helena Moore and  Elizabeth Rossi with Tom Cogan on the piano. All the money donated at this concert was given to the charity to help those children and young people with HIV or Aids or who are from the Romany community.
https://www.lovelightromania.com

Elizabeth Rossi, Helena Moore and Tom Cogan

Tom and May with some harvest songs

Sunday 16th September 

"The  Harvest Hatters High Tea"
Fun, food and fellowship

About fifty people came to the tea in church to celebrate harvest. After a delicious tea provided by members of the congregation there were  songs, readings and poems to entertain us, followed by the singing  of  harvest hymns.

An enthralled audience

 

Cheryl with poems by Pam Ayers

Graham signing in for the  Ride and Stride event held on 8th September.

The church tower was also open on this day . The view over the  watermeadows

Across to All Saints Church in Ballingdon.

Birthday cakes for Una

 

The congregation  wished Una a very Happy 90th birthday on  Sunday 2nd September. The cakes were lovely!

Una

There was a day of prayer in St Gregory's Church on 19th May. Prayer stations were set up around the  church for quiet prayer and reflection.

The Family tree
Within our Church family we have God (our father) and Jesus his son whom we can call on in prayer

Reflecting on the meaning of Pentecost and what the Holy Trinity means for us today.

A Day of Prayer
Saturday 19th May 2018

 

A time to pray  whilst listening to  the singing of the Psalms set to music through the ages in cathedrals and parish churches.

There was time to  think about the good news of the Kingdom and to bring our prayers to God.

Many people came in response to Archbishops Justin and John's call for this time of prayer, including  60 year 3 pupils from St Gregory's School

 

The "wailing wall" was erected  over the  alter where there was an opportunity to express our needs to God and pray for  ourselves, our church , our town and our world.

The labyrinth represents a journey to the deepest self where we can meet God and on our journey back gain a new understanding of God and ourselves.

On our way to Hampshire on the M25

St Peter's Church, Petersfield , Hampshire

Meeting old friends

The presentation

Helen affirming her allegiance to the Queen

The licensing
of Revd. Helen Mitchell
as Associate Priest  of Petersfield and Buriton
22nd April 2018

Sue, Cheryl, Jackie and Barbara outside the church

Happy to see you!

There was time to have a good look around the  church

A Blessing from the Archdeacon who  presided over the  licensing

Cheryl and Sam in good spirits

The oldest part of the church

Graham  gave Helen a card he had made for her and the good wishes from the congregation of St Gregory's

Helen's licencing

A  very happy Helen!

A look inside the organ

8th January 2018

The restoration of the organ has begun and  work will continue for the next two weeks.

This has been made possible by  the  donations given at the  Summer concerts arranged by Tom Cogan our organist and  choir master.