Open Churches Weekend

St. Mary’s will be open 10am to 4pm on Saturday 21st July 2018 as part of Nottinghamshire Open Churches.

Chidren’s Activity Trail, Demonstrations of Church Embroidery, Great War Exhibition, Refreshments.

Live organ music (30 minutes) by Bach, Handel and Mozart will be played at 1 pm and 2 pm on our pipe and digital organs.

Everyone is most welcome to attend -and to bring friends and family along, too!

Christ is risen! Alleluia!

Our wonderful Easter garden display had its stone rolled away on Sunday 1st April, as we celebrated the glory of Christ’s resurrection.

St. Mary’s was kitted out in splendid floral array:

Special mention, I think, should be made of Iris’ wonderful display at the foot of the cross:

And it wasn’t just the church which was florally embellished, either.  We at St. Mary’s are fortunate that when Evelyn and Eleanor Drummond get creative, we can celebrate the glory of the traditional Easter Bonnet:

Thanks for making such a grand effort, girls!

Light Night, 2018

Last night was Light Night -the free, family-friendly, Nottingham-based annual event during which the heart of the city lights up in enchanting and magical ways. This year, the event was celebrating its tenth anniversary.

St. Mary’s played its part in proceedings by providing a wide variety of light-based installations and displays, with the choir chiming in every forty minutes or so with a different ‘set’ of extravagant polyphony pieces. They ranged from the “spiky” Leighton to the “silky” Byrd, with much in between!

Young and old trooped in and out through the West Door all evening, with everyone seeming to enjoy the light spectacle in the glorious surroundings, despite the bitter cold outside (and maybe partly because of the generous warmth inside!)

In fact, over 4000 people attended the event at the church, making it one of the most popular St. Mary events of the year. Pleasingly, the ‘lights and buckets’ installation in the North Transept was able to raise over £1600 for Emmanuel House during the course of the evening.

A selection of photos taken on the night is now available over at our Galleries page: it’s a rare chance to see St. Mary’s in an entirely new light (pun intended)!