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Review Of 2018

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Our Annual Church Meeting was held on Sunday 28th April 2019. You can access the Reports and the Minutes by clicking the links below:

The key priorities during this year have been:

  • To build on the successes of last year;
  • To continue encouraging children and families to come to church;
  • To determine a way forward for our churches to be organised as a group;
  • To increase the Biblical literacy of the congregations and the prayer life of the churches.

Below are some selected highlights from the year.

Evangelism — Community

  • Ran the Just10 course in all 5 villages looking at the 10 Commandments for today.
  • Mothering Sunday assembly at Gotham school where flowers were handed out to children and over 100 parents attended.
  • Handed out hot cross buns and Easter advertising at school gates on Maundy Thursday.
  • Film “Risen” shown in Church on Easter Saturday.
  • Easter eggs taken to Wollaton Care Home again.
  • Barton and Gotham held Christmas Tree Festivals.

Sunday Services

  • Our sermon series this year have been on Malachi and James.
  • Easter sunrise service at the Well House followed by breakfast.
  • Lindsey Briggs leading services at Kingston alongside Angie.
  • Sonya led the Harvest service at Kingston.
  • Carole Edis and Sylvia Cutts continue to lead services at Barton.
  • Anne Farnsworth leading services at Gotham.
  • Barton, Kingston, Thrumpton and Gotham each held a Christingle Service.
  • Fiona led Gotham’s Family Crib Service.

Small Groups

  • Our Bible study groups have run the Discipleship Explored course, along with studying Romans, 2 Peter, Acts 1-12, 2 Timothy, Mark, Amos, Revelation.
  • Once a month various folk have been doing Wayne Grudem’s Christian Beliefs course.


  • Nigel continues to be involved in Sierra Leone.
  • Richard worked on Reception at Keswick Convention.
  • 151 Shoeboxes collected.
  • John Edmonds arranged carol singing in Gotham pubs.

Children & Youth Ministry

  • Jo Leatherland continues as YfC Key Worker at East Leake Academy.
  • Gotham Primary School visits to church.
  • Open the Book continues going into Gotham School once a fortnight with a team from across the 5 churches.
  • Thanksgiving for Gift of Child service for Daisy-Grace Taylor at Ratcliffe, followed by baptism.
  • Youth event tea at Normanton attended by 50 people from the 12 churches.
  • Participated in Diocesan initiative YoungLIFE.

Pastoral Care — Church Family

  • Funerals of Pauline Wright, Norman Beeby.
  • Church is GDPR compliant courtesy of iKnow Church software.
  • Compline services during Holy Week at Gotham were led by Sonya, Anne Farnsworth & Margaret Heys.
  • Reorganisation Working Group continues to progress the reorganisation of the 453 Churches.
  • Alannah confirmed by Bishop Paul at Clifton.
  • Cluster Supper event at Kingston Village Hall.
  • Church dinner at The Cuckoo attended by 29 people.

This is not everything that has been done, but it gives you an idea of what we’ve been up to!

But another exciting year lies ahead of us, especially as we look to become one parish!